The Most Important Five Minutes of Your Day!

by Cynthia Bischoff on August 30, 2014

sleep imageSpiritual writers for centuries have talked about the power of positive thought, mentioning how our thoughts create our reality. A few have talked about the power of the thoughts you hold BEFORE falling asleep each evening, asserting that these thoughts are perhaps the most powerful. Why?

As you sleep, you enter into your subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind. These are deeply connected to your psyche, influencing your body, your health, and your reality at large.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), remarkable renowned psychic and spiritual teacher, suggested that before bedtime, you should spend five to ten minutes imagining the body you wish to have–perfect weight, health, and vitality. Since this would be the last thing on your mind before bedtime, your thoughts would continue to influence your deeper layers of the mind in your sleep state and, in turn, help you to manifest your desires.

Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book Wishes Fulfilled (2012) states that sleep is a natural state for the subconscious mind and advises that the last five minutes of your day BEFORE you enter the sleep state are “the most important five minutes of your day” (p. 136). It is during this brief time that Dyer suggests you can do one of two things: (1) Review the day in regard to frustrations and disappointments or (2) Allow yourself to reflect on and feel what it would be like for your “dreams to come true”–in other words, for you to have the best circumstances.

Not too long ago, I had a difficult couple of days. Things had not turned out as I had hoped they would in regard to a specific plan. In fact, I felt betrayed by what felt like a “false presentation” of opportunity that had been presented to me.

The first night I tossed and turned and woke up feeling such loss. The day that followed felt dreary and it was hard to be positive as much as I was trying.

That second night, though, I thought about the power of the last five minutes. I took several deep breaths, bringing mindfulness to my body. Then I imagined the situation being “taken up” in a beautiful balloon and returned to the “heavens” to be transformed. I saw in my awareness a much larger picture than the exchange that had taken place on this Earth plane in which I had felt disappointed.

In contrast, I saw that it had all been a lesson for me and that in the greater scheme of my life, all was well. I then focused on the people involved and saw and felt a stream of light from my heart being sent to theirs. I wished them well on this journey. I honestly felt so much peace.

The next morning I woke up feeling so much better–energized, peaceful, and happy.

I share this story with you because I know the power of this simple technique, and I encourage you each night to use it as a spiritual tool. May it bring you greater peace!

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The Power of Negative Thinking

by Cynthia Bischoff on August 23, 2014

thinkYour attitude toward life reflects the way you interpret your world. Your experience is impacted not so much by what life brings you, but by the way your mind interprets what happens.

If you don’t like something that happens and you cannot change it, at least change the way you think about it!

Triggers that cause negative thinking:

  • Overgeneralizing: assuming that because it happened once, it will happen again.
  • Catastrophizing: predicting and expecting the worst outcome.
  • Mind-reading: believing that you know what others are thinking.
  • Exaggerating: giving negative events more importance than they deserve.
  • Personalizing: taking things very personally without evidence to support it.
  • Blaming yourself: accepting blame–”it’s all my fault.”
  • Extremes: using extremist words, like “always,” “never,” “nobody,” and so on.

People take you at your own estimation of yourself, so it is important that you behave “as if” you can do something well or that life is good. Remember that “like attracts like,” so if you put out negative thoughts, you are likely to attract more negativity to yourself. Be your own best advocate!

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We Are Family

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Just Say “YES!”

August 9, 2014

A friend turned me on to a great band from San Diego. The Yes Team. The mission of this talented musical trio comprised of, Kinnie Dye, Jonathan Walsh, & TJ Moss, is simple: “spreading unity through harmony!” They’ve already won an Emmy Award, numerous songwriting contests, and garnered a fan base from coast to coast. Their lyrics […]

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