has been stated that we have 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day and many
of them are the same thoughts we had yesterday, the day before that
the days, weeks, months and years before that. This is normal
for the average person and it is the rare person who is able to
maintain their dominant thoughts in the present moment. Books
have been written about the "Power of Now" and countless
people have read these books and attended lectures on keeping our
thoughts focused on "now" but the human mind is tricky and
few are able to maintain this with any permanency. And it is not
for a lack of understanding that it is beneficial as most people do
believe it is.
I believe as did the
American Mystic Ernest Holmes that it is not what we think but the
measure of our thoughts that matter; i.e. if 51% of our thoughts are
positive, we shall realize positive experiences in our lives.
But to insure that we consistently realize this 51% or more of
positive thoughts we must be conscious of not only what we are
thinking but also what we are believing. Beliefs are a powerful
energy within our mind and this is why no matter how positive, no
matter how much we know we should keep our thoughts focused on the
"now" ... our beliefs can re-direct our thoughts without our
Far too many people put
their faith and belief in people and things outside of them.
They put faith in politicians to create the way for them to be
prosperous and happy and when this doesn't happen they become
discouraged and dismayed. I was listening briefly to a political
program recently that had put together a forum of potential republican
voters and one of the people in the focus group stated that she was
going to vote for the man that would allow her to say "Merry
Christmas." The host of the program didn't ask what
she meant by this; it could have been something of a religious nature
derived from the "war on Christmas" folks or it could be,
and I believe it was, that she was looking to these presidential
candidates to guarantee her a "Merry Christmas" ... and that
is a sad thing.
Robert Collier shares a story in
his book "The Life Magnet" that illustrates how our mind can
become so limited in its thinking when we are filled with
discouragement and frustration: "Years
ago I read a story about a man who had become so discouraged that he
decided to commit suicide.
He had married a widow, and
she not only made life a burden for him at home, but spent all his
savings, ran him into debt and discredited him with his employers.
He could see only one
way out - to jump into the river and end his troubles.
It was Saturday
night, so, waiting until late, he slipped out of the house and down
through the deserted streets to the bridge.
grim humor of it when, from out of the shadow of one of the great
stone towers, a man with a gun stepped forth and commanded "Hands
the discouraged man obeyed, then brought his hands down again as the
humor of it gripped him. If this highwayman wanted to save him
the trouble of killing himself, let him!
highwayman wasn't that obliging. Being a bigger man, he seized
the other, held him tightly while he went through the pockets the wife
had emptied hours before, then turned him loose and looked him over
"What's the joke?" he asked roughly, as the intended suicide
yielded to another paroxysm of laughter.
Between gasps, the man told him.
"Hmm," mused the highwayman, immediately interested,
"you ought not to do that. Why don't you just leave the
woman? Leave her and start fresh tomorrow somewhere else."
happened with the man in this story is what happens to so many of
us. We forget the truth that our yesterdays don't have to be
repeated. That there is always another way or a new idea for
us. Our yesterdays give way to the present as we allow our mind
to grasp the ability to start fresh today. Dr. Robert Bitzer who
founded the Hollywood Church and was instrumental in the
"spiritual living movement" stated that if we don't find
success and prosperity where we are, we may be in the wrong place and
must be willing to make the changes necessary. And the biggest
change for most of us is to re-direct our mind to be conscious of what
we are believing and thinking about, today and to remind ourselves
that yesterday ended last night.
be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy G-d is with
thee whithersoever thou goest." -
SO IT IS!
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