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In this post, I discuss the subject of what thoughts we choose to think as a follow up to the post a couple of weeks ago on our thinking habits. See THINKING THOUGHTS ABOUT THOUGHTS https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/thinking-thoughs-about-thoughts
Specifically, this post is about becoming more aware that we have the ability to choose the thoughts we wish to think. At times it's difficult not to dwell on mind-numbing thoughts that often intrude into our minds. But when we realize we can displace these unhappy thoughts by choosing thoughts of higher frequencies, we become vastly empowered. Unless, of course, we choose to remain in thoughts of fear and victimhood as some prefer, consciously or unconsciously.
Choosing again sounds simple, and yet hardly anyone understands what that means because we default to our old habits of undisciplined, semi-conscious thinking. There is an 'art' to thought, and it consists mainly of self-awareness. We must remain aware of what thoughts we identify with because if we don't, they will choose us. This requires an exercise of our will. Do we prefer to wallow in thoughts of misery or to lift our thoughts into gratitude? See Sowing Happy Seeds of Gratitude https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/sowing-happy-seeds-of-gratitude
In my previous post on thoughts, I emphasized how our thoughts determine who we are. As the proverb states ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” In this, I emphasize how we can determine our thoughts. So, in essence, by determining our thoughts, we determine who we are. To illustrate this concept of ‘choosing again,’ I have included an excerpt from chapter nine of my yet unpublished fifth novel; Elysium’s Passage: Mystical Romance.
This dialogue, between James and Julie, however, requires some explanation since each exist in a higher dimension on earth. James’ third dimension body remains in a coma in London which they affectionately refer to as the fall guy since he (James) fell down a mountain abyss. Julie is embodied here as Julianne’s super-consciousness. James is in love with Julianne, his nurse in London, but has just met her doppelganger, Julie, the night before at a gala party of extraterrestrial human beings held within a gigantic cavern inside a mountain in the Andes. Now he’s really in love.
If this doesn’t make sense, that's understandable. It will probably be necessary to read the previous four novels for greater context. In any case, the point of including this excerpt is to discuss the concept of ‘choosing again.’
If nothing else, I hope this much will make sense. So here goes...
I stepped outside on our stone ledge’s natural balcony, if it might be called that, to enjoy the view and allow Julie time to prepare for our going out, although I had no idea what more she could have done to herself to look even more perfect. I guess, when there’s an infinity of choices, manifesting just the right outfit takes some deliberation. As for me, I decided to wear my sporty khaki outfit, the same one I materialized for my first visit to London.
‘This is a mountaineer’s heaven, Julie,’ I said as she continued to fuss about in her large wardroom of clothes; the same I remembered seeing in her flat.
‘I’m pleased you are enjoying Julianne’s bedroom in the Andes,’ she said. ‘I know how much you relished your time there while on your London raid.'
‘As pleasant as that was, this is better. Where else in the world does a bedroom have such an altitude to view the world as though it were from the heavens? I can even see my Summit ridge far off in the distance.'
‘Speaking of the heavens, it feels like some of it found its way inside this Magic Mountain last night. If you’re a foretaste of Elysium, Julie, why would I ever want to go back?’
‘Maybe to find heaven on earth… with Julianne.’
I had to think about that for a moment. Could I integrate the experiences of my new self here back into my old world? Would Julianne be my guiding angel to help me create this new world on earth? I wasn’t sure the fall guy’s ego would follow her. What would I do about my ego? Or, more importantly, what would it do with me?
But then, my angel of light had charm… and a black-belt in Ju-Jitsu. Yes, I smiled, I’m sure there might be some interesting times ahead.
It seemed to me that no one in the whole illustrious crowd last night showed any signs of ego-centred behaviour or any such personality disorder. What a refreshing change being with so many enlightened souls in one place.
This contrasted sharply with some of my bitter experiences at work. I thought of what it would be like to go home to certain colleagues writhing about in their viper pits of intellectual condescendence and arrogance. I’d rather return to the days of my merchant sailing. At least these were honest down to earth, hard-working mates who had better things to do than show how much smarter they were to everyone else.
Julie joined me on the ledge outside, smiling, then stared curiously at me as though picking up on the darkness of my thoughts. As far as I knew, she wasn’t a mind reader, but then… she was a woman. Or, perhaps it was just my changed continuance.
‘Is there something wrong James?’ she asked. ‘You seem troubled.’
