Can a person get a thought virus? If we can, what ‘error message’ do we get?

– Posted in: Psychology, Success, Wellbeing

A virus is an infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. A virus will attach its self to a cell, strip off its protein coating, burrow down to the cell’s nucleus, and reprogram the cell at a genetic level. The cell then goes on to divide into two, and so the virus spreads. So, the ‘error messages’ associated with a virus are the uncomfortable feelings of soreness, discomfort and a high temperature as your body fights the infection.

In computer terms, to me, this would be like a virus in a computer’s operating system. Something that would make it vulnerable and interrupt the efficient running of any software installed.

The more prevalent computer viruses are unnoticed programmes that produce unwanted results. For instance, they will send out unwanted emails, give out personal information or direct your browser to nefarious websites. If the computer hardware is like the body of an organism then the software might be described as the ‘thoughts’ that the computer is ‘thinking’ – and we see the results of those ‘thoughts’ on the screen or printer.

If a person is thinking an unhelpful thought, it could be described as a ‘thought virus’. Many people seem driven to deliver unwanted communications, talk about their personal life (as though everyone should be interested) or behave in a reprehensible way.

I often ask myself “What must that person be thinking for them to believe that this is an appropriate way to behave?” For instance, when someone is stressed out and makes a very poor decision. It is obvious to everyone else that they need to calm down or ‘sleep on it’ before they make a decision. However, with their freaked out thinking, it seems to them that they need to make a decision immediately. They are caught up in their thinking and are perpetuating an emotion that is a hindrance.

Now, if we look at the way young children are able to go from happiness to anger or sadness to excitement. It seems that they can access an emotion when it is needed and the switch directly to another emotion as and when necessary. The difficulty we experience, as we grow older, is that we have made decisions, about past experiences, that build into a collection of beliefs about how life works. A person can often have a ‘log jam’ of thoughts that completely negates their natural creativity.

I recently had a problem with my old smart phone. It would reboot itself each time I tried to check my texts or emails. First, I attempted to fix the software: to get the programs to behave in the way it used to. However, no matter what I did it still behaved in an inappropriate way. I finally resolved the problem by resetting the phone to its factory settings. The phone was then able to move from one program to another without completely forgetting what it was supposed to be doing – getting me my emails.

The great thing is, we can do a ‘factory reset’ with our own minds. What is even better is that we don’t actually have to do anything!

Our body’s have a number of self-correcting processes:
• If I cut my finger – I grow finger skin over the cut
• If I cut my chin – I grow face skin as my wound heals
• If I get an infection – my body fights that infection until it is gone.

Our bodies do this without any conscious action on our part. Something that is less obvious is that our mind also has a self-correcting process. We often refer to it with suggestions like “Count to ten”, “Sleep on it” or “Time heals all wounds”. In other words if we leave a thought alone (let it go) the feeling that comes with that thought will dissipate and, without that feeling, we will make better decisions.

You might say that the bad feelings are the ‘error messages’ for insecure, freaked out thinking.

Recognising that our thoughts create those bad feelings can be all that is needed for us to access our innate ability to ‘just know’ what to do. As Albert Einstein said, “A problem cannot be solved with the same consciousness that created it”. Everyone has had the experience of having a fully formed answer come to mind while they were in the shower, doing the washing up, driving or doing anything except consciously thinking about the problem.

“We are always living in the feeling of our thinking” – Dr. Keith Blevens.

Just by taking some time out to do something else (think something else) your experience of reality will immediately change.

If you get the ‘error message’ of a bad feeling, do a ‘factory reset’ and allow your unconscious mind to deliver the answer. It may just be in the form of an inclination. Notice that inclination, think about it for a moment, and let it go. Pass it back to your unconscious mind and let the natural process of life help you.

Living with clarity gives you the opportunity to experience every moment of your life. American writer and journalist Allen Saunders said, “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans”. I believe that this quote emphasises that just by understanding the nature of thought we can have a better experience of reality. This is because reality is a creative experience.

“If you always think what you always think, you will always feel the way you always feel.” – Steve Dickinson.

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