What if you stopped trying to control your thoughts?
You know those thoughts like: “I shouldn’t be thinking that, it’s not nice, or positive or spiritual, or healthy or whatever.”
I think you get the idea.
Somewhere along life’s path, the belief that some thoughts are good/positive/desirable and others are bad/negative/undesirable took hold.
As a result you expend a huge amount of energy trying to have only positive thoughts. Then we exert even more energy beating ourselves up for those unfavourable thoughts that creep in.
Looks like a battle you’re never going to win.
What if you could unleash all your thoughts in the same way that you unleash your dog in the off-leash park? As soon as your dog is unleashed it bolts for joy. What about you, if you unleashed your thoughts could you be totally comfortable with all of them?
Or does the fear that they will run amuck keep you from taking that chance?
I was afraid of unleashing my thoughts. I believed that if I allowed my thoughts free rein I would get myself into all sort of trouble. I also strongly believed that I had to control them.
I spent a great amount of energy ignoring negative thoughts, pushing them away, trying to twist them into positive forms or looking for other ways to fix them. None of these methods worked! They just kept coming back.
As I watched my thoughts I discovered a Universal truth about thoughts, by themselves are neutral! It is only what we put into the thought, our labels and judgement, that give a thought its value.
I choose what I think. I choose what I add to a thought to give it value.
This choice was my power. I can choose to give a thought meaning by adding labels, conditions, and judgements, OR I could add praise, encouragement and kindness, OR I could choose to watch them float by without any involvement from me. It is very powerful to know that I can choose the world in which I want to live.
So, perhaps what you are afraid of isn’t that your thoughts will run amuck, but the fear of unleashing your innate power to create though choice.
Something to reflect upon from Sydney Banks: “Thought is not reality; yet it is through Thought that our realities are created.”
Therein lies your power and your freedom.