“As a man thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
Often we ask ourselves the question, “How did this happen to me?” I can answer that question. Things come to “be” through various stages: silence, thoughts, words, actions and manifestation. Silence is the ground. Thoughts are the seeds. Spoken words water the seeds/thoughts that we planted. Actions fertilize the seeds/thoughts and cause them to grow. Manifestation is the harvest of our thoughts.
Students of Truth often say, “I AM the thinker of the thoughts that creates the things in my life.” This idea empowers us to take responsibility for our thoughts and our lives. Another saying that helps us develop our Christ consciousness is “Thoughts held in mind reproduce after their kind (Genesis 1:24-31).” Until we give an idea energy, it is just a suggestion that can be accepted or rejected. Thinking is giving energy to a mental suggestion.
If we don’t like the harvest, then we can change the seed. If we don’t like what has manifested, then we can change our thoughts. If we plant apple seeds and we don’t like the apples that manifest, we can get different fruit, by planting a different seed. Whatever is going on in our lives right now, it all started with a thought. Whether we consider our current situation to be positive or negative, it all began with an idea that we accepted and held in our minds.
The beauty of the mind is that if we don’t like what we have created, then we can change our minds and create something different. It will take time to uproot what we have planted. Nevertheless, we can have a different life if we start thinking different thoughts, speaking different words and doing different deeds.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.