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Do Not Throw Gasoline into the Fire

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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I'm what I am thinking.

— Sean Dragon

Our Thoughts Create Our World

Our thoughts define and create the world in which we live! Does it seem strange to you? Let's try to explain it.

Our thoughts determine what we will say and what we will do at all times. They will determine the way we will act and the kind of the conditions and situations, positive or negative, that these acts will create. They will also determine our reactions to external circumstances and stimuli. For example, if our thoughts are thoughts of Love, when we will see refugees from another country coming to ours, we will feel the need to help them, and our actions will be in that direction. But if we are filled with thoughts of fear, our reaction to these fellow human beings will be hostile, because we will be worried about the "evil" that they will cause us. Therefore, depending on the case, our thoughts will become words and actions with particular results in our lives.

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My point is that in the first instance of our example the results will contribute to the inner joy we feel when we offer and to the peace that fills our soul when we serve with Love. So this inner joy and peace will bring happiness to our lives. In the latter case, our actions will result in more fear, hatred and therefore misery.

The Law of Substitution

Hence, our thoughts are the source; subsequently, they become our words and actions which create what we are living now but also what we call Destiny or Karma. We shape our destiny with our thoughts. We do that, not someone else!

Consequently, we can come to the conclusion that a critical element in creating a happy life, our happy life, is to learn how to control our thoughts. To accomplish this, we need to understand the laws which are governing our thoughts. One fundamental is the Law of Substitution. This can be expressed as follows:

"The only way to get rid of a thought is to substitute it with another."

This means that if you want to dissipate a negative thought because you know that only negative results it will bring to your life, the only way is to think something positive and constructive.

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Indeed, there is no other way. If I tell you now, "Do not think of a pink elephant," you will instantly form with your thought a pink elephant that will "possess" your mind. If you say, "I will not think that something bad happened to John and that's why he has not communicated with me" your mind will be overwhelmed by some possible negative scenarios which may have happened to John. This may not actually affect what happened to John (although because of we are all connected to each other, we can have a positive or negative effect with our thought over others), but it will surely spoil your mood and tranquillity until to be able to communicate with him. But there is another law of thought that says:

"Any thought attract its kind."

This means that any negative thought we make will attract others of its kind, so we go from one to the other and eventually, we learn to live with them, while they are making our lives miserable.

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But when your mind goes to something else, if you think of a green horse, for example, you immediately forget the pink elephant or if you think of a happy moment you have lived with John, you instantly forget the "bad things" that may have happened to him. This is the Substitution. That is how it works.

Hence, to break the "guardianship" of negative thoughts they must be substituted by other positive ones. And this explains a critical mistake we usually make and instead of freeing us it confines us more. We try to fight negative thoughts, but this gives them strength instead of weakening them since fighting is a negative process anyway. It does not make sense to say "I will drive you away, wrong thought" because we continue to think the thought we are trying to drive away and so we become attached to it! Jesus said, "Do not resist the evil", and this is what He meant.

When negative thoughts come to your mind, do not fight them, just think of something positive. What will surely help you is to think about the Love of God and the blessings He has prepared for you. If this is difficult for you, then think of a positive idea, an act of kindness that you did or received, a beloved person and the love you feel about him or her, think of an action you could do to help someone. Then you will see that this negative idea will be lost and with it will also be lost anything negative result it could bring to your life.

Sometimes, however, you may experience an outbreak of pessimism, anxiety or anger, and negative thoughts occupy your mind with such intensity that it seems impossible to think of anything else. In such cases, the best thing to do is find a beloved person and talk to him or her about any other subject or see a good movie or read a book. Anything that will make you distract your mind from negative thoughts and create new images in your mind. If you try to fight this negative wave that overwhelms you, all you can do is to strengthen it after you feed it with your energy and attention.

Stop thinking about the problem or dealing with its details. Turn your attention to something different, and later when you have been discharged enough of it, you can calmly return and treat it with a spiritual process like the one we described.

So let us take control of our thoughts, let us "train" the mind on happy thoughts! Let's stop throwing gasoline into the fire!

If you leave the fire of negativity without thoughts as fuel, it will sooner or later put out.

