Wisdom of the ages – Budda on ‘your thoughts’ – the first step to the rest of your life
By – Dwight Lilly
The following words of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha perfectly capture the essence of thought power:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
In a nutshell, your life is the perfect mirror of your thoughts, beliefs and dominant mental attitude. Whether you realize it or not you are already creating your reality through your thought power. Every effect you see in your outside world has its original cause within you – no exceptions. To gain access to the greatest creative power at your disposal, you must learn to control the nature of your habitual thoughts and to align yourself with the One Source of All Power of which you are a part. Your thoughts create your reality – know, internalize and apply this Truth and you will see your life transform in miraculous ways.
Beginning when I was in my early 20’s I was fascinated by books such as “As A Man Thinketh” , “The Greatest Secret” and “Think And Grow Rich”, a common thread among all of them was the first word in the title “Think”. The problem with those books was that they were right, yet ignored a key ingredient; it takes more than a good idea or concept to set men free to soar with the eagles. And the chains that prevent the soaring are welded to the negative subconscious programming of the human brain.
The subconscious is an unthinking robot, what ever it is programmed with it accepts and acts on whether destructive or emboldening. The programming of our mind begins in the womb, carries forward through infancy, where we are subjected to the verbal and non verbal messaging from our parents and other adults around us. Before the age of three our beliefs are set in stone, and they will control us for the rest of our lives, limiting us or unleashing us, all dependent on the content of our subconscious minds.
Yes, we pick up subconsciously the messages and beliefs and hold onto them our entire lives…unless we stop and listen and change. It’s not easy changing a childhood of programming let alone decades added on, but it not only is it possible, but the only path forward (if the goal is to to unleash the powers) that are covered in the books mentioned or others like them. You are the sum total of these past programmed believes. Success and happiness has nothing to do with one’s perceived weaknesses, the most successful people, the ones soaring, had to go through an ‘unchaining process’.
If you want to soar the choice is yours. The first step is taking a personal inventory and GPS reading of where you are at in life and where you would like to be. What you want in your life. So grab a three ring binder and jot down on the top of the first page the following — “How I define success in my life”. Then begin writing down the answers that flows forth. Spend time each day for a week revisiting the list. Meditate on it, pray on it, ponder it. Add to it. Refine it some more.
More in this blog going forward about these keys to success and happiness,
Until next time…
Dwight Lilly is a retired businessman from a humble beginning, a community leader, writer and radio show host. His writings can be found at www.downtherabbitholemedia.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org