I started getting a stuffed-up head one day last week, and by the evening, I had a full-blown headache. As I lay in bed that night, tossing and turning, feeling and thinking, “Pain” and wondering if I was coming down with some bug, it dawned on me, in the middle of my thrashing about, that I was thinking thoughts that were full of discomfort and dis-ease: pain, ache, suffering, worry, illness…all very uncomfortable thoughts. When I realized this, I imagined a loving hand on my forehead and began thinking words that were positive and soothing: health, healing, love, light, flow, and harmony, and before I knew it, I had fallen asleep.
I had a good night’s sleep and woke up headache-free, but before I got out of bed, I found myself thinking about what a friend had said to me (a couple of months ago) that made me uncomfortable. Instantly, the headache returned and I “got it”. What a great feedback system we have in our bodies! Then I realized that I needed to think a better thought, and an image flashed into my mind of my friend laughing and rolling around on his front lawn naked (don’t ask me why this image came to mind but it made me smile) and my heart felt warm and loving toward him and my headache receded until by noon, it was gone.
As I thought about what precipitated the headache in the first place, it was easy to see that I had been thinking about this same negative situation (off and on) during the previous day. And like thoughts always do, the more I pondered what “wasn’t right” with this particular situation, other thoughts about people, places and things that seemed off, jumped on the, “What is wrong” train too.
Nothing in our lives is random. Everything that happens is for us, not to us. Life is like a quiet friend, always whispering, and signaling for us to move up and out of limiting thoughts and beliefs; to think a new thought about an old condition, friendship or situation. This is real freedom….and it is ours for the thinking.
“A man’s surroundings are never against him: they are there to aid him…To maintain an unchangeable sweetness of disposition, to think only thoughts that are pure and gentle, and to be happy under all circumstances, —such blessed conditions and such beauty of character and life should be the aim of all, and particularly so of those who wish to lessen the misery of the world. If anyone has failed to lift himself above ungentleness and unhappiness, he is greatly deluded if he imagines he can make the world happier by the propagation of any theory or theology“. From, Above Life’s Turmoil, by James Allen published in 1910