The Power of Your Thoughts

Hindu marriage

by Jayaram V

Abundance is a state of mind. You conceptualize it with your thoughts, intentions, desires and beliefs. You make it possible with your actions, dedication, resolve and commitment. Just by sitting somewhere and day dreaming, none can become successful or rich. To say so would be naive.

But it is true that our thoughts precede our actions, almost always. We think before we act, even when it appears we are not. There is a thought process behind every action we indulge in. We bring to fruition the possibilities hidden in our hopes and dreams, when our thoughts and actions are in harmony with our deepest aspirations and our intentions and we are attuned positively to believe in ourselves.

Our thoughts have a power of their own. If we know how they work and how to make use of them effectively, we can accomplish a lot more in our lives. Our thoughts reach out to others, through our words and expressions. They influence people both positively and negatively. They help us to make sense of the world and interpret our experiences according to our emotional states and perceptions. We value people, who are good thinkers and who have an exceptional ability to express their thoughts and resolve problems. People are successful or unsuccessful, rich or poor, mainly because of the differences in their thinking.

Our mental states influence our circumstances and together they create the experience we call life. Positive thoughts lead to positive states of mind, bringing us their rich rewards. Negative thoughts influence us in negative ways, bringing us pain and suffering, subjecting our minds to destructive thoughts and distracting emotions and reducing our ability to think normally or function effectively.

An idle life is a product of morbid thoughts. A mind fired by the power of imagination and the desire to achieve finds little value in harboring idle thoughts. When matched with corresponding effort and enthusiasm, it will lead to greatness, transcendence and abundance. By changing your thinking and beliefs, you can overcome the limitations of your mind and your circumstances and achieve such an expansive state of mind.

Your mind, therefore, is the key to your success and progress. It is where your dreams and your life take shape. It is where are located your immense potentials and unknown possibilities. It is what makes possible who you are and what you can do. Because of it arise our awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and intelligence. Because of it we experience and control the very process of existence and intelligent awareness.

If you know how to manage your thoughts to achieve desired results, you will transcend the boundaries of your ordinariness and bring some order and discipline into an otherwise uncertain life. In the face of problems and difficulties, you will not become paralyzed by your own fears and self-deprecating thoughts. You will have an edge over those who give themselves up to their weaknesses rather than their strengths and reach your goals with greater conviction and belief.

When you energize your actions with your thoughts, determination, clarity and clear purpose, you unleash your mind‘s immense power to manifest and make things possible. You increase your ability to reach your goals with purpose filled and pointed actions. You will be effective, action-oriented and hopeful. Our perceptions, thoughts, attitudes, feelings, emotions and perspectives, manifest our reality. It is where our convictions gather strength and our progress gains momentum. Others may interfere with our lives, but only in a limited way. Others may become part of our lives or partners in our success, but only with our consent and willingness. The healing thoughts that come to us from outside do not heal us, unless we deserve the help and are receptive enough.

It is with our thoughts that we set the tone of our lives, opening or closing ourselves to the abundance of the universe and the available opportunities. Knowingly or unknowingly, we harbor thoughts that shape our destinies. We allow them to build our hopes and aspirations and our fears and doubts.

Our thoughts may not have the miraculous powers to manifest reality instantly. But they do so, slowly and gradually, according to our faith and effort. If you know how to use your thoughts effectively, you will multiply your energy and your chances of your success.

What type of mindset do you have?

What type of thoughts do you entertain most of the time?

Are you able to control your mind and its activities?

How easily are you distracted?

How focused are you in your life?

How resolute are you?

How do you react to the problems that arise in your life?

How frequently do you suffer from negative thoughts and actions?

If you are truly interested in finding lasting solutions to the problems of your life, these are valid and relevant questions, which you have to answer sincerely. It may not help you deal with every situation in your life. But it will give you necessary awareness to create your life according to your desires and intentions.

A room that is full of roses is bound to emit the fragrance of the roses. Your mind is not much different from the rooms that you have in your house. Keep it clean and organized, with the fragrance of positive, constructive and empowering thoughts which bring you the vigor of peace and harmony, not those that shake your faith, lead to pain and suffering, disturb your mind or interfere with your progress. If you want to be successful in any venture, you have to create the mindset that will help you think about success and focus on it.

Success and achievement are transformative processes. We achieve success when we translate our thoughts into action and our actions into desired results. Every action begins in our minds first as an idea or a plan and becomes an action only when we apply our energies to it. Otherwise our actions will remain as mere thoughts or wishes. In doing things and achieving things, we actually transform our energies, or trade them with others or the universe, for better or worse, depending upon how we think and act.

