The One Thing You Need To Know About The Voice In Your Head
Do you have a little voice running in your head all the time commenting on EVERYTHING? And most often….it’s something negative or what could go wrong. It’s the voice that has an opinion about everything and begs you to stay in the comfort zone because everything outside of that zone or safety net is uncertain and therefore a perceived danger zone. It’s the voice that keeps on doubting your abilities, arguing with you, and highlighting the worst case scenario of any situation.
So what is this voice?
The number one thing to realize is - it is just a voice. You don’t have to believe everything you hear nor should you identify with it.
Much of the comments you hear and the worries this voice wants to instill are coming from age old beliefs that you built when you were a child. By watching your parents, or any other person of authority you learned what is worth worrying about, being sad about, angry, etc.…Today 95% of our emotional reaction and behavior comes from our subconscious mind…we are literally running on auto pilot.
Dr Bruce Lipton, a cutting edge molecular biologist, explains there are two separate minds that create what he calls the body’s controlling voice. There is a conscious mind that can think freely and create new ideas ‘out of the box’. Then there is the subconscious mind, which is basically a super computer loaded with a database of programmed behaviors, most of which we acquired before we reached the age of six.
How do we control this voice?
The good news is you can override it…want to know how? When in this state of negative thinking, pause and observe your thoughts. Ask yourself, are they based on old beliefs you created from early childhood or as a young adult? Choose a positive alternative to what you fear. Why not expect the best instead of the worst. Yes you want to plan but planning and worrying are two different things. Once done planning, think about envisioning that everything will work out. Visualization can be a powerful tool to manifest what you desire.
According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator, visualization works because neurons in our brains, those electrically excitable cells that transmit information, interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to "perform" the movement. This creates a new neural pathway -- clusters of cells in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors -- that primes our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined. All of this occurs without actually performing the physical activity, yet it achieves a similar result. This exercise can be hard as you are literally creating new brain wiring. Your brain is used to going down the same established pathways. Thinking differently creates new pathways but it can feel painful and requires repetition.
Another way to practice this is to feel gratitude for all the blessings in your life…you have food, you can walk, you don’t have a toothache or earache…celebrate!! I do this practice every night before going to bed. In fact I chose to only recall the best parts of the day and relish again in those moments. With our brain sifting and sorting through our memories while we sleep, it determines what memories to discard and which to keep…and my goal is to keep all the good ones.
Mantras can be super helpful as well, a short phrase that you repeat often. My current mantra is ‘things can be easy’, but I also used “Today I chose to feel happy” and “I’m capable beyond belief”.
It is a choice how we view the world and only you are in control of that. Yes, it takes practice to shift negative thinking to a positive, vibrant outlook but if you want to feel happy it’s time well spent.
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