You have all heard the saying; I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.
Actually it is the reverse of that statement.
THE BELIEF ALWAYS COMES FIRST, THE REALITY FOLLOWS.
YOU WILL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT!
Consciousness, has a peculiar propensity to seek to materialize itself into physical form. It is not content just to Be, but exteriorizes itself from an inner reality into as many perceivable physical forms as it can. The consciousness of human beings exudes invisible consciousness particles, smaller than any known or unknown physical particle. The smallest of these particles is what your scientists arbitrarily call the “God Particle”. These consciousness units attract other like units, still beneath the level of physical perception, each unit sensing its potential to swarm and group into more complex groupings, until they reach a certain pitch and level of intensity and are propelled through the psychic barrier separating physical and non-physical reality systems as simple electromagnetic units that represent the first entrance into the physical system of these incipient atomic structures and finally into objects and events in your world of matter. These electromagnetic particles jump the imaginary fence from invisible, non physical energy particles and in so doing, become the first manifestation of physical matter.
This miraculous “breaking through” would never have happened were it not for the unimaginable striving and determination of “All That Is” to BE and to create.
These electromagnetic units know their potentials and will collect and form either simple or more complex physical constructions by eventually expressing themselves through atomic structure. I am not going any deeper into this than to say that as there are “physical rules” that govern your exterior, three dimensional world, so there are definite rules that govern the inner actions that eventually enter the physical system and coagulate into objects and events. Matter is not formed by some accidental process inherent in an already created physical universe, and indeed, the universe itself is the result of idea, thought and belief that at one time was not itself physical. Physical phenomenon is the result of mental actions.
You may call your universe physical if you like, but remember this, there are other physical universes that exist within the same space as yours, and the inhabitants of those universes consider their universe the only possible physical universe, and none will infringe on your utilization of that same space. Two ideas can occupy the same psychic space, but at this stage of human consciousness development, only one idea can be held at a time. You must relinquish one idea in order to ponder another, but when you do this, the previous idea does not die, but continues to exist outside of your field of perception. Nevertheless, they both occupy the same space, just as two or more radio or television stations can occupy the same space, but you will tune in on only one that is your selected station. Earth, for the time being, is your selected station, but that does not in any way negate the existence of other similar valid stations on other frequencies.
Having said that, you can assume that I had a reason for bringing up the creation of matter and events since weight loss is a bit of both. The attempt to lose weight is of course an action oriented “event” and the weight itself is “matter” and some people would like to divorce themselves of their excess matter. (Smile). Of course, as I have said again and again in my disclaimers, that some of these subjects could not be explained in an entire book, so all I can do here is scratch the surface, but I believe I can give you some insight into the mental aspects of weight gain and permanent loss.
I hope to at least cover some important points about weight loss, enough for you to apply some of these principles to your advantage and that is why I wanted to make clear that matter is always the result of belief and directed thought. Belief comes first, thought comes next following beliefs and given enough desire behind the thought and enough duration in thinking the thoughts, the physical results will follow. This is not some pie in the sky hypotheses, but actual inner laws that are irrefutable within certain limitations which I will not bother to get into here. It is unlikely that these few exceptions will be a hindrance in the process of weight loss.
You have all heard the saying; “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
This is a totally false assumption and should be jettisoned.
The true statement should say; “I’ll see it when I believe it”
You are able to see only what you believe you will see, as evidenced by many realities that swirl around and through your physical system unnoticed. If you only noticed all of what you do believe, you would be astounded. The human brain is equipped to perceive much more reality than you presently admit into your field of attention, but here again, if you don’t believe you can perceive these unseen, invisible realities, you will never notice any evidence of their existence within the same space that your world occupies. The ego, under normal circumstances, will fight to focus your attention to what it considers you need to know for physical survival, but the ego is also flexible, and will begin to loosen its hold when it feels new information does not threaten its tight hold over your thoughts and actions.
There can be no other truth when it comes to weight loss or gain, than the following!
People who are overweight, for reasons known only to them, come to believe they are overweight, they then unconsciously adopt the suitable behavior to unknowingly fulfill that belief. The belief came first, the weight follows. Of course the same holds true for those underweight attempting to gain weight. It bears mention here, as most of you will suspect, that the same principle holds for all physical manifestation and can be no exceptions. You can apply the same principles given in this article to all areas of your life except those regarding life choices accepted at birth such as those referred to as birth defects.
The adopting of false beliefs can be innocuous, so in most cases is almost impossible to notice, but here is an example. Suppose you have just eaten to much at your evening meal. You then are getting dressed to go out and notice that your pants seem unusually tight. You don’t attribute that to the meal just eaten but think it might be because you are gaining weight. It matters not whether this belief is true of false, but what results is an automatic process of self hypnosis and reinforcement of the belief. You vow to lose the weight by watching what you are eating and get more exercise and this is the first reinforcement of the erroneous belief.
What really happens is that your belief that you are gaining weight, causes you to be hungry more often and you tend to eat more food. You then, eat more food and think that food is the cause of your perceived weight gain, and in certain respects it is, but in truth you are gaining weight because you believe you are overweight and that causes you to want to eat more food. “The belief always comes first”, the pounds follow. The remedy for fat is a belief that one is not fat at all or is in the process of losing weight. The true permanent solution comes from within, not from pills, potions and gurus and weight loss accomplished from exterior methods only will be temporary at best.
Oprah, in a strange way is hindered by her wealth and influence in ways that you are not. Oprah, when faced with a weight challenge, collects around her gurus, doctors, educators, fitness experts and millions of viewers alike, all ready to spring to her rescue with the grandest of solutions to her problem, knowing that if she succeeds using their methods, they will become famous and thousands of books will be sold outlining the given procedures. Only problem is, all of these esoteric proceeders will fail in the long run and will never succeed unless you understand the psychological truth previously mentioned that the belief came first, and the weight is simply a symptom of inner beliefs.
