Negative Thoughts That Keep You Stuck

Many people are feeling stuck and unhappy because they’re trying to control or avoid negative thoughts they’re having about themselves and the world around them.

The object of this mind exercise is to clear basic misconceptions about our negative thoughts and how “real” we think they are.

Negative Thoughts that Keep You StuckYou know the kind of thoughts we’re talking about – the ones that keep running through our minds again and again until we think we’re going to go batty! Or the kind that we just want to push away. The more we fight them or stuff them, the stronger they become until they start running our lives.

The truth is, thoughts are only concepts and have no power unless we give it to them. So, in the simplest terms, whenever we try to fight, control or sweep negative thoughts under the carpet, we are actually causing ourselves more suffering.

An example would be when you’re struggling with an event or something someone said and are spending a lot of time trying to figure out why you’re feeling so upset by it. Another example would be a repetitive need to prove that whatever happened was wrong.

The Compulsion to Repeat Negative Thoughts Fosters a Negative Karmic Loop

Negative Thoughts & Negative KarmaBy rerunning the conflict over and over in our minds, we feed a karmic feedback loop and continue to suffer as if that memory were actually existing now in the present. Perhaps it helps us to feel justified in our position, even though simply letting it go would give our minds more room to focus on things we actually want to have happen, which would help us be happier.

By giving a memory or a thought that amount of power, we actually limit ourselves and stay locked into the past. Our decisions and projections become fixated and immovable. This preoccupation with how real we think our thoughts are actually cause us to miss opportunities to be present and happy. Life energy or chi’ gets diverted and used to feed negativity, rather than our true potential.

Focus your thoughts on what makes you happy ~

When you can change your focus, your mind has the room integrate any positive changes that have taken place and decide what you like about them and what you want to continue or discontinue. In essence, you are creating an opening for happiness. Of course, you will still need to take action on those new thoughts! However, when you continually think negative thoughts about what you’re unhappy or dissatisfied with, you’re mentally digging yourself into an even deeper karmic cycle of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

If it feels like something like this is going on in your mind, you might like to try playing a simple Mind Exercise using the Intuitive Learning Circles to help you loosen the grip of painful, repetitive thoughts and let go on a DNA level so that you can use your energy to fuel happiness rather than suffering.

Gently gaze at each Circle one at a time and consider the question or affirmation that goes with it. The process helps you to become aware of what kind of thinking is bothering you and make a different choice about it by relaxing and letting go.

Mind Body Integration

Mind Body IntegrationFor best results, look at each symbol both crossed over the midline of the body and uncrossed so that the correction is more complete.


Step 1:

Give yourself permission to relax with #49 Old Sol for a moment and get some help from your Higher Self that will give you distance from a negative thought, experience or memory that’s taking up a lot of space in your mind. 

Old Soul

Notice how easy it is to “rerun” this thought process over and over again and how it never really takes you anywhere positive or productive.


If something like that is happening, your mind has become blocked by a fixation. Luckily, this next Circle can help you release the feedback loop and take a gentler approach to what’s bothering you. Take several relaxing breaths while gazing softly at the Circle. Imagine all the lines softening or melting. Use deep relaxing breaths to help you.  

“I imagine that the block is loosening and the thoughts in it are moving around differently.”

Once the thoughts start moving, you may notice a whole constellation of related thoughts and feelings about yourself or others in the background.  Take several more minutes and let them start moving differently too.

Continue breathing and softening until the negative energy has stopped.


Since your chakras are wheels of light that facilitate the inward and outward movement of energy that rides on vibration, they are literally part of how our bodies “breathe.” Every organ, gland or joint has a constellation of chakras that brings the vibration of life into that area and releases toxins. That includes toxic thoughts that might be hanging out in your aura or the environment around you. When the motion of a chakra is stuck or withheld, you’ll know because your breathing will stop or become shallow.

Emotional Calm

To remedy this, look at the chart, breathe deeply and imagine that the space around you is actually relaxing and softening.
“I allow all affected chakras to resonate once again with the breath of life.”

You are now in a position to be more objective as you continue to Step 2 of the exercise.


Step 2:

Use these affirmations with the Circle below to imagine that you can make room in your mind for more open and positive energy to fill that “head space.”

“I let go of any beliefs that I am stuck, trapped or powerless. I make room for inspiration, self-respect and new ways to think about ‘happiness’ and what that would mean for me.”

Then do the same for the space around you. You don’t have to keep putting up with negative thoughts running around in your space and cramping your style! After all they’re just thoughts and don’t “belong” to anyone.

Imagine those old thoughts are like ashes that you’ve been holding onto. See yourself letting them go now and let the wind blow them up and away. Watch them disappear into the Light.


