Mental habits are difficult to control, but it can be done. Begin at once to substitute constructive thought for destructive thought. Form the habit of analyzing every thought.
From Matthews Adams, ” Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.”
If your thought has been critical or destructive you are out of harmony with a mental attitude that will be conducive to constructive thought. This is why we must take the Mental Diet very seriously and control mental habits that do not serve us.
The Law of Substitution is what I have used to overcome destructive thought. We cannot think about 2 things at the same time. If a negative thought enters my mind, I use any fond memory or other pleasant thought to replace the negative thought. I use a positive, happy thought when destructive thought has tried to invade my thinking. I control my mental habits. Love and Harmony, Joan
From Haanel this week we learn: “Concentrate on the things you want, not on the things you do not want. Think of abundance; idealize the methods and plans for putting the Law of Abundance into operation. Visualize the condition which the Law of Abundance creates; this will result in manifestation.”
“In order to harness thought force and make it do your bidding, work is required.”
“Create ideals only, give no thought to external conditions, make the world within beautiful and opulent and the world without will express and manifest the condition which you have within.”
Once again, I am reminded to create the world within. Make it the best picture of what I want and the world without will have to change to meet my new creation.
Do you struggle with this idea of setting your mind on that of what we want? Do you want to change your world without? It takes work to make the changes we seek. It takes thought force. Thought is the fire that creates the steam that turns the wheel of fortune.
This week we prepare the soil of our minds to cultivate the power of attention. To practice this power we are to bring a photograph with us into our “sit” time. Fully relax and take the same position as to the last lessons. Next, we examine the photograph closely for at least ten minutes, note the expression of the eyes, the form of the features, the clothing, the way the hair is arranged. Note every detail shown on the photograph carefully. Finally, cover the photo and close our eyes and try to see it mentally. Repeat the process until we can hold a steady mental image of the photo.
Originally, for me, this was a challenge and seemed to be just out of reach. My mind wandered, my focus was not clear and I wanted to quit trying. I didn’t seem to understand why this was necessary. I was an observant person, being aware of my surroundings and careful about my space. My police officer husband had taught me the importance of being aware of people around me.
This exercise did come into focus for me as the week progressed. Each time I practiced the discipline of focusing on the photograph and then visualizing it, I did get better. To acquire this wonderful power it took practice.
Love & Harmony
It is interesting to note that our week of “no opinions” coincides with our Scroll 2 of Og Mandino. We greet this day with love in our hearts. We welcome obstacles for they are our challenge. When we are tempted to criticize we bite our tongues.
When opinions or criticism are our obstacles, how do we take corrective action?
For myself, I have used the Law of Substitution. The law of substitution is we cannot think about 2 things at the same time. If an opinion or criticism creeps into my mind, first I have to be aware of my thought, the second I must turn from it and think about something else instead. This may sound easy for some people but from my experience, I can say it takes real work for me to turn from something in my thoughts.
I am so grateful to have had the Master Key Experience come into my life when I was experiencing great loss. I have learned to control my thoughts and gain from the experience that it is possible to turn from opinions. When I get into an opinion or criticism, I change it around and think of the good in what it is that I have an opinion about. This is one of the many things that I have learned in creating a better emotional state of mind.
I greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? I look at all things with love and I am born again. Using the Law of Substitution has changed my life for the better each day as I practice love for all, the sun, the rain, the light, and the darkness. I welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
Love & Harmony, Joan