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Whose Thoughts Are Those?

I remember in the 80s I started reading ‘self-help,’ ‘new age’ materials, and I’d read such things as, ‘change your thinking, change your life,’ or ‘you create your own reality by your thoughts.’

I wasn’t taught either at home, or in school, that you could control your thoughts; therefore, I really didn’t know that I could control my own mind, or change what I focus or dwell on. Words just seemed to just randomly come and go and flow through my mind.


I don’t know about anyone else, but when I was growing up, I was taught that people who heard voices in their heads had schizophrenia. Well, I always heard voices in my head – my mother’s, my father’s, my grandmother’s, classmates from school, but I sure wasn’t about to tell anyone for fear that I’d be locked up in ‘the nut house,’ – like my mother had been.

In order to control or change one’s thinking, we first have to become aware of our thoughts. And then, one has to become rigorously honest about the content of their mind. Not an easy task to do when one has a busy life.

The more I read and studied psychology and self-help books, the more I kept reading about how ‘what you focus on grows,’ and our habitual ideas control how we feel about ourselves and our lives, and as I got deeper into spiritual readings, I read how thoughts and feelings are actually the necessary, foundational ingredients to creation. Even spiritual books would go back to the Bible where it is written that, ‘in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) And even in Genesis it says, ‘And God said. Let there be light, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

These spiritual teachers were pointing the way to take command of one’s own life –through controlling one’s own intellectual faculties.

It has not been an easy process to exercise my mental muscles. Having read Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life was probably one of the most powerful books that introduced the concept of affirmations to me. Although Ms. Hay, and many others, offer guided visualization, meditation tapes, CDs and DVDs – and many online through YouTube, I prefer to find good text that resonates with me and using a digital recorder I record my own voice. After all, there are already waaaaayy too many other voices in my head!!

Another great book that helped me along my journey was The Power of Your SubConscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. Check out my book review on this and many other books on my website.

While meditation and affirmations are good methods of changing one’s own thinking, there is a process through the Centers for Spiritual Living, (Science of Mind) teachings called Spiritual Mind Treatment, also called affirmative prayer which is a process of affirming the Spiritual Truth of one’s Being. More on this on another page…

So, are you willing to create a new reality for yourself? One that allows you to Thrive? Or are you already thriving?

Books that have helped me change my thoughts are:

Please click on a link to read my review

  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
  • 365 Days of Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
  • Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
  • The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy


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