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Thoughts Become Things!

May I have seven minutes and 36 seconds of your time?

A friend shared a video with me the other day, and I would really appreciate it if you would take some time to watch it and then share your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc. about what the speaker is saying. All viewpoints and respectful discussion welcome and encouraged!

Thoughts Become Things!

So… over to you!

Your thoughts?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • The M Half
    May 12, 2012

    I watched this at least 3 times. Once all the way through. I have 2 reactions competing for space in my head.

    One thought is “Duh. We don’t talk about gravity, so why are we talking about this?”

    The other thought is deeper. Yes, thoughts become things, whether you believe it or not. Just over 5 years ago, I directed a lot of energy toward getting the job I have now. There have been ups and downs, of course, but it’s still been the best job, dare I say career, for me. My manager has been incredibly supportive, honest, caring … as has her manager. And hers too. (yay I report to 3 levels of women in executive leadership!)

    I have inadvertently brought about negative things sometimes too by worrying. “See, I *knew* this would happen!” Of course it did. Because I focused on it. Duh!

    Here’s where I struggle. My mother died of breast cancer when she was 35 years old. What did she do to manifest that? I mean this question to be rhetorical, unless someone has a thoughtful response.

    Notice I asked what she did. Not what I did. Over the years, I have finally learned that my parents’ deaths did not happen to me. Those things happened to them and affected me. Profoundly affected me, yes, but it didn’t “happen” to me.

    After I was introduced to this concept (well, made aware of) in 2005-ish, it has been a constant thought in the back of my mind. Whenever my mind wanders somewhere scary, I redirect it. Whenever my worry starts to give me a tummyache, I redirect it. This doesn’t mean bad things never happen. It just means that I focus my energy on as much good and positive stuff as I can. It makes me a happier person, which I believe makes me more pleasant to be around. Unless someone is a grump. In which case, I am the most annoying person on the planet. 😉

    Dawn, this is an excellent post. Not only has it rejuvenated my thinky focus, it also reminded me of a strong recommendation someone made to me about learning about and looking for a Toastmasters group in my new city. Your post was just the push I needed to actually do a little internet research and send an inquisitive email. Thoughts do indeed become things.

    Thank you!
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    • Laurel Regan
      May 13, 2012

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments and personal insight – much appreciated! You’ve given me a lot to think about.

      My husband and I were discussing the whole issue of cancer and manifestation – both of us have a HUGE issue with the idea that it’s somehow one’s “fault” in the case of a major illness or injury – that somehow they brought it on themselves by not thinking positively, or not having enough faith, or whatever. I just don’t believe it – for me, things such as manifestation, positive thinking, faith, aren’t about magic or trickery, or avoiding things that are simply beyond one’s control. It’s more about the other things you described – choosing to focus on positive rather than negative thoughts so as to live a happier and more contented life; about clarifying in your own mind what you want your life to look like, so that when opportunities are presented you’ve already “gone there” and are therefore more aware and receptive to possibilities. Does that make sense?
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  • margaret christine
    May 12, 2012

    Good post and good feedback from your commenter above. I’m torn about the whole manifestation thing and I always have been. Sometimes, I fear that I might get in the way of divine providence–that perhaps there is something even better out there for me. Other times, I’ve gone about trying to manifest things, like doing the vision board, and it has actually happened! Maybe not in the same exact literal way, but eventually, it has.

    Just my two cents. It’s nothing that requires an answer, it’s just what I have wondered.

    • Laurel Regan
      May 13, 2012

      Interesting – thank you for your thoughts! I’m still working through these sorts of questions in my own mind, so it’s good to know that others ponder the issues as well.

      I’ve had an experience similar to yours re. the vision board. As I said in a previous comment, I don’t believe it’s about magic or trickery – just about focusing on and clarifying your hopes and dreams so that you’re more aware of opportunities when they’re presented.

      I think I need to do another post and dig a little deeper!
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  • Becky May 14, 2012

    Thanks. I needed this reminder.

    There are some things I need to start doing again to refocus my energies. Expect a future thank you from me, too. =)
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  • Cari
    May 17, 2012

    I found out about this post from a post of Becky’s.

    I really like the thoughts, as well as the comments.
    Thought provoking stuff.

    I really like the Comment Love . . . whatever-it-is.
    Is it a widget?
    I have never seen it before and think it is great.
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    • Laurel Regan
      May 18, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by, Cari, and for your comments!

      CommentLuv is great! It’s a WordPress plugin – here’s the web site: http://www.commentluv.com/ (I just have the Lite version, which works fine for me). I like it because it allows me to “give back” to my commenters in a way, by offering them a chance to promote one of their blog posts.
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