Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Thoughts That Go BUMP in the Night

Take a dozen minutes and enjoy the exquisite clarity and logic Graham Hancock brings to bear on history and contemporary thinking.




I've read most of Hancock's books.  They resonate.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

DUH! The Factor.

As the day progressed I realized that the more I thought about “it” the angrier I felt.  The transgression by a family member was irritating and somewhat irksome, yet the more I “thought” about the situation, the stronger I felt about it.  About that time the “Duh!” factor came forth to reveal the formula for creating emotional mountains out of mole hills.

The Duh Factor is that moment when we can see the forest and the trees; that happy moment when mentally we gain a splash of perspective on what we’ve been doing and how it directly affects what we experience.  “The more I thought about it (the initial offense) the angrier I felt (really, really pissed after tossing all night!)”  Duh.

Why not spend the same amount of mental energy (and burned calories) thinking about something good or desired rather than on something negative or unwanted?  Duh illuminates self-evident truths:  The more one thinks about something, the greater the emotional response to the thought.  Thinking, once again, is the important activity.
The Duh! Factor at work

“So what are you saying, George?  That if I think goody Pollyanna thoughts my life will be a bed of roses, red wine, dark chocolate, hot rolls and butter?”  If you like roses, red wine, dark chocolate, hot rolls and butter you’re more likely to experience them if you think about them rather than thinking about that foul tempered so-and-so who you know is plotting against you.

American mystic and philosopher Charles Fillmore once wrote that thoughts held in mind produce after their own kind.  The more I thought about it, the angrier I felt.  Well, I have proved that.  It is true, simple, self-evident and undeniable.  Duh.  


The tricky part is becoming more aware of how I am thinking and to consciously choose the activity of my mind.  I might want to fuss and fight, and thus so think.  But if that’s not how I really want to spend my time, then I am free to think according to what I want.  I know, having demonstrated, that the more I think about something, the stronger  the associated feeling.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Magic Word!

LASACT folks -  if the slides for The Magic Word are not available from the conference website, send me an email and I will send you a pdf file.

georgeesewell@gmail.com

Thanks for attending.  It was a great gathering.  If you'd like the book, click on the cover at right - "Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night" to order.


UPDATE

For those who may want more information about the Complaint Free challenge, here's a short video by Brian Johnson that gives a great summary of Will Bowen's book and challenge.






MORE!  Here's the LINK to how the Magic Word was discovered.

Monday, July 04, 2016

FREEDOM!


By tradition we celebrate the Republic on July 4, the date when all signatures were affixed to the stunning document declaring independence.  


Our great experiment continues to confound history.  From the get-go was the debate over primacy – the individual or the government.  The principal factor in the debate is creation of wealth, another way of stating standard of living.  Wealth is created by individuals, We, the people.  Government cannot create anything.  It must take what others create.  In our Republic, this is taxation – a touchy issue that created the House of Representatives and its responsibility to originate all spending bills.  The structure is good.  As always, implementation is the key.

Attitude is everything.  Let’s look at two prevailing attitudes:

1.  Unless it is stated in the regulations, you can’t do it.
2.  Unless it is prohibited in the regulations, you can do it.

Which do you prefer?  In the former, one must have permission to do something.  In the latter, freedom of action is the norm unless specifically prohibited.

Our Republic was established on the latter although through the decades great amounts of personal freedom have  been surrendered to the government.  Once upon a time travel by flying was a delight.  And, once upon a time government did not recognize, or impeded, the inalienable rights.  The machinery to amend the Constitution has been used to correct instances where government prohibited freedom for many people.

It is attitude that rules.  There are people on the July 4th who are in mental and emotional bondage.  Rather than enjoy their lives and share that joy with others (rising tide lifts all boats) they instead dwell upon past “wrongs” and injustices.  Quite literally, that was then.  A different people, a different world-view, a different perspective from that of the present.  This is now.  Do you wish to be free?  Do you wish to be controlled by others?  The beauty is that you have the freedom and ability to do either.  I would encourage freedom – living in the present and making the present the most enjoyable moment.  (Hint:  There is only one moment, now.  There’s no such animal as past and future as far as experience goes.)

Those who get it, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  It took me a long time to fully grasp that.  Yet it’s true.  The Law of Attraction is the example.  Those who understand the Law of Attraction benefit from that knowledge.  There are people who deny that there is such a thing as the Law of Attraction.  It is the working of that law that helps convince such folks that there is no such thing.  Like attracts like, and if one thinks there is no such thing, then evidence of no such thing will come forth.


There are many unhappy people on this Fourth of July.  That is sad.  Let’s help them by having a rollicking good time celebrating freedom and all that is joyous.  You don’t have to convince anyone of anything (because you can’t) but you can demonstrate your joy in Life and perhaps, after a while, they’ll get curious.  Once curious, they may begin to perceive things differently.