what goes into their minds.
We can probably all remember the victorian style of teaching where we would have to
repeat one hundred lines – I will not…. I will not…., after a bout of indiscretion. This
system of repeating a thought was meant to drive deep into the child’s psyche. I’m
sure there were few re-offenders as sore ink-stained fingers were a good deterrent.
The system of repeating a more positive set of words has been slowly developing
mainly in pockets of lentil-eating and sandal and sock-wearing communities. Louise
Hay has brought the simple but effective system of using affirmations into the main
stream. After being diagnosed with cancer she used positive affirmations to totally
heal herself and went on to write twenty seven books on the fascinating subject.
The theory goes that our bodies almost listen to our thoughts and whatever we think
about ourselves, the body responds. Whatever we believe about in ourselves – it
usually manifests. I always believed that I was the fattest in the class. Even as a
teenager, I believed I was too big really to be on stage as a dancer. I was constantly
hounding myself with thoughts of low self image and esteem, repeating to myself I
am too fat I am too fat. And yet when I see my stage costumes of fifteen years ago –
they are tiny. I was never too big – I just believed I was and so this became my
reality and over the years I put on weight.
As a children’s entertainer, I found it very disturbing when other clowns would gain
cheap laughs by singling out children and calling them silly sausage or stupid. It
might seem harmless, but when we understand that the subconscious doesn’t
understand lies and jokes, then we can see that these words are going inside these
little minds and helping them shape their reality. Children have powerful imaginations