“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
I feel as though I circle around this notion day after day. I seem to keep coming back to it almost every time I sit down to write. Perhaps that is because I want to drive it home to myself, and say it often enough that you will take notice of how you are thinking at any given moment of the day. It is not experience that drives our thoughts, it is our thoughts that drive our experience.
Again, our thinking brain is responsible. The human brain is made for constant thinking. I watch the dogs in my keeping, and with the exception of ideas like “squirrel,” and “cookie,” and being quite accurate at keeping track of time, especially time related to food, they don't seem to think about a whole lot. They observe, they sleep, they play, but they don't worry. Only humans fret inside their heads.
We are capable of imagining whole new worlds of which we have no knowledge or experience. Think about writers like Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling, who made up not only fantastic worlds, but, in the case of Tolkien, entirely new languages. We have powers of imagination that far outstrip our experience. So it's not surprising that we create our world to fit our thinking.
The problem comes when we don't appreciate the fact that our thoughts drive our actions, and we assume that our reality is the only valid one; our truth, the only acceptable truth. Then we are capable of condemning entire swaths of people simply because they don't fit our definition of how things should be. As a species, we have done, and continue to do atrocious things in the name of “Truth.”
That is why we need to go back to leaders like Gandhi, like Martin Luther King, Jr., to relearn the lessons of thought and action. There is no power on earth like that of the human mind. When it is filled with compassion, acceptance, and an irrepressible will toward good, there is no force that can stop it. When it is filled with fear, suspicion and hatred, it wreaks immeasurable harm.
Let this be a day of kind thoughts, of optimistic thoughts. Thoughts, like everything else in the universe, are energetic in nature. They go out from us to join the thought-energy of others. We can add to the positive field, or we can add to the negative field of thought-energy. How we think will determine our experience this day. Will your thoughts be encouraging or pessimistic?
In the Spirit,