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The Garden of Your Mind

Posted By: Randy GageNovember 26, 2012

James Allen famously used the analogy about tending a garden to describe the process of monitoring and controlling the thoughts you give precedence to.

This simple action – which often isn’t easy, but is always simple – may be the single most element to creating a success mindset and prosperity consciousness.  It’s simple because it is just thinking about what you think about.  But it isn’t easy, because you’re constantly being assaulted with stimuli, which is designed to make you think about something or someone in a certain way.

This requires one of the top levels of conscious thought.  And it also is the most rewarding.  Because this is how you create your dream life.

Guard your mindset, because that is what will create your future.

- RG

26 comments on “The Garden of Your Mind”

  1. Randy,
    you know how much respect I have for you. 
    If I make it somehow mentally to seal all the drawers which carry the trash memories incl. the related emotions and let only those thoughts out, one by one, which nurture my future ideas I will have a chance to survive & go on in this life.
    I take a bow.

    1. @Leeloo
       I'd recommend that you pull those drawers open and throw out the contents.  Why keep all the clutter that other people have given us?  If it is garbage, throw it out.  The garbage isn't yours, you simply inherited it.  Make some room for those new ideas.  You can do this!

      1. @MrsHealthandProsperity  @Leeloo Hi, there!! Iam back for a little conversation 🙂 okay, here´s why my mental clutter can´t just be thrown "out" - it is somehow intensely connected with emotions. i am mentally extraordinary strong but of course if you get hit on purpose to be thrown off the chess-board best case (which did not work for many of my old attackers) you get the emotional cut on top, but your mind knows exactly: "WHO is the problem owner? Yes, it´s him/her not you." But the attack causes pain. and I am emotional and somewhat quite intellectual - no regular scenario. so I have "trouble" handling myself fully. Instead of throwing out the clutter (I have no tash can in my mind since I learned from all my lessons, I now own the experience like basic ground to stand on!) I will have to shut it away in a coffin and maybe, burn it. It´s a different way of throwing it out maybe. but the emotions stay. they block me ´cuz I can´t tell them "go, leave as well!" I have to find out how I can lead those guys out of the door as well. It´ll take some experimental time I guess. but I have to do it. see, how stupid does it look if someone shows-up to support and you´re blocked and can´t move? only emotionally - I have been there now and I need time to warm-up, to get a feeling for the supporter or any one else who gets closer to me. I just can´t follow blindly. Plus, I have no "plug-in" in my mind for strangers!!! I was never lead. I am a free spirit, 100%. no way to follow "just like this". so it´s time consuming. but I get along & get better. When I open up, as anyone else, I turn vulnerable as well and I can´t stand new attacks. i have to be sure to be "safe" for some time and be away from new emotional attacks - otherwise the loop starts again before I licked my wounds to a 100% healing and I am back to being blocked again. i have to get out of that loop which means: breakthrough.
        does it makes sense to you? feel free to answer pls. 😉

        1. @Leeloo
           Yes, Leeloo, I understand.  It might help you - as it did me - to realize that the only time we can experience an emotion is Right Now.  We aren't time-travellers who can "go back and experience it again" !  We can only remember a circumstance or event, and think & feel about it, right NOW.  Or, we can remember it, and have new thoughts & feelings, right NOW. 
           
          Many of us think that our emotions are something that Happen To Us.  I used to believe that.  I used to feel powerless about my emotions. They came from my past!  They rushed out and overwhelmed me, like a pack of wolves!! 
          I came to realize that was just plain silly!  I create my emotions, just like I created that monster that lived in the closet when I was a little kid, that scared me so badly.
           
           Our emotions aren't possessions - they aren't something we HAVE.  Rather, they are something we DO.  If you re-read your post above, Leeloo, you will see that you talk of your emotions as if they were things.  This is just a mis-perception. 
           
          Here's my suggestion:  Next time you are feeling an emotion - maybe just a fluffy little emotion like "annoyance" or "sadness"  (rather than big emotions like "rage" and "grief") ask yourself, How the heck am I making myself feel this way?  What thoughts have I been thinking, to create this emotion Right Now?
           
