Thought Virus Protection
A colleague mentioned in passing the other day that she was a little freaked out from being cyber-stalked by one of her fans. She shared the details of the experience, which were slightly unsettling.
Within 24 hours I’d received an email from my own long forgotten cyber stalker.
Deliberate creators know better.
It’s law of attraction at work – where what we hold in mind is what we bring to life.
I laughingly “thanked” my colleague for passing that particular bug along to me.
(She subsequently made up for it by detailing her experience with a handsome celebrity this week. Antonio B. at her pizza shop! Now that’s the kind of bug I’d love to take on!)
And I know I’m attracting this input myself – no one is infecting me with any negative thoughts I’m not already aligned to.
Fast forward to today, on Flavia’s Weight Loss in the Vortex call at GVU she mentioned a body-image thought virus picked up early on in life.
All this thought virus stuff got me thinking …
Most people are so careful about ensuring their computers are protected from viruses, and really good at disinfecting their homes and bodies to make sure they don’t engage cold or flu bugs …
… but how much effort do we put into ensuring the well being and health of our attention?
Because when the mind picks up something that isn’t good for us, that’s just as threatening (if not more so) than bugs that can take down computers or compromise our physical health.
How can deliberate creators be just as careful in ensuring we aren’t susceptible to thought viruses?
I think it’s a two-fold practice: first being proactive with our focus, and then having a good defense system in place when appropriate.
1. The more tuned in we are to empowering thoughts, ideas and images, the less inclined we are to attract otherwise. So developing a habit of positive thought could be compared to taking vitamins for the mind.
2. And for those occasions when we do run into something we don’t want to become infected with, having a reliable defense system in place (via our emotional guidance) can indicate when it’s time to switch focus.
In fact, I did this with my ex-beau just the other day. He was starting to tell a story about a couple of kids who photographed themselves with (I’ll spare the animal lovers the details).
As soon as I caught wind of the topic, I interrupted to say “I don’t need to hear any more.”
“But they were online with …”
“I don’t need to hear any more. Let’s hear some good news.”
It can be as simple as that.
No need to fight it or make it a big deal; just an effective disarming and redirection.
Steve Aitchison writes about virus protection for the mind here, and Stuart Goodship discusses thought viruses as well. Which got me wondering further …
You know how some parents are criticized for being overprotective of their children with continual disinfecting of hands and toys, and that overuse of antibacterial soaps actually prevents kids from developing a strong immunity?
I wonder if it’s the same with our mind.
Maybe the answer isn’t to seal ourselves off from “negative” experiences or news of the world, but rather to have a robust mental immunity to unwanted or undesirable thoughts.
Do you have any thought virus protection in place, or systems for handling potentially infectious thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!