I am reading this book by Charles F. Haanel. It is about "thoughts are things" and how we can bring about the life we desire through our thought life. I have known people who always seem to have good things come their way. They are optimistic people. They expect good things to happen. And they do. They can always find something good in every situation - it's because they look for it. They know it's there.
Remember the story of the little girl in the barn digging through a pile of horse poop. Her grandfather came in and asked her what she was doing and she said "With all this horse poop, there has to be a pony in here somewhere".
Thoughts are things and they have power. I am still on Part One and here are a few of his points that I would like to share with you:
1. That much gathers more is true on every plane of existence and that loss leads to greater loss is equally true.
2. Mind is creative, and conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant mental attitude.
3. The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.
4. This is true because we must "be" before we can "do", and we can "do" only to the extent which we "are", and what we "are" depends upon what we "think".
5. We cannot express powers that we do not possess. The only way by which we may secure possession of power is to become conscious of power, and we can never become conscious of power until we learn that all power is from within.
6. There is a world within - a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.
7. The world within is governed by mind. When we discover this world we shall find the solution for every problem, the cause for every effect; and since the world within is subject to our control, all laws of power and possession are also within our control.
8. The world without is a reflection of the world within. What appears without is what has been found within. In the world within may be found infinite Wisdom, infinite Power, infinite Supply of all that is necessary, waiting for unfoldment, development and expression. If we recognize these potentialities in the world within they will take form in the world without.
9. Harmony in the world within will be reflected in the world without by harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings, the best of everything. It is the foundation of health and a necessary essential to all greatness, all power, all attainment, all achievement and all success.
10. Harmony in the world within means the ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for ourselves how any experience is to affect us.
I think we can view that inner world as our Spirit, for Christians The Holy Spirit. We can get in touch with this inner world through prayer or meditation.
The exercise for this first part is to sit quietly, comfortably in a place where you won't be disturbed. Let your thoughts go where they may for from 15 to 30 minutes. I choose to pray. I set the timer on the stove for 15 minutes and I did it the first time. The second time I set the timer on the stove for 20 minutes and I got to within a minute of the end. I started feeling antsy and uneasy so it was time to stop. The rationale for this is that we must be in control of our physical selves before we can be in control of our thinking selves. This activity is to be done 4 times at least in the first week.
I have become more aware of spirituality lately and less of religion. I do have a Church I attend and do think a Church home is a good thing for the fellowship and to participate in what the Church does for a community and for believers. I know people talk about hypocrites in Church but isn't everyone a hypocrite? What is a hypocrite? Isn't it someone who professes one thing but lives another? We could even expand this to losing weight. We have joined up, paid up, fessed up, toned up then destroyed it all by returning to our vomit (that's from Scripture - Proverbs I think where it compares those who go back to the old life as a dog returning to its vomit). That visual should also help keep you from eating much today :-)
How is your thought life? Do you need to get control of it? Why not be proactive and do this exercise for 15 minutes of complete silence letting your thoughts go where they may. I THINK you will find your THOUGHTS will go to the good things you desire, to the strength you need for the day, to plan how to get through the day, and to determine the power within that you need to create the world without.
I know I am working on this. Join me? I will share 10 more points tomorrow (there are 42 of them).