          I used to make myself feel really really unhappy ("depressed").  I spent almost 50 years being generally unhappy.  Sheesh!  Nowadays, I make myself feel happy.  It's way more fun!!  and it attracts into my life more to feel happy about. 
          If you wanted to feel happy right now, what could you feel happy about?  I'm happy because I can talk with you - I'm happy because I'm healthy - I'm happy because I have a roof over my head, food in a refrigerator, and running water in my house.  I'm happy because...the list is endless.  I LOVE feeling happy! 
           
          It's a CHOICE.  I could make myself feel depressed, if I wanted to; I could make myself feel angry, frustrated (I still do that one occassionally.  Ooops!)  or any other way I want.  I can feel prosperous, and that's fun, too.  Play with this, dear friend, and tell me what you discover.

        2. @MrsHealthandProsperity wow, I did not expect such a long detailed answer by you, so I very much appreciate it! thanks so much for taking your time. okay, here´s my response ´cuz you made a few points quite clear to me:
          okay, if i DO my emotions than they´re faster than my thoughts. means, faster than my subconsciousness which comes in first - which makes sense to me, cuz I can´t make it to be there first by intellect. it appears seldom, only when I "hit a wall". my emotions are never huge like rage or grief (thank God i am pretty happy all the time) it´s just the hurt feelings of which I have so many ´cuz I never received positive ones on top. no hugs, no pets after fights. OK, the bosses were at my side always but that was just mental support and it never affected me emotionally positive. and I thought I can stand the attacks but since I am out of that old job and area I realize that I took too much.... anyway, there´s no reason to look back now. if my emotion show up it is a strong one, no fluffy one, to bad 😉
          but: it was a good explanation!
          glad you came out of your depression. wow, after such a long time! wow. congrats! I thought a lot about this and that in life but never was seriously depressed, more silent and sad that I couldn´t change the position I was in. it´s tough to be even attacked by doctors for just being alive (my condition must have scared some to death and we´re all insured in Germany so they HAVE TO TREAT us, ha!).
          okay, lessons learned from you: I have to get in touch with my subconscious to get the emotional attacks back on track since they started high-jacking me. it shows that something once went awfully wrong in m life and none re-adjusted my mindset and emotional landscape.
          have a great weekend Mrs. H&P!

  2. Randy,
    you know how much respect I have for you. 
    If I make it somehow mentally to seal all the drawers which carry the trash memories incl. the related emotions and let only those thoughts out, one by one, which nurture my future ideas I will have a chance to survive & go on in this life.
    I take a bow.

  3. Randy, I love the analogy of the mind being a Garden. In a Garden you watch what kind of seeds you plant, not just planting, but you have to water the seeds and let it get a lot of sunlight. Concerning the mind, we have to watch what we feed the mind, because as the saying goes, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. The harvest that any individual intends to reap in 5 years time depends on the kind of seeds you sow today. That point of Guarding your mindset, that is a bomb there. It is life changing.

  4. Randy, I love the analogy of the mind being a Garden. In a Garden you watch what kind of seeds you plant, not just planting, but you have to water the seeds and let it get a lot of sunlight. Concerning the mind, we have to watch what we feed the mind, because as the saying goes, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. The harvest that any individual intends to reap in 5 years time depends on the kind of seeds you sow today. That point of Guarding your mindset, that is a bomb there. It is life changing.

  5. Great reminder as always Randy. Allen's book is one of the best and am reading Dyer's "Excuses Begone!" right now which makes some similar points. Ultimately the more we think ABOUT our thoughts, we can weed the garden to allow ONLY those thoughts that are consistent with Who We Really Are.. and like any garden, the weeds always try to push through, so its an ongoing process with an amazing payoff!

  6. Great reminder as always Randy. Allen's book is one of the best and am reading Dyer's "Excuses Begone!" right now which makes some similar points. Ultimately the more we think ABOUT our thoughts, we can weed the garden to allow ONLY those thoughts that are consistent with Who We Really Are.. and like any garden, the weeds always try to push through, so its an ongoing process with an amazing payoff!

  7. I started keeping a thought journal because I would have a great idea that didn't relate to the project that I was working on and by the time I was ready to work on the great idea, too often it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.  And as you say, its the ideas that create wealth.
     
