Thought-Substance is Powerful Energy

“When interest, sympathy, and good will meet to present pleasantly their opinions or thoughts on any special subject to each other, for an hour, there goes from that company a wave of thought-substance, which strikes other minds, and awakens or renews interest in that especial business, art, or cause, in proportion to the sensitiveness or capacity of such minds to receive thoughts. The new thought coming suddenly to you, comes because somewhere it is being talked out or agitated.

“The wave so caused acts n unseen elements precisely like that made by throwing a stone in calm water. The waves so radiate from the talk center; and they will continue to spread out in every direction. …

‘The same idea, or parts or shades of that idea, may float into a thousand minds within an hour, when once started, through a few people taking it. … Through thought-substance so sent far and wide you awaken desire or interest for the thing talked of.” ~Prentice Mulford

Wave of Thought-Substance

Mulford uses the term “thought-substance” to make it clear that thought is a substance. More accurately, it is an energy and energy does work. That is a basic law of science we all learned in grade school. Thought-substance or thought energy does work just as any other energy does. The main difference is that with most other kinds of energy, we are intentionally using that energy to do a specific task. We intentionally hit the nail with a hammer. The hammer doesn’t just jump up on its own and start hitting the nail. But with thought, most of us are unaware of the work being done by that energy.

A curious argument on the power of thought-substance exists today. While many insist that watching violent movies and television, or playing violent video games, leads to increased violence in our world, the makers of those products deny it. Yet, at the same time, meditation groups sponsor events where thousands of people meditate for peace together and the result is that crime and violence in the area drops dramatically. Unfortunately, that drop is temporary. Yet, it does demonstrate that thought energy does do work. And further, it shows that that energy can be directed to do a specific task. Continue reading “Thought-Substance is Powerful Energy”

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New Thought and the Laws of Thought

“New thought or idea brings strength o body as well as mind. For this reason,the real, active intellect of the world lives longer. … Increased knowledge of the laws of thought (that great silent force in nature) will, in the future, enable the spirit to use its body, not only in full, but ever-increasing possession of its mental and physical powers.

“People’s bodies decay and lose vigor through thinking continually the same set of thoughts. Thought is food for your spirit as much as is bread food for the body. Old thought is literally old, stale substance or element. It does not properly nourish the spirit. If the spirit is starved, the body will suffer. … If the spirit be sufficiently strong to assert its demands caused by the gnawings of its hunger, there will be perpetual unrest.” ~Prentice Mulford

New Thought

Since Mulford wrote the quoted text about a hundred years ago, there has been much progress in understanding thought. While much is still unknown, we do know a few things. One is that mental deterioration of the elderly can be slowed down, if not entirely prevented, by continually learning new things and using the brain. Another is that we tend to become stagnant, both physically and mentally, when we stop learning. Mulford says the active intellect lives longer. That is likely true.

More important than the length of life is the quality of it. In the business world, particularly in regard to job interviews, they say that managers must remember that one year of experience ten times over is not the same as ten years of experience. This is something often forgotten in modern interviews. What it means is that even if you have done something for ten years, doesn’t mean you have ten years of learning. You may have learned enough to do the job in one year, then stopped learning. This principle is even more important in life than in job qualifications. New thought means you’re not just recycling old ideas in a new package. Continue reading “New Thought and the Laws of Thought”

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Thought, Observation, and Thought Principles

“Observation and thinking are the two points of departure for all the spiritual striving of man, in so far as he is conscious of such striving. The workings of common sense, as well as the most complicated scientific researches, rest on these two fundamental pillars of our spirit. Philosophers have started from various primary antitheses: idea and reality, subject and object, appearance and thing-in-itself, “I” and “Not-I”, idea and will, concept and matter, force and substance, the conscious and the unconscious. It is easy to show, however, that all these antitheses must be preceded by that of observation and thinking, this being for man the most important one.

“Whatever principle we choose to lay down, we must either prove that somewhere we have observed it, or we must enunciate it in the form of a clear thought which can be re-thought by any other thinker. Every philosopher who sets out to discuss his fundamental principles must express them in conceptual form and thus use thinking. He therefore indirectly admits that his activity presupposes thinking.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Thought and Creation

A basic premise of creation is that a thing must be thought of before it can be created. This seems logical and obvious to most, but many forget it. They ignore the creative power of thought, except on certain occasions when that want to create something. But the creative power of though cannot be turned on and off light a light bulb. When you are thinking, you are creating, period. Just as it is impossible to create without thinking, it is impossible to think without creating. But when we are thinking without the intent to create, what is the result? What is created under those conditions?

Observation and Thinking

Another side of this is the relationship of observation and thinking. Steiner says that we have a chicken-and-egg relationship in observation and thinking. We can look around us at any time and unless you are in something like an isolation chamber, there will be many things to observe. Steiner is saying that there is two level of observing. Level one is just seeing the thing and recording it in our memory. The second level is to really think about what we are seeing. Why is it there? What is its relationship to other objects? On a more spiritual level, what is it behind the mask it is wearing?

Some think that the first level of observation doesn’t involve thinking at all, but it does. It may be entirely subconscious thinking, but that is still thinking. Yet some will argue that the thing was there without us thinking about it, and we could not think of it if it didn’t actually exist. Many disagree with that philosophy. Here’s why.

Remember the old question, “If a tree falls and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a noise?” In a more general way, that question is really asking, if a thing exists without being thought of by man, can it actually exist?” The answer is yes. The tree does make a sound which Nature hears, and Nature can create without the thoughts of humans. But here is where it really gets complicated. Some would even say weird. The Gaia mind that control Nature on Earth is made up mostly of the thoughts of humans, both dead and alive. Therefore, Natures mind is also a form of human thinking. Continue reading “Thought, Observation, and Thought Principles”

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Hateful or Evil Thought and Countering It

“You can only oppose successfully the hatred or evil thought of others by throwing out toward it the thought of good-will. Good-will as a thought element is more powerful than the thought of hatred. It can turn it aside. … The Christ precept, ‘Do good to them that hate you,’ is is based on a scientific law. It means that thoughts are things, and that the thought of good can always overpower that of evil. … The fact that all thought, all emotion, all of what is called sentiment, or qualities such as mercy, patience, love, etc., are elements as real as any we see, is the cornerstone to the scientific basis of religion.” ~Prentice Mulford

Hateful or Evil Thought

Before you can deal with hateful or evil thought, you have to know what they are. In some cases it is obvious. If a person is thinking that he wants another person to be dead, or worse yet, wants to kill him, those thoughts are obviously hateful and evil. But some thoughts of hate and evil are of a gentler sort, yet can still have effect.

A person who is not one of the smartest in the world, might improve over time if given a chance. But if everyone around him keeps thinking he is not very smart, it makes it nearly impossible for him to improve. Likewise, if an overweight person has friends and relatives who think, “He is fat, he ill always be fat, he can’t change that.” They are sending out powerful energies that keep their friend from getting control of his weight.

Thoughts of Good-will

The good news for those of us trapped in some type of evil though cage like those mentioned above can be helped by others as easily as they can be hindered. If a kind person thinks that the guy who isn’t very bright can and will improve, he sends toward him energies that helps him break out of the hateful cage he is trapped in.

If good-will thoughts are sent to the overweight guy, he too can be broken out of his cage. The ones with irrational fears can have those pushed aside with the help of friends. Good-will thoughts can help us succeed in almost anything. And they don’t have to be very specific. Just sending out general thoughts of success, patience, and love can help. Continue reading “Hateful or Evil Thought and Countering It”