Vitarka badhane pratipaksa bhavanam
In the case of disturbance arising through troublesome thoughts such as of violence one should become intent on their respective opposites. (Trans: U. Arya)
Yoga Sutras, Book II, Sutra 33
Repeated thoughts held long enough become beliefs, and beliefs can overcome DNA and previous programming when applied properly.
In other words beliefs can overcome genetics and when we change our beliefs, we change our physical chemistry, we change our outcomes, and we change our lives.
This is presently being proven by the western medical community in a new field called psychoneuroimmunology.
But how do we change beliefs and adopt healthy positive attitudes that produce what we want in life?
Our discussion is broken down into three parts:
Part I: The litmus test: Is it true? Learn to think the opposite thought
Part II: The use of creative imagination
Part III: The use of relaxation for programming
Part I: The litmus test*: Is it true? Learn to think the opposite thought utilizing a resolve.
Step 1: Recognize you have a choice in the way you think.
You must recognize that you can choose a thought that will take you to where you want to go or you can choose a thought that will keep you stuck where you are.
You have that power.
Changing your vocabulary, changing your thoughts, changes your outcomes. Shifting paradigms is most effective while in a deep relaxation (when alpha waves would be measured in the mind), and can be accomplished at other times although will take a little longer. (Part II describes four states of consciousness)
Step 2: Become aware of the excuses you tell yourself.
Excuses are explanations that you use to lie to yourself to keep you stuck and away from attaining what you want.
There are several excuses people use. Here are some of the most common ones:
There are other excuses that people use. What’s your favorite? What lies do you tell yourself to avoid life, responsibility, to having the health, the love, the money, etc. that you desire?
Excuses are used by people so they can stay stuck and sabotage themselves to get the following payoffs:
When we buy into these payoffs, we see the world as tough, unfair, nasty, war like, mean and dangerous. Holding this perspective, we think: “Life is a bitch.”
When we don’t buy into these payoffs, we see the world as a great opportunity, where set-backs are lessons to learn and to grow from. Holding this perspective leads to the sense that “It’s a beautiful world.”
How do you see life?
Step 3: What is a resolve?
A resolve is a firm, determined, fixity of purpose, a 100% committed mental decision stated as truth in the present tense that makes your imagery (Part II) become solid in the material world.
Step 4: Do the litmus test: Is it true?
How to make the shift in the mind to a new paradigm that gets you what you want. Here are some sample dialogues to show how apply the test of whether something is absolutely true:
Example 1: A person had a cancerous tumor removed and they’re afraid it may come back.
Dialogue: Do you think your cancer may come back? “Yes, I’m afraid it might come back.”
Are you 100% certain that it will come back? “No, I am not 100% certain.”
What is the opposite thought? “All cancer has been successfully destroyed and removed from my body permanently. Thank you God.”
Are you 100% certain that your cancer has been successfully destroyed and removed from your body permanently.” “No, I am not 100% certain.”
Does it make sense to think a thought, “I’m worried cancer may come back” which may or may not be true but when you think it you sabotage yourself and remain stuck in fear and doubt, inviting the cancer to come back?
Or does it make more sense to think, “All cancer has been successfully destroyed and removed from my body permanently, thank you God,” which may or may not be true but when you think it you bring about the desired outcome, while generating a feel good space within yourself?
Since both thoughts are equally uncertain, which thought do you choose? The one that sabotages you or the one that gets you what you want?
The shift to the opposite thought is an example of how the opposite thought is the resolve.
Example 2: A person with an irregular heart beat develops a resolve that is different from the opposite thought, but the opposite thought is where the shift takes place that allows for the development of the resolve to support the shift in consciousness.
Dialogue: Is it difficult to get your heart beat under control? “Yes, it keeps getting out of control and it’s scary.”
“Are you 100% absolutely certain that is going to be difficult to get your heart beat under control? “No, I’m not sure. But, my history tells me it’s been difficult.”
What’s the opposite thought? “It’s easy to get my heart beat under control.”
Does it make sense to think a thought, “It’s difficult to get my heart beat under control“ which may or may not be true but when you think it you sabotage yourself and remain stuck in fear and worry?
Or does it make more sense to think “It’s easy to get my heart beat under control” which may or may not be true but when you think it increase the likelihood of the desired outcome, simultaneously generating a good feeling within yourself?
Both thoughts are equally uncertain; you have a choice of which to choose.
A wise choice would be the new thought, “I’m confident that it’s easy to my heart beat under control.”
Now here is an example of a resolve that supports this shift in consciousness.
“I surrender all to God. My heart is healed. My heart beats to the rhythm of love. My heart beats normally and naturally all the time. My heart is in perfect health.”
Now that you have made the shift in mind and you’ve created your resolve you must reinforce it daily by repeating it aloud as often as possible, especially when you find yourself caught in the trap of your excuses.
And at least once a day go into a deep relaxed meditative state and repeat it while viewing your picture of what you are 100% committed to manifesting.
PART II: Using your imagination to create pictures
This part is about creating images to correspond and support your resolve, vocabulary and thoughts. Words plus pictures are mechanisms that create physical changes. We use pictures to enhance our words and our vocabulary.
Thoughts and pictures combined with feelings enhance the power of the process, although such visualization is not essential.
