Psycho-Cybernetics Part 28 of 30: Reprogramming Old Thoughts
June 19, 2009 by Dr. Lam
As many of you know, I believe that those individuals who have had less than desirable plastic surgery become obsessed with their past mistakes of having wrongfully picked their surgeon, reliving the experience, and further reinforcing that negative attitude as a present-day problem. Maltz says that we can program our present by how we view and handle the past. We can look at our lives like a tape-recorded show. The more times we replay a certain event or thought, the more it becomes ingrained within our psyche and the harder to let it go. It becomes such a powerful force that we are consumed by the negative energy that emanates from such a thought. Maltz calls these neural recordings “engrams” that we can further etch into our soul with past unpleasantness or rather begin to erase them through disuse and instead focus using repetition on a currently happy situation.
He recalls when he attended this funeral service for his friend and was shocked at the brother who hated his deceased sibling having poured forth a glowing eulogy. When pressed about why he gave such a warm remembrance of his kin, the brother told Maltz, “I’m the kind of person who does not speak ill of the dead.” The sentence that begins, “I’m the kind of person who…” is extremely powerful, notes Maltz. It sets the emotional tone of where someone currently wants to be by self-perception and opens the flood gates for the servo-mechanism to act in a positive way toward the intended goal. This deep level of positive affirmation can be the juice to propel one toward the end goal. Today, try to find one or more sayings of “I’m the kind of person who…” that would help you shape your intention toward the envisioned goal.