Published On: September 21, 2012

Think About It

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I think therefore I am.”   —  Rene Descartes

Have you been nurturing your big dreams? How often have you thought of them and how you will accomplish them? Do you share these dreams with someone? Answer honestly: how long until you will be able to realize them? Don’t panic. Take a deep breath. All these questions are meant to rouse you, take you for a moment out of the so-called comfort zone.

Some studies have shown that we have on average 50,000 thoughts a day. Thus, we use our creative imagination at every turn. The transpersonal therapist, Tadashi Kadomoto, in his book Nobody Travels to the Mountain, comments on a survey done in the United States on the subject of thinking and reveals important data: 40 percent of our concerns relate to events that never happen; 30 percent relate to things that have happened; 12 percent relate to health issues; 10 percent are on insignificant subjects; which leaves 8 percent for concerns that are real.

Deepak Chopra

Dr. Deepak Chopra, writer and teacher of Ayurveda, spirituality, and mind-body medicine adds to this data by saying 90 percent of our thoughts today are the same as we had yesterday. These data are really impressive — with 50,000 daily thoughts, only 8 percent are relevant! Thus, we must re-educate ourselves daily so that we can increasingly take advantage of our minds in a useful and enjoyable way for ourselves and all those around us.

Did you know that even today science has not figured out the source of our thoughts? Think about it: if our thoughts do not originate from our material body then they probably have a source more … divine. What’s more, if our thinking is rooted in our soul/spirit/other designated spiritual force, why not pay more attention to what we think?

On planet Earth it is not yet possible to plant pineapple and expect to harvest bananas, as it is not possible to send negative thoughts (energy) and expect a positive return.

In the world of corporate training, coaching, etc., there is much talk about changing your focus to reach your goals faster. If your focus uses thoughts directed to a certain subject, then trainers and motivators are doing nothing more than to alert you to take care of the quality of your thoughts.

To begin to realize your dreams, the first step is to distinguish between a simple wish versus a goal established and planned step-by-step. Wishing is relatively easy because it involves undertaking or planning to win the object of desire. However, when you really want something, when the desire is so intense to do or have something that it becomes a goal, we unconsciously affect everything and everyone around us. Whoever is motivated by this intense wish comes to live according to his goals. For this you must learn to focus. You must set targets and outline a detailed plan of action required to achieve your goal.

In fact, most people lack the willpower to set goals. They consider the planning phase very troublesome and give as an excuse the lack of time or tiredness, and they end up letting go of their goals. These people take life like a rudderless ship whose fate is guided by the wind and currents. Unfortunately, they never reach the coveted port called success and are bound to smaller, unimportant routes. He who learns to wield the power of thought, to sail with absolute certainty, triumphs as the arrow reaches the target guided like the hand of an expert archer. Remember that the world is a product of the mind. You are what is the mind. You can evolve fully using the power of thought.

If you are still not convinced that “thinking is to create a better destiny for ourselves and for others,” as Saint Thomas said, you may want to consider this research from Duke University in the US, under the coordination of neuroscientist Miguel Paulista Nicofelis. Researchers there collected signals from a monkey’s brain activity and converted them into a format that a computer could read. The signals were sent over a high-speed connection to Japan. While the monkey walked on a treadmill in the US, a computer across the world read the “orders” of the animal’s brain and fed them to a robot that moved on another treadmill. A robot weighing 80 kilograms and standing 1.5 meters high was set in motion in Kyoto, Japan, using only the power of thought coming from a monkey at Duke University in North Carolina.

So if a monkey can move a robot thousands of miles away, imagine what you can do using the power of your thoughts to move mountains of obstacles in your life.

Think about it!

Peter Roman is a regular contributor to CIE.

{Featured photo is from a drawing by M.C. Escher}

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