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The Power Of Thought - Part One

The power of thought is independent of our power of will. We do not create thought; we choose thought. We have the power–through free will Thought–to choose any thought, with any content. Yet, we do not have the power to choose the content, which includes the quality, or the effect. As well, neither can we change the power of the thought/s we choose.

This is a fundamental clarification in understanding how we create our own experience of life, and how, by using our innate and infinite power of choice, we virtually create our lives, moment-to-moment, thought-to-thought, through the thoughts we are choosing. All this is done completely free from any other variable.

For instance, every hour of every day, there are video and radio waves (or signals) being broadcast into the atmosphere around our planet by innumerable television and radio stations. Without an instrument for receiving and translating these signals, we would be completely unaware of their existence, as well as their usefulness. With our sophisticated receivers, we are able to pick up (or gather) the signals from numerous transmission sites. With cable, many people have several hundred television channels, directly wired into their homes. With our best receivers, we are only able to view two stations, (on very sophisticated and expensive television receivers), or listen to one radio station at one time per receiver. The “signal” we watch or listen to is TOTALLY our choice. We choose the signal, not the content of the signal. If we change our mind about watching or listening to that signal, we choose another signal, and, this time, if we like the “content” we continue to experience that signal until the signal is useless, or unnecessary to us.

So it is with Thought.

Universal thoughts are around us everywhere, all the time. They are broadcast by the Universal Mind; the source of all thought. Our “receiver” is our mechanism called “Thought”. It is a two-way sender-receiver through which we choose the thought we desire to use. The repeated use of this “mechanism” brings about thinking habits. These are consistent, repeated ways of thinking that create consistent repeated ways of behaving. It’s like setting pre-sets on our radio or television.

Our brain is a physical organ like the heart or lungs. They do what they are told to do, and performs specific functions. The brain is the physical apparatus through which the thoughts are translated into the physical world. This is similar to how the mechanism of the radio turns radio waves into sound, or the radio waves into pictures in a television. In similar fashion, both the radio and the brain turn formless energy into form, dictated by the formless energy we choose to use. These are functions that we do not understand through scientific means, but never-the-less they exist.

Through the illustration of a common, every day experience, we can see the operation of choosing, through our mechanism of Thought, the thought we will “use” at every given moment.

Can you recall your last experience when you were picking fruit from a bin at the grocery store. You were using your free will to choose which fruit you wanted. You had no power to determine the freshness, quality, taste, or eventual energy you would get from the fruit. Those were all determined before you entered the store. What you did determine was what fruit you wanted. You determined, by your thinking preferences, what fruit you would buy; what size, quality, color, freshness, or ripeness. You chose or discarded the fruit as you sorted through it--all based on YOUR Thought structure about fruit. If you were able to videotape each time you selected fruit over several months, and then you viewed the videotape, you would find that you probably went through the selection process the same way each time. This is thought habit.

The different parts of our characters; such as; habits, wants, or preferences, are determined by our individualized, personal, self-determined Thought structures. We call the repetitive behavioral manifestations of these Thought structures, physical habits. How we see the world is our creation. The experience we are having moment-to-moment is determined by our Thought structure; at that moment. And, like our selection of fruit; our selection of thoughts becomes repetitive, common and predictable.

Our Thought structure begins before birth as we respond to the physical world, and begin to form our patterns of “personal” thinking from the stimulus around us. The stroking of a mother on her belly will draw the child to the sensation. From within the womb, the child begins to communicate with what is “outside” of it. This developing Thought structure is usually pleasant and rewarding. Many infants are even playful at times, pushing with their hands or feet from within, and then moving around to different places as the mother responds.

On the negative side, it is important to briefly reflect on the data that shows that infants in the womb withdraw and tighten up in the fetal position as they respond to negative stimuli from the outside world. The mother’s physiological changes; when she is in harm’s way, or experiencing critical psychological issues, effect the infant negatively. Both of these circumstances effect blood flow and exchange, oxygen content, nutritional content, hormonal balance/imbalance, and a number of other factors that unborn children recognize and respond to negatively, through thought, before they have entered this world.

“We are stuck with what we got!” To most people, our early life socialization and conditioning appears to be “cast in stone”, immutable and unchangeable. There’s a good reason it appears this way. This is the way that it was presented to us. For many of us, our early “physical world” experiences were hurtful and dangerous. We were “always” getting into trouble–for things we either didn’t know about, or didn’t understand.

For instance, do you remember getting potty trained? Or when you decided to take off your clothes and run naked through the neighborhood? Or when you discovered certain “unmentionable” parts of your body and then proceeded to announce your discovery to the world? What about all the times you “wouldn’t” mind, or when you didn’t move fast enough, or were clumsy, or “didn’t” do it right. In all these situations and to many more to list, we may have been punished, or “disciplined”, or yelled at, or talked down to, or shamed in any number of ways. More often than not, we were told what “thinking” we were to use–and it was usually ADULT thinking that we couldn’t even understand. Most everything we have learned about living in our physical bodies, was “told” to us by someone else–usually bigger and more powerful than us.

D. Tully

Part Two Continued next month...


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