Environmental signals are converted into electrochemical signals in the brain, biologically – that is how the brain is able to get information from the external environment \ the environment outside the body - to inside the body.
Electrochemical signals are transmitted from the exterior of cells to the interior of cells.
Those signals are then biologically converted into usable information inside the body.
Information outside the brain gets inside the brain using your senses – through sensory organs.
Everything you experience externally is expressed through electromagnetic signals that engage neuronal networks that send hundreds of electrical pulses to thousands of neurons continuously in nano-seconds and these activate chemicals that cascade through your body.
Every event you experience, every interaction you have with others is just that – an event or an interaction or a conversation or an exchange of some sort.
What makes it positive or negative is the journey of that external information through your sensory organs to the cells within your body ie the cells that you ‘are’.
This external information is now internal information.
It is converted and interpreted electro-chemically through neuronal network patterns that have been deeply burrowed in your brain, in various parts of your body.
Neuronal networks communicate via electrical impulses and trigger chemicals that you to ‘feel’.
Those ‘deeply burrowed’ neuronal networks expressed as feelings via chemicals that cascade through your body constitute your internal ‘filter’, your belief system through which you experience ‘life’ and through which you make sense of your experiences, events, conversations and interactions.
If you feel ‘out of sorts’ or agitated or jittery or ‘annoyed’, chances are that internal ‘filter’ that is your belief system, has been triggered by something or someone and your neurochemistry swings into action; it activates that which is familiar to it; it activates the neurochemistry your body is used to, which in this case in feeling jittery or agitated, has a greater propensity towards negativity – so you have interpreted the event or interaction from a negative perspective according to your internal filter.
The event or the interaction itself – is just that; an event or interaction. However, your body’s neuro-chemistry is interpreting it as negative. You are infact creating your own negativity or misery.
If you perceive life to be more positive, the same applies.
Overlay this information with the fact that everything in the Universe is characterised by its equal and opposite – eg every force has an equal and opposite force; every particle has an anti-particle and every positron has an electron; in human behaviour, every positive has a negative etc.
That being the case, every time:
you feel depressed, its opposite also exists – know you have chosen to yield to the negative.
you feel sad, its opposite also exists – know you have chosen to yield to the negative.
you feel angry, its opposite also exists – know you have chosen to yield to the negative.
you feel elated, its opposite also exists – know you have chosen to yield to the positive.
you feel good, its opposite also exists – know you have chosen to yield to the positive.
It is just about now that people begin to protest.
"What’s wrong with yielding to the positive? It is great to be positive; it is good to surrender to the positive."
The operative words in all of the above examples are the words ‘yield to’ – submit to, surrender to.
The conversation, then, goes something like this. “It is not good to be negative. It is good to be positive.” Or you might retort, “Don’t be so negative!” or “You always look for the bad things in life.”
Well it is true, constantly yielding to the negative perspective blocks you from seeing opportunities – but so does constantly being positive. An attitude of “I’ve got to be positive, positive, positive; life is only good if things are positive, positive, positive” – ie yielding to the positive, also throws you out of balance.
Having a positive outlook is useful because it will allow you to be more open to different perspectives.
However, when either position dominates, your life is like a pendulum – you constantly swing from one side to the other; from good to bad and back again; from happy to sad and back again.
Such constant swings sap your internal energy; you are constantly looking for the ‘good side’ or you place an enormous amount of energy keeping yourself and your life ‘positive’. Consequently, you are not present and stability is foreign to you, to your internal dialogue and to your internal neurochemistry.
The thing is this, when you become aware of your state of being and reflect on your ‘pendulum swings’, you have an opportunity to create greater balance in your life, greater stability, greater order, greater wisdom and appreciation and life around you appears to yield to you.
Physics tells us that positive and negative states exist simultaneously. However, as a human being, mostly you will find that you are influenced by one of those positions in any situation and generally, you find you are driven by either a positive or negative outlook or state of being based on an internal belief system (expressed via your neuro-chemistry). It dominates your decisions and influences your ‘explanations’; your reasoning, it determines how you view experiences. You find yourself making judgements and labelling people and ‘things’ accordingly.
Stop. Think again – remember the other side is there for the choosing.
“What is it inside me that judges this person, situation or event as being only one side or the other?” ie
only good or only bad
only happy or only sad
only hurtful or only supportive
only acknowledging and praising or only critical
only negative or only positive