Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night recognizes thinking as the important activity of Mankind. Thinking is important because nothing can occur prior to a thought. Thinking is the activity of consciousness. I think, therefore I am; I am, therefore I think. Well, yes.
In the most basic structure, things not thought never come to pass. The flip side, of course, is the belief that “all that is” is the result of random movements of particles in a capricious universe. Because of the Law of Attraction, either belief is valid – the thinker/believer will experience the results of such belief. The difference is between living a managed life and one bouncing around the chaos of other peoples thinking, i.e., victim of external forces.
Is it safe to assume (risking ass-you-me!) that any person, anywhere, anytime, prefers to feel good rather than feel bad? Good is relative, granted, and the range of a “good” feeling is vast. Someone’s “good” feeling may be witnessing another suffer. That’s hardly the same “good” feeling of someone providing assistance to another. There are degrees of every feeling and experience. Feeling angry is an improvement on feeling hopeless. I suspect most people aspire for Joy. The Life experience is about moving to a better feeling existence. A mental move to a better feeling experience is not an accident. It is a choice - a decision, a thought, an expectation.
Nothing can improve without a thought for improvement. Some people understand that. Some can’t. One of my favorite thinkers, Emmet Fox, noted that People are trying to change outer conditions but leaving their consciousness unchanged, and it cannot be done. I think Fox was emphasizing that until consciousness changes it’s not possible for anything else to change. Consciousness is an awareness of thinking and there are degrees of consciousness as with everything. The higher degree is characterized by a greater frequency or vibration. Higher frequencies, in a word, rule over lower frequencies.
Contemporary with Fox was Charles Fillmore, who summed up the mental process: If you’re unhappy with your life, change you thinking. In essence, it’s not possible to “fix” your life until you are able to “change” your thinking. Thinking precedes everything.
Yet how do you change thinking? Simply by giving attention to something else that evokes an improved feeling. Simple is not synonymous with easy. Many of us aren’t aware that we’re thinking, let alone how we’re thinking. As one wag noted, consciousness is a terrible thing to waste.
Quick check: On most days are you planning your activities/experiences? Or, are you reacting to whatever you’re sensing around you – 24 hours news, FB, other people’s opinions, etc.? Many people bounce around their thinking, reacting to what they see and experience going on around them. They give attention to the news, gossip, what others say and do, and make note of the differences between people (especially themselves.) They focus on every injustice when the “bad guys” get away with it. Or, when some people have all the luck (leaving less “luck” available for others!)
A change in consciousness is not necessarily a Road to Damascus moment with blinding Light and Voices from the Cosmos. Most often an elevation of consciousness (thinking on a higher frequency) is more a “Eureka!” or “Aha!” moment when something is suddenly clear. “I get that!” is often a response. Finally learning to “follow” your hunch/intuition is a good sign.
Perhaps the finest illustration of a change in consciousness involves a very old and very widespread teaching about humans relating to one another:
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Buddhism.
This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do
unto you. Hinduism.
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. Judaism.
The teaching is direct – don’t inflict on others what you don’t want to experience yourself. We’ve got a long history of showing that this guiding principle is effective.
Take a look at the essence of the thought: What’s emphasized? Something painful or undesirable. “I don’t want this to happen to me.” Therefore, I won’t inflict this on someone else (and maybe they won’t do it to me.) It is a sort of truce among people – let’s agree not to harm each other. The agreement works very well. Over time it becomes codified and passed along to each generation. It is a belief, a faith, if you will. It becomes a state of consciousness – individual and collective.
Take a look at the general concept expressed on a higher level of consciousness:
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them.
However one may consider Jesus, he is first a profound teacher, guiding consciousness with a shift in perspective. This application, known as the Golden Rule, puts attention on what you desire – how you wish to be treated. And places the responsibility for that desire on you! Treat others as you want to be treated. That’s a significant evolution from the old teaching. Now as over 2,000 years ago, not everyone “gets it.”