Changing Equations

+ math equation on chalk board July 11 Blog 13745641_s Recently, I was getting myself ready for a very full day of work. At 8 a.m. on a Saturday, I was going to drive the ninety miles to the center where I would teach a workshop in the morning and give treatments all afternoon. While I was looking forward to the work I’d be doing and the people I’d be seeing, I was aware of the impact the long day would have on me. I’d done this schedule before and usually felt pretty depleted by the end of the day. So that morning, as I ate my cereal and contemplated what was coming, I was both excited and concerned about being wiped out when it was over.

Suddenly, I realized how much energy I was putting into pondering and worrying about how I might feel at the day’s end. While it was an understandable concern, based on previous experience, it occurred to me that it wasn’t necessarily a given that I would feel exhausted. Maybe I wouldn’t! And maybe if I stopped telling myself, “At the end of a day of hard work, I’m going to feel exhausted and depleted,” I could change the equation I was basing my worries on. I realized that if someone could give me a guarantee that I wouldn’t feel depleted, then I would immediately stop using up energy worrying about it!

This realization inspired me to set my vibration in a different way and create a new equation. Calling up my current favorite qualities of ease, satisfaction, and pleasure, I envisioned each of these qualities permeating the whole day’s events and interactions. I saw myself through the course of the day and at the day’s end feeling aligned, easy, gently focused. I pictured myself feeling pleasure and satisfaction, with positive, even energy and physical strength. As the day progressed, I periodically touched into these qualities by continually calling them in. The new equation I was evoking was, “The end of a full day’s work = satisfaction, fulfillment, lightness in body and being, effortlessness.”

It worked! In fact, the change was almost magical. That evening, as I enjoyed a nice dinner at a Mexican restaurant, I found I wasn’t utterly exhausted. I did go to bed early, but I got up the next day and did it all over again without feeling burdened. As with the day before, I tuned into the vibrations of ease, satisfaction and pleasure, holding the new equation of effortlessness and satisfaction, not depletion, each moment, as well as envisioning them as the end result of the day.

It was a revealing experiment, which made me eager to try it out on other life equations. Most of us have them – equations that have a certain level of experiential truth to them, but which hold us back or keep us small. Transforming these into vibrationally higher, more expanded equations will serve us better in our day-to-day lives.

Equations like this are often structured as cause and effect. “If this, then that” is the basic formula. For example, I used to believe that if I was angry about something, I would regret expressing the anger. Over time, I realized that I actually have more regret when I don’t express myself than when I do, so I began to transform that equation. Through work and practice, I’ve developed ways of expressing my anger and irritation that feel right and true to me. The old equation, in which I held myself back all the time, has evolved to a new equation: If I’m angry or upset, I will find the best means possible of expressing myself.

Conditional thought/behavior equations can keep us trapped in ourselves, limiting us. Shifting them takes attention, awareness and the willingness to ask for something better. It requires us to know we are meant to have more than the old equation told us we deserved.

Creating new equations also takes some playfulness. Imagining the new equation with the new results we want is a job for our Unlimited Selves. By asking for better results, new equations can emerge and change can happen.

Do you remember the mathematical sign for “does not equal”? It is an equal sign with a line drawn down through it. It breaks the equation, changes the results. This is a dynamic image. Let’s listen to our equations and see which ones need to be changed. Let’s ask “big.” The results could be phenomenal.

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