Have you ever had a thought pop into your mind and wondered "Where did that thought come from?" Or perhaps your were beginning a meditation and couldn't seem to clear your mind of random thoughts. Those may not have been your thoughts. In the early 1900s, people were asking just what thoughts were and where they came from, questions we still have today.
Thoughts are Energy
In 1906, William Atkinson wrote about thoughts and the Law of Attraction. He postulated that thoughts were just an energy form, much like radio waves. It made sense to him that since radio waves were sent out from their source for others to pick up with a receiver, human thoughts may have similar characteristics. When you "have" a thought, it goes out into the ether.
He saw people as a complicated receiver, pickup up random thoughts from the ether all the time. We become skilled at ignoring most of those thoughts throughout our day. Otherwise, we'd go mad wondering why all of these thoughts are going through our head.
Choosing the Thoughts to Tap Into
There are times when you want to be able to choose the thoughts that surround you and ignore the rest. This is one of the principals of the Law of Attraction, like attracts like. This principle works in relationships, health, finances as well as in your thoughts. If you focus on positive thoughts, then positive thoughts and energy will be attracted to you. Negative thoughts and energy attract the same. Here is a simple meditation exercise to practice tuning in to those positive thoughts and energy around you.
- Find a quiet place in which to sit and meditate.
- Close your eyes and take in a few deep breaths.
- Normally in meditation, you try to ignore all of the noise going on in your head. This time, you want to focus on them.
- Notice all of the voices and thoughts swirling in your mind. As you sense these thoughts, repeat to yourself "These are unfiltered thoughts from outside of me. These are not my thoughts."
- Now imagine an old fashioned radio dial in front of you; the kind that a person once used to fine tune the signal they received from a radio station.
- Pick a thought topic of interest to you. For example, work.
- Now imagine yourself reaching out for that dial and turning it to receive only thoughts about work. Listen for the change in thoughts to those related primarily about the topic "work."
- After a couple of minutes of this, turn the dial again to pick up only those thoughts related to your particular line of work, such as healthcare. Sit with these thoughts briefly. Then change the dial just a bit to attract only the positive thoughts about that profession.
- Now tune the dial so you are receiving only your own thoughts about your career and industry. Listen to the difference between your thoughts and all of the others coming to you.
You can set up filters to tune out the thoughts you don't want and receive only those that you do. Practice this in meditation a few times, then try it elsewhere, such as when driving to work or sitting in your office. You'll be surprised at how well you'll be able to focus your thoughts anywhere, and only draw those thoughts to you that you choose.