Thoughts that Illuminate

Take Charge of Your Mind

      Legend has it that when Einstein was asked by a reporter, "What in your opinion, is the
most important question you can ask?" Einstein thought for a bit then replied, "I think the
most important question that you can ask is, "Is the universe a friendly place? This is the first
and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.”  Why is this most important
question to ask?  Because what you think about the universe will determine what kind of
universe it is for you.  

      The idea that our thoughts determine our experience is an old idea that is gaining new
attention. In the
Gospel of Thomas it is written, (106) Jesus said, "When you make the two
(thoughts and experience) one, you will become the sons of man. And when you say,
'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."  In modern science we see it expressed this way.
“Belief is the program that creates patterns in reality.” (Gregg Braden) “The universe may be
nothing more than a giant hologram created by the mind." (David Bohm, physicist).  What
idea are these statements pointing to?

      Thoughts are the guiding force in all that we perceive and experience. And the choice on
where we will place our attention and what we will believe is our real power.

      In the movie
The Soloist the main character is a masterful violinist and lives on the streets
of Los Angeles. His amazing musical talent combined with his homeless status intrigues a
Angeles Times
reporter. The reporter is determined to find the reason why such a gifted and
talented man lives in the Lamp District. His investigation unravels the mystery. In one scene
the musician is in agony as he listens to the thought,
You are of no consequence. Based on this
thought, the soloist decides to skip the concert and return to the streets.

      The problem was not the thought itself. It is almost impossible to stop these thoughts
from arising. The point is that most of us believe we have little control over our thoughts and
feel victim to the emotions and actions that follow. Nothing could be further from the truth.

      Einstein, ancient teachings, Jesus in
A Course in Miracles, and modern scientist are all
saying the same thing:
Your ability to direct your thinking as you choose is part of (the
mind's) power." ACIM T.7.VI.2:6  When you find yourself believing, feeling and acting from an
ego thought, try taking charge of your mind. The easiest way to do this is by asking a simple
question about the thought:

      "Is some of this true, none of it true or all of it true?"  

      The key to healing is to stay present to the
entire content of the unconscious mind. As the
disturbing thought is questioned, you will begin to notice insights and perceptions from the
deeper unconscious. A great time to engage in this practice is right before you go to sleep. In
this way your dreams become a channel through which the Spirit can teach you what is true.

      Remember to be gentle with yourself. You are trying to break the habit of automatically
believing everything you think. You are not alone in this effort. Your Angels and Guides are
with you every step of the way. Call on them to reinforce your efforts with their strength.
Nothing would make them happier than for you to hear the simple truth: you are a beloved
creation of God. And you are cared for and loved.

Written by: Patti Fields