“IT will be found that the creative power of thought will explain every possible condition or experience, whether physical, mental or spiritual” Happiness is a state of mind!
Thinking is a creative process, in turn Vision and imagination precede all action which will bring the ideal thought about into the physical world. This is at the same time both obvious and mind blowing! The office building was not there until the architect dreamed it up and wrote it down on paper. First thought, then action of drawing the blueprint. After that was done the next step is using imagination to visualize using the space and by this process refining and perfecting the design. Then it is time for engineering and building.
This is amazing but we don’t think about it, or do not put our awareness on it. But the same process to design a building or a bridge is the same for designing a life! You want to have a particular job = thought; you go to school to get the skills you need for the job/career and as you do you imagine what you will be doing so you get filled with more ideas of things to learn; you “see” the future and you proceed to create it with the tools at hand.
Have you ever met or been with a person that is unhappy seemingly all the time? They complain that their life is horrible, that nothing goes right for them, that all they do turns to trash. Then you give advice or ask “why don’t you try…” and the answer is “that won’t work” or “Forget it, why bother nothing goes my way” then they proceed to give you 5 or 10 ‘reasons’ nothing works for them. They blame society, government, circumstances all beyond their control. Can you see that they have Created their life in their minds! Their Predominant mental thoughts and attitudes have given them exactly what they asked for!
From Haanel line 16: “Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant mental attitude. Therefore, if we fear disaster, and as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking.” I go into that with my Blog post Week 10.
What do you want more of in life? What most of us desire at the base level is to be ‘Happy.’ I have often said to people if you want to be happy then go and be happy but most don’t get it. Happy is an attitude of mind and your attitude is your choice! If everyone wants to be Happy but looks for it outside of themselves they never seem to find it. They say I will do this to make me happy and then they find it is lacking and not what they thought, it did not make them ‘Happy.’
We have already talked about Emerson’s “Give more to Get more“ from his essay on compensation. We will get exactly what we give, but we must give it first! Therefore, give happiness and you will become happy! Here is what Haanel says in line 22: “Giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effect; therefore giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect”
So the question is asked “How do I build my attitude so that I can give Happiness?” Good that you asked 😉 on this page look for the “7 Days to a new you” and sign up for it. This challenge, if you will, is the foundation for creating a positive and giving attitude. Let me know how you do!
If you will build your attitude so that you are happy you will become a channel, a conduit for the universal whereby the infinite can bring about the realization of your desire. But remember you must be positive and you must give! The world loves a joyful giver!