While you continue to relax your body, affirm:

“I tap into helpful, life affirming energy to nourish my mind and thinking processes.”

“I am filling myself and my space with life affirming thoughts and energy.”

“I acknowledge the thoughts and energies that are helpful and recognize those that are harmful.”


Keep relaxing and affirm:

“I pull my energy back from harmful memories or experiences so that I can be more objective and learn from them.”


“I close down destructive energy channels that are harmful to Life.”

“I open to the generative flow of chi from the Universe and connect with the new, life affirming channels of communication.”


Step 3:

As long as we agree with negative and repetitive thoughts, we can’t be open to new visions of who we have the potential to be. See if any of these suggested affirmations will help you to free up your mind:

“I release any agreement to buy into or uphold blockages to my happiness.”
“I release any agreement that these thoughts define who I am or what I can do.”
“I let go of harmful agreements with anyone involved with these thoughts.”
“I let go of any agreements I have to be controlled by others.”

“My new agreements are to live in the present and love who I truly am, etc.”
“I reclaim my power and free will. I protect myself.”
“I look for, find and utilize productive, workable solutions that nourish me.”
“I am a kind and powerful person who _____________.”


Step 4:

The next few symbols are from “Divine Nature Activated” and will provide us with epigenetic healing down to our DNA. The key is to relax as much as possible while looking at each symbol. It can help to imagine an actual DNA strand relaxing, healing and filling up with light – much like this picture.

“I’m ready and willing to sort through what is in my highest good.”


“I ask my Soul to assist my consciousness in connecting with genuine Hope.”


“I let go of any compulsive need to be right or to keep the conflict going in my own mind.”

“I welcome thoughts that offer positive solutions.”


“I ask the Divine to assist me in releasing worry and cynicism over the future.”

“I now keep my senses and my energy focused on the present moment.”


“I am a Divine Child of the Universe.
I am beautiful, innocent and trust that I am fully supported.”

Check to see if there are any other symbols needed from Divine Nature Activated to make appropriate corrections.
Ask for numbers between 1 – 73.


Step 6:

Connect and empower your ability to follow through by relaxing into this symbol called Divine Connection.

“I am empowered to manifest my highest good out of joy and gratitude.
I exist and what I say and do matters.”

“I connect with the power of joy that comes from my heart.”


Step 7:

Notice what’s caught your attention about this exercise. It may be initially confusing. Notice how all the wheels in your mind are going every which way! Take a minute or two to step back and objectively contemplate your situation. Let this Circle help you synchronize those wheels or pull the ones that don’t belong out completely. A question may come to you and if it does, go ahead and ask your question while looking at the Circle, like:

“What’s going on here? What kind of decisions have I been making?”
“Have I decided that things only work in one particular way?”
“What have I been putting out and is that really what I want to get back?”

“I let go of lies and falsehood. I stop trying to figure them out.”
“I let them go and make room in my mind for more positive, productive thoughts.”
“My thoughts and decisions begin to make sense.”
“They fit with each other and my life becomes happier.” 


Step 8.

Imagine that all negative thoughts about yourself or others are like a dark cloud that’s now dissolving into a clear, blue sky.

Continue looking at this symbol for dissolving destructive blueprints until all clouds are completely gone.

“I dissolve all negative thoughts like a black cloud that dissipates into a clear blue sky.”

Once you’ve done that, make sure you get all the negative attachments. Use the symbol to collapse any drains or channels that lead to or from any group think, herd mentality, conflicts, grudges or curses like old sewage pipes:

“I collapse any other negativity or attachments from other people who might be poisoning me or draining my energy.”

“I deconstruct habitual, negative thoughts and close up any drains that may have been open to them in my energy field.” 


Step 9:

Use this Soul Prayer Chart to repair and refocus your auras.

Be sure that you spend all the time you need with it. Your auras are an important part of having good health and protection!


You’ve just let go of an old mental pattern that’s been sabotaging your happiness and prosperity for a long time. After you’ve rested, you may want to go through this mind exercise again around other negative thoughts or memories that are troubling you. Be sure to take good care of yourself though by drinking enough water, etc. It’s always wise to be gentle with ourselves when integrating personal growth.

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Transmuting with the Snake

Transmuting Limitations with the Snake Totem

Transmuting through Snake

If you have chosen Snake to be your Guide…

“You’re ready to go beyond the extreme ‘either/or’ mentality and graduate to the ‘and’ consciousness of balance and unity… Like the snake, you have transcended the limitations of who you thought you were…

Ask: Is there a fundamental change in yourself or a relationship that needs to be consciously attended to? What extreme behavior are you ready to shed?”   ~ Gifts from the Rainforest by Rheanni Lightwater

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What Process Is Best for Me – Right Now?

