By Louise Hay

Extract from the Book ‘You can Heal Your Life’.

Releasing the Need
In a workshop situation, I would have you do this exercise with a partner. However, you can do it equally as well using a mirror a big one, if possible.

Think for a moment about something in your life you want to change. Go to the mirror and look into your eyes and say out loud, I now realize that I have created this condition, and I am now willing to realise the pattern in my consciousness that is responsible for this condition. Say it several times with feeling.

If you were with a partner, I would have your partner tell you if he really thought you meant it. I would want you to convince your partner.

Ask yourself if you really mean it. Convince yourself in the mirror that this time you are ready to step out of the bondage of the past.

At this point many people get scared because they don’t know how to do this releasing. They are afraid to commit themselves until they know all the answers. It’s only more resistance. Just pass through it.

One of the great things is that we do not have to know how. All we need is to be willing. The universal intelligence or your subconscious mind will figure out the hows. Every thought you think and every word you speak is being responded to, and the point of power is in the moment. The thoughts you are thinking and the words you are declaring at this moment are creating your future.

Example
If you have a little child who has been allowed to stay up late as he wishes for a long time, and then you make a decision that you now want this child to go to bed at 8:00 every night, what do you think the first night will be like?

The child will rebel against this new rule and may kick and scream and do his best to stay out of bed. If you relent at this time, the child wins and will try to control you forever.

However, if you calmly stick to your decision and firmly insist that this is the new bedtime, the rebellion will lessen. In two or three nights, the new routine will be established.

It is the same things with your mind. Of course it will rebel at first. It does not want to be retrained. But you are in control, and if you stay focused and firm, in a very short time the new way of thinking will be established. And you will feel so good to realize that you are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind.