Archive - January 2014

Positive Emotion: A Powerful Anti-Toxin
Worrying or Imagineering?
A New Year Of NeuroPositivity
Demanding Resolution & A “Fix”

Positive Emotion: A Powerful Anti-Toxin

Your consciousness is your Mind telling your brain what you want it to do.

However, oftentimes the Mind is not as good an employer as it might be and the brain has a lot of time to wander.

If you were to add up the amount of time your brain has to wander from thought to thought and emotion to emotion, what do you think you might find?

Some time would be taken with events that we might consider negative and others might be taken with events we consider positive, but a large amount of the time would be spent on the brain just going from thing to thing to thing.

The brain has a lot of time to think up thoughts (which is its job) and a lot of time to go from feeling to feeling to feeling, unsupervised a lot of the time.

If you decide to tell your brain to go to positive feelings and to feel them, just a little, gently, over time, you will feel the emotions you choose more regularly and consistently and you will grow in an UpSpiral.  It’s as simple as that.

Positive emotions, positive moods, and a positive consciousness take time and it takes intent that builds upon itself overtime.

You are constructing new neuropathways composed of new neurons and cells that can reconstruct the nature of your brain, your perception and your consciousness.

Make the choices for love, peace, gratitude and joy throughout the day.  Maybe everything isn’t going like you planned or expected, maybe there is a downer or two, but you can still feel these emotions on some level of 1-10 from just a little to more and more.

Can’t feel them at all, you say?  Then think them.

You don’t have to deny negative feelings, but you also don’t have to stay in them, live in them, or obsess over them.  Let negative feelings be a signal to find something to be grateful for and start to pulse a little bit of a thought and feeling of joy.

How much conscious control do we have over emotions and feelings and consequent mood?  The figures vary, but there is one interesting observation in all the research.

The more consideration we give to states of mind and happiness, the more control over emotions than we would ever have thought.  Research suggests that we have approximately 40% control over our emotional state, with about 50% genetic.

Every minute of everyday, through your predominant state of mind, your mood, you are telling your cells how to feel.  How do you think that affects their health?

What your cells assimilate and what they expel, and how they function in healthy or unhealthy ways, is fundamentally and radically affected by their environment of sensory information.

That information comes from your choices about how you feel and how you think.

Positive emotion is the most powerful anti-toxin.

Worrying or Imagineering?

Which do you do?

“Imagineering” is “positive engineering.” It’s literally CREATING the future.

Worrying is creating what you don’t want.

The mental capacity to imagine and see what you want is the essential step in maintaining your capacity to believe that what you want will happen. Do it often enough and it takes the worry out. Or every time you worry, use it as a cue to start the “Imagineering” process and see in your mind’s eye what you want.

Write down what you imagine. Don’t get trapped by thinking that you are protecting yourself from disappointment because you won’t get what you imagined. That’s a retreat from the world that draws to you what you worry about.

Every one from Einstein, to Edison, to Bell, and even Gandhi and Mandela, have told us to imagine what we want to see.

Imagineering takes us out of primarily left-brain problem solving of the immediate issues of our day to the more right brain capacity to create and imagine.

Imagineering lets us see what is known in faith, and it’s like pouring ice water on the amygdala of fight/flight, fear, and dread.

Your brain likes to imagine. It likes even more to be guided and directed to what you want to think and what you want to feel. It uses less psychic energy when we are much more complicit in what we are creating in our future.

Real or not, negative visualization from imagination, which is really worry, kicks the brain into the flight/flight response, and all of the stress hormones are let loose.

You can go through life on physiological high alert when there is really very little going on around you, except in what you have negatively created in your own brain.

Worry is creating negative pictures of the future.  It creates anxiety and then the anxiety creates more negative pictures.  We all know the cycle.  But could it be a cue toward good?

For sure.  Here’s how.

Begin to catch every worry or negative picture of the future and use it as a CUE.

Decide that this “worry picture” will be a cue for you to imagine something good.

Start imaging something good that you want in the future.  Keep imagining it.  Imagine it in great detail.  Start planning around this event.  Return to this image and refine it and change as you wish. Feel the feelings of already having it.

As you start imagineering, you will become aware that you also have to get clearer and clearer about what it is that you are wanting.

Very often anxiety is a sign that we are not in touch with what we are really wanting, that we are not clear.

Instead of worrying or making resolutions, try “imagineering” what you want.

A New Year Of NeuroPositivity

NeuroPositivity doesn't mean “happy, happy, happy.”

You can be sad and be positive.

You can be frustrated and be positive.

You can be angry and be positive.

You can be uncertain and be positive.

Being happy is only one expression of NeuroPositivity. 

But being positive is a perspective, it’s a way of being, it’s a big part of your real nature.

