A Disciplined Thinker

How do you think? It’s a real question and one that very few people ever really consider. Why? Because very few people actually do any real thinking!

But you might say, “Sure everybody thinks,” and to most people, what is going on inside their heads is “thinking” of some sort. But it’s not true, original thought. Let me elaborate as I welcome you to my latest blog on the subject of true thinking!

True Thinking

Most of us tend to be influenced by whatever is going on around us at any time of the day. We are stimulated by what our five senses take in and register on our brains.

When we watch a news story on the TV for example, we find ourselves not just following the story but also thinking about the story and often adding our own inner conversation to it. If its a bad new story (and let’s face it most of the stories we watch on the TV news are bad) we might find ourselves getting angry with the situation and giving someone or other a piece of our mind (inside our heads, of course). Some people even say it out loud.

But shouting at the TV, whether verbally or mentally inside our heads is not true thinking. It’s just a reaction to what we’re taking in through our sense.

True thinking is done in quiet moments when nothing externally is coming in. It happens when the only thoughts that come into our minds are those that we’ve created ourselves from the depths of wherever thoughts originate from.

How to Think for Real

Externally stimulated thought is not true thought. It’s just whatever is going on out there keeping our minds busy. When you think about it in those terms, you’ll realize that most of what is going on inside your head is not real thinking but just “busy.”

If you want to start thinking for real (and you need to do this in order to use your most powerful mental faculty for your benefit), you need to shut out all the external noise that’s going on and go to a quiet, still place.

When you can get quiet, still and uninterrupted for a while, you can start the real thought process going by simply relaxing your body and mind and just letting your mind go blank.

When you stop trying to think of things, real, creative and original thoughts will start to come to you!

It won’t happen right away. You’ll have to learn to be very patient and wait for things to happen. Putting any pressure on yourself to start those thoughts coming will have the opposite effect and block the flow.

You need the flow to be wide open by having your mind fully receptive to new ideas. You do that by relaxing and literally letting yourself go.

To many, that process is known as meditation, self-hypnosis or simply learning deep relaxation techniques. Whatever you want to call it, it’s the only way to do this and have it work for you.

That’s pretty much what I’ll be talking about here in this blog as it unfolds into a series of useful ideas and techniques I can share with you to help you start really thinking the kind of things that can change your life for the better in every way imaginable. I also cover this extensively at my website, disciplinedthinking.com which I thoroughly recommend you visit via that link.

There is a lot to learn, but it is very well worth learning it!

Whether you believe it or not, the process is working in everyone’s lives and everyone shapes and molds their lives by the things they think about the most. I’ll leave you with that snippet of wisdom until the nest post…

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What Do You Really Want?

Whatever your ideas about the why’s and wherefore’s of the Law of Attraction may be, the bottom line you should ask yourself is what do you really want out of life.

And then fix that definite desire in your mind, because that’s what you’re going to go after and get.

So many people hear about this amazing law and try to learn how it works so they can apply it to their own lives. Yet many fail to make any headway because they simply don’t have a definite aim in mind.

A Definite Desire

In Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” he stressed most forcibly the importance of having a “definite desire” to shoot for if you want to achieve success in your life. Your own interpretation of success will be particular to you and may be different from somebody else’s idea of what success is, but it is yours that is the important thing for you.

When you really get into this concept, you’ll realize that your personal success is entirely your own and has little or even nothing whatsoever to do with anybody else’s success.

The way to get what you want out of life is to first have a certain thing that you want to get!

A Starting Point

Once you can fix a definite goal or aim in your mind as the thing you most desire, you can work from there. The way forward is then to formulate a plan of action that you will take to push you in the direction of your goal and ultimately to its achievement inside a certain time frame.

The trick is to know where you are right now and use that as a starting block for the race you are about to run. That race will take you through many obstacles and highs and lows.

You may and probably will have many failures along the way but as long as you keep your goal firmly in sight, you will overcome every obstacle and reach your final destination. As long as you maintain disciplined thought and action, you can be unstoppable.

An End Point

The goal is of course the thing you earnestly desire the most. It is a desire that is so strong and so deeply embedded in your thoughts that you are able to fix your sights on it and nothing can get in your way.

Your journey from start to end will take the form of an obsession. Don’t be put off by this description, as many are afraid of becoming detached from normal life by such narrow focus.

The way to win is not easy, nor will it be lined with well-wishers and motivational friends and acquaintances.

Most likely you will find many people that will oppose you or doubt you. Life is teeming with naysayers and doubters and you have to learn to identify them and avoid them whenever possible!

Your aim is to attract to yourself only people that are in harmony with your journey and that will help you any way they can without judging you or finding fault with what you’re doing.

When you really want a thing to the exclusion of all else and have acquired the mindset that has you mentally focused obsessively on getting it and the determination and persistence to continue unfalteringly until it is in your possession, you will get it!

Focus Your Thoughts

If you know anything about working with the mind worth knowing, you’ll already be acutely aware that by focusing your thoughts onto the specific circumstance that you want to manifest in your life, you’ll have the strongest probability of achieving your aims.

That’s all well and good to say it like that, as if everyone automatically knows how to laser-focus their though processes. Unfortunately, while we all have the capability, few of us know how to actuate it. So how can you learn to bring your thoughts into focus to make the things happen that you want to happen?

