You are what you think
Clear the cobwebs from your thinking. But what do you think? How orderly is your thought porcesses? How straight is your thinking? And how clean are your thoughts? Let’s find outans search the depths of our mind fro an answer. Because ethere are certain mental cobwebs that clutter up the thinking of almost everyone, even the most brilliant minds.
Sometimes we have undesirable habits and we want to correct them. And there are times when we are strongly tempted to do wrong. Then, like an insect caught in a spider’s web, we struggle to get free. Our conscious will is in conflict with our imagination and the wil of our subconscious mind. The more we struggle, the more we become entrapped.
In the process, some give up and experience the mental conflicts of a living hell. Others learn how to tap and use the powers of the subconscious through the conscious mind. They are victorious. And success through a positive mental attitude teaches one how to tap and use these powers. As individuals, each person has absolute, inherent control over his mental attitude.
Accurate thinking with PMA is one of the 17 principles revealed in success through a PMA. To think accurately one must use reason. The science of reasoning or accurate thinking is called “logic”.
But we don’t act from reason alone. An action based on common sense is the result of more than just reason. It depends on habits of thought and action, intuitions, experiences and other infleunces such as tendencies and environment.
One of the cobwebs of our thinking is to assume that we act from reason alone when in reality every conscious act is the result of doing what we want to do. We make decisions. There is a tendency when reasoning, to draw conclusions ‘favourable to the strong inner urges of our usbconscious mind. And this tendency exists in everyone – even in great thinkers and philosophers.
In 31 BC a greek philosopher who lived in a city on the Aegean Sea wanted to go Carthage. He was a teacher in logic; therefore he contemplated reasons in favour of making the voyage and reasons against it. For every reason a to why he should go he found that there were many more reasons why he shouldn’t . Of course he would be sea-sick, be killed by pirates his boat was small, etc. Discretion indicated that he shouldn’t make the trip. But he did. Why? Because he wanted to. It so happens, that emotion and reason should be inbalance in everyone’s life. Neither should always hold the controlling hand.
Besides this there are several mental cobwebs, they are :
- Seeing only the mote in the other fellow’s eye. For example, a young man learned to see the beam in his own eye rather than a mote in his wife’s eye. But before that we willsee how the habit of nagging develops. In order to cure what she believes is her husband’s faults, a wife may nag him. His faults get worse, so she nags him some more. Naturally his faults get worse still, and she nags him even more. As every action has equal and oposite reaction. Governed by a fixated reaction to the problem of her husband’s faults, she can meet it only one way. The longer she continues, the worse it gets, until they are both nervous wrecks; their marriage is destroyed, and their lives are shattered.
So when the young man had enrolled for a PMA science of success course that evening, he was asked, “Why are you taking this course?” “Because of my wife!” he replied. Many of the students laughed but not the instructor. He knew from experience that there are many unhappy homes when husband or wife sees the other’s faults but not his of her own. After completion of the course, the trainer asked the man the same question. He answered, “ My problem is solved.” The instructor asked, “ Thats wonderful and how did you solve it?” he said, “I learned that when I am faced with a problem that involves misunderstandings with other persons, I must first satrt with myself. When I examined my own mental atitude, I discovered that it was negative. My problem was really not with my wife – it was with me! In solving my problem I found that I no longer had one with her.
- Arguments and misunderstandings due to semantic difficulties. One can never really communicatewith another person unless he understood exactly what that other person meant by the words he used. Same also, as it is necessary for the other person to comprehend his meaning . so instead of taking offence at someone’s brash remark, express a genuienely friendly interest in him/her and then craete a platform fo discussion to weep away the cobwebs from each other’s mind by asking questions by firstly saying, “Lets start with the meeeting of the minds.” In the process, we do away with unclean thoughts and habits.
- All inclusive- restrictive words or expressions as basic or minor premises. One of the greatest hindrance is the very tool of thought itself: Words. Words are symbols that can mean to you the sum total of combination of innumerable ideas, concepts and experiences. Oddly enough, the subconscious instantaneously communicates to the conscious mind through symbols. Through one word you can motivate others to act. When you say to another person, “You can!” this is sesuggestions. When you say to yourself,”I can !” you motivate yourself by self-suggestion. So words like : always, only, never, nothing, every, everyone, no-one, can’t, impossible should be eliminated as premises in reasoning until it is certain that they are correct.
- The idea that necessity forces dishonesty. Necessity plue PMA can motivate you to succeed.but when used with NMA, it becomes the excuse for lies, deception and fraud. Necessity is the word. And mother of invention and father of crime. Inviolable satndards of integrity are fundamental to all worthwhile achievement and are an integral part of a positive mental attitude. Necessity motivates a man with PMA to action without trangressing recognized inviolable standards. An honest amn won’t deceive, cheat or steal because of necessity. Honesty is inherent in PMA.
- Fear that it is sacrilegious to use the powers of your mind. God has given us the power to choose, to plan and to control their future. Read books that are written to motivate the reader to direct his thoughts, control his emotions, and ordain his destiny. And they often help to comprehend the truths; along with books on holy scriptures.
- Negative : feelings, emotions and passions, habits, beliefs and prejudices – the strands of each cobwebs: small, large, strong or weak are all spun by NMA. When you think about it for a while, you will see that the strongest cobweb spun by NMA is the cobweb of inertia. Inertia cause you to do nothing; if you are moving in the wrong direction, keeps you from resistingor stopping. You go on and on.
Sadly so, Ignorance is the result of inertia. That which seems logical to the person who isignorant of the factsor know-how may be illogical to the man who does know. When you make decisions because you refuse to keep an open mind and learn the truth – that is ignorance. And NMA keeps walive and grows fat on ignorance. Eliminate it! Developing thinking through a positive mental attitude can help in eliminate it.
We can avoid mental cobwebs,it’s not difficult. It requires will and an interest. We can clear them and sweep away as they begin to develop. We can freee ourselves when once enmeshed. And we can remain free.
A man with PMA may not know the facts of have the know-how. He may not understand. Yet he recognises the basic premise tahttruth is truth and is not false reagrdless of his lack of knowledge or understanding. He tehrefore endeavours to keep an open mindand to learn. He must base his conclusions onwhathe does know, yet be prepared to change them when he thinks he becomes more enlightened.
Will you dare to clear the cobwebs from your thinking? I have dared to do so. And I have already begun!
Conclusion: Direct your thinking with a Positive Mental Attitude to control your Emotions and to ordain your Destinty.