‘No, not at all,’ I said.
But I wasn’t being completely truthful. Without being fully aware of my thoughts, resentments of the past had resurfaced, seemingly out of nowhere. What triggered this, I didn’t know except they were the opposite of everything I had been feeling. But wasn’t I beyond all that by now? Obviously not… a most sobering thought.
I remembered Mo and Eli often quoted an old proverb that said: Guard your heart more than any treasurer, for it is the source of all life. If I would do this, they suggested, old negative thoughts patterns would eventually weaken and dissipate. That’s why it was important for me to remain vigilant about this, be it on earth, or in other realms.
‘I don’t believe you, James; what are you thinking about? I can tell something’s troubling you.’
‘Okay, Julie, you’re right. As I reconsider, I admit my mind was clouded with vindictive thoughts towards certain colleagues I regard as snakes in the grass, doing all they can to thwart my career. But thanks to you, I’m aware of what was going on in my mind.'
‘So, can you reassess these thoughts that don’t feel so good?'
‘I suppose I can, but I’m not sure if I want to. After all, they are vipers, or at least it seems that way at times.’
‘But what if, in reacting to your feelings towards them, they consider you something worse?’
‘It’s true; many consider me a bit edgy at times since none of them have been sailors. At least I’m not afraid to speak my mind. Still, considering all I’ve learned here, I’m a bit surprised and disappointed that I can experience such rancorous feelings in this realm of tranquillity. How is this possible to have such contrary feelings at almost the same time?’
‘You know, James, there are a couple of phrases that Julianne has recently read and continues to repeat to herself. These have really helped her; maybe they will help you too. It's something everyone needs to learn in life, no matter how many lifetimes it takes.’
‘Now I’m most curious; what are these phrases?’
‘Only your thoughts can hurt you. The other is, choose again. The wisdom contained within these few words have been spoken of in many different ways by many sages through the ages, but nowhere has it been more succinctly stated.’
‘That’s it, nothing more?’ I asked.
‘As I’m sure you realize, James, the simplest statements are often the most profound. We all have the power to choose our thoughts to avoid those thoughts that would hurt us. When she remembers, these phrases work very well for Julianne, although she often forgets them. But she is getting much better at practising mindful, intentional thoughts. Don’t be surprised if this is the first thing she teaches you or tries to teach you.’
‘Yes, I think there is much to what you say since it’s rather apparent our thoughts can make us unhappy and even hurt us.’
‘So then, James, why do you bother to think these thoughts when you already know they will make you feel bad?’
‘That’s a good question. Why indeed?’
‘Julianne asks herself this all the time too. But the more she is aware of these unwanted thoughts, the less power they have over her as she refuses to identify with them.’
‘I suppose if I were to be honest with myself, I probably want to identify with my thoughts of vengeance, which probably say more about me and my judgemental attitudes than about other’s behaviour.’
‘Though your adversaries might have their weaknesses,’ she said, ‘so does everyone on the earth plane.’
‘It’s good to remember that,’ I said. ‘As Mo used to say, this is why we return to lower dimensions such on earth; that we might work out our foibles through our relationships with everyone and everything.’
‘So, what if you’re seeing these colleagues of yours through a prism of dark thoughts that you allowed into your mind? Why not choose instead to see through a prism of light thoughts? What would happen if you offered to take these vipers of yours out for a pint sometime, maybe on a Friday afternoon after classes.’
‘I suppose that might turn into a rather interesting sociological experiment,’ I said.
‘But wouldn’t it also be a fine exercise in choosing again?’ she asked. 'Why suffer from dark thoughts if you don’t have to. Don’t happy thoughts feel better?’
‘Of course, but from my experience, the fall guy would rather be right than happy.’
‘But if he knew better, would he still make that choice?’
‘I hope not; however, he can be rather stubborn.’
‘But did you see anyone needing to be right last night? I saw only a desire to be happy; how about you?'
'Yes, indeed; everyone seemed to be perfectly happy being happy. So, why is it so difficult for us to experience more of this joy back home?’
‘Maybe it’s because humanity fails to realize happiness is a choice.’
‘I think that’s true. At least according to Aristotle who said: happiness depends on ourselves. So simple, yet no one seems to understand what’s so basic.'
‘But now you know, James. You can choose happy thoughts rather than defaulting to the thoughts of your ego-mind.’
‘Unfortunately, happy thoughts don’t seem to come to me easily,’ I said. ‘Maybe it’s because I think too much about other things.’
