Welcome to Part 2 of The Sheri Perl Migdol Self-Healing Program. If you have worked with the guided meditation that was given to you in Step One then you are ready to move on.
By now you should have tried the meditation at least a few times and have seen how active your mind can be. Hopefully you have comprised a list of the thoughts and feelings that crossed your mind when you were attempting to keep your focus on your breath. If so, take out your notes and take a look at what you have written and see if several of the things that you noted have a similar type of perspective. For example, are those random thoughts completely different from each other or is there a similar theme that runs through them? Simply examine what you have written and see what you were thinking about and what the tone of those thoughts were. Were you worrying, planning, being self-critical or having a happy day-dream? Consider for a moment if they were anxious thoughts or conversely if they were hopeful thoughts or thoughts of happy anticipation. Are the key words that stand out point to praise or blame? Just take a look.
The reason why this is so important is because we are often unaware of our own thoughts, especially those that are habitual in nature. They tend to become a part of our personality and way of viewing ourselves and the world around us. Because we don’t clearly see them, they become obstacles in our path that we trip over time and again, not understanding why. Along with that, thoughts like everything else in this universe, are energy and possess a momentum of their own, eventually becoming what we call vicious cycles.
Years ago I learned from a spiritual teacher whose name is White Eagle about something he referred to as thought elementals which he described as small life forms, formed from the energy of our thoughts that seek to keep themselves alive. They are invisible to us so we are unaware of their existence, however, I believe that we experience their effects unknowingly quite often, for example when we simply can’t get ourselves to stop dwelling on negativity. Its as if we plant the seed and then we water it and water it until it’s taken on a life of it’s own. When you look at all the depression that exists in the world today, you can see how important it is to gain control of your own thinking mind!
The mind can be a wonderful tool, but it’s a merciless master until we decide to take a look at its contents, take an inventory and determine what to hold onto and what to clear out. We all download limiting beliefs in our childhoods and many believe that they may have carried beliefs over from past lives. Well, what do we really know for sure? However, what I do know is that limiting beliefs and negative ideas about ourselves hold us back and need to be discovered and challenged if we want to breathe easier. That is the purpose of this work, to breathe easier.
Naturally the first step is to discover what your habitual thought patterns (HTPs) are. It’s key to indentify your HTPs in order to know yourself. Later on in the program, once you have determined what you want to work on, we will create antidote suggestions to implant. You will find that with repetition Antidote Suggestion Therapy (AST) can be very effective in changing how you feel on a daily basis. Mind you, this is not about changing outer events, people, places or things. It’s about changing the programs you downloaded into your personal hard drive that are deliterious to your spiritual and physical self.
For the zoom meeting we will separate into small groups (break-out groups) and each of you are encouraged to share in your group what you see as the tone that pervades the conglomerate of thoughts that constantly interrupt your focus on breath. Help each other to organize those thoughts into a list of HTP’s. (Habitual Thought Patterns)
If you are doing this at home alone, you will have to find your HTPs on your own. Here’s an example of a chart that you can use to help you to highlight the catagories that HTPs fall into.
For homework you will be asked to complete this project by making yourself a chart that makes it easy for you to indentify the HTPs that are a constant part of your daily thoughts and the sugggestions that they impress upon you.
Being mindful means to be present in the moment, to be able to taste the coffee that you drinking, or enjoy the aroma of a rose. We interfere with our own enjoyment of the moment when we are constantly involved in listening to Monkey Mind. It’s a distraction taking us into it’s maze of ideas, separating us from having a direct experience of the moment. It’s the story of all of our lives or as John Lennon was once said, “Life is what’s happening when we are busy making other plans.”
Everybody talks about out of body experiences (OOBs) and I understand that. I think OOBs sound fascinating, but how about an in-the-body experience where we actually fully taste our food and experience the moment as it passes by? I think that we are often in a daze in terms of what’s actually going on around us as we sit inside our heads listening to many of the same stories over and over. It gets boring!
I think that mental depression and boredom could, at the very least, be abated if we were more present in the moment that we are in and not in our heads so much. The importance of discovery is that you identify those ideas that come between you and feeling good about yourself, as well as you stop paying so much attention to the under ground railroad of thoughts that distracts you from taking full advantage of the present moment. Mindfulness will help you to re-route some limiting thought patterns. It will help you to identify them and at the same time you will become less invested in listening to your thoughts when instead you learn to bring your attention to the present moment allowing yourself to experience the moment more fully.