What causes negative emotions? An Abraham Hicks perspective

Golf Balls Emotions Chart Poster What causes us to feel unhappy? What brings about unhappiness? What causes us to feel negative emotions?

Based on my understanding of Abraham Hicks teachings, I think unhappiness can have several potential origins:

  •  It could be old issues and negative beliefs that haven’t been entirely pivoted / shifted, and that still have some momentum behind them. These can come to the surface when you have vibrational moments when you’re vibrating at lower levels that are in tune with these unhappy thoughts.
  • New fears / doubts that may pop up if your vibration is wobbly. These thoughts can be inspired by contrast you observe in your life experience and in the life experience of those around you.
  •  Vibrating on lower levels in general (through not tending to your vibration), so you pick up lower-level thoughts and feelings more often.
  • Focusing on the unwanted end of the stick
  •  Focusing on the uncomfortable gap between what you want and where you are
  •  The discomfort you feel when your thoughts don’t match what your inner being knows to be true
  •  The discomfort of resisting “what is”

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How to stay happy and positive around negative people

Stay Positive Classic Round Sticker How to maintain a strong positive vibration in the presence of negative people:

Many people who practice feeling good say it’s easier to stay positive when they’re by themselves, but harder amongst people.

How do you prevent yourself from getting sucked into other people’s negativity?

Step 1: First practice feeling good on your own
If you can already do this consistently, you are doing very well! If you still need to practice this some more, then put in the practice of watching your thoughts, pivoting negativity towards positivity and engaging in self-soothing self-talk.

Step 2: Recognise that we attract to ourselves situations which are in tune with our vibrations
Abraham Hicks Thoughts to things postcard Even if you think you’ve mastered “Step 1″, when you’re with people, often the people around us provide a mirror that shows us something we didn’t realise was there. We attract to ourselves situations with are in tune with some vibration that we’ve got active inside ourselves, so if we’re attracting a person into our experience who is telling us a negative story, the only reason we were able to attract this experience is because we have some cleaning up to do of our vibration still. So take it as a welcome flag that can help you refine your vibration to better and better levels. As Abraham tell us, people around us help us to expand and grow, and I think this is partly because they show us things we still have to work on vibrationally.

Step 3: Practice feeling good when with people
practice feeling good and maintaining positivity when with other people even if they are negative After you’ve practiced feeling good on your own and have got a pretty good handle of that, the next “level up” is practising to maintain your positivity in the presence of others.

To carry out this training intentionally, choose a time you want to practice. Then before entering a room with people, go in with the pre-paved intention that you will watch your thoughts, words and feelings for the next 30mins or 1 hour. (I say “for 30 mins or 1 hour” to start small, because in my experience it can be tricky keeping your focus and concentration, consciously watching your thoughts and pivoting them for long periods of time when you’re not used to it. As you become more advanced, you can do it for longer periods of time and eventually all the time).

When you’re in the group environment, be very conscious of your feelings. You’ll start noticing feeling-responses to what others say. You then have a couple of choices:

a.) Practice not engaging emotionally:
practice being conscious like a logical robot not engaging emotionally with a negative situation by consciouslly seeing it in a detatched way Without judgement, listen, observing how the words feel in your body. If something doesn’t feel good, at that moment, you can aknowledge in your mind that your inner being doesn’t agree with it, and this can help you not get caught up with the words emotionally. Once you feel your body resisting to a statement, with consciousness you can observe the resistance, breathe it out and let it go. It’s a silent watching and recognising that the words don’t have to have an emotional impact on you if you realise they are not true. This is the Eckhart Tolle-esque approach of “being very conscious”, conscious enough to not let yourself get carried away by other people’s thought-forms. At best, this will help you not get sucked in but probably would keep you more or less neutral in vibration.
Personally I prefer a more active approach that has more feel-good power to it – see option (b.).

