Choosing Thoughts

I am committed to the Science of Mind daily readings and today’s was all about choosing thought. Do you believe you can choose your thoughts? I’m sitting here thinking and countless thoughts are going through mind. Am I choosing them? It sometimes may seem like my thoughts are choosing me. However, this is not true. I am in charge of the thoughts that go through my head because they are run by the beliefs that I have. If I can  change my beliefs, my thoughts automatically change.

I can choose how I think, but it doesn’t happen by me just saying I want to. I have to commit myself to doing it. I do this by taking responsibility for the way I am thinking. I do this by asking myself if the way I am thinking is serving my life for the better or the worse. There are a lot of amazing experiences I want to have, but how will I have them if I do not think in amazing ways – unlimited and boundless?

I must choose. Dr. Holmes writes, “We cannot live a choiceless life. Every day, every moment, every second, there is choice.” It doesn’t matter what we are experiencing. By changing our thinking and perspective, our experiences change.

There is a lot going on in my life right now from turning 65, to looking for a new home, to running a successful Center that is expanding, to my mother’s diagnosis of cancer. I have thoughts about all these things and beliefs behind those thoughts. I get to choose how I am going to think about them, what I am going to envision about them, and how I am going to stand within each of these experiences. And, as I choose to think about each of these things from a higher and higher perspective, knowing that the Universe is for me and not against me, I begin to have a different experience. I am inspired and I am empowered.

Dr. Holmes also writes (and this touched me today), “…there must be not only the possibility of choice, but the liability of experiencing that which is chosen.” Do we believe thoughts are things? If we set an intention in motion, which is what all thought is provided it is powered by belief and conviction, do we believe that we will experience the outcome of our thoughts? If we truly did, I don’t think we would allow ourselves to think half the things we do.

So, for today, I am inspired again by the idea that I can choose what I think and that I am not run by something outside of myself. I am the thinker, and when I think with conviction and belief, my thoughts are implanted in a creative power that brings those thoughts back to me as experiences. I think, so I am. That’s the Truth for me, and it is powerful truth.

Love and Aloha,

Rev. Rita

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