    As this became a habit I started jotting down an outline of most of my thoughts during the day.   At the end of the day I go over it to decide how best to put forth my energy the next day, but I also cross off the thoughts that don't benefit the person I am evolving into.  I found this exercise of "weeding" my thought journal very beneficial to eliminating the trivial and detrimental thoughts that pop into my mind.  Its as though the physical action allowed the subconscious to let go of the thought also.

    1. @TracyAndJohn
       What a great idea! Bill Harris (Centerpoineresearch) says that once we become AWARE of what we are thinking, the non-supportive thoughts will simply fall away - we can't go on doing something that doesn't serve us, once we are aware we are doing it!  He says it's like being so drunk you don't notice you are smacking your foot with a hammer - but once you notice it, you STOP!  We just can't go on doing something (thinking thoughts) that don't serve us, once we are aware of them.  The trick, of course, is to get aware!  You evening weeding of your thought journal does just that.  Fabulous!

  8. I started keeping a thought journal because I would have a great idea that didn't relate to the project that I was working on and by the time I was ready to work on the great idea, too often it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.  And as you say, its the ideas that create wealth.
     
    As this became a habit I started jotting down an outline of most of my thoughts during the day.   At the end of the day I go over it to decide how best to put forth my energy the next day, but I also cross off the thoughts that don't benefit the person I am evolving into.  I found this exercise of "weeding" my thought journal very beneficial to eliminating the trivial and detrimental thoughts that pop into my mind.  Its as though the physical action allowed the subconscious to let go of the thought also.

  9. I love that analogy. It's so simple, yet so profound!
     
    And by the way, I got your book today and just  finished reading it. I loved it! Especially Act IV - Harnessing the Ego for Success.

  10. I love that analogy. It's so simple, yet so profound!
     
    And by the way, I got your book today and just  finished reading it. I loved it! Especially Act IV - Harnessing the Ego for Success.

  11. The Garden is a great analogy indeed...  Being Conscious as to What seeds are you planting - Dreams and what are you actively consciously doing to nurture your Garden - Dreams...

  12. @TracyAndJohn
     What a great idea! Bill Harris (Centerpoineresearch) says that once we become AWARE of what we are thinking, the non-supportive thoughts will simply fall away - we can't go on doing something that doesn't serve us, once we are aware we are doing it!  He says it's like being so drunk you don't notice you are smacking your foot with a hammer - but once you notice it, you STOP!  We just can't go on doing something (thinking thoughts) that don't serve us, once we are aware of them.  The trick, of course, is to get aware!  You evening weeding of your thought journal does just that.  Fabulous!

  13. @Leeloo
     I'd recommend that you pull those drawers open and throw out the contents.  Why keep all the clutter that other people have given us?  If it is garbage, throw it out.  The garbage isn't yours, you simply inherited it.  Make some room for those new ideas.  You can do this!

  14. @MrsHealthandProsperity  @Leeloo Hi, there!! Iam back for a little conversation 🙂 okay, here´s why my mental clutter can´t just be thrown "out" - it is somehow intensely connected with emotions. i am mentally extraordinary strong but of course if you get hit on purpose to be thrown off the chess-board best case (which did not work for many of my old attackers) you get the emotional cut on top, but your mind knows exactly: "WHO is the problem owner? Yes, it´s him/her not you." But the attack causes pain. and I am emotional and somewhat quite intellectual - no regular scenario. so I have "trouble" handling myself fully. Instead of throwing out the clutter (I have no tash can in my mind since I learned from all my lessons, I now own the experience like basic ground to stand on!) I will have to shut it away in a coffin and maybe, burn it. It´s a different way of throwing it out maybe. but the emotions stay. they block me ´cuz I can´t tell them "go, leave as well!" I have to find out how I can lead those guys out of the door as well. It´ll take some experimental time I guess. but I have to do it. see, how stupid does it look if someone shows-up to support and you´re blocked and can´t move? only emotionally - I have been there now and I need time to warm-up, to get a feeling for the supporter or any one else who gets closer to me. I just can´t follow blindly. Plus, I have no "plug-in" in my mind for strangers!!! I was never lead. I am a free spirit, 100%. no way to follow "just like this". so it´s time consuming. but I get along & get better. When I open up, as anyone else, I turn vulnerable as well and I can´t stand new attacks. i have to be sure to be "safe" for some time and be away from new emotional attacks - otherwise the loop starts again before I licked my wounds to a 100% healing and I am back to being blocked again. i have to get out of that loop which means: breakthrough.
    does it makes sense to you? feel free to answer pls. 😉

  15. @Leeloo
     Yes, Leeloo, I understand.  It might help you - as it did me - to realize that the only time we can experience an emotion is Right Now.  We aren't time-travellers who can "go back and experience it again" !  We can only remember a circumstance or event, and think & feel about it, right NOW.  Or, we can remember it, and have new thoughts & feelings, right NOW. 
     
    Many of us think that our emotions are something that Happen To Us.  I used to believe that.  I used to feel powerless about my emotions. They came from my past!  They rushed out and overwhelmed me, like a pack of wolves!! 
    I came to realize that was just plain silly!  I create my emotions, just like I created that monster that lived in the closet when I was a little kid, that scared me so badly.
     
     Our emotions aren't possessions - they aren't something we HAVE.  Rather, they are something we DO.  If you re-read your post above, Leeloo, you will see that you talk of your emotions as if they were things.  This is just a mis-perception. 
     
    Here's my suggestion:  Next time you are feeling an emotion - maybe just a fluffy little emotion like "annoyance" or "sadness"  (rather than big emotions like "rage" and "grief") ask yourself, How the heck am I making myself feel this way?  What thoughts have I been thinking, to create this emotion Right Now?
     
    I used to make myself feel really really unhappy ("depressed").  I spent almost 50 years being generally unhappy.  Sheesh!  Nowadays, I make myself feel happy.  It's way more fun!!  and it attracts into my life more to feel happy about. 
    If you wanted to feel happy right now, what could you feel happy about?  I'm happy because I can talk with you - I'm happy because I'm healthy - I'm happy because I have a roof over my head, food in a refrigerator, and running water in my house.  I'm happy because...the list is endless.  I LOVE feeling happy! 
     
    It's a CHOICE.  I could make myself feel depressed, if I wanted to; I could make myself feel angry, frustrated (I still do that one occassionally.  Ooops!)  or any other way I want.  I can feel prosperous, and that's fun, too.  Play with this, dear friend, and tell me what you discover.

  16. @MrsHealthandProsperity wow, I did not expect such a long detailed answer by you, so I very much appreciate it! thanks so much for taking your time. okay, here´s my response ´cuz you made a few points quite clear to me:
    okay, if i DO my emotions than they´re faster than my thoughts. means, faster than my subconsciousness which comes in first - which makes sense to me, cuz I can´t make it to be there first by intellect. it appears seldom, only when I "hit a wall". my emotions are never huge like rage or grief (thank God i am pretty happy all the time) it´s just the hurt feelings of which I have so many ´cuz I never received positive ones on top. no hugs, no pets after fights. OK, the bosses were at my side always but that was just mental support and it never affected me emotionally positive. and I thought I can stand the attacks but since I am out of that old job and area I realize that I took too much.... anyway, there´s no reason to look back now. if my emotion show up it is a strong one, no fluffy one, to bad 😉
    but: it was a good explanation!
    glad you came out of your depression. wow, after such a long time! wow. congrats! I thought a lot about this and that in life but never was seriously depressed, more silent and sad that I couldn´t change the position I was in. it´s tough to be even attacked by doctors for just being alive (my condition must have scared some to death and we´re all insured in Germany so they HAVE TO TREAT us, ha!).
    okay, lessons learned from you: I have to get in touch with my subconscious to get the emotional attacks back on track since they started high-jacking me. it shows that something once went awfully wrong in m life and none re-adjusted my mindset and emotional landscape.
    have a great weekend Mrs. H&P!

  17. It takes practice to notice our thoughts. Some people will go, "what do you mean by noticing my thoughts?" They have no idea what it means. I caught myself judging as well. Those were the times when I let down my guard, and the unsupportive thoughts attacked. One way is to really check in with every thoughts that pass through. And every of those thoughts come from somewhere. Find out the cause, remove it and you can be free from some "attacks."

