The SOOI Principal

Snap Out Of It

In my quest to find a way to eradicate negative thoughts, or what I like to call the “Yappy Dog” in my head, I started to investigate the physical changes we can make to simply change the direction our mind was being steered to. I had it “in my head” that if we can interrupt the yappy dog, we can replace its incessant negative barking with more positive thoughts and sentiments. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if we could just “snap out of it”! What if we had that proverbial slap in the face only it could be somewhere else on the body that we could control?

Bang Head Here

After eliminating the idea of hitting myself over the head, I realized there was an easier solution. From there the concept of the SOOI, or Snap Out Of It bracelet came to be. As always, when I come up with an idea, I try to research its potential efficacy, and when I googled, “Snap Out Of It”, I came across a simple method using, of all things, a rubber band. Seems I wasn’t the only person with the same thought process. Listen on…

"Snapping Out of Old Beliefs" by James Jarvis

The greatest blocks to living the life of your dreams are the old, negative belief patterns that sabotage your progress. Often times it's hard to even discover your "negative mantras" as they reside in the unconscious below the level of conscious awareness. In order to "snap out" of your old beliefs you have to become aware of what they are. If you hear an inner voice whose vocabulary is full of "shoulds, ought-to's and can'ts," you can be pretty sure that you're dealing with old beliefs.

One technique that Mark Victor Hansen writes about in his book, "The One-Minute Millionaire", is particularly good for "snapping out" of old beliefs. He suggests putting a large, thick rubber band around your wrist. "Every time you catch yourself thinking a negative or counterproductive thought, you snap the rubber band." Marc says that the pain causes a "pattern interrupt" to the old thought or belief. He recommends wearing the band 24/7 for thirty days as a way to quickly, safely and satisfyingly change your behavior.


If you're like me and have a low pain threshold you might have to resort to just being super mindful about your negative self-talk. When a negative thought comes up for me I say to my inner voice: "Thank-you for sharing.... I'm so grateful that I'm able to hear this core imprinting that's coming from my past. I now choose to....(substitute new thought or belief)." Whatever method you choose, the first step is to become aware of the old belief. Anything you are aware of you have the power to change. Remember too, that the point is to try and not resist or judge the thought that's coming up. Whatever we resist, persists so it's better to engage your curiosity in looking at what you've just discovered. In the larger scheme of things your negative thoughts or beliefs have no greater meaning than the meaning you give them. So just acknowledge the thought, bless it for its message and then send it on its way! Next thought!

James Jarvis


James Jarvis, M.A. is a transpersonal counselor, master astrologer, and LifeQwest™ Coach