Michael Whitehead: In…Not Of Personal journal of life in my 40s and beyond

November 19, 2017

Week 8 – Thought Substitution

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 10:58 am

Thought substitution is a discipline. That is what I’ve learned this week.  Last week I felt like something was mistaken in this law, the Law of Substitution, which states that our mind can not entertain a positive and a negative thought at the same time.  This seems a fallacy in my experience. I can certainly think about two things at the same time, one negative and the other positive.

But this week I’ve begun to realize that I must discipline myself to focus on single constructive thoughts. I don’t just try to catch negative thoughts and change my thought to positive.  I must “substitute destructive thought for constructive thought.” – Haanel.  And as George Matthews Adams said, “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.”  I’m not only trying to stop negative thought, but any thought that is not constructive.

I once read that there is no such thing as “neutral” thought.  For any thought that is not positive and constructive has a tendency to quickly become negative and maybe even become destructive.    I do not recall the source, but the truth of it has become  clear.  So I must guard my mind carefully.  And if I recall an earlier chapter from Haanel correctly, I use my conscious mind to guard my subconscious mind.

The apostle Paul said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8)

This has not been easy.  We were prescribed the “mental diet” whereby we start over once we realize we were dwelling on anything not constructive.  I’ve started over a lot this week, but applying this discipline is changing me for the better!

1 Comment »

  1. Michael, I love the linking of the training messages to the verse you quoted. There are many ways to phrase the same thoughts and principles. More ways to seep into the subconscious.

    Comment by Michael Puffer — November 24, 2017 @ 9:59 pm

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