Have you ever wondered
why some days we can wake up feeling bright and able to cope with the
day and other times, for no obvious external reasons, we can feel ‘down’
or even depressed?
External events can
help create positive and negative states and behaviour in us but they are not the only
cause. What makes two patients who have been admitted to hospital with
kidney failure react in such different ways? One bewails his bad luck
and finds fault with everything and everyone whereas the other is
thankful that it is not more serious and that he has such a caring
family who will support him in the future.
Our outer mind tends to
be focussed on the world around us because our physical senses dominate.
So it is natural to fall in with the idea that all there is to life is
what we can see, hear and touch, and that we are separate from others.
When we believe this and rely solely on our own abilities and ideas we
can easily feel overwhelmed and vulnerable to negative states.
The reality is,
however, that we are all interconnected at the spiritual level. If we
are honest with ourselves we know that we need people and rely on others
all the time.
“No man is an island,
entire of itself” (John Donne)
This network of
interdependence and connectedness involves more people than we are aware
of in this world. Emanuel Swedenborg said that all our thoughts and feelings
flow into us through unseen spiritual companions. This may sound strange
to you if you haven’t thought about it before but it explains how an
idea can suddenly pop into our mind. So where is the real ‘me’ in all of
We have been given the
freedom to choose which thoughts and feelings to identify with and make
our own. We are in control of the tuning switch and can choose whether
to tune into Radio Heaven or Radio Hell.
The choice is yours –
choose to identify with your positive thoughts and feelings today!
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