You have the power to change your life by changing your thinking.
Is it easy?
No, here’s Goethe:
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
It may be one of the most difficult things to do, but it can be done.
Da Vinci, Einstein, Buddha, Jesus, Shakespeare, Bruce Lee, and countless others have spoken on this truth.
You have the power, but it requires responsibility:
“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.”
― Marianne Williamson
You may have heard “with great power comes great responsibility” but looking at the state of the world we can all see this isn’t true.
What’s true is that great responsibility leads to great power, which begins with taking responsibility for your thoughts. Da Vinci defined this truth as “Science”.
Your world won’t change until you change your thinking.
Begin by thinking about your ideal life.
What does it look like?
What’s your financial situation?
How are your relationships?
What’s your living situation like?
How is your health?
Visualizing your ideal life plants seeds into your subconscious mind, which when repeated begins to manifest in the physical world.
When a thought arises that doesn’t have to do with your ideal life, change it. This is humankind’s superpower, “giving birth to evolution” Einstein said.
Disciplining your thoughts is a practice. The more you work on it, the stronger your mind becomes, the more in control of your life you become.
The path of your best life awaits you, what are you waiting for?
Get to it.
1— “Identify yourself with your aim in life, and do not permit any person, place, or thing to deflect you from your inner sense of peace, tranquility, and radiant health.”
2— “Do not let others do your thinking for you. Choose your own thoughts and make your own decisions.”
3—“Your mental attitude, i.e., the way you think, feel, and believe determines your destiny.”
4— “Every cell, nerve, tissue, and muscle of my lungs are now being made whole, pure, and perfect. My whole body is being restored to health and harmony.”
5— “The suggestions of others in themselves have absolutely no power whatever over you except the power that you give them through your own thoughts. You have to give your mental consent; you have to entertain the thought. Then, it becomes your thought, and you do the thinking. Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose love! Choose health!”
6— “Once you understand that you do not have to accept them, choices open up for you.”
7—“Choose to believe that something good can happen and is happening now. Your greatest power is your capacity to choose. Choose happiness and abundance.”
8—“Busy your mind with the concepts of harmony, health, peace, and good will, and wonders will happen in your life.”
9—“Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and wonders will happen in your life.”
10—“The way to get rid of darkness is with light; the way to overcome cold is with heat; the way to overcome the negative thought is to substitute the good thought. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish.”
11—“As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
He brings up Bible verses:
12—“Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. MARK 11:23.”
13—“Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. MATT. 21:22”
14—“You must choose happiness. Happiness is a habit. It is a good habit to ponder often on Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report..”
15— “All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.”
16— “Every thought is a cause, and every condition is an effect.”
17— “You grow old when you lose interest in life, when you cease to dream, to hunger after new truths, and to search for new worlds to conquer. When your mind is open to new ideas, new interests, and when you raise the curtain and let in the sunshine and inspiration of new truths of life and the universe, you will be young and vital.”
18— “The American philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said, ‘Man is what he thinks all day long.’”
19— “As a man thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his mind, body, and circumstances.”
20— “The process of all healing is a definite, positive, mental attitude, an inner attitude, or a way of thinking, called faith. Healing is due to a confident expectancy, which acts as a powerful suggestion to the subconscious mind releasing its healing potency.”
21—“Though invisible, its forces are mighty. Within your subconscious mind you will find the solution for every problem, and the cause.”
22—“Remember, you are spiritually recharged during sleep, and adequate sleep is essential to produce joy and vitality in life.”
23—“Know that in your deeper mind are Infinite Intelligence and Infinite Power.”
24—“Your mental attitude, i.e., the way you think, feel, and believe determines your destiny.”
25— “Over ninety percent of your mental life is subconscious. If you fail to make use of this marvelous power, you condemn yourself to live within very narrow limits.”
26—“Look at your fears; hold them up to the light of reason. Learn to laugh at your fears. That is the best medicine. Nothing can disturb you but your own thought.”