b.) Practice pivoting with the person
Keep Calm and Stay Positive spiritual Humorour t-shirt Engage in conversation with the storyteller who is telling a negative story and *help them to pivot the story* out loud. Offer soothing words to counter their story to bring the whole conversation to a better-feeling place.
By doing this you are doing a positive service both to yourself and to the person who’s telling the story. You can help act as their guide, bringing them to awareness about their story.
Warning: In my experience, initially, your discomfort with the negative story can lead you to pivot them in a way which comes across as angry / aggressive / snappy.. because at first you may still have some discomfort and some resistance to their story which can manifest in a negatively-emotionally-charged response from you – but with continued practice, you can learn to train yourself to offer soothing words in a soft, gentle way that feels good both to you and the person you’re with.

c.) Put a stop to the conversation if it doesn’t feel good:

blowing a kiss goodbye loving love filled fond farwell Leave a conversation if it doesn’t feel good. Sometimes it can be too much for us to handle and we don’t know what to say or do and can feel ourselves getting emotionally dragged into someone else’s negative story. In that case, because how *you* feel is the most important thing, the best thing you could do is take yourself out of the situation until you are ready to practice again, where you can try to carry out options (a.) or (b.). Polite ways to leave the conversation could be:
- Change the subject to a more pleasant subject
- Apologise and take your leave

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Abraham Hicks on How to Win the Lottery, Money and other stuff

Based on my understanding of Abraham Hicks and based on what I’ve read in the AbeForum, here is a step-by-step guide I’ve put together for how to win stuff (eg. how to win the lottery, how to win games or anything else) according to my current understanding of the Law of Attraction:

Be Simple Poster Precursor step: Be honest with yourself

It important to be honest with yourself. Lots of people say they want to win “because it’ll be fun” – but this statement can sometimes be a “denial” of  the real truth, which is usually that people have some sort of strong want or need for the money beyond a light and breezy “it’ll be fun”. The more honest you are with yourself, the more you can address any points that need fine-tuning to iron them out and get you lined up with the results you want.

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Step 1: Identify whether a specific method of winning is important to you or if you really just desire the money

As WellBeing from the AbeForum put it in an old forum post:
“[Be] aware which piece of your story… is “the game” piece of it and which is “the money” piece.”

Future Millionaire Postcard People often say they want to specifically win the lottery – but is that really true? Or are they REALLY wanting what winning the lottery will get them: living a luxurious, abundance-filled, money-rich lifestyle where money is always available to accomodate the ability to buy anything you ever dreamt of?

Is it the specific “winning of the lottery” that’s the dream, or something else further down the line?

If the luxurious, abundant-money lifestyle is the ultimate goal, then being flexible and general about the way it comes to you can help the universe manifest this abundance. If you relax about the specific method it manifests, then the result can come to you in unexpected ways that delight and surprise you that perhaps you wouldn’t have ever considered before. Who knows, you may suddenly discovered you’re actually the long-lost relative of some royal from a distant land and inherit his fortune – who knows! :D

As AbeForum member Positive Pamela puts it well:

“I know that the universe will bring money to me in the best, least resistance way.”

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Step 2: Clean up your vibration about “The Exciting Game”

Lucky Lady Gambling Slot Machines Shirt The thing about competitions, lotteries, raffles, and games, is that traditionally, in non-deliberate-manifestation terms, no-one knows who will win, and this is part of the excitment of it. It’s part of what gives people thrills and even joy. ”Will I win? Won’t I win? Ahh! It’s so exhilarating!”

But if you want a sure thing of winning, this vibration you have going of “ahh will I win?? I like the excitement of hoping I’ll win but I’m not sure if I’ll win.. I hope so!” is inconsistent with the vibration of “I’m going to win for sure. I’m a winner.”

If you want to win for sure, I feel like it’s important to focus on the “I’m a winner” vibe and let go of the need for that old suspense. Decide that you’re going to deliberately manifest a result, and line up with that belief rather and train yourself away from the old suspenseful excitement that is probably not helping you win.

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Step 3:  Before testing out your winning alignment with high stakes, train first with no stakes
Keep Calm and Play Safe Snooker T-shirt Take big money gambles off the table whilst you’re still learning how to manifest things. Start small and build your confidence in your abiity to manifest wins gradually. Once you’ve mastered the art of manifesting wins with no big money stakes on the line, then move up to testing it out with small money stakes if you wish, and go from there.

