“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
How your beliefs and words possess the ability to manifest beauty—or make a mess
These are the words of God as he spoke creation into existence. We as humans have been endowed with the power of dominion over all that lives upon the earth.
What that means from a metaphysical perspective is that each of us has power over our thoughts. The fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, as well as the animals and creatures that move along the ground, represent the many phases of development and evolution of our thinking.
I needn’t be bound to any particular thought, regardless of how frequently it appears in the landscape of my mind. Like a good gardener, I tend to my thoughts, remove those that obstruct growth, and nourish the thoughts that bring me closer to the truth of my being.
When I practice the power of dominion, I am free to choose at any time the thoughts I allow to remain. I tune in often and discern the vibration of my thoughts. I ask myself whether they are uplifting, inspiring, and true.
I also ask whether my thoughts are depleting, demoralizing, or false. Recognizing the quality of my thoughts, I then choose which thoughts I invite to stay and which thoughts I release.
As I develop my power and ability of dominion, I allow thoughts to move through the spaces of my mind.
I only invite thoughts of Truth, peace, harmony, and love to linger.
I allow those thoughts that do not uplift my spirit, entice joy, or move me toward my Truth to return to the nothingness from which they originated. In time, and with consistent practice, I clear my mind more quickly of thoughts that do not serve my spiritual life.
Dominion of our thoughts translates to dominion of our words. The creative and formative power of our words rests in our ability to call forth dominion over them. As we speak, our words bring our life into manifestation.
Our words possess the ability to make messes and to manifest beauty.
Our words create an environment of safety, love, and security, or their opposites.
Living with conscious awareness of the impact our words hold and with a life practice of mindful speaking, we cocreate our world with intention and on purpose.
Mindfulness is a practice that keeps me aware of the thoughts that tumble through my mind and words that flow from my lips.
What Was I Thinking? A Mindfulness Practice
On any given day, tens of thousands of thoughts run through my mind. As I live mindfully, I become aware of more of those thoughts.
I use the following very helpful practice to taking dominion over my thinking:
1. Pause each time I cross a threshold. As I pause, I notice the thoughts that are present.
2. Oh, my! Sometimes it’s quite surprising where my thoughts have unknowingly drifted. Thoughts of cheerful gratitude may have slipped into old patterns of judgment or insufficiency.
Now that I am aware of my thinking:
3. I consciously choose to carry those thoughts and energy into the space I am entering, or
4. I can choose again. I can allow my thoughts to drift away, realizing they have no power over me.
The fact is, I hold the power over my thoughts.
For more mindfulness practices to gain dominion over thoughts, words, and actions, I recommend the book How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.