Picture a movie scene where some hysterical person gets slapped in the face. The shock of the slap breaks the hysterical streak, and the person becomes functional again.
You might feel like that hysterical person when your thoughts are running a thousand miles an hour in a downward spiral. When all the better-feeling thoughts in the world are just bouncing off you. That’s the time to slap yourself in the face.
Slap yourself because you can’t reason with bogus thinking
Just as you can’t talk sense to someone who’s hysterical, likewise you can’t reason with your mind when it’s thinking crazy-talk. A very quick way to interrupt the energy is to acknowledge that the line of thinking is bogus.
And it is bogus. Because how we feel is evidence of our alignment or discord with what Source is thinking. So if we’re feeling awful, then we’re thinking at great variance to how Source is thinking.
Most of us reach for better-feeling thoughts. But when that approach isn’t working and we can’t get any kind of traction to feel better, that means the negative thinking is pretty well entrenched. When that happens, it’s time to take a different tack.
The usual logical approach isn’t cutting it
If soothing self-talk isn’t working the way it normally does, that’s when to take a shortcut. Remind yourself that this is obviously not the way Source is thinking — therefore these thoughts are bogus. A lot of times, just calling a spade a spade — or in this case, calling a bogus thought ‘bogus’ — brings a sense of relief.
So when your thoughts won’t listen to reason, that’s when you’ll want to give yourself a slap in the face.
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All Abraham material is copyright J&E Hicks. This article represents Teresa Rogovsky's personal understanding of the teachings of Abraham.