Think About What You’re Thinking About!
Think About What You’re Thinking About
I recently ran a local 5K race for four-year-old Isaac Sintz, who has Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. His parents and loved ones organized this event to benefit him in the hopes that the latest treatment could stop the progression of the disease so that he might have a life that is as full and normal as possible.
I want to share about the concept of beliefs and how the energy of our beliefs are far reaching.
When we form heart-centered beliefs within our bodies, in the language of physics we’re creating the electrical and magnetic expression of them as waves of energy, which aren’t confined to our hearts or limited by the physical barrier of our skin and bones. So clearly we’re “speaking” to the world around us in each moment of every day through a language that has no words: the belief-waves of our hearts. (Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief [Hay House, 2008], 60)
The parents of Isaac Sintz believed that they could make a difference in their child’s life. They believed that they could enlist the support of family, friends, and community—and support is what they got! Over 300 people participated in the race itself, and countless others donated their time. Food and bottled water for the event were donated, many assisted in registration and advertising—a website was even created. I got the following message from race coordinators after the completion of the race:
Thanks to everyone for your incredible support. The event surpassed all our expectations. We had around 300 participants join us Saturday morning in the perfect conditions for a race. On behalf of the Sintz family, they want you to feel their deep gratitude for everything you have sacrificed in their behalf. Isaac is already receiving treatments that he could not have had without all of your help. It also meant a lot to the rest of the family to see our friends and family reach out to someone that means so much to us, even when you may not have known Isaac. Information will be updated at www.hopeforisaacsintz.com to keep you posted on his health. Thank you again and sorry for any hiccups during the race. As you may have noticed, we don’t organize races for a living. . . but we sure tried!
We love all of you,
the family of Isaac Sintz
Another belief aspect of this race was on my part: I had to believe I could run the 5K race. That was an “evolution of thought” that had started in October 2008 for me, when my youngest son was running the St. George Marathon (26.2 miles) and I was there to watch him. My husband had run six marathons and countless half marathons, so people would always ask me, “Do you run too?” I would always say, “Yes—I run errands in my van!” I never really had a desire to run until the day I waited with anticipation for my son to cross the finish line of his first marathon. I can hardly explain what came over me. I’d been at many finish lines through 30 years of marriage to my running fanatic husband, but this was different. It was as if my own DNA caught hold of the possibility for me personally because he—my son, my own flesh and blood carrying my DNA—had done it. That is in fact exactly what happened! My DNA crossed the finish line of a grueling 26.2 mile run, completing his first marathon in just less than 5 hours!
As he crossed, we hurried with clicking cameras to get as close to him as possible and talk to him. Once he got a drink and caught his breath, something came over me. I could feel a sensation welling up from within and I instantaneously had a belief that I can run too. I could even run a marathon if I wanted to. That is when the belief was born from my soul. It was a powerful experience. I did start to run! In June 2009 I began the “Couch to 5K” running program and on July 4th ran my first 5K. One week later I ran another. Then I ran a 4-mile “Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving Day. A year after the first 5K, I ran the Freedom Festival 5K on July 4, 2010, and then the Pioneer Day run on July 24th. Finally, I ran the 5K for Isaac Sintz, which took place on the fifth birthday of my first grandchild, Hannah.
While running this last 5K for Isaac, it began to be difficult—that is, the course began to incline sharply, my heart was really pumping, and my legs were really feeling it. I started to think about this little boy who I was running this race for—he has Dravet Syndrome and his health is at risk; his ability to walk and talk and think and function normally is at risk. I thought how my health and my ability to think and feel and run and live were working optimally and so I ran on. Then my thoughts turned to Hannah, whose 5th birthday it was. I thought about how she had made me a grandma for the first time and gave me the experience of being with a little girl, since I had only given birth to boys. I thought about her and how healthy and beautiful she is. I thought of her brother Zander and what a cutie pie he is and the miracle his health is. I thought of our third grandchild, Madeleine, and how perfectly formed and beautiful she is. And I ran on and kept on running, thinking of them and thanking God for them in my life. This focus gave me the strength to keep running, for them and for Isaac. Our beliefs and our thoughts are powerful—they literally create our realities!
What we focus on grows! That is, what we think about expands and gets bigger and more real and intense. Do you remember a time in your life when you had fear? If you thought about it, obsessively so, it grew. Fear grown becomes anxiety. The same is true of positive obsessive thoughts! If all you can think about is the fact that you’re going to get that promotion and you’re going to thrive in this new position at work and you can see yourself at your new desk in your office with the big picture window, and you even know what your first paycheck will be and what you are going to spend it on… you get the idea. What we put our attention on swells and takes on a life of its own. We literally create our own reality. Most people don’t realize they have that kind of power!
I have clients that come to me unhappy, mostly because their lives are a mess and many aspects of their lives are not working for them. You should see the look on their faces when I point out to them what amazingly powerful creators they are to have created this life they don’t want. Then I quickly point out that they can create the kind of life they do want! They just have to think about what they are thinking about. Our beliefs and thoughts carry an energetic vibration, and that “sound wave” is sent out to the world. Then, whatever the belief is, that is what we will experience. It will come right back to us—this is the law of attraction at work.
You can create what you really want! Stick Post-it notes up around the house in prominent places you’ll be sure to see. These notes are to remind you to stop and think. Think about what you are thinking about. When I work with clients, I give them a paper called the “Don’t Want/Want” worksheet. On this worksheet they are to write down everything they are currently experiencing that they don’t want. Then they are to write down what they really want to be experiencing in their lives. Once you know what you want and think about what you are thinking about, you will begin to create the life you really want to be living. It’s worked for me and I see it work in the lives of my clients daily.
I’ll close with this amazing quote by James Allen in As a Man Thinketh:
To stimulate mankind to the discovery and perception of the truth that, “they themselves are the makers of themselves,” by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.