Remove Distractions

The first step to a focused and targeted thought process is to eliminate all external distractions that have a tendency to make you more acutely aware of their presence the second you try to shut them out. You’re not alone in this – it happens to most everyone!

You should start by working with the obvious ones, such as turning off the TV (or going to a room or quiet place where there is no TV (much better). Same goes for a radio or other electronic music player, computer, laptop, tablet etc. Oh and remember to ditch the phone(s) too.

Nothing ever invented by human ingenuity is as intrusive or frustratingly irritating as the telephone in all its guises (from traditional land-line to mobile monster in a small, touch-screen package). If you ever want to spend 10 minutes in peaceful silence, you can almost put money on the phone ringing during that time!

Mobile or smart phones are even worse, because not only have they the capability to allow someone else to speak to you whenever they want to whether you want to or not, they can interrupt your silence with an incredibly vast array of annoying sounds and electronic pulses to signal the arrival of a text message, email or other form of media. Or to tell you one of your virtual “friends” has just posted an irreverent message or image on a popular social media platform. There is no escape!

Right then. No electronic devices of any kind anywhere within earshot or sight line and no possibility of a doorbell being heard, a vehicle or building alarm going off or the sky falling in to interrupt your sojourn into absolute peace, you may happily begin your incursion inside your mind in search of the thought focus controls.

Meditation

It is at this point you are in the perfect place to experience the next barrage of interruptions. The come not from without, but from within. These are the junk thoughts that crowd your mind for most of the time and prevent you from making the best use of your mental power.

There are several techniques that you can make use of to quieten those unwanted interruptive thoughts, from sheer power of will in forcing your mind to “go blank” (a common self-hypnotic strategy), or a learned method such as Ho’oponopono. Whatever works for you!

Once your mind is quietened and your thoughts are at rest (no self-conversation being conducted), you can introduce a single, simple thought, mantra or affirmation and allow this to be repeated over and over until it takes root in your unconscious where it can be transmitted through the unknown ether and communicate with “infinite intelligence” to be returned with your answer or a method you should undertake to bring your desire into your reality. It often comes in the form of a “hunch” or vague idea that you will need to work on.

What Does it All Mean?

OK, that was a bit wacky (can’t help talking the strange talk) but in layman’s terms, it means using your chosen technique to allow only a single thought into your mind and repeat it until it’s remembered. The next part is not fully understood (yet) but it is believed that in a very deep state of meditation, we can transmit a thought or an idea to whatever unseen power there is that we believe exists and receive a kind of response that will lay out a kind of plan we can follow to get what we want.

Infinite Intelligence is just a name this unknown existence has been given and seems to fit pretty well with what we think it is. It is what it is to each person as some will view it as their divine being (depending on what flavour of religion they adhere to), or more simply an energy centre in the universe. Whatever works for you.

But that’s how to focus and discipline your thoughts and use them to get what you want (or manifest your desires). The rest is up to you in taking what you’re given and working with it until your labours result in the achievement that you want to enjoy in the way you want to enjoy it.

Learn Ho’oponopono Hawaiian Prayer

There is an amazing way of making things right in your life and that’s through traditional Hawaiian prayer, known as Ho’oponopono. This is a technique you can learn that can help you to improve the way you live your life on many levels. Would you like to know more about it?

Great, then I’ll tell you some things about it that will be sure to interest you if improving your life is high on your agenda of things that you really want to do. First of all, just exactly what is it?

What is Ho’oponopono?

I already said it is a traditional form of Hawaiian prayer, but that doesn’t really describe it very well or in very much depth. The practice is about quieting the mind and asking forgiveness of yourself to yourself for past transgressions that you may be feeling guilty or upset about.

Why would you do that?

Well, often as we go through life, there are almost inevitably instances or situations that crop up that have caused you to be upset or angry, even harbouring feelings of hatred and revenge. These negative emotions are very powerful and if not righted, will have a progressive detrimental effect on the body, manifesting in physical ailments that are often referred to as psychosomatic.

It has been long known that self-forgiveness is a powerful healing agent that can dispel the negative, often debilitating effects of these dangerous emotional states and allow the physical body to regain its natural balance and health. Ho’oponopono is a technique that can do that as you do it for yourself.

Where Can I Learn Ho’oponopono?

There are several online course that teach the basics of this technique, with some being better than others depending on who creates the course and how well it is presented. I will go out on a limb here and say that if you want to learn how to do something, go to a well known expert.

I know of a highly regarded expert in exactly this field in the person of Dr Joe Vitale, who gained a lot of media exposure thanks to appearing in the popular Law of Attraction movie, “The Secret.” He has also authored several very good self help books, one of which is entitled Zero to Infinitude that takes the reader on a journey to self enlightenment through the guided use of Ho’oponopono.

What’s more, he has also teamed up with long time practitioner Mathew Dixon, a musician who has provided some amazing audio to go with Dr Vitale’s narrative in a certification course they have created. More about that can be found in a highly detailed and thoroughly well presented explanation article on how to become a certified Ho’oponopono practitioner. This is useful if you wish to not only learn the practice but also become certified to teach it yourself to others who are willing to learn.

To be successful in this or any other aspect of improving your life takes being a disciplined thinker and a determined character who will stop at nothing to achieve whatever you set out to achieve in life. Sound familiar? It should do, since that’s the way to succeed and to win!