Being positive is the upward direction of energy and intention when you are in the process of expressing the end result. It is how you choose to be while you’re on the journey from one place to a better place. It is the bias of the very nature and structure of your brain.

NeuroPositivity is more like faith or being steadfast in what you believe, even when what you believe is changing or shaking. Positivity is a knowing that when one door closes another door opens.

NeuroPositivity has a great deal to do with how you are making meaning in your life. It has a great deal to do with your sense of personal significance, even if it’s changing as it does in major transitions in your life. Big change is an opportunity to discover more of yourself and the huge world that is your gift to experience.

Every thought we think, every feeling we feel, and every word we speak adds to the growing neuroplasticity of the always emerging, always changing neuroplastic brain.

At ANI, this is what we believe and what the research proves:

1) Being in an UpSpiral of positivity is a universally desirable state for everyone, no exceptions.

2) “Feeling Good” is the natural outcome or result of being in an UpSpiral. It is the norm.

3)  Pessimism is unnecessary and undesirable, if you know your strengths. In fact, pessimism is the gateway to negativity and depression-what we call the “Down Spiral.” Strengths well-trained and utilized lessen the need for pessimistic living.

4) Your scientifically tested strengths reveal your “best self” and keep you living in your UpSpiral.

5) A life of flow is our natural state and the mental state of “flow” will heal and strengthen your brain.

6) You have a “vibe” that is like a magnet that draws to you what you have in your life. It is like an energy that we can’t yet measure. We call it your Vibe Core. Work it and it will get you what you really want, but not necessarily what you think you want.

7) Oftentimes your goals will not get you what you think you want. We believe that you may well not know what your goals are but we do believe that when you find them, and they will lead you to a vision for your life.

8) Everyone must have something like a vision for their lives that gives meaning and a sense of personal significance. A personal vision is the well-spring of satisfying happiness and an overall sense of well-being. This “meaning-making” is a part of the genome structure of your being. It is written into the code of your DNA. Meaning-making is as individual and idiosyncratic as the person.

9) Truly mutual and fruitful relationships are a vital force in our lives. These friends and experiences provide us with “revelation” that guides us to the manifestation and fulfillment of our personal vision.

From these beliefs, emerge the way we work called the NeuroPositive Method.

NeuroPositivity is moving forward and not giving in to despair and despondency. It is refusing self-doubt and holding on to the anchors in your life.

What are your “anchors of NeuroPositivity” for the New Year?

Demanding Resolution & A “Fix”

Are you shackled by “fixing?”

Are you resolution-driven?

The notion or mindset of fixing things, particularly personal problems, is deeply entrenched. Its claws are deep in us. 

We’ve been taught that “fixing” and “problem-solving” equal “growth” and “progress.”

The truth is that we are shackled by trying to fix what will heal in the normal process of living “full out,” as fully alive as we can be.

There are things we can change, and we should have the courage to do just that.

But there are things we can do nothing about, and it is turning our minds from them that may be the most healing.

We are a resolution-driven, problem-solving, answer-demanding people, especially when some of the issues that seem to bother us most hang around the longest.

We have been brainwashed to believe that our “issues” and the “issues” of others need conflict-resolution, and we do not rest our negative fixation on problems until they wear us out.

What problems in 2013 have worn you out that you are still carrying into 2014?

We don’t hear often enough that “time will heal.”  Instead, we believe that talking anything and everything to death will bring honestly and resolution…and it does not.

The negative gaze only increases the problem.

It is true that there are some issues that will yield to our personal “fix.” It is truer that many things will not yield to our demand for resolution.

Our weaknesses change very little over a lifetime, but our strengths are infinitely malleable.

Try this. Change your gaze. Change your focus. What works?  What is good? 

What are your scientifically tested strengths? What do you want and what do you love to do that diverts your attention from worry and the driven need for resolution?

From the deepest levels of our RNA in our DNA, we are not made for fixing the negative or gazing constantly at the economic situation of the world.

You would be better off not watching 90% of the television you watch and spending that time doing what you love to do, love to create, and love to explore. If you don’t know, spend that time finding out. You were not created to get your information from the CNN news loop, and certainly not to shrink your brain with the bombardment of the 24-hour negative media.

Television presents you with problem after problem, implying that something should be done, and there is absolutely nothing you can do.

Turn these problem-oriented programs off and find out what is best about you, what you are good at, what you do best.

If what you do best is talk about other people’s problems and how they need to be fixed, consider how much longer you might have to live.

What would like to do with the rest of your life?

I promise you that we can give you scientific tests that will identify your strengths, and if you will cooperate, we can show you how to grow them. Grow your strengths, which are infinitely malleable and they will manage your weaknesses.

It takes practice, for sure, but it’s much better that being driven to find answers and resolutions that simply do not exist at this moment in your life.

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