Chapter 12: Direct your thoughts
It is not so much what happens to you as how you think about what happens. —Epictetus
Thinking is an active verb; it means you are actively using your mind to intelligently process, consider, and reason about something whereas thoughts are just compulsive, random, conditioned, and never-ending mind chatter coming and going. You might not have control over your thoughts coming and going, but you do have control over what you think about. Don’t you? You have the power at any time to consciously think about whatever you want. That’s everybody’s rightful gift: the freedom to think. The gift of thinking we humans possess is by far one of the greatest miracles we possess. Invisible thoughts can and do shape our outer physical reality. The building blocks of life itself are thoughts.
Thoughts by their very nature are invisible silent images darting in and out of our mind at a rate of roughly 35–48 per minute, or 50,000–70,000 per day – an amazing feat in itself. The factory of our mind is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year producing thought after thought after thought after thought. With roughly 95% of our thoughts being fictional stories made up in our heads, we live a silent life inside our heads with thoughts that are unreal. Draining our mental capacity of thoughts of the past events that we cannot do anything about and anticipating future events that we cannot do anything about, we seldom think about the present moment, which we have full control over.
How many times does your mind wander off thinking about the past and the future, stealing your present moments away lost in thought? One productive technique to combat this habit of compulsive thinking is to begin to train your mind to think deeply about the present moment, which is always ‘now’. I encourage you to read the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The now is the only moment you can do anything about. You can only act in the present moment, not in the past or the future. Focus your thinking on the present moment and the present actions you can take. By aligning your thinking to the present moment, you will become more focused on it and bring a certain quality to your life and actions.
Think your dream into reality
How can you use the power of thought to manifest your dreams into reality? First is becoming absolutely clear about what it is you want to bring about. Second is forming a clear image in your mind of that dream. Next is thinking about that very clear image constantly. By always thinking about your dreams, you start programming your conscious mind and, most importantly, your subconscious mind. Imprinting your subconscious mind with the image of your dream, you start the process of changing your mental paradigm of where you are to where you want to be. You start the process of changing your current perception of reality to the reality you want to manifest and the new identity you will assume. Bringing the future forwards in your head, you begin to see reality as you want it to be instead of how it is. The final step in thinking your dream into reality is taking the actions that bridge your current reality to the reality of your dreams.
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
- You have the power at any time to consciously think about whatever you want.
- Invisible thoughts can and do shape our outer physical reality.
- Think deeply about the present moment, which is always ‘now’.
- Think your dream into reality.