LIVE: Restore by the Spirit — Assess Your Thoughts

LIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Kathleen E. Walls

Assess Your Thoughts

© 2011 Kathleen E. Walls, Psy.D.

January 10, 2011

Some have estimated that we have thousands of thoughts a day.  We have heard terms like “constant thoughts”, “racing thoughts”, “fleeting thoughts”, “I lost my train of thought”, etc.  However, it is those thoughts that we hold onto, those thoughts that we think of over and over again that shape our life and our reality.  I recently read a quote that stated,
“A belief is only a thought you continue to think; and when your beliefs match your desires, then your desires must become your reality.” —Abraham.
Since our “outer world” is a reflection of our inner world, it is imperative that we/you take the time to Assess Your Thoughts.

As I thought about the above quote, I could hear the infamous Dr. Phil question, “how’s that working for you?”  As a clinician, I work with people around their thoughts, helping them assess if their thoughts are helping or hurting them, working with them or against them, etc. Many times people continue to think and/or behave in certain ways because “it used to be true” or at least it seemed to be.

In the movie Dogma, Chris Rock states, “I just think it’s better to have ideas. I mean you can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier. People die for it, people kill for it…” Thoughts and beliefs are very powerful and guide the way people live their lives.  Therefore, it is important to become consciously aware of our guiding thoughts and beliefs.  For example, many people strongly believe that karma means, “What comes around goes around.”

I have watched and listened to stories about how people put themselves in situations and/or endure “wrong doings” to “make” the karma happen before they feel as though their “debt” has been paid and they can move on with their life.

So as you are being Restored by the Spirit, take some time to Assess Your Thoughts. Imagine a light bulb over your head…

  • Do your thoughts cause the light bulb to glow (30-Watt thought), shine (60-Watt thought) and/or bring light to your life and the world?
  • Do your thoughts cause the light to dim and eventually go out?

Remember that you can control and alter your thoughts, if you don’t like what you are thinking, stop the thought (before it finishes and takes root), and think about something else.  You can change thoughts by writing down or mentally rehearsing alternative thoughts that are more positive and reflective of the thoughts that you want to have that will lead you to the life that you desire and deserve to live.

Just as the old adage says, “you are what you eat”, the same concept can be applied here “you are what you think.”  So take some time to Assess Your Thoughts and have them Restored By the Spirit.

God Bless and Continue to Live By The Spirit!

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