The DownSpiral begins with negative thoughts that are not used as indicators to get into the UpSpiral. A negative thought or feeling can be a gift if you can use it as a cue or signal that you are going in the wrong direction. It’s like getting a clue from the Universe that you are going down the wrong path away from who you really are and what you are becoming.
Negative thoughts and feelings that are entertained personally or shared with others as an item of conversation in order to complain, to be needlessly critical and judgmental, or to fill the space in an empty conversation, create a vacuum. Inside of you it creates a negative space. That negative space is a vacuum. The larger the negative space, the bigger the dark hole, the greater the vacuum. Any vacuum must be filled. Usually it is something like free-floating anxiety that will attach itself to anything so that you really begin to worry about something. Worry is a big vacuum filler.
The vacuum of the DownSpiral is filled by disease. It is fueled by pessimism and it is filled with disease of some kind at some level. It is not filled with health. It is not filled with creativity. It is not filled with problem solving. It’s like losing your keys. The more negative you get, the more you can’t find your keys. You just go in circles looking for your keys and not being able to see them. It fact, in a DownSpiral, you cannot find “the key” to any problem until you let go and get headed in the other direction.
Ultimately, the nature of the DownSpiral is flat lining and emptiness. It goes beyond just fear. It goes to dread of what will come next. This is an easy time to experience dread if you believe that Wall Street, Main Street, and Congress can fix or heal your worries. They never could and they never will.
The nature of the DownSpiral is a vacuum that will become pessimism and it will create a vacuum that disease will fill.
The solution: Live the exercises that we teach and get yourself permanently in an UpSpiral. They work so well, they are so simple. You would think they are magic!
And for any pessimists reading this, we have the hard research to prove it.