The Effect of Thought on Circumstance, Chapter 2 As a Man Thinketh

cultivate your thoughts 193x300 The Effect of Thought on Circumstance, Chapter 2 As a Man Thinketh “Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.” – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh, Ch. 2, p 15

I see in my mind’s eye the serene and lovely picture of a peaceful gardener, tending her flowers quietly, kneeling in the earth, smiling softly and radiating contented happiness when I read the above paragraph.  Much care and attention is needed to cultivate an aesthetically pleasing garden – weeds must be pulled constantly, plants watered, pruned, shaped to grow, fed the proper nutrients and given the right amount of both sunshine and rain.

So it is with the soul, with the mind we think with and the heart we feel with.  Every morning, one can wake and present to the Universe the purest of intent – “Today, I am the man who… The woman who ….” And set about your day in a high vibration, living from your dream and envisioning your truths.  And then the day comes forward, and someone cuts you off in traffic, you spill your coffee on your lap, your co-workers annoy you, your boss harasses you, your children run you ragged…. The list is as variable as it is seemingly endless.

At the end of the day, you may look back and think to yourself, “Where did this person go who IS the man/woman who lives from their dream?”  The next day, you may wake up with greater intent, and still “life” gets in the way.  Still you do not maintain your vibration, your dream fades as you deal with circumstance and reactionary incidents.

But, do you give up on your garden when weeds start to poke through?  No – you simply pull the weeds and move on. And tomorrow, you will pull the weeds, water the plants, and prune a branch here or there and the next day and the next.

In this same way we must cultivate our thoughts and our actions.  “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better” is a mantra Mary Morrissey encourages us to use in her DreamBuilder program.  Every day, you can cultivate peace in one more minute than yesterday.  You can live from your dream more and more often, you can maintain your vibration with more frequency if you will only take the time to prune your thoughts and your actions into purity and into the dream you want to achieve.

The law of attraction is an immutable universal law.   Wallace Wattles tells us in the Science of Getting Rich, “There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.  A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.  Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.”

We attract that which we think about, that which we ARE.  The law of attraction is the fundamental law of human existence.  We create our lives with our thoughts; we create our circumstances with our thoughts.  Positive thinking isn’t simply a nice way to live, or a pleasant credo, the power of positive thinking (or negative thinking) will create and rule the life you live.  Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.  If what you think, as Wattles and Allen say, is created in your circumstance and surrounding, what better undertaking can you begin than the weeding of your thoughts and actions?  In what greater way can you serve your own life, and the lives of countless others you encounter, than by fostering goodness and purity with your own thoughts and actions?

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  1. This is yet another beautiful post. It is inspirational to say the least. It makes perfect sense that our life is our plot of soil that we have to build, one day, one task at a time. I think it is important to put yourself in the right frame of mind each morning. Attitude is the magic word. I think it is important to pay attention to our self talk and keep our affirmations positive.

  2. What a nice analogy this is. The idea that we have this much control over our existence is empowering. Too often, people surrender to the push and pull of things in life. We settle for a life where we allow circumstances to control our outcome. I am tired of not living the life I imagined for myself. And it is because I did not show determination and I sort of gave up on my dreams. These ideas, these verities will help me turn my life around.

  3. I have read a lot about the power of the mind and the law of attraction. I truly believe that faith is a powerful force and that if you believe you or your God can bring about change, then things begin to happen that are consistent with what you believe. I have experienced things, sometimes strange occurrences, that happen after I pray and believe that my prayers will be answered.

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