"The point of power is in the present moment. Changes can begin in this moment." (Louise Hay)

The positive thought movement has been gathering momentum (at least in western society) since around the 80s when Louise Hay first published her book "Your can heal your life". However, its not that new really. Sometime in the 1800s, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A man is what he thinks about all day long." Even Shakespeare held this view when his Hamlet famously said "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

But, in truth, the idea that our thoughts define who we are and what we get in life goes way way back - and Eastern philosophies have been all over this for centuries.

As we think so we become  
The thought manifests as the word. 
The word manifests as the deed.  
The deed develops into habit. 
Habit hardens into character. 
So watch the thought and 
its ways with care, and 
let it spring out of love. 
Born out of concern for all beings. 
As the shadow follows the body 
as we think, 
so we become...  
~Shakyamuni Buddha~

The power of positive thought - the science

And the evidence that this is the case is finally catching up! Dr Norman Doidge sets out a range of case studies in his best selling book, "The Brain the changes itself" showing how the brain actually transforms with the power of thought. Examples include overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). By consistently thinking positive thoughts in place of the worrisome thoughts that imprison some people in repetitive, ritualistic actions, new neural pathways and patterns are formed that, over time, replace the old ones. Reframing a thought as it occurs is key to replacing the unwanted behaviours or habits with new ones.

Using horses' 6th sense to build conviction

Others have found that we give off a certain energy that reflects our thinking. And we certainly know that animals have this '6th sense'. Horses are especially attuned to the thoughts and feelings of others and rely on this for their very survival. We also have this sixth sense - you can feel when a grumpy person enters a room, right? But we have allowed it to wither through lack of use. As Dr Norman Doidge says - "use it or loose it".

Using horses as our guides, Amanda Edwards (an Equine Guided Educator) and I take people though an amazing personal growth and empowerment program, reconnecting the mind and body, revealing their points of power, and strategies for achieving their best selves. Horses are mirrors - they provide immediate feedback on how you are being - whether your words, beliefs and feelings match. They can sniff out incongruence at 100 paces. 
Because, in the end, it is not enough to have positive thoughts if you don't truly believe them. You can only fake it for so long. Eventually, you actually have to believe in yourself and your positive thoughts.  Horses have shown me when I was not being totally honest with myself or when I lacked conviction. They prompt you to look a little deeper into yourself and form thoughts that you can believe in.   
If you are interested in knowing more about this contact me.  
Empower yourself with horses
Are you getting everything you want out of life?  Do you wonder what difference you make? Do you want to understand what's holding you back?  
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30 November 2013

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Myrniong Victoria

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