The Gifts of Experience
The Power of Thought
(Note: Phil and his wife are such beautiful Souls and have so much to share that we asked them to start writing down some of their vast experiences so that others may learn from them… Enjoy!! Celest and David)
“A penny for your thoughts.” I’m sure that most of us have heard this expression more than once, either being directed at us or at another person in a group. I don’t recall who the individual was who came up with this, but surely it was a long time ago. Why? Because a penny doesn’t have much value these days and it was at least a couple hundred years ago when it did have some buying power. Ever wonder how much a thought is really worth? From a spiritual standpoint I believe a thought is worth more than a penny even if you go back a thousand years.
Now a thought has limited material value in the third dimension world of illusions no matter how far back you care to go. But from a spiritual perspective it has a value beyond the ability to contemplate. You can go back as far as you want to go, even to the beginning of the cosmos, or you can just consider the thought you had a minute ago. A thought has a power that is hidden from the third dimension eyes of the average person who lives and exists in this world of illusions. And that is why some thoughts can be dangerous if they are developed in a negative vein. We just continue to dig a deeper hole for ourselves from a spiritual evolving standpoint if we generate thoughts of negativity. And then we have devolvement and we now have more spiritual ground to make up.
But a positive thought can have unlimited power when generated from the heart, with a sincere intent, and when it is for the benefit of the common good. Positive thought can also be utilized for a personal benefit, but I don’t think that means you can generate a very sincere thought about winning the lottery so you can enjoy a life of leisure. But I do believe that you can have thoughts about how you will live from day to day or how you will be able to obtain a replacement vehicle for the present vehicle that is on its last legs. You don’t have the cash to get a replacement vehicle but you just put the thought out into the universe and it seems that something comes up that allows you to take care of the situation. It may not happen immediately, and it can happen at a later date when you don’t even make the connection to the thought requesting the action.
Almost twenty years ago, my wife and I heard about a concept called a God Jar. The premise was that you wrote down what it was that you wanted to have take place in the future of your life and then let God take care of it. I think this concept is somewhat in the same vein as the phrase, “Let Go and Let God.” Now the God Jar wasn’t for the immediate future but for a much longer time horizon. Well we both got a jar and wrote down items of a somewhat specific nature to put into the jar. Then we set the jars on a shelf with the idea that we would periodically check the contents to see how things were going. That was the intent, but when you are both working long hours (Kaye was a math teacher with a lot of prep time and then grading papers and I was a CPA working in the corporate finance arena), you sometimes let things slide for a period of time.
Well it was about 15 years ago when we bought a very modest place in the country that we used on weekends and eventually became our retirement home. During half of that 15 year period, we were still both working day to day as we developed the “farm” to include additional out buildings and equipment for brush clearing that included a tractor with a loader and a bush hog. It was years later that we again came across the jars. Since I had forgotten what I had specifically written down, I took out the pieces of paper and read them. When we compared what we had requested in the God Jars with what had occurred, we found it was very close except for minor details. Now I am of the belief that the notes we put into our God Jars can be considered as thoughts that were transcribed into writing.
Now earlier I mentioned that from a spiritual perspective, thought is a very powerful force and I said you could go back to the beginning of the cosmos. It is my understanding that the Creator used thought to create the Cosmos. Coming forward in time, you have the God of this Universe using thought to create the Earth Star Planet. Now God used a little more specificity when making Terra than what I used when putting my notes in my God Jar. Let me give you just one extremely small example of how specific and interrelated God was in his design.
I viewed a program on National Geographic some time ago that showed the relationship between Alaskan trees, the salmon and Alaskan brown bears. As many of you know the salmon spawn in the rivers of the world and then at some point, depending upon the species of salmon, the young salmon make the trek to the oceans where they stay for varying amounts of time. Then as the salmon return to the place of their beginnings they migrate up the rivers to spawn, sometimes in excess of 2,000 miles of river. The brown bears await the salmon runs and gorge themselves on the fish. They take the fish up on the river banks and into the forest along the rivers to consume them. Parts of the fish decompose on the forest floor and then also the bears leave droppings that contain the digested remnants of the fish they had eaten. Both of these sources provide nutrients for the trees and the trees flourish to a greater extent along these rivers than do trees much further inland. The trees in turn filter the rain runoff to keep the water pure in the streams where the fish spawn and also provide shade for the fish so that the water doesn’t get too warm and destroy the salmon eggs.
Now scientists have studied the content of the leaves from the uppermost reaches of the trees along these Alaskan rivers and have found evidence of certain nutrients in the leaves that could only have come from the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean. You think God had a plan when developing the Earth Star Planet? Wow! There are literally billions of examples like this of how everything is interrelated and that you must live in harmony with nature.
(Everyone should take the time and study how nature, when left alone by humans, continuously balances itself by not letting any-one part of the equation to get too dominant. All of nature works with all of its parts to keep this balance. So why can’t humans, sooner rather than later, learn from nature and decide to work with all aspects of the human races? It will happen, God said it will. So why not begin in earnest right now, rather than waiting for someone else to start!)
