As discussed in Part 1 of this series, energy flows where attention goes so you can make a difference in the world by focusing your attention on the good outcomes you hope to see. A big issue once you’ve chosen which side to give your focus, is how to frame your thoughts and actions in the positive.
In this country — and from what I can see, much of the world — we have a tendency to take exception to a policy or circumstance and then just be against it. The general translation of the quote about Nazism being bandied about is that standing up against fascism means you have to incessantly flood the world — or your Facebook and Twitter feeds — with vitriol.
I see standing up as being a moment to be “for” democracy and equality. What does that look like? What are the steps to take to move in that direction?
Affirmations are positive statements, framed in the present as if they’re already happening. They’ve been used for years to help people move away from negative thinking and into a more positive frame. I’ve taught about writing affirmations in several contexts in my workshops.
One of the fascinating things each time I’ve taught this is to see how very many people (I’d say half to three-quarters of most groups) write what I call a “negation of the negative” instead of an affirmation. It’s so hard for many people to move in a positive direction that even when you ask them to write a positive statement they respond with a negative.
Someone with migraines is likely to write: “I don’t have migraines any more.” This is not an affirmation. The main attention of energy and focus here is “have migraines”. The positive statement would be “my head feels marvelous all the time” or “my head is healthy and feels good every day in every way“.
Or someone with a big debt writes: “I no longer have a lot of debt”. Not an affirmation, it focuses attention and energy on debt. The affirmation, “I have complete financial freedom and abundance flows to me effortlessly“. Or “I am prosperous in every aspect of my life“.
It’s a question of looking beyond whatever you want to change and asking yourself what you would feel like without it or how your world will look when you’ve moved beyond. Then creating a positive statement that assumes this change has already occurred. Once you have the positive view you can start asking yourself what actions you can take to move toward that vision.
In the wider world, the same basic process is how you move from focusing attention on the negative to focusing on the positive. Instead of being “against”, be “for”. For instance, instead of being “against Trump”, be “for Clinton” or “for socialism”.
Being For Instead of Against
In order to send your attention and energy in the direction of the change in the world you want to see, you have to learn to frame your thoughts — and protests — in the same kind of positive note as you would in an affirmation for your own life. Constant negative statements about “stopping fascism”, “ending bigotry”, “battling xenophobia”, etc send energy to fascism, bigotry, and xenophobia.
The positive side of those statements:
- democracy is now world-wide and beloved by all
- all of life is divine and deserving of compassion, love and equal rights
- we are all one web, every nation in the world, and we fill the web with compassion, tolerance, love and peace
After the Re-frame
Once you’ve chosen to turn your attention away from what you don’t want and instead to focus on your projected goals and then re-framed your thoughts to affirm the positive, then you can explore what you can do to achieve the goal. The next several posts in this series will explore “being and doing”, energy and collective consciousness, and the under-the-radar revolution of the “Cultural Creatives”.