“To learn how to think is to learn how to live…”
– Ernest Holmes
The Science of Mind, 1938 edition
Various demands on our time, attention, activities, can put minds in a jumble, flitting from this to that and seeming to dominate life. Learning to take control of our thoughts is a necessity for guidance, orderliness, happiness, and progress in life.
Happily, Scripture is filled with references to mind and thought as pathways to guidance, orderliness, happiness, and progress in sync with the Universe and God’s intent for our individual lives. – mjd
[I commit] To realize always clearly that thoughts are forces, that like creates like and like attracts like, and that to determine one’s thinking, therefore, is to determine his life.
One of the most valuable … formulations of a long-known truth, is the fact that thoughts are forces, that they have form and quality and substance and power, that they are the silent, unseen, but subtle agents at work that are daily and hourly producing and determining, and with almost absolute precision, the conditions in our lives. As is the inner, therefore, so always and necessarily is the outer.
There is a general order of thought that may be described as the normal, health bringing, pleasure bringing, the desirable, valuable. Of this order are faith, hope, love, magnanimity, charity, nobleness of feeling and purpose, good temper, good will, clear, clean, hopeful, healthful thought. These are evidently the God-intended, for they are productive of wholesome activity, of health and strength and peace of mind, of soul, and of body.
Ordinarily we find in people those qualities we are mostly looking for; if we show to them our best, their best will open and show itself to us.
– Ralph Waldo Trine
excerpts from On the Open Road;
Being Some Thoughts and a Little Creed of Wholesome Living, 1906.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee
The Bible, King James Version
(We) take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5b
The Bible, Revised Standard Version