How Can I Apply These Concepts?
Having said that, many of those who have read the books, heard the audios, seen the movies, have also said that although they grasp the concepts, they still don’t really see how to apply all of this to their immediate life. (See also my March 2006 Newsletter: Intentional Focus: Your Happiness, Your Success, & the Law of Attraction). How can the power of thought make a difference on the individual level? How can it improve the life of a person who is grappling with relationship issues, with financial stress, with professional set-backs, or with health concerns?
Einstein said: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. Candace Pert´s research spanning almost a quarter of a century as a molecular biologist shows that every thought creates a molecule. Bruce Lipton’s decades-long research as a cellular biologist indicates that our beliefs and thoughts create (and change) not only our cells, but also our DNA (see also my September 2005 Newsletter: DNA can change according to the feelings of the individual), and that our bodies depend much more on environment and what we make of our environment and how we react to it than genetics, hence taking research far beyond the classical nature-nurture controversy. Max Planck, quantum physicist, said in his Nobel Prize for Physics acceptance speech in 1927 that beyond sub-atomic particles there is a field. That field connects us all (see The Field by Lynne McTaggart). Merely observing such sub-atomic particles, causes changes in them. If we are all connected in the field, as drops of water are connected in the ocean, then what one does creates effects on others, and what others do, creates an effect on one.
We Are All Connected
Bearing all of this in mind, should we not begin to concern ourselves with understanding the inter-connectedness of the tapestry within which we are all woven? I can hear you saying: ”But that is all very complicated. I can’t possibly begin how to understand all of that.” Perhaps you can’t, but what you most definitely can do, is to begin some work on yourself on the individual level in order to improve not only your own life, and how you feel about yourself, but also how you feel about life in general all day, every day for the rest of your life. If you begin today, your life will begin to change today.
Kinesiology, or muscle testing, shows one aspect that the power of thought (and lying or truth saying) has on our bodies (see also the work by David Hawkins).
Bestsellers All Over the Globe
It comes as no surprise that by March 2007 amazon.com included in its top 15 bestselling books four items about the intention of thought, as did the New York Times. Further, the Canadian and the UK affiliate of Amazon also included from one to three of the same items in their own top 15 lists.
Emerson said, it, Thoreau said it, Christ said it, James Allen said it (you may request your copy of his As A Man Thinketh in e-book format from me)…they all said that your thoughts become your reality, but now, in the 21st century, it is not only philosophers, metaphysicians, religious figures and other esoteric thinkers who say this, but also quantum physicists, biologists, and a host of other empirical thinkers and researchers. So there can no longer be any doubt…check out the many resources mentioned in this article. And then, if you still don’t believe it, you might consider that perhaps you belong to the same group of people who wanted Copernicus arrested and jailed for proclaiming that the earth revolves around the sun instead of the other way around!
Some Simple Suggestions
Ok, so now for those of you still reading this, let me say this: understanding the concept behind the very simple words that thoughts have power, can change the very foundations of your life. Let’s look at an everyday example. Suppose you and your partner or spouse are continually bickering. When you met, fell in love, and got married, you were ecstatically in love, and couldn’t wait to be with one another. Now…well, let’s just say that things are different.
Remember: our goal is to understand the power of thoughts. So now I’d like you to try an exercise for the next week. Make a list of about 10 qualities or aspects or characteristics about your partner that your really enjoy and appreciate (even if lately they seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle). Look at that list on a daily basis. Think about the items on the list, remember some of the times when they were in evidence on a regular basis. Whenever you find yourself thinking about the unpleasant aspects of your partner, or what he or she said or did (or didn’t say or do) last week, the other day, or this morning, deliberately change your thoughts towards your list, and think about the good things about your partner, rather than about the negative ones. Focus on the good traits. Refuse to think about the negative ones. Just for one week.
Practice Makes Perfect
I would love to hear some of the results of this little experiment, but my guess is that a good number of those who try it, will be somewhat surprised to realize that things went better than usual. They may even say that it was just one of those weeks that was less difficult that others. Hmm. Could it be possible that it had something to do with the thoughts that were being focused on; the positive aspects of the partner rather than the negative? Could it be possible that the more you think about something … anything … the more precisely that will appear in your life? This is, after all, what all the afore-mentioned thinkers and researchers have said. Focus on the negative aspects of your partner, and your life will be filled with them. Focus on the positive ones and note the difference in what happens.
I invite you to try similar experiments about whatever it is that plagues you. Do I hear someone saying that this is impossible? A pipe dream, because thoughts creep unbidden into the mind and one can’t control them? Did I say this is easy? How did you learn how to use your computer? How did you grow nearly non-existent bicep muscles into a hard, firm, well-toned upper arm? How did you learn that foreign language? How did you learn how to play tennis? Was it not with some practice and discipline? Of course. And so it is with this.
Realize that in order to grapple with your thoughts; in order to find some measure of control over your thoughts in such a way that they speak the language that most approximates whatever it is that you wish to see or realize in your life, you must practice changing the thoughts that do not lead you in that direction into other thoughts. (See also my article: The Energy Barometer, Make Your Mind Body Connection Work For You).
And this is only possible with practice. Just because we are talking about your thoughts and not muscles or the grammatical structure of a new language, does not mean you do not have to be disciplined about it. For a time, particularly at the beginning of your journey down this wonderful pathway, you will need to spend a good portion of your leisure time practicing this endeavour. Reminding yourself of it. Recognizing over and over again, that once again you forgot, and then, just like a child who is learning how to walk, and falls, and gets up, and falls again, and gets up again, and again, and again, and again, you also, will get up as often as is necessary, in order to come to a point, where this new way of thinking becomes a well-ingrained habit.
Choose Your Thoughts, Choose Your Conversations, Your Reading & Viewing Material: Make Good Choices at Every Moment of Every Day
Although there are times in life when thoughts are necessarily dark, when people one loves have died, when difficulties visit one in unexpected ways, there are, nevertheless, ways of dealing with these times that continue to be positive. You might ask: what can be learned from this? How can I use this experience to become a better, more all-rounded person? Read books such as those written by Victor Frankl, Nelson Mandela, or Alexander Solzhenitsyn in order to better understand this philosophy, as evinced by individuals who survived despite horrendous pain and suffering – and who survived without bitterness and hatred in their hearts.
And during less difficult times choose to think only those thoughts that lead you in your desired direction. (See also my February 2006 Newsletter: Making Choices: Taking Responsibility For Our Lives). Think only those thoughts that raise your energy. Think only those thoughts that cause you to feel even better. This is not easy. At least not at the beginning. Keep reminding yourself. Remember the little child that continues to get up even after falling down twenty times. Read books (see the complimentary e-books I offer with most of my newsletters; some are about these topics) from authors such as those mentioned in this article, listen to CD’s about the topic (many are available by those same authors), see movies with related topics, scatter reminders to yourself about thinking this way about your house and office, and remember, this is just as easy or just as hard as it was to build the muscle or learn the vocabulary of a new language. The difference is that this doesn’t just give you a better looking body or a way of communicating in another country, but a way to change your entire life. Go for it!