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SOUL ISSUES:What Channel Are You On? 

Rev Liz Petipren

By Reverend Liz Petipren 


We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. 

I have a friend who is an elementary-school physical-education teacher and she was relating about a clever method she uses to keep her young students in a healthy state of mind and behaving well. She tells them, “There is a Happy Channel with programs you really like, and a Sad Channel with programs that make you feel bad. You can watch whichever one you want, and you will feel like the channel you are watching.” She posts the name of both channels on the chalkboard for reference. 

When students get into a negative behavior pattern, she points to the Sad Channel term on the board and reminds them that they have slipped into being mean or uncooperative. The kids understand the concept and usually shift their behavior quickly. Even at a young age, these students recognize the importance of tuning to a healthy, rewarding frequency. 

While this method may sound simplistic, it represents a principle we can use as adults. At this moment, there are countless invisible communication channels rippling through the room you are sitting in. Hundreds of television channels are beaming, unseen, along with many radio stations, cell-phone signals, and wireless computer frequencies, to name just a few. You will be the receiver of the station you are attuned to. 

Thoughts and emotions, too, have frequencies, and every thought and emotion you focus on leads you to more of the same. If you are angry and upset, you will find more and more reasons to be angry and upset. If you are appreciative and expecting good, you will find more and more reasons to attract success. You will always hear more of the station you are tuned to, so take care where your dial is set. 

My friend is teaching her students far more than physical education. She is teaching them life. 

Affirmation: “I am conscious about the thoughts and feelings I entertain. I choose my frequency.” 

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