The Age of the Mind:
By Wayne Williams
Ramp Engineer / Blogger
Trinidad and Tobago
“dmancalledwayne” ‘s Blog:
Sometimes, it’s “just a bit of fun”; sometimes it’s rather serious. It’s whatever has to be said.
Throughout history, the periods that people lived in have been often defined as various “ages” – from your history lessons, you may no doubt recall the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Dark Ages, the Industrial Age and, more recently, the Internet or Information Age.
More and more people from all walks of life and (literally) all countries across the globe are gradually becoming aware of the establishment of another “age” – for want of a better term, it can be defined as “the Age of the Mind”, because the primary focus for many of these individuals revolves around the study and understanding about the workings of the human mind. One can even go so far as to state that these individuals are re-discovering the powers and abilities of the human mind.
It may come as a surprise to many that the information being studied on this subject is not a new or recent discovery – much of it (if not all) has been in existence since the dawn of human civilization; hence it can be correctly stated that the subject is being re-discovered. This information can be found (in part or whole) within every religious and philosophical doctrine that has ever existed or been recorded for posterity. It has been expressed in poetry and/or prose by many of the greatest literary geniuses who ever walked this planet. It has even been substantiated by science. Strangely enough, it has been ignored by the masses for untold centuries, leaving only a relatively small minority to study, understand and apply its power to improve the quality of virtually every area of their lives.
That situation, in the last, say, 40 to 50 years has been steadily changing, as more and more people have seriously been seeking answers to some very pertinent questions – a few of which are listed here:
- Why is it that one person seems to exert little if any effort and yet all his endeavors or activities produce successful results, while another person strives and strains in the same field, yet gets nowhere?
- How is it that one person may be afflicted with a particular disease or ailment and make a complete and permanent recovery in a relatively short period of time, yet another victim of that same disease never recovers or has his natural lifespan shortened dramatically?
- How is it that one person seems to have everything in his life fall into its proper place in perfect order, while another person is seemingly plagued with a multitude of misfortunes of every conceivable type?
- Why is it that some persons who, from all appearances live “evil, dishonest and criminal” lives seem to be blessed with what many call the three tenets of a successful life – Happiness, Health and Prosperity – and, at the same time, others who, again from all appearances, are “good, honest and law-abiding”, yet they eke out an existence of misery, sickness and destitution?
- Why is it that someone who, from all appearances, are good, decent, honest and law-abiding, is one day struck with what appears to be incredible misfortune, while going about his/her business (e.g. accident victim, bystander injured or killed during a crime incident)?
These questions (and others like them) are not new. Millions of people have been seeking answers to such questions. Unfortunately for the majority of people, they have been searching for the answer “outside of themselves”, i.e. they believe that some EXTERNAL agent or entity is responsible for the condition of their lives – the stars or planets in the universe, the state of the region in which they reside, the day, month or year in which they were born. Others hold to the idea that through the whims and fancies of one or more supernatural beings, they receive either “blessings” or “curses”. Some even take on the belief that their entire lives have been already mapped out in a particular manner from birth to death and that there is absolutely nothing they or anyone else can do to change its course. And, as one can guess, this opinion about how life works or appears to work is passed along from one generation to the next.
Conversely, the minority come to understand that the cause of everything that happens in a person’s life is INTERNAL, rather than External. And by “INTERNAL”, reference is being made to the “inner individual”, or to be more precise, the human mind. More importantly, they also come to understand that they can (and in fact DO) determine with perfect accuracy exactly where they are going in every area of their lives. In like manner, the minority who understand and apply the workings of the mind, pass this awareness from one generation to the next.
For the reader who may be getting his first exposure to the subject matter, a collection of quotations related to this realization. This collection is by no means all-inclusive or complete; there are likely many more examples not yet encountered by the writer:
“Let a man strive to purify his thoughts. What a man thinketh, that is he; this is the eternal mystery. Dwelling within his Self with thoughts serene, he will find imperishable happiness. Man becomes that on what he thinks.” Upanishads
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” Buddha
“Your disposition will be suitable to that which you think most frequently on; for the soul is, as it were, tinged with the colour and complexion of its own thoughts … Your life is what your thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius
“There is nothing good or bad, except thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare
“I think, therefore I am.” Rene Descartes
“All that a man does outwardly is the expression and completion of his inward thought. To work effectively, he must think clearly; to act nobly, he must think nobly.” William E. Channing
“Make yourself nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us yet know, for none of us have been taught in early youth, what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thought – proof against all adversity. Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb, nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us – houses built without hands for our souls to live in.” John Ruskin
“My son, keep diligence upon thy heart, for out of it pour all the issues of life.” The Bible (Proverbs 4:23)
“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become.” Heraclitus
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi
“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We become what we think about.” Earl Nightingale
“All that a person achieves and all that he fails to achieve is a direct result of his own thoughts.” James L. Allen
Picture is a Yantra for heightening spiritual awareness
- Age Of The Mind (Wayne Williams)
- BOB PROCTOR (bobproctor.com)
- Achieve Ezine (achiveezine.com)
- Health and Healing Through the Power of Your Mind (part 2) (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- Gayatri Yantra (rudraksha-rudraksha.com/yantras.html)