We are only beginning to understand the power of our thoughts.
There’s new evidence that positive intention helps people fight cancer – potentially outperforming the result of Western medicine, or at least improving its efficacy. Princeton University’s groundbreaking Global Consciousness Project points to an undeniable correlation between focused intention or passive awareness and “random” outcomes, at massive scale. Anecdotally, we’ve probably all met someone (been that someone?) who feels like they’ve accomplished the impossible simply by willing it.
Or we’ve heard physicists including Steven Hawking talk (or joke) about multiple possible universes where a range of potentialities await. Maybe we’ve wondered what role our thoughts have in shaping that universe we end up in, whether or not we see it as one of many. If so, we wouldn’t be the first: as far back as ±700 years BCE Indian sages stated:
“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
Around a century later, many say China’s Laozi expressed a similar belief:
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Similarly, at around 300 BCE this phrase was attributed to the Buddha:
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.""
How interesting that ancient wisdom and recent research seem to be pointing at one another from different places.
There is no proof, no way to say our thoughts have the power to shape our reality. Yet they certainly have the power to shape how we perceive our reality, and that perception will shape how we interact in the world. That interaction will shape how people, and what people, are drawn to us, and our interaction with them absolutely affects our destiny.
Today, think about your thoughts: those core beliefs and ideas that reflect your internal experience and state of being. Are they locked to stories about the past and the things that brought you to this point, tying you to things that have already happened and are thus out of your control? Are they pointed to the future, causing you worry or stress about things that may or may not take place?
Or can you bring them to the now, to calm and simple awareness of all that is happening around you as you navigate with increasing purpose the path you’re here to take?
Look to your thoughts as you travel that path. Being mindful and aware of them is a sure path to clarity with your words and all that follows. And who knows? Those thoughts may actually have more impact on your destiny than even Steven Hawking can prove.