The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.
I was reflecting upon the moral letters to Lucilius from the Stoic philosopher, Seneca. In those letters, Seneca gives advice to Lucilius regarding life. Here’s one of his quotes: “There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” In other words, we make a lot of scary stories in our head and believe them to be true, when in reality, things aren’t really so bad.
Today, there are great spiritual teachers who help point us in the right direction regarding our racing thoughts, overactive imaginations, and how to get them under “surveillance.” Being aware of our thoughts is the first step to being conscious.
I’ve expressed many times that your thoughts create your reality. You can look at this objectively (from a scientific perspective) or subjectively. Quantum physics can give you a good idea of how this works on a molecular level. However, it’s the immaterial perspective that provides a more spiritual directive. I choose the latter because of my feelings towards a higher power. There are some phenomena that science can’t explain. We interpret this in our language as miracles.
Getting back to thoughts, I feel it is very important to keep an even mind. This is why I’ve told you and your brother to steer away from anything that promotes low energy such as violence on T.V. or movies that conjure negative thinking. Social media is another one. There is a lot of brainwashing going on out there. We must rise above it and be the ones who foster positive, right thinking.
How can you do this? Well, let’s refer to Hermetic philosophy. If you read this ancient philosophy, you’ll learn what transmutation is. Back in the day, the mystics were able to transmute base metals into gold. With conscious awareness, you learn to transmute negative thoughts to positive ones. This is how one manifests the good things in life.
Say the ego plants a negative thought in your head. Eventually, that thought may become a belief, stored in your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is like a tape recorder that will “turn on” when you’re experiencing something in context.
For example, say you witnessed someone reacting to a mouse in their house. They totally freak out, scream, throw a huge fit, and run out of the house. You may store this experience in your subconscious mind as mice are bad and scary. So, every time you see a mouse, you freak out and have a similar reaction.
How can you transmute this fear? Sometimes, we learn to transmute our thoughts by observing others’ behaviors. For example, you might go to a friend’s house and observe her playing with a pet mouse; feeding it, loving it, and encouraging you to pet it. Then, you hold the little mouse and feel it’s little vibrating body in your hands. It is soft and silky to the touch and your thoughts about mice change. You are no longer afraid.
This is an example of transmutation, however, we are usually dealing with more difficult thoughts and beliefs that need to be transmuted. The most important thing is to be consciously aware of your thoughts so that you can make positive changes.
One of the ways to do this, is to ask yourself, “What am I manifesting?” In other words, what thought/belief am I creating? Also, take note of the commentary that goes on in your own mind. Does it serve you and/or others in a positive way? Is it good, bad, or ugly?
In my opinion, self-destructive thought is the most difficult to transmute. Here’s are some examples: “I’m not smart enough.” Or, “I’m fat and ugly.” How can you transmute these thoughts? The most effective thing to do is to create a “better feeling thought” to replace the old one. It’s as easy as that. For example, “I have many gifts that help others” or “I enjoy walking which makes my body strong.”
Visualization is another way you can transmute a thought. By seeing and feeling the desired result prior to its fruition, helps to create that reality. For example, visualize that there’s a good grade on your paper instead of thinking, “I’m not smart enough.” Visualize that you have a strong body that carries you everywhere. Feel the sensation that a strong body has. Believe that you already have it. This is how you change your reality.
I must admit, visualization doesn’t always work for me. I’ve tried many times but found that my focus tends to be towards material desires (like a new kitchen). This doesn’t fulfill my heart because I’m turning towards the external environment for happiness. I find that it’s more authentic to desire something simpler, like peace in my heart.
Another effective way to transmute your thoughts is to write things down. You can write down the negative thought in one column and rewrite it as a positive one in the other. For example: “I feel anxious and worried all the the time;” change that to, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have the feeling of inner peace; inner peace provides me with the feeling of being free and happy; inner peace feels satisfying and lovely; I can foster this inner peace and share it with others; wouldn’t it be lovely to share peace with all of those I encounter.” The result is a nice “rampage” of the desired feelings which replaces the negative thoughts, thereby changing your reality.
Cleaning up one’s frequency is key to keeping an even mind and the first step is awareness of your thoughts. If you can be the bystander of your thoughts, then you are experiencing consciousness. Try to catch yourself when you have a negative thought. Don’t judge the thought, observe it. Then, try to transmute it. It is a practice worth trying as it will transform your life in many ways. Give it a go.