Your thoughts are a wonderful phenomenon. They are always present, consciously or unconsciously. You have conscious thoughts, for example, when you have to think about your work, about what shopping you have to do or during your work. Subconscious thoughts go just a little further. Unconscious might not be quite the right word, because they are thoughts that you know you have. However, they were not created consciously or on purpose.
Pressure in our heads
If you consider that we have about 40 to 60 thousand thoughts a day, you can count on your fingers how busy we are in our heads. A lot of those thoughts are repetitions. They originated yesterday, last week, or even years ago. Your head can be so full of thoughts that it literally makes you tired. Thinking takes energy and that doesn’t have to be a problem as long as it involves conscious thinking.
But those thoughts that sometimes manifested themselves in your head for the first time years ago and that keep coming back with great regularity, subconsciously determine your appearance, your behavior, your feelings, and your ‘image’. In other words: the thoughts that define who you are.
But is it really the case that thoughts determine who you are?
First of all, it is important to realize that 60 to 75 percent of the total number of thoughts per day are negative thoughts. Because everything in your system is connected, thoughts also affect your physical, mental, emotional, and energetic health. A simple example: if you keep thinking that you are not beautiful, then you convince yourself that you are not beautiful. You feel less than other people you compare yourself to.
You may become depressed at this thought. In addition, you behave insecurely and this manifests itself physically in the somewhat huddled walk. And you also attract reactions from outsiders, who judge your appearance. Such thoughts are often so dominant that they can determine your way of life. In such a way that the outside world thinks it sees who you are, while who you really are is hidden deep inside you.
How do these thoughts arise? Why do we have them, if they don’t give us healthy energy?
We all want to feel carefree and happy. The thoughts you have exerted a lot of influence on this. So it would sometimes be very welcome if we could turn them off. Back to an empty head without judgmental thoughts. Just like when you were just born! At birth, you are still completely your essential self, without any form of hindrance.
As you grow up, the patterns, beliefs, and survival mechanisms also arise. Including the associated thoughts. Everything you experience, hear, feel, taste, and see shapes your development into who you want to be or who you think you are. Fueled by thoughts that have nestled in your brain and rehearsed over and over.
To think is to radiate
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily have to be negative. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having repetitive thoughts, as long as they don’t negatively affect your health (on all levels). If you’re happy, you can think about that as often as you want. Thinking is radiating and radiating happiness leads to an increase in positive energy. If you radiate happiness, then you are. At that moment you can indeed say that your thoughts determine who you are. It is essential that you radiate what you actually feel at the thought. Only then are you really what you think.
Affirm and rehearse!
You can also teach yourself repetitive thoughts, precisely to eliminate negative energy and let positivity in. We call these affirmations: repeating short, positive sentences in your head. By repeating they integrate into your system and you convince yourself with it. You boost your overall health by repeating positive phrases like ‘I can do it, ‘I accept myself, and ‘I’m looking forward to today’. With your positive thoughts, you make everything in you and around you lighter and more loving, if you have really integrated the thought into yourself as a conviction.
who you used to be
Do your thoughts determine who you are? The answer is no. You ultimately decide what you think and if you do that from your deepest essence, from who you are in your heart, then you are your pure self. Trust your own feelings, and shape your thoughts as you really want them to be. Because you don’t change who you are from your purest form.
To direct your thoughts in a positive way, first, connect with the inner form of who you really are. You can do this by meditating or by reflecting on what is now and the feeling that comes with it. If you feel happy, then you are. As a result, your behavior, your way of communicating, and your appearance deliver what you have promised yourself. Your thoughts determine it, but you are who you already were before the outside world determined it for you.