Getting out of a "downward spiral" and onto an "upward spiral”.

Sometimes s**t happens.  We get out of alignment and feel like we messed up in one way or another.  One upsetting event can cause us to feel completely off balance.  The focusing of our attention on that one negative aspect can cause us to begin what we would call a “downward spiral”.  It can feel like we are spiraling out of control, losing everything, and the feeling is so awful because we are beating ourselves up mentally and emotionally.  The spiral happens as our focus upon what is going wrong begins attracting more circumstances that match up to those feelings of unhappiness and fear.  

Just as quickly as we can being spiraling down, we can get on an "upward spiral”, but we need to make some effort to get it going in an upward direction.  Momentum is what causes it to feel like a spiral.  Momentum can go either way, up or down, it doesn’t matter.  Momentum increases with more focus and attention.  When you change your focus, your momentum will subside, and when you redirect your thoughts you’ll begin to gain momentum in a new direction.

When the momentum is very strong and it feels like you’re in the middle of spiraling down, it can be too difficult to stop the negative thoughts from coming and change them to better feeling thoughts on that subject.  In those very negative situations, it’s best to distract yourself with something that feels better and takes your mind off of the negative situation altogether.  Do something that distracts you like going to the movies, reading a book, petting an animal, taking a hot bath, getting a massage, dancing or listening to music, just something to take your mind off of it for a while.  

Even in a "downward spiral", there are still some things going on in your life that aren't that bad.  Focus on the best of what you have, even if it’s very small.  Appreciate your heart beating, your brain working, your friends or family, the beautiful weather, whatever you can find that doesn’t upset you.  As you find things to appreciate, you will begin to feel better and you will change your point of attraction.  The law of attraction will start bringing you more positive things to appreciate as you begin putting your attention the positive.  Momentum will build and you will begin an "upward spiral" by directing your attention to things that are going well, or that have gone well in the past, and that you want to go well in your future life experience.  The present is only a temporary moment in time, and it can change very quickly.  

When you have been feeling down for a while, choosing positive thoughts will take a lot more effort at first, but you can do it.  You are not at the mercy of negative thoughts.  Maybe choosing a happy, high thought such as "I love myself" or "I love my life” feels too difficult to believe and reach for right now, so take baby steps.  Choose a thought that feels slightly better such as "I'm not so awful”, or "I do like this or that about myself", and “My life isn't a total mess”. 

Say to yourself, "I am happy about one thing or another.  I hope it will be ok.  I know it will be ok.  I know and trust that it will not just be ok, but that everything is working out beautifully and magnificently for me.  I am a good person.  I am deserving of all that I desire.  It is coming.  I am attracting and allowing it to me.  I release my resistance and I trust in the universe to bring all that I want and need into my experience at the perfect time." 

"When you stand in the middle of a problem or even what may seem like a crisis, you are also moving into new expansion because you are moving into a new place.  Whenever any question or problem is coming into focus, an equivalent answer or solution is coming into focus as well.” —Abraham-Hicks 

In love and light,

Sydney