"I choose to live and to
Grow, take and give and to
Move, learn and love and to
Cry, kill and die and to
Be paranoid and to
Lie, hate and fear and to
Do what it takes to move through."
- TOOL, 46 & 2
If there is a shift, then it is the individual’s choice to shift from negative to positive experiences.
There is really no true experiment to implement in an observational study such as this, but for consistency purpose I included this section.
Based on my research it is up to the individual to be receptive to the “spiritual guides whispering in our ears” and bring “love and light to places in ourselves that are dark and hidden” to make space for spiritual evolution. One must first recognize that one has dark qualities, then accept them with love, and finally be wiling to let them go to allow room for positive qualities.
Identifying the bad:
Dark, hidden places may include long held fears, resentments, and attachments that seem to now be a part of one’s genetic makeup. Some of us have started to identify ourselves with these traits: “I am afraid of commitment,” “I am an angry person,” “I am broken,” “I am only happy when I have XYZ.” These negative thoughts keep us from our true selves.
Accept the bad:
There is always a little yin in the yang. It is not bad to have these negative thoughts. They are what they are. Accept it without guilt or degradation.
Let the bad go:
Ugh! What does this mean…? Negative thoughts are not reality, they are actually figments of our imagination. Really. Thoughts, beliefs, habits are not tangible; they only exist in our mind. And luckily these negative beliefs act as a roadmap to “show us where we need work to empower ourselves.” Set your intention to do better, and do better.
“The shift” is a shift in our thinking, a move away from suffering caused by negative thoughts we continue to cling to, to a higher state of consciousness where these negative thoughts are eliminated. It is one’s choice to do the work necessary to bring about the shift.