How to create a picture
Step 1: Create a mental picture of the object or situation in the present as if it already exists in the material world.
Step 2: Imagine yourself having, being or doing what you resolve. Include as many details as possible.
Image for working with Cancer:
See your immune system as sizzling hot water, strong, powerful and cancer as dirty weak little ice cubes being melted away by the hot water and being naturally eliminated from the body. Imagine going to the doctor for your check up and having him/her tell you, “It's a miracle! You have zero symptoms. You are cancer-free!”
Or see your immune system as a ray gun, like in star trek, zapping and disintegrating your cancer tumor and it being eliminated from your body through natural processes.
Image for working with Irregular heartbeat:
See your heart smiling as a clock with the second hand moving second by second in perfect rhythm beating 60 beats per minute.
Or see your heart being held in the hands of Infinite Energy with brilliant, dazzling, scintillating white light pulsating from the hands of the Infinite permeating every cell of your heart, soothing it, healing it, loving it unconditionally.
Part III: Relaxation for programming
The mechanisms for change are imagination and resolve done in a relaxed state while at rest in a deeply relaxed (alpha wave) mind.
There are four different kinds of brain-waves found for different activities:
1.Beta – The waking state
2.Alpha – The relaxed state
3.Theta – The dream state
4.Delta – The sleep state
Being in a deeply relaxed state while using a resolve that supports your image is a highly effective programming process. There are several ways to enter into a deep state of relaxation. Here is one example:
Focus your eyes upward towards the eyebrows. Counting backwards from 25 to 1, remembering with each descending number you are going deeper and deeper, reaching deeper levels of mind, deeper levels of relaxation, going deeper and deeper with each and every breath. And when you reach the number one you will be totally and completely relaxed.
An effective five step process to program one self is:
Let’s take a little deeper look at this five step process.
First, close your eyes focusing them upwards towards the eyebrows, towards the frontal lobe of the brain and count backwards from 25 to 1.
Second, make your resolve mentally and silently to yourself stating your resolve three times in the present tense.
Third, create a picture that mirrors your resolve.
Fourth, mentally imagine your resolve happening while in this relaxed state. Be as detailed as you like. While viewing your picture apply your resolve periodically to reinforce your imagery. Stay in this state for about 10 to 20 minutes.
When finished tell yourself I am going to count from 1 to 5 and on the count of 5 I will be alert, wide awake, feeling fine and in perfect health, feeling better then before.
Now count from 1 to 5 and state upon opening your eyes, I am alert, wide awake, feeling fine and in perfect heath, feeling better than before.
Fifth, throughout the day repeat your resolve aloud and recall your imagery as often as possible.
It is really that simple.
The secret to the process is practice at least once a day while deeply relaxed and then throughout the day repeat your resolve aloud remembering the picture that matches the resolve in order to continually reinforce the program, impressing it upon the mind.
Points to remember when moving from unwanted thoughts to wanted supportive positive thoughts in order you get what you intend:
Tell yourself the truth and own your payoffs.
Take responsibility for your thoughts rather than leaving it up to random thinking.
Do the litmus test on your excuse you tell yourself. Ask is it true?
Ask yourself what would your life look like if got rid of all your excuses.
.Create pictures that support your new language, your new vocabulary, your resolve.
Relax while doing your resolve, while picturing what mirrors your resolve.
Daily repeat your resolve throughout the day.
Maintain fixity of purpose with this process, be willing to be successful with this process and be willing to allow success in.
Have purpose in life and live your purpose.
Make your #1 priority in life your relationship to Source Energy and in serving others.
Learn to meditate in line with your religious or spiritual tendencies.
Practice, practice, practice the paradigm.
The paradigm shift is not based on your idea of I deserve what you want but on your wiliness to experience what you want and on your being willing to allow change.
Be willing to make the change and be willing to allow whatever you are committed to experience.
*This information (Litmus Test) was gleaned from my study of Dr. Wayne Dyer's work, although the applications were developed by my own experimentation.
Please note that the information presented in this article is not intended as a medical prescription, scientific fact, or as a substitue for professional medical care, but rather as possibilities for self-experimentation.
For further reading, I recommend the following sources:
“Excuses Be Gone” Dr. Wayne Dyer
“You the Healer” Jose Silva
“Creative Visualization” Shakti Gawain
“Yoga Sutras, Book II, Verse 33” Swami Veda Bharati
“Cancer Conqueror” Greg Anderson
About the Author Richard Parenti: Swami Veda Bharati initiated Richard into the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. He has also studied with such notables as Walt Baptiste, Dr. Jeffery Bland, Dr. Larry Payne, Roy Eugene Davis, Dr. Rammurti S. Mishra, and Dr. Ralph Jeffery’s. Richard is the spiritual guide of the Yoga Health Institute and is a published author, "Naked Before God," “Cancer, No Easy Choices” and "Who Am I". He is an international lecturer, Yoga Health Coach, Certified Ayurveda Nutrition Practitioner, Certified First Line Therapist Life Style Educator© and member of the California Yoga Teachers Association. He has taught Yoga for people with multiple sclerosis for the past four years and was awarded in 2008 by the MS Society of Northern California as having the ideal Yoga class for MS patients. Richard's website is found at www.yoga-ehealth.com