Have you ever wondered about the thoughts in our minds?
What are they?
Where do they come from?
Who controls them?
Before we can try to answer our question, who controls our thoughts, we first need to understand the nature of our thoughts.
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Two Levels Of Thoughts
There are two levels of thoughts:
1. lower body (experience level) thoughts
2. higher (spiritual level) thoughts
The first create our physical experience and the second create our spiritual experience.
It is not easy for us to recognize the fact that thoughts and beliefs combined have a power surge so strong that they can literally move mountains.
At first glance, it seems that to believe that we have such power in ourselves is arrogant, but that is not the reason we do not believe it.
We believe that our thoughts cannot have a real influence because we are actually afraid of them.
It might give us some comfort to believe that our minds are impotent and do not have real influnce and as a result become less afraid of them.
But in fact, there are no idle thoughts.
All thinking produces form at some level.
“You are not a prisoner of your thoughts. You have the ability to control what you are thinking.” – Deepak Chopra
At this point, it is helpful to be reminded that we do not guard our thoughts carefully enough.
It may feel to us that it is impossible to do this and it is true at this point, but we can be trained to think that way. We all need that kind of training.
We need to fully realize the power of thought in order to avoid miscreation.
We need to gain genuine respect for true cause and effect to learn to control our thoughts.
Both fear and freedom come from thoughts.
If we are not free to choose one, we also would not be free to choose the other.
By choosing freedom, we have rejected fear, if only temporarily.
We have been afraid of everyone and everything. This would not have happened if we were not afraid of our own thoughts.
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Choosing fear, we miscreate. And when we miscreate, we are in pain.
The fundamental conflict in our world then is between creation and miscreation.
All fear is implicit in the second, and all love in the first.
The conflict, therefore, is one between love and fear.
Many of us stand guard over our ideas because we want to protect our thought system as it is and learning means change.
Change is always fearful because it is not conceived of as a move towards healing.
We believe that if we allow no change to enter into our minds we will find peace.
This is a profound confusion only possible if we maintain that the same thought system can stand on two foundations.
Nothing from the ego level can reach the spirit level and nothing from the spirit level can reach the ego level.
We need to choose.
But before we are able to do that, we must believe that we are able to choose our thoughts.
If we believe that we are not in control of choosing our thoughts, we won’t be able to do it.
Most of us mainly live in the ego’s thought system.
Undermining it must be perceived as painful, even though it is not.
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We are still like babies; when someone takes away a knife or scissors from babies, they scream in rage although they may harm themselves if you do not take it away.
We have no sense of real self-preservation and likely will decide that we need precisely what would hurt us most.
We need to be patient a bit more and trust the spirit in us to guide us to the truth.
Can’t Change Your Mind By Changing Your Behavior
“It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts and that you can control your moods and thoughts.” – Stephen Covey
This seems counterintuitive, but we can’t change our minds by changing our behavior.
But, we can change our minds!
When our mood tells us that we have chosen wrongly, and that has happened when we are not joyous and at peace, it doesn’t need to be like that.
In every such instance, we have chosen wrongly and we are perceiving images that our ego made in a darkened glass.
Think honestly about what you have thought that your spirit would not have thoughts and what have you have not thought that your spirit would have you think.
Be brave and search sincerely for what you have done and left undone accordingly and then change your mind to think with your spirit.
At first, this may seem to be hard to do, but it is much easier than trying to think against it.
Our mind is one with spirit.
Denying this and thinking otherwise empowers the ego and literally splits our mind and keeps us in pain.
Temptations Of The Ego
“Your life is shaped by the thoughts and experiences you choose – and make no mistake, the decision is always yours. I promise when you learn to be conscious and in control of what you are focusing on, you can begin to create high vibrational experiences, which will transform and heal your life.” – Susan Barbara Apollon
We need to watch our minds for the temptations of the ego and be not deceived by it.
The ego offers us nothing.
When we give up this voluntary separation from our spirit mind, we will see how our mind can focus and rise above fatigue and heal.
Yet, we are not sufficiently vigilant against the demands of the ego to disengage ourselves.
This need not be!!
We can change that by actively refusing to let our minds slip away.
The problem is not one of concentration, but the belief that no one, including ourselves, is worth the consistent effort.
Side with the spirit consistently against this deception and do not permit this shabby belief to pull you back.
Your mind can unite with the spirit and shine your ego away releasing enormous strength into everything you do.
Do not settle for anything less than this, and watch your mind carefully for any beliefs that hinder this accomplishment.
We can judge how well we have done this by how we are feeling.
If you are feeling joy and peace, you know you are thinking with the spirit.
If you are feeling less than that, then you know you have chosen ego thoughts.
Who Controls Our Thoughts?
“As soon as you recognize that you are able to control your thoughts, happiness will come within your reach.” – Sir David Baird
We and only we control our own thoughts.
There are two levels of thoughts, the ego’s thoughts, and the spirit’s thoughts.
Every second of our lives we choose one or the other.
We think we don’t because that responsibility scares us, but we do.
There are no idle thoughts.
Every thought creates some sort of form.
It’s time to realize that and take conscious control of our thoughts.
As a result, we can transform our lives into expressions of joy and peace.