  18. It takes practice to notice our thoughts. Some people will go, "what do you mean by noticing my thoughts?" They have no idea what it means. I caught myself judging as well. Those were the times when I let down my guard, and the unsupportive thoughts attacked. One way is to really check in with every thoughts that pass through. And every of those thoughts come from somewhere. Find out the cause, remove it and you can be free from some "attacks."

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  • 26 comments on “The Garden of Your Mind”

    1. Randy,
      you know how much respect I have for you. 
      If I make it somehow mentally to seal all the drawers which carry the trash memories incl. the related emotions and let only those thoughts out, one by one, which nurture my future ideas I will have a chance to survive & go on in this life.
      I take a bow.

      1. @Leeloo
         I'd recommend that you pull those drawers open and throw out the contents.  Why keep all the clutter that other people have given us?  If it is garbage, throw it out.  The garbage isn't yours, you simply inherited it.  Make some room for those new ideas.  You can do this!

        1. @MrsHealthandProsperity  @Leeloo Hi, there!! Iam back for a little conversation 🙂 okay, here´s why my mental clutter can´t just be thrown "out" - it is somehow intensely connected with emotions. i am mentally extraordinary strong but of course if you get hit on purpose to be thrown off the chess-board best case (which did not work for many of my old attackers) you get the emotional cut on top, but your mind knows exactly: "WHO is the problem owner? Yes, it´s him/her not you." But the attack causes pain. and I am emotional and somewhat quite intellectual - no regular scenario. so I have "trouble" handling myself fully. Instead of throwing out the clutter (I have no tash can in my mind since I learned from all my lessons, I now own the experience like basic ground to stand on!) I will have to shut it away in a coffin and maybe, burn it. It´s a different way of throwing it out maybe. but the emotions stay. they block me ´cuz I can´t tell them "go, leave as well!" I have to find out how I can lead those guys out of the door as well. It´ll take some experimental time I guess. but I have to do it. see, how stupid does it look if someone shows-up to support and you´re blocked and can´t move? only emotionally - I have been there now and I need time to warm-up, to get a feeling for the supporter or any one else who gets closer to me. I just can´t follow blindly. Plus, I have no "plug-in" in my mind for strangers!!! I was never lead. I am a free spirit, 100%. no way to follow "just like this". so it´s time consuming. but I get along & get better. When I open up, as anyone else, I turn vulnerable as well and I can´t stand new attacks. i have to be sure to be "safe" for some time and be away from new emotional attacks - otherwise the loop starts again before I licked my wounds to a 100% healing and I am back to being blocked again. i have to get out of that loop which means: breakthrough.
          does it makes sense to you? feel free to answer pls. 😉

          1. @Leeloo
             Yes, Leeloo, I understand.  It might help you - as it did me - to realize that the only time we can experience an emotion is Right Now.  We aren't time-travellers who can "go back and experience it again" !  We can only remember a circumstance or event, and think & feel about it, right NOW.  Or, we can remember it, and have new thoughts & feelings, right NOW. 
             
            Many of us think that our emotions are something that Happen To Us.  I used to believe that.  I used to feel powerless about my emotions. They came from my past!  They rushed out and overwhelmed me, like a pack of wolves!! 
            I came to realize that was just plain silly!  I create my emotions, just like I created that monster that lived in the closet when I was a little kid, that scared me so badly.
             
             Our emotions aren't possessions - they aren't something we HAVE.  Rather, they are something we DO.  If you re-read your post above, Leeloo, you will see that you talk of your emotions as if they were things.  This is just a mis-perception. 
             
            Here's my suggestion:  Next time you are feeling an emotion - maybe just a fluffy little emotion like "annoyance" or "sadness"  (rather than big emotions like "rage" and "grief") ask yourself, How the heck am I making myself feel this way?  What thoughts have I been thinking, to create this emotion Right Now?
             
            I used to make myself feel really really unhappy ("depressed").  I spent almost 50 years being generally unhappy.  Sheesh!  Nowadays, I make myself feel happy.  It's way more fun!!  and it attracts into my life more to feel happy about. 
            If you wanted to feel happy right now, what could you feel happy about?  I'm happy because I can talk with you - I'm happy because I'm healthy - I'm happy because I have a roof over my head, food in a refrigerator, and running water in my house.  I'm happy because...the list is endless.  I LOVE feeling happy! 
             
