In an on-going quest to master my own mind, I have thought a lot about the power of our thoughts.
There is a momentum that occurs when you get focused on something: your thoughts pick up steam, adding to themselves. If you are worried, that tends to attract more things to be worried about (yikes!). If you are happy and eager, that tends to attract more to feel happy and eager about.
It takes presence of mind to really catch the direction one’s thoughts are headed. Abraham-Hicks frequently explains that there are two ways you can tell: by how you feel, and by the results that show up in your life.
For instance, I am going to stop right now and examine my current thoughts and feelings. Here is what is going on under the hood, so to speak:
I just enjoyed sitting out on the porch with my wife, enjoying the cool breezy evening and the wind blowing through the trees, watching the passerbys, being cozy in our warm clothes. I am feeling relieved, earlier today I got triggered by something trivial and was all wound up, but I consciously un-wound myself, then I watched some TV shows for awhile to cool down. It worked! My wife is making us tea and we are going to play cards after I finish this blog post. All in all, I feel calm, relieved, and appreciative.
All in all, my mood is calm and appreciative, like I said. That is a good sign! That suggests a positive mindstate, and a positive mindstate tends to produce more things to feel positive about. Also, clearly I went through some internal stress today, but I worked my way through it. That suggests self-awareness. Relief is a lessening of stress, and a sense of well-being returned after having been pinched off. A release of resistant thought is usually a good sign, because it suggests being open to receiving.
The good news is, we always have the power to check whether our thoughts are headed in the direction of what is wanted or what is not. You can pay attention to the thoughts, feelings, and manifestations that are showing up in your life right now. Are they enjoyable? Are they pleasant? Or are they something else? Wanted or unwanted, results indicate where your focus has been, and whether you have been allowing yourself to receive what you want or not.
I don’t think there is (yet) widespread recognition of the power of our thoughts. Yet every single person is living proof of the power of thoughts, because their life experience correlates exactly on some level with those thoughts.
If people only knew the power they have to shape their life through conscious focus, what wonderful lives everyone could have!