“Half the time you think your thinking, you’re actually listening.” ~ Terence McKenna
Recently someone asked me what we can do to move out of negative thinking and actions. First, determine if the negative thoughts are actually yours or not yours.
In my experience, very few if any of our negative thoughts are actually ours. The ones that are not ours may seem like ours because they are playing in our heads. The logic is that we are thinking them so why wouldn’t they be our thoughts? But thoughts can come that surely don’t feel like ours! When they do, we become dumbfounded, shake our head in disbelief, question our sanity and think – surely that isn’t me – I don’t feel that way!
So, when our own thoughts don’t resonate even for us, we have to wonder… Why are we having these thoughts? Where are they actually coming from?
Our Beautiful Minds
Thoughts can be powerful, beautiful and helpful at times, and dangerous at other times. It can feel like walking a tightrope; consciously navigating the convoluted, at times treacherous minefield of the thought world, and determining what is valid for us in the moment and what is not.
Our minds are powerful tools, and we use the mind plus inspiration/intuition for creating. That is a beautiful aspect of mind’s function when it works in our favor. Our minds are also critical and analytical, and can drive our attention to ‘beneficial’ fear, helping us to identify real, imminent danger. However, usually that kind of situation is accompanied with life experiences and gut-level feelings of authentic danger. At that point, our feelings, other instincts and the mind lead the way together.
Discerning real fear from false fear can be very tricky though — and it may seem as if I am talking out of both sides of my mouth here — as sometimes a fear thought that is not ours will create fear in our bodies where it did not exist before, and thus produce a false read. This is when we have to tune in and really ‘listen’ to our inner guidance. Tuning into our inner guidance and smartly assessing the present situation, in combination with the logical tools of the mind, will help us figure out if we are truly in a compromising position or thinking fearful or negative thoughts that have no purpose.
“Ninety-nine percent of your thoughts are a complete waste of time. They do nothing but freak you out.” ~ Michael Singer
Where Are These Thoughts Coming From?
We can be bombarded with thousands of negative thoughts daily. When I say “negative” I mean thoughts that are not productive, not character building or soul supporting. They are thoughts of destruction, in one form or another, either toward ourselves or others.
Negative thoughts can be so powerful that we may feel compelled to make efforts to override them with positive framing or even grander efforts of completely detaching. If we don’t, the negative drain-train can overwhelm and capsize our lives. Sometimes these negative patterns/thoughts are so powerful they create overwhelming feelings of vulnerability, self hate, fear etc. and oftentimes we act out behaviors that we would have never normally considered.
So, if these negative thoughts don’t serve us, overwhelm us, and steer us toward negative experiences and feelings, why are we being bombarded with them? Why can’t we be bombarded with positive thoughts instead? I mean, what’s up with that?!? Why is there a consistent negative speak in our heads, instead of something uplifting, encouraging and loving?
“Half the time you think you’re thinking, you’re actually listening.” ~ Terrence McKenna
Effortless Streams of Thought
Have you ever noticed that, when we are just sitting idly, not really thinking or even trying not to think, thoughts can keep coming anyway? One negative thought bomb can build on another one and before we know it, a good day has turned into an out-of-control downward-spiral kind of day. Streams of stuff that can be downright psychotic have free rein in our heads, and we can’t help but wonder where in the blistering hell this stuff is coming from. This happens not because an event has happened or because someone has called with bad news — it is because of the words playing out in our heads! We are actually listening to a stream of consciousness that is not our own!
Can it be any clearer than that? I think not.
So who decided that our thoughts would be mostly negative and destructive? What keeps them cycling through negative cycles with no end in sight?
Really think about this: Would you say that when we have negative thoughts, it keeps us occupied? Would you say that these negative thoughts take us to places that do not serve us? That they can build and create a reality in our head that is not Who We Really Are, then manifest an outer reality to match that?
Who would be invested in creating thought bombs to keep us from connecting with Who We Really Are and creating from that level?
Non-physical energy ‘vampires’ are entities in the unseen, non-physical realms around us. They have every intention of stealing and using your energy. That is mainly how they survive. They set up energy siphoning through negative emotions, trauma, addictions, injuries, extreme fear and ecstatic bliss episodes and events, through unspoken or spoken agreements in the physical and nonphysical realms, in other lifetimes or this one, and also through joint permission with others. And they are opportunists; If there is a way to suck the life out of you, they will figure it out, manufacture the scheme and install it.
