Thinking Thoughts

“We can think of only one thing at a time.”

– St. Thomas Aquinas

If we believe that we can only think one thought at a time, as St. Thomas Aquinas, Jose Silva and so many others have said, then why do we spend so much of our time wasting our precious one thought to sabotage ourselves?  If we take the time to actually pay attention to our thought process, it’s amazing how many of our thoughts are negative.  In one of my past posts, Our Magnificent Mind I explored this phenomena.

But once we get stuck in that negative spiral, how can we get out?  One thing that I have found helpful is using very simple affirmations.  For example, if I’m dwelling on a pain in my body and my thoughts, like a terrier,  won’t let go of focusing on the pain and even worse, catastrophizing the pain (you might have experienced that one, a small pain in the body suddenly becomes cancerous and death inducing) – I invoke a a simple sentence.  I say cancel/cancel, and replace the blah blah in my head with “I am Strong, Vibrantly Fit and Healthy!”  A short, simple sentence which replaces the negative chatter with a positive statement.  If I’m awake at night worried about money and catastrophizing that one, I say cancel/cancel and replace that negative spiral with “I am Powerful, Abundantly Prosperous and Wealthy!”  I find that the secret is to keep it short and simple, and to focus it directly at the specific negative thought.

Of course I didn’t make this up!  This technique has been used for years by millions of people.  Here is one fun article about the use of affirmations from Scott Adams, the man who created the Dilbert comics:

This is from a great site called Mind Power News.  They have a wonderful newsletter I highly recommend.

I learned this technique at a Silva Mind Method Course.  For those of you who have not heard of Silva, I urge you to explore their site and read Jose Silva’s book The Silva Mind Control Method.   For those of you living in NZ, you can explore Silva at:

There are several videos on YouTube of Jose Silva discussing his technique.  Here is one that I found informative:


Please let me know what you thought of Jose Silva’s video.  And If you have done a Silva Mind Method Course I’d love to hear about your experience.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog.  I appreciate it.

5 thoughts on “Thinking Thoughts

  1. Oh, I like that! I am Strong, Vibrantly Fit and Healthy! I’m going to use that. Recently, I’ve been finding that those small little paradigm shifts can make a world of difference in my attitude. I stopped telling myself I wanted to lose weight because I was fat and unattractive and started telling myself I wanted to get healthy and the pounds are coming off! Now I’ll add your affirmation to get past my nuisance aches and pains!! Thanks again, Patti! You are my inspiration!


  2. Thank you so much Kathleen! I’m so glad that you like that. Honestly, sometimes my head is so chaotic and insane, I find I just repeat short affirmations second by second. Another couple of my favorites are:
    “Everyday, in every way, I am getting better and better.” (That one is from Silva)
    “Everyday, in every way, I am creating my perfect life.” (That one is mine!)
    Thanks so much for your comments Kathleen, I really appreciate it.


  3. Interesting thoughts on Scott Adams use of affirmation. He has touched so many people in different ways. In fact I use the Daily Dilbert in my blog as a header. Stop by and take a look when you get a chance. Take care and God Bless…


  4. Pingback: Cancel Cancel . . . Interrupt Your Negative Thoughts! | A Woman's Guide

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