Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wash Your Thoughts

“The artist does not try to identify with the colors he uses. He knows he chooses them, and applies them with a brush. So you paint your reality with your ideas in the same manner. You are not your ideas, nor even your thoughts. You are the self who experiences them. If a painter finds his hands stained with pigment at the end of a day, he can wash the stain off easily, knowing its nature. If you think that limiting thoughts are a portion of you, permanently attached therefore, you will not think of washing them off. You would behave instead like a mad artist who says, ‘My paints are part of me. They have stained my fingers, and there is nothing I can do about it’” (Roberts, 1994, p. 29).


This passage reminded me of a recent study that shows that washing your hands after making a difficult choice can reduce any lingering inner turmoil and tension caused by making that hard decision. This finding fascinated Spike W. S. Lee, a psychology researcher at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor who said, "Maybe there is a broader phenomenon here. Anything from the past, any kind of negative emotional experiences, might be washed away."


So wash your spirits and clear your mind, and then you can do anything and be anything you want.

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