The polarity/duality matrix in which we currently reside is designed to keep us from true connection with Who We Really Are. That is the name of the game here. To a degree we have created this game, however there are puppet-masters at work as well. We are unable to see them with our physical eyes, but they are there running the show because, until now, we have allowed it. We cooperate because we are asleep at the wheel, unconsciously participating in ‘victim consciousness’. Some of us are awake to it, but the majority are not. Many are not yet ready to give up victim consciousness, and for those who don’t wish to confront this reality and remain entangled in victimhood — a state that fulfills only the egoic mind — there are mechanisms in place to accommodate that preference, which help to maintain our experience of polarity that keeps us feeling like victims.
Making sense so far?
Negative Thoughts, and the Feelings They Create, Keep Us In the Game!
Negativity, fear, guilt and shame create the trauma and drama of the 3rd dimensional density field — the field that rolls out the red carpet inviting one into the theatre of terrifying and numbing adventures and catastrophes. We are unable to feel the contrast of dread and fear without there being negative thought forms and the like to jerk us into action.
Some spiritual teachings say that we are responsible for all of our thoughts — that we create them so we need to feel responsible for them, believe them and handle them. And yet, believing that we are somehow responsible for every screwball and demented cogitation that pops up in our heads can yield whopping amounts of guilt and shame. Doesn’t it follow that, if we have such self-created distortions in our head, we are also severely distorted in who we are? It seems so, when such a rigorous spiritual tenet says it is so.
This really, really is a mindf**k. Sometimes these thoughts are ours, such as our own wounded energy from this lifetime or another existence. The thoughts attached to the wounds are, most times, screams for help that point the way to the pain – the stored energy of an event. This is usually a good time to either take measures to self heal or reach out for help. But if we are to believe we create every single thought we have, and those type of thoughts are dynamically unsettling and don’t resonate with our highest self, then how can we maintain any kind of self-love or self-worth? How can we get out of the game believing that our behavior and our beingness constructed every quark of that madness?
To me, that seems part of the plan of keeping us down and out. We have to wonder what and who is really behind that spiritual mishmash? If you are reading this and feeling guilt and shame, I am gently requesting that you please stop now… Please don’t continue to punish yourself.
7 Origins of Thoughts That Are Not Ours
Although this list is not conclusive, these are the usual suspects:
1. The Matrix Of Duality Consciousness and Accompanying Curriculum
The matrix is so sophisticated and all-encompassing that whole books can be written about it. Both sides of duality consciousness, the dark and the light, participate in this intricate and interlaced grid. The matrix is the mother lode in thought and programming production. All of the following are just adjuncts embedded within it.
2. Collective Conscious/Unconscious
For as long as humans have been on the earth, a collective conscious/unconscious vibrational mass has been perpetually growing exponentially. In it are stored thoughts, ideas, programming, etc. from individuals and organizations since the beginning of time. Humanity is enveloped by and influenced in every second of every day by this mass. There are things we can do to detangle from that convoluted clump, but staying detangled is the challenge.
3. Religious/Media/Conventional Schooling Thought-forms/Programming
As soon as we are born we are exposed to myriad influences and absorb them like a sponge. Participating in religious or spiritual groups can cement in hard-core beliefs about what god is or god is not and the fear that comes along with that programming. Conventional schooling and the media play a significant role in how we form opinions and make choices. When we can begin to recognize that this conditioning is not our own, we can then begin to ignore it. Recognizing that conditioning while in complete saturation, though, is the kink in the link.
4. Distorted And Compound Energy Packets From Others
We also pick up wounded energies (energy packets) from others in this life and other lifetimes. Sometimes these hitchhikers are often accompanied by their own hitchhikers which then compounds the mayhem. The load can be significant in just this regard. And all the information in those energy packets are expressing 24/7.
