So if you find yourself in a "negative space" about something, think about what your thoughts are showing you right now. Make the commitment right now to do that --- to think about what you are thinking about --- whenever you feel less than totally joyful, totally peaceful, totally content. THEN...
...apply the discipline of refocusing. This is a discipline. It is an art. It is Aikido of the Mind.
Going on from there I observe that this discipline of the mind is about taking the incoming negative energy that may be assailing us from the world around us and redirecting that energy in a positive way.
Wikipedia tells us that the physical art of Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." The goal of the creator of Aikido was to come up with an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on.
This falls perfectly in line with a prominent CwG message: What you resist, persists. Therefore, when negative thoughts or emotions assail you, do not resist them. Go ahead and think about what you are thinking about --- but think about it in a new way. Redirect your mental energy. Refocus it.
Using your knowledge of the Mechanics of the Mind and the System of the Soul as given to us in When Everything Changes, Change Everything, enlarge the databank from which you are extracting information about the Present Event by importing data from the place of Pure Being in which your Soul resides.
Moving to this place, you will notice an expanding of your Consciousness, which will, in turn, increase your Awareness, which will, in turn, produce a new Perspective, which will, in turn, alter your Perception, which will, in turn, result in a new Belief, which will, in turn, produce a new Behavior, which will, in turn, bring you an entirely different Experience of the Present Event.
Joining this different Experience that is provided by your Soul with the Experience that you have been provided by your Mind will produce an extraordinary opportunity to create and live a new Reality with regard to your Present Event (or any other Event in your life).
The important thing is not to resist, or seek to avoid, the negative moments in your life, but rather, to transform them. This can be done by meeting them head-on, looking at them and seeing them for exactly what they are, acknowledging them and even honoring them for what they are (rather than "shaming them" into non-existence --- which will not work), and then working to re-shape them, thus to produce a new Reality with regard to them, and the events that brought them on.
I want to say that if we consider life's events using only the data of our Mind, we are using limited data, to be sure. The data of the Mind is not to be ignored, but it is also not good if it is considered exclusively. By combining the data of the Mind with the data of the Soul we enrich our perception by shifting our perspective, and that gives us the ability to move into the Ultimate Reality, rather than dwell in the Distorted Reality regarding those events.
Love and Hugs,
~ Neale Donald Walsch - God's latest Scribe? ~
© 2019 ReCreation Foundation - http://www.cwg.org - Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.