Lately I have noticed an alarming trend on social media particularly on Facebook where those who have been diagnosed with disease have decided to embrace or bring awareness to the disease by posting pictures and facts regarding the disease. This is unwise. You should never own a disease. In fact, the goal should be to reduce the amount of time that you speak or think about being ill. Moreover, you should be diligent in refusing to allow illness a place in your consciousness. You should only place your attention on that which is desired. The reason being whatever you place in your consciousness will become your experience.
Socrates said: The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
It is my feeling that most folks who do this or not aware of the harm they are attracting to themselves. They believe they are empowering themselves and facing their circumstances head on. They are not. Recently in good faith I reached out to one of my Facebook friends to make them aware of the unintended consequences of focusing their attention on the disease. I sent my friend a private message and suggested that they recognize the power of their thoughts and that it would be wise to refrain from posting about her bout with the disease.
I received a terse reply. It was something along the lines of: Thanks Kai, I am well aware of the power of words. Obviously not! One may understand something intellectually but that does not mean that you have not internalized it in such a way that is has transformed your behavior and behavior transformation is the goal of any understanding or habit. You see when you make yourself aware of something then it becomes part of your consciousness. That which becomes part of your consciousness will become part of your experience. There is no way around this truth. You can take it or leave it.
According to Esther Hicks, author of Ask and It is Given, You get what you think about whether you want it or not. Just because your post says: you are going to beat cancer, it does not negate the fact that you are actually focused on cancer! What you focus on expands. The fact of the matter is that you are still mentally involved with cancer, thus it will continue to be a part of your experience.
Kai Ajala Dupé is an advocate for spiritual literacy. He has a Masters degree in education and has been a student of spirituality for over 20 years. You can reach Kai via email at email@example.com or Follow him on Twitter @KaiDupe.
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