Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had to be mindful of our thoughts and work with the 7 Day Mental Diet and learning to cut off any negative thoughts at the pass. Easier said than done; it takes a lot of work. However, the awareness we are gaining with regards to just how much negativity there is around us and what we have absorbed from early childhood onwards is invaluable.
Also it seems to be the current culture to put everything and everyone down but if you counter that by being cheerful and looking on the positive side the perception is that you’re a Pollyanna. So, what’s wrong with being a Pollyanna. Well, I’d rather be a Pollyanna than a Miserable Milly (apologies to all Millies).
Haanel tells us in 4 that:
‘Mental habits are difficult to control, but it can be done and the way to do it is to begin at once to substitute constructive thought for destructive thought…..and he quotes Matthews Adams: … ‘Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.’
Once more the guardian at the gate.
Another useful tool in our arsenal is imagination, which Haanel says in 6 ‘…will be found to be a great assistance of the ideals out of which your future emerges.’
And in 8 he further explains that: ‘Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience.’
In 13 he says:
‘In order to cultivate the imagination it must be exercised. Exercise is necessary to cultivate mental muscle as well as physical muscle. It must be supplied with nourishment or it cannot grow.’
And in 15 ‘Constructive imagination means mental labour ….. It yields the greatest returns…..’
And all this must be embued with feeling because emotions are the powerful forces that gives our subby a wake up call. Because if we want things to change then we must change what we do and how we conduct ourselves. There is no point in putting on a front that everything in the garden is rosy if we are really thinking that life’s a bummer because you can’t fool the subconscious who just says, you’re right, so here’s some more of the same ‘garbage’.
So what we have been reading in Lesson 8 has brought together everything that we have been instructed to do to date, the exercises, shapes and colours, visualisations have all been grist to the mill for training our minds and cultivating our imaginations to seek only what we desire for ourselves and eliminate everything that is instrumental in bringing what we don’t want into our lives. Because we all know by now, if we didn’t before, that the Law of Attraction is working all the time whether we believe it or not, and what we dwell upon becomes our reality. As Haanel says in 18:
‘The law of attraction will certainly and unerringly bring to you the conditions, environment, and experiences in life, corresponding with your habitual, characteristic, predominant mental attitude. ……your predominant mental attitude is what counts.’
And to make the necessary changes we need to accept what we have been told right from the start that ‘Real power comes from within.’ – 20 and ‘…when man awakens to the truth, and affirms his oneness with all Life, he finds that he takes on the clear eye, the elastic step, the vigour of youth; he finds that he has discovered the source of all power.’ – 21
The clear light at the end of the tunnel is stated in 25 that ‘If you have been faithful to your ideal, you will hear the call when circumstances are ready to materialize your plans and results will correspond in the exact ratio of your fidelity to your ideal. The ideal steadily held is what pre-determines and attracts the necessary conditions for its fulfilment.’