Power of Thinking

“Consciousness exists on two levels: as seeds and as manifestations of these seeds.  Suppose we have a seed of anger in us.  When conditions are favorable, that seed may manifest as a zone of energy called anger.  It is burning, and it makes us suffer a lot.  It is very difficult for us to be joyful at the moment the seed of anger manifests.  Every time a seed has an occasion to manifest itself, it produces new seeds of the same kind.  If we are angry for five minutes, new seeds of anger are produced and deposited in the soil of our unconscious mind during those five minutes.  That is why we have to be careful in selecting the kind of life we lead and the emotions we express.  When I smile, the seeds of smiling and joy have come up.  As long as they manifest, new seeds of smiling and joy are planted.  But if I don’t practice smiling for a number of years, that seed will weaken, and I may not be able to smile anymore.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step

“You are what you believe you are.  There is nothing to do except to be just what you are.  You have the right to feel beautiful and enjoy it.  You can honor your body and accept it as it is.  You don’t need anyone to love you.  Love comes from the inside.  It lives inside us and is always there, but with that wall of fog, we don’t feel it.  You can only perceive the beauty that lives outside you when you feel the beauty that lives inside you.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love

“I have heard parents tell their adolescent children in all seriousness, ‘You think too much.’  What an absurdity this is, given the fact that it is our frontal lobes, our capacity to think and to examine ourselves that most makes us human.  Fortunately, such attitudes seem to be changing, and we are beginning to realize that the sources of danger to the world lie more within us than outside, and that the process of constant self-examination and contemplation is essential for ultimate survival.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

A Boy in Bondage – The Story of Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher was born in an Ohio correctional facility after his father had already been dead for two months and while his mother was incarcerated.  As a result, he grew up a ward of the state in foster care.  For over thirteen years, he lived with a couple who abused him horribly.  Daily he was beaten down – physically, verbally, and psychologically.  He never received a Christmas gift or a dime of allowance from his foster parents.  For years he was the victim of sexual abuse.  And he was often tied to a post in the basement and beaten.  His foster mother used to brag that she had once beaten him until he was unconscious.

By the time Fisher entered the third grade, he had lost any natural love for learning.  In addition, the constant admonition from his foster mother that he was the worst child in the world had convinced him that he couldn’t learn and had no future.  He failed fourth grade and was scheduled to repeat it.  But then something wonderful happened.  His foster family moved, which put him in a new school district.  His new teacher was Mrs. Profit.  “If there is such a thing as human beings who act as angels in our lives, Brenda Profit was that for me.

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