How thoughts make an impact: organic products in supermarkets are just the beginning
When people went grocery shopping in the 80’s and early nineties they might have been interested in quality, but not in buying local or organic. Ever since, the organic market grew and European supermarkets started a trend of launching their own organic brands. This trend swapped from Europe over to the US and is reaching New Zealand, too. Why? How? It started with a thought. At one point, one person dared greatly imagining a world where organic products would be available everywhere, where such products would be fair and affordable. Maybe they turned anger and resentment into a vision. Or were just awfully optimistic. No matter which, they succeeded. Achieved the impossible. And it started with a thought.
Impossible is a big word. It’s a no to your dreams. It prevents you from talking the first step into a new direction. Makes the mountain insurmountable. It’s used in companies to shut down ideas before they even sprout. It’s used by you inner critic to ensure you don’t dare and change. It’s used by parents, teachers, neighbours, friends. Impossibly well-meaning people.
Doubt, fear, anxiety, a lack of self-esteem and self-worth stick to impossible like bees to honey. Rationalising is the grown-up version of the dream-killing impossible. Coming up with a list of arguments is the brick wall used to crash dreams on. You are a crash test dummy and the brick wall is a reaction of people lacking your vision.
And they are not to blame, not at fault. It is your vision and it is your job to make them see, understand. To find those who can see the future your way. Endure. Persevere. Hold on.
Impossible is just that. A word. What meaning we adjust to it is up to us. Instead of letting it stop you, it could be the challenge you need. It could fuel you with energy, creating thoughts like ‘I will show you!’
In the 80s, maybe even earlier, one person started a thought process that turned into today’s reality of supermarket brands for organic products. It started as a thought, an idea of creating the impossible. Turns out it was possible after all.
The power of thought
Centuries ago, the greek philosophers knew that the power of thought, of perspective and perception, is as real as sunlight, caves, and fire. They advised their followers, their pupils, to be aware of the traps the human mind is lured into. To doubt the image of reality to create a better life for all humankind.
Fast forward a few centuries: at the beginning of the 20th century Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung came up with the idea of the collective unconscious. He showed that we are all interlinked, connected in a way that individual influences the collective and the collective the individual.
A bit later, Viktor Frankl, whose logo therapy postulates that meaning is an objective reality, built the foundation for a new outlook on life. Not just his own, but those of thousands, of generations. And the idea prevails, culminating in popular books like ‘The Secret’ or the Global Coherence Initiative by HeartMath Institute, an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness.
The idea has been redesigned and renamed, but the core principle remains the same: thought is impact. Collective thoughts are a huge impact.
Complaining and fear are counterproductive
Covid19 is an impossible situation giving rise to fear, anxiety, and complaints. Complaining about the situation and worrying have an impact. Beware of your thoughts: they have an impact, wether they are positive or negative. Your thoughts create n impact that will affect your children, your partner, your co-workers. Do you want them to share your vision of hope or your horrors? Your aspiring dreams or your lack of imagination? Negative thoughts have negative impact. To others as swell as yourself. They will hurt your soul, your goals and your stability. And will impact business life, success and focus, health and environment. The next generation. Negative thoughts are poison for the collective conscious and unconscious. Negativity is dripping acid into your soul, your neighbour’s soul, your child’s soul.
Viktor Frankl, survivor of the Nazi concentration camp, chose hope, a positive outlook and thereby inspired himself and generations of people to come. Even now, 74 years after it was first published, his book Men’s search for meaning is a constant bestseller. Why? Because we all need inspiration. We all need hope. And we all want to believe in a better future.
Covid10 does more than cause anxiety and financial problems. It also inspires initiatives to create impact, togetherness, and long-term change. Recently, Stephanie Defregger’s and my topic proposal of ‘Kindness – Creating a future from the heart’ was chosen by participants of New Zealand’s first online Impact Unconference as one of the topics they wanted to hear. This conference made an impact because we all need to know that others believe, too. Believing in a better future beats complaining every step of the way. Believing in a better future is the antidote, the future. Because your thoughts and our future are identical. The same.
We chose kindness for two reasons: Stephanie is a firm believer in living from the heart. Touched and inspired by Mother Teresa, she is a living, breathing example of a kind person. I work with children to help them establish their own core values and was astonished when the two common denominators in the children’s answers were kindness and environ-friendly behaviour. The fact that children can imagine a world of kindness, a better future for themselves and our planet was inspiring not just for Steph and me, but shaping the program of the Unconference in a way water would shape its way towards the ocean, towards its destinations, towards destiny.
It started small with but a thought. And affected 300 attendees, all the people watching the videos, you and me.
It’s possible. It’s possible to change the world by starting with a thought. Be as careful with your thoughts as you would be with your business, your baby, or your flowers. When dark thoughts creep in like poison, look the other way. Because where there is light, there is darkness. Hence where there is darkness, there is light.
PS: Want to explain the concept for your child? Try Peter Pan… a happy thought makes you fly, a bad thought kills a fairy…
Dr. Verena Radlingmayr is a bioresonance therapist helping people adjust their balance in health, love, and life and coach for values. Her books and blog support the idea of strong individuals forming strong relationships and open your mind to new possibilities.