In the last few articles, I’ve started discussing the power of thought and how we can use it to enter the flow. In the last article, I specifically discussed how to eliminate limiting beliefs and how to reframe them into empowering beliefs, which is an important skill if we want to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. However, there is more to the story.
The issue of limiting beliefs raises the issue of the nature of thought. If limiting beliefs are false perceptions of our true potential and can be transformed, as I’ve described in the last article, then this means that our thoughts do not represent true reality. This is an important distinction to make because, often, we become so caught up in our thinking that we fail to see the reality of the situation as it is.
Let’s demonstrate this with an example. Let’s say that you show up to work on Monday morning and, while passing your boss in the hallway, wave hello to them. They pass you by and do not acknowledge your greeting. What do you think normally happens in this situation? You will have all sorts of negative thoughts running through your head such as, the boss is angry with me, he does not like my last project, he regrets giving me a raise or, the worse case scenario, he is planning on firing me.
Now, you have derived all these conclusions without any facts to support them, just your own negative thinking. Meanwhile, the truth may be that your boss is concerned about the direction the company is going in, a new product launch, another employee or a personal matter. There is no way for you to know this without investigating their reaction to you further. You may never find out the real reason why your boss ignored you, however, this is not the point. The point is that you created a false reality from your negative thoughts that have no basis in actual reality.
This is why thoughts are not reality but our perception of reality, which is why we should never take our thoughts at face value. To get to the truth, we must dive deeper through questioning and investigation into the matter at hand. This is an important concept to understand in order to enter the flow, because your thoughts can block you or support you in this journey and it is all a matter of perception.
Therefore, the next time you have a thought, no matter what thought it is, ask yourself, is this thought a true representation of what is going on right now or a false perception with no basis in reality? This question has the power transform the quality of your life and catapult you into the flow. In the next article, I’ll discuss the gateway of emotion to help you enter the flow.
Dr. Nauman Naeem