The ‘Law’ of Thoughts~
You may already realize this, but did you know that your thoughts really do matter? Even those private thoughts that reside quietly inside your mind? Good thoughts, bad thoughts, positive messages or negative messages…….they all have powerful effects upon our lives. As a matter of fact, there is a universal law as it pertains to thoughts that none of us can escape. Really? Indeed! First, we must begin to understand the power of thoughts and their effect upon our lives. Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” James Allen, in his popular book “As a Man Thinketh” said, “Every thought seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. The outer world of circumstances shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss.”
This is both good news and bad news, depending on where you are at in life. If you are inclined to take the role of the victim, and blame others for where your life is at today, then this is really bad news. It goes without saying, that the converse is true: If you take personal responsibility for your choices, then this is really good news. There is no way around the fact that each person bears personal responsibility for his or her thoughts and actions. Once you understand the law of thought, you can change the direction your life is heading.
Each day, in our MKMMA, we read aloud, “I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality. Therefore (as a result of this truth), I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes each day, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind, a clear mental picture of that person.” This is a very powerful exercise!
Thoughts Have Consequences~
In our lesson this week, Haanel taught us that “Thought which is in harmony with the Universal Mind (God) will result in corresponding conditions. Thought which is destructive or discordant will produce corresponding results. You may use thought constructively or destructively, but the immutable law will not allow you to plant a thought of one kind and reap the fruit of another. You are free to use this marvelous creative power as you will, but you must take the consequences.”
Herein, we read the truth of this law of thought, and if we think we can live outside of this law and not reap the consequences, we are fooling ourselves. This week was a challenging week, as one of my four siblings announced via email, to all of us siblings, that he was getting married in 21 days. The circumstances of this situation are as follows: his divorce to his wife of 25 years was final a month earlier; he has three children ages 17 to 22; the woman he is marrying has seven minor children with an ex-husband in jail for sexually molesting two of his young daughters; only one sibling and our mother met the prospective wife in a random, unplanned way; he has seen his own children just once a month since his separation. Most people, would agree that these are not at all ‘favorable’ circumstances. Yet, he is resolute, to date, regarding his approaching marriage. We all have made our individual, but unified response to our much-loved brother. One thing is evident, ‘he has passed the responsibility for his actions, to a supposed group of ‘mentors’ that gave him the green light to date this ‘special’ woman during his entire separation, and to marry her. He has put up a large barrier between himself and his choices. In essence, he has placed himself and his mentors (if they even exist) above God and God’s immutable laws. I say that he is treading on dangerous ground, and will reap the consequences of his choices.
Where do you stand in regards to these immutable truths? We all have our choices to make. Accept responsibility, take right action and watch your life unfold to create a beautiful tapestry…..if that is what your thoughts and actions are weaving.