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the Vortex!!
By hero
6/21/2011 3:42:27 PM
It’s only a thought, but…

There is this negative cycle that we all get sucked into from time to time. You know the one I’m talking about: it’s where everything seems fearful, hopeless, or bleak. It can make you fell all kinds of terrible things - like there is no reason to go on. Like you can’t go on. Like things will never get better. Or worse.

I call that place The Vortex. It’s ugly, black, and hellish, but not that I have to tell you that. You know first hand the horrible effects of being there.

In The Vortex you will:
• Have amnesia to all good.
• See only the problems of your life.
• NEVER find a solution.
• Feel pulled towards its bitterly delicious thoughts, no matter how miserable they make you.
What you may not realize is that entering The Vortex is a choice; your choice.

No one in their right mind would choose The Vortex - would they?
Sadly, yes we do.

We enter The Vortex by choosing thoughts that create negative feelings, and those feelings then move us to act in ugly and unpleasant ways.
Please know that these thoughts are not reality. They are only the thoughts you have selected from an infinite number of thought-choices available to you.

Think about when multiple people witness the same event. Each of them will choose a different thought path regarding the shared event. Some will choose to see the glass half empty, others will see it half full, and still others would be thinking about how thirsty they are.

It’s not the events in our lives that determine what we think regarding them - rather its our past experiences, what we believe is true, and our personality that contribute to what thoughts we will select about any given event. These selected thoughts will produce the feelings we experience and those feelings will move us to act.

We enter The Vortex by choosing false, negative, or unproductive thoughts about the events in our lives. These thoughts then produce the miserable and hellish feelings we want to avoid at all cost. Those swirling painful feelings will move us to search for ways to avoid them - to over stimulate the mind to quiet the pain and misery of The Vortex we've been sucked into. In this state, we are going to find ourselves acting out our weaknesses as a means of escape. It might be getting angry, getting even, obsessing about our bodies, overeating, yelling, lying, wall-building, acting out with pornography or other sexual addictions, substance abuse, or acting on any addiction or mental diversion that we have experience with. These and many more are just things that the mind will seek out to avoid misery.
As you may have already discovered in your life by now, none of these work - but in fact will have the exact opposite effect. Acting on our weaknesses always sinks us further into The Vortex, which only leads to more hopelessness and misery - ad nauseum.

So if all this is true, and it is, then let me share with you the beautifully simple fix:
Stay out of The Vortex!

You can pull yourself out of The Vortex - and stay out by simply choosing different thoughts; thoughts that produce positive, righteous, uplifting, quieting, good feelings. To begin the process extracting the troubled mind from The Vortex:
• First - Ask God to send you the best solution to whatever problem you are facing.
• Second - Open your mind to the possibility that what you think is the right answer might very well not be.
• Third - Choose thoughts about something entirely different; thoughts specifically chosen that bring you peace, comfort, joy, happiness.
• Fourth - Have confidence that God will send you the best answer. You will know this right answer when it comes because the thoughts about it will produce good feelings.
• Fifth - If you do steps 1-4 then the behaviors you have acted on in your fear and pain attempting to flee the The Vortex will naturally change into ones you will feel good about.

It's really is that simple! Let go of all your but's, what if's, and discouraging thoughts that tell you it can't be this easy. Those are all coming from The Vortex. Instead, try this simple experiment and see what happens.

You just might find a miracle.

Just for today make a choice to avoid The Vortex and find happiness returning to your life.

It’s only a thought... but what do you think?

Valerie Dimick

Comments:

choose to think, think to choose    
"Control the thought and you control the emotion.

All about agency"
posted at 15:59:07 on June 21, 2011 by ruggaexpat
Dear Valerie Ron Hubbard, 1982 called....    
"I can't think my way out of a wet paper bag!"
posted at 02:13:39 on June 22, 2011 by Anonymous
Step 2    
"This is all about step 2 to me....

Hope.

Hope.

Hope.

That is the Step I am currently working on. It is holding back the Vortex."
posted at 08:27:24 on June 22, 2011 by maddy


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