Thoughts to Things
always use facts or truth; often relying on emotionally driven concepts or feelings. By becoming aware of our thoughts, evaluating them, and
changing those thoughts that are inaccurate or unhelpful, we can improve the quality of our lives.

Life provides us with an endless supply of opportunities to create meaning and it is how we interpret those events, and what we decide they
mean about ourselves and the world that is important. To a large degree, our thoughts determine our feelings, behaviors and outcomes. But
YOU are not your thoughts. You are the consciousness from which your thoughts arise. The human capacity to think (while great in comparison
to other living creatures) is incredibly susceptible to error. Cognitive bias, false assumptions, misinformation, ego and limited beliefs are just a
few patterns of unhealthy thought  processes that can interfere.

It all starts with the thoughts you think. These thoughts become your feelings, these feelings become your vibration and your vibration
ultimately becomes your life. It is your vibration that determines whether you are attracting what you want into your life or not. Change your
thought patterns which in return change the chemistry of your life, body and mind.

Research from the science of Psycho-neuroimmunology explains how our thoughts become chemical and electrical impulses in our body,
forming a biological alphabet that sends commands to our cells. Thoughts become things. Our biography becomes our biology.

Every thought you have causes neuro-chemical changes, some temporary and some lasting. For instance, when people consciously practice
gratitude, they get a surge of rewarding neurotransmitters, like dopamine, and experience a general alerting and brightening of the mind,
probably correlated with more of the neuro-chemical norepinephrine.

How you do react when you believe a thought is the question to ask yourself when you are unsure of whether or not to believe what you are
thinking. Consider what the thought does to you. Even if it is 100 percent true and valid, it is important to now look at whether or not the thought
is worth having. Is it helping you in any way? Is it bringing you down? Is there any value in the thought? If not, you need to let the thought go —
or take action so you can let it go.

What flows through your mind also sculpts your brain in permanent ways. Think of your mind as the movement of information through your
nervous system, which on a physical level is all the electrical signals running back and forth, most of which is happening below your
conscious awareness. As a thought travels through your brain, neurons fire together in distinctive ways based on the specific information
being handled, and those patterns of neural activity actually change your neural structure.

Busy regions of the brain start making new connections with each other, and existing synapses, the connections between neurons, that
experience more activity get stronger, increasingly sensitive, and start building more receptors. New synapses are also formed.

You have much more power than ever believed to influence your physical and mental realities. Your mindset is recognized by your body —
right down to the genetic level, and the more you improve your mental habits, the more beneficial response you will get from your body. You
cannot control what has happened in the past, which shaped the brain you have today, programmed your cells, and caused certain genes to
switch on. However, you do have the power in this moment and going forward to choose your perspective and behavior, which will change
your brain, cells, and genes.

Are your thoughts serving you well? If you suspect that your automatic thinking may be having a negative impact on your mood, relationships,
financial health or quality of life, consider the use of affirmations. Affirmations help you to weave the life you want. Just like a writer,
affirmations start off by one or two sentences, then over two or three months the affirmations evolve into a chapter of small changes and then
after a year of affirmations, a life filled with positive changes has been created. Affirmations are powerful tools. By changing your thoughts, you
change your reality.

Four ways change your thoughts.  There are four main ways to change thoughts: reflection, disputing irrational thoughts, being mindful or
focusing your attention on the present moment and the one I find most powerful is using affirmations to intentionally thinking about positive
thoughts or new ways of narrating your lived experience.

So how do you use affirmations to change your thoughts and enhance your life? This time, I have leave you in suspense as this is an excerpt
from “I Affirm” my book that will be available soon.  In “I Affirm,” you will find everything you need to create and use personalized powerful
affirmations, including: research, history, step-by-step instructions, worksheets; illustrations by the author; and even a few ways to super-
charge your affirmations.
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we
—        Buddha

A thought is an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind.
Just because you think something does not make it true.  Thoughts are incredibly powerful and can
take control of our lives. Some thoughts are meaningful and are worth paying attention to, and other
thoughts are noise that are renting too much space in our brains.

The average person thinks between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. Ranging from the mundane — I
need to buy milk, to the significant — I love you, to the self-destructive — I’m not good enough. In the
moment, our thinking seems logical. According the Psychology Today, “When we examine long
patterns of brain activity, it’s clear that thoughts can be unstable and often arbitrary, shifting
depending on context and contradicting our better instincts.”

Our internal decisions/thoughts determine whether we are rich or poor, happy or sad, angry or
joyful, appreciative or resentful. Unfortunately, we give our automatic thoughts too much power.
When you choose to believe a thought, your mind works to find ways to support that idea with
evidence that may or may not be based on pure truth. Many of us do this on a daily basis: we find a
thought that we believe to be true and we build ideas around it to support or deny it. We do not