THINKING THOUGHTS ABOUT THOUGHTS

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“AS A MAN THINKETH”

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes
Mahatma Gandhi

 

What do we do more than anything else? The answer, I think, is… we think. Think, think, think. That’s what we’re always doing, even while reading this.

But what do we think about most of the time? Do we even know? Maybe that’s something worthwhile to think about. I think it's fair to say that the mental act of thinking is neither good nor bad. Rather, it’s what we think about that has consequences for what might be considered good or bad (to our happiness).

So, the question is; how much do we reflect on what we think? Do we even know why we think what we think? Who and what are we reacting too, and why? Can we see a trend; a certain predisposition of what thoughts our mind defaults too when it's not intentionally focused? Is it predominantly productive or more of a lazy mind?

The fact is, if we wish to be sovereign over our lives and to know ourselves, we must become aware of what we are thinking. Why? Because it’s our thoughts that ultimately create our reality. Thoughts aren’t just thoughts. They become things, events and circumstances by which we live our lives. In fact, these aggregations of thoughts become the very substance of our spiritual being and determine the quality of our character.

Proverbs 23:7 states: As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. In 1903, English writer James Allen wrote a book simply called As a Man Thinketh. In it he writes: As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains…. a man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

Our thoughts have consequences because they are the filters to how we view life. Thoughts of victimhood will make you a victim because you believe you are a victim. The same goes for entitlement without responsibity, which is often how many in this world seem to think. It's no mistake that Karl Marx’s ideological empire was based on these disempoering thoughts.

And so, victimhood, envy, fear and resentment became the reality for millions in this world… just as the ego would have it. Because of this, 150 million lives were sacrificed in the 20th century. Does this not illustrate how important it is to examine our thoughts?

On the contrary, thoughts of prosperity, love, and gratitude become the harbingers to prosperity, however, it might manifest, be it friends, family, creativity, happiness, etc.

In my case, prosperity and success in writing a series of seven novels while creating a successful blog site. Who knows, perhaps all my writing will make me a few dollars someday. But then, that’s not the point; my abundance is creating what I’ve set out to create. (However, if Netflix wants to produce a ten-part video series out of my novel series, I won’t say no… if the price is right.

Unfortunately, much of our world today is filled with thoughts of fear, division and anger, whereby we pollute the field of our consciousness (noosphere). MSM and much of social media reflect this toxicity as it heaps more and more garbage thinking upon us, and as it's often said, Garbage In, Garbage Out (GI-GO).

If we choose to think negative thoughts, our world can become negative and fearful. If we think positive thoughts, our world becomes positive and loving. As the ancient Egyptian maxim states “as within, so without.

Seems obvious enough, and yet it seems few understand this basic principle. There is a proverb that tells us to guard our hearts more than any treasure for it is the source of all life. What do we guard our hearts against? It's our thoughts? We must be vigilant with what thoughts we allow to take residence in our minds so don't compromise our life's happiness. For further discussion on this see Guard Your Heart https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/guard-your-heart    

Once we’re aware of this, we become empowered by intentionally choosing what thoughts we wish to think or not think. That’s when our happiness becomes a choice; do we choose happy thoughts or unhappy thoughts. It’s our choice: happiness or unhappiness.

When we have differences, we need to step back and ask: would we rather be ‘right’ or be happy? If our undefinedpreference is to be happy, we will be more predisposed to release our ego’s need to win the argument. So, when we find ourselves distressed by our thoughts, we need to become aware of what’s behind this “choosing again" by displacing negative thoughts with what's positive.

I can think of no better psychological method to accomplish this than by practising Holodynamics techniques. For information on this, go to, HOLODYNAMICS https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/art-of-holodynamics  

I’m not suggesting it’s always easy to reprogramme the mind. Often it takes discipline and awareness before positive thoughts solidify into waking consciousness. But as we make the effort, over time we eventually succeed provided our heart is in it. If our heart isn’t, then our mind will remain lost, unhinged and confused.

Thoughts must be subordinate to the heart. Though the mind is necessary and essential for life, still, unto itself, it’s not sufficient but requires union with the heart.

The heart (or soul), is our portal to divine love. And so, when the mind enters into full union with the heart, they become one. This is what it means to be ‘full-hearted.’ It’s not just about knowledge, but a synthesis where wisdom emerges. For more on this topic see Union of Heart and Mind
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/union-of-heart-and-mind  

In becoming ‘fullhearted’ we remain thankful, grateful and appreciative by allowing the heart to provide whatever leadership and inspiration the mind needs. Read more about this in the post, Sowing Happy Seeds of Gratitude https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/sowing-happy-seeds-of-gratitude   

We don’t have to settle for what’s out there, even when so much negativity seems to impinge itself on us. We can shut down all that doesn’t feel good rather than feeding the ‘pain-body.’ So, run in the other direction from whatever doesn’t make us feel good. Turn off the TV and seek out high-vibe thoughts in nature walks, meditation, inspirational literature, quality videos, uplifting music, happy friends, etc. See the post Raise your Vibe https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe  

