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Thoughtforms and Affirmations

What we think and say is manifested in our environment and our bodies

part one of three

My thoughtform theories of co-creation and illness are based loosely on Huna. If you are interested, read The Secret Science Behind Miracles by Max Freedom Long.

Thoughts are real and have weight. Spoken words have even more weight, and words spoken with intent have still more weight. Actions are the weightiest of all. This is the 'science' behind affirmations. Thinking them versus saying them versus saying them with intent. Why don't they always work? Because your mouth is saying them, but your brain is thinking, 'What a load of malarkey.'

Imagine that every thought is a small soap bubble. Eventually, a soap bubble pops and is gone--same thing with a thought. A thought that is not repeated 'pops' and goes away. We have hundreds of thousands of thoughts every day; many of them are fleeting and thus dissipate quickly. Others are 'repeat' thoughts that we have often. Some are expectations: traffic will be bad on the way to work, the line will be long at the donut shop, etc. (Notice that most expectations are for 'bad' things. Many people believe that if they only think of bad things they'll never be disappointed. Well, they're right!)

Thoughts are real and have weight. What we think and say is manifested in our environment and our bodies.

Then there are the thoughts that run all the time in the backs of our minds. Again, many of them are bad; these are the thoughts we beat ourselves up with. 'I'm fat/stupid/a failure.'

Honestly, how many of you walk around all day thinking about how great you are, how you're going to get a prime parking spot, and how great your lunch is going to taste? You're laughing at me. I can hear you.

Think of the Saturday Night Live character, Stuart Smalley, sitting in front of his mirror saying, 'I'm smart enough, I'm good enough, and gosh-darn it, people like me!' I used to think he was ridiculous. Now I know that he's absolutely correct, and when I see an SNL re-run with him in it, I don't laugh at him anymore. If you need some encouragement to feel like Stuart, visit this site, and also consider that the actor who played Stuart Smalley went on to become a U.S. Senator!

What we think and say is manifested in our environment and our bodies.

If that's true, and I believe it is, than Stuart isn't so silly anymore, is he? The example I use with my classes is that of an insecure girl who thinks her boyfriend's cheating on her. Most people have been on one side of this fence or another and can relate to the example. Let's call our girl Sally and her boyfriend Ed (because I know no one with those names). One day, for whatever reason, Ed doesn't return one of Sally's calls. She thinks, I wonder where he is/I wonder what happened?

another girl

The next time she speaks to him, she could simply ask 'Hey why didn't you call me back the other day?' or just think nothing of it, assume he was busy, or the message got erased, or whatever. However, Sally is a bit insecure, and her next thought is, I hope he's not with another girl. Above her head is a little 'soap bubble' thought called 'another girl.'

The next day, she calls her best friend and says, 'Ed didn't call me back last night, I'm worried that he's cheating on me.' Another bubble appears, attached to the first one: Cheating on me. Now Sally and her best friend are involved in drama, which is so very….dramatic. Lots of emotion and excitement. The conversation continues and more bubbles get added. The original bubble of Another Girl is strengthened and grows larger even though none of these bubbles are grounded in reality.

We all know how hard it is NOT to think of something. Don't think of pink elephants or green sheep. Think of anything else. But now those thoughts have been spoken aloud to Sally's friend. The bubbles (which are thoughtforms) have formed above Sally's head (and Sally's friend's head too). They are etheric, but they are also influencing Sally.

Finally Sally sees Ed again. She is worried and neurotic by this point (even if it's only been two days). Maybe she goes overboard on her make-up or outfit. Ed, who by the way is NOT cheating on her, thinks what's up with her hair/ clothes /make-up tonight and later on, thinks, why is she so clingy? Now Ed has a pair of thoughtforms. By the end of the evening, their ethereal space is filled with all kinds of thoughtforms, none of them positive.

The forms over their heads are linked, since the formation of the original thoughtform 'Another Girl' snowballed to create the other forms, which in turn created the ACTIONS that Ed interpreted as clingy behavior and bizarre dressing habits. You can see how big and globular the form over Sally's head is.

Over the next few days, Sally's worries increase. She indulges in more drama with her best friend. She calls Ed and asks if he loves her. She freaks out if he's not there when she calls. The thoughtforms increase on both sides of the relationship. They get stronger, larger, and heavier as they are fed with more drama and emotion from Sally and confusion and annoyance from Ed.

Eventually the thoughtforms reach critical mass. They are too large and heavy to stay in the ethereal plane anymore. They fall into the physical plane.

What do you think happens when they hit the physical plane?

Ed cheats on her, or leaves her for another girl. Her suspicious thoughts with no basis in fact have influenced her behavior to such a point that she causes the very thing she was afraid of. Ed feels completely justified, since Sally's been acting weird and he's no longer happy with her.

We can get into an off-topic discussion on conditional versus unconditional love here and how Ed should have been a more caring boyfriend and Sally not such a dramatic nut case but THIS IS FICTION. I am simply illustrating a point that I think most people can relate to. This is a clear example of cause-and-effect.

However, it could have gone a different way. Instead of manifesting as Ed cheating on Sally, it could have manifested as an illness (dis-ease) in Sally's physical body. Or, her constant worries about being fat could have attracted extra pounds to her body.

Thought-forms that are not fed atrophy and die. And what feeds a thoughtform? Thoughts, of course.

Thought-forms are the basis behind what's been called 'a self-fulfilling prophecy.' If everyone around you has the same thought about you, it sticks to you like glue. It's up to YOU to change your thinking to overcome that. (Those sticky threads are a form of karma.) If everyone around you says, 'he comes from a bad family, he'll never amount to anything,' you have to have strong thoughts, words, intent, and action to overcome that. If you just feel that they're right, then they are. If you say and think 'I am a success' and act as if you were already a success, you can overcome other's bad thoughts. Best of all is to remove yourself from the area of those negative people. Their thoughts can still stick to you from a distance, but if you aren't around to trigger their thoughts, they'll stop thinking about you. Thought-forms that are not fed atrophy and die. And what feeds a thoughtform? Thoughts, of course.

Here's a parable that I believe is about thoughtforms. Please don't ask me where I first heard it/read it because I don't remember. If you know the source, let me know.

Two monks are walking down a trail, an older monk and a young, new monk. The order the monks belong to forbids them from any association with women. They cannot speak to, touch, or even look at women. The men come to a flooded river and find a woman on the bank who is unable to cross. Seeing her plight, the older monk, without speaking, picks up the woman and carries her across the river. He puts her down and the two monks continue their journey. At the end of that day's journey, the young monk turns to the older monk and says with anger, 'you know our order forbids contact with women, yet you carried that woman across the river!' The older monk says 'our order does not forbid compassion, and besides, I put her down a long time ago.'

I could not understand that parable for a long time. I will tell you what I think it means now, go ahead and with what you think about it. The older monk felt that helping a human in need was more important than the vows of his order. He simply helped her and did not dwell on that fact that she was a woman. The other monk held inside his anger and bewilderment. Although he did not touch the woman or interact with her in any way, he was more damaged by the encounter than the older, wiser monk. The younger man had created a pack of thoughtforms regarding the woman and the experience, which moved into the physical, causing his angry outburst at his superior.

Thoughtforms 2 | 3

Written on 4 Eb. Eb translates as 'grass' as well as 'road' and I often find this means 'karma' when I see it in a reading, and I use the image of aka threads woven like a grass basket, tying us to our past, to illustrate.


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