November 09, 2011

Whatever We Say We Are Is What We Are

This past weekend I went to hear Wayne Dyer and Caroline Myss speak in Boston. I was familiar with Wayne from his seminars on PBS, but had never heard of Caroline. Unfortunately I felt that Caroline was all over the place in her presentation and I carried very little away with me that she had to say. Wayne however, being the master of self- development, had many insightful things to share.

At dinner on Monday Tom was curious to hear what I had learned. I immediately wanted to reach for my notes but he suggested that I skip them and tell him about what popped into my head, which turned out to be a better approach.

So I explained to him that when something new presents itself in our lives, oftentimes our conditioned response is to think that we aren't capable of being successful with it. This conditioned response of course keeps us from achieving what we want.

Wayne Dyer explained that before going to bed at night it is very important to make a statement about what we are trying to be successful with as it will marinate in our sub-conscience all night like a meditation (whatever we say we are is what we are).  He said the last thought we have before we turn out the light is very important- as in "I am_____ " (fill in the blank).

So I explained to Tom, and our younger daughter, that I think my last unconscious thought recently is usually "I am scattered."  He asked what I would like to replace it with and without thinking I said I'd like to switch it to "I am magnificent." I know. Really! This immediately brought me to tears because one of the things that I've been working on is to be more humble. And how does the fact that I want to be the fastest 50-year-old sprinter in the US go hand in hand with humbleness? So you can see that I am having a conflict here.

As Wayne explained- we are all magnificent. After some thought, however, I've decided that my last thought before drifting off into sleep- at least for right now- is going to be "I am focused."

Wayne said that we manifest into our life who we are and that when we change our thoughts, we change our life.

I will say it again because it is so profound:

When we change our thoughts, we change our life.

~Kind of like what we think, we become.


  1. We talked a lot about this on Outward Bound, but we called them Affirmations. It's true that even if you aren't what you are telling yourself you are (at the moment), if you can convince yourself of it, you can become it.

  2. Exactly. The power of thought. Thank you for your comment Caroline.

  3. Changing from "I am scattered." to "I am focused" has created an amazing shift in my life already.

    Notice the negative things we are saying about ourselves and then switch the statement to the positive. Imagine if everyone did this for even a day...

  4. Louise,

    What a beautiful post about the conference!

    You Are Magnificent in Every way!

    Being humble and magnificent in combination is truly possible.

    In fact it makes for an Extraordinary person, which You Already Are!

    You are Focused.
    Look at all that you ARE in your present life!

    It was such a joy to get to know you better last week and SEE your Magnificent self in action!

    Much Love to you Louise!

  5. Thanks Maria. You are pretty darn magnificent yourself. And I like your take on being able to be humble and magnificent. I have to think more about this... xoxo

  6. Humility and confidence go hand in hand. Like a beautiful well fitting glove...wear it well and share it with others, feeling the joy you bring through your accomplishments. In the end, it's all about giving service and those who give service the best are those who master their craft and bow in gratitude.

    So much enjoyed our day together with Maria, Mary, Wayne and Caroline! I Am...You Are..We Are One .•°*”˜ƸӜƷ˜”*°•.•.¸ღ¸☆´ ¸.✿´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ.Namaste...