The Conscious Master
by Randy Gage
If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you know I often quote or reference James Allen. That’s because I keep a copy of, As a Man Thinketh next to my bed, and read it every night and every morning.
Of all the profound truths which have been restored and brought to light today, none possesses more divine promise and confidence than this: “man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of conditions, environment and destiny.”
When you choose to become the lord of your own thoughts, you possess the key for every situation. You have within yourself the transformational power to make yourself what you will.
That doesn’t mean “stuff” won’t happen to you…
Shit happens. To everyone. You may have elderly parents needing care taking, someone you love could get killed in a traffic accident, or a meteorite may land on your new Buick.
But when you master your thoughts, you master how you respond to challenges. Instead of falling into victim-hood, you use them for lessons, signs to change your approach, or a chance to develop character.
As Allen teaches, man is always the master, even in his weakest or abandoned state. But this is the foolish master who reacts to outside factors, always blindsided and blowing in the wind. When you reflect on your condition, searching diligently for the law of your being, you become the wise master, directing your energies with critical thinking and forming your thoughts to create fertile outcomes.
This is the process of becoming a conscious master, discovering the laws of thought within you. This is a procedure of self-analysis, application, and experience.
The people reveling in victim-hood dispute this process. But if you will consciously notice, direct, and alter your thoughts, the evidence will prove that you really do create your world. Cause and effect.
So what are you effecting?
Very interesting. I've just spent the past several days "taking stock." I made two lists: one of "What Worked in My Life" and one of "What Didn't Work in My Life."
The purpose was to identify my "true north." (And, admittedly, to find common threads as to how--and why --I seemingly continue to shoot myself in the foot just when things could take off for me.)
I don't have any concrete answers yet, but I figure awareness is the first step.
I am consciously committed to staying centered and calm despite all the challenges of this world. I am an observant and participant in living my Truth.
Also, I am aware of the challenges that come my way, and look for the lessons.
Randy, much gratitude for all the Work you do and engage us to be more of who we are.
I LOVE this question, What am I effecting? Talk about cutting to the chase...
Not "what am I causing?" but "What am I effecting." Hmmmmm......
Recently, I effected a dip in my investment income. Ooops... or maybe, hurrah. Maybe this dip is just the incentive I need to kick some butt (mine own)in my home business with USANA. Could it be that I am "effecting" some added incentive for myself?
I've effected: a 30-yr. marriage, which is good & getting better; Two interesting and adventuresome young adults - my daughter & son; A comfortable lifestyle - far more comfy than my parents enjoyed - in a lovely home in an outstandingly beautiful part of the world; a library of multitudinous volumes reflecting a wide range of interest; and a passionate desire for more & better in every area of my life.
That's what I've been effecting...plus a lot more, some of it rather mediocre, but none of it, by God's Grace, less than mediocre. No desperate situations....thank you God!
These are great comments! In my humble opinion, all of us who take the challenge to gain control of our lives are warriors that fight for a good life.
I'm effecting the direction of my Life and simultaneously providing valuable insights to my sister, who seems to resist change in her thoughts in critical areas. I find that it's important to realize how crucial the outcome of thought is, as in "What you think about, you bring about".
And in order to bring about what it is that I truly want, I must first be grateful for what I have received knowing that more is coming. To this end, I'm also grateful for the constant reminders you provide Randy. We are blessed to have you in our lives as much as you are blessed to have us!
Great point Randy!This post has enough information to live happy and abundant life.
It's true,shit happens and sometimes it stinks!!!But man has this extraodinary ability to overcome everything and to create his destiny.There is always something to learn,to become wiser..especially from a total failure.Things are changing ,in a good manner, due to this knowledge.
Thanks for sharing,
Great book...with so much wisdom. You can study it for a lifetime! Being the "master" or one in control, is the key. No one else is responsible except for us. Thanks for the reminder!
I agree so fully to what you are saying. Recently my step-brother fell to his death during a firefighter training accident. Was it traumatic, absolutely. He was 35 years old, had a wife with two young boys.
