The power of thoughts – 1

From the article “The fundamental law of the universe“, we know that as souls, we all have the power to create our individual lives. Our primary tool of creation is our thoughts.

Our current life is a result of all our past thoughts:

  1. thoughts in previous lives
  2. thoughts in this life up to this moment

We are talking about thoughts. But it does not mean that actions and words are not important. They are also very important. But behind both words and actions lie thoughts. Without a thought, you cannot speak or do. The thoughts when repeated over a period of time gain power and then manifest themselves as words and actions. For example: when somebody hurts you, you think bad thoughts about the other person. However, you may not utter them out immediately, may be to avoid escalation of conflict. However, if you keep thinking about the same thoughts over and over again, you’ll not be able to stop the thoughts from manifesting; they’ll have accumulated enough power to get manifested as words. If you don’t stop there and keep thinking hurtful thoughts, they will manifest as actions e.g. hitting the other person or planning to kill the other person etc.

Similarly, if you always think of helping poor people, one day the thoughts will become powerful enough to present you opportunities to get involved in some philanthropic work. If you don’t get involved in any philanthropic work even when you have been talking about it for a long time, it may communicate that you were not “serious” with or “invested” in your words. The words were superficial. You were not thinking of helping them. Probably, you were just trying to sound philanthropic or virtuous. Or you just wanted to vent out at other people for not helping poor people. But if you are serious, or in other words, your “dhyaan” or “consciousness” actually lies behind these thoughts, then gradually these thoughts will gain power and one day, the power will be enough to manifest in the physical domain i.e. you will get involved in some philanthropic work.

So, we can say that

Our current life or situation is just the cumulative effect of all our past thoughts.

It is very important to understand and even more importantly, to ACCEPT this statement. We spend our life cursing other people or random events for bad or not-so-good things happening in our lives. We always want the best for us but the best doesn’t always happen. When it doesn’t, which is mostly the case, we blame others or blame our luck. We tend to avoid the responsibility of the outcome.

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The primary requirement to use this law for your benefit in your life is that you accept it as true. Once you accept it, you have to accept that no one else is responsible for anything in your life, except you. If you haven’t gotten what you wanted, the lack lies in you.

Now, it is clear that you should stop blaming others for anything wrong in your life but it does not mean that you start cursing yourself. That won’t help. The idea is to accept the responsibility and learn from your past. Reflect where you went wrong. Cursing (which is a negative activity and thus dark in nature and thus not in line with your true self) will not help make your life happier or more successful. You have to be forgiving to yourself, just as you have to be forgiving to others. It is true that you might have committed a lot of mistakes or carried bad feelings for others, which, in turn, have shaped your life but at the same time, every moment of life you have is a gift from God to change yourself for the better, to steer your life in newer and better direction. Every breath is a testament to the faith of God in you to grow and move towards your true self.

Once you accept the responsibility of the present situation, you allow yourself a glorious opportunity to learn from it. Now that you know that you are responsible for some not-so-good things, you may want to sit back and reflect where you went wrong. You don’t need to ask anyone. You may choose to ask but it is not necessary. You just need to reflect within and if your reflection is genuine and sincere, your heart will guide you and tell you where the problem lies. You’ll need to listen to it. And then have the courage to implement the change it requires you to make. It is always difficult to change but again, you will have a choice between difficult happiness and easy sadness. The same choice that you probably had in the past but chose the latter one. If you again chose the easy path, you’ll encounter sadness again, probably in increased measure. The sadness is not a punishment for your action. It is just a consequence or an indicator to you that you are making the wrong choice. The pain and the sadness in life are required because we change only in their presence. If we could change and grow towards our actual selves without them, there would not be any need of them.

Each and every thought contributes to our destiny:

Minute by minute, second by second, I am creating this life. No thought goes waste. Each takes me closer to my self-created destiny.

“Sow a thought, reap an idea;
sow an idea, reap an action;
sow an action, reap a habit;
sow a habit, reap a character;
sow a character, reap a fate;
sow a fate, reap a destiny.”

Our life, our circumstances, our destiny are just reflections or consequences of our thoughts.

It begins with a thought in the mind, which if given attention (“dhyaan”), becomes an idea.

This idea, if thought about (repetition of thoughts), would result in an action. There are always several ideas in our minds but we execute only the ones we care about, we think about.

Actions when repeated build up habits. For example: habits of studying at specific times, exercising, eating, drinking etc. Our life is a collection of habits. To perform an action which has become a habit requires much less effort than a new action. In the beginning, morning walk seems a big task but as we develop a habit of it, it becomes very natural. Even our body adjusts to waking up early and going for a walk. Similarly, our eating, drinking, speaking, walking habits are all formed by repetition of actions.

These habits when exercised over a long period of time become our point of view or character. We intuitively think about things in this way. For example: if we help people regularly, it will first become a habit that we’ll naturally feel inclined to help others. Over a period of time, this habit will become so ingrained in our life that it will manifest in the form of our character. We’ll think, talk and act in a way to help others. It will be as if our entire life is based on the thought of helping others. Similarly, if we always doubts others or wish bad for others or nitpick or crib, such actions repeated over a period of time will become our habits and then gradually our character. We meet people who are able to nitpick in even the most magnanimous of acts. Why? Because their view-point or the lens through which they view the world or their character has become one of finding faults.

Our character or our point of view or our state of mind determines what we get in life. In our everyday lives, we see some people do less than others but still get wealth and success more than others. The reason is that what we get in life is not the result of only our current actions or our actions in the last month. What we get is the result of our character, which, in turn, is the result of all our past thoughts and actions. So, these people are reaping rewards for their part karma or actions.

An example would help here:

When we look at people who achieve success very early in life or with less efforts, we call them “lucky” because we don’t know and thus don’t take into account all their past karma. We fail to take into account that the outcomes are the result of our character i.e. the accumulation of all our past actions and thus, we label these people “lucky”.

Similarly, there are people who understand things very fast and perform well in the academics. Such a person, after studying for half an hour, may score more marks than another person who may study for ten hours. In this case, we call the former person “intelligent”. But how did he build his intelligence? Isn’t intelligence accumulated hard work? The person who studies only 30 minutes this time may have studied for months and years to grow his intelligence. In a similar way, the person who is taking ten hours now, also has the opportunity to become intelligent if he continues to work hard.

But, in order to avoid responsibility, we call intelligence “inlaid” so that we don’t blame ourselves for our lack of intelligence. But in doing this, we also take away the opportunity from ourselves to grow, to work hard and become an intelligent person.

If we believe that God created this universe and we all came out of him, we also need to believe that we are souls and thus, have the power to create our lives. We should appreciate others who are getting happiness, success and wealth in life for they have thought those thoughts and performed those actions which have led them towards happiness, success and wealth. We also should accept the responsibility of our actions and perform actions in line with what we want in life.

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