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dissolving stressYou have what some behavioral experts refer to as a higher and lower mind, and they function very differently in how they perceive reality. The lower mind is the mental state you may go to when you haven’t had a chance to think things over. We’ve all had experiences where we had an initial negative reaction to something and threw a tantrum. Later, looking at the whole situation from a more reasonable point of view and taking more factors into account, you change how you feel about something you originally perceived as a great catastrophe or annoyance. Maybe you even become very grateful for something you originally perceived as a hardship. This more informed, more enlightened side of your mind is more of what is considered as the Higher Mind.

So we really need the Higher Mind to fix the malaise and stress caused by our lower mind. Problem is, we can’t always see the bigger picture, or we simply don’t realize our own ignorance about the people and events in our personal lives. Then we remain in a lower mind-driven state as a default strategy for dealing with our everyday life challenges. In this state stress, anxiety, depression, and other unbalanced emotional states flourish and take a toll on our physical health. The good news, is that something CAN be done about it, and we can go on to appreciate the people and events in our lives we once resented. It’s like mentally connecting enough dots to stand back and see an image. Stress dissipates. We feel and function better. Even very serious and complicated health problems can improve substantially.

connecting dots stressBefore you can connect those dots, you must better understand how the lower mind operates. Your lower mind has a story that it is very identified with, and that it must defend itself against. Unfortunately this story can run you mentally and emotionally taking up hours, days, weeks, months, or even years replaying the same saga over and over again–ultimately leading to numerous health problems: anxiety, adrenal fatigue, migraines, depression, digestive problems, etc. Your lower mind excels at creating a great deal of stress in your life causing health problems, lack of vitality, strife and discord in personal relationships, and an overall heaviness you have to carry each day.

Yet your Higher Mind has access to observing the healing order of cause and effect in your life in a very profound way. Your Higher Mind sees the purpose and links between challenging events and then the opportunity concealed within them–the ripple effect of meaning that was created the moment a challenge occurred in your life. Your Higher Mind can help you glimpse a profound and purposefully orchestrated reality, giving you access to understanding the greater opportunity within why something has happened. Because the truth is, within your greatest challenges in life past and present, are links to your highest expression and purpose.

One must experience and see these links in his or her own life to genuinely know the truth of what I am presenting; however, I came across an interview between Oprah and Tony Robbins where they both demonstrate this link of cause and effect quite profoundly. Together they poetically share how one of their greatest childhood challenges helped awaken them to one of their most fulfilling causes and purpose in life.

It is not what happens to you, it is how you perceive what has happened to you–and most importantly what you do with what has happened to you. Seeing and knowing your cause and effect naturally creates moments of self-healing, grace, gratitude, and reverent humility that sets you free to get on with what you most care about in your life. You go on to feel better physically, mentally, emotionally, and dare I say spiritually.

You have a story of past challenges, that are in truth linked to a specific strength and purpose in your life. The ability of your Higher Mind is to connect the healing dots of cause and effect in your life and access a fulfilling and powerful force lying dormant within you. It is liberating and empowering to find the gifts hidden within your greatest challenges.

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours. ~ Noela Evans

Bella DoddsBella Dodds is a Demartini Method Facilitator, META-Health Coach, META-Kinetics Practitioner, Somatic Respiratory Integration Practitioner, and President of The International Foundation for Human Potential. Her focus is working one-on-one with clients to identify and neutralize the mental root causes of sress. Get a free 15-minute consultation with her via phone or Skype through the 180 Get Help Program.