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Step 4:  Soothe away fears of losing

You don’t want to focus on the “losing end of the stick” because focus on it keep it active, but at the same time, I feel like if there are worries or fears about losing bubbling beneath the surface, it may be worth spending a *short* amount of time soothing fears of losing.

eg “It’s only $X I’ve invested.. no big deal..” Or in the case of a sport “It’s only a game at the end of the day.. life will go on just fine either way.. although it’d be so nice to see us win!”

Get to a place where you’re more easy about it – where you’re not offering a strong energy of resistance to losing. (because offering a strong energy on this end of the stick can activate the losing energy).

Once you’ve soothed these kinds of thoughts and genuinely feel soothed, pivot as quickly as you can to the “winning end of the stick” to make this the dominant point of focus.

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Step 5: Train your beliefs into believing you will win:

To train this belief, there are 2 parts:

Millionaire U. (University) "Student" T-Shirt a.) Train out doubt by soothing it away in a believable way.
As WellBeing from the AbeForum puts it:
“soothe and shift the aspects which are right now unwanted by you.”
You can use the laws of the Universe to help.

b.) Train a stronger belief:

There are two relevant stories here to train your belief on:
(i.) The “I am a winner story” (“I can win.. I will win BIG.. I am a winner..”)
(ii.) and the “an abundant, wealthy, rich, luxurious lifestyle is within my reach” story.

You can break down the big topic of “winning” into smaller manageable pieces, and work on each part separately. This can sometimes feel more easy to work with, and may help you discover little hidden pockets of resistance that pop up on a specific topic which you can then clean up vibraitonally to get you closer to your end-goal.
(Examples of hidden pockets of resistance that you may have to soothe could include: “but if I win my friends and family may be jealous.. but if I win I’ll have to move houses and that’s a lot of work..” etc etc.)

Money Poster Things that can help you train yourself into believing in yourself as a winner include:

  • General statements that support your belief (as long as they feel believable and good to you)
  • Specific statements that support your belief (as long as they feel believable and good to you)
  • Visualizations
  • - If you’re set on a particular method of winning, visualize what the JOURNEY of winning looks like to you in the most ideal, perfect case
  • - If you’re set on a particular method of winning, visualize what the MOMENT of winning looks like to you, in the most ideal, perfect case

Funny Giant Lottery Check Poster AbeForum member serenity2000 gave a good example of a positive visualization, she said:

“I visualized us standing in front of the lottery counter, waiting for the ticket to process, hearing the person at the register tell us we’d won, and my husband and I hugging, laughing, celebrating our win. And that’s how it happened!
Visualize the situations you’d like to experience while you bet. Picture the fun of hitting the button if you’re doing it online or standing in a queue, chatting with someone who takes a shine to you and shares a tip which you decide to bet on just for the fun of it. The look of amazement, glee, joy and immense gratitude on your face when you hear the tip paid off.”

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Step 6: Train your vibrational high up so that it’s in the vicinity of allowing a win to come your way

Things that can help train your vibration to a higher place include:

  • Motivational Dream Believe Achieve Poster Make peace with where you are right now vibrationally whilst being eager for more. Be easy and kind to yourself even if you spot you’re not feeling at the vibrational place you want to be in. Where-ever you are right now, it’s alright because you can shift your vibration upwards, so where you are right now is ok because it’s only temporary and you can improve it with some Abe work and practice. If you have tried to win something and haven’t won yet, soothe that feeling too by knowing that the past does not effect your future. You can deliberately intend and set up conditions to work out favourably in the future.
  • Meditation
  • Spending your time and focus on feel-good things
  • Seeking out fun
  • Seeking out appreciation
  •  Visualize the lifestyle you want: By familiarizing your vibration with the lifestyle of your dreams, you align your vibration with it.

* Only bet and buy tickets when you’re feeling vibrationally very good *

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An experience from AbeForum member Positive Pamela on this subject:

“I have found that when I am in a really good mood and already happy before I log in and bet on a few (horse) races, I have much better luck and tend to win more often or get good winning streaks. When I need to work on my vibration, I know better than to make any bets.”