'I’m not suggesting it’s easy for Julianne either, but as she continues to practice the art of choosing again, she’s becoming happier and patient, even among troublesome people.’
‘That’s good, considering how the fall guy is often more determined to be right above anything else.’
‘That was in the past,’ she said. ‘When you return, get him to see what is right in others rather than what he perceives to be wrong. Once he understands this, relations with your colleagues could significantly improve and might not be as big of a deal as you suppose.'
‘Your right, most likely they just envy him, that’s all; you know, his good looks, brains and humility.’
‘Seriously, James, find out what their problem is and then look for solutions.'
‘I’m not sure it’s going to be that easy.’
‘James,' she said, gazing at me sternly, ‘how will you know if you don’t ask? Wouldn’t it be better to make friends out of your enemies that will advocate for your career, rather than undermining it? Trust me, they will perceive you differently if you perceive them differently.’
She was right; how would I know what might happen if I choose to put my ego aside. Amazing what a sidelong glance can do to bring things into perspective.
‘If only I could get the fall guy to choose again, Julie. I doubt, however, if he’ll remember any of this discussion.’
‘If he gives Julianne a chance, she will remind him… constantly. Be prepared.’ she said with a mischievous twinkle in her eye as she stepped back inside. ‘I’ll be ready in a few minutes.’
Yes, I thought, I’m sure if Julie had anything to do with it, Julianne would have much to teach the fall guy. Hopefully, he would put his ego aside to listen to her. I chuckled to myself… if I know me, that might take a while.
Looking over the range of mountains again, I reflected on how privileged I was to receive this foretaste of paradise that had nothing to do with owning gold, silver, real estate or my doctorate certificate. I had finally come to the point where I was beginning to understand that love is the only thing that is real because it is what makes everything else real, including me.
I thought of how just a short time ago I didn’t understand any of this with my mind, but now all that had changed. Through the opening portals of my heart, I was able to witness how Elysium had become infused in each soul last night and understood how divine splendour dwells in the midst of all loving relationships, even among those who deny their spark of inner divinity.
While I remained with Julie in the days and nights ahead, all I had learned on the Summit and later on the islands, I began to discover the essence of love’s meaning, not just in words but within relationships.
In Julie, I found God; in God, I found Julie. And not just Julie, but through Julie, I discovered the divine presence in everyone. No, not all at once and certainly not always, at least until my mind caught up with the love and wisdom that had transmuted my heart by Elysium’s light.
I went inside again. She took my hand as she stood before me, looking the only way she could; supremely beautiful, befitting the goddess she was.
‘I’m ready now, James. There’s somewhere I want to take you that’s special.’
Special, I thought, what could be more special than where we already were?
I was soon to find out! And as usual, I didn’t see it coming. This would be a day of astonishing bewilderment.
 Phrases from A Course in Miracles
In sum, what is most important to happiness is becoming aware of what thoughts we are thinking and identifying with. After a while, they tend to stick and become 'us' because we don't consider alternative thoughts. By learning to chose again, we escape the trap of thoughts that make us feel habitually worried, unhappy.
Once we are aware of what thoughts we are unconsciously thinking, we can intentionally choose new thoughts that will be constructive to our happiness rather than destructive. Don’t creative, loving, solution-oriented thoughts feel much better and make life easier?
There is no better way to break out of the ego-mind's prison than by choosing each morning again to being grateful for all you can think of. It takes us to a whole new vibe for the day. That's the point of my post on the topic of gratitude with you may read here. https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/sowing-happy-seeds-of-gratitude
The ego-mind, however, if not challenged, will keep us perpetually trapped with thoughts of unhappiness, worry, victimhood, fear, envy, anger, selfishness, entitlement, etc. Until we wake up to realizing we are thinking these pernicious thoughts by default, we will remain imprisoned by them. It's not what's 'out there,' but by what's 'in there.' As the ancient saying states, As within, so without. So CHOOSE AGAIN.
What you think makes you unhappy is not what you think; what you think is that makes you unhappy. (You might have to think about that statement for a while before you get it.)
Other posts that relate to this topic of 'choosing again' are:
Raise your Vibe https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe
Let Your Light Shine https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/let-your-light-shine
For more blog topics, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/ep-blog-posts
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES
Elysium's Passage a series of seven novel 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 sometimes 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
(ATTEMPTED) INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES
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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