Thought conditioning can be described as a process of filling your mind with thoughts of a certain nature so that they can replace the existing thought pattern. They can be spiritual or simply positive thoughts; these thoughts can change the view of one towards life. Thought conditioning has to be done consistently so that the thoughts can stick to your subconscious conscious and eventually become part of what you believe in and the principles you live by.
Norman Vincent Peale the proprietor of thought conditioners defines thought conditioning as a process of filling your mind with spiritual words so that they can sink from your conscious to your subconscious mind by a process of spiritual osmosis; thus conditioning your personality with spiritual power and sensitivity that God’ s will can operate in you.
A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.- Marcus Aurelius
I have learnt that we can change the quality of our lives by changing the quality of our thoughts. Every battle is either won or lost first in the mind. Whatever you feed your mind with is always materialized in your actions. If you believe you are a failure at anything then you will definitely fail at doing that thing. Happiness begins from the mind. You cannot expect to be happy if you keep passing unhappiness producing thoughts through your mind. What you think, you become. If you think unhappy, you become that; if you think failure, you can be darn sure that you will fail at anything you do.
There is so much power in our minds for us to harness. If we only knew how much control we can have over our lives, our happiness and even our health, then we would endeavour to practice thought conditioning. The body cannot be healthy if the mind is unhealthy. Sickness begins from the mind, if the mind is troubled then the body will feel the weight. If you are ailing; you need to trace the root of your illness back to your mind. If your mind concedes defeat and gives in to the unhealthy thought pattern, then the body feels the effect. You can choose to live by the principle of MIND OVER BODY or BODY OVER MIND. Whichever you choose to live by, make sure it gives you the quality of life that you are looking for.
…Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….Romans 12: 2
For you to have power over the quality of thoughts that pass through your mind, you must learn to filter out the things that go through your ears, the content that you read, the conversations you take part in, the type of materials that you watch and the kind of people that you hang around. Norman Vincent Peale in his book The Power Of Positive Thinking says that the life of inner peace , being harmonious and without stress is the easiest type of existence. He says that the chief struggle then in gaining mental peace is the effort of revamping your thinking to the relaxed attitude of acceptance of God’s gift of peace.
If you want to achieve a peaceful state of mind and body, you need to practice the technique of suggestive articulation I.e. repeating audibly some peaceful words. These words can include but not limited to Serenity and tranquility. You must learn to repeat saying these words or other positive words daily; in the morning when you wake up and at night before falling asleep. Try thinking of an environment that is full of tranquility, ambience and a lot of peace. Let it take over your mind. You can even practice the art of silence. Go alone to the quietest place you can find and sit in silence for at least fifteen minutes. For those fifteen minutes, do not think of anything and if you must, think as little as possible. Throw your mind into neutral and conceive of it as the surface of a body of water and see how nearly quiet you can make it, so that there is not a ripple. When you have attained a quiescent state, then begin to listen to the deeper sounds of harmony and beauty and of God that are to be found in the essence of silence. Train your mind to be in sync with voice of nature then your body will ultimately follow suit. You can listen to the chirping sounds of the birds, the blowing wind, you can even lay on the ground and listen. God controls nature, thus being in sync with nature makes you in sync with the rhythm of God.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves- Thomas Carlyle
They say that a peaceful concept is oil on troubled thoughts. When you are in a group conversation and it takes a trend that is upsetting, try to inject a peaceful idea/ concept into the talk and you will notice how it counteracts the nervous tensions in the group. Therefore if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind, you must learn to watch your manner of speech. You may have noticed that conversations filled with expressions of unhappy expectations in the morning, often sets the tone of the day.
The words we speak have a direct and definite effect on our thoughts. Thoughts create words, but words also affect thoughts and help to condition attitudes. What often passes for thinking starts with talk. Therefore if the average conversation is scrutinized and disciplined to be sure that it contains peaceful expressions, the result will be peaceful ideas and ultimately a peaceful mind.
Norman Vincent Peale says that if you saturate your thoughts with peaceful experiences, peaceful words and ideas, then ultimately you will have a storehouse of peace producing experiences to which you may turn for refreshment and renewal of your spirit. This will be a vast source of power. Remember; the easiest way to an easy mind is to create an easy mind.
No man or woman of my acquaintance who knows how to practice silence and does it has ever been sick to my knowledge. I have noticed that my own afflictions come upon me when I do not balance expression with relaxation.