Dr. William K. Larkin
We have been taught the philosophy of “no pain, no gain, the harder you work, the more likely you are to succeed.”
We have been taught that struggle is necessary, that it is a requirement to succeed at anything. It is a necessity in justifying your success.
We have not been taught that “flow” is the way to success.
Esther Hicks used the wonderful metaphor of being taught all of your life to swim upstream against the current.
Believing that where it’s at is struggle, where it’s at is overcoming difficulties, it’s getting strong by overcoming hardships, and the more you swim upstream and the harder you swim upstream and the longer you swim upstream, the stronger you become, and the more you struggle, the better the person you will be.
We have sanctified suffering partly because, if we did not, we would look foolish having done so much of it for so little.
If the world has not learned everything it has to learn from suffering by now, it will not learn more from creating, living, or researching any more than we have already exhausted it.
Suffering is not a requirement for a life of flow, success, happiness, or joy.
Had we been taught differently, by people who believed differently, we would have chosen far less suffering in our lives as the way we would learn many of our lessons.
Psychological capital means that your neurons are beginning to communicate and network more efficiently with each other. There begins to be more inter-neuronal association in the brain. That simply means that various parts of the brain begin to talk to each other and began to cooperate in creating and unleashing the real untapped potential of the brain.
The more you are building these associations in the brain, the less prone to dementia and Alzheimer’s you will be. We already know from the research of Barbara Fredrickson and positive affect that one of the outcomes of psychological capital is this buffer zone that we build against the negative.
This “buffer zone” has great significance. It engages when you experience threat and negativity; these mind states simply don’t impact you so quickly and for so long. It’s a buffer zone between not only you and negativity, but also a buffer for the immune system as well.
That buffer system is a kind of immunology that is protecting you against disease.
This buffer of psychological capital is being built up because you’re “drumming” the positive and staying in an UpSpiral.
You’ve built a buffer that makes you much more resistant to disease and much more resistant to the things that make you sick.
I can remember years and years ago, when I would get in a negative state, when things would start to bother me, and I would start to be afraid, and I would start to worry and be anxious – usually about things in the future that might happen, that rarely, if ever, did happen.
It was nothing to have a negative mood last for perhaps five or six days, to be in a negative state, and then maybe for it to start breaking. It really was something of a learned cycle.
There was certainly no intention to be and remain in a positive state as a normal, everyday way to live my life.
I never go there anymore, and if I do go there in some rare circumstance, it is very short-lived.