In life you may think you are dealing with innumerable powers and people, but in reality you deal with but one power and it is the universe itself, appearing to you in innumerable forms and guises. Remember this truth that is not so apparent, unless you pay attention to it, and henceforth, when you deal with it, try to be fair and generous, knowing that it will not let you go easily, if you make use of others for your personal gains, without compensating them adequately. The universe is your witness and your partner in everything you do and it dutifully keeps an account of what you do with your and its energies. In your perception, each aspect of the universe may be different, but it recognizes no such distinctions. If you are unfair or unjust with anyone in your life, it will deal with you accordingly and subject to unpleasant consequences. So make sure that in your dealings with others you are always on the right side of things, in both thought and deeds, and keep a balance in your favor by helping others and giving more.

Our thoughts give rise to our actions and our actions precipitate reality. This is the underlying mechanism behind every manifestation that is self-directed. What we call planning is actually a mental exercise, in which we give a definite shape to our thoughts and prepare a blueprint of our future. It is an organized effort on our part to remain committed to our goals and aspirations. Our thoughts are, therefore, our prime resources, the raw material, with which we build what we desire.

We are what we think and believe to be. We make things possible or impossible for us through our beliefs. If you want to achieve something in life, you must first believe in it and work for it with conviction. When you set out on a course of action, you must first examine whether you really want to do it and then see whether you think you can do it. Both steps are important, when you set out on a course of action to achieve some desired end. If you have any doubts and conflicts, you have to resolve them first. Otherwise your will become stuck somewhere along the road.

Know that our failures and successes, our experiences and circumstances are mostly products of our consciousness. On the surface it may look that things happen randomly. But in reality, through our thinking and beliefs, and through our doing or not doing, we play a larger role in creating the events and circumstances in our lives.

It is true that world around us is not under our control, but there are many ways in which we can interact with it and leave our influence. We may not be able to change others or the circumstances, but we can change ourselves! We may not have much power against Nature, but we can adapt ourselves to it. We may not able to change the people in our lives, but we can always decide whom to ignore and with whom to establish relationships. The world may not listen to us, but we can pay attention to it and learn from its distinct ways. Whatever may be the circumstances and the difficulties in our lives, we can always motivate ourselves to do something and make a difference. This is the greatest ability we have and we can always use it to feel empowered against the forces that are beyond our control.

Sometimes we may encounter situations that are really tough and at times we may have to deal with people who represent the lowest of the humanity and show no respect for others. We hear about them regularly in the television and news. Despite our best efforts and intentions they may bring out their worst and cause us pain and suffering. When we hear them, we look to the heavens and ask for explanations. Truth is, although such situations seem to happen on their own, they do not happen just by chance. There will be some predisposition and some complicity on the part of the people who become involved in such situations.

Truly speaking, we all are great survivors, not just those about whom stories are written and movies are made. We all have the power and the natural ability to adapt ourselves to difficult circumstances and survive against odds, in diverse and difficult environments, using our skills and intelligence. People have been doing that for ages. Each day we resolve many problems and overcome many difficulties to survive and succeed in the world in our own individual ways. We may not be able to change the course of the moon or the sun, but we can change the course of our lives. We may not be able to make the sun shine through the opaque roof of our house, but with positive thoughts and aspirations, we can bring light into our hearts and minds and sunshine into our lives. We may not be able to drive the clouds away from the sky above, but certainly can deal with the clouds that linger in our consciousness. We may not be able to change other people, but we can learn to smile at them or send them our thoughts of healing. We may not be able to help everyone, but we can help some who need it most. Your thoughts awaken the energies you need to accomplish things. Since your thoughts are not always under your control, you should know how to think correctly and attune yourself mentally to your goals and aspirations. You have to learn to think positively and balance your negative thoughts with positive ones so that you can remain on course with minimum interference from inner conflicts. The following suggestions are meant to help you regulate you thoughts and shape your destiny.

Source: Reproduced partially from the article, "Becoming Aware of Yourself" from the book Think Success by Jayaram V. You may purchase this book from our online store

Suggestions for Further Reading

About Think Success: In 44 well written articles presented in this books, you are introduced to a treasure trove of transformational wisdom. By following the suggestions given in this book, you can achieve success and happiness and live. It is written by Jayaram V, author of several books and hundreds of essays about Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Spirituality and Self-help. This book is currently available at our Online Store (for residents of USA, Canada, UK and some other countries only).

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