Thoughts are THINGS

emotions and illness

Many, many years ago I was introduced to a book, “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. The book tells of Hay’s journey in life and her battle with cancer to her healing. She did work on herself and guarded her thoughts to help her achieve a cancer free status. The book details in a dictionary like form the mental causation of the physical manifestation of illness. I have often consulted that book to see if there were actual parallels to whatever ailment I was experiencing.

If I were totally honest with myself, I could see that my thoughts or belief about something, especially when my emotions were super-charged over some issue going on in my life, truly provided some insight into what I needed to do to change my health and ultimately the way I life my life. It also made me examine my belief system – was it something I really believed or was it someone else’s belief system I was exposed to and accepted as truth because it was someone I loved or was an authority figure. The bottom line is that I do believe that “thoughts are things,” and that whatever we dwell on or believe is true for us. Some may say this is new age mumbo-jumbo but the truth is that it parallels many passages in the Holy Bible:

-Proverbs 23:7 – As someone thinks within himself, so he is.

-Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it; comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 – We demolish arguments and every pretentious that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ; each me, God, and know my heart; Psalm 139:23-24 – Test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. And, there are so many more.

The great philosophers, great statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin, great leaders and even many closer to our lives today remind us that what we think about we bring about. Anyone struggling with an addiction or trying to eliminate a habit knows that their thoughts affect their actions. It is a minute by minute job to guard our thoughts from negativity. We hear it over and over, “Is the glass half empty, or half full?” Henry Ford said, “Think you can; think you can’t; either way, you’ll be right.”

Vision Boards, affirmations, prayer and meditation all assist us on our journey and, if it is our desire, helps us to change our lives for the better. I BELIEVE that my thoughts affect my actions!

This memory post is for me – not posted for debate – for we all have our own thoughts and beliefs and should respect those of each other. I write this as a reminder for myself that “Thoughts are things” – powerful things – and that I must choose the good ones for my life to flow in the direction I want it to flow.


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