Excerpted from The Quest
What a piece of work we are! We can create glorious symphonies and magnificent works of art, develop the most imaginative instruments to investigate our universe and ourselves, invent ingenious machines that vastly improve our quality of life, and selflessly devote our lives to helping others.
On the other hand, we are capable of creating weapons of mass destruction, plundering and pillaging whole countries, and selfishly stepping on others to "get to the top."
Think of all the wonderful as well as terrible creations of humankind. From one end of the spectrum to the other, they have one thing in common: each began as an idea, a thought.
The first wheel was a thought before it moved a cart. Leonardo's fresco of The Last Supper was painted in his mind before he ever picked up a brush. Attila the Hun's rampage through Europe started out as a campaign in his mind. Albert Schweitzer's great humanitarian work in Africa first lived as a yearning inside of him. The reign of terror which Jack the Ripper inflicted on London began with the horrors of his own thoughts. The founding of the United States of America was an idea before any words were ever put on paper. And the present state of your life? It, too, began as thoughts.
There is nothing, nothing, that did not begin as a thought. The universe was brought forth from an idea in God-Mind. You and everything else in this universe began as an idea. All that is and all that has been and all that ever will be, began or will begin with a thought.
Thoughts are the power of the world. They are the very blueprints for our lives. And just as God brought forth the world with a thought, we bring forth our world with our thoughts. God creates people, and people create their conditions. There is a cooperation between God and each of us as we create our world. But whereas in God-Mind all ideas are for our good, we take these ideas from God-Mind and filter them through our minds to create our world. That can be a marvelous thing, except when our minds are choked with perceived limitations and false beliefs.
It is from our thoughts that we systematically draw the people, places, and circumstances into our lives that eventually become our reality. Each thought is a living "brick" that, piled one on another, constructs our future. True, it is action which shapes our material world, but actions are nothing more than three-dimensional thoughts. It is through our thoughts that we give life to our world. To us has been given the power to create and to destroy.
Scanning the Blueprint
We move in the direction of our thoughts. Where we are looking is where we are heading. We do this automatically when we are walking, running, bicycling, or driving a car. Where we put our vision, where we put our attention, is where we eventually end up. We are always scanning the blueprints of our thoughts, scrupulously following the plans to create an exact outer replica of the inner idea. We don't always do this consciously, of course, but we do it.
"Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind" is a more contemporary version of the biblical Proverb: "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Prov. 23:7 KJV). Said either way, it is the law of mind action. What it means is that our bodies and our life circumstances are faithful renditions of the consistent and persistent ideas in our minds. The thoughts that we hold are the types of circumstances that we will produce.
As we think in our hearts, so we will become. That's why as you travel The Quest, you will repeatedly come upon this signpost: "Change your thoughts and you change your world."