Sunday, March 14, 2010
What Thoughts Can Do
I talked to some people studying metaphysics a couple of decades ago. They believed they could make water boil by thinking about it boiling. None had seen it happen. I decided to suspend belief in that aspect of thought. Then when I Saw the movie 'What the bleep do we know?' a couple of years ago one scientist showed the difference between photos of water drops. He claimed the ones that were rounder or nicer looking had been dropped near people who were thinking positive thoughts, the jagged ones had been dropped near people thinking negative thoughts. Perhaps thoughts can impact the physical world. I still don't worry about it much. But thoughts affect health, success, actions, relationships. So it is a good idea to be aware of our thoughts. We don't want to deny the signals that negative thoughts are giving us. There may be a change that needs to be made. However, if we focus on helplessness, despair, negativity, resentment, we can be crippled emotionally and physically. Also, this can get worse, as we are what we practice. So, give yourself a cheerful pat on the back for looking at a negative thought then deciding what is to be done. Maybe just the analysis shows that it is not well founded, that you have made an error in interpretation. Don't deny, don't shut down, just look wisely. That is the spark of magic, the belief that you can decide the truth of a thought, that will lead to wellness and good self-esteem.