It’s another birthday week for me!!
It’s a time for reflection, goal setting, and optimistically looking forward.
It’s the summer of 2020, and according to the news, we are in the midst of the worst global pandemic in a century.
American unemployment is the worst that’s it’s been since the Great Depression.
Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020.
Yet, I am thankful!
While so many have lost their jobs, I still have mine and have actually gotten a raise.
While so many are facing food and home insecurity, these are not concerns of mine.
While so many are sick locally, nationally, and globally, my loved ones and I are healthy.
While chaos may be swirling around you or me, according to Dr. Joseph Murphy, the world that we live in is determined largely by what goes on in our minds.
The apostle Paul summed this up masterfully in his letter to the Christian church in Philippi.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
“YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS” – THE SECRET
Thoughts are remarkable packets of energy and if you tenaciously cling to a certain thought, there is no reason why this thought cannot manifest into your reality. As a matter of fact, the Law of Attraction stipulates that it must manifest into your life! As a matter of fact, Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret posits that feelings and thoughts can attract events, feelings, and experiences!
Thoughts are made up of our beliefs, expectations, and the rules by which we live. Based on this foundation, thoughts can be either limiting or empowering. Limiting thoughts are thoughts that hold us back. These are thoughts of “I can’t”, “I don’t”, or “I’m not”. These are thoughts that keep us pigeon-holed in our comfort zone.
On the other hand, empowering thoughts are liberating. These are thoughts that challenge our status quo and allow us to grow beyond the safety of our familiar experiences. These are thoughts of “I can”, I do”, and “I am”.
“REMEMBER THAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF EVERYTHING” – THE SECRET
The creation of thought is in itself a scientific principle based on the Universal Law of Creation. It is the source from which everything manifests. If you look around, everything that you see was first conceived as a thought in someone’s mind and this power is in all of us!
The single greatest power any person holds, in fact, the greatest single power in the Universe, is the power of thought. Everything we see in our world; every creation is a result of thought. Most of our lives are the result of humankind’s thought, sometimes through a singular person (such as the light bulb) and sometimes through a collective (such as the nations we live in). On a smaller but no less grand scale, is the life you live. How rich or poor, how healthy or ill, whether surrounded by friends and family or alone, successful or unsuccessful, are all reflections of the state of your thoughts. What you think makes you or breaks you, takes you up or tears you down, strengthens you, or weakens you. Your thoughts create your destiny!
The world around you is a clear reflection of the thoughts you think – the friends you have, your workplace, your family, and even the strangers you encounter, all reflect the state of your thoughts. Your thoughts align you with circumstances and events that can build the life of your dreams, or with circumstances and events that just as easily lead to unbearable suffering and misery.
“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HOPELESS SITUATION. EVERY SINGLE CIRCUMSTANCE OF YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE!” – THE SECRET
Control over our thoughts is our uniquely human gift and puts the power of thought in our hands. No one can take it from you. No one can make you think anything. It is a gift of such immense power that it literally changes the world you live in. More accurately, it changes the way you interpret, interact, and react to the world you live in – giving you the perception that the world has changed. Your thoughts are the basis of your actions, and actions are the expression of thought. Choose successful thoughts and your actions will lead to a successful life, no matter what you determine success to be.
You have the power to choose. It is indeed God’s greatest gift to mankind.
Even though it’s my birthday, I have a gift for you! (Giving is also a huge part of the Law of Attraction!) I’m attaching the movie The Secret for you to watch or re-watch. If you are struggling with positive thoughts or just can’t wrap your mind around the power and ultimately the consequences of your thoughts, let The Secret be the stepping stone for a new perspective. If you’ve watched the movie before, take another look, there’s something new to be gleaned with each viewing.