When I was a child around the age of eight after my parents had divorced we spent more time in my father’s car each week because we lived with my mother during the week and my father during the weekends. I’m sure that it was very difficult time for him. Sometimes he would get frustrated with other people’s driving and would say things to them or about them out loud but never where they could hear them. I used to think it was so funny, the things he would say. Other people I drove with have done this and continue to do this, and I do it as well. For years I’ve justified this behavior to myself by thinking that it was a way to blow off steam, to release my frustration and anger without hurting anyone. But I now realize that this isn’t true. When I entertain these kinds of thoughts, I am CHOOSING to concentrate on that thought and the negative feelings that it brings up in me. I cannot control if the thought comes to me. But I can control wether I let it float by or give it life by paying attention to it and how it makes me feel. Once I do that, I’m headed down the path of suffering. And if anyone is in the car with me, I am literally and figuratively taking them for ride. My energy will feel negative. My anxiety level will he heightened. I will be quicker to be have temperamental reactions to the tiniest stupid things, and I will be disconnected from my Self, and anyone who is in the car with me. And this mind-state (state of mind, attitude, disposition, readiness, etc. puts me in a position to have move of the same happen. So now by continuing to think and behave from this mind-state there is a greater probability of having more of the same types of problems to occur..
This process that I just described of manifesting what you are thinking about can be used in a positive way as well. By setting an intention and a goal and then thinking about that goal, visualizing it in the now, meditating on it, praying about it, talking, about it you begin to set the stage for reaching this goal, but I doubt that anything will come to fruition. In this physical world if you want to reach a goal you have to take ACTION that is constant with your intention to reach it.
When your goals are aligned with who you are at the core of your Being (soul, spirit, essence, Self, etc.), who your are as a human-being (your body and it’s physical talents and capabilities, and your mind which its a combination of its intellect, memory, and cognitive functionality and talents); your personality (a combination of everything above plus everything the sum of your experienced, perceived, categorized, judged, and felt physically and emotionally); and your energy (which can be put under much greater control with certain practices), that is when you are in a position to take the appropriate action that will result in the attainment of your goals as well as creating a new reality for you that will also impact the rest of the Universe.
You start from where your are. You take everything just mentioned plus the current life situation you find yourself in (environment, work, family, etc.) and the resources at your disposal, and then you take the appropriate physical and mental action required to make reach your goals, make your dreams come true, and begin to live life the way you want it to be. That is personal power! You are taking change or your reality, and even influencing the reality of the rest of the Universe because we are all connected through energy, biology, and cause and effect. The current craze in the self-help arena these days calls this the “Law of Attraction”. While I agree in the efficacy of using the Law of Attraction concept, I am not convinced that it is the holy grail of happiness and “abundance” that it has been made out to be.
I will write piece about the Law of Attraction. But for now if you use the Law of Attraction and you take appropriate steps to bring that which you wish to bring to fruition, you have a good shot at changing your life and reaching your goals. So try to stay positive and do positive things that are in alignment with who you are and what you want. I’ll have more to say about the Law of Attraction in another post.