Friday, December 30, 2005

The Science of a Positive Attitude

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: “Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights all the time.” When asked which dog wins he reflected for a moment and replied,“The one I feed the most.” – George Bernard Shaw

Quantum physicists have been playing with the notion that our thoughts and feelings have a direct influence on the physical world. Everything, they say, is connected through energy. You know already about the Laws of Attraction and how much your thoughts and feelings have to do with what you create in your life. Did you know that scientists are now agreeing with what we call the Laws of Attraction? They are!

Here's a simplified explanation of this scientific phenomena we call the Law of Attraction:

  1. At the sub-atomic level, everything is always in motion. Time and space don’t exist as we know them. A butterfly merrily flapping its wings in Japan can affect the weather in New York. It’s all energy that interacts simultaneously.
  1. Thoughts and feelings are also energy. (They have been measured as such).
  1. Because thoughts and feelings are energy, they vibrate (move). Each thought and feeling vibrates at a specific frequency (how fast it vibrates). Negative feelings vibrate at a slower frequency than positive feelings.
  1. The power (amplitude) of the thought or feeling is affected by the strength of the thought or feeling, which in turn is impacted by the number of times that thought/feeling is focused on. That is, if you keep repeating, “money corrupts”, it amplifies the vibration of that thought.

Remember, everything is energy, and all energy vibrates at a specific characteristic frequency.

OK. Now, we get into the scientific Law of Attraction. The scientific Law of Attraction states that an object (physical object, thought, feeling) will naturally attract that with which it is in vibrational harmony. Strike a tuning fork, and the strings that are in tune with that vibrating object will also begin to vibrate. Thoughts, ideas, and emotions must follow this Law of Attraction because they too are "objects" with an energetic vibration.

Now we get to the fun part. I suspect by now you really understand the Law of Attraction – like attracts like. Like thoughts or feelings attract thoughts and feelings that are vibrating at the same or similar frequencies. Likewise, these thoughts and feelings attract PHYSICAL objects (people, events) that are vibrating at a similar frequency.

But, how does our mind actually take all this in and process it?

Your brain is assaulted by thousands of messages each second. Everything you see, hear, smell, feel and touch is a message entering your brain.

Part of your brain filters through all these messages and decides which ones will move into your conscious awareness. Have you ever purchased a new car, only to see thousands of that same car and color on the road for the next week? How about when two people can go to a movie and have entirely different experiences? If you've ever experienced that, you know what I mean by the brain’s filtering mechanism.

When you focus your attention on something you don’t want, for example “I don’t want to lose any more money!”, you’re telling your brain to flag anything related to losing money as important. You “see” more evidence to support exactly what you do NOT want to see! It flags it as important because it's what you're focused on.

Scientists say that the brain is plastic: it can and does remodel itself, sometimes within a remarkably short period of time. And with the brain, timing is everything. What this means for you is that as you focus more of your attention on positive thoughts, you are actually shifting the neural pathways of your brain!

This is why it gets easier as you practice shifting your focus and practicing positive thoughts! Your brain is actually "reprogramming" itself to notice more positive things.

This is particularly interesting when you think about the impact it can have on our ability to succeed at something. If you're focused on the "mean dog", as in George Bernard Shaw's quote, that is - why you're failing - you'll strengthen those neural pathways. Conversely, a continual focus on the "good dog", success with a positive mental attitude - strengthens the neural pathways for success.

To your continued success!


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