Some of us way back in the 1900s, in the early 1960s perhaps, may have imagined that the Year 2020 would include jet packs and flying cars, especially if we watched The Jetsons. But, with our without jet packs and flying car, and with or without peace on earth, today is the future we planned together yesterday through our individual thought and our inseparable oneness in consciousness with our brothers and sisters on earth. Abraham Hicks explains, “Whatever you are thinking about is literally like planning a future event. When you’re worrying, you are planning. When you’re appreciating, you are planning. What are you planning?”
It is important for us to be aware of what we’re thinking while we’re thinking it because we are planning future events whether we’re aware we are or not. The more habitual our thinking is, the more unconscious we are of the thoughts that fill our mind, the less aware we are of what we are planning. Often we don’t see how our “little old thoughts” could be affecting anything, one way or another. What does it matter what we’re thinking about or how stressed such thoughts make us feel? We live our life like Scarlet O’hara in Gone with the Wind: “La-te-da, tomorrow is another day.” But even though it’s another day, it won’t change into a new day that feels better than today unless we change what we focus on in our mind. There is no such thing as automatic change, one way or another, even though sometimes it looks like things happen without our doing anything. But everyday through the thoughts we think, and how we think of self and respond to others, we are either adding something good or something not-so-good to our life and the world around us.
In The Science of Mind we read, “Thought is the most subtle of all the forces which we know anything about, but few understand what a tremendous power it has, either for good or for ill. To learn how to control one’s thought means knowing how to control one’s body and destiny.” Do we want something new this year, different results in our individual life and what we see in the world around us? Or would we be happy just to get through the year with our fingers crossed that it will somehow be better than last year, or at least not worse! Different results won’t come from thinking the same old thoughts. For better or worse, for “good or for ill,” our thoughts attract our experiences and affect how we see the world. And, how we see the world affects the world. Being a “do-gooder” begins with being a good thinker. Our essence matters, and our essence is comprised of the energy our thoughts emit “worldwide.”
If we want to affect our life in the future for good, rather than ill, we need to find a way to feel good today no matter what may be going on in our life or the world around us. There are no inert “la-te-da” thoughts. Every thought matters. Every thought affects not only how we experience the moment, but influences the direction (and outcome) of everything we call “our life.” Events, in and of themselves, may be neutral, but how we think about those events has tremendous power for good or ill. How often do we lay our head on the pillow at night still thinking about the difficulties of the day; analyzing every detail: What we said or did, what someone else said or did, what the news reporter said or did, what the doctor said or did? And even if we manage to doze off, when we wake up in the morning, how often do we pick up right where we left off with thoughts of worry that will plan a day similar or worse than the one we didn’t enjoy yesterday. What would our day look like if we weren’t prepared for the worst or reliving yesterday? What joy, what self-discovery, what connection with life would we experience if weren’t constantly limiting our happiness with those self-defeating words, “I can’t”? “I can’t forgive. I can’t forget. I can’t learn new tricks. I can’t because things just don’t work out that way for me. I can’t because in all the Universe I’m exception.”
None of us wants to plan a day, or a life, we’re not going to enjoy. But by focusing on thoughts that convince us we can’t be healthier, wealthier, happier, more loving, more peaceful, more trusting, and more free, we talk our self out of new thoughts about our self and life that would send us off in a new direction. “Yes I can,” on the other hand, is one most powerful statements we can make, if we believe it. “I can even though I haven’t before. I can because I’m ready for something new. I can because I live in Universe that loves me.” A new thought of “I can” causes the Universal Law of Attraction to bring about new opportunities and greater possibilities for us to experience as our self in life. When we become aware we’re thinking a negative thought, and then notice the unpleasantness that thought is causing in our body; or when we become aware we’re feeling ornery or agitated, and then realize we’ve been thinking in a negative way; we can choose a better-feeling thought on the spot. And when we do, the Universe immediately responds because of that choice. We not only feel better right away, the future events of our day, week, and life get better and better because we’ve planned a new future event.
The Universe is expanding, and we in this world are moving forward with greater speed as It expands. That’s why it seems time is flying by. It is. But it’s going outward in every direction, rather than simply passing by us or passing us by. Every thought has a vibration. With our every thought we are sending out a vibration in every direction. We don’t get to pick and choose which direction of our positive or negative thoughts go. When we love someone in particular, we emit love in every direction, and when we hate anyone in particular, we emit hate in every direction. Every moment we are adding to the vibration and energy of the world. The energies of hate and love, conflict and peace, and sorrow and joy touch anyone open to feeling them. How do we want to touch the world? “The world now is too dangerous and too beautiful for anything but love.” We’ve all got what it takes. Are we ready to give the world what it needs?