5. Creepy Critters And Their Intrusive Manipulation
What critters are we talking about here? Entities from both sides of the polarity scale, known as legion. Since we don’t want to give our thoughts or power away to any outside entity, it may not be a good idea to trust those with fluffy wings any more than you trust those with pointy tails … just sayin’. Their mind manipulation tricks generate unhealthy and especially destructive suggestions. They can also, individually, whisper sweet nothings in our ears, playing to our egos in order to satisfy their ends, not ours.
6. False Guides Feeding Us Crappy Information
From my experience we are born with one Super Guide and other minor guides. The Super Guide may vacate its position for various reasons and other not-so friendly influences will then fill in that vacuum. The same goes with the minor guides. Most times we don’t even know there are interlopers because we seem to be getting the same quality of communication, but they dress it up that way – in pleasantries and feel-good vibes. Tricky, tricky!
7. Generic Thought-form Masses And Verbal Clouds
This is almost the same as collective consciousness but not quite, yet works in the same way. These can come from the folk who populate our immediate vicinity.
Is it any wonder that we are in the soup we are in?
7 Methods of Clearing Thoughts That Are Not Ours
1. Minimizing the Thought River Using Meditation
One exercise that may help:
Visualize yourself relaxing on a beautiful, peaceful bank by a fast flowing river. See the green lushness of the trees and grass and feel the welcoming arms of the earth. From this position, watch the river flow at a rapid rate and envision myriad fish going with the flow.
Now see your mind/brain as the peaceful riverbank, the fast flowing river as the thought train flowing through your mind, and the little fishes as intrusive, non beneficial thoughts. Practice detachment from the little fishes.
Make up your own correlations or find the gold that works for you. There are many meditation methods available.
2. Do Not Hook In
If unable to minimize the thought river and little fishes and detach, the next best thing is not to ‘hook in’ to the thoughts. In other words, do not feed them with emotion. When we hook in, we step into the poo-poo pile. All manner of dysfunction, physically and emotionally, psychically happens when we hook into thoughts and give them energy. If we can manage to be the witness instead of the participant, life flows smoother and we manifest less dis-ease in all our bodies of consciousness.
3. Take A Walk
Get into nature somehow and focus on the greenery, the beauty and fragrant smells. Stay as long as you can. Being in nature is always a good move no matter the circumstances.
4. Music – The Great Equalizer
Sound is a wonderful tool to break up invasive energy patterns. Dancing to the music lifts us even higher.
5. Get into Creation Mode
Do you write, paint, color? Do an activity that puts you squarely in a place of creating something out of nothing.
6. Go to Zero Point – Sacred Space of Nothingness
This is sort of like number 1. But not. It is dismissing the destructive thought-train by taking your mind, your focus, to Zero Point. I have tried all kinds of techniques over the years and this one works the best for me for now.
Envision a classic number line (It may be helpful to google ‘number line’ to get a better visualization.)
-10, -9, -8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, +9, +10.
Visualize looking at your body, from head to toe, at a distance, face front. Now take that number line and superimpose it onto your body. The Zero Point will run down the very middle of your body. That is the neutral zone – your Sacred Space of Nothingness. The numbers to the left and right of you are duality, and the place where the thoughts enter. Zero Point is the land of nothingness – no negative or positive charges, no duality.
When any negativity comes to mind, I immediately shift my focus to Zero Point, imagine my space of nothingness down the centerline of me. I am then able to detach and/or not invest any emotion at the very least.
Sometimes when I am in a space of really focusing, I will track an especially invasive thought train. If we are unusually sensitive we can feel which direction the thought(s) are coming from whether it is from the sides, back, top or bottom. This may seem strange but try it. Feel into the thought and then follow and track the energy. All of us are naturally energy trackers. Now see step 7.
Either you track or ask your Authentic Self (or whatever you consider your Highest Source) to track the thought to its source, then flat-line and neutralize it.
There is so very much going on in, through and around us, and since most of us go through life unconscious and unaware, it is amazing we can walk around and function at all. Pat yourself on the back for just breathing; the struggle that brought you here is very real.
Now, it’s time to turn the game on its head! When you experience negative thoughts that are yours, hear their lesson and heal their source. When you find that these thoughts are not yours, please don’t continue to punish yourself — that just feeds the problem. Remember, with conscious awareness, you have the power to protect yourself from the intrusion of negative thoughts and take back full sovereignty over your energetic being.