When I was starting out in business in 1999, I had read some great books on Poetry, religion, politics, science fiction, and history. I had not really read anything on the power of the mind, however. I had always known that I could "refocus" my attention to make my life seem a little better, but I had not really understood that it was my mindset that was creating the reality in which I was living. Admittedly, I have lapsed time and time again into believing that it my circumstances are the reality and my mind is the reflection instead of the truth. The truth, as James Allen so eloquently stated it in 1902 is that environment is my looking glass. It the power of our minds that moulds and makes the reality that exists for us.
Have you ever seen a group of people looking over at you and and then looking away and talking? Did you create a dialogue in your head of what they were saying? Have you ever gone to be around a group of people, or a single person, and played out all of the bad things that the person was going to say or do, even though they had not done any of them yet? We create this angst in our heads without even having the experience. Once we do that, it is difficult for us to pull ourselves back and choose a new path. I would even argue that 97% of people in the world are dirtying up their own looking glass because it is more comfortable for them, mentally, to have a horrible life.
I have know lots of people who believe that their god wants them to be unhappy and wants them to suffer because it somehow makes them more righteous. I have known people that said over and over again that they would be taken down to their last dollar and took pride in fulfilling that destiny. I have even know people who believe that the more people that hate them, the better they are doing. On the other side, I have known people who believe that God wants them to be happy and successful. I have known people that see that they were created for greatness and therefore live into that intent.
The simple reality was grasped by Allen before the turn of the last century. If we were created by God and given dominion over this earth, this reality, then we are to claim our power as a co-creator with God. We get to create heaven on earth, or we get to create hell on earth. Some must focus harder than others, but all have the option to focus on what they will. They do create, in their minds first, the reality that they will experience. Because of this, we are advised not to be unequally yoked to another. In any relationship, if one desires to create suffering on earth and the other desires to create joy, the two should not be connected for any reason. The demons of doubt are sneaky and will often infect the minds of men (and women) who would accept someone with the desire to suffer. This drags down the thoughts of the one desiring heaven on earth and corrupts their focus. In doing so, both will begin to share the looking glass of despair.
The best thing for any of us to do is to spend time every day creating joy in our minds and hearts and then searching for those things in our reality. The things that we earnestly desire will always appear.
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Jody N Holland
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Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.