What You Think You Create
Have you heard the quote: “What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become?”
I wanted to search out where this quote came from and who actually wrote it, so that I could use it in my article for you today.
What did I find?
Several internet sites identify the author of the quote as the ‘Buddha’- inferring it is a Buddhist principle. However, I was not able to find any research to back this up. What I did find is that Adele Basheer, who designs greetings cards for her company has ‘coined’ this quote onto a greeting card.
It seems that Adele may have derived her quote from the author Joseph Murphy. He writes about these thoughts in two of his books – First in his 1963 book “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” he says, “Know that belief is a thought in your mind, and what you think you create;” And – Second in his 1968 book, “The Cosmic Power Within You” he wrote, “You have faith when you know that thoughts are things; what you feel, you attract; and what you imagine, you become.”
From what I can tell, the Buddha, on the other hand, did not say these exact words. What I did find is that the Buddha lists 5 things that people often pray for: long life, beauty, happiness, status and rebirth in heaven” in the Ittha Sutta (AN 5.43). In the Sutta, the Buddha says “none of these these five things are obtained by prayers or wishes.” The Buddha does say that one should practice heedfulness meaning “attentiveness” or “good attention or awareness”.
The closest quote I could find to match this quote is in the Majjhima Nikaya 19, “Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.”
So what I gather from my search is that wishing positive things is fine, but you must also engage with a practice in a discipline like mindfulness and or meditation that will lead you to a positive energy and being able to cultivate happiness.
Some people on the internet called this quote a fake “Buddha-quote”. I propose that even though it maybe a fake ‘Buddha-quote’, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t find value in the words.
I think if you look at the phrase “what you think you create” more as a mantra than a quote – whether Buddha said it or not – it helps you focus on positives thoughts, relationships and paths in your life vs taking these words literally to mean all you have to do is “believe” in wishes in order to make it come true for you.
Perhaps we should see this quote more like “Don’t just “wish” for happiness, but “cultivate happiness or optimism” instead. I do agree that for you to cultivate happiness you do have to “put in the work on your meditation pillow”, think positive thoughts and project positive energy. Staying in the present moment and seeing things from a positive perspective attracts a positive peace of mind, positive relationships, and prosperity.
I love this quote even if the Buddha didn’t actually say it.
In my opinion this is a powerful quote, as it reminds you that you are in charge of your life – You can choose to be positive or you can choose to be negative. Both of these project an energy within and around you!
If you are thinking – without action, wishful thinking won’t get you the results you desire. – In my opinion – you are right!
LET’S LOOK AT THE IDEA that every action FIRST begins as a thought – a vibration of energy.
That thought can be positive or negative energy. Do you often catch yourself going down that road of negative self-talk? Can we shift this negative thought?
I pose the question – Can committed intention, mindfulness, mantras and affirmations help you to replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk?
I believe that the answer is – YES – I think that “what you think is what you create or become”….
I believe when you replace those negative thoughts with positive thoughts or affirmations you can begin to understand and become more aware of your negative thoughts or tendencies allowing you to move forward.
How you talk to yourself affects how you see the world. You can actually begin to change the pathways in the brain when you practice mindful exercises. You change your mindset.
This in my opinion is the first step towards change. Your own words can become a means to discover and open up the channels to your greatest potential.
What you think you create
What you think you will create will come true for you because you are putting out a vibrational energy. The type of energy you give out you attract back to you (This is based on the Law of Attractions)
It’s this power of a positive perspective in your own life, that allows you to make every day an awesome one!
If you allow those negative thoughts about yourself and your life to continue to build up in your mind, you start to project these negative thoughts out into the environment around you.
You may not even realize that you are doing this. Your negative thoughts may come across as “I can’t do it”; “I don’t like how I look”; “I don’t make enough money”; “I’m not good enough”, etc. You may be bombarding yourself with these thoughts.
The stories you tell yourself about your marriage, your job, your health shape your future. If you tell yourself you have a happy marriage, you have a fulfilling job, you’re living a healthy lifestyle etc. then you are more apt to attract this energy and these things.
The more satisfied you are with what you have now the more likely you are to attract more – if you really want it. (The Law of Attractions)
When you consciously catch yourself in these negative thoughts and try to change this negative pattern, to a more positive thoughts you will start to see a shift in your thinking. Choosing positive affirmations, and practicing mindfulness meditation can help you become more aware of these negative thoughts and help you reduce these thoughts and see them for what they are.
What you feel you attract
When you start to consciously focus on more positive thoughts instead of the negative ones, you’ll notice you’ll start to feel better about yourself and others around you. You will feel and become more confident. This confidence can lead to positive energy surrounding you and may cultivate happiness. Your happiness will warm you inside and also shine out to those around you. What you will start to see is that you are attracting more positive experiences and people into your life.
What you imagine you become
Visualization is another very powerful way to see where you want to be in the future and to help you to stay positive. It can be very effective when used with mindfulness, mantras and affirmations.
Here’s a Visualization exercise for you to try to encourage positive thoughts –
When you get up in the morning or before you go to bed, imagine all the things that you hope will happen to you today or tomorrow. Then try to repeat this each morning or night for the next few days or longer. (Things you can visualize are your dream job, your dream partner, dream holiday….)
As you visualize see these things you are visualizing as if they are happening right now – in the present.
My Final Thoughts….
I believe your everyday positive approach to life can help you find the life you desire. You can do this through visualization, mantras, affirmations, staying in the present moment, mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, forgiveness and letting go of negative perceptions. What you choose to think about each day creates your life and your future.
I want to remind you it’s not selfish to love and take care of yourself and make happiness a priority each and every day. Doing so will raise your positive energy vibrations, thus attracting more positive outcomes around you.
I find also being around people you love and who are positive, exercising in nature, doing activities that bring you joy and nourish your soul can help you maintain a positive perspective.
Although one of my favorite quotes turns out wasn’t quoted by the Buddha and may be a quote that became popular on a greeting card, still impacts my daily living.
I’m glad to have found its lineage. I believe this quote, “what you think you create”, still has great importance and can be a very powerful mantra to help you stay positive and use positive self-talk.
I believe there actually is a path to manifesting positive change in your life, but this doesn’t happen simply by wishing for it to happen. – You do have to do the work on the meditation pillow!
Thank you, Adele for putting these phrases on a greeting card for all to find. I’ve loved and used this quote to motivate me and hopefully others will too.
Recipe: My Creative Fries….Purple Fries
- 4 medium purple potatoes
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt (to taste)
- black pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
- Wash and scrub purple potatoes – You do not have to peel them.
- Thinly slice the purple potatoes into fry-shaped pieces (Try to keep them about the same thickness)
- Place the purple potatoes to a large bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil. Add seasonings.
- Toss until all the slices are covered in seasonings and oil.
- Spread the purple potatoes in a single layer on a parchment covered cookie sheet.
- Do not overcrowd or they will stick and won’t crisp up.
- Bake for about 30-40 minutes.
ENJOY! (I often dip in a Greek yoghurt with a bit of garlic powder and a bit of black pepper – to taste)
Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
Affirmation / Mantra: “What you think you can create.”
Until next time stay positive!
If you would like to read more about Mindfulness and the Law of Attractions, I’ve included a couple of awesome books that I totally recommend.
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