There I was, calmly reading our Science of Getting Rich book. I was driving into Chapter 4 when suddenly I was stopped in my tracks. It was as if a big ol' hairy-armed traffic flagger with giant stop sign had jumped in front of me!
“… the question of whether or not we can produce things from the formless energy by communicating our thoughts to it.
"I propose to prove that we may do so, to prove that anyone may do so, and to show how it may be done.”
Stop! This is a question?? Not to my mind it ain't I have no doubt at all about whether or not we “… produce things from formless energy’. Seems to me that we are doing it all the time - and I do mean ALL the time. They say that “Thoughts become things" and I totally agree. Last week's article was all about how all made-things, from the wheel to the light bulb, began with a concept, an idea, a thought.
There’s more to it, though. My thoughts don’t only become physical objects; they also become the circumstances and events and all the other ‘stuff’ that make up my experience of life. Thoughts do become all sorts of things.
Yes, Thoughts become things, but here’s one little problem that trips up a lot of law of attraction students, including me: If thoughts become things, why isn't my life even more chaotic and depressing than it is? ??
NOT that's I'm complaining, but to be completely honest, I do run a lot of fretful WHAT-IF Thoughts. If those ideas all manifested into this life of mine, UGH! What mess it would be! The fact is, thoughts don’t always become things, and what a Thank-the-Lord blessing that is!
Our author says that “…we may produce things from the formless energy”.
Maybe Yes, Maybe No
In my experience, we may produce things, or we may not. The worst thing is that there’s no predicting it, one way or the other. It's a conundrum, that's what it is. An unresolvable problem. Or, maybe not?
Perhaps the crucial word in our original quotation is, “Communicate”, as in "We can produce things from the the formless energy by communicating our thoughts to it." I decided a few weeks ago to accept Wattles' belief that this Formless Energy we're dealing with is "intelligent" (aka, able to "the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills" as a reader commented.) That ability implies a capacity for communication, doesn't it?
Could it be that sometimes I manage to communicate my thoughts, sometimes I don’t? So therefore: when I do, my thoughts produce things; when I don’t, they don’t. Communication is the key to success! And ditto, failure to communicate is the key to failure. Darn.
Mind you, that's a good thing when my thoughts are less than stellar, as they too frequently are.
It’s an frustrating thing, however, when my thoughts are shiningly beautiful AND completely ineffective at the same time.
The hairy-armed flagger has stepped aside, we are free to roll on into the rest of our book. We're going to learn how to communicate well with this formless energy, so we can start producing the things we want. How exciting is that?
All the Best Always, Elaine
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“Can I ask you something?” My friend Amanda asked, a challenging expression on on her pretty face. I was nattering about the difficulties and challenges of writing and publishing and promoting my new blog, and it seems she'd had just about enough.
“Have you felt any real change that's directly connected to writing this blog?”
That made her eyes pop. “Explain,” she demanded.
"For one thing, I’m actually doing the darned thing. Every time I add another little article, I experience a perfectly delightful sense of accomplishment. That’s directly connected to writing the blog. But the writing ain’t the half of it.”
"Whaddaya mean?” She emphasized her words with a waggle of her glass. A few drops splashed onto the table.
"Calm down," I laughed, "I'll tell you all about it."
The Happiness Experiment, First 3 Months:
Late December, 2018. The busy holiday season is behind us, fun family time packed away for another year, and I'm faced with the inevitable question:
Now What? What do I want, now that Christmas is done? The answer cam as clear as if someone had spoken it for me: I want to feel happier. That's all. Who was it said that "If it is to be, it's up to me"? Trite, yes, but who knows? Maybe it IS up to me.
I stumbled across another trite little truth.
"Happiness is a choice we make as we begin each day."
“I decided to run a little experiment,” I told Amanda as she tilted out the last of our wine. "I decided to find out if a person really could choose happiness."
More to the point, I wondered if I could train myself to be feel happy, habitually happy. I decided to give it a year and so the Happiness Experiment began.
It started with a promise to myself: Every morning before I got out of bed, I would affirm thaty "I choose to feel happy, right now." Happiness would be my choice, over and over again.
I wondered what would happen.
January: As usual, I awake most mornings in a low-ish mood, and spend a few minutes brooding about this and that. The day must begin, however, so finally I shove the covers back and slide my feet out …
Wait a Minute Here!
I slam my toes back under the duvet. “I choose to feel happy. It’s my choice, and I choose to feel happy.”
I don’t know if this sort of thing works for everyone, but I find that when I assert happiness, it creates an instantaneous reaction. Without my conscious volition, a smile starts. My morning mood shifts radically upwards and next thing I know, I'm awash with appreciation and enjoyment of all the good things in my life. In short, as I speak the words, I feel and experience the happiness. How great is that? I love it!
February: Almost every morning, within a moment of two of surfacing into consciousness, I automatically begin to affirm my happiness-choice. By the time I’m fully awake and ready to fling the covers back, I am in a good mood, eagerly anticipating that first cup of coffee, and whatever other good things the day may bring.
Mid-March: I wake up smiling, feeling happy for no particular reason. It doesn’t happen every day but it does occur promisingly often.
Amanda drains her wineglass. “So why write a blog about it? That's what I don’t get. it's not like you're trying to teach other people how to do it. You're just making the experiment for your own self." She taps her empty glass on the table for emphasis.
"I like to write," I respond with a dismissive shrug. "It's my idea of fun."
In truth, tht's only half the story. I've got quite a track-record of false-starts and failures, The only way I can trust myself to follow through with this Happiness Experiment is by committing to write about it. So far, it's working very well. I can hardly wait to see what the rest of the year will bring. If you haven't done so already, you too can find out what happens next by Subscribing to this Blog Right Here.
