#10: Wisdom is Avoiding All Thoughts that Weaken You.
I can read and comprehend all the words written above. I can even comprehend the meaning behind the entire sentence. However, my brain stumbles a little every time I read (and reread) these words...and I think it is because the sentence above is a perfect example of an idea that is so simple and yet so complex.
Simple in its theory - yes, obtaining wisdom seems easy. Avoid weakening thoughts.
Complex, though, in the sense that execution is difficult. Paradox!
Here's the mental breakthrough I've had while reading this book. Dr. Dyer's secrets to inner peace and success are truly accessible...if we are willing to retrain our brains. We must think purposefully, constantly monitor our internal reactions to thoughts, and visualize what to do with such thought when they arise.
In fact, Dr. Dyer says, "Authentic wisdom is the ability to monitor yourself at all times to determine your relative state of weakness or strength, and to shift out of these thoughts that weaken you (146)."
In what might be construed as a little spiritual physics lesson, Dyer discusses the idea of power and force (as first elaborated upon by a Dr. David Hawkins). Power involves thoughts that move us upward (the "high" energies - love, peace, kindness, joy, willingness, etc.). Force involves the "low" energies that drive us downward (anger, apathy, fear, shame, and guilt). The trick is to be aware when a "low" energy is acting upon you, and respond with a "high" one.
Empowering thoughts are healthy - not only in mind, but in body. (Now that honestly I'm not 100% sold on...but the spiritual part I buy). Ultimately, how we think, how we react - is totally our choice. We carry our thoughts around with us, they are ours, we control them!
The quotes for this particular subsection stood out to me, so I'll share them here - along with one of President Abraham Lincoln's.
"Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact." - William James
"Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so." - William Shakespeare
"People are as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
One last final observation on the book. Many of Dyer's secrets work in synergy with each other...killing two birds with one stone, to use a tired cliche. For example, Secret #1 advises us to let things go and be attached to nothing. Dyer reminds us that it's okay for us to have thoughts but that we should immediately let them go. This principle resonates with Secret #10...avoid weakening thoughts. When we let the negative thought go, we move towards wisdom.
I enjoyed reading this text with my husband. We were provided with rich and meaningful discussion...not to mention mental awareness!