Every Cause has its effect; every Effect has its Causes; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognised; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”
~The Kybalion ~
Man for the most part stumbles through life like a sleepwalker. He is unaware that for every thought and action he takes in his life there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our thoughts are energetic charges of energy which resonate on the unseen world of cause and bounce back into the manifest physical world of effect. This is called the Law of Return and it is just to beggar and king alike. Our thoughts and actions are either aligned with life (harmonious) or misaligned (inharmonious) and, as a result of our thinking our lives are either fulfilled or unfulfilled. The thoughts we entertain and the actions we take have consequences which are inevitable and cannot be retracted, bargained with or bought off. In the words of Omar Khayyam:
“The moving finger writes; and, having writ moves on: nor all thy piety or wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”
Therefore, man alone is the master of his own thinking and the maker and shaker of his destiny.
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
What We Sow We Reap
I was first introduced to the works of James Allen in the late sixties and early seventies when I was a motivator for a direct sales business. His understandings about positive thinking had a tremendous impact upon me and using his techniques of positive thinking and intent, I became very successful in my business. His analogy of the mind being like a garden has stuck with me through the twists and turns of life.
Our lives can be literally likened to a garden – a neutral sea of energy that is waiting to be planted. Our thoughts are the seeds and what we plant in our garden of today will dictate our circumstances in the garden of tomorrow. When we think about our thoughts as seeds we understand that just as an acorn holds the blueprint for the oak tree, so our thoughts hold the blueprint for our life experience. The garden knows no right or wrong – it is neutral and does not care what we plant in it – but it will return what we sow. Success or failure – happiness or misery. It really is up to us.
Life Doesn’t Happen to Us – We Happen to it
“He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: environment is but a looking glass.”
~James Allen ~
We live in a duality and as the pendulum swings we all experience the good times and the bad times – success and failure, our ups and downs.
As humans most of us have a tendency to fail to notice the wonderful things about our lives and instead dwell on our misfortunes.
It is easy to become fixated on the bad events that happen to us and some even bask in their martyrdom. Dwelling on the bad stuff leads to negative attitudes and the vicious cycle of pessimistic and defeatist reality that follows. Once we become negatively charged we feel depressed, hopeless and helpless. The black chasms of gloom hang over us like a funeral shroud. Our conversations tend to revolve around the negative – our misfortunes, the blame game, how life has treated us unfairly, and our aches and pains. It is hard for us to shift our awareness from negative to positive. We tend to wallow in self-pity and blame circumstance for our condition when in fact, all of us have the inner power to forge a way out of our problems – but the slow vibration of envy, fear, and despair make it hard to flip the switch of our mind from negative to positive. We try and stagger up only to fall back down again and sadly there are many folk who are only too eager to re-enforce our lack of confidence and self-esteem – the phrase – ‘You’re useless’ or ‘you can’t do that’ are readily upon their lips.
But, when we realise that our circumstances are a direct result of our thinking, the nay-sayers become irrelevant. We can overcome the negative and make a positive change within our lives.
Thoughts Are Alive
Dr Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist and water researcher shows us how our thoughts and words impact the molecular structure of water. Positive loving words and thoughts create harmonious (positive)crystal-like structures while negative, poisonous thoughts create incomplete and blighted patterns of reality.
The human body is made of 70% water, and Emoto’s research shows how our thoughts can have profound implications on our health, our life experience and the well-being of the planet.
When we see the news of today with its negative undertow it is hardly surprising that the factors that create a negative reality surround us.
When we understand that our thoughts create our reality we will also realise that positive thoughts and actions can never produce bad results in the same way that negative thoughts and actions cannot produce positive results.
What we think is what we are …and what we act upon returns to us.
Fate does not exist … there is no such thing as chance. We can be anything we want to be in this life if we cultivate our garden with seeds of love and happiness. Keep ourselves in a positive state of mind and align ourselves with life.
We must learn to reach beyond the restriction and limitation of sense-bound thinking and enter the holistic vision of the real life. It is time for a quickening of the spirit and an expansion of our awareness to encompass the eternal oneness of spiritual reality. Let’s push the positive buttons.