Pope Francis said recently — “Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
I wonder if you can remember in the film Gladiator, where Russell Crowe after being killed in the arena, is seen drifting, in the afterlife, through a field of wheat to meet again his beloved wife! Was he a force for good or a force for evil? Do the meanings of Good versus Evil have any relevance in today’s world?
Most of us would have a difficult response to the question what is good and what is evil! However most of us can tell the difference between right and wrong! But there in lies the rub!! There are always varying degrees and levels of right and wrong and some grey areas too!
In my area of work, as a hypnotherapist, it is especially enriching, when I can discover to what level certain limitations and beliefs are resident in a person. For many that in itself is a revelation as to how they have been behaving and running their lives!
So how do we improve, or better still, bring out in someone what is right and what is wrong? Moreover, who decides the level of being right and wrong? Society has a part to play in the upholding of moral beliefs, but internally we can all determine our view on what is right and make that a part of us! This is where our internal Mindset comes into play!
So What IS A MINDSET?
Our mindset is our mental attitude that has taken shape, based on our life experiences, our environment, our education and the ideas and beliefs we have absorbed from those people we have most interacted with in our lives.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we all keep a running account or self-talk of what is happening to us, what it means, and what we should do about it.
Our mindset is that inner voice conversation taking place in our heads.
Our minds are meaning seeking machines and we are constantly monitoring and interpreting events and stimuli so that we can reinforce or modify our internal ‘map’ of ourselves and the world as we have come to understand them.
Based on these beliefs our mindset is responsible for how we interpret and react to what happens to us! One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.
I often find, in my work, that when your mindset has positive occurring actions on a repeated basis, then the behaviour is that of someone who is expecting good things and the right things to happen! Then it becomes fairly easy to decide what is right and wrong for you and what makes you feel valued and appreciated!
Of course one of the main ways to achieve a positive mindset and that will bring about changes in a good and lasting way is:-
Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
Negative Self Talk can creep up easily and is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that. But these thoughts turn into internalized feelings and might cement your conceptions of yourself. When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones. For example, I’m so bad at this becomes Once I get more practice, I’ll be so much better at this. I shouldn’t have tried becomes — That didn’t work out as planned — maybe next time.
So the idea of right and wrong, resident in each of us, really defines our personality and our way of life!
I have overcome many things in my life by believing in my inner strength and will to do good in this world and help transform peoples lives!
That has ultimately led to an enriching and rewarding life for me and those lives that I have transformed into being greater versions of themselves! They now have a sense of empowerment and the right way of thinking and knowing what feels right and wrong to them!
Ultimately it all boils down to what you do, at that moment, when faced with that decision to take action on what you believe is Right and Wrong! The difference can be just like a hair’s width! But armed with the Right mindset and positive beliefs then the decision becomes just a matter of fact!