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So get out there, start training your positive beliefs and train yourself into a steady, consistent winning, feel-good state, and start your winning streak! Let’s put this Abe theory to the test! :)


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How to make peace with “What Is”

(NB I’ve written a more lengthy discussion on my understanding of this process here in this article: Making Peace with What is)

This too shall pass postcard Sometimes what you see in your current reality and existence may not be exactly what you want. But an important step to moving to a better place, is ironically to stop resisting the present moment and make peace with it.

By “make peace with the present” I don’t mean giving up on your hopes and dreams for a better future. Let me explain using the wise words by HereIam from the Abe forums:

When you feel resistance to something in your present experience, realise that you are experiencing contrast. Whilst this contrast is here right now, it is also good to realise that you are a powerful creator and you have the ability to change any circumstance to be more pleasing. And when you realise that, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because you can say:
“Aha! Its okay to be standing where I am right now, because i know that I can change this situation to something that is more pleasing! So where I am right now isn’t such a big deal, it’s all ok. It’s not where I have to always be. Things can change, so where I am right now is fine because it’s just temporary and I’m looking forward to things getting better and better!

Everything Will Be OK Postcard Say the example is that you want beautiful thick hair: you can tell yourself:
It is okay for my hair to be as it is right here and now in this moment – because I know that I can always grow more hair and I know its condition can improve. In fact I am looking forward to growing more hair, and I know that it will happen, and so whilst I let my body get on with that, I’m just going to do my best to be happy, focus on the good things in my life, focus on finding fun stuff to do and things to appreciate. Be grateful and appreciative for what you already have, whilst being eager for more to arrive. Start loving what you have and focusing on the good side of it, whilst knowing that better things are also coming and are within your reach.

The magic ingredients are:
1.) Being ok with where you are because you KNOW it’s just temporary
2.) BELIEVING that things can get better – really KNOWING it without a doubt.

If you have a hard time believing that things can get better, check out my article on how to train yourself to change beliefs into positive ones.

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Belief Training: How to go from negative beliefs to positive beliefs

How to gradually change beliefs:

Everythings going to be Alright ok okay motivational Quote Poster Step 1: Make peace with where you are right now:
Rather than resisting your current belief and pushing against “what is”, try to let go of the idea that you need to fight off beliefs that aren’t serving you. Focusing on how you dislike your current beliefs only activates them further and makes them stay in your current experience. Instead, make peace with where you are. How to do that:
- Most of us have the starting point of having an out of the vortex thought about where we are
- Awareness is the first stage: becoming aware of the thoughts you are thinking
- The next stage is soothing the negative thoughts with soothing self-talk and pivoting until you feel more at peace with where you are.
(eg. I am where I am, and that’s ok. Even though I’m here now, I don’t have to be here forever. I know life is dynamic and things change so this too can change. I feel like that’s possible that this too shall pass and it’s just a temporary blip. I trust that things will sort out in time. All I have to do is focus on feeling the best that I can right now, focus on the good things around me, and try to reach for feeling a little better gradually. Knowing that it’s ok to be where I am because it’s just where I am *right now* and not forever is quite comforting.. kind of a relief to know that! So where I am right now isn’t a big deal at all because it’s just temporary. It’s ok.. everything’s ok.. where I am is ok.. I’m doing ok.. I’m in the process of learning how to improve my situation, and I know I can pivot it in time.. I have time.. I can be patient about it.. I know I can get there… I think I’m feeling a little better already… I’m getting there… I know it’s a journey and this point is just a step on the journey, and every step is an ok place to be because it is an important step towards leading somewhere better and better…).

Change your thoughts and you change your world Motivational quotation Poster Step 2: Shift your vibration about your current unhelpful beliefs:
Create doubt about the current belief that you want to pivot, to help deconstruct it. Metaphorically remove the legs of the table of that belief so that it can no longer stand as tall and strong. You deconstruct the old belief by asking yourself: Is your current belief really true? Am I absolutely 100% certain that it’s true without any shadow of a doubt? Or maybe there is a tiny chance it’s not true? maybe even a bigger than tiny chance? Are there some people or animals or stories you’ve heard that disprove your current belief and support a new more positive belief? Take each supporting fact that is currently letting the “table” stand and give believable reasons why that fact is not true.

