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Thought is the most powerful force in the universe. Indeed, it may one day be discovered to be the ONLY real force in the universe; underlying all that we can see or measure. It is through thought that everything in the realm of human endeavor has come into being. People will die for abstract concepts of thought; such as freedom, nationalism, democracy, communism, and the like. Every material creation of Man has arisen through thought. Moreover, whatever a man or woman makes of life is a direct result of that person’s habitual thoughts. This is a terrible truth that few of us are aware enough of. Thoughts are THINGS. They do not simply vanish as soon as we have thought them. We send them out into the universe, and they attract back to us material of exactly like kindred to their own character. The Golden Rule of Jesus is that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. It sounds good, and most of us would love to get around to it, if we ever have the spare time. However, the fact that we do not do so demonstrates just how far we have misunderstood this law. The reason it is so important to do unto others, is because we attract to ourselves the very energies that we are putting out to others. In a very literal sense, we are doing unto ourselves what we do unto others. What we put out into the universe, by way of thought energy, bounces back on us in the end, for good or ill. This conclusion is startling. The whole idea of this law was just as much for our own benefit as it ever was for those others it seems to refer to. Whatever energy you put out to others, you will also attract to yourself; both in this life and in lives to come. You need not look to a final judgment for this to take place. You are your own judge! Indeed, it is from our thoughts that the good or ill in our lives arises. Two people can be subject to the exact same circumstances, and interpret them totally differently. It depends upon whether your mind is primarily oriented towards the positive or the negative. The multi-millionaire business man, W. Clement Stone, is famous for saying “That’s good!” no matter what befell him, even if it was a calamity. It frequently puzzled his colleagues, who could see nothing good about the matter at all. However W. Clement Stone would first make the statement, and then go about looking for the good thing that he knew to be there. He always found it, and attributes this attitude as one of the key factors to his massive success. Earl Nightingale said that “we become what we think about”, and it is certainly true. For instance, our own bodies reflect our habitual thoughts. If you want to know what your thought life has been like up to this point, examine your body today. If you want to know what your body will be like in the future, examine your thoughts today! It is hard to control external events in your life, but the one place where you can exert tremendous control is in your thought life. It is also one of the most challenging areas, as you will doubtless know if you have ever tried. Yet this one area can create the tremendous leverage you need to affect the whole of your life for the better. Negative thoughts and actions, directed at other people, is where we are all most challenged in this respect. We become habituated to thinking in this manner. Yet, what a difference it would make if we really knew, as clearly as we know the sun will rise tomorrow, that our negative thoughts attract to us situations in exact proportion to the quality of those thoughts themselves. Thought precedes action, which is also why Jesus taught that the adulterer, and the person who thinks adulterous thoughts, are equivalent. Indeed, we can go so far as to say that karma, which is determined by our thoughts and actions, is primarily a result of our thought life, and what grows out of it. Sow good seed in the mind, and good fruit will ripen, giving rise to good actions. Sow bad seed, and bad fruit will be the only result, and this will have its corresponding karmic consequences. It benefits you to begin to watch your thoughts, and to see from where they arise, the motivations for them, and the chain of thinking that leads from one to the next. It is truly said that one of the great tragedies of human life is that we are capable of so many thoughts, and yet 98% of what we think on a given day is exactly the same as we were thinking the day before! Becoming a shepherd of your thoughts is the first step to making great inner progress. In fact, the majority of spiritual traditions teach us that the challenge is to radically change our consciousness; the way we view life, and the way we interpret events. By doing so, we alter our level of attachment to life outcomes, and change the inner balance of our consciousness. Meditation can help greatly in this process. In meditation, the rapid passage of our thoughts is greatly slowed, and we can begin to observe their arising and passing away. Moreover, through repeated meditation, a calmness of mind, and an altogether healthier emotional basis, can arise. This can positively impact your thoughts, and hence your life as a whole. Therefore, meditation is thoroughly recommended as an antidote to uncontrolled negative thinking, and as a way to come into contact with the depths of your psyche, from which all thoughts arise. Thoughts of a feather flock together. Impure thoughts attract others of like kind. Good and pure thoughts do the same. By persisting in a certain mode of thought, you make it easier to continue thinking in that way, and begin to build an ever deeper channel – the channel of repeated habit – through which further such thoughts may travel. Therefore, seek to make the channel a wholesome one. Guard your mind consciously against the ever encroaching negative thinking that can easily defeat all your best efforts. In addition to meditation, you can also fill your mind with positive things. Read inspiring books, and watch programs, of a spiritual or encouraging nature. Avoid filling your mind with whatever is unhelpful. Keep a gratitude journal, and fill it with the things you are grateful for. Train your mind into pure thinking and away from the negative. Each of us is a spark of the Divine. When we tune our minds to that inner truth within, then our thoughts emerge from that holy source. However, when we allow our minds to be filled with the thoughts and concerns of the personality consciousness, then we detract from the inner divinity. Yet, that pure spiritual essence is the only real truth about ourselves that there is. Thought is the greatest power known. If you harness thought responsibly, and guard the door of your mind, turning your thoughts single-pointedly to the goal you seek, nothing can stop you from achieving it. This is a spiritual life work, not easily accomplished in a day or a week. However , though hard indeed, the
task is one well worth undertaking today and everyday henceforth.
