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

November 25, 2017

Week 9 – Epiphany & Gratitude

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 10:30 pm

What a week, the week of Thanksgiving! I love how it has coincided with a personal epiphany… I’ll explain. For decades, I’ve been told and know that I should not entertain or dwell on negative thoughts, but this week, I learned something different insofar as how I have to apply this.

You see, all thought that is not constructive, that is not productive, and not positive, for me, runs the risk of eventually becoming some kind of negative thought. It may lead to anxiety about something, fear, or even sadness. And I want my conscious mind to guard against such ideas from entering my subconscious. My conscious mind is the “gatekeeper”. But for decades, I’ve failed often at preventing neutral or negative conscious thought from entering my subconscious.

This past week, I’ve scored a victory however! It dawned on me last week as I’ve blogged about, that I cannot just try to think positive thoughts. I must block any thought that is not constructive. This allows my conscious mind to awaken to its gatekeeper duty much earlier in the process, and more than ever, I’m avoiding dwelling on anything unpleasant or not constructive.

And part 9 in the Master Key System explains how this can work out over the long term. Some of my favorite ideas from Haanel’s, The Master Key, Part Nine: “Hold in the mind the condition desired….”By constant repetition, it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves; are making ourselves what we want to be.” After all, I’m reminded…. We are made in the image of God. And God is the supreme creator. “Thought is creative and will automatically correlate with its object”.

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  We had family at our home all the way from Costa Rica!  And the following weekend, my first cousin and his family with their five children stayed with us and it was a wonderful time for all.  So much to be thankful for!

1 Comment »

  1. We do have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for you and your desire to fight through your old blueprint to become the best version of yourself…the version I have full confidence that you will be.

    Comment by Susan — December 3, 2017 @ 10:57 pm

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