Jul 15, 2019
You don't have any control over the fact that you breathe (although you can control your breath…to some degree).
You don't have control over the fact that your stomach can digest food (although you can control what you put in it…to some degree).
You don’t have control over the fact that you think (although you can control what you do with the thoughts you have…to some degree).
The universal principle of thought is the energy of thought and thought is the price you pay for being conscious.
I'll make the above paragraph clearer for you.
Have you ever been under anaesthetic?
When you were under, how much time did you spend worrying about paying the electricity bill or the row you had that morning with your significant other?
Because you have to be conscious to have a thought.
Therefore if you are conscious, you think.
You are not in control of the fact that you think, you simply do.
You are not even in control of the content of your thinking. Random thoughts bubble into your mind with such regularity that you barely pay any attention to the vast majority of them.
The thoughts that ‘get you’ are the thoughts you pay attention to.
I will share with you this American Indian parable which sums this psychological fact perfectly.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Remember, (personal) thought is an ability, not a reality.
It is the medium through which you create your personal reality.
It is personal, not general.
Not only is it your own personal thinking, it's not even reality!
Your reality belongs to you and you alone.
As the great Sydney Banks once said…
‘Life is what you think it is’.
What do you think your life is?
Remember, you get to decide how you view your life and nobody else can do that for you.
It’s your movie, take care with what you are projecting.
Peter McLinton: Clarity (3P) Coach and Mentor