Copyright Asoka Selvarajah 2001. All Rights Reserved.
Many people would love to draw, but are too afraid to even begin.
If they do, their puny efforts are too embarrassing for even them
to look at!
To the rescue comes “The New Drawing On The Right Side Of The
Brain”, an updated classic that has sold 2.5 million copies and
been translated into thirteen different languages. In her
workshops, author Betty Edwards is reknowned for taking raw
beginners and turning them, within a period of only five days,
into accomplished artists with drawings to be proud of. This book
can do the same for you.
It literally does draw on the right side of the brain, which is
why this book differs from most art books, and can achieve such
extraordinary results. The approach is quite counter to logic,
and the exercises deliberately bypass the critical, rational
parts of the brain to get to the artist within. You will be taken
from your early embarrassing efforts, through many practical
exercises, to drawing skills you can truly be proud of.
If you want to break the fear barrier with regards to artistic
creativity, this is an excellent book to begin with. It has
taught millions of people to draw and can do the exact same thing
for you too.
Life has its summers and its winters. When the light is fading
for a period, it seems like it might never return. Everything in
our life seems to grow colder, less merciful. Even just staying
right where we are, without advancing an inch, seems to take a
According to Buddhist teaching, life is suffering, and it is at
these times of personal hardship that we feel it the most. For
one person, it may be extreme financial hardship and threat of
homelessness. For another, it may be the loss of a loved one.
Someone else may lose their job and see their career come to a
permanent end. For someone else, it may be the unbearable
bleakness of rejection by that longed-for sweetheart.
Yet, we would do well at these times to recall the words of
Napoleon Hill: “Every adversity carries with it the seed of an
equal or greater benefit”. If you are experiencing such a bleak
period at present, take these words to heart and repeat them
often, making an affirmation of them. They are the truth, and
they will manifest the truth they speak of in your life, if you
take them into your heart and believe them.
Life is always set to test us, for it is only in being tested that we
can grow stronger. We may wish the test had not come, but if it
had not, then we could not learn the lesson that it brings in its
wake. There is no such thing as “failure”, if you refuse to
permit its presence. There is only “temporary defeat”. Of course,
it never looks that way whilst you are in the midst of it.
A good approach is to take the position of an “inverse paranoid”.
In other words, no matter what happens, believe that life is
secretly conspiring to do you good, but is just pretending to do
you ill. Adopt the attitude of the multi-millionaire businessman,
W. Clement Stone, who would always respond “That’s good!”, no
matter what calamity befell him.
Truly, by taking this attitude, you are being no less “realistic”
than the person who approaches the situation with gloom and
pessimism. What you see is what you get, since your thoughts
attract to themselves situations and events of similar character.
Hence, by taking the relentlessly positive approach, you
condition your mind to be in the very best state to get you out
of the temporary mess you seem to be in. Moreover, by focusing on
what you want, and not dwelling on what you do not want, you
cause that miracle mind of yours to go to work to manifest it in
It is the same with striving to reach a desired objective. The
great marketing expert, Gary Halbert, once said that between
where you are now, and where you want to get to, there are a
finite number of mistakes to be made. You don’t know how many
there are in advance, but once you get to your goal and look
back, you will. Therefore, resolve to make those mistakes as fast
as possible! That way, you will get to your goal all the quicker.
It makes sense if you think about it. Too many people are
discouraged if they are beset with difficulties, or if what they
strive for does not arrive as fast as they would like. Yet, it is
only in persisting through adversity, and never giving up, that
we develop our character and become the person we would wish to
If you are coping with loss of a loved one, there is still a
lesson to be learned. You might dwell upon the temporary nature
of life, and this might give you a new sense of urgency to live
to the full, to prize every moment, and to value the ones you
love even more. You may even gain a perspective on the reality of
your own inevitable physical death. Alternatively, you may come
to the realization (only a theory up to this point in your life)
that your loved one really does live on, but has merely changed
Loss of a job can give you the opportunity (better described as
the long-awaited kick up the backside) you have needed to start a
new business, and do what you always dreamed of. Financial
hardship may teach you the lesson to resolve to never again be
poor, to do what it takes to be wealthy, and to examine the
deep-seated negative beliefs about money and yourself that have
brought you to this point in life.
Whatever happens that seems adverse, there is always a valuable
benefit to be gained, such that if you treat the opportunity
properly, you will gain something so valuable that you would not
wish to have missed the experience of it all. Adopt the “Mystery
School” approach to life. In ancient Mystery Schools, initiates
were taught deep truths about life through mythological stories
and dramas. However, they also came to regard their very lives in
similar manner, as valuable teaching experiences. Consider your
life as a specific curriculum in a school of education, set in
motion by a higher power. Try to discern what the lesson and
benefit is in this current challenge you face. See the good in it
and act on it.
Life is full of hardship and pain. Yet, it is also full of
opportunity at the same time. In times of old, a blacksmith’s arm
only became strong through meeting continual and strong
resistance. In like manner, you can only become strong and
develop to the full through meeting resistance and overcoming it.
Remember these ideas the next time winter enters your life.
Remember too, that like all cycles, this too shall pass, and
summer shall surely return.
Copyright 2001, Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.
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