The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind. – William James
The above quote is from William James 1842-1910, who was referred to by many as the “Father of Modern Psychology”. William James was an accomplished author, philosopher, and psychologist, haven written many texts on theology, philosophy, psychology, ethics, and the study of metaphysics. William James determined that there is a “Law” in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you want to experience, and hold it there long enough you will soon experience it. This is what modern self-help gurus refer to as “Visualization” and Spiritual- Inspirational authors refer to as “The Law of Attraction”
When religion and spirituality “collide”, or the philosophies of noted metaphysical authors, and quantum physics theorists surface, the Faithful Christians, and those deeply rooted in the dogma of a popular religious denomination take offense claiming that “God has been trivialized” and man is assuming the power and control previously attributed to Deity alone.
William James’ epiphany as a religious lecturer-turned scientific philosopher was accompanied by the phrase “My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will”. With this awakening, he abandoned his belief in “Determinism” (fate) and began to explore personal responsibility as it relates to creation. If God created man with “Free Will” then why would we deny our part in creation?
Jesus preached positive thinking, and “The Law of Attraction” but the majority of his followers interpreted that as obedience to God, and rewards for faithful living. “Semantics”! Jesus was quoted as saying such things as: Mark 11: 24. What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you have already received them, and you shall have them, and: Mark 10:52 Go, your faith has healed you”, and: Mark 9:2. “Everything is possible for one who has faith.” These verses read to me as “Personal responsibility” and instruction that our minds create our reality.
Spirituality, and Metaphysics do not contradict and trivialize the role of God, and the message of Jesus in our lives, but attempt to explain in scientific, and rational practical application how these instructions & lessons affect the outcome of our lives. Too many people of faith rely solely on the concept that “God will provide” or, if we are good people we will live the life of our dreams. This removes us from personal responsibility and makes us victims of our environment, assuming God will interject, and make everything right for us.
Well, I believe God has already intervened by telling us such things as: (Phil 4:8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, fill your mind with these things) so that we would take control and create our own reality.
Positively Speaking, You’ve got the power! Our entire lives are within our control. Pain, fear, catastrophe, and ruin cannot touch us without our permission. Control your thoughts, and you will control your life. Believe & achieve! Go for it!!
The JOURNEY IS the Destination