“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)
Thoughts are a result of what we let into our soul through our open portals. What we witness with our eyes and allow to travel through our ear gates influences our thoughts, perceptions, feelings and emotions. Our thoughts are, therefore, not independent happenings that appear out of nowhere, but, rather, are impressions that are made on our mind. Social media, television, magazines and even our conversations are just some of the means through which our thoughts are influenced. These influencers may not carry information that is proven fact but become the lens we put on to assess and analyse our experience. This perception then becomes our subjective consciousness and our manifested reality.
Your thoughts are expressions in your mind and you are the observer. It is through watering them like seeds that they take root and start to be expressed as feelings. They then start to influence our actions and shape our behaviours. A thought is the first stage of creation. The chair you sit on was someone’s thought before it was manifested; however, be mindful of the fact that it wasn’t a result of just a single thought. The idea was formulated in the mind through a thought and then an image was visualized. Constant thinking of this idea caused an impressive impression on the mind to the extent of it becoming a physical thing. That is how creative thoughts, when aligned with energy, manifest as action. This is the same with negative thoughts. Therefore, be mindful of the fact that the soil of your mind is rich and fertile. Any seed that is planted and watered has the potential to grow. Whatever you plant you will definitely reap.
Another important thing about your thoughts is that, they will disable or empower you. They can push you forward or hold you back. Therefore, you must observe thoughts that are intrusive and disruptive and consciously choose not to entertain them. Disruptive thoughts will cause contamination and confusion – first into our mind and then, consciously or subconsciously, become our reality. This is because thoughts send the signals and your feelings draw the event back to you. Your negative response to a situation is a result of the impression your thought has on your emotion.
Now, how do we manage our thoughts? The Bible says that we must keep our heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). The word diligence means careful and persistent work or effort. Therefore, we must make every effort to be careful of our intake, consistently ensuring that they are pure and without contamination. Without that level of care, we will encounter many issues, because our negative thoughts will produce negative results. We must put our mind on the right diet so our thoughts are pure. We must consciously decide what we read, watch or allow ourselves to partake of. Having purity of thoughts is the only way to have a positive and healthy mindset.
We must be intentional in attracting and maintaining pure thoughts, so our emotions, actions and reactions are positive. Here are some ways to ensure that our thoughts are intentional and not disruptive.
- Be mindful of your mind’s diet – Feed your mind with healthy things. Read positive books and listen to empowering and motivational speeches.
- Dismiss negative thoughts immediately – Thoughts that don’t feel good must not be entertained. If you think about them long enough, they will affect your mood and behaviour.
- Be intentional and strategic – Focus your thoughts on what you desire, and your creative energy will empower you to make it happen.
- Make effective use of your subconscious mind – Make a deliberate impression on your mind by strategically looking for things that are positive, uplifting and motivational. This will enable you to become the best version of yourself.
“But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
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