            It's a CHOICE.  I could make myself feel depressed, if I wanted to; I could make myself feel angry, frustrated (I still do that one occassionally.  Ooops!)  or any other way I want.  I can feel prosperous, and that's fun, too.  Play with this, dear friend, and tell me what you discover.

          2. @MrsHealthandProsperity wow, I did not expect such a long detailed answer by you, so I very much appreciate it! thanks so much for taking your time. okay, here´s my response ´cuz you made a few points quite clear to me:
            okay, if i DO my emotions than they´re faster than my thoughts. means, faster than my subconsciousness which comes in first - which makes sense to me, cuz I can´t make it to be there first by intellect. it appears seldom, only when I "hit a wall". my emotions are never huge like rage or grief (thank God i am pretty happy all the time) it´s just the hurt feelings of which I have so many ´cuz I never received positive ones on top. no hugs, no pets after fights. OK, the bosses were at my side always but that was just mental support and it never affected me emotionally positive. and I thought I can stand the attacks but since I am out of that old job and area I realize that I took too much.... anyway, there´s no reason to look back now. if my emotion show up it is a strong one, no fluffy one, to bad 😉
            but: it was a good explanation!
            glad you came out of your depression. wow, after such a long time! wow. congrats! I thought a lot about this and that in life but never was seriously depressed, more silent and sad that I couldn´t change the position I was in. it´s tough to be even attacked by doctors for just being alive (my condition must have scared some to death and we´re all insured in Germany so they HAVE TO TREAT us, ha!).
            okay, lessons learned from you: I have to get in touch with my subconscious to get the emotional attacks back on track since they started high-jacking me. it shows that something once went awfully wrong in m life and none re-adjusted my mindset and emotional landscape.
            have a great weekend Mrs. H&P!

    2. Randy,
      you know how much respect I have for you. 
      If I make it somehow mentally to seal all the drawers which carry the trash memories incl. the related emotions and let only those thoughts out, one by one, which nurture my future ideas I will have a chance to survive & go on in this life.
      I take a bow.

    3. Randy, I love the analogy of the mind being a Garden. In a Garden you watch what kind of seeds you plant, not just planting, but you have to water the seeds and let it get a lot of sunlight. Concerning the mind, we have to watch what we feed the mind, because as the saying goes, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. The harvest that any individual intends to reap in 5 years time depends on the kind of seeds you sow today. That point of Guarding your mindset, that is a bomb there. It is life changing.

    4. Randy, I love the analogy of the mind being a Garden. In a Garden you watch what kind of seeds you plant, not just planting, but you have to water the seeds and let it get a lot of sunlight. Concerning the mind, we have to watch what we feed the mind, because as the saying goes, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. The harvest that any individual intends to reap in 5 years time depends on the kind of seeds you sow today. That point of Guarding your mindset, that is a bomb there. It is life changing.

    5. Great reminder as always Randy. Allen's book is one of the best and am reading Dyer's "Excuses Begone!" right now which makes some similar points. Ultimately the more we think ABOUT our thoughts, we can weed the garden to allow ONLY those thoughts that are consistent with Who We Really Are.. and like any garden, the weeds always try to push through, so its an ongoing process with an amazing payoff!

    6. Great reminder as always Randy. Allen's book is one of the best and am reading Dyer's "Excuses Begone!" right now which makes some similar points. Ultimately the more we think ABOUT our thoughts, we can weed the garden to allow ONLY those thoughts that are consistent with Who We Really Are.. and like any garden, the weeds always try to push through, so its an ongoing process with an amazing payoff!

    7. I started keeping a thought journal because I would have a great idea that didn't relate to the project that I was working on and by the time I was ready to work on the great idea, too often it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.  And as you say, its the ideas that create wealth.
       
      As this became a habit I started jotting down an outline of most of my thoughts during the day.   At the end of the day I go over it to decide how best to put forth my energy the next day, but I also cross off the thoughts that don't benefit the person I am evolving into.  I found this exercise of "weeding" my thought journal very beneficial to eliminating the trivial and detrimental thoughts that pop into my mind.  Its as though the physical action allowed the subconscious to let go of the thought also.

