I’m so honored to have been asked to be a guest on Ruth Bradford’s popular Blog Talk Radio show this week. The topic this month is James Allen’s classic book, “As a Man Thinketh” and it’s certainly one of my favorites. It’s a tiny, little book you could read in an hour…and study for a lifetime. (stole that from Paul Martinelli)
Being invited to be a guest is exciting, because I get to discuss a topic I’m passionate about: THINKING. It’s our thinking that controls our feelings. And it’s our feelings that determine our vibration and control our actions. And it’s our actions that determine our results. So if we want to change our results, we need to change our thinking. That’s where it all begins…and ends.
James Allen says “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be.” The key, the starting point, is to allow ourselves to dream, without getting all caught up with the “how.” When you want something strongly enough and you allow yourself to IMAGINE what life will be like when you have it, and you disregard any thoughts contrary to that dream, you move toward it…and it toward you. We don’t (although we’ve been taught otherwise) have to know how; we have to know what! What do you really want? What would you choose if you knew it was impossible to fail?
Perhaps my favorite chapter in this book is the very last one, titled “Serenity.” It starts off with “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.” Reading those words reminds me of how happy I am that I have added an element of serenity to my daily routine through the practice of meditation.
The fastest, easiest way I have found (and I’ve spent a fair amount of time searching) to calm my mind, quiet the chatter and give it a rest, is through Abraham-Hicks “Getting Into The Vortex Guided Meditation.” My wish, my lofty dream would be for everyone (yes, EVERYONE!) to buy that little book and listen to the 15 minute guided meditations with their eyes closed. 15 minutes a day that can truly change your life and give your mind the calmness which allows you to “dream lofty dreams.”