Harness Your Thoughts – You Are What You Think You Are


This is an excerpt from an eBook  I wrote a few years back, enjoy. It was inspired and informed by James Allen’s “As A Man Thinketh”

You are what you think you are – rich, poor, slovenly, useful, use-less, shrewd, stupid, knowledgeable. However, if you think too hard about it, you may just realize that you have no idea what this means.

If we are what we think we are, then why can’t I think of myself as the person that has Jennifer Anniston’s body, Oprah Winfrey’s money, and a friends list as long as Tila Tequila’s – and make it all reality?

Well actually you can be and have all of that and more, if only you would take the time to manage your thoughts. Everything that you want to see, do, and be is in reality and actuality quite possible through thinking “aright”. Unfortunately, most of us are not masters of our own minds and are content to let our thoughts drift like so much flotsam and jetsam. Were we to harness and control our thoughts, not only would we become self-aware, but we would create an unstoppable success train!

Your Mind is a garden and if you do not cultivate it then someone or something will (and not in a good way, believe me).

This means that if you don’t plant the seeds yourself then you will most likely end up with a garden full of weeds.

Truly successful men and women know this: “Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.

To control your thoughts means also to not be contrary in your thoughts. Metaphysicians teach us that we must prepare for the thing that we hope for – so we cannot hope for the best of times, all the while preparing for the worst. Nor can we anticipate an avalanche of abundance with one part of our minds, while our fingers Google debt consolidation loan options, or bankruptcy lawyers.

This contrariness causes blockage in the channels we use to turn thoughts into substantive things. You are what you think you are, and in the end, you will get only that which you think you deserve.

In “As a Man Thinketh” we are given three examples of contrariness in thought. The first is a man who lives in poverty and “is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved, yet all the time he shirks his work, and considers he is justified in trying to deceive his employer on the ground of the insufficiency of his wages. Such a man does not understand the simplest rudiments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity, and is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness, but is actually attracting to himself a still deeper wretchedness by dwelling in, and acting out, indolent, deceptive, and unmanly thoughts.”

The second example is that of a rich man who is eating himself to death and “wants to gratify his taste for rich and unnatural viands and have his health as well. Such a man is totally unfit to have health, because he has not yet learned the first principles of a healthy life.

Lastly we have a crooked employer who places large profits above the well being of his employees. He is “altogether unfitted for prosperity, and when he finds himself bankrupt, both as regards reputation and riches, he blames circumstances, not knowing that he is the sole author of his condition.”

So we see that “man is the causer (though nearly always unconsciously) of his circumstances, and that, whilst aiming at a good end, he is continually frustrating its accomplishment by encouraging thoughts and desires which cannot possibly harmonize with that end.”

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*Inspired by James Allen’s “As A Man Thinketh”

I was moved to post this by a conversation that I had with Re over at badgalsradio about the Rihanna/ Chris Brown situation, and why women stay with men who abuse them.

The phrase “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all of his thoughts.

For example when I was a child of 9 or so years, I was told (in an angry and tearful way) that I was just like my father – I did not know what this meant (that I had curly hair? fairer skin than my siblings? A deep love and respect for the written word?), but I knew that it was not a good thing to be “just like” the good looking ladies man known as “Pops” (Daddy was an OG for real).

I grew up with this negative self-image (please be careful what you say to children, as they will continue to live up to your words long after you have forgotten that you said them).

I over ate throughout my childhood (probably so that I would not be anywhere near good looking because obviously that was a bad thing). You see I had been given a negative self-image and I kept this image for years (I live off of the residuals still), so because I thought of myself as a “bad” person I was sometimes a very bad person.

In some cultures, children are told (beginning in the womb) how smart, pretty, handsome and talented they are and the great heights they will scale in adulthood. These children grow into successful adults because they already think that they are beautiful, successful and prosperous human beings.

“A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harbouring of groveling thoughts.”

We see this in victims of child abuse; whether said abuse is verbal, physical or sexual. These children:

  • are often very sexually active
  • prone to abuse alcohol and drugs
  • May end up being abusers themselves.

Why is this? The very act of, and the circumstances which arise out of abuse removes the ability to cultivate a good self image – how can one grow a rose among the weeds?

So, the abused person is abused a second time by their own inability to think good thoughts about themselves and therefore “by the abuse and wrong application of thought” they descend “below the level of the beast” in some aspects of their lives.

It is a testament to the power of our minds and thought itself that we are able to rise above and erase the set of negative thought images planted in our youth and forge a new set of success thoughts for ourselves. As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so do all of our actions and experiences spring from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.

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