      1. @TracyAndJohn
         What a great idea! Bill Harris (Centerpoineresearch) says that once we become AWARE of what we are thinking, the non-supportive thoughts will simply fall away - we can't go on doing something that doesn't serve us, once we are aware we are doing it!  He says it's like being so drunk you don't notice you are smacking your foot with a hammer - but once you notice it, you STOP!  We just can't go on doing something (thinking thoughts) that don't serve us, once we are aware of them.  The trick, of course, is to get aware!  You evening weeding of your thought journal does just that.  Fabulous!

    8. I started keeping a thought journal because I would have a great idea that didn't relate to the project that I was working on and by the time I was ready to work on the great idea, too often it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.  And as you say, its the ideas that create wealth.
       
      As this became a habit I started jotting down an outline of most of my thoughts during the day.   At the end of the day I go over it to decide how best to put forth my energy the next day, but I also cross off the thoughts that don't benefit the person I am evolving into.  I found this exercise of "weeding" my thought journal very beneficial to eliminating the trivial and detrimental thoughts that pop into my mind.  Its as though the physical action allowed the subconscious to let go of the thought also.

    9. I love that analogy. It's so simple, yet so profound!
       
      And by the way, I got your book today and just  finished reading it. I loved it! Especially Act IV - Harnessing the Ego for Success.

    10. I love that analogy. It's so simple, yet so profound!
       
      And by the way, I got your book today and just  finished reading it. I loved it! Especially Act IV - Harnessing the Ego for Success.

    11. The Garden is a great analogy indeed...  Being Conscious as to What seeds are you planting - Dreams and what are you actively consciously doing to nurture your Garden - Dreams...

    12. @TracyAndJohn
       What a great idea! Bill Harris (Centerpoineresearch) says that once we become AWARE of what we are thinking, the non-supportive thoughts will simply fall away - we can't go on doing something that doesn't serve us, once we are aware we are doing it!  He says it's like being so drunk you don't notice you are smacking your foot with a hammer - but once you notice it, you STOP!  We just can't go on doing something (thinking thoughts) that don't serve us, once we are aware of them.  The trick, of course, is to get aware!  You evening weeding of your thought journal does just that.  Fabulous!

    13. @Leeloo
       I'd recommend that you pull those drawers open and throw out the contents.  Why keep all the clutter that other people have given us?  If it is garbage, throw it out.  The garbage isn't yours, you simply inherited it.  Make some room for those new ideas.  You can do this!

    14. @MrsHealthandProsperity  @Leeloo Hi, there!! Iam back for a little conversation 🙂 okay, here´s why my mental clutter can´t just be thrown "out" - it is somehow intensely connected with emotions. i am mentally extraordinary strong but of course if you get hit on purpose to be thrown off the chess-board best case (which did not work for many of my old attackers) you get the emotional cut on top, but your mind knows exactly: "WHO is the problem owner? Yes, it´s him/her not you." But the attack causes pain. and I am emotional and somewhat quite intellectual - no regular scenario. so I have "trouble" handling myself fully. Instead of throwing out the clutter (I have no tash can in my mind since I learned from all my lessons, I now own the experience like basic ground to stand on!) I will have to shut it away in a coffin and maybe, burn it. It´s a different way of throwing it out maybe. but the emotions stay. they block me ´cuz I can´t tell them "go, leave as well!" I have to find out how I can lead those guys out of the door as well. It´ll take some experimental time I guess. but I have to do it. see, how stupid does it look if someone shows-up to support and you´re blocked and can´t move? only emotionally - I have been there now and I need time to warm-up, to get a feeling for the supporter or any one else who gets closer to me. I just can´t follow blindly. Plus, I have no "plug-in" in my mind for strangers!!! I was never lead. I am a free spirit, 100%. no way to follow "just like this". so it´s time consuming. but I get along & get better. When I open up, as anyone else, I turn vulnerable as well and I can´t stand new attacks. i have to be sure to be "safe" for some time and be away from new emotional attacks - otherwise the loop starts again before I licked my wounds to a 100% healing and I am back to being blocked again. i have to get out of that loop which means: breakthrough.
      does it makes sense to you? feel free to answer pls. 😉

    15. @Leeloo
       Yes, Leeloo, I understand.  It might help you - as it did me - to realize that the only time we can experience an emotion is Right Now.  We aren't time-travellers who can "go back and experience it again" !  We can only remember a circumstance or event, and think & feel about it, right NOW.  Or, we can remember it, and have new thoughts & feelings, right NOW. 
       
