19 April 2009

The power of thoughts

I have been reading a lot lately. I finished 2 books recently - 'You can heal your life' by Louise Hay and 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne. Both books talk of more or less the same thing - the power of thought. The former says our thoughts affect our health and happiness, and the latter emphasizes that in order to get what we want in life, we need to focus our thoughts in that direction.

Lets talk about the former first. The first book has the following philosophy -

1) We create every so-called illness in our body.
2) Resentment, criticism and guilt are the most damaging patterns.
3) Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.
4) We must release the past and forgive everyone, including ourselves.
5) When we really love ourselves, everything in life works.

The above is evidenced through a chart that lists all illnesses, ranging from common cold to cancer, the probable cause for that and the new thought pattern that can cure it. For example, people with knee problems have stubborn ego and pride. They are not willing to bend or give in. The thought pattern to overcome them is forgiveness, compassion and understanding. 'I bend and flow with ease and all is well.' When I tried to relate this to people who suffer from knee problems in my immediate circle, it seemed very true!

Now consider 'motion sickness'. It is caused due to a fear of losing control. I myself suffer from this. I have realized that I love to be in control all the time and whenever a situation arises where I don't have control, I feel most uncomfortable. The way to circumvent this is to keep repeating - 'I am always in control of my thoughts. I am safe. I love and approve of myself.'

Overweight - Need from protection. Running away from feelings. Insecurity, self-rejection. Seeking fulfillment. New thought pattern - 'I am at peace with my own feelings. I am safe where I am. I create my own security. I love and approve of myself.' Sound familiar?

The second book talks about the Law of Attraction. Not the one between opposite sexes! But it says that our thoughts are like a magnet that attract all those things in our life about which we think constantly. So basically, we are each responsible for all our life experiences. There is a saying which was heard in the Hindi film 'Om Shanti Om' recently - When we want something badly enough, the entire universe conspires to give it to us.' That is the philosophy of this book. When we want something really badly, we should never entertain any doubts or misgivings about getting it.

Ask - Know what you want and ask the universe for it. This is where you need to get clear on what it is you want to create and visualize what you want as being as 'real' as possible.

Believe - Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way. Focus your thoughts and your language on what it is you want to attract. You want to feel the feeling of really 'knowing' that what you desire is on its way to you, even if you have to trick yourself into believing it – do it.

Receive - Be open to receiving it. Pay attention to your intuitive messages, synchronicities, signs from the Universe to help you along the way as assurance you are on the 'right' path. As you align yourself with the Universe and open yourself up to receiving, the very thing you are wanting to manifest will show up.

Some people are 'lucky' enough to get what they want in life. This is the secret of their 'luck'. We can all be lucky if we only apply the secret. Yoga, meditation, Reiki - they all talk about controlling your thoughts and thereby focusing your energy on what we want. It is a simple enough philosophy, but awfully tough to practise!. Perhaps that's why so many sadhus and gurus are raking money out of it.


Random Blogger 3 (Amit Shirodkar) said...

Good post - glad to see you posting again!! :-)

I have mixed feelings about both the books mentioned.
On one hand, I do agree that positive thinking is a good thing. It can help you overcome difficult situations, and is a much better approach to take than sinking into negative thoughts. There are documented cases of people who were told that they had just a few months to live, but through sheer will power have survived for years after such a fatal diagnosis.
Also I think that visualizing yourself succeed is much more powerful and effective than thinking about failure. I guess that matches with the 2nd book also. If you think that you will succeed, you may or may not end up winning. But if you think that you will fail, most probably you will. A positive mind set and self-confidence is what separates the good from the great.

On the other hand, however, I am not so sure that only our thinking determines what diseases we get or have. You might get a major disease like cancer even if you are a very positive person. Having a positive outlook does not make you invulnerable :-). It might help you face it in a better way, though.

Bottom line - being positive can never hurt...

Veena said...


Good to see your post.. how are you doing these days ..

I have always believed in the power of thoughts.. and i have experienced its power too..

A lot of times, I just would have to think of something I would want , and sure enough I would have got it with in a short time.

There have been instances when, I would be thinking of my brother or RAni ( a close friend ) and she would call me at the precise moment that I would be thinking of her ( inspite of not being in touch for months ) .

take care and keep posting

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