You are what you eat. How many times have we heard it, thought it, and said it? The body perfectly expresses the truth of this statement. What about the mind? You are what you THINK! This is equally true and this eternal truth is expressed in many traditions.
The Bible: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” [Proverbs 4:23]
The Buddha: “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.’
Emerson: “You become what you think about all day long.”
Pretty powerful stuff! No wonder we focus on self-mastery in both body and mind in the Master Key Experience. In Week 1, our assignment was to sit perfectly still for 15 minutes. This week, Week 2, our assignment is to sit perfectly still for 15 minutes with no thought. I achieve a series of moments of mindlessness daily. The Monkey Mind rules, however! The Monkey Mind is the mind of distractions. The Monkey Mind fills my time of repose and focus with ‘To Do’ lists, mini-rants, questions, curiosities about the sounds I hear outside…….and on and on and on. It is a humbling demonstration of the importance of training the mind, for if my life is shaped by my thoughts, it is beneficial to be the one consciously directing those thoughts.
And consciously directing thoughts is the job of the Objective mind. If we are to create our life through our thoughts, then we must be in control of the thoughts that enter into our consciousness. Haanel tells us “Not only can it impress other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind. In this way the conscious mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind. It is this high function which can completely reverse conditions in your life.”
Mastering the Seven Laws of Mind empowers us to become the master of our lives, the Gatekeeper who directs and instructs the sub-conscious mind such that the life of the desires of our hearts becomes our daily experience.
Stay tuned. This adventure only gets more interesting!