Thursday, June 5, 2008

Strange Secret

Why do we become what we think about?

Here is an excerpt from The Strangest Secret
by Earl Nightingale George Bernard Shaw

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what
they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people
who get on in this world are the people who get up and
look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't
find them, they make them."

Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person
who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was
the first one to work it out.

We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't
know where he's going, and whose thoughts must there
fore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry -
his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety
and worry.

And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about?
Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know.
To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that
parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile
land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant
in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care.

It's up to the farmer to make the decision.

We're comparing the human mind with the land because
the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant
in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't
care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his
hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade,
a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth
and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other night
shade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care
of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the
land will return what was planted.

As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye

Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison
in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up
come the two plants - one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible
and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way.
It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure.
A concrete, worthwhile goal.or confusion,misunderstanding,
fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it must
return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored
continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our
wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to


Walter Seward

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Gary McElwain said...


That is a great picture, the land does'nt care what you plant. The problem is the mind does'nt care either.

It is up to us to plant the proper seed be in the ground or in our mind. We reap what we sow, so reap the best.

Gary McElwain

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