As a man thinketh
By Kudzie G. Phiri
Scripture says, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he….” I have often pondered on this, asking myself am I a result of my own thoughts. The circumstances I find myself in are they as a result of my own perception? Honestly good or bad have I done this to myself? Quite frankly the most pertinent question becomes what brought me to think of myself in this way?
So many sermons have been preached or taught on the subject matter but how many times have you stopped to ask yourself what thinketh I of myself? Join me in exploring this line of thinking hoping that it will bring us more answers than questions. We wish to come to a broader understanding not just of ourselves but also of our environment and the things that influence us thus making up our thinking.
There seems to be varying factors that affect and or influence our way of thinking, when we look at the environment aspect of this we find that culture and people have a lot to do with how we see ourselves. I am reminded of the time I was teaching a group of praise and worshippers on the subject of confession via the songs we sing. That is the influence lyrics have on our spirit beings. Many people do not realize that most likely their biggest thought influence is what they listen to. What you listen to becomes a big shaper and molder in your life, music is very subliminal and very suggestive. It reaches to the very soul of a person, its repetitive nature is designed to hook you in as it plays a lot on your subconscious mind and begins to auto-suggest thus molding your thought process. You find that music shapes the way a child dresses, their language, diction, behavior and even belief systems. This can be found to true across the age demographics be it twelve year old or teenager, young adult or even an old man or woman. Why because of the power of “autosuggestion.”
Napoloen Hill in his book “think and grow rich” explores in the depth the power of autosuggestion or what is popularly known as subliminal messaging. He says, “Autosuggestion is a term which applies to all suggestions and self-administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the five senses. Stated in another way auto-suggestion is self-suggestion. It is the agency of the mind between that part of the mind where conscious thought takes place, and that which serves the seat of action for the subconscious mind. Through the dominant thoughts that one permits to remain in the conscious mind, (whether these thoughts be negative or positive, is immaterial), the principle of autosuggestion voluntarily reaches the subconscious mind and influences it with these thoughts.”
Are you with me? I picked music as a form of subliminal messaging because it is undoubtedly a language that we all can identify with. It is a language that has spoken to either one of us at any given point in time. Does this make sense? Music has always played an important role in forming and cultivating a people’s culture. Music as a language has a way of communicating with one’s spirit and creating a reality that one easily accepts. Music has both positive and negative effects on one’s thoughts, studies have shown that music can be used for brain regeneration for it has healing properties. Whilst other studies have also shown that a certain grouping that listens to derogatory types of music will behave in destructive ways.
What else alters our thinking? What we watch, the power of the spoken word and visual stimulation are also responsible for forming once more another signal that plays in our subconscious mind. From here we can look at our environments what have we been exposed to? In turn what has been spoken to us over the years and how well have we received it? This leading to the power of the spoken word and visual stimulation, we assimilate what we see and hear, thus developing most of our own thought process. We in a way become a product of our environment which influences our thought process and creates the opinion that begins to play in our subconscious conscious mind. Napoleon Hill then says, “No thought, whether it be negative or positive, CAN ENTER THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND WITHOUT THE AID OF AUTO-SUGGESTION, with the exception of thoughts picked up from the ether.
So as it turns out we are in total control over what plays in our subconscious mind for we have the power to accept or reject. Napoleon Hill says, “Stated differently, all sense impressions which are perceived through the five senses, are stopped by the CONSCIOUS thinking mind, may be either passed on to the SUBCONSCIOUS mind, or rejected at will. The conscious faculty serves, therefore, as an outer-guard to the approach of the subconscious. The writer of the Proverbs then says, Prov 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.”
We ultimately have the power of over our thoughts, “whatsoever a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The word of God serves to be that creative power that must speak over our lives, it becomes the ether for it is beyond the natural present in every atmosphere. It can be the very air we breathe, for in it is LIFE, there is HOPE and there is COMPLETION. All that we need is in the word, and through that creative power our spirits can grow to become the buffers, the outer-guards that Napoleon Hill speaks of that can accept or reject what will play in our subconscious mind. The Word of God purifies our spirits and keeps us sensitive and in tune with wat is good and necessary for our minds to feed on. The more we meditate on the word of God, the more our spirits become sensitive to what God has said over our lives, the more we can discern between good and evil.
If I am to be a sum-total of my thoughts, may the meditation of my heart be the Word of God, may his word be the light and lamp to my path, may his word that brings enlightenment be the illuminating factor in my life so that my meditation constantly aligns with what God has spoken over me. By doing this my heart is guarded, my mind is renewed by his word and there can be no ungodly thought or influence that escapes to my sub-conscious mind. In the end, I am what God has said I am!
Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things”