As I have pointed out many times, the more awake and free we are, the more we consciously use thought and intention as a creative tool to direct and guide us in the process of living. This is the Law of Attraction in its most potent form.

After all, thoughts, while not “real” in the sense we cannot find them anywhere (they fleetingly come and go), are enormously powerful.

Everything human-made began as an idea, a thought, a vision, an imagining, or an intuition in someone’s mind. Everything from the tiniest microchip to the largest bridge, building, tanker, or jumbo jet, started as a flash of inspiration between someone’s ears—not to mention books, movies, and the whole media complex.

That’s the power of thought. And the freer we are, the more thought becomes available to us as an amazing, dynamic, creative tool. Truly, the possibilities are limitless—just consider what is happening today with the internet, artificial intelligence, and social media, and how deeply our creative lives are entwined with cyberspace.

Most of the noise in people’s minds is from thinking about themselves, their life, their problems, their hopes, doubts, fears, and desire, and often to the point of obsession, as in:

 

What’s going to happen to me?

Why is this happening to me?

Does he or she love me?

How will I make it on this amount of money?

What should I say or do now?

God, I feel so lost/confused/unhappy!

 

This endless “self” obsession, which people engage in when they still believe that their thoughts are real, creates all kinds of emotional havoc, not to mention physical stress and illness, inthebody.

Believing they are this ego “self,” people either cling to the idea of “positive” thinking in the hope that things will turn out well for them, or remain mired in negative thinking, with all its conflicting emotional reactions.

And yet the emotional havoc is completely unnecessary once we see or understand the connection between thoughts and emotions. We are left with all the beauty and creative potential of this very moment, and we are free to do whatever we want with it.

Thought, and the ego “I” itself, is seen for what it is—a powerful tool that we, as awareness or consciousness are senior to, and yet have available to us. Whatever we can dream or intend to make happen, this moment—and all the immense possibility that lies within it—is ours.

We use thought, or conscious “story,” to set our intention, release it, and then be here now, immersed in the flow of what is happening.

We can even indulge our imagination, our power of fantasy, to help flesh out our dreams, to make them more vivid in our minds. Just remember to return to reality, to being grounded in our body, here and now, when we are done.

Or, as Jean Klein said, “Imagination is meant to enhance living, not substitute for it.”

Every thought is a story, and every story an intention. Realizing the power of thought, “we”—as the ego “I”—use thought consciously and creatively, with wisdom and compassion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Leigh Burton on November 12, 2018 at 7:55am

Fantastic.  Sending to publishing.

Comment by Jim Dreaver on November 8, 2018 at 12:29pm

Thanks, Leigh!

I have expanded the article to 609 words, below.

My bio is 66 words.

See below.

Abstract

Explores both the limitations and the creative potential of thought.

Length: 609 words.

The Power of Thought

As I have pointed out many times, the more awake and free we are, the more we consciously use thought and intention as a creative tool to direct and guide us in the process of living. This is the Law of Attraction in its most potent form.

After all, thoughts, while not “real” in the sense we cannot find them anywhere (they fleetingly come and go), are enormously powerful.

Everything human-made began as an idea, a thought, a vision, an imagining, or an intuition in someone’s mind. Everything from the tiniest microchip to the largest bridge, building, tanker, or jumbo jet, started as a flash of inspiration between someone’s ears—not to mention books, movies, and the whole media complex.

That’s the power of thought. And the freer we are, the more thought becomes available to us as an amazing, dynamic, creative tool. Truly, the possibilities are limitless—just consider what is happening today with the internet, artificial intelligence, and social media, and how deeply our creative lives are entwined with cyberspace.

Most of the noise in people’s minds is from thinking about themselves, their life, their problems, their hopes, doubts, fears, and desire, and often to the point of obsession, as in:

What’s going to happen to me?

Why is this happening to me?

Does he or she love me?

How will I make it on this amount of money?

What should I say or do now?

God, I feel so lost/confused/unhappy…!

 

This endless “self” obsession, which people engage in when they still believe that their thoughts are real, creates all kinds of emotional havoc, not to mention physical stress and illness, in the body.

Believing they are this ego “self,” people either cling to the idea of “positive” thinking in the hope that things will turn out well for them, or remain mired in negative thinking, with all its conflicting emotional reactions.

And yet the emotional havoc is completely unnecessary once we see or understand the connection between thoughts and emotions. We are left with all the beauty and creative potential of this very moment, and we are free to do whatever we want with it.

Thought, and the ego “I” itself, is seen for what it is—a powerful tool that we, as awareness or consciousness are senior to, and yet have available to us. Whatever we can dream or intend to make happen, this moment—and all the immense possibility that lies within it—is ours.

We use thought, or conscious “story,” to set our intention, release it, and then be here now, immersed in the flow of what is happening.

Awakened intentions are brief, conscious “stories” that we choose from a place of clarity and emptiness to align our mind and will with our heart’s desire. They serve to attract and bring to us what we really, really want in the deepest recess of our heart.

After all, we live in the real world, the relative reality, and so we draw on the power of awakened intention to better our daily experience. Also, because they arise from our heart, they invariably serve the greater good, so everybody benefits.

We can even indulge our imagination, our power of fantasy, to help flesh out our dreams, to make them more vivid in our minds. Just remember to return to reality, to being grounded in our body, here and now, when we are done.

As Jean Klein said, “Imagination is meant to enhance living, not substitute for it.”

Every thought is a story, and every story an intention. Realizing the power of thought, “we”—as the ego “I”—use thought consciously and creatively, with wisdom and compassion.

Bio

Jim Dreaver, a native of New Zealand, teaches the art of awakening to the ease, harmony, and flow of our true spiritual nature. He is the author of End Your Story, Begin Your Life, and has taught at Esalen Institute and elsewhere for many years. His own awakening happened in 1995 after a 20-year search, and his guide was European nondual master, Jean Klein. Visit www.jimdreaver.com.

Comment by Leigh Burton on November 6, 2018 at 2:54pm

Hi Jim.  Great write.

I would like to send this to publishing ASAP however, I need a couple of things before I can do so.

Can you ensure that you have the following which will assist you in meeting publishing requirements for the magazine?

1. Abstract at the beginning with a word count

2. Articles that are submitted for publishing should be at 600 to 1000 words.  (Your piece is 513)

Add a bio to the end that is approximately 60 words with any link that you would like to share with the readers if you wish.

I will get an email notification when you respond to this comment.  Looking forward to seeing your piece published.

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