Transforming Negative Ideas
"Transform the Consciousness, Transform The Self"
Defining Transformation Of Negative Ideas
In life, there are two ways to Create Happiness.
One way is to Create Happiness by Transforming our Outer Worlds. For instance, we can transform our world from the outside in many ways: changing our life style, changing the people we hang around with, moving to another country, by changing our jobs and so forth. And as we start to have better friends, better jobs, better environment, our state of mind will move towards a happier one.
However, creating Happiness through transforming our Outer World can only generate a limited amount of Happiness - this is because we can only change so much of our outer world not to mention the fact that with time we can lose interest in whatever things we obtain.
Now this is not to say that there is anything wrong in Creating Happiness in this way - in fact, the mentality to improve one's surroundings is encouraged because it will promote a healthy mindset/attitude. The point here is simply in bringing your awareness to the quality of such happiness created through transforming our Outer World.
The other way of creating Happiness is by Transforming our Inner Worlds.
And this is about transforming the cause of our Unhappiness, and these are our Suffering States of Mind - i.e. to release our fears to become less limited by them, to release our doubts to become more loving and trusting ,to let go of the painful past so that we can be more present and move forward and so forth.
The ability to create greater happiness within is something we all have the ability to do. The beautiful thing about Inner Transformation is that when we transform the quality of our Inner Worlds the quality of our perception of the Outer Worlds will change as well - imagine living a life without being tied down by our fears, anger and impatience. Realize that we can only experience positivity as much as our negativities allow us. Thus by addressing the issues of our Unhappiness and releasing them we can expand greater Happiness in life - Happiness which is everlasting.
How do we address our Sufferings?
In Chapter 5. Discovering The Sufferings we have come to know that all forms of Sufferings will always recede back to our Negative Ideas.
To transform our Sufferings will thus involve us transforming our Negative Ideas so let us look at the process in more depth.
Negative Ideas In Depth
Transforming Negative Ideas With Natural Solutions
All of us are on the Path towards Happiness.
We all intuitively Know that there is an inherent desire for happiness and a desire to move away from our suffering states of mind.
Because of our inherent desire for Happiness, we are subconsciously driven to address our Sufferings every day with all sorts of solutions.
I.e. when we are faced with a stressful solutions we will try to come up with ways to resolve it or to avoid it, when someone made us angry we may look for ways to make them apologize to us or change their ways of thinking so that we get a peace of mind and so forth.
The point here is that when we are faced with a problem, we will naturally look for a solution to solve that problem.
However, when we only know the External Cause for our unhappiness, the only solutions we will ever come up with will be external solutions. Realize that when we only address one side of our Sufferings this way, the root/seed cause of it will be left untouched.
Most of us have become adept at coming up with outer solutions to address our Sufferings i.e. we've become good at apologizing, we've become good at avoiding people and situations, we've become smart intellectuals at mastering the art of debate and power to get out of suffering situations. But realize that without addressing the Inner Cause of our Sufferings we will continue to experience the sufferings when the same experience hits us again.
Thus it is important to develop the Knowing of The Self to discover the Deeper Causes of our Sufferings - which are our Negative Ideas. Because as we become aware of them, not only will transformation take place (see Chapter 6. Transforming The Sufferings) but also it will open us to see deeper solutions to our problems and the ways to accelerate the process of Transformation.
I.e. using an analogy - when one becomes aware that the Deeper Cause for one's back pains is from sitting improperly, then one will come up with many ways to re-adjust their postures rather than addressing it on the surface by going to a chiropractor every week.
Likewise, if one knows that the Deeper Cause for one's anger is due to the lack of support for oneself, then Naturally one will discover different ways to address that lack of support, i.e. build confidence, build trust, build forgiveness/acceptance and so forth.
The reason why we have been Suffering for such a long time, i.e. living with our fears, living with our anxieties, living with our anger and worries about things that have not even happened yet and so forth is because we have never been fully aware of the deeper Causes of our Sufferings and as a result all our solutions have been about trimming the grass rather than addressing its Root/Seed.
That is why to Transform Suffering at the Seed Level of the Ideas requires us first to develop the Knowing of The Self so we can Know the Deeper Cause of our Sufferings from actual experience. The practice of meditation will help one to greatly accelerate their journey of Self-Knowing.
Path Of Creator
Transformation Begins With Responsibility
The Seed Cause for all forms of Sufferings come from Negative Ideas.
Realize that we all carry Negative Ideas within us.
To Transform and release our Sufferings will require us first to learn about responsibility, in knowing and acknowledging that the Deeper Causes of our Sufferings comes from within ourselves rather than the outside. And most people will fail at this step because it is so much easier to blame others and the world for our miseries than to take responsibility for it.
