Thought Filtering

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

— Aristotle

Imagine a vacant land plot in your neighborhood, which is unguarded and open from all sides. The owner has left this plot this way. What will happen? You will see that people will start using it for them. Some will park their vehicles there; some will throw their rubbish there while some will throw their scrap items in that plot like garbage. This becomes a dumping yard for everyone, living around.

Your mind is also like this only. You come in contact with so many people in your life daily. Each of them has his own thoughts to dump somewhere — negative and positive both. If you don’t guard your mind, then all these thoughts are deposited into your mind and are processed there.

You will see that within a few months, your mind becomes full of all these rubbish thoughts ready to be impregnated to your character, talk, thinking, and action.

Think it over, what has already been caused to happen in our minds since childhood? Most of us have treated our minds like a dumping yard and voluntarily offered this lush garden to people for dumping their rubbish thoughts (seeds of failure) in it, by participating in general discussions, gossips and loose talks. These seeds have become fully grown-up trees now.

It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and

thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.

– Robert H. Schuller

Many people have sown this crop of disempowering beliefs, unknowingly, in their minds. Surprisingly, they are unaware of this suicidal act and still doing it daily in their life. They not only do this with their minds but also with the minds of everybody else they know.

This has become a social practice nowadays. In marriage parties, birthday parties and weekend bashes people gather to chat with each other, to refresh them, as they call, this suicidal act. 

Your thoughts are your masters, and they rule you. A good thought helps you while a bad thought harms you. The thought alone is eternal, and it is the master of your fate. Never play with these thoughts.

You must have heard of people dying of shock. What is it? A powerful thought stopping the work of the brain. A man who thought he had swallowed a tack had horrible symptoms, including a local swelling in his throat, until it was discovered that he was mistaken. The basis of the entire profession of medicine is faith in the doctor, his drugs, and his methods.

The character of the mind can be changed by habitually controlling the thought. We can stop our minds from wandering aimlessly. Our real self can control our thoughts to concentrate on whatever we desire.

The Indian Yoga system can be very successfully used for doing this. Meditation and concentration are those powerful methods to control the thought from wandering at random. By concentrating our thoughts on our goals in the mind’s eye and visualizing as if already realized can be very helpful to us for achieving our goals faster.

Sit in silence with some aspiration and realize its fulfillment with all intensity of your visualization ability. See yourself doing the work you love, successfully, driving the car of your dreams on the road; living in the house of your dreams can actually materialize your dreams. If we can learn to banish unwanted thoughts, then we can concentrate on only those thoughts which we want. We can banish thoughts of fear and worry from our mind, and our significant problems will be solved.