You Are What You Think by S Conde

November 10th, 2012

you are what you think

You Are What You Think…….and I mean that literally.

It has been well known in certain ancient traditions that what a person thinks and says, especially repeatedly, are of the utmost importance. These thoughts and words become actions, evident in what a person does, reflected ultimately in the reality a person creates. When I was 19, the Jamaican singer, Marcia Griffiths, summed it up for me beautifully in casual conversation, “…be careful what you say.  Your words take wings and fly off into reality.”

Sophie, the main character in my book, “The Red Speck” is ill.  She has become infected by negative perceptions of herself.  As children we are particularly susceptible to the thoughts of others, their perception of who we are, and the nature of “reality” itself.  We incorporate this information into who we think we are, into our version of reality, because after all they (the adults) are the authority, they know best.

Once we mature, we become the sum total of what we think.  Hopefully, as children we were nurtured and fed positive images of ourselves, but what if that was not the case?  What if the foundation on which you were built is shaky, riddled with negativity, and self doubt?

It is my opinion, that a transformation must occur in order to return to our authentic selves.  We must be rebuilt, with a strong foundation capable of supporting who we really are, who we strive to be.

This difficult, painful, and long journey is the journey taken by Sophie.  She must go back and repair before she can move forward, before she can become Sophia. Why is the rebuilding of who we are so difficult?  Many of us know something is off in our lives.  Maybe we are addicted to a behavior of some sort, depressed, or just generally unhappy.  Maybe it’s less obvious, perhaps we experience the feeling of a void in the pit of our stomach or in our hearts and try to fill it, with shopping, eating, whatever.  If we know something is wrong why can’t we just fix it?  The good news is that we can.  The answer to the difficulty of fixing it, I believe, lies within the way our brain functions, specifically in neural pathways.

When we have a thought which becomes a repeated action a neural pathway is formed, through which information travels from one section of the brain to another.  The more you think the thought the stronger the connection grows until what was once barely a footpath becomes an interstate highway.  In order to stop traveling that path, a new one must be formed, and it is formed in the same way as the old one, through repetition.  Initially your thoughts will want to continue along the highway, because it’s so well established and easy to access, whereas the new path is completely overgrown.  Your new positive thinking, armed only with a machete is trying to hack through the bush, creating a new way.  Your new thinking will succeed, IF you keep at it.  Studies say it takes 30 to 60 days to create a new neural pathway.  This process is called neuroplasticity.  Once again, science “proves” what ancient wisdom already knew to be true.

Our protagonist Sophie, uses a set of metaphysical, yogic and chakra based tools to rebuild herself starting at the foundation of her being and working her way up.  Though never specifically mentioned until the end of the book, the reader with even basic knowledge of these traditions will understand “The Red Speck” on more than one level.

Personally, I have found Hatha yoga and chakra meditation to be invaluable in clearing out the overgrowth of my mind, and creating new thinking, on the road back home to myself.  It is my most sincere desire that “The Red Speck” is helpful to you in navigating your way back home.

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  1. Kenneth Vogt says:

    Repetition is the often overlooked detail the is crucial when people give up on transformation. We think, “I thought something different or I said something different or I did something different but nothing changed.” Of course not, you thought or said or did its opposite a thousand times before that. Give your new outlook a fighting chance. Fortunately, currency holds a lot a weight, so the new behavior counts for a lot more than the distanced past behavior. But consider: the next month or two is enough to transform against an entire lifetime. It’s reachable and it’s worth it.

  2. S. Conde says:

    Kenneth, thank you so much for your comments.  I agree completely.

    S. Conde 

  3. henry says:

    Thanks a S.  Intrigued by the Speck.  Really liked some of your poetry on the blog.  I think I like you.  Thanks for sharing your work.

  4. S. Conde says:

    Thank you Henry.  Really pleased that you’ve enjoyed some of my work. Let me know what you think of the book, if you decide to check it out.

  5. Beverly says:

    Well said and well written, this is so TRUE, what we send out into the Universal can come back to
    us either positive of negative . 

  6. S. Conde says:

    Thanks Beverly. We reap what we sow. :)

  7. Anne k Scott says:

    I love this blog but I have a niggly feeling I cant see S. Conde – there is something about using just your initial.  I would love to  know why :-) 

  8. S. Conde says:

    Lol, Ms. Anne K. Scott!  You can see me, if you have a look at my author page on Amazon.  The link is on  my blog idolsofthetribe.com.  Regarding just the first initial of my name, I’ve often  signed emails and whatnot to friends with just an “S”.  A good friend and voracious reader suggested I use S. Conde for my book, “The Red Speck”. The rest has been a combination of continuity and habit.  

    Stacy ;) 

  9. Gale says:

    You have just described in a beautiful way,  a biological transformation.  Using multi-sensory  methods found in music, movement, rhythm and repetition (found in chant, meditation, yoga, etc), we can fine tune our mind and body connection; actually building new neural pathways.  I am beginning a practice in Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) that supports these ideas using filtered music, planned movement and an entrainment close to meditation with much natural repetition such as you get from using visual and physical acuity in repeating a movement and listening to mostly classical music form in order to develop mastery through an auditory channel; focusing on a musical example in which the frequencies are filtered almost untelligibly to reach individualized goals for calming, focus, attention, coordination, etc.  I’m 56.  This is a late discovery for me and I am so excited about it.  I am in synch with your message.  Thanks.  -Gale  

  10. S. Conde says:

    Thank you Gale.  What you’re doing sounds wonderful.  Please keep us, me, posted on how ILS works out for you.  Very interested in hearing more about this.S