Aristotle's laws of association and the law of similarity propose that when two things are alike the thought of one will trigger the thought of the other. In other words, the mind works to attract a variety of life experiences according to patterns of association.
Studies show that 95% of our thoughts are repetitive. We think the same thoughts everyday. It’s like a deep groove in our thought patterns gets established and we keep having the same experiences. No matter how things may change, the patterns remain the same.
When you keep thinking the same recurring thoughts you keep creating the same, or similar experiences.
An example of this is neediness. If you find yourself chronically experiencing the mental state of wanting, or not having, you will always find yourself ‘craving’ and ‘desiring’ something. This is why the simple act of gratitude for anything and everything, no matter how small, instantly shifts your mind to state to having and increases the frequency of your energetic alignment.
According to Aristotle’s law of association if you chronically experience neediness in any form you will inherently repel feelings of satisfaction. No matter what occurs in your life, it will never be enough.
This follows the Law of Attraction, or like attracts like, because a lack of something will always attract more of a lack of something in a vicious cycle that is hard to break until you become aware of it.
Awareness is the key to breaking the cycle of mental associations.
Key Essential Oil to Use
Clary Sage ( Salvia sclarea ) is well known for relieving deep tension in both men and women. Its strongly yang influence helps to balance out excessive yin states. Traditionally women have relied on Clary Sage for its effective hormonal support.
The primary chemical property in Clary Sage oil is Ester. Its high concentration of esters (65%+), such as linalyl acetate, give clary sage its powerful calming action. This high concentration of esters may be responsible for Clary Sage's popular use to relieve premenstrual tension in women. With over 250 biochemical constituents Clary Sage has a broad spectrum of therapeutic application.
Aromas: Sweet, warm, floral, exotic and sensual with slightly herbaceous notes.
- Broad spectrum of uses
- Supports healthy immune system
- Relaxing, soothing and calming influence
- Promotes deep release of tension
- Helpful for rejuvenation of skin
- May help balance excessive yin states
- Traditionally used to relieve premenstrual tension in women
- Aphrodisiac developed for the perfume industry
- May be useful as a sleep aid
Dispense 1-3 drops of Clary Sage pure essential oil on a cotton ball, or smell strip. Slowly introduce the oils into your system by breathing in their vapors. Exhale fully and inhale once more. Continue breathing the aromatic vapors for 30-60 seconds. Then allow yourself to rest for 5 minutes.
Simply by taking a moment to breathe in the vapors of your Clary Sage oil several times each day you will begin to train your mind to relax and be calm.
How to Stay Sane in an Insane World - Step 4
What are you asking for exercise
Check in with yourself to find out, and become aware of, what you are asking for. Developing awareness is the first step to changing those pesky, repetitive mental patterns.
The Universal Law 'Ask and You Shall Receive' is always operating.
This is an easy exercise you can use to check in with yourself to find out what you're really asking for and expecting the universe to deliver to you.
The creative intelligence of the universe always responds to your requests.
Every thought you think is literally an affirmative prayer. The more energy you put into your prayer thoughts the more quickly the universe will deliver your request.
Take time right now to write down the questions you are asking the universe.
You can tell what questions you are "consistently" asking by the results you are getting in your life. This doesn't mean you don't have challenges in your life. Challenges can be seen as a gift as they help strengthen and prepare you for the next stage of your journey.
It's not what happens in your life, but the meaning you give to what happens and how you choose to respond that gives you your results.
Are you asking, "Why does this always happen to me?"
Or are you asking, "How can this be a gift? How can this help me? How can I use this for my evolution and growth?"
You can choose to frame every circumstance in your life as a positive or negative experience. Ultimately only time will tell because something that appears entirely negative may result in enormous blessings for you later on. And vice versa what seems a great blessing may turn into a worrisome burden later on.
Life is a never ending cycle of up and down events. Wouldn't you say?
Your thoughts are nothing more than a constant stream of questions and affirmative thoughts.
Challenge yourself to become more the observer of your thoughts as things happen, rather than something is happening to you, and you’ll discover this is true. Observing events gives you the space needed to make changes and create new experiences for yourself.
What questions you ask determine the quality of responses and results you will receive. Put this to the test and see for yourself.
This exercise will help you become aware of the "quality" of questions you're asking, so that you can consciously choose to create more experiences of joy and satisfaction in your life.
Give up your expectations about how things ‘should’ be happening and instead accept that the best is always happening for you!
For starters ask yourself, “What are some challenging events in my life that have turned into blessings?”
Conversely, ask yourself, “What have I received that I thought I wanted and would be a blessing that turned into a burden?”
Mental Refresher EO Recipe
Try this essential oils blend when you’re needing to shift your mindset and improve outcomes.
To a 5ml (100 drops) euro-dropper bottle add:
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) - 40 drops
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) - 20 drops
Ylang Ylang III (Cananga odorata) - 20 drops
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) - 20 drops
Cap bottle tightly and shake vigorously to mix your oils thoroughly. Allow to synergize for 12 hours, or longer before using.
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