We have all heard the term ‘keep the chin up’ or ‘stay positive’. This is something we might say to people if we know they are facing a difficult situation or are experiencing a tough time. Without even thinking too deeply about it we generally acknowledge that it is important to try to maintain a positive outlook, particularly in times of difficulty. But very often people can form a pattern or a cycle of negative thinking and it can be very difficult to change this way of thinking. In some cases this may have been a pattern formed in early childhood as some kind of protective mechanism, or it might have become a way of consciously dealing with disappointment. This pattern can for some people become a way of life if not addressed. But what are the effects of negative thinking and how does it actually affect your body?
I meet so many clients in my energy healing practice who have a hard time pulling themselves out of negativity and often feel overwhelmed by it. One particular lady who came to me for a treatment, we’ll call her Marie, felt completely overwhelmed by such feelings and couldn’t move forward in her life. She felt completely ‘stuck’. Outwardly there was nothing obvious in her life that could cause her to have such feelings of fear and doubt. She had a job that she was happy enough with, a good network of friends and she was in a relationship but feelings of negativity were with Marie from morning until night and she just couldn’t change her mind set. This was getting to the point where she was living every day in constant fear and she was deeply unhappy.
The reason Marie came to me in the first place was because of her feelings of fatigue and a poor immune system (she had a number of colds and flu’s within a 12 month period). She had been to the doctor but her blood results had shown up no obvious reason for her tiredness. After speaking with Marie for a few minutes, she burst into tears and told me of her general sense of unworthiness and the irrational fears that were her constant companion. When I tuned into Marie I found that she had some deep emotional issues and belief systems stemming back from her childhood. She had buried these ‘inner child’ issues deep within her, and in fact had been carrying belief patterns and energies that had been passed on from her parents. Throughout the session we worked on Marie healing these patterns of behaviours (through Marie visualising herself as a little girl ). Marie also had blockages and stagnant energy around a number of her main chakras including her heart chakra which prevented her from fully loving herself and others. During the session Marie felt a huge emotional release as limiting beliefs such as self-doubt and negative patterns of behaviour were brought to light and healed.
At the end of the session I explained to Marie the importance of self-love and explained that it is important to watch and choose her thoughts. It can be easy to fall into a pattern of negative internal dialogue. It is important to remember that your outside world very often is a reflection of your inside world. The process of being kinder to herself will be on-going work for Maire and she will have to work on choosing positive thoughts until this becomes normal practice. When we accept negative thoughts or when we try to hide away our emotions the flow of energy throughout our body becomes disrupted and the body can malfunction leading to physical issues.
Our thoughts and our body are fully connected. Taking small steps, such as taking a few minutes for yourself every morning and every evening to list the things you are grateful for in your life will help to raise your vibration. Also during this time take a few deep controlled breaths (mini-meditation). Focus on little goals you want to achieve, even if it is only going a little walk every evening, as once you achieve these goals you will feel better and this will help raise your vibration. We can all incorporate small changes into our lives to make ourselves feel a bit better. Marie was committed to working on herself after our session and when feelings of fear did arise she was able to look at what was triggering these feelings instead of hiding from them. She now takes time every week to do meditation and yoga and uses positive affirmations every day. She says her life has transformed and she hasn’t had a cold in 6 months. This is just one example of how changing thought patterns can have a positive effect on the physical body.
Sinead White – Energy Healer