My perspective on this is one that is not easily accepted. Instead of being angry and sad, I look at the life my step-brother led and the lives he changed. Chip was a lover of life and lived his life fully - he knew how to live his "dash". He said no when he needed to and yes to things he loved. He died with a smile on his face. As a donor, he directly impacted 12 lives and even gave sight to two people. Over 2,500 people were in attendance - many from the over 100 fire departments that showed to pay their respects. In visiting with a lot of them, I heard countless times that his death is a great reminder to step in and live your life on purpose.
While it can be easy to get caught up in the fact that he is no longer here, I choose to look at the incredible and divine in this situation. So many people were blessed during his life and many more are blessed through his death.
As without, so within.
When I see something happen in my life, I know it has its origin in me. Doesn't matter how much I resist it. Doesn't matter how much it might piss me off in the moment. All that matters is that I attracted the situation based on the thoughts seeds which were planted before, both consciously chosen and unconsciously occurring.
To find out why your life is heading in the direction it's heading, look within. See how much time you spend studying mental science, and applying principles to put this mental science into practice. The process can be uncomfortable and downright painful to your ego, but those who get through this uncomfortable period become masters of their fate.
No matter what happens on the outside they respond to the situation in calm, confident manner of a mental scientist.
Thanks for sharing Randy!
Yes, great post.
I have a feeling that I'm this girl who stands at a crossroads. So much to do to change the life, and I do not know how to start.
Thoughts and ideas run like crazy horses. How to analyze and sort? Then I focused that I do only work that creates value - either immediately or for the future. I worked with the exclusion method.
The hardest part of this beautiful process is self-discipline, how to introduce new habits of life and start immediately.
I had promised myself to participate with comments on all your posts until September (to help you to help me the best way). Even in this simple case requires effort.
When you truly realise you are choosing your thoughts every moment you are finally on the cause side of the cause and effect equation. It's always - and has always been - about choice. Great post Randy.
Great post Randy... on that similar train when I said last week that addiction as a disease is bullshit... I saw a couple of women last week, still doing their victim thing, we're crack addicts because of... yeah yeah... nothing could be a more eloquent statement of free will than Victor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning.. the story is right next to Job in terms of the most brutal things that can happen to you, maybe more, and yet, he chose to go on and choose his thoughts.. any time you think your problems are big.. jeez, just read that one... makes you real humble...
funny i found this today of all days. i've been reading "what the bleep do we know?" and this so coincides w/ what they say in there. even using quotes from in the bible of how jesus said, "i am w/n you" and more. thank you for the reiteration :)
This is so true, on so many levels. Had a sessiom with an NLP Master yesterday. When it really hits you, that whatever you do is either a good choice or a bad choice that you have the control. Wow..... I mean, I have always thought I was a very positive person, but recently I have been really searching for what is holding me back. When you bring unconscious decision making to the surface..........Now I have this little voice in my head saying "..now is that a good choice?" It is so cool to have your own little guardian sitting on your shoulder watching your every choice. An the funny thing is, it is me. Makes me wonder why I didn't catch on sooner...... thanks Randy for your teaching.
This was the topic at Unity of Delray this morning. It is only in the King James version that this quote is found. I never knew there were so many errors in translation in that version. This means to me what you think will be, but also don't eat the food of the selfish. Don't be consumed by the shallow and not the connection with the Christ within.
I am effecting to stay in the states of joy, happiness, and love. These were the emotions that Napolean Hill spoke about. It is when I am in these places that the appearances do not effect me.
I've not read James Allen but I will get hold at it. I struggled for years with the thoughts in my head. I'm bipolar and hear voices, but through CBT and learning to master my mind I have come to an acceptance of what is and now know that I can create my own world. I am no longer a slave to negativity and the crap that goes on in my head. I love that saying you quoted "man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of conditions, environment and destiny." Thanks for being a beacon and making me think.