However, this is not to say that one should ignore addressing their Sufferings Outwardly. I.e. to live a life simply letting others yell at us and bully us. The point here is to realize the importance of also addressing the deeper causes of our Sufferings, i.e. to attend to the roots/seed rather than to just trim the grass.
With Knowing Comes Transformation
To Transform our Sufferings begin by developing the Knowing of The Self so that we can discover Deeper Causes of our Sufferings i.e. our Negative Ideas. And as we discover/become aware of these Negative Ideas we will realize different solutions/ways to accelerate it. The following are some examples of Catalysts which we can use to accelerate the process.
1. The Power Of Stillness
With Stillness comes Knowing. And this can help to transform the Negative Ideas as talked about in Chapter 6. Transforming The Sufferings. Basically as we become aware of the deeper causes of our Sufferings from within we will naturally develop the intention to move away and release ourselves from the Negative Ideas.
Developing Stillness is also beneficial because it is important that when we experience a negative reaction that we do not feed it with more negative energy. And that is when Stillness comes in. Developing Stillness will help us to pull ourselves from the state of negative reaction to observe the experience as it is, and this will help us to understand just as to why we have reacted
In the beginning this will take some time to get used to because the old habit pattern of the mind will want to dwell in the negativity.
But the attempt to not dwell in that negativity will begin the transformation of the old habit pattern.
In practice, the pulling of oneself from the Negativity and into a state of Stillness can be trascribed into Negative Ideas as "It is ok" --> "It is ok." The feeling is much like when running a marathon. You can run and keep on reacting to the fatigue and keep telling yourself you are about to die and collapse, or you can try to keep calm about it and keep trying to pull yourself into a state of Stillness.
This can be very difficult to do without a practice to strengthen one's Stillness. So it is encouraged that one take up the practice of meditation to strengthen one's ability to be Still in all moments. You can find meditation practices in the courses section of this website.
2. Spiritual Lessons
There are spiritual lessons that we can go through to accelerate the transformation of our Negative Ideas as we become aware of them. As our Sufferings are caused by our attachment to Negative Ideas which promote the Rejection of The Self, these Spiritual Lessons will involve the theme of some form of Acceptance.
To find the lessons one can question oneself about one's own Suffering experiences such as
"What is it that I cannot accept within this experience?"
"What is it that I cannot accept in that person?"
"What is it that I cannot accept in myself"
"What am I lacking to accept The Self?"
And then after discovering the answers then the Negative Ideas can be catalyzed by working to balance what one is lacking.
3. Life Experiences
We can go through certain life experiences which has the power to invert the Negative Declarations. These will often be experiences which will challenge our beliefs, in the more extreme - to turn our lives upside down, or even more precisely, to turn our negative ideas upside down. Naturally in life we will encounter these kind of experiences because the Universe/Higher Forces will always orchestrate our lives so that we can receive the experiences we need in order to grow. At the same time if we want to speed up the progress we can simply go towards certain experiences to Catalyze the transformation. You can browse the website for all sorts of catalysts.
4. Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and Meditation are the most powerful practices with the potential to catalyze the transformation of one's Sufferings - that is if one uses them with the intention to develop the Knowing of The Self as one goes through the practice.
The most efficient/powerful way of catalyzing Suffering is to go towards experiences which will bring out Sufferings into light and then afterwards use the practice of meditation and yoga to develop the Knowing of it through the act of Observation. However, going towards these kind of experiences can be intense/frightening/extreme and unsettling especially if one is not fully grounded so it is not encouraged until one has developed a solid foundation of Stillness and wisdom of knowing what to do. But as discussed previously, in life we will no doubt encounter these kind of experiences so simply by incorporating meditation and yoga into our lives everyday can help greatly.
5. Inverting The Declarations
An intellectual way to transform our Sufferings is to simply develop the Knowing of it. And one way to develop the Knowing is to invert the Negative Declarations in the mind i.e. "It is not OK to fail" ---> "It is Ok to fail" with a strong Will. The stronger the Will the stronger one will face inner resistance, and this will provide an opportunity for one to develop the Knowing of the Cause of that resistance. This can be done during the Creator's Meditation.
These are just a few of the many ways we can Catalyze the Transformation of our Negative Ideas.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
Whenever we experience suffering, instead of looking for external solutions, you can ask for internal solutions with the following question -
"what can I change about myself so that I do not experience this state of mind again?"
The Creator's Meditation / VipassanaLink here
Realize that whenever you pull yourself out of chaos into a state of Stillness you are in fact transforming the Mind. You are actually indirectly developing the Acceptance of The Self by declaring that you rather be peaceful and calm rather than to dwell in the negativity.
Know and Transform The Self!
Try the 10 Day One-Self Catalyst to uncover your deepest Negative Ideas / States of Self-Rejection. In this course you will learn how to really develop Self-Acceptance at the deepest level of the mind so that you can naturally accept all there is in life.