After the third Akashic session in a week where someone had come to the Records exclaiming, “I just can’t stop thinking about it!” the analogy below from astrologer Holiday Mathis comparing battling unwanted thoughts to a fist fight with ghosts sprang to mind. Frankly, this is a popular concern any time of the year, whether or not Venus and Saturn are squared, or Halloween is just a few days away.
Accept your thoughts; it’s as silly to fight them as it would be to fight a ghost with your fists. The way to win with a ghost and a thought is about the same. Acknowledge the thing, and then ignore it. Neglect renders the unwelcome specter — or cogitation, as it were — powerless. This message comes courtesy of Venus squared Saturn.
— Holiday Mathis, August 9, 2018
Yes, feeling haunted by our thoughts can overcome us any time of the year. And just as the challenge is timeless, so is the wisdom that fighting the thought is as counterproductive as indulging it. Here the Akasha and Ms. Mathis agree: The solution is to accept the thought and then ignore it.
Accepting is Not Condoning
“Why are you telling me to accept something that is driving me crazy, and is clearly so wrong?” That question is what I often hear right after their Records suggest they start the healing by accepting the thoughts. I then point out that accepting is not the same as condoning. And this point is critical.
Accepting merely acknowledges the existence of the thought. It doesn’t agree with it, yet it provides just enough attention to stop the thought from pestering, knocking and nagging. When we accept a thought, we stop resisting it. And when we stop resisting it, we stop feeding it energetically. As the saying goes, “What we resist persists”.
Then, once we’ve acknowledged it, we can ignore it without resisting and feeding it. It’s as if the initial acknowledgement neutralizes the thought just enough. From there on ignoring the thought is key. But some times, ignoring is very challenging.
“How can I ignore a thought when I’m so upset by it?” No surprise, our emotions are actually the next tricky part of this dynamic, and I’ve yet to hear the Records suggest we ignore our emotions. No, their counsel is always just the opposite. The Records always offer us a method to heal our emotions, no matter how strong they may feel.
But just because the focus now is on emotion rather than thought doesn’t mean we need to take any deeper a dive before we release and then ignore. And that knowledge often comforts people. Understandably, they’ve been afraid to explore certain emotions for fear they would overtake them and cause even more suffering.
A Great Source of Relief and Courage
“Think of the emotion like a cartoon bubble over someone’s head,” my Records explained years ago. “That little comma-shaped tail at the bottom of the bubble? Its tip is all you need. Just barely touch the emotion — or the thoughts or events that triggered it – and you can begin healing and releasing it. You do not need to experience anything all over again. Not at all.”
As you might imagine, that spiritual truth has been a great source of relief for many, myself included. Accordingly, it’s also been a source of spiritual courage.
The next steps in the process often include naming the emotion, which is a simple way to acknowledge it without resisting and feeding it. Often, the process can stop there. Once we’ve named a challenging emotion, we’re often ready to let it go. Sometimes it simply disappears.
If the emotion doesn’t disappear, forgiveness is often the next step. Sometimes we are asked to forgive ourselves, in other cases we need to forgive someone else. None of that surprises you, I’m sure. After all, the need to forgive self and/or another is as old as humanity.
The New Twist is Political Battling
There is, however a relatively new twist in how to navigate the unwanted, and it is not a small one. Some time over the last couple of years, politics – at least here in the US – has become a topic where forgiveness is harder, and ignoring often seems irresponsible, and therefore downright impossible.
After all, how often have we heard that the upcoming mid-term Congressional elections are the most important of our lives? Now, that’s big.
But here’s the thing. While accepting, then ignoring the beliefs of another political stripe may seem irresponsible, fighting those beliefs actually feeds them energetically. Once again the Records are reminding us how fighting actually brings more of what we really don’t want.
Advocating for Hopes and Dreams is Key
The best way to bring forth our hopes and dreams is to focus on exactly that – our hopes and dreams. Rather than simply fight against what we don’t want, we are wiser to turn our attention and energies toward what we desire, and advocate for that.
This approach is of course in alignment with the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Both of these leaders started as the underdog in their quest for change. And both overcame significant political challenges by focusing their energies on the new order far more than they berated the oppressive powers that were.
So, when people have come to the Records with hearts made heavy from political battling, the core of the guidance has been consistent:
- Focus instead on what you want to see in the world, and ignore the continual media hype and bashing.
- Find a way to stay informed that doesn’t fill you with thoughts and emotions you’ll simply need to clear later. After all, the success of the 24-hour hyped-up news cycle is a direct result of our attention. If we ignore those outlets, they will fade away, just like so many daily printed newspapers have.
- Talk with your friends, family and colleagues about your hopes and dreams for our world. Ask them about theirs.
- If someone starts complaining about the “other side,” ask them what they would like to see instead. Help them refocus on their heart’s desires for our world.
- Take action toward what you’d like to see when you can. Even a $5 donation to an organization working for your heart’s desires can make a difference – just ask Senator Bernie Sanders how he funded his 2016 presidential primary bid.
Are you ready to live your life with more lightness and freedom?
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