Balancing with Plants SpiritsMany of you have asked,  “There’s so many Games and Exercises here in the Intuitive Learning Circle – how do I know which one is right for me?

Since we’re here to help you develop your intuition, it’s only natural that we would come up with a simple & fun way to decide – using your intuition!

First of all, it’s true that we have quite a few self-healing offerings, so below you’ll find a list of games that will help the Snake in you shed her old skins.

Snake Totem

There are 5 categories to choose from ~

I: Cosmos
II: Family
III: Environment
IV: Livelihood and
V: Self 

Each category has a selection of games listed underneath which are numbered 1, 2 and 3.

The first step is to take a moment and think about what’s going on for you and then look at the Snake Totem and ask your heart:

“What category would be most useful for me to look at now?”
Once you have the category number, ask yourself:
“Which number in that category represents the best self healing process for me right now – or is the best place to start?”

Remember to take the very first number that comes to you, because that is your Inner Wisdom speaking or your intuition. If more than one number comes up, write them all down in the order they came to you.
Once you have your number, scroll down the list and check out that process. You might be surprised at what you chose, because intuition doesn’t always makes sense at first. However, I suggest that you trust your first response and explore the exercise anyway. See if it pertains to your situation and feels right.
This is the intuitive way to determine which exercise is best for you right now!

Suggestion: Early on in your journey with Snake, go through Open Your Heart and Make Friends to develop a truly co-operative relationship!

Of course, if you want, you can always get help with Rheanni if you want more private coaching. Her contact info can be found at the bottom of this page…

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I: Transmuting Your Relationship with the Cosmos

Clear obstructions that prevent you from following your own path.

      1. Shed extremes by following the Middle Road.

      2. Set your sights high and ask for the very best.

      3. Stop and pay attention to DANGER in your environment.

II: Transmuting Your Relationship with Family & Ancestors

Reveal a new, more vibrant version of yourself by moving beyond limitations.

        1. Create healthy boundaries in family relationships.

        2. Let go of blame and handle projections from your family.

        3. Simplify complicated family relationships by looking at them through your Soul.

    1. III: Transmuting Your Relationship with Your Environment

      Learn to adapt to environmental extremes and take care of yourself.

          1. Don’t ignore your needs when you’re getting overwhelmed.

          2. Recover quickly during and after traumatic environmental disasters.

          3. Adjust the intention for the Feng Shui in your home. 

      IV: Transmuting Your Relationship with Career & Livelihood

      Consciously attend to fundamental changes that have occurred in your work.

        1. Make a decision so you can get off the fence.

        2. Stop buying into disaster thinking and go for genuine solutions instead.

        3. Let go of lost causes and dead ends.

      V: Transmuting Your Relationship with Your Self

      Transform and peel away the mask that hides your beauty.

        1. Incorporate Soul Healing – Energy Tune Up for Wholeness and Integrity.

        2. Examine your intentions to shed extreme or unintended consequences.

        3. Face any lies you’ve been telling yourself with honesty and courage.

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      During a spiritual pilgrimage to Peru in the spring of 2001, Rheanni and her partner joined a small band of travelers to work with traditional shamans in the Amazon jungle and the mountains of Machu Picchu.

      In Gifts from the Rainforest, she shares wisdom from the many plant, animal and nature spirits that they encountered through the Intuitive Learning Circles and their messages. 

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Returning to Danger

Are You Returning to Danger or Ready to Advance?

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Transformation Game - Returning to Danger Kuan Yin’s guidance about returning to danger springs from the I Ching, an ancient book of divination that follows the flow of the cosmos. She has been helping us through these Transformation Games to transition from the old economic paradigm based on greed and fear to a new paradigm of co-operation, equality and balanced prosperity. Because of that, her advice and instruction comes from a different perspective than ours.

To help you better connect with her assistance, she uses the Intuitive Learning Circles to communicate with you through meditation, affirmations and visualization.

Kuan Yin’s I Ching Readings and Transformation Games can help you to identify problems, change your focus to positive solutions, ground yourself and get in the present. Simply relax and gaze at the Circles while contemplating Kuan Yins words. Your intuition will come forward and give you the help that you seek.

Welcome to the I Ching Reading and Transformation Game for: Hexagram # 24 – Returning and #28 Danger

Returning to Danger
Are you RETURNING to a dangerous, old pattern or ready to advance forward into a new beginning?

“At the time of RETURNING to new beginnings is the implied end of an old cycle. Study the phase you are now exiting. It is a cycle. It had a beginning and you are experiencing its end.

