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With Our Thoughts, We Make the World

Walter Mason, New Dawn
Waking Times

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. – Buddha

Those of us who grew up in the 1980s were, quite unknowingly, absorbing a healthy dose of Eastern mysticism when we watched the wonderful Japanese television series “Monkey” every weekday evening at 6.30pm. For all of the colour and movement and occasionally risqué language that appealed to my childish mind, I was also, perhaps, taking to heart the wonderful précis of Buddhist philosophy that made up the introduction to each episode: “With our thoughts, we make the world.”

This is a quote from “The Dhammapada,” that exquisitely brief text that provides the reader with all of the main ideas to be found across all of the schools of Buddhism. In fact, it is the very first verse of that most fundamental book. It is the construct that informs the Buddhist world-view – all of this, that we so keenly call “reality,” is a product of thought, and so it can be influenced by the shape of our thoughts, and we can begin to craft a new reality through disciplining our process of thought and directing it towards wiser outcomes.

Volition and free-will were the points of divergence between Buddhism and the other religious systems of the ancient world, which tended to favour notions of fate and pre-destination. The Buddha taught that karma provided us with conditions only. In every single moment we are free to choose a wise thought and do a wise action. Buddhism is brutal in its advocacy of personal responsibility. Such a point of view seems strikingly modern and rational, though perhaps slightly politically incorrect in this more feeling age.

It is the rigorous control of thought, its careful disciplining, that grew to become the central practice of Buddhist practitioners. Samantabhadra, the Universal Worthy Bodhisattva, is the patron saint of meticulous religious training in the world of Mahayana Buddhism. He imposed upon himself the almost-impossible task of honouring the Buddha in each and every thought. If his thoughts were filled with the Buddha, so must his actions and words be inhabited by the goodness of the Awakened One. Look after the thoughts, and the actions will take care of themselves.

In the Western tradition there emerged, as well, the notion that one’s actions reflected one’s spiritual wellbeing. The way a person looked and spoke was seen by Emanuel Swedenborg as evidence of habitual reflection: either on the beauties of heaven or the torments of the natural world. Much later, the great teachers of New Thought in the twentieth century saw the spiritual importance of thought control, teaching that the thoughts were our channels to God, and so should be as perfect, loving and happy as possible.

We perhaps fool ourselves that our thoughts can be allowed to stray and our lives will not be affected. Gossip, habitual negativity, judgement and constant criticism can seem fun when we are engaged in them. We can justify them, or elevate them, priding ourselves on our cynicism and critical capacities. But the Buddha was aware that all that we thought was, in fact, the sum total of our life’s experience – we cannot know goodness and happiness if we do not allow our thoughts to cultivate those qualities. He recognised that it requires discipline and the conscious application of energy to direct our minds into positive directions. Without such care we can slide into destructive patterns. To watch over the mind, he said, is conducive to happiness.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. – Buddha

 

About the Author

Walter Mason is an academic and writer with a long-standing interest in meditation, prayer and other contemplative practices. His first book Destination Saigon was named one of the ten best travel books of 2010 by the Sydney Morning Herald. His website is www.waltermason.com.

This article was originally published by New Dawn Magazine.

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  1. Phyl says:

    Arcturian Group –
    …Karmic issues are being opened and resolved for everyone choosing to ascend. Whether one or several, these issues that you have carried with you from other lifetimes must be brought to completion now. If there is a person or circumstance in your life that has always made you uncomfortable, angry, fearful, or some other negative emotion it is probably a karmic issue that you still carry and are now ready to resolve. Because of the ever increasing energy intensity on earth at this time, these old issues must be resolved in order for evolution to take place. Simple avoidance of lower resonating issues stored within physical cellular memory, emotional body, or mental beliefs will serve to keep you in that energy and you cannot carry it with you into the higher.

    If you have sincerely tried to resolve some discord, and have been met with a refusal to cooperate, you can complete the karmic energy bond without the other person. In your quiet time visualize any energetic cords still attaching you to this person being removed as you express your intention that they be removed. See yourself lovingly handing them back to the person and state with love and recognition of your true identity; “As a Divine being, I release you and all old and finished energy back into the light. I hold you no longer in any bondage or obligation to me and salute you as Divine Being also.” This is only an example, you can say whatever words resonate with your intention because intention is the key to all change and growth. Releasing energy cords does not mean that you suddenly forget everything that may of occurred, it means that the issue no longer holds you and hopefully them, in bondage to that which is old and finished. Energetic cords can also manifest where there is too much togetherness or bonding, such as with a parent and child, or partners. These too must be removed.

    Whenever the person of your karmic resolution comes into your thought, send them light, then let any thoughts of them go for you can recreate (you are creators) by giving life to these thoughts. The other may never resolve it in this lifetime, but that is not your concern, for once you have released it you have done all you can do. Often an individual will wait for the other person to respond to their overtures, and find themselves waiting a lifetime. If the other is not receptive or ready that is his issue and not yours.

    It is very important at this time to complete all karmic issues and move into the frequencies of unconditional love. Karma is a third dimensional energy of duality and separation and you are all quickly moving beyond this way of resolving issues, but there is residue from the many lifetimes you have lived in the old energy that needs to be cleared.

    Many are beginning to find that things that used to give much pleasure, no longer resonate in the same way–friends, TV shows, movies, books, entertainment of all sorts, interests, foods, etc. This is normal as your energy has changed and is no longer resonating with these things. Many find themselves without any friends at some point. This causes the student to question; “Am I on track? Am I doing something wrong?” This Dear Ones, is simply the space between your old resonance and your new. You have left the old, but have not been in the higher long enough to attract those on your new level. Use the time of quiet to meditate, rest more, and practice. Once again, do not go into fear, simply trust that all is proceeding according to plan and remember that no one’s plan is exactly the same as another’s– do not compare or hold concepts of what ascension must look like.

    We love you dear ones. You are putting forth a mighty effort at this time and we applaud you all. Soon you will see much of what has been predicted, made manifest.

    We are the Arcturian Group onenessofall.com

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