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By Catherine Whelan Costen

I’ve been thinking about how our thoughts create our world. Noticing the world we live in and how we often cannot understand why it is the way it is.

It isn’t really that difficult to understand when we look at the noise we’ve encouraged for so many years. We each individually may not have encouraged it, but at some level collectively speaking, we did. It has been called the Information Age.

The 1970’s gave us access to the personal computer and that changed our world significantly. The Internet in the 1990’s brought information to our fingertips within seconds, and our quest for more and more has been insatiable. For many people the concept of being alone is foreign. It is rare to see a person today who does not have a cell phone either attached to their ear, or body, when out in public. It is rare to find a home without several televisions, computers, telephones, satellite dishes, etc. all at the ready for information to come flowing to us or from us.

Although these devices have created some incredible opportunities for people, consumers and businesses, health industry and so on, they have also created a non-stop flow of noise and distraction from our inner selves. I’m reminded of a ricocheting ball in a pin-ball machine, as it hits up against one pin and flies over to another, never stopping to understand or process, or consider…of course we don’t expect the ball to do anything else.

I wonder if that isn’t part of the concept for human beings?  With so much to keep our minds busy, we have little time to stop and consider or control our own thoughts.

And thoughts are what creates our reality…. many people are beginning to say, ‘enough already!’ It’s time to stop and go within. It’s time to stop reacting to life. It’s time to consider our thoughts and get to know ourselves intimately. For other people, the idea of knowing who they really are, feeling their inner wounds, or understanding why they do what they do, or don’t do, is far too frightening to undertake; so they just keep bouncing off the outside stimulus. Another big obstacle for some people is accepting the belief that they create their reality; especially if that reality is dark, depressing, or they’ve been playing the victim role for a long time. I have discovered that owning our role in our own lives is both challenging and liberating!

An interesting part of my discoveries has been the relationship between thought and water. We may believe that our thoughts don’t go anywhere. They remain a silent story just playing over and over again within the boundaries of our brains, but it appears that is not the case. It is common knowledge that our bodies are composed of primarily water (around 70-75%); the brain is somewhere in the neighborhood of 80-85% water. I have provided a link to an article on Dr. Emoto’s water experiments, which you can refer to. The results he achieved by having people meditate on a glass of water while thinking specific thoughts, showed that negative thoughts created negative crystals in the water, while positive thoughts created beautiful magnificent formations. He also showed that positive thoughts could transform a ‘dirty’ glass of water. So not only can we affect and create better, we can transform what has already been contaminated; like our planet, our bodies, our minds!

Our bodies are composed of water, the earth is composed of approximately 70 % water therefore, if thoughts can change the structure of the water in a glass, it is worth considering that our thoughts do have an impact on our bodies and our world.

Whether we look at plants, animals, human beings, or the very air we breathe, we can see that water is a key component; and that key is affected by the vibration of our thoughts! That is powerful information!

An article looking at Dr. Emoto’s water and thought experiments…

Once we have the information we have a choice; we believe it or we disregard it completely. We can use the information as a tool to enhance the quality of our lives and work with the energy, or we can ignore it and accept that we have no power at all.

If we decide there is merit in this information and begin to apply it to our lives, it is possible for us to change our personal lives and our world.

There are some key components to changing our lives in that way:

  • First we explore what we believe, find out what we are thinking
  • Second we learn to let go of what we do not believe
  • Then we begin to insert our new beliefs into our lives and take action on them
  • Finally, we observe the results

In order to apply the keys, we need the tools: Meditation

  • Tools to get inside ourselves to really know what we believe-detect our beliefs from outside beliefs
  • Tools to let go of the old beliefs and those that do not belong to us
  • Tools to insert the new beliefs, and the will to apply them in our lives
  • Finally, faith and trust that the changes we made are going to result in positive changes in our lives

It sounds simple enough. As with any worthwhile endeavor, the process and time needed can vary. Depending on how many layers a person has, how many beliefs, how many blocks to revealing them etc., and the dedication they apply to the ‘work’, will determine how quickly the changes can happen. Meditation is one of the tools to get inside and to move beyond our fear-based ego. Meditation takes us away from the noise and chaos of stimuli from our day-to-day world. It allows us to go beneath all the layers of outer world things, find the wounds, the blocks, the restrictions and barriers that we’ve built up over years, lifetimes perhaps, so we can repair and rebuild our sense of self. It allows us to explore ‘us’, where we can begin to detect beliefs, let go of what we don’t want and replace it with new beliefs that we do want.

Beyond the peace and quiet of meditation, we can use it to reveal who we really are and create the life we truly deserve and often desire.

I would also like to suggest that meditation is only one tool, there are several others that can aid us greatly in our quest for the life we desire. It is often helpful to have a life-coach, or spiritual advisor, or very grounded, neutral friend who can assist with the discoveries and sometimes painful memories which arise from pulling back the layers of scar tissue and beliefs. There is a little joke which I’m reminded of regarding the pain of finding out that something we believed and perhaps built our lives around, was simply, utterly, bluntly and harshly, NOT true….I’ll share it here…

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying copies, and not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies. The head monk says, “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.”

He goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original. Hours later, nobody has seen him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks what’s wrong.

“The word is celebrate not celibate,” says the old monk with tears in his eyes.

It’s not easy connecting the drops, or droplets that create our lives, -the process may be frustrating, painful, time-consuming and for many of us, who’ve lived the life of pain, confusion and frustration for many years – the journey is amazing, because there is hope!  The goal is a life we deserve which makes it all worthwhile!

February 8, 2011

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