This is an excerpt from her book, Tools for Effective Living: Guide for a Purpose-Filled Life by Theresa Cloud Eagle Nelson
Your thoughts create your world, but your heart plays a big role throughout this creation. An often quoted phrase captures this process – “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” This statement not only embraces the whole of your being, but it is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of your life,” says James Allen in his book “As a Man Thinketh.”
Your desires rest in your heart. What you speak “from the heart” is what you want to happen.
When you look in the mirror, you see your image, a reflection of what is there. And by seeing what is there, you can correct what’s not in place. Similarly, your life reflects what you have put your attention on, using your thoughts and words. Your thoughts impact and portray the image you have of yourself, projecting that image into your world or environment.
What you put your focus on, whether it is a thought or a spoken word, is what is created in your physical world. You do not realize that your thoughts, which become verbal expressions and manifestations (– words), have power. Ideas begin as thoughts, and thoughts become words. Once “a thing” is given “a name” it has even more power. The more you speak “the name” the more power you give “the thing.” This, in turn, allows it to manifest more quickly into the seen world.
In the book of Genesis, God gave Adam the assignment to name every living creation God made appear on the earth. Whether you believe this story or not, it depicts the power we have by giving “names” to our creations, just as God gave Adam. Through your belief, you know that when you name something, it is exactly what you have named it—a song you have composed, a child you have birthed, a book you have penned, or a piece of art you have painted.
Thoughts take expressions as the spoken word. Words are creative energy, alive and moving. Once you name something it has power. Every word you speak holds power, no matter how minuscule you think it is. To help us understand this point I like the way H. Emily Cady states it, “there is in the formed conscious man, a point of concentration for this word.” As we concentrate on what we are creating in our mind, a word is put with it. You want your words to be living words, words of life for prosperous creation. Words have the power to restore and make whole. And words have the power to tear down and destroy.
Think of thoughts as seeds planted by the heart. The fruit is the desire of the heart manifested or harvested (i.e., what is reaped). What are you planting through your thoughts and words?
What you see reflecting back at you as your life is the result of what you have planted and are now harvesting. It is easy to blame someone else for what you imagine is seemingly happening, because then you don’t have to really look at yourself. The responsibility however is yours—and yours alone—to change, seeing a positive outcome in the situation or as the saying goes, “making lemonade out of lemons.” You don’t want to become stuck in your thinking as a result of what happened in the past. This train of thought keeps you bound in the victim mentality. You want to regain the power that was either taken or given away.
As a race of humans, we go through life not paying attention to our thoughts, but they are so extremely powerful. The important lesson on the power of our thoughts was left out. The power we held within was not typically explained to us during our religious orientation. Not until the past fifteen years or so did that hidden truth start to come to light for a large number of us. Our words can be a “two-edged” sword that either builds life or takes life away. Our thoughts are to be seen as gems because then they become our words.
Keep your storehouse full of precious gems to manifest a wealthy life because our words create what can be invaluable.