02 Apr Negative Effects of Negativity | New Life House
Negative Effects of Negativity | New Life House
I remember my Mom always telling me: “say something nice, or don’t say anything at all” when I was growing up; it seems like she said this so many times to beat it into my head at a young age. Well, is there further validity in her lesson other than just the improvement of interpersonal skills with others? Dr. Emoto’s experiments with water and cooked rice give us insight into the fact that the things we say, and the intentions we transfer, have a direct physiological effect. But before we get into that, why is this important to the person struggling with Substance Use Disorder?
In active addiction, and especially in one’s first year of recovery, people are incredibly critical of themselves and the environment around them. They will beat themselves up over the mistakes they made in their past, present, and in extreme cases, they will even negatively forecast their future. I’ve seen plenty of individuals who spent more time saying, thinking, and believing negative things than they spent focusing on the positive. It was evident from my outside perspective to see how this affected their behavior and engagement with others, but to them, it was so routine that they didn’t realize, or even notice the effects it had. This constant negativity has a direct effect on the individuals’ engagement in their surroundings and therefore has a direct impact on the relationships they have with others, but the question up for debate is this: does this negativity affect the individual on a physical level? Dr. Emoto’s research sheds some light on this.
Dr. Emoto performed groundbreaking research with water and with cooked rice, where he put contrasting labels on each jar and sent the corresponding intention to each one. For example, one jar would have the label “love” and the other “hate.” He would then say these words to the substance with intention. What he found was remarkable, and he reported a dramatic difference in the way that the positively labeled jars reacted when compared with the negatively labeled jars. Regarding the water, the positively labeled water froze in beautiful geometric structures, while the negatively labeled jars froze in broken and inconsistent formations. The cooked rice even experienced a dramatic effect from the intention provided to it; the positively labeled jar of rice stayed fresh longer than the negatively labeled jar of rice.
First off, human beings are made up of over 60% water, so it’s not much of a stretch to say that the negativity we implement into our lives effects at least this 60% of us. But I’d argue that it this leads to other physiological issues considering that our bodies rely on the regular use of this water. So years of drowning in the negative thought life that couples active addiction, not only effects the things outside of us, but this directly impacts us on a deep physiological level. Therefore, it is essential for people in recovery to take to the other extreme and put major attention into saying, doing, and thinking positive things. Start simple, and give yourself a positive affirmation every day in the mirror, and then take that a step further and say something nice to someone else each day.
In my opinion, there must be a major emphasis on positive affirmation in every person’s life. These simple statements are not only proven to help rewire the neuropathways of one’s brain but when their said with intention Dr. Emoto’s research implies that they may also have a profound physical effect. So start saying nice things, with intention, to each other and let’s see what happens; even take it a step further and say them to yourself, and your surroundings and you just may be the catalyst of a profound effect on the lives of other people and yourself.