One law of consciousness is that we are only subject to a negative thought or belief if we consciously believe that it applies to us. Put simply, we are free to choose whether or not to buy into a negative belief system.

For negativity to apply to our life, we must first subscribe to it and, secondly, give it the energy of belief. How does this apply to everyday life? Dr David Hawkins offers the following example – say the media reports unemployment is at a record high and the news anchor says, “No jobs are available.” At this point, we are free to refuse to buy into the negative thought form. We can say instead, “Unemployment does not apply to me.” By refusing to accept the negative belief, it has no hold over us.

At some stage in our lives, we all have doubts, be it about our competence at work or the ability to be loved for who we truly are. Our mind is so powerful that, if we hold in mind a single thought such as, “My relationships never work out,” then that it is most likely going to happen. Our unconscious genie, which can only take orders and not make decisions, sees to it that our relationships don’t work out. This is a basic law of consciousness – we are subject only to what we hold in our mind. The mind controls the brain, which acts as a receiving station like a radio.

Napoleon Hill, the 20th century pioneer of positive thinking once observed that, “The subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses. It works with the material we feed it, through our thought impulses. The subconscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by fear, just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage or faith.”

We teach our subconscious everything it knows. If we subscribe to negative thoughts without challenging them, we run the risk of storing them in our subconscious as reality. The next time a negative thought enters your mind, ask yourself, “Says who?” It will help reconnect to your authentic self and the truth of the situation.

Thoughts are like gold fish in a bowl; the real Self is the space between the thoughts, or more precisely, the field of silent awareness underneath all thoughts. By acknowledging the presence of such thoughts and impulses, they become quiet. Once they are quiet, they no longer unconsciously run us.