I was in the grocery store checking out. After I paid, I realized that I forgot to use my points card. I asked the checkout lady if she could help me and she pointed me in the direction of the information desk at the front. There was a long line of frustrated or picky shoppers. I waited patiently in line after a very perplexing interchange between a shopper trying to get away with something and the man behind the counter saying what she wanted wasn’t going to happen.
My turn. “Can you please add my points number to this receipt?”
“No, you need to do that yourself by logging into the website or on your cell phone.”
Instant anger filled my body and I couldn’t believe that not only did I just waste 20 mins waiting in line, but that the guy couldn’t help me anyway and, in my opinion, this should have been one of his tasks. I grabbed my receipt from his hand and stormed away in a huff, pushing my huge cart of groceries in front of me.
After taking time to debrief in the car, I realized that where I was standing was a dangerous spot. Imagine how many people had come before me with the same request and the poor guy behind the counter having to deliver the news, and the shopper getting really upset about it.
The truth is when many people have the same thought in the same place, similar thoughts start layering on top of each other and sticking together. Thoughts that have negative feels and emotions attached to them make them more powerful. The more people who share this experience and reaction, builds up the power of the thought and it becomes bigger than the original thought.
This is what is called a thought form.
A good analogy is to compare this with online chat, direct messaging or even email. The text string is recorded and stored until someone decides to purge or delete the records. Otherwise, the words are captured in that space forever. I used to play Second Life and I could download all of my chat records and save them. Most of the feed was completely forgettable. A few items were worth keeping, reviewing or savoring.
Another grocery store example.
I’m a mom. Most of my outings are to the grocery store!
I arrived at the big-chain grocery store at around 3:30 pm on a Sunday afternoon. Shortly after, I started getting overwhelmed with, “I can’t afford this. We need to leave right now. Groceries are too expensive. Just grab the bare minimum and leave quickly.” and I started down the rabbit hole. I looked at my boyfriend and said I was having an anxiety attack. He too said he felt discombobulated. He reminded me of my spiritual tools. I started chanting “OM” quietly under my breath. I calmed down and was able to resume shopping.
Recounting the facts. I felt fine before entering the store. I felt immediately overrun with negative thoughts founded in lack and fear upon entering the store. It was during one of the store’s highest traffic times. The thoughts I was thinking weren’t mine. Now that’s a scary thought.
The thoughts that I was thinking weren’t mine.
Now that’s a scary thought.