Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mouse Trap

I was a very happy little girl when Santa brought that Mouse Trap game one Christmas, so long ago.

Playing the game seemed to pale in comparison to watching the ball bearing roll along and effect changes along the way. One thing leads to another and another. Cause and effect in action, courtesy of the Ideal Toy Company.

This game is a good analogy for what happens to you when you have a perception, which leads to certain thoughts and feelings. Your body then responds with a host of physiological effects.

In other words, what goes on "upstairs" affects "downstairs", "inside" and "outside". Negative thoughts and emotions create a very different result in the body than do positive thoughts and emotions.

You are a system. Each part does not act in isolation from the others. It is empowering to know that you can have an influence over some of your "parts". For example, when you see how quickly your heart rhythms react to negative thoughts and emotions and know that you are contributing to stress-related symptoms and conditions, you'll want to take more care.

You'll get a more efficient and harmonious system when you start with the heart. Your system and you are stronger for it.

If you remember that Mouse Trap game, when it was set up properly, things worked as they were supposed to. Just like your system. Right?

What some people get up to! For a little bit of fun, click to see a live, human-sized version of Mouse Trap.

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3 comments:

  1. You're right about the body needing to work together! Marianna, any suggestions as to how to overcome my fear of coming home after dark after the carjacking from last Tuesday? I've made myself go to events, but I still dread coming in after dark! I wonder if I'm trying to pretend it didn't happen or trying to get back out there too soon?

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  2. ...and the marble draws along its merry way the thoughts that are pulled in at the top, which may very well have no resemblence to 'reality', and so drag the whole uneasy feeling through the system to the thudding clunk at the bottom ;-)

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  3. Judy,
    I'll email you separately.

    Kathrin,
    For some of us that clunk is a creak or a click.

    Gustave Flaubert said, "There is no truth, only perception." I've heard the same quote with the word "reality" substituted for "truth".

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