A commercial for the United Negro College Fund which aired frequently in the 1980s used the slogan ‘the mind is a terrible thing to waste’. We’re not talking about college educations here today, but this is a slogan which is absolutely true. Your mind has lot more power than you might think; and the power of the mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste. When you can access the power your mind contains, you can use it to change the world around you for the better.
Even if you haven’t seen the film or read the book, it’s all but certain that you know of the book The Secret or about the law of attraction, the most important idea of the book and film. The idea is that when you focus your mind on something, it attracts it to you. You don’t even have to be expending mental energy on this goal consciously in order for this effect to work.
One prime example of the efficacy of this idea is what is called the placebo effect. This is named for the clinical trials which use placebos for the control group while giving the actual medication to the other. Both groups think they’re getting the medication, so both often believe them to be experiencing the effects that have been described to them.
You’ve no doubt seen the effect in your own life as well. For instance, you’ve no doubt woken up thinking that a particular day isn’t going to be a good one. It shouldn’t really be too much of a surprise when these days turn out not to be among your favorites. It has to do with the power of your mind – when you think a day is going to be a bad (or a great one) then your subconscious has the ability to make this happen.
There is an ever growing amount of evidence for a scientific basis to the power of the mind, with one of the most intriguing ideas coming from the world of quantum physics. This is the possibility that matter either does not take shape until an observer is there to witness it. This suggests that the power of the mind may actually be what shapes the universe, not the other way around.
It is thought by some scientists that many of the phenomena we have always thought of as supernatural (such as remote viewing, telepathy and the like) are actually perfectly natural and explainable phenomena, though science may be a few years away from understanding the precise mechanisms behind them.
The power of the mind is something that you can train yourself to use for your own benefit. If you could use your own mental energy to bend the universe and make positive changes, wouldn’t you want to learn how? There are a couple of methods which can help you to learn to access your own latent mental powers.
The first step is to have a goal; this has to be a specific, rather than a general goal. Instead of thinking ‘I want to be rich’, think ‘I want three million dollars’. Having a specific goal makes it easier for you to focus your mental energies on achieving your objective. Learning to focus is the key here; most of the time, you may have dozens of different thoughts going on at once.
There are people who already know how powerful the mind is and put their mental energy into the achievement of their goals. They focus on specific objectives and put all of their efforts towards their objective, using the full power of the mind. This is what makes it happen; it’s more difficult than it sounds on paper, but it’s something that all of us can achieve if we put our minds to it.
When you learn to control this power of the mind, you can use it to make changes in your world; in fact, you can make almost anything you can imagine a reality. Let’s say that you want to buy a particular house. You put all of your mental energy into it, imagining even the small details like the color you want to paint the rec room. You start expending effort into areas that will help you to achieve your goal (like working more so you can save up the down payment) and research how to get favorable mortgage terms.
After you’ve put your effort towards it, your dream starts coming true – the house goes up for sale, you are able to secure the mortgage, your offer is accepted and everything goes fine. It’s all because you’ve been putting your thoughts and your energy into achieving your goal; this is what makes it happen for you.
This is something you can do; something everyone can do. Believe in the power of your mind and you can achieve anything – set your mind on a small goal and work your way up to bigger and better things as you go.