      Many of us think that our emotions are something that Happen To Us.  I used to believe that.  I used to feel powerless about my emotions. They came from my past!  They rushed out and overwhelmed me, like a pack of wolves!! 
      I came to realize that was just plain silly!  I create my emotions, just like I created that monster that lived in the closet when I was a little kid, that scared me so badly.
       
       Our emotions aren't possessions - they aren't something we HAVE.  Rather, they are something we DO.  If you re-read your post above, Leeloo, you will see that you talk of your emotions as if they were things.  This is just a mis-perception. 
       
      Here's my suggestion:  Next time you are feeling an emotion - maybe just a fluffy little emotion like "annoyance" or "sadness"  (rather than big emotions like "rage" and "grief") ask yourself, How the heck am I making myself feel this way?  What thoughts have I been thinking, to create this emotion Right Now?
       
      I used to make myself feel really really unhappy ("depressed").  I spent almost 50 years being generally unhappy.  Sheesh!  Nowadays, I make myself feel happy.  It's way more fun!!  and it attracts into my life more to feel happy about. 
      If you wanted to feel happy right now, what could you feel happy about?  I'm happy because I can talk with you - I'm happy because I'm healthy - I'm happy because I have a roof over my head, food in a refrigerator, and running water in my house.  I'm happy because...the list is endless.  I LOVE feeling happy! 
       
      It's a CHOICE.  I could make myself feel depressed, if I wanted to; I could make myself feel angry, frustrated (I still do that one occassionally.  Ooops!)  or any other way I want.  I can feel prosperous, and that's fun, too.  Play with this, dear friend, and tell me what you discover.

    16. @MrsHealthandProsperity wow, I did not expect such a long detailed answer by you, so I very much appreciate it! thanks so much for taking your time. okay, here´s my response ´cuz you made a few points quite clear to me:
      okay, if i DO my emotions than they´re faster than my thoughts. means, faster than my subconsciousness which comes in first - which makes sense to me, cuz I can´t make it to be there first by intellect. it appears seldom, only when I "hit a wall". my emotions are never huge like rage or grief (thank God i am pretty happy all the time) it´s just the hurt feelings of which I have so many ´cuz I never received positive ones on top. no hugs, no pets after fights. OK, the bosses were at my side always but that was just mental support and it never affected me emotionally positive. and I thought I can stand the attacks but since I am out of that old job and area I realize that I took too much.... anyway, there´s no reason to look back now. if my emotion show up it is a strong one, no fluffy one, to bad 😉
      but: it was a good explanation!
      glad you came out of your depression. wow, after such a long time! wow. congrats! I thought a lot about this and that in life but never was seriously depressed, more silent and sad that I couldn´t change the position I was in. it´s tough to be even attacked by doctors for just being alive (my condition must have scared some to death and we´re all insured in Germany so they HAVE TO TREAT us, ha!).
      okay, lessons learned from you: I have to get in touch with my subconscious to get the emotional attacks back on track since they started high-jacking me. it shows that something once went awfully wrong in m life and none re-adjusted my mindset and emotional landscape.
      have a great weekend Mrs. H&P!

    17. It takes practice to notice our thoughts. Some people will go, "what do you mean by noticing my thoughts?" They have no idea what it means. I caught myself judging as well. Those were the times when I let down my guard, and the unsupportive thoughts attacked. One way is to really check in with every thoughts that pass through. And every of those thoughts come from somewhere. Find out the cause, remove it and you can be free from some "attacks."

    18. It takes practice to notice our thoughts. Some people will go, "what do you mean by noticing my thoughts?" They have no idea what it means. I caught myself judging as well. Those were the times when I let down my guard, and the unsupportive thoughts attacked. One way is to really check in with every thoughts that pass through. And every of those thoughts come from somewhere. Find out the cause, remove it and you can be free from some "attacks."

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