The human mind has roughly 50-70k thoughts a day, roughly 35-48 thoughts a minute. The topic of our thoughts leads to our emotional experiences. Our emotional experiences drive our reactions; our reactions reflect how we respond to life. How we respond to life ultimately decides whom we interact with; therefore whom we interact with, acts as the mirror for where we must grow, evolve and change.
“You are not a tree, if you don’t like where you are, move.” ~ Unknown
When we train our brain to think affirmative proactive thoughts, we begin to change our reality, eventually our authentic emotions follow suit. This process does not happen overnight; in this process, patience is key. Furthermore, I am a firm believer in fake it until you make it, especially when it comes to controlling the mind. This said, when our thoughts and emotions genuinely become welcoming, loving, open and trusting, we begin to attract others of like mind and spirit.
Physics teaches, like attracts like, in Kabbalah its called, affinity to form.
The process I used to train my brain is not entirely Kabbalistic; it’s actually rooted in Buddhist Vipassana mediation. Although I do deem myself a Kabbalist, it is Buddhism that sparked my desire to control my mind and my thoughts. The fact that I was a new single mother at the time pushed me to act on a spiritual impulse completely outside of the scope for which I was raised. I studied Siddhartha and he quickly became a go to character I would/still do visualize, when I need to inwardly reflect on my human potential.
“I can think. I can wait. I can fast.” ~ Siddhartha
I began my search for a way to master my mind 17 years ago. Shortly after my daughter was born I went to Thailand for a solo 3-day, silent Vipassana retreat. Following the teacher I was given, I was instructed to bring awareness to the momentary actions of my thoughts.
The process of Vipassana is easy. Simply bring attention to what you are doing with your senses. I am walking I am walking. I am hearing I am hearing, I am feeling I am feeling ect ect. It took only a few minutes to get the technique, and 12 years to understand what it was for.
While at retreat I used every bit of the 72 hours I was there, to “notice” my destructive inner dialog and be 100% present of where I was, in the moment. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, so hard in fact, after the retreat I got deathly ill. Once I healed and processed this new knowledge, I began to practice Vipassana daily, in the following manner.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” ~ Buddha
1st Daily Step: Simple Vipassana meditation:
While out in the world (in car, walking, biking, or sitting) look at everyone you see in passing, and send him or her, love.
The busier the environment you are in, the more challenging.
Be silent and with yourself.
Then, in your mind, tell whomever you see, you love them.
Be silent. Share.
Consciously and silently say to yourself, while looking at them, “love surrounds you” or “I love you”. No eye contact needed. Just love shared.
Then, while you are sharing love, thoughts will pop in. You are hungry, your kids need yada yada, I need to do this, and that, my foot hurts.
Gently notice the thoughts, acknowledge them as quickly as possible and simply return your thoughts to sending love.
Love. Thought. Shift. Love. Thought. Shift. Love.
If you have never mediated before, be kind to yourself when you have thoughts other than love. It might take a few minutes before you actually remember you were focused on sharing only love.
Once the memory that you are sharing love resurfaces, gently and with intention return to sending love and continue the process.
In hindsight, Vipassana mediation taught me to compartmentalize my thoughts. Through daily focus on love, and noticing everything that came between my continuous and uninterrupted loving thoughts, I slowly took the thoughts that were, for the most part out of control with negativity and pain, and placed them within an appropriate cognitive compartment. Gradually my thoughts were no longer flailing in the dark, and I slowly began to see the Light.
“You are your only master” ~Buddha
17 years forward, and thousands of hours of practice later, I can now humbly withstand almost any stressful and reactionary situation, not allowing the emotion of any moment to direct my thoughts or reactions. Additionally, I have found I can gain Divine assistance when using any one of the 72 Names of God, simply by meditating on three Hebrew letters.
“Consciousness is Everything” ~ Rav P.S. Berg
2nd Daily Step: 72 Names of God: Eliminating Negative Thinking
The 72 names of God are a Kabbalistic tool that allow a relatively “monkey free mind” to directly connect to Divine Light. Here, consciousness is key. You can use either the Vipassana or Kabbalistic mediations alone; however I have found when used together, they are extremely potent and valuable to an expanding mind.
The 72 Names are a series of Hebrew letters that make up a character of God. One of the most widely used 72 Names of God is “Ayin Lamed Mem” which eliminates negative thoughts. The 72 Names are not religious in nature and they hold no dogma. The 72 Names of God, is merely a technology, and when applied, work for everyone and anyone.
Ayin Lamed Mem Meditation:
When meditating on the Hebrew letters “Ayin Lamed Mem” you read from right to left.
Memorize them, close your eyes and create the letters in your minds eye.
Use creative visualization to make the letters different colors, or use white letters with the darkness of your mind as the backdrop.
Attempting the letters with fire, is also deliciously challenging,
When using any of the 72 Names of God with a quiet mind you will draw the character of God to your beingness, and your surroundings.
After 8 years of using Kabbalistic tools I can say with confidence, using any one of the 72 Names of God can subconsciously diffuse and eventually remove any and all dark and negative experiences from our movie, sometimes instantaneously.
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you, as much as your unguarded thoughts.” ~Buddah
The process of quieting ones mind can be arduous, at least it was for me. However, as someone who was raised with some pretty lousy and self-destructive inner dialog, I can easily say, if this worked for me, it can work for you too.
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