Remember, the thoughts we think are not neutral, each has its own vibe or frequency. Just like radios become attuned to what sound waves they receive and transmit, so do we receive and transmit thoughts. As sound waves have their frequency, likewise the thoughts we chose to receive and transmit have their own conscious frequency and calibration. For more on this, go to How Conscious are you? https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/how-conscious-are-you  

Our divine Source is love, not fear, and so to be fulfilled as conscious beings, we need to seek out the happy zone for which we were created. How do we know where that might be? A good place to start is to find where love is, and fear is not. To do this we must become aware of where we’ve attuned our hearts and minds, and consequently, what we’re thinking. We must learn to choose our thoughts rather than intruding, unwanted thoughts choose us. For more on this, go to the post Choose Again.
https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/choose-again  

It's helpful to remember that our ego’s delusions, if allowed, will keep us disempowered in a negative swamp because that’s what it does best. With permission, I’ve included the following essay by Marie-Ève Bonneau, a psychotherapist and writer that speaks of the distractions that lead us astray and what reconnects us to our divine Presence within. 

 

Unwinding the Mind: Reconnecting to Presence
 

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It’s not our deepest being that is afflicted, confused, lost, or fragmented. It is our minds.

Mind is looping, spun out, hung up, locked down. Mind is keeping us anywhere but here, attached to our stories, leading us astray, weaving fallacies, taking us away from the beauty of beingness that is continually shining through us as us.

Mind has stories of every kind, every colour, stories of what’s working, stories of what’s broken, stories about stories, even stories about how we are awakening, how we’re ascending. 

Mind running rampant is hooked, invested, transfixed, bewildered, obsessed, distracted... Even our noblest of journeys at its mercy can get distilled into repetitive, canned stories.

The treasure in the centre of the room is obstructed by thousands of stories spinning, never-ending, never truly progressing. Stories of self, stories of past, stories of the future. Never arriving, always sidestepping, clinging, grasping, controlling...and all the while the shining beauty of the One is trampled like a precious flower on the roadway of mind.

Never arriving, always striving, perpetually missing the quench of the Holy, mind bypasses the present for an ever-elusive ‘something better’ that never comes.

A sign of an awakening mind is one that is less transfixed by the stories, less consumed by the thoughts and thinking, more in touch with the felt simplicity and realness of this present moment.

Entranced beings lose touch with beingness and then run to’ and fro’ trying to find that which they are that they’ve lost touch with.

Stories are mistaken for reality. Mind is mistaken for the source of life. A false god is being worshipped. 

Overfed but undernourished: There is no amount of thinking or contrivance of mind that can connect us to the true essence of our beings.

We don’t need more mental constructs or ideas, or formulas. We need tastes of what’s real. We need to step back from thought—many are not even our own. We must release our fixation with thinking and bring devoted attention to any other touchstone of reality.

Too much thinking obstructs the senses, dulls the ears, the eyes, taste, and touch. We become disembodied mental chatterboxes caught in old tracks that aren’t even true, and these untruths can hijack months, years, lifetimes.

The wind in the leaves. When is the last time you watched and truly saw the wind flutter leaves?

Bare feet on earth. This sensation can stir your heart and your whole body awake if you let it.

Breath. Connect to this sacred simple thread of life that chooses you again and again. It is choosing you now. 

Please come back to what is real. Allow your mind to unwind. 

Presence awaits you with the most exquisite tenderness. She will make you whole, dissolve your imagined woes, and return you to the peace that is encoded in your innermost being. 

What you need is what is here now. Not what thinking tells you that you need. What is truly needed—unconditional sustenance for your body, heart, and soul.

As long as your cup is overfilled, there is no room for the Holy. It is the Holy that will give you what all your mind stories will not. 

The grace of God is never not here. Give your self back to your Self. 

Marie-Ève Bonneau
June 2020
http://centeredwithin.org/about  

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The following posts on this blog site are related to this topic of thinking. See these posts:
 
The Ego Mask https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/the-ego-mask 

Plato or Aristotle https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/plato-and-aristotle  

Choose Again https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/choose-again 

 

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For more profound thoughts on thinking, read these quotes:
 

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. Plato

You can't change who you are, but you can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you're thinking about, you can put some fresh air in your brain. Ernesto Bertarelli

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less. Rick Warren

What a man thinks in his spirit in the world, that he does after his departure from the world when he becomes a spirit. Emanuel Swedenborg

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. Voltaire

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. Alice Walker

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. George S. Patton

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT

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This the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.

To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm 

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The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews 

"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”

"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"

“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"

“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”

“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."

"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."

 “N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."

"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"

“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”

“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”

“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”

“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.

“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”

“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)

“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.”  (CLARION REVIEW) 

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