How many times have you actually applied Newton’s Laws of Motion in your life outside of school, or conversed about these things in a social setting? If you are like most people you probably answered never, and like most people, you would be overlooking the many ways such information could be applied.
Newton’s First Law
The law of inertia is Isaac Newton’s first law and states that an object in motion remains in motion traveling at the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force, and that an object at rest remains at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
When worded as such it probably sounds like a bunch of blah blah blah, which is completely understandable. After all, it is not likely that you are reading this article to brush up on your physics. Simply replace the word ‘object’ with ‘emotional state’ and the words ‘unbalanced force’ with ‘opposite thoughts’ and you might feel much more at ease.
The law of inertia now can be read as an ’emotional state’ in motion remains in motion traveling at the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by ‘opposite thoughts’, and an ’emotional state’ at rest remains at rest unless acted upon by ‘opposite thoughts’. This probably makes a lot more sense in your everyday life.
How many times have you found yourself being upset about a situation? You can probably recall the force, or opposite thought that came along to help stop the momentum of those thoughts. Perhaps it was a friend that offered encouraging words or a positive situation that you encountered that helped to defuse the momentum of the negative emotional state.
Likewise, you may have found yourself in a period of ‘rest’ in which you felt stuck and a certain ‘force’ of opposite thoughts helped to pull you back or push you forward.
Newton’s Second Law of Motion
The law of inertia can also be linked to generational issues, such as addiction, abuse, depression, and infidelity to name a few. This leads into Newton’s second law, which pertains to acceleration. Psychology tells us that abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, and even depression can be passed down from generation to generation through genetics.
Children of an alcoholic, a depressed parent, or an abusive parent have a much higher probability of repeating such behaviors than children born of parents that did not suffer from such things. These behaviors are carried down through the genes that may or may not be active, and under the right circumstances these genes may become active; causing children to respond to things just as their parents did whether the parent was active in the child’s life or not.
The more an issue is prevalent in a family, an environment, in a society, the greater the force that issue has on that group; and therefore the greater the force needed to stop the momentum and shift it in the other direction. The force (the issue) coupled with the mass (the group) produces acceleration. The thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of that group add to the force pushing on the mass and causes a greater amount of acceleration.
Newton’s Third Law
Newton’s third law of motion is one that you probably have heard before. It states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This means that when we push against something, that something pushes against us with an equal amount of force. So when we try to overcome an issue in our life, that issue is pushing back at us with the same force.
The object that ends up moving is the one that has the least amount of mass. So if you are wishing to overcome an addiction problem that has been a problem for you all your life, and was a problem for others in your family, you will need to surround yourself with influences whose mass will be greater than that of the addiction.
Using the laws of motion to invoke change
In hindsight, you can likely see how these laws apply in your life. So how do you begin to apply these laws in your life consciously? You can begin by becoming consciously aware of your emotional state and the forces at work.
What ‘direction,’ if any, is your emotional state taking you? Is it pushing you towards your desired direction, pulling you away, or simply having you stuck exactly where you are? Are there any additional forces at work, such as friends, sources of entertainment, past history, thoughts, or beliefs that are contributing to the momentum of the issue?
Once you realize the direction of your ‘emotional state’ and any contributing forces apply an unbalanced force to act against it based upon what you would like to accomplish. For example, if you would like to be happy but you find yourself being depressed and you realize that your sources of entertainment and friends are contributing to the negative state, you may want to alter your sources of entertainment and re-evaluate the way you and your friends interact with one another.
Begin surrounding yourself with things that provide more powerful positive thoughts or string together a number of powerful positive influences that shifts you from your current state of ‘motion’ to one that is more desired.
See, physics isn’t so bad after all. You can begin applying the laws of motion to your life without even using mathematical equations. So begin taking control of your life, by consciously shifting the momentum in a more desired direction. The more you surround yourself with what you desire, the more momentum you build in that direction.