Mosotho. Nerd. Technology in Africa. Travel. F1. Golf. Football. Daschunds & Bassets.
The Garden. The Seed and The Gardener
Thoughts are seeds, the sub-conscious mind is the garden and your conscious / analytic / thinking mind is the gardener (in my opinion that is). God’s laws (Nature’s laws, galaxy’s laws, etc.) apply the same way to the sub-conscious mind as they do to a normal garden.
I touched on this in my first blog post, Inception – Planting of a seed.
Everything we are and everything around us first started as a thought (seed), it was nurtured (or allowed to grow wildly if it was a weed) and protected until it manifested itself in the physical form (plant). Like in nature, a thought (seed) doesn’t manifest itself in its physical form (plant) overnight or immediately. There’s always a time lag from inception (planting) to the thought taking a physical form (fruits, plant, flower). This time lag is everywhere in nature, whether in animals, plants and even the galaxy (e.g. the stars you see at night were formed light years ago before I was even born and take light years to appear in our skies, they could even be long dead!).
Which brings me to the next point, our circumstances and everything we are or is around us is largely determined by the thoughts we had in the past. We’d all like sometimes to blame someone else or something else for bad things that happen to us, but if you do sit down and think about it, it is all because of the thoughts you had in the past which later became words and then sub-conscious actions which you sometimes are not aware of.
If this is the case, wouldn’t it be better if we consciously, every second of every day, choose to plant positive seeds? An interesting observation is that most people dwell on the negative events of their lives longer and more emotionally, more than they do on the positive events of their lives, this also applies to how you think about others.
You don’t benefit by having negative thoughts of fear, anger, worry, stress, etc. whether about yourself or others, this is like planting weeds in your mind! Why would you do that to yourself?
Lest I digress, let me give you 2 examples of how I think the mind works through two exercises:
1. Affirm, don’t negate
Instruction: Don’t think of an ice cream cone!
I don’t need to guess what you did regarding my instruction because the answer is the first thing you thought of at the end of the sentence was an ice cream cone (whether in words or as an image in your mind) even though the instruction was explicitly clear that you shouldn’t.
Because we don’t think in words! We don’t intepret a message only in words!
So next time you think or want to give clear instructions, don’t negate, affirm.
2. Question everything! Be alert! Distractions are everywhere!
This exercise is almost impossible. I will be surprised if you get the answer without scrolling down for the answer first. –> The Roman Numeral for 9 is IX. By adding one mark or symbol you can change this Roman Numeral to become 6. What mark or symbol can you add to change the Roman Numeral for 9 to 6? (Take time and attempt to answer this exercise, once you have given up – which you will – scroll down for the answer).
Answer: You add S to IX to make it SIX (6).
Why did most of us not get the answer? Because I used a trick both marketers and magicians use. I distracted your mind because I know that thoughts are seeds! I told you the exercise is impossible, I mentioned “Roman Numeral” several times even though it is irrelevant to the answer. I told you that you will not get the answer and you will scroll down.
So, question everything! Marketers or anyone else can only influence your thinking if you allow it to be influenced. Be conscious. Plant positive seeds, all the time! Dwell more on the positive than on the negative, in due time, your thoughts will manifest into their physical form.
The “Butterfly Effect” as it is colloquially known, is “the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago)”.
Our lives are filled with many events and decisions, some bad, some good.
Both the good and bad choices lead us to the moment in time that we are at, at this very nanosecond. Altering even a minute detail, as the butterfly effect suggests, could dramatically alter the results thus it is logical to conclude that even the smallest tweak in the past could have resulted in a different “present”.
So, when in a “successful” position, a “victorious” outcome, isn’t it fair to suggest that you are at that position / outcome because of the good and the bad events / decisions?
Thus, isn’t it also fair to suggest even though they appeared bad decisions at the time, bad events when they happened, that you should be thankful for them as they gave you an outcome you desired?