Week 15 – We Become What We Think ABout
We Become What We Think About All Day Long
This is the key to success and the key to failure; we become what we think about. If you listened to Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret, those words will be familiar. Down through the ages this thought has been expressed in different words by the great thinkers of their day, but all agree on the principle of the thing.
This is what we have been drilling into our minds over the past 15 weeks in our Master Key Master Mind Alliance journeys. Mandino reminds us in The Scroll Marked IV we should place no limits on what we envision for our future. We become what we think about.
As I read “I am nature’s greatest miracle” and “I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain oif sand“, it’s obvious to me that what I think about should have absolutley no limits.
Grove Patterson, Editor In Chief, Toledo Blade echoed that sentiment when he is reported to have said “My years in the newspaper business have convinced me of several things, among them that people are basically good and that we came from some place, and we’re going some place. So we should make our time here an exciting adventure. The Architect of The Universe didn’t build a stairway leading nowhere.”
I love that quote! We are all going somewhere but we are wise to remember the grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, because it has been given better care. You don’t have to look any further than your own backyard to find your own Acres of Diamonds as Russell Conwell famously told.
I think to myself, be yourself. You are enough. There is greatness in you if you will just see and develop it.
That is what I do now and have been doing for months now.
Mandino says “Vain attempts to imitate others no longer will I make. Instead will I place my uniqueness on display in the marketplace. I will increase my knowledge of mankind, myself and the goods I sell. I will concentrate my energies on the challenge of the moment and my actions will help me forget all else”.
Place No Limitations On We Become What We Think About
Earl Nightingale says we use maybe 10% of the power of our minds and a very small fraction of our total capabilities. We could easily increase our production by a hundred fold if we could focus our marvelous mind on the tasks at hand. But he says people take their marvelous minds, bodies and capabilities for granted and underestimate their abilities.
He says any limitations are self imposed and urges us to refuse to believe there are any circumstances that could defeat our purpose. Mandino says the same when he repeats “I am a unique creature of nature, I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore I am valuable. I have unlimited potential. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday…”
And Mandino again writes “I know the great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.” Then Hannel weighs in with “All conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.” (The Master Key Part Fifteen -7).
This really strikes a chord with me because of my continuing struggles with website security issues. This has been ongoing for nearly two months. There is no actual security issue but that does not matter. My site is affected because anyone who uses Google Chrome gets warned away and traffic drops off.
What’s the lesson? I’m still looking but Haanel says “Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require.” (15 -3). I can say that during one of my Sits, the thought came to me that I needed to deal directly with Google and McAfee on the issue. I did so and almost instantly the situation improved. Perhaps that was accepting what I require.
All That We Experience Are For Our Benefit And Controlled by Natural Law
Haanel indicates Master Key Part Fifteen will explain that the natural laws which govern in our lives operate to our advantage. He further indicates all conditions and experiences that we have are for our benefit. That has to include both pleasant and troubling experiences and circumstance. The effort we expend in dealing with those trying experiences help us grow. The degree of growth is proportional to the effort expended.
I think what he says in Master Key Part Fifteen -6, “The ability to appropriate what we require for our growth, continually increases as we reach higher planes and broader visions” and in Part Fifteen -16, “We manifest more and more life as our thought becomes clarified and takes higher planes“, is that as we get better at connecting with the Universal Mind, our awareness reaches much higher levels. We come closer to the realizing the truth (exact nature) of our real desires.
I recall the exercise I went through in crafting my Definite Major Purpose statement when I read Haanel’s suggestion that we get better at defining and attracting what we require to manifest our thoughts, when we use word pictures. With the help of Stephen Serna, my MKMMA Guide, I defined my vision with increasing precision, creating vital word pictures.
The statement ” if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success” (Master Key Part Fifteen -20) is clearly what we strive to achieve.
We Become What We Think About Whether Good Or Bad
Be careful what you ask for is the message in Part Fifteen -29 where Haanel says “if we pledge ourselves to a certain action we must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the development of that action.” That’s because we become what we think about. The subconscious “takes us at our word; we have asked for something; we are now to receive it; we have made our bed, we are now to lie in it.”
As we progress in our journey our thought is reaching higher planes of awareness. We are becoming much better observers. We are beginning to understand that methods and resources come to us through the connection of the subconscious mind to the Universal mind. We can do nothing to assist in the manifestation of our ideal (Part Ten -14). The finite cannot advise the infinite. “The Universal Mind can be depended upon to find the ways and means for bringing about any necessary manifestation. We must, however, create the ideal, and this ideal should be perfect.” (Part Ten -15).
Insight is a higher level thought process being a product of the world within (Part Fifteen -35) which is defined as mental penetration. It allows us to envision consequences of our actions and delineate potential obstacles before embarking on any course of action. It “must be exercised so that the thought which we entertain contains no mental, moral or physical germ which we do not wish objectified in our lives.” (Part Fifteen -30).
Insight is developed in the Silence, by concentration. For our application (The Sit) we are instructed to concentrate on Insight and “focus the thought on the fact that to have a knowledge of the creative power of thought does not mean to possess the art of thinking.”
Perfect I say to myself. I’ve been wondering what to expect as I seek the silence. Should I be presenting thoughts or scenarios for action? Should I be concentrating on visualizing my DMP? None of those.
I just seek the Silence. I have already developed the ideal. I think, read and talk about it all day. I’ve planted the seeds in my mind. The Law of Growth can be trusted to reveal to me the course of action I take.
In the knowledge that we become what we think about I think:
- I am here for a purpose
- I am nature’s greatest miracle.
- I can be what I will to be.
- I persist until I succeed
It seems a truism that as Marianne Williamson writes, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” We can conquer this fear if we take the wisdom of Mandino, Haanel and Nightingale seriously.
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Because We Become What We Think About.
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