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I was texting this morning with a good friend of mine who is very unhappy about some of the things going on in the world. I can relate. I, too, am Just Not Real Pleased about a number of things, both in the world and in my personal life. But of course, we always want to offer advice to others when we need it the most ourselves, so I started thinking of things I could say that might help or comfort her, and realized they were things I needed to remember and put into practice, too. So here you go - my advice to myself (and to you, my friends).
The most common version is:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
(You can find a complete version of the prayer on several websites.)
Sounds pretty simple, but it's a little harder to actually put it in practice. Yet that's what we need to do, instead of making ourselves sick - literally - about things we have no control over.
Lots of productivity teachers talk about your "sphere of influence", and how you can be much more productive if you work within that sphere. I propose that our sphere is much larger than we think it is, but we can only access the larger sphere through getting our personal sphere in order.
If you spend all your time thinking about what's wrong, it will magnify. If you start finding things that are right, or things that you desire, those will magnify, too. This is not just woo-woo crap. It's actually an energy function, a way that frequency works.
Everything is frequency - everything. Einstein talked about it (not in the popular quote that goes around Facebook periodically, that's someone else's). Einstein said that matter and energy cannot be created; they can only change form. Low frequency energy is matter. Yep, that's us. Partly. We also have a high frequency part, our field - some call it our aura. That's as much a part of us as our bodies are - in fact, I think we are primarily energy fields that just happen to be attached for a while to our physical bodies. Our energy field actually has a lot of control over our physical bodies, so keeping that field at a high frequency is important.
Keeping one's energy field at a high frequency increases the physical body's frequency. When our bodies are at a higher frequency, we are healthier. Lower frequencies allow our immunity to drop and cause our organs to not function at top efficiency. We get sick.
Our thoughts also have frequencies. Thoughts direct our emotions - and as you can guess, "good" thoughts and emotions increase our frequency and boost our immune systems, and "bad" ones cause illness. That's actually why I consider them good and bad - there are appropriate times for the "bad" emotions, but getting stuck in them will cause you problems, whereas getting "stuck" in "good" emotions doesn't cause problems. In fact, that's a desirable condition. (Might I suggest reading Philippians 4:8 and Galatians 5:22-23 - God even tells us to think good things!)
Again, this is not just woo-woo crap. There have been studies done that show increased immune function with higher frequency thoughts and emotions. In fact, even WATCHING something good happen can improve your immunity! (See my article on Your Immune System for more information on this, the references for the last main paragraph.)
But thinking good thoughts, feeling good emotions, can take some work. Fortunately, there are some techniques that can help you get out of a low-frequency loop and into a higher-frequency loop.
I can see this is not a single blog-post subject. There is a whole area I want to talk about that I haven't even touched, but this will be a good start. Try a few of these things and see what results you get. Remember - you are getting your personal sphere in order, so that your sphere of influence can increase. You have the power to make real change, but you're not going to do it if you keep focusing on what's wrong in the world.
Yup. This advice was definitely for me. I hope it helps you, too.