Since youth my thoughts have regularly not coincided with who I am or what I stand for. Impulses and thoughts that would make me uncomfortable, and look at myself and think 'Where are these thoughts even coming from?' At one of the darker points in my experience my thoughts were completely consumed by 'Kill yourself. Hurt yourself. Hurt everything around you, everything you can get your hands on.'
Since then I've more or less come to disregard many of my thoughts and impulses. I don't know how to articulate the difference between an impulse I feel truly comes from me and for example an impulse to harm, which directly goes against everything I've believed in since as long as I can remember.
It's seemed to become an easy and somewhat automated task ignoring these negative impulses, while still comfortably following the fun / free / adventurous impulses which often land me in those chance circumstances that could only have unfolded by being exactly where I was at a specific moment after following an extremely unlikely path.
While I'm perfectly capable of operating like this and I've even become [as] 'comfortable' [as one can be] with dealing with these, I'd much prefer to rid myself of them if I could which is why it is a common theme in the questions I ask.
asked 03 May '13, 03:16
You are much more than your thoughts. Remember that thinking is just something you do, it's not who you are. Don't take thoughts too seriously, especially the ones that don't feel good and they will lose their power over you.
The better feeling thoughts you have are closer to the truth of who you are because they resonate with your Higher Self.
You might benefit from taking regular breaks from thinking. I use this short meditation regularly. One-Moment Meditation
"Have you ever felt you cannot trust" is the same thing as saying "have you ever felt doubt", so this question is really all about feeling doubt.
In the following video Abraham Hicks says that doubt is a "self sabotaging thought in the opposite direction of what i'm wanting", and she goes on to describe how to deal with it.
answered 03 May '13, 04:44
Thoughts like you describe sound like they might be coming from something like schizophrenia. I have a friend who is always seeing things that aren't there, and like you, he's just learned to live with it, ignore it. I myself have been having occasional panic attacks for years and recently began to have generalized anxiety. I know the thoughts I have when in a panic or anxiety attack aren't valid, so I just ignore them too. This seems to be the best strategy, but recently, I've learned that some mental health symptoms might actually be caused by toxins produced by imbalanced gut bacteria. There's a diet that can turn this around, and it is being used with great success on people with autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia, as well as physical diseases such as Crohn's, auto-immune diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc. It's called the GAPS Protocol, and there's a book by Natasha Campbell-McBride, a doctor who has developed it and uses it in her practice. It takes possibly around two years to fix the gut, and then you can stop the protocol. I've been on it around eight months, and my CFS has improved. I'm doing a lot of other protocols, though, so I don't know which, if any, are helping. However, it might be interesting to see if such methods reduce or even eliminate your unwanted, uncharacteristic thoughts. You can check your gut bacteria with a stool test. (Mine was off the charts bad!)
answered 03 May '13, 14:27
it would be our level
do we trust our authority
answered 03 May '13, 21:15
I doubt, since this is so far down the page, that anyone will bother to read this, but here goes:
I have an unusual situation going on in my brain. It is because of severe abuse when I was young. I have MPD, as many of you know, and the noise in my head is sometimes so bad I would like to take a hammer and beat in my skull. Everything I do is questioned by somebody in there, so I have to constantly ignore the noise, while occasionally hearing the right things in my thoughts.
So do I trust my own thoughts? Sometimes. I have learned to "think it through". I picture what would happen if I acted in this impulse of that, and then I have to calculate the outcome, the cost, the pros and cons. I think everybody does this to a degree- I just have to be more deliberate about it. So I guess, if pressed to the hard brick wall, I would have to say that, no, I do not trust my thoughts without a lot more thought. Does that make sense?
That's how my brain works, anyhoo.
answered 04 May '13, 01:15
That's because, what people beLIEve to be their thoughts, are in fact, NOT theirs. A little research on ARCHONS will soon bear this in mind. They (archons) are best described as MIND PARASITES. That is why we are encouraged to meditate and try to have no thoughts.
answered 03 May '13, 11:34
This is exactly what I was talking about in my answer to the, " If it feels good is it automatically valid", question.
That movie I referred to "Impulse" is about this very subject. I think most people when they get angry think, "Oh man, you are pushing me, I ought to punch you in the nose!" But most have a check point that says, wait that is wrong don't do that!
There are other people that just act on impulse and you see their name in the paper always or in and out of jail.
The depiction of this impulse vs conscious objection is there is a little devil dude on your left shoulder. On your right shoulder is a little angel dude.
The demonic influence is saying, "Go ahead punch him in the nose, he deserves it!"
The angel is fighting with the demon and saying, "No this would be morally wrong, you are better than that!"
So picture this angel is punching this demon out so he can't influence you negatively!
You are safe the angel beat the demon! Do the right thing. :-)
I've been thinking about this question the past few days for some reason, and I've come up with another answer I want to share.
When I first saw this question, my initial reaction was that thoughts should be trustworthy, because we should trust ourselves. After all, if you can't trust yourself, who can you trust? No one is more motivated to have our own best interests in mind than ourselves, but then I realized that there actually are plenty of times when we actually should not trust our own thoughts! Even if we've done our work on self-love and do not generally self-sabotage or purposely work against our greater good, there might still be times when our thoughts are not trustworthy. I think even advanced spiritual people still have emotions, blind spots, and resistance, and though all may have good reason, the thoughts they create should be questioned.
I've seen time and again, in both myself and others, that when in the throes of powerful emotions, thoughts become quite skewed. People do or say things when angry they regret later. Depression makes us focus powerfully on the negative, often unable to even see the slightest positivity. Blind faith is the opposite and makes us overlook all flaws whatsoever. I've seen jealousy cause a person to lose the very thing they tried to hang onto so dearly. The list could go on and on, but emotion isn't the only thing that gives us reason to ponder the veracity of our own thoughts.
Emotion taken further can become things like OCD and other mental illnesses that alter our thoughts even further. Even if we aren't diagnosed with one per se, I believe that all of us have the tendencies, as mental illness is often a normal coping mechanism taken too far.
Blind spots and resistance also influence our thinking away from what is true, and finally, sometimes we may simply lack all the information or be operating from a false premise.
I think what we can trust, however, is our higher self. Intuition is often more accurate than our thoughts, but it too is occasionally wrong. The Japanese spiritual arts have a saying, "Sometimes even monkeys fall from trees," to illustrate this truth, but it's closer to something we can trust. Spiritual teachers say that our intuition or subconscious is connected to our higher self which is connected with universal mind. I am not advanced enough to know this for certain, but I'd think this, our true self, is the part of us that's completely trustworthy. Telling the difference, though! That's what spiritual work is for.
answered 05 May '13, 15:06
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