— Sean Dragon

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis

Comments

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 15, 2018:

Excellent and wise comment, my brother Eric! As always your comments are gems for my Hubs. Thank you so much!

Gratitude!

Sean

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 14, 2018:

One of my favorite notions from our Biblical area is that if you fill your heart with so much love, there is no room for the bad. Of course it applies to our mind also.

That may apply to marriage and children. Too full with them.

And maybe that is why nature is so from God.

Very fine writing here. Thank you for your thoughts and great presentation of them.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 12, 2018:

Dred Cuan, thank you, my friend, for your beautiful comment! I am happy because we believe the same thing.

Gratitude!

Sean

Travel Chef from Manila on September 11, 2018:

I do believe in mind over matter. We can face or do anything, as long as we strongly believe that we can. Law of attraction truly works in any aspect of our lives.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 11, 2018:

My dear brother Miebakagh Fiberesima, I thank you for your contribution to became this a better Hub. I agree with your excellent last comment!

Gratitude!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 11, 2018:

My dear Sister Dana, thank you for the mentioning to the picture of the two fists of fire and ice. It's a great idea by thommas68 on Pixabay. I loved it at first sight.

Appreciation!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 11, 2018:

My dear Sister Dora, thank you for your encouraging comment. I am glad to know that we are trying to teach the same way, I believe we have the same Teacher on this. For me, Jesus is the Master of positive thought!

God Bless your efforts!

Appreciation!

Sean

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 10, 2018:

This article about substituting negative thinking for positive thoughts has given rise to serious discussion. I thank all authors for their valuable contributions. We grow richly as we learn from one another. Knowledge is not static but dynamic. Thoughts have no border and limits. It is not confirmed to one space. It is for exchange or trading. Otherwise, the whole of mankind will remain monotonous, no beauty. Positive thoughts are the most beautiful things, the most priceless, and most sought item in the world. Thanks again.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on September 10, 2018:

Miebakagh Fiberesima, I also thank you for your response as I am always searching for ways to grow and be better in this life. Oh, I meant to mention how much I loved that picture of the two fists of fire and ice. truly awesome!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 10, 2018:

"The only way to get rid of a thought is to substitute it with another." I spend much time teaching people how to do this. Our battles are lost or won in our minds (thoughts). Good food for thought here!

manatita44 from london on September 10, 2018:

Ha ha. Truth is tricky, paradoxical. Or not Truth. Some say money is the root of all evil. Others say no, use it wisely ... but do not be a slave to it. Both have their merits. The Light of Grace teaches all things.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 10, 2018:

Happy to see you here, my little Li-Jen, I missed you! Thank you for your smiling comment! I think the pink elephant will be a good reminder for you. Ha! Ha!

Think a Great Loving Heart!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 10, 2018:

My brother, Miebakagh Fiberesima, thank you so much for your helpful response to Dana. Your interest shows your noble Heart!

Gratitude!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 10, 2018:

My sister Dana, first of all, I keep the "well-written," coming from you is a prize for me! Thank you! I am glad to know that I gave you food for thought, that was my intention. I agree with your comment and the answer that brother Miebakagh Fiberesima gave to you. Psychiatrists now say that positive thinking is the cure for the most mental illnesses. As you have written to a previous comment, you know the power of changing the way of thinking by personal experience.

Thank you for passing by and reading, and thank you for your feedback.

Stay Strong! Appreciation!

Sean

Li-Jen Hew on September 10, 2018:

Hey Sean, Thanks for spreading positivity. I think it takes practice to think positively. Yep, I fell for the pink elephant example. :)

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 09, 2018:

Hi, Dana Tate, yes that is true. Good thoughts, imaginations, and reasoning are all parts of a healthy lifestyle. If these were not well harnessed, the opposite like illness, for example, mental challenges do arise. This is why psychologists and other mind scientists advised against the negative use of the mind. Thank you.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on September 09, 2018:

A lot of food for thought here and, well-written. I'm sure being able to control negative thoughts is easier for some but I can imagine it's more healthier and will eliminate lots of stress from your life.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 09, 2018:

Ha! Ha! