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Starting a new day…. Every day

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The first hour is the rudder of the day. We essentially set the tone ( or the vibe) for the day starting the moment we’re awake.

Here is an exercise for you.

Tomorrow morning as soon as you’re awake pay attention to what’s going on in your head. Even before you get out of bed.

What is the conversation going on in your head. Are you glad to be up or do you hate that damn alarm clock. Are you having a pleasant conversation ( in your head) or is it one of lack and annoyance or worse.

First time I tried that exercise I was shocked to find out how someone as positive as me could have so much negativity in the first 5 minutes of the day……. It was an eye opener……..

This is my morning routine.

Sometime between 5:30 and 6:00

I am consciously in my body( time you wake up-before getting up) I take a few deep breaths and recognize this morning my body is alive. That’s a good start.

then I think of my expectation for this day to be a happy and exciting day and a day of constant contact with my infinite source. A few more deep breaths. hug my wife and get out of bed. Great to see my feet are still working..

I drink a pint of water.:::Slowly:::. Notice how the water hydrates my body starting with my tongue. If I don’t need more water then head to bathroom for the shower/shave/brush. Before I start I set my intention to clean my physical body. And during the process I produce positive thoughts. Think about funny things, fun things anything to keep increasing my vibe.

Now my body is watered and clean I grab my dream-magazine (Turk made magazine filled with things I want in my life.) I look at the pictures until my vibe reaches the point where I am happy to have those things in my life. Then I set my timer to 20 minutes, and start thinking about my life at that point in particular about the feeling I am going to have about it.

When the alarm goes off. I ask for clear guidance for anything I must do to reach that vision and faith for the times I’m in doubt of my connection to my God.

My work for this day is done.

I dress up and GOOOooooooo.

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Why Affirmations Create New Behaviors

We have the unique ability to define their identity, choose their values and establish their beliefs. All three of these directly influence a person’s behavior. Conscious use of effective affirmations can modify any and all of these three behavior controlling factors resulting different responses than would have occurred previously to a given situation.

 

A fundamental principle of psychology is: “People are internally compelled to respond to situations in ways that will support or be consistent with their beliefs.” When a person reaches to turn-on a light switch or turns the key in a car’s ignition, his action is motivated by the belief, based on past experience, that light will be produced or that motor of the car will begin to run. A person with no belief of light being produced by changing the mechanical position of a lever or that transportation by other than animals is possible would not be motivated to take these simple actions. People have been known to go to great lengths demonstrate the validity of their beliefs, including war and sacrificing their own life. Conversely, people are not motivated to support or validate the beliefs of another, when those beliefs are contrary to their own.

People also will act congruent with their personal values or what they deem to be important. One definition of values is: “A value is a principle that promotes well-being or prevents harm.” Another definition of “values” is “They are our guidelines for our success-our paradigm about what is acceptable.” One resource on values defines Personal Values as: “Emotional beliefs in principles regarded as particularly favorable or important for the individual.” Our values associate emotions to our experiences to guide our choices, decisions and actions. The father of American psychology, William James, identified that “When the will and the emotions are in conflict, the emotions most often win.” Consequently, a person’s actions rarely conflict with their values and distress is felt when they do conflict.

A person’s observations of their environment are filtered through his values to determine whether or not he should expend energy to do something about his experiences. A person that values gold and sees a large bag of gold (a positive value) in his path as he walks will be motivated to reach down and pick it up. A person that values his life and knows about venomous snakes will retreat from the sound of a rattlesnake (a negative value) nearby when he is walking in the desert. Said another way, “Values are the scales we use to weigh our choices for our actions, whether to move towards or away from something.”

Not all values have the same weight or priority. Some are more important that others and must be satisfied before others can be addressed. Dr. Abraham Maslow illustrated this with his hierarchy of human needs. Survival has a higher priority than security, which has a higher priority than social acceptance. Self-esteem can only be addressed to the degree that social acceptance fulfilled. Similarly, self-actualization can only be pursued to the degree that self-esteem has been satisfied.

One of the things a person holds most important is her/his “identity.” Dr. Maxwell Maltz, identified over 4 decades ago that people will behave in accordance with their definition of themselves or their self-image. A person that has an identity that is “I’m terrible at math.” will avoid having to solve mathematical problems or will make more than the normal amount of errors when doing so. A person with the self-image of “I am an excellent public speaker.” will eagerly speak before large audiences, while a person with the opposite self-image will do whatever is necessary to avoid speak-in to even small groups of people.

A person’s beliefs, values and identity are usually acquired unconsciously based on his personal experience or observations of others’ experiences as to what produces desirable or undesirable results in the environment. A baby’s learning to walk and talk are clear examples of identifying with human adults, valuing the act of being able to have the mobility and communication ability of an adult and the belief, based on unconscious observation, that humans can and do walk and do talk with each other.

Physiologists have been able to identify the parts of the human brain that are involved in producing behavior in accordance with beliefs, values and identity. All information collected by human senses is passed through a net-like group of cells, known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS), located near the top of the brain stem. The RAS compares the data received with accepted values, positive and negative (threats), and beliefs stored in memory and determines whether or not immediate action is required. The results of the RAS’s comparison are communicated to the amygdala near the mid-brain.

The amygdala produces neuro-chemicals that cause emotions consistent with the nature of and proportional to the match between environment and values and beliefs. The neuro-chemicals initiate the chemical processes needed for the action to be taken. If the emotions produced are strong enough, the perceived information is blocked from reaching the logical, rational and conscious executive center of the brain, the pre-frontal lobes. In which case, the resulting behavior will be automatic, not necessarily logical or rational, and completely in accordance with the person’s strongest held beliefs, values and/or identity.

Put succinctly, a person’s beliefs about his/her identity and what is important determines his or her response to the stimuli received from the environment. These beliefs are stored in the subconscious mind and are subject to change by the conscious mind. Before a child learns to count correctly, he only know the names of numbers not the sequential order for them. Once he makes a conscious decision to count correctly, he memorizes the correct order through repetition and positive reinforcement. Before a person learns their multiplication tables, he does not believe that 8 time 8 equals 64. He consciously develops the belief that this is true either by repetitiously memorizing the multiplication table or by an “ah-ha” response from laying out 8 groups of 8 objects each and then counting all the objects to see that the total is 64. Through these methods the belief is built that the “truth” is that counting means that numbers have a specific order and that “8 times 8” and “64” mean the same thing.

The same process of repetition using affirmations can modify or create new beliefs about a person’s identity and/or what is important to him (his values). Simple verbal repetition of statements intended to become new beliefs, values or identity will result in these being stored for use by the RAS for comparison with the environment being experienced. The longer the period of time affirmations are repeated the higher the priority they are given in a person’s value system and therefore the more they influence the person’s behavior. Typically, consistent daily repetition over a minimum period of 3 to 5 weeks is necessary to create new behaviors. The greater the difference between the current beliefs, values and identity and the intended ones; the longer is the time needed for repetition to produce the new behaviors. Ultimately, the affirmation will dominate over the previous beliefs, values or identity trait in the person’s subconscious and will automatically produce the corresponding behavior.

This process can be accelerated by affirmations that produce emotional responses and vivid images when they are verbalized. The more intense the emotion the quicker the realization of the affirmation. The clearer and more complete the image that is triggered by the affirmation, the more accurately and quickly the intention will be realized.

If you take these two steps, you will certainly become well

Before you can think in the Certain Way which will cause your diseases to be healed, you must believe in certain truths which are here stated: –


All things are made from one Living Substance, which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. While all visible things are made from It, yet this Substance, in its first formless condition is in and through all the visible forms that It has made. Its life is in All, and its intelligence is in All.

This Substance creates by thought, and its method is by taking the form of that which it thinks about. The thought of a form held by this substance causes it to assume that form; the thought of a motion causes it to institute that motion. Forms are created by this substance in moving itself into certain attitudes or positions. When Original Substance wishes to create a given form, it thinks of the motions which will produce that form. When it wishes to create a world, it thinks of the motions, perhaps extending through ages, which will result in its coming into the attitude and form of the world; and these motions are made. When it wishes to create an oak tree, it thinks of the sequences of movement, perhaps extending through ages, which will result in the form of an oak tree; and these motions are made. The particular sequences of motion by which differing forms should be produced were established in the beginning; they are changeless. Certain motions instituted in the Formless Substance will forever produce certain forms.

Your body is formed from the Original Substance, and is the result of certain motions, which first existed as thoughts of Original Substance. The motions which produce, renew, and repair your body is called functions, and these functions are of two classes: voluntary and involuntary. The involuntary functions are under the control of the Principle of Health in you, and are performed in a perfectly healthy manner so long as you think in a certain way. The voluntary functions of life are eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping. These, entirely or in part, are under the direction of man’s conscious mind; and you can perform them in a perfectly healthy way if you will. If you do not perform them in a healthy way,you cannot long be well. So we see that if we think in a certain way, and eats, drinks, breathes, and sleeps in a corresponding way, we will be well.

