One of the biggest lessons I have learned on my spiritual journey is the power of our thoughts. Thoughts, positive or negative, have energy and that energy can result in the manifestation of those thoughts.
In his book, “As a Man Thinketh,” James Allen writes, “‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he’ not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” (Go to www.asamanthinketh.net for a free copy of this e-book.)
You do not attract what you want, you attract what you are. You also attract that which you feel about yourself. People who have pessimistic attitudes and who think negatively all the time will usually attract a lot of problems in life and they also won’t deal with them very well. They typically have the attitude of life sucks and then you die. They expect the worst and will generally get it. On the other hand, those who are optimistic and positive usually find life to be wonderful and will attract good things into their lives. Whenever something negative does happen, they look at it as something to learn from and they try to find the good in it.
Not only do our thoughts affect our world and those around us, they can also affect our own well-being. Negativity greatly influences ill-health. If you expect to get sick, you more than likely will. That’s not to say that positive people won’t have their health issues because there are many outside influences such as environment and the things we put in and on our bodies, but even if they do get sick, the illness may last a shorter time and they’ll have a brighter outlook throughout the illness.
Negative people will always look for the worst in everyone and everything, and they will usually find it. Positive people will always look for the best in everyone and everything, and again, they will usually find it.
We also need to be very careful of the people we’re around as they can greatly influence our thoughts and the way we feel about ourselves. Watch your conversations and the words you speak. Are you lifting people up or tearing them down? Are your thoughts and words loving or hateful? Do you gossip and bash other people or groups of people? All this reflects on us and that energy will affect everyone around us.
Be careful what you watch on the news, too. Just about everything you hear on the news and radio talk shows is negative and made up of mostly opinions and beliefs. The fact checkers have even found that many don’t tell the truth. PunditFact found that CNN was honest about 60% of the time, MSNBC 31%, and Fox News only 18%. Yet people still believe everything they say hear even though they are only propagating the negative. This is one reason I don’t watch the news. All that negativity affects my well-being so I avoid it, and unless it’s the facts, I’m not interested hearing anyone’s hate, bigotry, or ignorance. Give me a Good News Network anytime where newscasters communicate all the good that is occurring all over the world! There’s so much more good; we’re just not hearing about it.
Everything we think, say, believe, or watch, all have an effect on ourselves and everyone around us. I love all people, but I prefer to be around those who are loving, kind, and compassionate. Those who encourage and lift each other up. Those who see the best in me and I in them. This is one reason I love Unity Church so much because this is part of what we teach.
Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Gandhi said, “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
Wayne Dyer says “Change your thoughts, change your life.” Thoughts and beliefs can be changed to make your life so much better! Be a free thinker and learn to think for yourself. Remember, you may not be able to stop a bird from landing on your head, but you can stop it from building a nest. This is the same with your thoughts. Choose your thoughts wisely because your thoughts become you.
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper August 22, 2014.