The mind is where you grow things. “Intention” is our creative thought. It fuels the fire of thought and emotions. But most people don’t manifest what they want. Learn why your affirmations aren’t working and what you can do to fit it.
Our thoughts are the seeds we are planting in our garden. You can’t just plant random seeds and expect to get a specific plant. You need to plant seeds that will grow. However, you can’t just plant seeds and forget about them.
Your mind, like your garden, needs daily tending. You’ve got to water and weed to get the harvest you want. Get the picture. Our intention is a living entity. It needs daily cultivation if we want it to grow the things we want.
Another important point is the ground. You can’t plant good seeds in poor soil and expect them to grow. The soil of our mind is the subconscious. You will need special tools to out the rocks and debris that are contaminating the soil of your mind.
Your Mind Is a Garden
Your “self-talk” is a good barometer of the trajectory of your creative thought life. You are thinking constantly. This means, your self-talk already has direction and momentum. What you need to do is treat it like a garden. Make sure your creative thought energy is reinforcing the fruit you want it to produce.
Learn to be aware of your self-talk. This is important. If you aren’t tending your self-talk, then you’ll be growing things you may not want. It takes time and patience to tend the garden of your creative thinking. Like any good gardener, you’ll need both patience and self-awareness. Expanding your awareness is definitely one of the important keys to growing the power of your intention. Positive emotions can ramp up the intensity and velocity of our intention.
If Affirmations Don’t Work
First, if you search the web you’ll find there is an emphasis on the use of affirmations as a means of “getting what you want.” No doubt about it. If you don’t use affirmations properly they can cause more harm than good. Again, most people are on board up to this point. Here’s where it gets harder. Affirmations the seeds in our garden analogy. If your affirmations aren’t manifesting what you need to look at the ground where you’re planting.
Unfortunately, if the soil is full of weeds, your good seeds won’t be able to grow. Affirmations alone won’t change the trajectory of your thoughts and intention. If you have negative thought processes, they already have momentum.
So, if this the case, you can use affirmations constantly but fail to get a good harvest. Because the ground is full of rocks and weeds. If you have a history of negative self-talk, you must fix this before planting the seeds of affirmations.
Most people have a history of negative self-talk, emotions, automatic judgments, and behaviors. When you keep putting these thoughts out into the Universe, it returns you move of the same. You can’t overcome this issue by throwing seeds of affirmations on top of this type of soil.
You can solve this problem. You can treat the soil. You must dig down below the conscious level of thought. Continuing with our analogy of the garden, you must get to the root causes of your negative self-talk, emotions, and behaviors.
The weeds and rocks and other old stuff buried in the ground that’s preventing your ability to grow good plants. This inner work isn’t rainbows and unicorns territory. It’s hard stuff, but it can and should be done. Your life is worth it. Remember, your mind is a garden you must tend it properly.
Repairing the Soil of Self-talk
Are you ready to do some mental and spiritual gardening? There are several tools useful for this purpose. We highly recommend that you don’t go it alone. You may walk your path, but you don’t have to tackle the obstacles alone. This is a brave adventure and there is much to gain. You aren’t alone in this quest. Joseph Campbell calls this the Hero’s Journey. There are two basic approaches:
- analytical tools leverage the power of the logical mind
- spiritual tools leverage the power of the intuitive and spiritual side of the mind
Below are the two recommended analytical approaches. This path often appeals to those who like structure, the Enneagram Personality Profile and the Study of Logic. Using these tools will help you find the rocks and weeds in your garden. They can also help you remove them.
The Enneagram Personality Profile
The first approach to this problem is by using the analytical processes of the mind. The first tool we recommend is the Enneagram Personality Profile. This will help you identify and understand the self-talk and emotional links that are a part of your default personality settings. We need our personality and instincts. They connect us to our consciousness.
We are not our personality. It’s a necessary tool of consciousness. Studying how your personality and instincts work will help you learn how to access the positive aspects of other personality traits. This will also shed light on the programming of our cultural narrative. Our past can be a trap. Our programming can inhibit our ability to progress. But, we can learn to use this experience to help us shape a positive future.
The Enneagram Personality Profile is also a spiritual tool that can be the gateway to the virtues of the spirit. These are the higher values of human awareness.
Once you take the Enneagram Personality Profile test you may find that it resonates with you more than you thought it would. Those of the Enneagram “thinking center” types five, six and seven find this one of the best starting places for their journey. It also attracts Enneagram type 1 to this approach because they focus on organization and structure. All personality types benefit from the use of these tools because they provide a written document for guidance. It “forces” them to see the facts.
This tool will help you to gain control. You’ll be able to live out of intent instead of out of habit.
Study of Logic
Our educational systems have by in large become institutions that teach and measure the memorization of material. We aren’t taught critical thinking skills around the use of logic. Business uses statistical tools like six-sigma for problem-solving processes. It does not deal with the larger issues about the premise of arguments on which the values and beliefs of our paradigms are based. This is what we want to get at. This is another venture where we take a shovel and dig up the earth, the foundation of our judgments, values, and beliefs. Since your mind is a garden of intention, enhancing your critical thinking skills will dig deep. Intense inner work is hard.
You shouldn’t be afraid of this approach. It doesn’t require an understanding of mathematics or statistics. In fact, this type of practical logic doesn’t require the use of math at all. It deals with the concept of probability from a practical standpoint of the arguments used to sell us stuff. It helps us see the correct and incorrect use of inductive (1) and deductive (2) arguments. We are sold more than material things. We are sold ideas, ideologies and other scary stuff like religion.
Spiritual Tools for Intention
There are several spiritual tools that can help you uncover the rocks in your garden. The fact is, inner work is all about the refinement of our garden. Inner work should give positive fruit for you and the world. There are specific spiritual technologies that are excellent at improving your spiritual soil, the Shamanic Journey, and Lucid Dreaming.
The shamanic journey is one of the processes associated with Shamanism. This “spiritual technology” assists in opening a doorway to a unique state of consciousness. Michael Harner (3) noted anthropologist, educator, and author called this state, “The Shamanic State of Consciousness” (SSC). In this state the brainwaves are the theta-wave are around 4 to 7Hz. SCC is similar to another non-ordinary state known as bliss consciousness or transcendental consciousness. SCC can heal the mind, body, and spirit. Or, just to explore. It is one of the primary “spiritual technologies” of mankind transcending all cultures. It’s another one of our default states of awareness waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
The process involves using our intention to enter a separate state of consciousness. Drums, rattles or singing bowls are used to produce a specified tone/beat. Using vibration (music) allows you to open the doorway to SCC while keeping control over the process in both depth and duration. We recommend this substance-free approach to SCC. Many traditions use this method. With sound, you are in complete control of the depth and duration of the session. When you use chemicals to assist in the journey you cannot control the depth or duration of the session. Even qualified Shaman recognize there are uncontrollable variables in the potency of substances and mixtures involved. Everyone has a different reaction even with similar dosages and batches.
Lucid dreaming is being aware of the dreaming state and also being able to exert some degree of control over your actions and the environment.
There are several techniques for achieving a lucid dreaming state. And, they all involve the development of intention. Some use a combination of mantra along with setting your intention just prior to going to sleep. You can start by expanding your awareness to “remember your dreams.” This expansion of awareness is also exercising your intention. As your intention becomes more powerful, you’ll remember more dreams. Then you will have more success reaching the lucid dreaming state.
The dream state is the easiest place to expand awareness. You’ll see the new level of awareness almost immediately. Another best practice is the use of a spiritual journal. Set your intention to remember your dreams by writing in your journal. Do this at night before you go to sleep. Then record your dreams first thing when you awake. Soon you will remember more of your dreams. And, the fragments will also be like pieces of a puzzle that will come together to form a pattern or message. The Universe is always talking to us and our dreams are one of the best ways to connect with this intuitive knowledge.
This basic exercise directly enhances your awareness. Thus, since your mind is a garden, it is like putting nutrients into the soil.
What About Emotion
Our emotions are the river running through everything. It is the water, the fuel that can give our intention velocity and power. It provides persistence when we encounter obstacles. And, you’ll notice I didn’t say “if” but when. Because you will encounter obstacles. You’ll need “positive” vibes from within and without.
Even though you may be traveling your own path, you’ll benefit from a friend or better yet a tribe on your side. Our recommendation, seek people who accept you where you are. You don’t need critics to judge your path. It’s helpful if you find warriors of light who may have traveled the same roads and overcome similar roadblocks. This is where we come in.
Your mind is like a garden. If you learn how to maintain it properly and it will yield a harvest of good things.
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(1) Inductive reasoning, Wikipedia
(2 Deductive reasoning, Wikipedia
(3) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(4) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia