The Clearing and Weeding of Negative Thoughts

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The Clearing and Weeding of Negative Thoughts

Clearing your negative thoughts from your mind and life permanently will help you greatly in building both a positive mind and a far healthier lifestyle.

I’ve thought about writing this article for a long time. In fact I’ve sat at my computer many times, started to write and then deleted it. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a Buddhist monk. What right have I got to teach this through writing. Yes I’ve successfully walked people through this in face to face situation, but I was there to protect them. I’ve taught this to others over the telephone, but again they could make immediate contact with me again, if they needed to. But now, the time and this method of passing it over feels right.

This week my writing has been inspired by other bloggers. Today is no exception. Corinne on her Blog Every Day Gyaan brings our attention to how we suppress our memories, burying those that we don’t want to remember in her article called It Stinks.

This is such an important point. I should know, I was an expert once upon a time at doing this. I couldn’t deal with some of my memories, but neither could I release them. So I managed to push them out of my consciousness, buried them as deep as I could in the subconscious of my mind. Yet they would often pop up at totally the wrong time, and they were there to help me interpret everything that was happening in my life. I didn’t realise how much they were in control of me. They hindered my growth, holding me back.

Until I became conscious of their effect, I couldn’t do anything about it. Once I realised I was able to begin my journey, and this developed once I found the mechanism to remove all these bad memories. With this has come the realisation that all the negative stuff I’d felt was there for a reason. It was a result of things that had happened, a natural outcome of some very bad situations.

Negative thoughts originate from the unconsciously stored negative memories of life’s history that we carry within ourselves. These memories reside and provide the evidence or justification for how you then choose to perceive your life.

In other words a history of negative memories will colour your attitude towards life negatively. These memories generate negative thoughts that pervade our consciousness. Remains from past traumas – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – can get stuck in your body and psyche. These negative energies:

•are what cause disease as well as mental, physical, and/or emotional breakdown.

•attract even more negativity into your life.

•cause us to resist love, joy, abundance, creativity, our own aliveness. These negative energies form the limits of our life. Releasing them frees your life force so you can leap past your limits!

It is possible to “fix” or “clear” such thoughts. You can release them. Negative thoughts have their roots in negative memories so you have to pull it out from its roots.

As I released the old memories with the method I will shortly explain, I began to see patterns that had manifested in my relationships and jobs. My life began to make sense. I was becoming aware of the underlying blueprint of my life. And now I could make profound changes.

So now let’s go gardening. What happens when you do not weed a garden? The weeds take over and choke the life out of the beauty that wants to flower. You know that a garden needs to be weeded to help your plants grow and thrive. If you don’t do any weeding, your garden will pretty soon become a wilderness. It’s the same with your mind. If you don’t take good care of your mind, weed out negative and limiting thoughts and otherwise fill it with life enhancing beliefs and thought patterns, your life will pretty soon become a mess. Well it’s time you started getting rid of that mess.

Think of your mind as your garden. Weeds symbolically represent the negative aspects in our life that we want to remove. If you’re going to read on, take a break, put on your gardening gloves and get a spade. (ok, I’m only joking).

Close your eyes, relax and see a beautiful garden in front of you. It’s your magical garden. Examine your garden and see what is growing out of the soil. Are there a lot of beautiful flowers and plants. See them, smell them, take in the beauty. Feel the sun shining onto your back and on to your face. Hear the birds singing. Know you are safe and protected.

Now start to walk through your garden and begin pulling out any weeds you see that don’t belong. Each time you pull out a weed, look at it and see what negative thought or image or habit it symbolises or represents. Remember you are quite safe. This is your garden. You are alone. Nobody else can enter. This is your space.

What does that weed represent. What memory does it hold for you? Ask yourself ‘Why does it bother me? Why does this hurt? Where has this come from? What is the root cause of this feeling? What is the belief that I’ve held on to?’ Allow yourself to be open and curious. Don’t worry about getting actual literal answers to the questions. Just use the questions as pointers. Allow yourself to become aware of how you feel – tight? fearful? humiliated? pressured? alone? cornered? resentful? ashamed? Betrayed? Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is. Whatever it is, it is there for a reason and having it there doesn’t make you a bad person, and it can not hurt you. All of our experiences produce an energetic response within us. This is normal and natural.

Okay. You’ve identified the negative feeling, belief or memory and you are now feeling it. Now, either with your physical hands or by visualising your hands, body, and the negative energy in your imagination, pull that energy, that feeling out of the ground. As you pull it out and release it, visualise it going into the bin and getting burned up. Feel it – the relief, having the burden lifted, that you feel noticeably better.

As you’re doing this you may see connections to other experiences and/or feelings that are related to this one. Pull those out too. You may see beliefs that you formed as a result of this energy. Pull them out. Visualise yourself pulling out the roots and all. Notice how your body feels different as you do this. Now simply let go. Say to yourself ‘Enough’ even if it’s only inside your head, and then pull out the weed, keep pulling, dig deeper, until you get the root. As you place it in the bin, say ‘Never again will you trouble me, you are gone from my life, from my memory’.