The involuntary functions of your life are under the direct control of the Principle of Health, and so long as you think in a perfectly healthy way, these functions are perfectly performed; for the action of the Principle of Health is largely directed by your conscious thought, affecting your sub-conscious mind.

You are a thinking center, capable of originating thought; and as you do not know everything, you makes mistakes and think error. Not knowing everything, you believe things to be true which are not true. You hold in your thought the idea of diseased and abnormal functioning and conditions, and so perverts the action of the Principle of Health, causing diseased and abnormal functioning and conditions within your own body. In the Original Substance there are held only the thoughts of perfect motion; perfect and healthy function; complete life. God never thinks disease or imperfection. But for countless ages people have held thoughts of disease, abnormality, old age, and death; and the perverted functioning resulting from these thoughts has become a part of the inheritance of the race. Our ancestors have, for many generations, held imperfect ideas concerning human form and functioning; and we begin life with racial sub-conscious impressions of imperfection and disease.

This is not natural, or a part of the plan of nature. The purpose of nature can be nothing else than the perfection of life. This we see from the very nature of life itself. It is the nature of life to continually advance toward more perfect living; advancement is the inevitable result of the very act of living. Increase is always the result of active living; whatever lives must live more and more. The seed, lying in the granary, has life, but it is not living. Put it into the soil and it becomes active, and at once begins to gather to itself from the surrounding substance, and to build a plant form. It will so cause increase that a seed head will be produced containing thirty, sixty, or a hundred seeds, each having as much life as the first.

Life, by living, increases.

Life cannot live without increasing, and the fundamental impulse of life is to live. It is in response to this fundamental impulse that Original Substance works, and creates. God must live; and he cannot live except as he creates and increases. In multiplying forms, He is moving on to live more.

The universe is a Great Advancing Life, and the purpose of nature is the advancement of life toward perfection; toward perfect functioning. The purpose of nature is perfect health. The purpose of Nature, so far as man is concerned, is that he should be continuously advancing into more life, and progressing toward perfect life; and that he should live the most complete life possible in his present sphere of action.

This must be so, because That which lives in man is seeking more life.

Give a little child a pencil and paper, and he begins to draw crude figures; That which lives in him is trying to express Itself in art. Give him a set of blocks, and he will try to build something; That which lives in him is seeking expression in architecture. Seat him at a piano, and he will try to draw harmony from the keys; That which lives in him is trying to express Itself in music. That which lives in man is always seeking to live more; and since man lives most when he is well, the Principle of Nature in him can seek only health. The natural state of man is a state of perfect health; and everything in him, and in nature, tends toward health.

Sickness can have no place in the thought of Original Substance, for it is by its own nature continually impelled toward the fullest and most perfect life; therefore, toward health. Man, as he exists in the thought of the Formless Substance, has perfect health. Disease, which is abnormal or perverted function—motion imperfectly made, or made in the direction of imperfect life—has no place in the thought of the Thinking Stuff.

The Supreme Mind never thinks of disease. Disease was not created or ordained by God, or sent forth from him. It is wholly a product of separate consciousness; of the individual thought of man. God, the Formless Substance, does not see disease, think disease, know disease, or recognize disease. Disease is recognized only by the thought of man; God thinks nothing but health.


From all the foregoing, we see that health is a fact or TRUTH in the original substance from which we are all formed; and that disease is imperfect functioning, resulting from our imperfect thoughts, past and present. If our thoughts of ourselves had always been those of perfect health, we could not possibly now be otherwise than perfectly healthy.

You in perfect health is the thought of Original Substance, and you in perfect health is the result of your own failure to think perfect health, and to perform the voluntary functions of life in a healthy way. We will here arrange in a syllabus the basic truths of the Science of Being Well:—

There is a Thinking Substance from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. It is the life of All.

The thought of a form in this Substance causes the form; the thought of a motion produces the motion. In relation to man, the thoughts of this Substance are always of perfect functioning and perfect health.

You are a thinking center, capable of original thought; and your thoughts have power over your own functioning. By thinking imperfect thoughts you have caused imperfect and perverted functioning; and by performing the voluntary functions of life in a perverted manner, you have assisted in causing disease.

If you will think only thoughts of perfect health, you can cause within yourself the functioning of perfect health; all the Power of Life will be exerted to assist you. But this healthy functioning will not continue unless you perform the external, or voluntary, functions of living in a healthy manner.

Your first step must be to learn how to think perfect health; and your second step to learn how to eat, drink, breathe, and sleep in a perfectly healthy way. If you take these two steps, you will certainly become well, and remain so.