On you are what you think


It has been prophesized since words could be printed and before that it was handed down through the ages: you are what you think. Emerson, Thoreau, James Allen, Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Norman Vincent Peale; all these men and countless thousands more made careers out of the fact that our thoughts are what make us. And yet, there are still people that think of it as ‘hooey’. I remember being 18 and walking through our living room, my dad had some guests in his den and I was carrying a book The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. My dad noticed the book and then declared that stuff doesn’t work, you know. As a young neophyte I told those assembled with their drinks in their hands that if you could change your way of thinking then your whole life would change. But an 18 year old telling a room of 40somethings has to look a little dim-witted. My dad just laughed and brushed his hand to the side saying that stuff doesn’t work in the real world, the world of reality. AHH, reality, that nether world where nothing is as it seems and is generally over-rated anyway. Then, I pointed out that the book was from his bookshelf whereby he did an end run around me. I don’t know who gave it to me but after the first 10 pages I knew everything that was in that book. Of course, he was always doing that. I don’t think there was one thing that he didn’t know. I think he counted to infinity once, backwards. Classic example of you are what you think.

Enough with the wet blankets already. I would always go to great lengths to avoid them even if they were related. But the common wisdom will tell you that like attracts like. If you are in the proper frame of mind, proper thoughts will pop into your head. When the proper thought takes hold, it becomes an idea. That idea will facilitate an action which will produce your desired effect and on and on. Conversely, if you aren’t in the right frame of mind, your thoughts will be muddled and you will attract all types of garbage to your brain, your ideas will be askew, you will be running around trying to figure out which way is up and at the end of the day you will be sitting in the corner of the room drooling on yourself after you soiled your undies. But cheer up. You could probably get your own neo-con radio talk show and they pay big $$$.

Nothing will come from corn but corn; nothing will come from nettles but nettles. So the Bible says and it still is news. The doctors teach you today to take care of your body; garbage in, garbage out. And people are still scratching their heads. They can’t figure it out. So, you’re telling me that if I changed the way I looked at things, the things I was looking at would also change? In a manner of speaking, yes, your entire world would change just because you shifted your focus a tad. It’s important to you and those around you that you don’t want to end up like one of those dunderheads that have lost the ability or reason to look at things differently. No, rather than admitting error they continue on their way waiting for the ENTIRE world to change to their way of thinking. Not only is that arrogant, it’s selfish and ignorant.

Before ‘The Secret’ taught us how to attract, way before the Peale’s and the Hill’s and the Stone’s there was a thin little old man that lived in Greece named Aristotle who told his students that they were the sum total of all of their thoughts and his words have echoed through the years; the wrapping may have changed, the card might be in flowery verse, but the message is the same: thoughts are things, choose yours carefully. At least, that’s how I see it. Keep lookin’ up. ML Proko (2011) more at www.mikeproko.com

 

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On Imagination


How did Albert Einstein, not only the greatest ‘mind’ to come out of the 20th century but also one of our greatest physicists, how did he see the human imagination? Imagination is more important than knowledge because it encircles the globe. More than that, imagination is everything—it is a preview of life’s coming attractions. Late in his life when asked about his own thought process he said he’d like to know what God thinks in one 24 hour period. Any mind that displays that much creative thinking and/or imaginative thought is one that you should do your best to emulate.

If its true that thought is always parent to any action, then where, pray tell, does the thought come from? Your brain? The thoughts that are based in logic, for the most part, will find their seat in your brain. But, the imaginative thought probably bubbles up from the stew-pot that we call the subconscious. It has no known location in our head, our brain or even our body. Some say of course it’s the brain, where else would it come from, it’s a thought? Not so fast. Some say it comes from the heart. Some used to say the stomach or even the spleen. The fact is no one knows. Even those versed in the ‘brain sciences’ would tell you that they’re only guessing. But, the left-brained thinkers would tell you that an imagination never built a bridge. Conversely, the plans for ‘said bridge’ percolated in the designer’s imagination even before it was put to paper. Sadly, for the most part, those with any kind of imagination, especially our kids, are being shunned today. The right-brained have had to take a back seat to those versed in ‘business school acumen.’ Hey kids, can you spell BORING? Sooner or later, somebody has to stand up and say there has to be a better way. And it’s the children who can help provide the answer.

Anyone who has read more than a couple of columns about ‘Life in America’ knows that I will usually go into great depth about acting like a child again. Remember when you were that child, how you could live an entire lifetime in a single day? Do you remember what it was like when all things were possible, way before you knew anything about playing the odds? How did we achieve those heights if not for our imagination? That, my friends, is as simple as it can possibly get- to be like that child again. So simple.

James Allen, a late 19th century writer puts in his two-cents in these words: cherish your visions, cherish your ideals, cherish the music that stirs in your heart; the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions… if you shall remain true to these, your world will at last be built. In other words, imagine the life that you wish and start moving in the direction of your imaginative thoughts. This is what Mr. Einstein was talking about when he said that imagination ‘encircled the globe’. Wherever you have people, you have a collective imagination. And there are no boundaries for such a people on this earth.

Look around you today. You don’t even have to look at the entire world, let’s just concentrate on these United States. Look at the markets. Look at the banking institutions. Look at our political structure. All brought to you on a collective basis by the left-brained thinkers, the ones without the imagination. If you could turn back the clock to when these guys were kids, someone should have told them to put their feet up on the desk and do a little more day-dreaming.

At least, that’s the way that I see it. MLProko [2011]  www.mikeproko.com

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