Week 1 Listen!
To the voice within
Twelve months ago I had that nudging, prompting feeling in my gut to join the Masterkey Course. Thankfully I listened and my life has begun to change in ways I never thought possible a year ago. (For anyone who may have been following my story you will know how true this is). I have come to understand that these inner promptings are guiding me, but so often I was too busy doing stuff, and didn’t take the time to really pay attention.
Our physical senses such as taste, smell and touch guide us in obvious ways and help us to avoid danger or move towards things that excite and pleasure our senses. But our physical senses are not sufficient to guide everything, and sometimes they can even confuse us. For example you may LOVE the taste of chocolate !!! 🙂 and want more and more to pleasure your taste buds. But how do you know when to stop eating? Do you really want to wait until you start to feel sick and uncomfortable? The outcome depends on your thoughts and subsequent decision. Starting back at Chapter 1 of the MasterKey System by Charles Haanel we read, ‘Every thought therefore is a cause and every condition an effect; for this reason it is absolutely essential that you control your thoughts so as to bring forth only desirable conditions’ (Haanel 1:31)
So your ability to think and make a choice determines whether you gorge yourself until you feel sick and then regret not paying attention to your inner voice, or you savour and enjoy in moderation and leave some chocolate to enjoy again later. Do you base your thinking on your physical senses or your Inner prompting? Ohhhh…. but you sooooo want it!!!
Clearly it is our ability to ‘think’ that is the cause. We take action based on our thinking and this causes an effect. Therefore it is logical if you are not happy with the effect you need to change your thinking. Thinking is a process of the mind. ‘There is a world within – a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, its forces are mighy.’ (Haanel 1:6)
Thoughts we continually think create neural pathways and release chemical peptides which our bodies become addicted to, and so without understanding why, we often self sabotage to satisfy an addiction, whether we are aware of it or not. What are we to do? Are we doomed to live a helpless life of sabotage and addiction? NO! You were not born with these thoughts and feelings. They are the result of thought patterns picked up from others and learned behaviour and anything that can be learnt can be unlearnt. Taking the time to be still each day and listen to the small voice within takes some practice, like anything you want to do well. But as you begin to recognise why you do things you can make different choices and so you will get different effects. ‘Mind is creative, and conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant mental attitude.’ (Haanel 1:2)