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

Monday, January 09, 2012

Okay, 2012 is here!

It seems that many folks are happy with the new year.  Part of that is a “thank God 2011 is over!” since many people found that calendar period to contain a number of challenges.  2012 offers unparalleled prosperity, health, delight and all around good feelings.  Yet, as with any potential, a person must be able to accept it into their experience.  That acceptance invariably means a shift in thinking and perception.

For instance, nothing can be brought into being (or experience) by thinking about its opposite.  Everything has two ends, two sides, two points – a “higher” and a “lower” manifestation.  Which manifests, appears, depends on attention.  Is health obtained by constant thinking, discussing, and studying about disease?  Not really.  Studying “disease” only reveals (drum roll) more disease.  “What’s wrong with me?” reveals more of what’s “not right” with me.  Attention to anything means more of it, whether desired or not.  Therefore, thinking about the “opposite” of what you want cannot produce what is desired.  The desired manifestation is on the other end of the scale.  The solution is always different (vibration) from the “problem.”  Granted, many of us perceive a “solution” to be for a problem to stop being a problem.

A lot of challenges can be avoided by paying attention to your still, small voice.  Also known as a hunch, an intuition, a feeling – you know the many subtle ways someone is trying to get your attention.  Invariably you get a hunch to give your attention to something other than where your attention is going.  For instance, I know of someone who went to a lunch with friends over the Holidays and shared an appetizer with one of them, who was recovering from a respiratory struggle.  Don’t do that¸ said the quiet voice, as the person reached for the tasty treat.

Days later – when the person was beset with a nagging illness – came the remark “well, I should have listened to my hunch, but I never do…”  And I must ask, why, oh why, do we NOT listen to the hunches, the intuitions (George, take a sweater to that football game…Nah, I won’t need it…)  We know better, but still we refuse to listen to our own counsel.  That is the source of such quiet guidance – our higher self that hovers beyond our physical senses.

So, a few things to make 2012 a great year (maybe that’s what the Mayan’s meant…):

·       Pay attention to yourself and follow your hunch/intuition.  If it’s a good thing to do, you’ll have good results.  What have you got to lose by not doing so?
·       Focus your attention on what you want and desire, not what you fear or dislike.  This takes practice because anything out of “ease” (dis-ease) gets our attention because we inherently know it to be the exception rather than the rule.  Giving something you don’t like more attention only brings more of the same into your life.  You know this already although you may not have been aware of it in 2011.  Make 2012 the year you are aware of where your mental and emotional attentions are focused.
·       To insure prosperity, give everyone more in use-value than you receive in “cash” or money value.  Think about this one and it’ll make sense.
·       Appreciate something every moment. Heck, post something you appreciate on Facebook every day, or Tweet, or whatever expressions you like (silent prayer is a pretty good one.)
·       All of the above reinforce the simple but effective game plan for living:  What I want for myself, I want for everyone.
Now that’s a plan for 2012!  Check the results December 21, 2012.

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