The National Geographic piece went on to state that due to polluting of rivers, damming of the rivers and overfishing that we are in danger of losing this life cycle miracle. Already the Atlantic fisheries in Europe and the eastern United States have been extremely depleted.
When using your power of thought you have to be sincere, it’s true, but I believe you also have to be specific about what it is you wish to accomplish. There is a saying that goes like, “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” I think this might refer to thoughts that haven’t been completely analyzed or maybe thoughts that aren’t always in a spiritual vein.
Now the reader may ask what does the writer mean by, “thoughts that haven’t been completely analyzed”. The reader may say that his thoughts just come and go, sometimes at such a rapid rate that he has difficulty keeping up with them. Well, I don’t mean the general volume of random thoughts that we all are “saddled with”. I mean the thoughts that we generate when we desire to make changes in the way humanity exists in this world. This is similar to the thought that has been and is being put into what we wish to state while performing the Project Push. (For those of the readers who are unfamiliar with Project Push, you can find a description of the project, how some participants developed their part and summaries of the results of the project on Awakened Hearts.com.)
I believe all participants in Project Push made many efforts to specifically develop what they wanted to say while performing the Push. I believe we should all take the same tack to develop what we wish to say mentally (thoughts) to the Universe on a more frequent time frame. David and Celest made a comment, in response to an inquiry, that the “push” technique can be used at any time. So why not have many mini pushes where we continuously develop new thoughts that we can put out into the Universe on a periodic time frame.
There are literally billions of subjects for our thought generating process. Think of the example of the Alaskan salmon, the bears and the trees. Developing thoughts that would prevent the situation that has occurred in the Atlantic from becoming a reality in the Pacific with regard to Alaska would be a good place to start. Some of the issues behind the decline in the fisheries are due to the damming of rivers, unrestrained pollution from industry and the decline in the forests. Now there are many valid reasons for river dams so how about constructing fish ladders to help the fish return to their place of birth. The reason it isn’t done is because the fish ladders are too expensive to build. Too expensive for who? And how expensive? More than the cost of an F-16 fighter jet that is now mothballed in the Arizona desert?
Unrestrained industrial pollution, even when done in accord with EPA guidelines, is the responsibility of the management team of the companies that are polluting. I know it costs money to do the right thing. But what are the hidden costs that company management never considers or knows about but hides from the public. What happens down the road because of an action taken today? There are always “hidden costs” that are kept secret or ignored when justifying why we can’t do something for the greater good. If the general public knew what the hidden costs were they would, “hopefully”, create such uproar that the company would have to make allowances to curb the pollution. Remember these companies will not do it willing of their own accord.
Forest decline is also defended by the idea that we continuously need more and more building materials. I understand the need for more materials, but how about a thought that would involve developing new materials that would replace wood. Maybe the discovery of a new building material is just waiting for a nudge from the Universe to be discovered. We don’t have to know or suspect what the material is, just that we ask for a material that would replace wood. It would also be nice if the material was more cost effective (just like God – be very specific). Additionally land owners can adopt a program that would reforest areas that are in desperate need because of soil erosion and disappearing habitat for our friends of the forest.
I was watching the beginning of a movie titled, “We Were Soldiers”, when I had to stop about 30 minutes into the movie. It is a story about the first US troops going into Vietnam. I don’t like to watch movies of this kind anymore, because I don’t believe that there is any reason to go to war. Now I will tell you that I didn’t always think like this. I am a four year veteran who served in the early 60’s and was discharged before the Vietnam War really got going. The only thing going on during my enlistment period was the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was stationed 90 miles from Cuba at the time. And I was a “Hawk” in my beliefs regarding war. But now I know the How and the Why wars are conducted. And it makes me sick to see all the young people who have died or been disfigured by being involved in “somebody else’s war”.
Some years back I sent a letter to each Senator from my state and told them that I didn’t want the U.S. to be in any more wars. I went on to say that we should have taken all the money spent on wars and instead develop, or more correctly stated redevelop, the problem areas of the world. Humanity would have benefited greatly from such a course of action. It took awhile but I did get a reply from both Senators, probably from a staffer, who thanked me for my letter and in a nice way told me that the congress was going to continue to make sure the country had a strong military force to protect the citizens of the U.S. Did the writing of the letters do me any good? It probably just got me on somebody’s list somewhere. It was of interest that a few years later one of the Senators decided not to run for reelection. No I don’t believe it was because of my letter, but that might have been nice too.
IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY MORE WARS, THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! Tell the Universe that you don’t want to see the country you live in involved in any more war or civil strife. Do it with sincerity and often. Somewhere down the road the overwhelming tide of thoughts will diminish the desire of those who like to start and conduct wars. If we just keep to ourselves, the warmongers won’t stop their activities on their own accord. Be concerned and be active in your thought generating capability. You have “The Power of Thought”!!!
Until next time, Phil
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