Thoughts have power and energy within them. That’s a fact. Some say, “As you think, so you become.” Unfortunately, most of us just think the same old stuff over and over again, as if the mind runs by itself and has a “mind” of its own. It is on automatic pilot. THAT is a problem. While you are far more than your mind, it IS your mind. So pay attention. That pesky mind, when it aligns with the ego, can do a lot of damage. It can end up defining you in ways you might not prefer.
I have written on this subject before. I urge you to go back and look at Lesson 16. It offers a valuable means of monitoring and changing thought patterns. Following that practice was life changing for me. It could do the same for you. Try it.
LESSON FORTY FOUR
HOW THOUGHTS AFFECT WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE
Yoga and other spiritual paths are rich with words defining the mind. In fact, with regard to yoga, some would say understanding the mind and letting it go IS the definition of yoga. As Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutras:
Yoga is cessation of the modifications of the mind.
And in the Yoga Vasishtha:
The world is produced from the mind alone, like the waters of a mirage.
It manifests in the form of fleeting thoughts,
which are as illusory as the reflections of the moon on water.
Without doubt, these are potent concepts and not likely to appeal to those new to them. So let’s take smaller steps. I have earlier written on thought monitoring and learning to know what you think, then taking action to alter those thoughts. This time I will draw from a course I studied some years ago. It is called The Sedona Method. The man who developed it, Lester Levenson, a highly successful and innovative physicist, entrepreneur in New York City, was in such ill-health and was, in effect, given a “death sentence” by his doctors. Instead of retreating and waiting to die, he found a means to help himself. Thus, The Sedona Method. Breaking it down into a nutshell does not do justice to his work, but here is a taste:
This provides an easy way to tell if you are thinking in the realm of the ego (not your “friend”) or the True Self (the place of divine connection and alignment). When you are disturbed, ask yourself these questions:
- Is this thought about gaining control over something or someone?
- Am I looking for approval in this thought?
- Is my motivation the desire for survival?
If you are answering yes to one or more of these questions, then you are in the clutches of the ego (as defined in yoga, not by Freud). Remember the ego is the opposite of the Self. Some have said that the object of many spiritual paths is to recognize the ego and to dis-engage it or, some say, destroy it. I prefer the notion of recognizing it, noting it, and then sending it on its way — maybe even with a little laugh. The ego hates to be laughed at.
Try asking yourself these questions and see what results. We are functioning in this world play, so guidelines are helpful. By the way, when I started doing this years ago, I was often answering “yes” to all three questions. I had previously “thought” I was doing pretty well in life. Why? Because my ego was answering the question. Be patient. It might take a little while to get the “hang” of it.
As always, do not use any of these lessons to judge or berate yourself. Not EVER! Remember that you love yourself completely NOW, even if your thoughts are in disarray. They are just thoughts, After all, and not who YOU are, at the core of your Divine Being.
Erwin Schrodinger, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933, wrote:
Every man’s world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind and cannot be proved to have any other existence.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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