Are you in Control of Your Thoughts?

Or do your thoughts control you?

Where do our thoughts come from? What’s truly inside our hearts?

Have you ever taken a step back and wondered where on Earth our thoughts come from?

I had a discussion with my son the other night (that he brought up) that he was worried about some of the thoughts that popped into his head. He was explaining that he doesn’t mean to think them, but they just pop into his head with no clear-cut reason. And I’ve wondered about that too.

I’ve had quite a few thoughts that I would deem as mean. Awful, hurtful things that I don’t truly believe. Where did it come from? Was it just a mean thought that passed in my head fleetingly? Do I really feel that way? Sometimes it’s so bad that it literally takes me aback and I just sit there thinking, “Gosh, that was horrible. I would never think that normally. Where did that come from?”

The only thing that keeps me from really worrying about these thoughts is that I can literally feel inside my heart that I truly care about people. I can cry at the littlest, simplest prompt, so I know I’m not a cruel, hateful person. Now whenever an unwanted thought pops into my head, I simply dismiss it as a weird, unusual thought that I know I don’t believe, and I leave it at that. I don’t dwell on it, or worry about it. And sometimes, I take it to the Lord to take care of it for me.

When my son was explaining this dilemma to me, I gave him a speech that entailed acknowledging that random thoughts that pop into our head is normal, but to not focus on them as it doesn’t make us who we are. If we put too much focus onto it, instead of realizing that sometimes weird, outward thoughts will sometimes invade our mind, then it becomes a problem; an obsession of sorts.

I found it interesting that my son brought this subject up, especially since the day before I covered the 6th chapter of Genesis, which includes this verse:

"The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time."
Genesis 6:5

Now, the specific-ness of this verse gets to me. ‘Every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart‘… it doesn’t say ‘thoughts of the mind’. It pertains to the thoughts of our heart. How we feel. What we truly believe. People can entertain certain thoughts but not believe it or act upon it. But what is inside our hearts and our true motive is where it counts.

Can people become corrupted due to the nature of the thoughts that come into our mind?

I would say ‘yes’. Which is why I think it’s incredibly important to be aware of our own thoughts and develop our own conscious awareness of the things that go on around us, and what goes on inside us. How do we start from an innocent child with no real evil intent, and grow to become an evil dictator, or abusive spouse/parent, or a cold-hearted killer?

Is the way we were raised and our interactions with society and other forms of stimulation/entertainment/indoctrination molding our thought patterns without us even realizing it?

Do you own the thoughts that occur to you?

Perhaps sometimes we let these random thoughts control us. Instead of the other way around.

Those who know my backstory will have come across a time in my life in which I was extremely bitter, angry, and having outrageous violent thoughts. Did they truly come from me? Where did those thoughts come from? Was I one of those people that the Bible talks of as having an evil inclination of the heart? Granted, the reason for my bitterness is that I couldn’t stand to see injustices, and that’s all I ever seemed to see, so my heart was turning cold, black and hard. Thanks to a ‘divine interference’ of sorts, I was finally able to come around. But I didn’t do that myself. I was heading into a downward spiral and it wasn’t until something spiritual came over me that I began to change my ways.

Prayer Helps

Now with my son concerned about random, weird thoughts flowing into his head from time to time, I’ve made it a point to tell him what really works for me is to pray. I literally pray every single night before I go to sleep. As a matter of fact, I fall asleep praying. It’s the last thing I do every night. Sometimes I’ll pray during the daytime about one thing or another. I’ll thank the Lord for blessing me with my son, I’ll thank Him for my life, I’ll pray to wish for someone’s well-being; everyone’s well-being, as a matter of fact.

I also tell him that whenever he wants to talk, about whatever is in his mind, to please talk to me. Communication is so important and I think during our busy lives and how quickly time passes us by, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of what really matters – caring and loving each other and letting them know that we’re there for them.

We have to realize that our thoughts aren’t what makes us. It’s what’s inside our hearts and our true intentions is where it matters. Yet, if we give too much attention and focus to these random thoughts that enter our mind, even though we don’t really feel that way, we let these thoughts consume us and take over, and that’s when we really need to be discerning and mindful of our actions and how we think.

Ultimately, we will face up to God one day, and to ourself. My belief is that our Higher Self will be our very own judge. Perhaps this Higher Self (maybe the Christ consciousness/conscience in each of us) tries to help us through our lives in choosing the “right thing to do”, but our own ego and pride, desires, jealousy, etc. gets in the way and we don’t listen. Every time we dismiss this other voice within us and just choose to do what we want to do, rather than what we should do, is a decision of our own making that we will have to own up to one day.

God knows what’s inside our hearts. For the atheists/unbelievers, there’s still a moral code that is generally followed. We innately know what we should and should not do. Will we cave in to the random prompts of our minds that occasionally compel us to carry out an egregious action? Or do we have the foresight, the compassion, the inclination of a good heart, to not listen to these outward, negative thoughts?

Alternatively, occasionally, we’ll have a flash of insight or inspiration. Again, where does this come from? How does our creative process work? Is this something different to the random, negative thoughts that come in our mind? Is it coming from within ourselves? Or are we, perhaps, tapping into something that we have yet to comprehend?

What do you think?
 

No, seriously. What do you think?

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