As you do this, new sensations in your body that want to be released will enter into your awareness. These will be the energies of the next layer down that are ready for release. Just keep pulling them out.

Once you’ve felt the energy shift within your body and the negative energy is gone, a very important step is to visualise and feel love, light and healing pouring into that space. Do this after each issue is pulled out. If you pulled out beliefs, also put a positive belief into the empty space.

Go through your garden and do this until no weeds are left, and then take the bucket of weeds you have collected and burn them. Then go to the shed in your garden where you store all the packages of new seeds (new thoughts and images). While in the shed, decide what new seeds you want to plant in your garden. Then see yourself very carefully planting these new seeds in the soil in an orderly manner. These are the goals you want. The things you want in your life.

As you walk out of the garden visualise and feel a column of pure white light flowing down through the top of your head, down into your body, your core. From the core, feel it flowing out, filling up all of your cells. See it pushing out any remnants of dark energy that didn’t get pulled out in your session. See it replacing all those spaces with vitality, joy, abundance, healing and love. Watch the light flow out and form an aura all the way around you. See it extending deep into the earth beneath your feet.

For the next 7 days and revisit your garden. Enjoy it. Relax. Watch the animals that may be there. Explore the flowers, the plants, the trees. See if any weeds are remaining. If so, repeat the process to remove them.

Imagine time passing by, and see yourself every day for twenty one days coming back and watering, talking to and fertilising your new seeds. Each day you come back see these seeds sprouting into the positive thought, image or habit that has laid previously latent within it.

Pay regular visits then after to your garden to make sure its healthy and strong. If any “bad seeds” have appeared, be sure to pull them out.

Don’t get hung up on the process itself. Just use it as a starting place. As you make the intention to clear negative energies from your being, your inner being itself will guide you through the process and show you the way that is best for you.

Now you can weed away the negative thought patterns from your mind, and release any other blockages that may hinder your personal growth. Just accept its time to let these memories go. This memory no longer serves you. It’s holding you back. It’s time to let go!

Let me as a final thought give you one other wonderful method to help energise yourself, and ensure you don’t take your negative thoughts into your day. Every morning I stand beneath my shower. (try not to visualise to in depth here). I imagine myself standing in a beautiful healing waterfall. I picture the water as a mixture of water, love, light, healing power, and energy. I see and feel it flowing into me washing all negative energies that are ready for release right down the drain. I see and feel the love flow filling me up. I sense the excitement that I will experience throughout the day ahead of me. It’s a great way to start the day!

Please use this safely, develop your own way of doing it. See your bad memories while feeling protected in your magical garden, shout out ‘Enough’ even if it’s only inside your head, and then pull out the weed, keep pulling, dig deeper, until you get the root. As you place it in the bin, say ‘Never again will you trouble me, you are gone from my life, from my memory’.

I will press publish on this article, because I know I must.

Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be. Anon

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
  1. Fernando-Alejandro says:

    Oh Larry you have come a long way in a short time. I am impressed. I can see now the inner you being represented within your posts. Nicely shared and revisit your garden as I see a patch.

  2. See your bad memories while feeling protected in your magical garden, shout out ‘Enough’ even if it’s only inside your head, and then pull out the weed, keep pulling, dig deeper, until you get the root. As you place it in the bin, say ‘Never again will you trouble me, you are gone from my life, from my memory’.
    You are AMAZING….this is brilliant,a lesson for me to learn…thanks a lot Larry…u made my day.

  3. baldychaz says:

    Wow Larry are you certain you aint a nurse? very interesting techniques kind CBTish. Our deeply held beliefs about ourselves affect how we view the world and our place in it. Keep up the good work your blog is very aptly titled and your aproach is nothing but holistic.

  4. Mary says:

    Larry, just a note, do not pull the ‘blogging’ plant out of ‘your’ garden because you are doing an excellent job at it! Your posts keep getting more interesting with each visit:)
    I have to say, I never quite thought of getting rid of negativity this way. It is a very unusual technique and I will definitely give it a try, that is when I get some quiet time around here to have to myself:)
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rimly says:

    Loved it. I am exercising the same thing of late, Larry. The moment the negative thoughts come I become aware of it as an observer, without letting it take control and when I do that the negative thought actually dissipates. Your exercise of weeding a garden is also beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Yogasavy says:

    Larry if i may….. the weeds that you pull out and throw away are what made part ( along with the weeds are the flowers as well) of you the person you are today. . I speak from my own personal experience. One cannot exist without the other like night and day, heavy and light. Without experiencing each side how am I to know the difference or respect or acknowledge what weeds or flowers are and what each one offers.
    I am to embrace and learn from each experience and each one of these negative experiences are in my life to remind me of what I have now and how to value it.
    Just my thoughts or my outlook on life ……

  7. jim says:

    Great post… wish I could follow you…. after a serious heath problem many years ago. I adopted some of the ideas you write about… it has been a life saver.

  8. Larry – I missed this one – thanks for the link up. I’m going to share this with someone who wanted to know the process. So well written. Thank you. Hugs…..

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