Your Brain on Love
According to Dr. Vernon Woolf (and others), negative thought-forms have power. They can cause things to happen. In 1978, Roger Sperry actually won the Nobel Prize in part for identifying how thought-forms within the mind develop “causal potency”–which is the power to cause things to happen. According to Sperry, causal potency is created in the mind as a bioelectrical build up, like a charge in a battery. The more you charge the battery, the more power it develops. So the more negative thoughts you have, the more damage can be done.
What this implies is that the thoughts you consciously have about another, affects their behavior. If you choose to focus on someone’s negative behavior, it will give it power and it will strengthen. The behavior will become more negative, not less. It sets off a negative field and it sets off more negative vibes.
For example, screaming and yelling at a child who is crying does not decrease the crying. Nor does hitting a child who has just hit somebody else diminish hitting. Such behavior only empowers the negative thought-forms, so that the love becomes hitting. Negotiating becomes hitting, play becomes hitting. Hitting becomes integrated within the mind with all kinds of activities and eventually, collectively, we can only “get along” with our neighbors by striking out at them. What the child really needs is love, understanding and acceptance for expressing his or her feelings.
Such is the case of the Iks of Kenya. A nomadic tribe of hunters, the Iks live in the middle of Kenya National Park. When the government established the park, the Iks were forbidden to hunt there any more: all hunting became poaching. The tribe was forced to become an agricultural society. Their response was to withdraw completely into themselves. As a result, they have become a schizophrenic people. They only laugh when one of their neighbors is in trouble or pain. They ignore their young and abandon their old. They defecate on each other’s doorsteps and hurl insults at each other all the time. This is now their culture. It came about because their individual negative thought-forms of anger, frustration, and hatred could not be collectively expressed in a healthy way. The Iks’ society broke apart into individualized expressions of anger. The negative thought-forms spread throughout the tribe. And the more the government tried to enforce restrictions, the worse things became.
When you look at our society and see how we express anger, some interesting dynamics turn up. You can see that we are not all that different from the Iks. Does not one high school team laugh when another fails? Does not one political group hate the other? Does not one city defecate on another’s doorstep by allowing its pollution to pour unchecked into the air and water? Do not our governments—local, state and federal—still tend to abandon both the young and old? Our collective mentality is still evolving and we must learn to feel our feelings and have kind and loving thoughts so that we may help society develop in a systematic way and unfold our collective potential.
The principles and practices of fairness, peacefulness and cooperation can only be established if our thought-forms are in harmony. Society is like an orchestra where all the individual players must learn the score before the symphony can be played in tune. The way to learn the score is to take responsibility for our negative thought-forms and their potency, so that our individual state of being adds to the collective harmony of the entire group. The peace we create within ourselves, among the thought-forms of our minds, is the real beginning of world peace.
Reaching your full potential begins with you. Have thoughts about what you want, because thought-forms magnify and multiply. The way to start is to take ownership of your feelings, and feel them without blaming others. Start having kind thoughts about yourself and others. Understand that every unkind thought only makes the behavior worse and ultimately hurts everyone, including yourself.
As Brett Dennon sings in his song Aint no Reason: “Love will come set me free…Love will come set me free…I do believe…Love will come set me free…I know it will…Love will come set me free, yes…”