What Oprah thinks happened did not really happen as she supposes, she did not wake up one fine morning and realize that she has been eating too much and gaining weight and then began to believe in her physical appearance as represented to her in the mirror. She, unknowingly, began to perceive herself as gaining weight, and this one simple first belief “I think I am putting on a few extra pounds” began to stabilize, take root and cause an increased appetite and overeating, actualizing into flesh and as her belief strengthened, the flesh became more and more a permanent condition to be reckoned with. The inner self creates what the outer self (ego) believes to be true and the inner self does not judge, taking at face value the information it gets from the ego oriented personality. What the ego believes, the inner self will produce, with a few exceptions that are not pertinent here.
Oprah is overweight because she believes that she is overweight, and this is the dilemma that is prevalent in all areas of your life, and all aspects of life that are unsatisfactory, must be dealt with accordingly. The rules don’t change and are not in the least arbitrary when it comes to the outward materialization in flesh of inner beliefs. The real trick of course, is first coming to the realization that you are responsible for your condition. Oprah has said that she is a food addict, and that is a good start, but only addresses the outward part of the problem, the love of the taste of food and the after-feeling of satisfaction an addict gets from satiation of any uncontrollable desire. She eats too much because she believes she is overweight, and she may be, but the condition was not the cause of exaggerated hunger, the belief in her fatness caused the hunger.
You must first understand that your physical body is your most intimate creation and it represents your most intimately held beliefs about yourself made real in the physical system. Your body then is meant as a physical, perceivable proof in the molecular and cellular world of your inner state of being at any selected time in your life. Your cells die and are replaced automatically and in this unconscious process, your organs and constantly renewed. Everything about and within your body is in a constant state of change, and this automatic changing follows your beliefs about yourself.
In order to affect permanent weight loss you must believe you that “you are NOT overweight”, but this would seem like an impossible task at first glance, since your overweight condition is obvious. This remedy involves to some extent, tricking your ego consciousness to thinking it is something it isn’t. Consciousness can be quite easily manipulated, as evidenced by hypnosis. What you must do is to make your consciousness believe it is in the process of losing weight, and you do this not by lying, but by omission.
Here is the problem you face; In order to really obtain a permanent weight loss stability, first you must believe that you are “Not Overweight”, and here is the real dilemma, you must at least believe that you are actually in the process of losing weight. Remember, if you don’t really believe it, it won’t happen. It is reassuring to know that “Everything changes, including your body, whether or not you are consciously aware of those changes”. So the secret would seem quite simple, but we all know it isn’t. You must make sure that the automatic changes that are inherent in all living physical matter, change the way you desire.
As they used to say in the “Mission Impossible Series”; your job, Mr, Phelps, should you accept it, is to learn to believe in small increments. You cannot affirm to yourself that you are thin, when your overweight condition is obvious to you and to everyone around you, and even if you could begin to convince yourself, the reactions of your compatriots would make clear your continuing battle with the bulge. You must affirm to yourself then, small successes while implanting the belief that you are “progressing” in the right direction, not final success indeed, but progress nevertheless.
You would think that you cannot fool your ego, but that is precisely what you must do in the beginning to reach a permanent, healthy and sustainable weight. You must begin by creating a simple affirmation that is not a lie, but also one that portrays your intended direction and expected positive results: The overall most important rule is;
REINFORCE THE POSITIVE AND IGNORE THE NEGATIVE.
I might suggest that you print these instructions if you are trying to lose weight.
1. Create a simple affirmation similar to the following:
Repeat it for five minutes in the morning and evening while imagining yourself as the thin self you will become. Do not go overboard, simplicity is the key here, but do not overstate.
“I am beginning my journey to a slim, trim and healthy body.”
2. Avoid circumstances that will reinforce your present overweight condition.
Do not look in mirrors until you feel sure you have lost some weight, as might be evidenced to you by looser fitting clothes. When you are just beginning, mirrors will just reinforce your present unacceptable condition.
3. Do not weigh yourself until you are absolutely sure that you have begun to lose weight. What we are looking for here is positive results, and we don’t want to take a chance on reinforcing the present unsatisfactory condition with negative results. Better not to know your weight than to know that you have not lost weight.
4. Do not brag to friends about your weight loss program until you have provable results.
You do not want to take the chance of a friend, unwittingly telling you that you don’t look like you are losing weight, thereby reinforcing failure.
5. Use a comfortable combination of weight loss techniques that you enjoy.
There are many good techniques available, but the ones that will work best are ones that are fun. Diet a little, work out a little, eat a little less.
6. It’s not so much in the inherent properties of the food itself, but in how the body assimilates and processes the food, so here is a handy affirmation to repeat before every meal.
“The foods that I eat provide nourishment without the ability to add weight.”
7. Do not review the past looking for reasons for your weight gain.
When you do this you are actually compiling a mental record of perceived past failures, dredging up anything and everything that you think could be associated with your weight gain. If is like creating a book of failures, totally ignoring all of the things you did right. When you think something is wrong, do not scour the past looking for excuses for the present lacks, because what you are really doing is reinforcing your present perceived negative state in the flesh.
8. The cure cannot come solely from the outside but must come the inner realization that you, through your beliefs, became overweight and must now remedy that situation through changing those beliefs. A physical cure ignoring the mental aspect will never be permanent.
There is an old song by Bing Crosby that I like very much, and it goes something like this;
“Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mr. In-between”.
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