PRACTICE practice practice - make perfect MINDFULNESS poster Step 3: Practise the art of creating new beliefs on easier things first (unrelated to the BIG things)
Practising on little things like manifesting a button will make it easier to believe you have the power to manifest a castle. So practise on manifesting a parking spot, free-flowing traffic, a moment where rain stops just when you want to go out, manifesting seeing a butterfly, finding a feather or a piece of blue glass or anything trivial that doesn’t have a lot of emotional charge behind it. This can help give you confidence in your ability to believe in your ability to change your beliefs for the things you consider to be big and more meaningful.

Step 4: Practice feel-good focus on the new belief – then practice some more!
Abraham say a belief is just an idea you keep thinking about, so here are a few possible ways to “keep thinking about it” in a positive way. Here are a few suggestions:
(NB You don’t have to use all of these techniques; each method can help on its own or in combination with the other methods)

a.) Visualization exercises:
Make your new belief more real by imagining it. What would it look like? What would it feel like if it was currently present in my experience? fleshing it out helps make it feel more real.

Watercolor Quote She Believed She Could So She Did Poster b.) Believable Positive self-talk:
Repeat soothing thoughts to yourself. These can be general or specific to the belief you want to grow. Let me explain a little more of what I mean by general self-talk and what I mean by specific self-talk:

- (i.) – General positive self-talk

  • “I know my inner being / universe is supporting me and wants the best for me”
  • “I know my inner being / universe is guiding me to good-feeling places.”
  • “Everything inevitably works out wonderfully for me.”

(These all help provide a vibrational set point where good things are coming to you, including that new belief that you want to nurture.)

- (ii.) – Specific positive self-talk
There are several ways of having specific positive self talk.

One example is this great guide I found by AbeForum member angelman66:

I WANT TO BELIEVE…(fill in the blank)
I am working toward believing…
Believing this will allow me to….
I want to believe this because….
Others believe this and they are able to…

Specific self-talk is about:

  • - Repeating soothing thoughts that are specifically about what you want to believe.
  • - Going Softly: Soften the belief to a level you can accept. Start softly rather than with strong affirmations that are out in the bushes (because repeating words you don’t believe won’t help; you have to train your vibration to a new place of belief *gradually, softly, gently, patiently*).
  • - Reach for more and more better-feeling statements: Form positive statements about the subject you want to believe and which feel better and give you a feeling of relief or a sense of fun, and repeat these kinds of words to yourself, practising gently, whenever you feel the time is right for practising the work.
  • eg. what if I woke up tomorrow and found X had manifested?! that would be so cool! I don’t have to figure out the “how” – the Universe can take care of the How. All I have to do is line up with my desire. I know other people have achieved X, so I guess it’s possible, and if it’s possible for them, I guess it’s possible for me too. Wouldn’t it be nice to have X.. I can imagine myself having X.. cue visualization.. In an equally real reality parallel universe, there could be a version of me who already has X – I just have to line up with that and I can bring that reality into my reality.. Imagine what it would be like after the manifestation has happened.. imagine going to the forums or to an Abe workshop and telling everyone the good news! That’ll be fun too! etc etc

Belief in your dreams Poster The specific positive self-talk is also a good time to catch any onion layers of compounding thoughts and beliefs around the subject and pivot those too.
(eg Someone who wants to manifest abundance with money, may have a limiting belief that all rich people are snobs, or may worry that their friends and family may be jealous of them or not look at them in the same way if they suddenly have lots of money. So work on soothing all those onion layers of thoughts and beliefs. It’s not just a matter of being positive about seeing yourself swimming in a pool of money (though that’s fun too!) – it’s also about shifting any deeper (sometimes less obvious) onion-layers of limiting beliefs that are holding you back and which may be keeping you stuck.

A good tool for positive self-talk is using a focus wheel.

c.) Make a vision board that strengthens your focus on your belief
You can make a real-life crafty vision board with magazine cut-outs and glue, or if you’re very arty, you can create paintings and decorate your home with this artwok that helps you picture more of what you want, or you can make a virtual vision board on the computer eg on pinterest.

d.) Be open and flexible about how your positive belief can manifest things in your life
Your job isn’t to figure out the specific “how” something will manifest. (eg “If I line up with having loads of money, I have to win the lottery” – Instead be open to more ways that money can flow into your existence once you’ve lined up with a general feeling of abundance). If you line up your beliefs that something is possible, it can come to you in ways that will surprise and delight you – and that’s more fun than strictly trying to control the specific way it will come to you.

