“Being willing to give love and being willing to receive love are the greatest motivators of transformation. Being loved and letting someone love you is the most mystical and magical power of transformation.” ~Vipin Mehta
I had a wonderful time talking with Vipin Mehta, who will be my guest on my radio show this coming Monday, the 11th, and on the 25th as well. I don’t want to give away too much from our conversation, but we were discussing the power of the mind, and how we can transform a negative emotion into more positive and constructive emotions. I asked Vipin if this could be done in an instant, or if it required some practice and patience.
His response was that it doesn’t come so easily, but he also gave some great recommendations for transforming the negative into the positive, and I wanted to share that with you today. Vipin said the key to making this transformation has to do with consciousness. In other words, we need to “expand” our consciousness. Essentially, there are different levels of consciousness. We have the brain, which is a physical object, and it is therefore governed by physical laws (physics). We also have the conscious mind, which is beyond the space-time continuum, and so therefore it is governed by what is called (metaphysics). The next level “up” is the subconscious mind, and then the next level beyond that is the unconscious mind. These higher levels of consciousness bring us closer to what Vipin calls “divine energy.”
If we can expand our consciousness into the higher levels of consciousness, then we can start to access the power that lies within that “divine energy.” Some people would call that intuition; some call it speaking with God; some people would call it yet something else. Expanding the consciousness is done through the steps Vipin details as “attention, attentiveness, awareness, awareness of being aware.” This can be accomplished through prayer or meditation; we get ever closer to tapping into that divine energy, which provides us with vast knowledge which seemingly defies our natural laws and logic.
Then we moved on to talk about something called the “elixir of forgiveness.” I didn’t even know what this was, but Vipin was kind enough to share his thoughts about this concept. He said that all emotions can be positive or negative. ”Anger” is a negative energy, but the same emotion displayed positively is “intensity.” ”Jealousy” is a negative emotion, but when channeled positively, it is displayed as “inspiration.”
The way we can move from harboring negative emotions to their positive counterpart is by utilizing this “elixir of forgiveness.” It’s a four-step process.
The first step is recognizing that you are experiencing the negative emotion and recognize and overcome the resistance you feel to acknowledge that emotion. The second step is to forgive yourself, because it is you who created this reality, which is the emotion. This second step, according to Vipin, is the most difficult step, because it requires tremendous courage and vulnerability. The third step in the process is to forgive others, and then the fourth step is to ask others to forgive you.
The reason you want to make sure you don’t leave out this fourth step is because it keeps you humble. If you don’t ask forgiveness, you may walk away feeling that you are better or of higher morality than others, because you are handing out the forgiveness to others. Vipin said that when you ask others for forgiveness, in the end it creates the “radiance of forgiveness” and releases tremendous amounts of energy which you can harness and direct to produce change, and then essentially you will transition from the negative to positive emotion.
Four steps: Acknowledge and overcome resistance, forgive yourself, forgive others, ask others to forgive you. It’s the elixir of forgiveness, and a powerful tool! Try it today! Let me know what you think!