Do You Really Manifest Your Thoughts, Literally?
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Question from a reader:
You’re very young to be worrying about cancer. Did someone you knew or cared about die of cancer in your lifetime?
“I have a fear that I may have cancer. I’m just 19 years old and I eat well and healthy. This thought comes at random times and I’m afraid that I may manifest this crazy thought. But sometimes I shrug it off easily. I’m really confused since I don’t know how to stop these thoughts and be free of this.”
The thing you have to determine is whether or not this is an irrational fear. An irrational fear is something that has no basis in reality and seemingly no real trigger. Other fears have a basis in reality, in that you had some sort of traumatic experience which spurred it.
Some irrational fears stem from past life experiences, in which case a past life regression can be very helpful.
We all have crazy, weird, fearful thoughts from time to time. That doesn’t mean you’re going to literally manifest it. Manifestation doesn’t really work that way.
It’s not necessarily your thoughts that manifest – it’s the beliefs and emotions behind them. People who have a disease don’t manifest the disease because they’re walking around thinking about having it. In many cases, that person never thought about having the disease at all, but what is happening is that their emotions are manifesting symbolically.
One example that comes to mind is from Mellen Thomas Benedict’s near-death experience:
“In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live. I had been an information freak in the 1970’s, and I had become increasingly despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth. So, since I did not have a spiritual basis, I began to believe that nature had made a mistake, and that we were probably a cancerous organism on the planet. I saw no way that we could get out from all the problems we had created for ourselves and the planet. I perceived all humans as cancer, and that is what I got. That is what killed me. Be careful what your world view is. It can feed back on you, especially if it is a negative world view. I had a seriously negative one. That is what led me into my death.” – Mellen Thomas Benedict
These sorts of things are created by emotional blockages in the chakras associated with those parts of the body and it typically takes years of emotional repression to create them.
As far as freeing yourself of the thoughts go, the very act of attempting to stop thinking about something is going to just make you think about it more. If I sit here and tell you not to think about pink elephants, what are you going to do IMMEDIATELY? You’re going to think about a pink elephant.
So rather than attempting to repress the thought (repressed emotions create blockages, remember?), observe it. Examine it. But examine it from a state of non-attachment. Step outside of the emotion for a moment, if you can, and think about it from a neutral place. Recognize it for what it is – a thought, rather than a reality. And then let it float on by.
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My first reaction to the reading was WOW. Your words captured a theme woven into my life right now. The reading has emboldened me to take back my power and inspired me to research some books, get back to meditating and provided a focus.Dina