Believe In Yourself | White Brush Script style Poster
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Fun synchronicity side note: As I was writing this and thinking about the importance of “believing in yourself”, I was listening to the radio and the song “Have a Little Faith in Me” came on! \(^_^)/ yay! synchronicities!

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How to find the fun – Abraham Hicks perspective

Abraham Hicks Law of Attraction - Choose Joy According to Abraham Hicks the purpose of life is to have fun, feel happy and feel the joy. But how do you find fun when you don’t know where to look? Especially if you’re in a temporary state when nothing feels fun to you?

There’s this quote from an Abraham Hicks video that I really liked about the subject of how to find what’s fun for you:

“Nothing’s fun if you’re not tapped in, tuned in, turned on.
If you’re not lined up with energy first, everything seems hard.
But if you look for the fun first, if you look for the joy first, and are tapped in, tuned in, turned on, then everything you do will be life giving.”

Source: https://youtu.be/f4jQuvQmy-8?t=3m16s

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In other words they’re saying, try to uplift yourself from where you are, and then it will be easier for you to find things fun. After you’ve successfully uplifted yourself, from a happier state of mind, so many more things can be fun to you – even things you didn’t find fun before. It doesn’t matter what activity you choose to do, from your new uplifted state, you’ll be able to find the fun in any activity you do if you are closer to the vibration of fun withinin your mood in general.

It’s like something Bashar said: (I paraphrase here)

Don’t look for exciting things.
Instead train yourself to be IN excitement; to be in a state of excitement. And from this state everything will be exciting for you.
It’s not about finding the right *thing* that gets your mood to rise.
It’s about learning to raise your mood first, and then potentially any thing can appear to be the right thing that feels fun and exciting.

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Abraham Hicks The Secret - Find Joy in the Ordinary Inspirational Poster But how do you uplift yourself from where you are now to a state where you’re in a happier state of mind from which you’ll be able to find the fun and find the joy in an easy way?

Here’s one possible 3-step method:

Step 1: Acknowledge you are where you are, and it’s ok.

Step 2: Work on releasing resistance

Work on releasing resistance by self-soothing the negative thoughts you have about the negative things in your life. Soften the negative feeling with thoughts that soften the negative thoughts.

eg. I know what I don’t want and what I don’t like, but that means a part of me knows what I do want, so maybe I can try to focus on what I DO want more… that could help me feel better. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel better? My uneasiness is just my inner guidance talking to me, showing me that my guidance system is working and helping to guide me towards something better. Everything’s going to be ok. I’ll figure it out and I don’t have to figure it out right now. My life is helping me figure out stuff. I like the idea that Source energy within me knows that there’s a way, and knows the way, and if I relax, I’ll be able to allow myself to hear its guidance more clearly to a better place. As I relax, ideas will occur to me, and I’ll be able to flow with it. It’s just a matter of relaxing. I can relax. I’m feeling a little better already…

Step 3: Focus on something positive.

Focusing on anything that feels good. Even if it’s a tiny bit good.

Start with something that feels light and good – even if it’s just a little good. Even 1% good is better than 0% good. It doesn’t matter how small or frivalous that thing is. If you focus on something that has even a hint of feel-good factor to it, it will help that vibration grow and with more momentum, it will help you tune into “fun”.

eg 1. I want to find out how my friend is doing maybe I’ll get in touch with them… It’s always interesting to hear how they’re doing…
(That thought contains interest, and interest can be energizing, stimulating and a little more feel-good than lower-vibration states of mind.).

eg 2. I’m kinda craving chocolate right now. Mmm chocolate.. (and then the flow starts towards more positive feelings of desire and tastiness).

eg 3. It’s nice and quiet outside. I like how peaceful the quiet is.
(And then that can help springboard you into other things you like and appreciate in your world.)

etc. etc.

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Idea for alternative school education system

I just had an idea for an alternative education method for schools and thought I’d note it down here, in case someone out there may read it and draw inspiration from it to make a positive change to our education system.

So, here’s my idea:

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Primary / Elementary school: (up to age 11)

These will remain more or less the same as today, teaching things like:
- English (reading, writing)
- Mathematics
- A little bit of history, geography, art, music, PE, dance, science, religious education, possibly another language etc

My one suggestion for primary school education is maybe to also add something like “awareness studies” in which you can learn things like:

      • body language (to raise more awareness of others, to recognise friends’ feelings even when left unsaid)

alternative education school system ideas

      • thought exercises to develop sensitivity towards others (eg A situation is described in a story, and then the students have to guess how the child in the story would feel, or they have to explain why a child in a story reacted or behaved as they did in response to a certain situation. Perhaps they can have exercises like: “if you see or hear a child say something silly or hurtful, how would you react? what is the best thing to do?”)
      • appreciation (exercises in which children are encouraged to tell one another what they appreciate about one another, to build self-esteem and encourage positive feelings and love between classmates.)
      • good deeds – there could be regular field trips to do good deeds like volunteer work, cleaning up an area, thinking up and running fund-raisers to raise  money for causes, painting a mural to brighten up a run-down area, helping out in soup kitchens and meals on wheels, helping out at old age homes, helping out at community centres, growing veggies in the school garden for school dinners, helping the workers in the school kitchens, helping the janitor keep the school clean and tidy etc.
      • “how do you feel about X” conversations, where children are encouraged to think about different issues and share with the class how they feel about them. This is a chance to explore critical thinking, and to learn to listen to others’ in loveing harmony, whether they agree or disagree with their classmates.

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Secondary school (age 12+)

This is where my hypothetical education system departs dramatically from the one that’s currently in existence.

I propose that instead of classes being split up by age groups, classes are split up simply by subject.

Every subject can be studied to different levels and, for example:
Level X may be the equivalent of GCSE level
Level Y may be the equivalent of A-level

alternative high school teaching and education method When you first enter the school at age 12, in your first term, you choose 8 subjects that you wish to learn, and you can choose any 8, even if they’re all arty subjects – everything is allowed. The range of subjects on offer will be huge, from the traditional subjects to more specialized subjects like law, politics, business, accounting, psychology, photography, fashion design, interior design, electronics, woodwork, gardening, plumbing, car repair, learning individual musical instruments, orchestra / band, cooking / baking etc. And perhaps not all the courses are taught on the premises with in-house teachers, because that would require a huge staff.. Maybe the school could work together on a term-by-term basis with colleges and universities that teach these subjects already.

Each subject is divided into levels, where “level 1″, “level 2″ etc are set so that any teacher teaching “level 2″ or “level 3″ will know exactly what a child would have already covered in prior levels.

When you first start learning a subject you take the “Level 1 Course” in the subject.

In the second term, you have a choice to continue onto “level 2″ in the courses you’ve already started, or you can drop a subject if you didn’t like it, and pick a replacement course instead, and start that replacement course at “level 1″. You’ll always have level 1 under your belt so that should you change your mind in coming years and want to come back to a subject that you’d previously dropped, you could always carry on with a subject, carrying it on at the next level up.

This method is used from ages 12-18.

This means, that sometimes you can have a 15 year old starting out on level 1 accounting class, alongside a 12-year old who’s doing level 1 accounting. You can start a new level 1 at any time, at any age. (Even in adult colleges for adults)

With this method, you allow the child to naturally explore different subjects according to their inborn interests, and you’ll find that they naturally will want to progress to high levels (GCSE and A-level standard) in the subjects they enjoy and resonate with the most.

I once observed a child sitting in a math class, humming to himself and drumming on the table whilst staring out the window, disrupting the class because he was bored and would have been much happier in a music class, developing his true passion. By allowing children to choose their subjects, it helps eliminate disruptive behaviour from children who don’t want to be there, because literally everyone there chose to be there and can choose to drop out at any time if they wish.

In addition, the side-by-side studying with older or younger peers helps encourage a community where younger children don’t feel intimated by their elders but rather learn to see them as their equals, and older children can learn to respect their younger peers when they realise just how smart and easy to work with they can be. When you leave school, you will be interacting with people of all ages anyway, so might as well get used to it in school.

To allow for same-age-friendships, perhaps there can be one class a day reserved for all children of one age group, and this class may be similar to the “awareness classes” taught in primary school, but taught to a higher level, appropriate for each new, increasingly mature age group.

Should there be any compulsary lessons?

Beyond learning how to read and write, and do basic mathematics that would be necessary for everyday life,  perhaps the only subjects I’d consider as being compulsary, or highly advised, may be:

    • Health studies: How to look after your personal health, how to recognise certain conditions and what natural remedies could you use to help yourself and others (eg vitamin C and zinc when immunity is down or for healing skin and wounds, magnesium supplements if you get twitchy muscles or a twitchy eye, lavender essental oil for healing burns, peppermint essential oil for nausea etc). How to recognise and treat simple things like a sprain or a strain. How to maintain healthy eye habits, and healthy posture – and why this is important. Healthy breathing (deep not shallow). These classes may include first aid training too. Perhaps at older ages some lessons can teach about the oral contraceptive pill and possible alternatives to it since it’s not the healthiest thing to take (it messes up your hormones).
    • Nutrition studies: eg teaching exactly what effect certain foods have on your body eg sugar, saturated fat, processed foods, vs vitamin and mineral-rich foods. Also how to read food labels and to know what constituents to avoid and which to consume. Perhaps nutrition studies could go hand in hand with teaching healthy cooking classes as a compulsary thing since it’s such an essential life skill.
    • How to read labels on bodycare products (soaps, shampoos, lotions etc), to know which constituents are bad for you and which are good for you.
    • Basic self-defense as part of PE classes
    • Basic domestic skills like sewing buttons, sewing up rips / tears or taking up a hem. How to iron clothes properly, how to clean shoes and how to best work a washing machine or dishwasher. What to do if you get a stain on your clothes etc.
    • Some kind of fun exercise together for fitness and to get the circulation flowing, like the Chinese practice of morning exercise routine, with synchronised group movements done to music.
    • In the final year or two of school, perhaps there can be compulsary classes on how to do taxes, how a bank account works, how pensions work, what’s the best way to keep your money safe – what are your options, how buying a house works, how credit cards work, what are travel visas, and other important life skills.
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Cool idea to help motivate, appreciate and do fun things every day

GOOD VIBES ONLY Tropical Typography Poster The “A Cool Thing A Day” instagram challenge:

Open an instagram account to help you do at least 1 cool thing a day.

Show yourself you’ve done 1 cool thing a day by taking a pic of it.

After some time you’ll have an album to look back on, to remember all the cool stuff you’ve done.

It can be a way to add appreciation to your day too, because you only make a note of the “cool” things you found fun, exciting, interesting, enjoyable or were grateful for – so.. good vibes!

I like the idea!

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Short Moral Stories: The Starfish Story on making a difference in the world

The Starfish Story - making a difference I think I came across this story of the starfish in a book once and I tracked it down again online recently to pass it forward to you. Here it is – enjoy! :)

As the old man walked down a Spanish beach at dawn, he saw ahead of him what he thought to be a dancer. The young man was running across the sand, rhythmically bending down to pick up a stranded starfish and throw it far into the sea.

The old man gazed in wonder as the young soul again and again threw the small starfish from the sand into the water. The old man approached him and asked why he spent so much energy doing what seemed a waste of time. The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun. “But there are thousands of miles of beach, and miles and miles of starfish. How can your effort make any difference?” The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand, and as he threw it to safety in the sea, said, “It makes a difference to this one!”

Source: http://www.noogenesis.com/pineapple/starfish.html

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Lessons from dogs

Lessons from dogs - be loving and cute to one another They say everyone’s your teacher.. and seems that even applies to our non-human furry friends..

Here are a few things we have to learn from the wisdom of dogs:

stuff and things we can learn from dogs - the wisdom of dogs

  • Learn the lesson of Unconditional Love
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • Rest and take naps when required.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention
  • Let people touch you affectionately
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass and just enjoy the moment.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
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