How Thoughts Can Transform Relationships
A mother came to see me in counseling because of her relationship with her twenty year old son. According to her, he was distant and cold towards her and was making so many mistakes with his life that she couldn't even count. "He never does anything right and I feel ashamed at how he is turning out. He is in college studying art, but I doubt that he'll amount to anything," the distraught mother wailed on and on. "I'm always very loving towards him when I see him, so I don't know why he doesn't want to be around me."
I asked this mother how many times a day she thought about her problems with her son. She replied that she could hardly stop thinking about them. Then I asked her how many times she thought about his strengths and beauty. She became very quiet and said, "I don't do that, but I always tell him that I love him when I see him and wonder why he doesn't visit me more often." I suggested to this woman that her thoughts were actually keeping her son from her. On some level her son was sensing all of his mother's negative thoughts about him, even though she was trying to be loving when she actually saw him.
I gave the mother a homework assignment of writing down in a journal all the positive things she could think about her son and add to this every day. When the negative thoughts started, she was to reach for this journal and read it over. I also asked her to write to her son and tell him these positive thoughts. Over time the son must have sensed a change in his mother for he started visiting her again. Her positive thoughts toward him had opened the door for a different kind of relationship in which the son felt valued. He in turn was able to value his mother and they could begin to heal the hurts between them.
This may sound too simple to some of you. And yet our thoughts are very powerful. They set up an energy that goes before us in each relationship. Kind, positive thoughts toward one another open the door for a kind, positive relationship. Negative, fearful thoughts draw negative, fearful behaviors into our relationships.
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