Upon Second thought

Kevin McCormack

Kevin McCormack, C.A.d, RYT 200, is a certified yoga teacher and addictions professional, life coach, and interventionist, specializing in individual and family recovery. He enjoys life in long term recovery from addiction. Kevin is a Conversations With God coach and mentor working on special projects with the Conversations with God Foundation.

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Thoughts are creative.

“Does this mean all of our thoughts? Every single thing we think, every minute, all day long?

No. And it is important to understand this.  Otherwise we’ll wind up making our-selves crazy, trying to monitor every single thought that runs through our mind.

And that is an interesting phrase: “runs through.”  If a thought “runs through” your Mind, it does just that.  It runs through.

MOST thoughts DO that. They run through our mind like water through a sieve.  Such thoughts have very little creative power.  They’re moving through our Mind too quickly to build up enough energy to impact physicality.

It is only those thoughts that stick in our Mind that have power.  What gives our thoughts power is the repeated thinking of them.

This places energy upon energy, building it up until it really MATTERS.  That is: energy becomes physical matter.

SO!!!… if you notice that an idea is running through your Mind that you don’t like…. DON’T GIVE IT A SECOND THOUGHT. I mean that literally!

It’s your second thought that gives it power. (To say nothing of your third, fourth, and fifth thought.)  If you repeatedly think something, you can be sure that you are magnifying its power.

This is the same thing as a thought being held in Mind not only ONCE… but by A LOT OF PEOPLE at the SAME TIME. This, too, magnifies the power of thought.

That is why collective prayer works.”  Neale Donald Walsch.

Cravings, urges, compulsions, and obsessions are nothing more than our minds giving second, third, fourth, fifth etc… thoughts to an idea that should have just ran through our mind.  When we can harness the power of recognizing a thought that no longer represents who we say we are, and make a decision not to pay attention to it, we remove energy from the negative and turn it into a positive.

And it is what we are Be-ing that is so very important in our existence here.  Most of us think we are doing sobriety and that can indicate that sobriety is only a temporary state for us.  When we decide it is our state of BEING, it becomes a permanent character attribute, one that we should wear on our sleeves so to speak.

Creating successful transformations from any patterned behavior requires an initial period of discipline before the newly chosen behavior becomes the norm.  We perform regular functions so often, many times we find we do them without even thinking about them.

This is what I have found to be true of recovery.  In the beginning I would entertain thoughts of using.  What kept me from acting those out?  I was also learning new behavior at the time.  The new behavior I was learning was to seek help with my thinking problem.  Sharing with other like-minded people, that I was having these thoughts, removed the power from them.

Over time, many months to over a year, the thoughts of using drugs or alcohol became less and less.  To the point where, I can honestly say, I do not think about that anymore — ever.  I am keenly aware, however, that the absence of cravings or obsession does not make me somehow “fixed” of my addictive nature.

You can see why a program of recovery from addictive or compulsive behaviors suggests that a person go to meetings on a daily basis.  When we place our-selves in the rooms with other like-minded people, we are not only building energy upon our new sober thinking, but we are using the collective thoughts of the group to strengthen our resolve.

In order to manifest your hearts desires you must follow some simple steps.

  1. You must believe it is possible.
  2. You must acknowledge you are capable of creating it.
  3. You must set your thoughts in motion to creating this.
  4. You must be disciplined in keeping your mind focused on the task.
  5. Keeping in mind there is no such thing as time; remember to be grateful that what you wish already exists.  In the program we call this “acting as if.”

Many times we allow our impatience to sidetrack us from our goals.  We tire of all the work and no apparent movement towards our respective task.  Ultimately, we give up and say things like, “oh well, it just wasn’t meant to be.”  I call hogwash on the concept of “meant to be.”  If some things are “meant to be”, then, others would be “not meant to be.”

If that is the case then we really do not have free will and we are simply the pawn in some sick twisted game being played out by a higher life form.  If you believe the latter, you may want to ask yourself; what would the purpose of physicality be for the creator of all of this?

I am aware of the challenges of being disciplined in our thoughts.  Negativity can creep in and  take  way our momentum.  I find a few things can help to keep us on our path.

  • Having a vision board
  • Having an accountability buddy
  • Being involved in a group of like-minded people.
  • Starting the day with a reminder that what you wish is already in existence
  • Ending the day with thanks for the experience of the journey
  • Taking at least one action per day towards your goal

These are just a few of the ways we can remain true to our commitments.  If you have others please feel free to share them in the comments section below.  What works for you?  What hasn’t worked?  How can we support you?  How can you support us?