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Creative Thinking: What feelings can do.

What is a feeling? It's an inner "stir" that makes you experience your life, your way of being, the outside world in a very specific, well defined way. When you are happy it seems that the whole world smiles at you. When you are depressed, everything appears to go wrong. When you are angry it seems that everybody is against you. Can you make a brief examination and see for yourself if this is true for you, too? It should, because this "truth" -- believe it or not -- has been proven scientifically, as well.

Years ago an experiment was conducted in order to prove the power of human feelings. Some seeds, out of the same packet, were planted in two rows by the same people, in the same soil, and were attended to in exactly the same way. But one row was blessed while the other was cursed. The plants in the first row blossomed, the others withered. The experiment was scientifically conducted and it deserves to be believed.

So... what do you think? Are positive feelings capable of creating positive effects? Can negative "waves" give rise to unfavorable outcomes? If you are open minded enough, although a little skeptic, you cannot deny this possibility. You may be willing to remember when you, yourself, have been the cause of an altercation with someone else because of your tough or rude attitude. On the other hand, you have certainly experienced more than once how a little flexibility, a smile, a kind word, saying "I'm sorry" mellowed a difficult situation, healed a misunderstanding. If a flower can be affected by the vibration of love (and of its opposite), imagine what it can do to someone else's spirit (and to your own, too!).

Along with those with flowers, another kind of interesting experiments have been carried out for years by Dr. Masaru Emoto, a world famous scientist. His specialty is water. What he did was a simple, although very delicate, procedure. He took some pure, natural water, put it in containers that were then exposed to different kinds of "solicitations." Some were "treated" with classical music such as Beethoven or Mozart while others were surrounded by harsh, heavy metal sounds. After the "treatment", Dr. Emoto froze the water and eventually photographed the crystals that had been formed. Guess what? The crystals formed from the water exposed to classical music had created wonderful shapes such as stars and snowflakes, while the others had no definite form, they were just shattered, disarranged pieces of ice. Interesting, isn't it? The same happened with water exposed to either beautiful or ugly pictures, to words such as "love" or "hate." Now, if you think that your body is mainly composed of water, can you guess the importance of surrounding it with positive thoughts, words, images, sounds, ideas, people, rather than accepting a life mainly based on negativity? Dr. William James, the father of American psychology, said: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." Aren't we talking here of the same thing? Don't all these scientists have shown, with their experiments with "things," that the attitude is of paramount importance in the way you live your life? And isn't "attitude" created by "feelings"? It's certainly not the discovery of the century to affirm that, if you are happy, serene, positive, your behavior will be consistent with how you feel. On the other hand, if you tend to be -- more often than you would actually like -- angry, depressed, judgmental, you will behave in a prevalently negative way. Which attitude do you think if more beneficial to your state of mind -- not only -- but also to your physical health? To how your relationships develop, to how your daily life is carried out? In a nutshell, to the way your whole existence unfolds? E-mail: Blog:

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Jun 26, 2012
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