27— “If you have indulged in fear, worry, and other destructive forms of thinking, the remedy is to recognize the omnipotence of your subconscious mind and decree freedom, happiness, and perfect health. Your subconscious mind, being creative and one with your divine source, will proceed to create the freedom and happiness, which you have earnestly decreed.”
28— “Remember, it is the world within, namely, your thoughts, feelings, and imagery that makes your world without.”
29—“Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.”
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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
“Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going.”
— Da Vinci
“It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
— Da Vinci
“The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.”
— Stephen Hawking
“I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street.”
— Stephen Hawking
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
^^Let all these quotes sink in⌄⌄
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”
*“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
“As you think, so shall you become.”
— Bruce Lee
“The mind is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included. It’s like the root of a tree. All a tree’s fruit and flowers, branches and leaves depend on its root. If you nourish its root, a tree multiplies. If you cut its root, it dies. Those who understand the mind reach enlightenment with minimal effort.”
“The human mind is our fundamental resource.”
— John F. Kennedy
“Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.”
— William Shakespeare
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
— Steve Jobs
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”
— Henry Ford
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
— John Locke
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
— Romans 12:2
“17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
— Ephesians 4:17—24
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
― James 5:16
“16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
―2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
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Many years ago six blind men lived near each other in a village in India.
The other villagers supported and helped the old men their whole lives. The men would hear stories of the worlds wonders and could only imagine what it looked like.
What piqued the men’s interest most was what an elephant looked like. They were told elephants could trample forests, carry huge burdens, and frighten all people with loud trumpet calls.
The men began arguing all the time about elephants.
“An elephant must be a powerful giant,” said one of the them.
“My brother you are mistaken,” said the second, “An elephant is graceful and gentle if princesses are able to ride on their backs.”
“Both of you are wrong,” the third man said, “I’ve heard elephants can pierce a man’s heart with its horn.”
“How blind you all are!” Proclaimed the fourth man. “An elephant is just like a large cow.”
“An elephant must be a magical being,” said the fifth man. “The Princess is able to travel safely throughout the kingdom on it.”
“You fools!” Declared the sixth man. “Elephants don’t exist at all. We are victims of a cruel joke.”
They quarreled and each had different ideas of what an elephant is. The other villagers grew tired of them arguing so they arranged a time for them to meet the Princesse’s elephant. They put their hands on each others backs and were led by a young village boy.
When they reached the palace they were greeted by an old village friend who now worked as a gardener at the palace. Their friend led them to the courtyard where an elephant stood. The blind men were led to the elephant, each touching it to find out what it is.
The first blind man to speak had reached out and touched the side of the elephant. “An elephant is smooth like a wall!”
The second put his hand out touching the elephant’s trunk. “An elephant is like a big snake.”
The third touched the elephant’s tusk. “I knew it!” He said. “This beast is sharp and smooth like a spear.”
The fourth reached out and touched the elephant’s legs. “This is simply a giant cow.”
The fifth touched the elephant’s ear. “An elephant is a large fan or a magic carpet that can fly.”
The sixth reached out and touched the elephant’s tail. “You all have lost your senses! Even a blind man can sense that this is nothing more than a piece of rope.”
After they each felt part of the elephant they began to argue again, until they were shouting at each other saying their description of the elephant was the truth.
“Stop shouting!” Yelled the angry Princess approaching them. “How can you all be so certain you’re right?”
The blind men knew the Princess to be very wise, so they said nothing at all.
“The elephant is a large animal,” she said kindly. “You each only touched one part. Maybe if you put the parts together you will see the truth. I must now finish my meditation,” she said before walking away.
“She is right,” one of the blind men said, “We must put all the parts together to truly learn the truth. Let’s discuss this on our way home.”
The boy led the men home, one man put his hand on the boy’s shoulder, then each blind man succeeded in putting their hand on the man in front of them, walking home together.
