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Energy is a Thought Process

While Galileo said: “you cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself,” James Allen wrote: “a man can become as small as his controlling desire or as great as his dominant aspiration”.
The essence of both approaches require action. Even though many people are anxious to improve their circumstances, they are unwilling to take action. They don’t get a grip on the fact that circumstances don’t make or break you. What they actually do is reveal you. Everyone has circumstances in their lives that they cannot control nor command, yet they can always command their own reaction to those circumstances.

More than two thousand years ago the Buddhist writings in the Dhammapada already recognized that the human mind is the forerunner of all actions. Everything we do, create or accomplish was the result of a thought process in our mind.
A mind not cultivated and challenged will have few or no answers to circumstances that require action or reaction. I have friends who got clobbered by the recession as their mind and their reaction to changing circumstances had not been trained for it. And yet other friends faced the same clobbering and within months turned around their circumstances drastically and are brimming with success.

Future = Focus on Positive Thoughts.

When James Allen wrote “As a man thinketh”, his essential premise was that, even if you’re unaware of it, your underlying beliefs shape your character, your health, your circumstances, and ultimately, your destiny. Your thoughts create your reality. You literally are what you think.
For this reason, we should be at least as meticulous about the ideas we feed our mind as the food we feed our body, as our life over time will largely become what our thoughts make it.

This is not to say that our mind alone can heal a serious illness, fix our finances instantly or change the world. But what it can do is prepare our reaction to these circumstances. It seems that we are always anxious to improve our circumstances, without really wanting to improve ourselves.
If you want to lose weight, or make more money, or have a better relationship, or be a better musician, or football player, or manager of people, it takes your mind to set you on the road to improvement.

Radically alter your thoughts and you will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of your life for example. We imagine that we can keep our thoughts secret, but we cannot; thoughts rapidly morph into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance.

The 18 day Proof in the Pudding

As they say, it takes 18-20 days to form and install a habit. I recently saw one of my friends turn his material future from desperation to fortune in 18 days.

It required an absolutely single minded focus, a true believe in the system and circumstances to match his persona and qualifications and the acceptance in his thoughts that he could do this.
In the process he took a bunch of his friends from a materially insecure future to a huge window of opportunity they are quickly securing.

I think Galileo was pretty much on target with his observation of helping versus teaching. There are people who liken the mind to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth the results of the approach. You can choose to cultivate your own garden, hire a professional to do it for you or let it run wild.

Whatever your present environment and circumstance may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision and your focus.

4 Comments

  1. tommylee

    Focus and the will to understand and not just take for granted are the two cornerstones to feed the thought process into creation according to my friend Winston Churchill. This was in contrast to “to be or not to be” by William Shakespeare, yet personally I think there is a balance between circumstance and action.

    There's a saying that what you don't know you can't “see” or recognize. Although there may be truth in that perception, we need to keep in mind that inventions and discoveries are based on the steadfast believe it is possible. Your friend that turned his future upside down in 18 days didn't have to “invent” but merely “re-invent” himself, apply the will to understand and the absolute focus on the accomplishment. Still, my hat off for his belief in his re-invention.

  2. publisher_sa

    It is also the philosophy behind online success. Sell what people are already buying! We're living in an age of repurposing. Kind of putting the train on a circle track for a while, so we can catch up with all the possibilities and opportunities created in the past 150 years. Inventing is a much longer drawn out process with a deeper learning curve and not given to everyone. If re-inventing finds new markets, there are many opportunities. As an economist I grew up with the theories of scarcity; re-invention and communication technology have now started to give access to abundance. It's an interesting turn of events when anyone driven by focus and circumstance can shift a life around in 18 days.

  3. tommylee

    Focus and the will to understand and not just take for granted are the two cornerstones to feed the thought process into creation according to my friend Winston Churchill. This was in contrast to “to be or not to be” by William Shakespeare, yet personally I think there is a balance between circumstance and action.

    There's a saying that what you don't know you can't “see” or recognize. Although there may be truth in that perception, we need to keep in mind that inventions and discoveries are based on the steadfast believe it is possible. Your friend that turned his future upside down in 18 days didn't have to “invent” but merely “re-invent” himself, apply the will to understand and the absolute focus on the accomplishment. Still, my hat off for his belief in his re-invention.

  4. publisher_sa

    It is also the philosophy behind online success. Sell what people are already buying! We're living in an age of repurposing. Kind of putting the train on a circle track for a while, so we can catch up with all the possibilities and opportunities created in the past 150 years. Inventing is a much longer drawn out process with a deeper learning curve and not given to everyone. If re-inventing finds new markets, there are many opportunities. As an economist I grew up with the theories of scarcity; re-invention and communication technology have now started to give access to abundance. It's an interesting turn of events when anyone driven by focus and circumstance can shift a life around in 18 days.

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