The reason for certain things that may have been unacceptable or confusing to you are now apparent. The contemplation of the return of the these cycles can lead to profound inner knowledge.

The Chinese refer to this hexagram as the apparent pattern of the intelligence of Heaven and Earth.

You are aware of the need for a new beginning and have the courage to make the change. By observing your faults with objectivity and resolution at this time you will gain the strength of character necessary to overcome them.  ~The I Ching Workbook, R.L Wing

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For best results playing a Transformation Game, look at each Circle both crossed over the midline of the body and uncrossed so that the correction is more complete.


Returning to Danger – A Transformation Game

This Game uses the Intuitive Learning Circles to help us understand what’s causing us to RETURN to habits that lead us into danger time and time again. Why are we not learning from it? You can use this game to explore what that’s about and see if there’s something you can do to transcend your own harmful habits.

Step One: Access Your Gut Instincts.

Relax and gaze softly at this Reiki Chakra Key that opens and balances your Third Chakra located at your Solar Plexus (the soft area in the front where your ribs go up). This chakra gives you access to your gut instincts and essential nature.

Returning to Danger

When people talk about the second brain that’s in your gut, this is what they’re talking about. Give yourself plenty of time to strengthen your connection.


Step Two: Adapt to the Generative Energies of the New Paradigm.

This symbol provides an interface and filter to assist us in making the functional transition from the old paradigm of Water (Piscean Age) to the New Paradigm governed by Air (Aquarian Age).

“I close down any harmful energies from the old paradigm that I might still be open to. I access Divine Protection now.”

“My mind and body are open to receiving generative life force. 
I use this beneficial energy to protect myself and manifest life.
I connect with new channels for communication.”


Step Three: Clear Attachments that Block Clear Perception.

In times of DANGER, you may come face to face with a variety of hazardous materials. This exposure can cause great damage to your energy system and knock it out of balance, leaving you much more vulnerable to exploitation from predatory or narcissistic individuals.

Are you exposed to this dangerous energy?

If you ever wondered why narcissists are so attracted to fossil fuels and other toxic pollutants, one reason for it has to do with the sticky and toxic manner in which their own toxic energy field can glom onto other people and take them over. Pollution effectively makes it easier for them to do this. Pollution also makes it easier for them to engender more narcissistic followers.

There Are Things That Can Be Done To Help

Let the Star Chakra Detachment Key below help you clear your energy field of toxins. Relax and mend any energetic wounds that are associated with toxic materials such as smoke, chemicals, carbon monoxide or viruses. Allow your energy to neutralize and detach from toxic energies or those who would take advantage of your weakened state.

Like a healing balm, imagine that a loving coat of peace and comfort is pouring down over you.

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Step Four: Balance Your Senses.

When you are in danger of RETURNING to a harmful pattern, It’s essential to see things as they really are. See if you can remedy any “blind spots” or confusion by gazing softly at this Reiki Chakra Key for the five senses, together with these positive affirmations:

“I reclaim and balance my five senses.”

“I use them to be present and make sense of my current conditions and environment.”

“They help me to clear blind spots and confusion.”

“I use them to be aware of DANGER and find helpful solutions.”

“I sense things as they are really happening.”

Note: You may want to go back up to the Chakra Key for Detachment to strengthen the clearing action.


Step Five: Activate Your Instinctual Nature and Gifts.

Tune into your psyche, your instincts and your connection to the natural world. Doing so will help you pay attention to signals from Nature and learn to respect the power of Mother Earth’s energies.

“I connect with my natural instincts, my timing and Soul resources.”

“I pay attention to my environment and allow it to inform me about elements of concern.”


Step Six: Repair Jagged Energy Reversals and Blockages.

Your energy may be having a difficult time adjusting to all the significant internal or environmental changes that are taking place. Sudden reversals, blockages and changes in momentum can cause our subtle energy fields to react in unusual ways. This Correction Key can help you correct any blockages, rough static, glitches or reversals that may come up.
Relax for a few minutes until things smooth out.

Stay with it until you can begin to feel the energy of your Soul coming through.


Step Seven: Uncover Your Awareness of the Danger.

Gaze at this Circle that accesses your intuition and unconscious awareness of an old pattern you are in danger of RETURNING to now. Imagine that you can gather up that inner library of experience and see what kind of knowledge comes forward.

Take your time and let the information emerge. Ask yourself:

“What is the real danger about? Is something about to happen?
Is there something in my environment that’s a DANGER to me or others?
If so, where are they and what affect are they having?”

“How much harm is this situation causing for me and for others?”


Step Eight: Slow Down to Find Solutions.

