An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
My Brains negativity bias has been brought into sharp focus these past two weeks. We learned about “negativity bias” at the beginning of the master key experience and it was explained that it is this “negativity bias” that allowed our ancestors to survive and it is thanks to this that I am on the planet today!
After only 5 days of watching the news and following the “Corona Virus” story in Ireland I woke up one morning with the word “Corona Virus” in my head – FIVE DAYS! It took weeks of repeating “I am whole perfect strong powerful loving harmonious healthy and happy” before it became my automatic first morning thought.
It is a good reminder for me that it has been shown that it takes 5 positive interactions to outweigh one negative one – so I am really limiting my virus information time – and upping the ante for time spent in meditation, laughing playing and taking long walks on the beach.
Lesson 22 of the Master Key
The negativity bias, also known as the negativity effect, is the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature (e.g. unpleasant thoughts, emotions, or social interactions; harmful/traumatic events) have a greater effect on one’s psychological state and processes than neutral or positive things. In other words, something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person’s behaviour than something equally emotional but negative.