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Sunday, July 25, 2004
Who are You?
I came across this very good and encouraging, thought-provoking article in The Times of India today.
Who are You? ------------
In the 17th century, the French philosopher Reni Descartes came up with the explanation for it all: I think, therefore I am. I remember this statement being the source of debates in philosophy classes. It was the existential 'which came first' story the chicken or the egg.
Years later, I feel that his statement really is a fill-in-the-blanks statement. 'I think, therefore I am.' In other words, 'I think I am angry, therefore I am angry, I think I am tired, therefore I am tired, I think I am busy, therefore I am busy.'
Let's go back to Descartes and fill in the blanks. I think I am too busy, therefore I am too busy. So the usual conclusion to this thought is I'm too busy to go into the garden this morning thus I don't go. [I think I m too busy to go into the garden, therefore I am too busy to go into the garden.]
What this does is, for one, tell your subconscious mind to keep looking for that answer, and two keeps the door open to the answer coming through. If you keep saying I can't remember, well guess what, your subconscious goes, 'ok, can't remember,' and it goes off to lunch and stops trying to remember. End of story. On the other hand, if you say 'I m remembering' it will stay 'on duty' until it finds the memory you're asking for. In the same way if you're searching for the solutinos to a problem, if you say to yourself 'I don't know what to do', I think I am unable to find an answer, therefore I am unable to find an answer -- there again you've closed the door to the answer coming through. Saying 'I am able to find the answer' opens the gate wide for the answers to come to you. We can replace those dead-end thougths and statements with some that leave the door open for solutions. 'I think I am able to discover the answer, therefore I am able to discover the answer, I think I am capable of finding a solution.' Now some of you might be saying this is simplistic. Well, yes it is, and that's the beauty of it. We humans seem to have a tendency to complicate things, when things really are simple. First a thought, then an action. First a belief, then a consequence of that belief. A thought, then a result to that thought (action or inaction).
We have disempowered ourselves by thinking 'small thoughts' or dead-end thoughts fulled by low self-esteem, images of unattainable goals (to be like the 'slimmer-than-life' model on TV), and thoughts rampant with self-criticism (or criticism of others). Thoughts that are self-defeating [I think I am a failure, therefore.]
I think I am not smart enough, therefore I think I am unattractive, therefore I think I can't do this, therefore...
The belief or thought we have sets the tone for our actions, for the life we create. If there's one thing that can change our lives, it's to change the nature of our thoughts, of our beliefs. We are not powerless. We are powerful beyond measure.
It's up to us to fill in the blanks with the reality we desire, not the one we don't. We can change our reality. We can make a difference in our lives and in the lives of the people around us and in the world.
-- Marie T russell.
-- Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. -- Albert Einstein.