It's a new year. A clean slate.
I'm sure you've heard people talk about clean eating. Well now that we’re into a new year, I invite you to consider clean thinking.
Imagine if the world put as much effort and importance on the idea of clean thinking as they do on clean eating? If we all focused on thinking clean everything in our lives would be different… and I mean EVERYTHING!
Michael Singer, author of the Untethered Soul, says, "Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It's the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems."
When we come to the realization that our minds create our problems then we can get serious about making change. The tricky part is that the mind is going all day long. It doesn't stop. So it can feel like a daunting task to try and manage it. As always… baby steps. These things take practice and time.
Michael Singer describes the voice in our head as our roommate but he also says that our roommate is a maniac. If the voice in our head were a real physical person in our lives, we wouldn't even be able to spend a single day with that person; we'd have to cut them out.
So how do begin to think clean? Michael Singer suggests that we are not the voice but that we are the one inside listening to the voice. He says, "Come to know the one who watches the voice…"
A Course in Miracles says:
"It is quite possible to listen to God's Voice all through the day… The part that is listening to the Voice for God is calm, always at rest and wholly certain. It is really the only part there is. The other part is wild illusion, frantic and distraught, but without reality of any kind.
Try today not to listen to it. (Clean thinking.)
Try to identify with the part of your mind where stillness and peace reign forever. (Clean thinking.)
Try to hear God's Voice call to you lovingly, reminding you that your Creator has not forgotten you. (Clean thinking.)
Listen in deep silence. Be very still and open your mind. Go past all the raucous shrieks and sick imaginings that cover your real thoughts and obscure your eternal link with God. Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sights and sounds of this insane world. You do not live here. We are trying to reach your real home. We are trying to reach the place where you are truly welcome. We are trying to reach God." (Lesson 49)
Like Michael Singer, describing the voice in our head as a maniac, so too does the course describe it in a very similar way. It says that there is another part (another voice) in our head and it sounds like wild illusion, frantic, distraught, raucous shrieks, sick imaginings.
Can you relate to this? I certainly can! In fact, I know that I have been a slave to this voice for far too long. This voice is often called the ego. Michael Singer calls it the roommate. Others who practice certain religions would call this voice the devil. It doesn't matter what you call it. But take a moment to recognize it. Take a moment to consider if this voice is indeed the cause of all of your problems.
To think clean we must continually shift our attention, all day long at first, to the still and peaceful Voice inside our mind.
Several years ago, I took a bible study class that taught me how to recognize the tone of God's voice in my head. This was an invaluable lesson for me. The facilitator taught us that God's voice is never urgent. It isn't bossy. It isn't fearful. It doesn't encourage fighting. It doesn't blame. It isn't jealous. It doesn't judge. It doesn't use revenge or try to cast a war.
The tone of God's Voice is simply peaceful. It is quiet. It is comforting. It is fulfilling. It is loving. It is forgiving. It is tender. It is healing. It is accepting. It is wise. It is stable. God's Voice will always connect you with the Truth. God's voice always feels right deep down in the pit of your stomach. To recognize this voice and to abide by this voice is the embodiment of clean thinking. To think clean is to invest in your highest and greatest good. You deserve nothing less. Isn't it worth the effort?
Yes it takes practice and time but it will be so worth it in the end.
It's a new year. A clean slate. You have been given some invaluable tools. Use them. Think Clean.
Carmen Jubinville is a Certified Professional Coach who specializes in teaching positive self-image including body image, life purpose and direction, and spirituality and principles helping you shape and transform your life so you can have more meaning and fulfillment. She offers value to her peeps through her coaching packages, programs, workshops and retreats. Find Carmen on Twitter @MentorToWomen, Facebook, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org