“If you knew how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
— Peace Pilgrim
Mike Dooley kicks off his bestseller, Infinite Possibilities, with Thoughts Become Things. He writes, “Our thoughts are what is ‘real’; they’re the starting point of all that will become tangible in our lives, …nothing plays a greater role in how we construct our fortunes and misfortunes than the thoughts we choose to think” (p. 9).
This has been echoed from New Thought platforms since the beginning. It’s been supported by quantum physicists and has even been asserted in venues where metaphysics was once criticized. This statement is perhaps the most important, exciting yet terrifying principle of New Thought.
It’s been said that we think on average 50,000 thoughts a day. Raymond Holliwell in Working With the Law states, “…our thoughts travel at the rate of 186,000 miles per second… 930,000 times faster than the sound of our voice” (p. 30). Saying that this is fast would be an understatement, and 50,000 is by no means a small figure. Yet, these thoughts are creating. Whether we want them to or not, and whether we are conscious of them or not, these thoughts are shaping our very existence.
“Wait! So you’re telling me that every little, itty-bitty, teensy-weensy thought I think becomes a thing?”
Not quite, but yes! Allow me to explain.
In Before You Think Another Thought, Dr. Bruce Doyle says, “The mission of each thoughtform is to fulfill the intent of the thought – to carry out the thinker’s desires or intentions. It does so by attracting to it similar thoughtforms to help it fulfill itself” (p. 19).
In other words, a series of small thoughts attract to it other like thoughts. As these little thoughts gather together, they become bigger thoughts that carry more momentum. Imagine a small fish swimming alone in an ocean versus when it swims in a school of 500 other fish. Like that cluster of fish, our joining thoughts become an identical force.
These joining thoughts (or thoughtforms) turns into a dominant thought. Holliwell refers to this as the “ruling mental state” (p. 27) while others refer to it as a belief. When all of these thoughts are supported by strong emotion and expectation (faith), then the dominant thought will materialize in some form. Whether the dominant thought is positive (love) or negative (fear), “according to your faith be it done unto you” (Matt 9:29).
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.”
— Eckhart Tolle
Another side of this is projection. As within, so without. We typically do not think of projection as creation, but it is. Holliwell says, “…it is what we believe that determines what we shall see” (p. 28). We project onto the outer based on what we already believe – even if what we believe is not factual or Truth-based. In many cases we find ourselves engaged in an event without necessarily being major players or initiators of it. We simply react to the event based on what we already believed or assumed. Allow me to elaborate.
Every situation is neutral pre-thought. It was nothing before you thought about it. It didn’t turn into something until you thought about it and projected your stuff onto it. In the most simplistic breakdown, this is usually how it goes when we see an unpleasant event:
1.) We project our own narrative (belief) onto the situation. This narrative may be derived from race consciousness or from our own experience.
2.) We then give the situation the power to harm us (or affect us in any way) based on the narrative we projected onto it.
3.) We then tell the story of how much the situation harmed us, and we add in new details each time we tell the story.
4.) We then start to believe our new version of the story since we’ve told it so much.
5.) Once you know it, we’ve further strengthened a destructive narrative that will rest in our subconscious and will, therefore, continue to govern our experience.
6.) We go along in life playing “the victim” when in truth the initial situation did nothing to us but trigger something that was already in us (a belief). We merely projected it outwards onto the situation.
7.) Then we stumble across a similar situation and start this projection process all over again.
Do you see the cycle here? Do you see how we created this reality? Do you see how our assumptions harmed us? Do you see how our judgmental disposition sent us down a downward spiral? On the flip side, do you see how better off we would have been had we projected a Truth-based narrative onto the situation and gave it the power to bless us instead?
This is essential to understand because unless we tap into our Superconscious Mind, then we will only be able to think, create, perceive, and project on the level of our subconscious. This is not to insinuate that our subconscious is evil, but from my experience, it has the tendency to be a little unpredictable and irrational when it lacks spiritual guidance.
Before I conclude, I must mention that projection is an example of the naming power that Adam (humankind) was given in Genesis 2:19. The nature of every living creature (thoughts and ideas) are ours to name. It’s ours to specify, and whatever energy we attach to it is how it will show up in our life, world, and affairs. This is our power as spiritual beings.
The misstep is that we’ve used this power more to curse than to bless. We’ve used this power more to harm ourselves than heal ourselves. We’ve made some pretty good feats with this power, but overall our forgetfulness of our divinity along with our misunderstanding of Spiritual Law has caused us to use this power to our detriment. But the good news is that we still have time to turn this around.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
— Albert Einstein
“We hold the power that creates worlds,” as Abraham/Ester Hicks would say. We have the power to name our world and change our reality. We hold the keys to our healthy, happy, and prosperous life, and those keys are our thoughts. Those keys are our spiritual faculties. Those keys are within each and every one of us awaiting our recognition. I think it would be fitting to leave you with these words from our Founder, Reverend Colemon: “You are the thinker that thinks the thought that creates the thing. You have a big God, so think BIG!”
And so it is.
1. Dooley, M. (2010). Infinite possibilities: The art of living your dreams. New York: Atria Paperback.
2. Doyle, B. I. (1997). Before you think another thought: An illustrated guide to understanding how your thoughts and beliefs create your life. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Pub. Co.
3. Holliwell, R. N. (1964). Working with the law. Camarillo, CA: DeVorss Publications.