Recently, on a CD I was listening to I heard the speaker refer to a “focus wheel” and wondered what she was talking about. Today, on my lunch break, I decided that it was the perfect time for me to follow-up and to attempt a focus wheel of my own.
A focus wheel is a way to pay particular attention to a certain topic and to find ways to think about that topic that are beneficial to our well-being rather than destructive. The act of writing rather than simply focusing in our minds causes an even greater effect due to the extra concentration required in the act of writing thoughts down.
The best time to use focus wheels are during times when you feel like you are paying too much attention to unwanted things (lack of free time, lack of money, unwanted body weight, sickness, etc.); when something happens that causes you to be very upset and you can’t seem to get the problem off your mind; when you are having trouble finding the feeling of relief in your everyday life; or when you recognize a limiting factor in your life that you want to change.
The most important piece of the focus wheel is to make sure that all statements in the wheel are positive; however, depending on where you are at emotionally in the process, your focus wheel may be less positive at first, but the more wheels you do on the topic the better they will get.
For instance, if you are very sick and cannot get out of bed, you may want to create a focus wheel that asks for better health. You would start with the outer wings of the wheel and write a statement for each section. You could write things like, “I appreciate wellness”; “The doctor has treated me with respect”; “My physical body is amazing and filled with energy”; “I love that I can use my brain to be creative and thoughtful”, etc. Once you fill up the wings of the wheel you would then write the statement in the middle that is what you want, such as “All is well with my body”.
By focusing on the things that you want rather than the things that you don’t want you are stimulating that energy to bring those things forward in your experience. In only a couple of minutes you are creating changes in your experience.
You can get creative in your focus wheels as well, using different colors and even artwork. Some people draw a little shape on their wheel, and after they are finished they will write “purify” in the shape to allow the pure thoughts and the desires to line up; you could even write “allow”. It’s really up to you and your personal preference.
Below are two examples of focus wheels that other people have created.
Go ahead and try it, even if you think it’s hokey, just try one and see what you come up with. At the very least you will feel better than before you started.