“…He asked, “Where are you today, right now?”
Eagerly, I started talking about myself. However, I noticed that I was still being sidetracked from getting answers to my questions. Still, I told him about my distant and recent past and about my inexplicable depressions. He listened patiently and intently, as if he had all the time in the world, until I finished several hours later.
“Very well,” he said. “But you still have not answered my question about where you are.”
“Yes I did, remember? I told you how I got to where I am today: by hard work.”
“Where are you?”
“What do you mean, where am I?”
“Where Are you?” he repeated softly.
“Where is here?”
“In this office, in this gas station!” I was getting impatient with this game.
“Where is this gas station?”
“Where is Berkeley?”
“Where is California?”
“In the United States?”
“On a landmass, one of the continents in the Western Hemisphere. Socrates, I…”
“Where are the continents?
I sighed. “On the earth. Are we done yet?”
“Where is the earth?”
“In the solar system, third planet from the sun. The sun is a small star in the Milky Way galaxy, all right?”
“Where is the Milky Way?”
“Oh, brother,” I sighed impatiently, rolling my eyes. “In the universe.” I sat back and crossed my arms with finality.
“And where,” Socrates smiled, “is the universe?”
“The universe is well, there are theories about how it’s shaped…”
“That’s not what I asked. Where is it?”
“I don’t know – how can I answer that?”
“That is the point. You cannot answer it, and you never will. There is no knowing about it. You are ignorant of where the universe is, and thus, where you are. In fact, you have no knowledge of where anything is or of what anything is or how is came to be. Life is a mystery. My ignorance is based on this understanding. Your understanding is based on ignorance. This is why I am a humorous fool, and you are a serious jackass.”
Born—January 6, 1915, England.
—His grandpa on his mother’s side of the family was a missionary.
—Alan had interest in storybook fables, mysterious tales, and the idea of “ultimate things” – likely influenced by his mother’s religious family.
—At an early age he was interested in Buddhism.
—Alan became an Episcopal priest in the United States in 1938, before moving to Millbrook, New York.
—He wrote a number of books.
—Moved to San Francisco in 1951, teaching Buddhist studies.
—He became a worldwide spiritual speaker, with the help of his radio show “Way Beyond the West” giving lectures, writing books, living zen, throughout his days.
—The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for the Age of Anxiety
—The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
—The Way of Zen
—Become What You Are
—The Meaning of Happiness
—Out Of Your Mind
—This Is It
—What Is Tao?
—In My Own Way: An Autobiography
—The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness
—Nature, Man and Woman
These are only a small amount of all his publications, which you can find here at the Alan Watts Organization.
Alan Watts is known for multiple things, some of them are for bringing Zen and Buddhist teachings to the West.
He not only spoke of his beliefs, he manifested them, because he knew who he was at a deep universal level.
He knows how difficult those ideas are to be comprehended, but he explained it well so that if you listen enough, you might get it, but also that there’s nothing to get 🙂
One of the many ways he has influenced my life is getting me to wonder what I would do if I didn’t have to worry about money.
He has so many other works that you can find on YouTube, bookstores, anywhere online.
Died — November 16, 1973, California.
“I had a discussion with a great master in Japan…and we were talking about the various people who are working to translate the Zen books into English, and he said, ‘That’s a waste of time. If you really understand Zen…you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because…the sound of the rain needs no translation’.”
“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words… As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.”
“If you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water…You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.”
“So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.”
Here are 69 of Watt’s best quotes. I wrote down many of his quotes before numbering them and it just happened to be 69. Enjoy.
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself, “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Or you’ll crash…
When you aren’t following your own vision and goals you are likely to follow someone else’s vision and goals.
What are your goals?
Remember and never forget that you are the driver of your life. You are empowered to do great things. Everyone makes mistakes. There’s pain in all our lives. Keep going though. You have something the world needs.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
Love. Peace. Happiness.