Self-Transformation Series:
Issue No. 25

The Power of Thought

Table of Contents

  1. Why Important
  2. Thought Forms and Waves
  3. Control of Thought
  4. Helping Others With Thought

I. Why Important

"As a man thinketh, so is he." This age-old statement expresses the supreme importance of having control over our thoughts are the key to our destiny. When our thoughts are indiscriminately molded by our environment, then we lose control over the shaping of our own future. More than this, our thoughts also influence others, and hence must be careful in handling them.

Sow a thought, reap a habit; sow a habit; reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. -- Anonymous Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. -- Napoleon Hill All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. -- Buddha

II. Thought Forms and Waves

Thoughts have two kinds of effects:
  1. Effects on oneself - it alters the composition of the mental body, and hence changes the mental and emotional habits that govern his or her daily life. Furthermore, by the law of karma, thoughts directed towards others will tend to be reabsorbed, and hence will produce a corresponding effect on oneself. Thus it is said: "Curses (and blessings) come home to roost."

  2. Effects on others - these are of two kinds:
It is well known that the thought-form of an idea may be projected on to a blank paper and there become visible to a hypnotized person. Or it may be made so objective that the hypnotized person will see and feel it as though it were an actual physical object. - Geoffrey Hodson

A thought-wave influences by the quality of its thought, and thus has a more general effect on others, while a thought-form influences by the definiteness of the thought, thus more focused and specific in its effect.

III. Control of Thought

Thought therefore needs to be controlled and managed by us, for it in turn controls our habits, attitudes and behavior. Here are some steps one can do to transform the quality of one's thinking:

Notice if an advertisement creates a desire in you, which is unwanted, such as cigarette or sex. Notice the sensations and urges that are aroused in you. Just observe them without judgment or condemnation. Such awareness enables us to screen or control the formation of habitual thought patterns that are undesirable.

IV. Helping Others With Thought

By a thought a man can kill; by a thought a man can heal a disease; by a thought a man can influence a crowd; by a thought a man can create a visible illusion which shall deceive other men and lead them astray . . . it is necessary, before these added powers come within his reach, that he should learn to check all that is evil in them. -- ANNIE BESANT

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