We brave ourselves and come up with clever strategies to counter things we fear and don’t understand. Many times, they’re completely unnecessary in the light of some understanding of how things work. When you understand how things work, it’s easy to take into account in everything you do. When you don’t, it’s easy to get freaked out.
The following analogy will help you understand The Principle of Thought a little better. I’ve to credit this to Michael Neill, as I heard this in an audio recording of one of his speaking engagements. I’m writing it in my own words.
Imagine you’re a parent of a little boy who sleeps on his own. In the middle of one night, he comes running to your room and screams “Monster! There’s a monster in my room.”
You accompany your boy back to his room to see what he saw. He says there’s a monster right at the edge of his bed. You turn and look and for one second, you think you saw what looks like a monster. On the second glance, you realize that it’s actually the moving shadow of a toy sitting at the window, brought to life by the moonlight in the night sky.
To your boy, the monster is real and he may come up with strategies such as these: hide under the blanket and not make a single sound, pray until it disappears, sacrifice a toy hoping that once the monster eats it, it will be full and leave him in peace, or run to daddy’s bedroom as fast as he could.
But to you, I’d assume that you won’t spend any time trying to avoid or get rid of the “monster” because you recognize that it’s only the shadow of a toy. Because you understand the nature of shadow, you know that once the light changes or comes on, the shadow disappears.
I’m going to assume that everyone of you who reads this will have the common sense to not invest a lot of time in “fixing” or “improving” the shadows. Right?
Based on the Principle of Thought, our deepest fears, sense of insecurity, low self-esteem etc. are like shadows. And yet we spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to fix them. We spend so much time trying to improve our thinking about ourselves, trying to improve our feeling about ourselves, without realizing that the image we see ourselves is just a shadow of a THOUGHT.
This is how it works – We feel our thinking, moment to moment.
We don’t feel the world directly. We’re not designed that way. We’re only ever feeling our thinking of the world.
If we’re designed to feel the world directly, everyone would feel exactly the same thing. Everyone would enjoy doing the same activities, love reading the same books, crave for the same food, hate and detest exactly the same things.
If we don’t understand the nature of THOUGHTs, we would spend a huge amount of time trying to solve problems that don’t really exist outside of our thinking.
We understand that as soon as the light changes, the shadow changes. In the same way, as soon as thought changes, the feeling changes, our experience changes.
Understanding this principle caused me to be more aware of my thoughts and the feelings that come with it, recognizing that they are ‘shadows’ and can shift quickly when the ‘light’ changes.
Let me know your thoughts, especially when you notice a shift in the way you experience the world.