HEALING AND DEALING ARTICLES
The Mental Body
A wise teacher once said to me that words are like spells; they can work
their magic for or against us. In this context, only a fool says that talk is cheap.
The actual cost of pronouncements and the kind of generalities that pepper
everyday conversation can be, in fact, quite astronomical, and to painfully extend
the metaphor, we can find ourselves paying "interest" for many years, never
touching the principle.
Judgments, spoken or thought, are one of the mental body's coping
mechanisms for dealing with overwhelming realities. They give us the illusion of
control by making rules or stating the way a situation, person, place, or thing IS.
The hidden cost of making judgments is that they become a "thought form": a
rigid structure in the mind that can magnetize and re-create unpleasant
situations that match the judgment's expectations, narrowing the openings for
epiphany. We re-condition ourselves negatively every time we reiterate a
judgment we have been holding, both in casual conversation and emotional
diatribe. Large parts of us would rather be right than happy, and something's
Culturally, we have lost awareness of how powerful our expectations and
judgments are; how they shape the realities and experiences that "come toward
us from the future". We have also lost awareness of the intense emotions just
under the surface, often powering the judgment's need to be right. Judgments
empower denial of emotional realities within us. Even though we lose when a
judgment we've been holding proves itself true, there is a "perverse deliciousness"
in the satisfaction of saying 'I knew this would happen!', and the mental body
trumps the emotional... again. This is the main area in the mental body that needs
to change if healing is to happen.
Clearing judgments can allow us to see a situation anew in the moment, and
in doing so, we can reinvent our reality as it manifests before our eyes. A good
way to release mental body judgments is by stating such a release out loud -- the
antidote to the "black magic spell" we put on ourselves in originally making it.
With as much emotional presence as you can muster, say something like "I
release the judgment that... " and then name the judgment you've been holding,
e.g. "... Rottweilers are dangerous". Then look for the judgments that support the
one you just let go. "I release the judgment that dogs are only safe on leashes. I
forgive myself for having believed that animals don't like me. I allow the belief to
dissolve that the world is frightening. I let go now of the belief that I can never
feel safe." Use any wording for the form of your judgment release that feels right
to you in the moment.
Pay attention inside, as you sift through a particular nest of judgments
during their verbal release, for the emotions underneath that may start to stir and
move, and allow as much emotional release as you feel you can in whatever ways
you can. Releasing judgments and the hidden emotions powering them can allow
you to view a situation with fresh eyes, seeing it and accepting it for what it is
now. Cultivate the art of speaking specifically rather than generally, e.g. "I got
attacked by a Rottweiler when I was ten, and I have felt afraid of them up to now.
Play with releasing as many beliefs as you can find... do a little ceremony if you
like... and dare to release the judgment that this process couldn't work for you, is
bullshit, and that you would rather be right than happy!
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Peter Cloud Panjoyah, British Columbia, May 2004
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