RETURNING into DANGER often comes from being in too much of a hurry or trying to force something to happen.
Then again, sometimes it’s the opposite – we’re not taking action when we know in our hearts it’s in our best interest to do so!

Gaze softly at the Circle to help you slow down and pull together what’s really important. Take several deep breaths. Keep inhaling and exhaling until your mind has slowed down and you feel ready to approach your situation differently.

“I slow down and allow a solution to reveal itself.”

Step Nine: Apply Clear Perception to What’s Happening Now.

The DANGER may be upsetting. Don’t get carried away (remember that viruses, narcissism and other destructive energies feed off of strong emotions). 

Breathe with this Circle and let it help you adjust the volume and bring your senses back to a comfortable level. They could have bumped up too high, too loud or intense. You can balance yourself out.

Next, place the word “Solution” in the center of the Circle and imagine that you can send your energy in towards it. This teaches you to nurture genuine solutions rather than problems, by reframing your more positive intention with conscious, aware attention.

If you’re having trouble, you may need to make a couple of corrections that will improve your awareness of your situation…


Step Ten: Empower Your Divine Connection with Your Highest Good.

Set a strong intention with this Soul Prayer Chart for Divine Connection:

“I am empowered by my Soul to nurture genuine solutions and my highest good.”


Step Eleven: Clear Dangerous Patterns and Power Games.

Most power games are based on gender, socio-economic status, ancestral lineage or religious beliefs and fueled by a need to be liked. Is any part of you getting caught up in harmful power games?

If so, breathe deeply and gaze at this DNA symbol from Kuan Yin. The more relaxed you are, the better these work. Use the positive affirmations to help:

“I let go of other people’s agendas, manipulations and power ploys.”

“I decide I’m okay the way I am and accept responsibility for my own decisions.”


“I cut through the smoke screen that blocks clear perception.”



“I dispel falsehood, lies and deceptions.”



“I let go of self-pity and humbly take responsibility for
how I manage my energy and my life.”



“I choose to connect with the consciousness of Hope that comes through my Soul.”


Step Twelve: Dissolve Destructive Blueprints.

Imagine that the symbol below can help you clear destructive patterns that are still blocking or threatening you. Lift them completely off of you and send them to the Light.

“I dissolve the dangerous patterns of ________ and any connection I have ever had to them.
I clear my field of destructive habits and the mental / emotional patterns that cause them. I send them all to the Light.”

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Please note: Never send destructive energies into the Earth, she already has too much to handle now. Use the Earth for planting seeds of happiness and life – not death!


Step Thirteen: Close the Doors to Actions that Would Invite Further Danger.

Your unconscious mind knows what’s helpful and what’s harmful to your body, mind and spirit. It’s time to close the door on any harmful pathways that are still open and might lead you back into DANGER. See them disappear, as if they were never there.

“All harmful pathways are sealed and healed.”
“I follow the direction of my Soul’s protection.”


Step Fourteen: Repair and Refocus Your Auras.

Finish the game by making sure the protection of your auric field is all sealed and healed – a finishing step that will increase your strength and focus even more!

“I put out __________ in alignment with my highest good
and __________ is returned to me.”

Step Fifteen: To manage yourself well in dangerous times, be sure that you are grounded and centered in the New Paradigm.

Get your feet on the ground and connect with the positive energy of Mother Earth.


Congratulations on your newfound awareness!

Thank yourself for taking the time today to stop and consider how you might be returning to danger. You’ve taken action to clear destructive habits and energies and as a result, saved yourself a lot of time and trouble. Not only that, you’ve let go of some epigenetic patterning that’s been jamming up meaningful progress. This is a positive step in the right direction!

“The time of DANGER can be especially good for inner development. By holding to fixed and virtuous ethics, by maintaining your inner vision and ideals, all things fall into a steady, tangible perspective. You will know your relationships to your environment, and in this way you can accomplish your aims. Although subjective, this perspective is now in accord with the problems facing you.” ~The I Ching Workbook, R.L Wing

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If you feel that this exercise has helped, but hasn’t addressed all of your needs, Rheanni Lightwater, BFA, CHT, CKP has 25+ years experience in the art and science of mind body healing. Contact her for a private session if you still feel worried or overwhelmed.

Ms. Lightwater’s mission is to assist people in creating healthy balance and harmony in their lives through energy medicine, hypnotherapy and feng shui clearing.

Schedule with Rheanni via Zoom, FaceTime or in person when you visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. Call or text (505) 271-4612 between 10:00am – 5:00pm, MST, Monday through Friday to schedule or email: [email protected]

This Transformation Game should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment for any ailment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical or psychological condition. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.

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