All the Best Always, Elaine
On the Road to Riches
At long last, here we are ready to roll into chapter 4, hands on the wheel, foot on the gas, read to GO! Chapter Four, The FIRST PRINCIPLE.
What is the first Pinciple? Thought. Thought! I love it!
"Thought is the only power that can produce tangible riches from the Formless Energy."
Take that, all you people who have told me, with an expressive roll of your eyes, “Oh Elaine! You think too much.” Frankly, I doubt that it's even possible to “think too much.” Too-much-ness isn’t the issue. Say, if you will, that my thinking has often failed to serve me, and I’d agree completely .
Do I sometimes think inefficiently? For sure.
Do I fail to think things all the way through? Yes, I fear so.
Do I sometimes put my mind in gear without a sufficient supply of information to fuel it? Yes indeed, guilty as charged.
But thinking too much? How could that even be possible? How? It seems to me that thinking is the human mind’s full-time occupation, as breathing is a full-time occupation for our lungs, or pumping blood for our heart. We are thinking beings, full-time. Is 24/7 too much? Our minds are designed to rattle on along even while we're sleeping, except for our brief dips into non-dreaming sleep. I can't think that's too much.
Why We Do All This Mental Exercise
Thinking, The Science of Getting Rich tells us, is the generative force behind all creations. It's inarguably the underlying reason behind all that we humans have invented. First, we come up with an idea, for example, “I wonder how I could make a light bulb?” Or before that, “What if I cut a hole in the middle of this disc and put a stick through the middle of it ... I think I’ll call this weird thing a wheel.”
Tables, shirts, buttons and rocket ships, they all began as a thought in a fertile human mind. Ah, but there IS a tricky part here:
Not ALL thoughts become things. For one thing, many are pipe-dreams that fizzle out like a puff of smoke, dissipated into nothingness. Others, like seeds that fall on inhospitable ground, start to manifest as things but never come to fruition. (Alackaday, I've had a lot of those sorts of thoughts.)
Moreover, a great many thoughts end up as an unrecognisable something that's a far cry from the initial idea. Example: That dinner I made last night? I had a thought: I'll braise the carrots lightly in olive oil and butter, add a pinch of thyme and a dash of celery salt, then the celery and peas - yummy! What I put on the table: lightly burnt vegies. Again.
Sorry, m'dears, I started thinking of something else while I was cooking, and this is what was produced.
When thinking doesn't work
If “Thought is the only power that can produce tangible riches from the Formless Energy,” our book says, so why hasn’t my thought produced any?
There’s the rub! That’s the uncomfortable mystery.
I suppose it’s a bit like when I learned to drive: My Dad explained at great length how to use the choke (it was 1960; the truck was old even then) and how to work the clutch. After several false starts, I got the engine ‘turning over’. Slowly, very slowly, I lifted my foot gently off on the clutch and exerted a very tender pressure on the accelerator, and ...
The truck lurches forward!
The engine gives an exasperated cough, and stalls out. Dad barks. I try again.
Kind of like that. Vehicles can be driven, thought can produce tangible riches, ...and, I’ve got a lot to learn. Thanks for sharing the journey with me.
All the Best Always, Elaine
The Science of Happiness
I was surprised to learn this past week about the bio-chemiscal connection between my experience of happiness and my physiology. For example, you've heard of ‘runner’s high’, that blissful state that marathoners love. As you probably know, it's triggered by the release of endorphin hormones (leptin, to be specific).
Here's the good news: We don’t have to turn ourselves into 10K-racers in order to get happier. Endorphins, thank goodness, are only one example of Happiness-engendering hormones. Bio-chemists say there very specific happy emotional states that are connected with equally specific hormones. I scribbled down this list:
More Good News: It's actually quite easy to increase the level of these happy-making hormones whenever we want. Gotta love that!
For example: If I want to increase my Amandamide and experience the feeling of bliss, all I need to do is close my eyes and recall one of those two wonderful times in my life when I held my new-born infant in my arms for the first time. Swoosh! My body is once again awash with Amandamide, just as it was back then.
There must be some Oxytocin washing around inside of me as well as I remember those moments, because along with the blissful happiness, I also experience again the astonishingly deep sense of connection with those two dearly beloved souls. Two happy hormones for the price of one - what more could one ask?!
Another example: I can wallow in the memory of how I felt on those occassions when I have been applauded, praised or appreciated, aka "rewarded". As I recall those times, I feel the same delight right now as I did when I was initially rewarded. My body is flooded with Dopamine, and I feel pretty darned good!
In addition to remembering and recalling good times to trigger these happy hormones, I could use our human faculty of Pretending, Imagining or Visualizing. Remember the White Queen’s good habit, of imagining six impossible things before breakfast? A great practice for those of us who are a little Seratonin-starved.
Wouldn’t it be satisfying if, by the end of today, I had everything on my To-do List done?!? That would be SO satisfying! I can feel how good that would feel.
Why do I get to enjoy this feeling of Satisfaction even though my To-Do List is still waiting? Because my imagined completion of the list has triggered a bunch of Seratonin to go swooshing around in my blood stream. The White Queen was onto something!
However, I discovered one quite tricky aspect to this practice of deliberate hormone-induction.
After playing around with the deliberate induction of these various hormones, I've concluded tha this (Hormonal) Game of Happiness takes a fair bit of self-discipline. Is it worth it?
I should think so. Indeed, I’m sure it is, especially since I don’t have to tie on my running shoes! I can play this game in my PJ's. Who wouldn't be up for that? The reward - more happiness!
All the Best, Elaine
PS: The Bonus: Apparently as we flood our bodies with these delightful hormones, they are doing more than helping us Feel Happy Right Now. Turns out these good hormones also do support and repair work throughout the body. Happiness and Health go hand in hand. How cool is that?!?
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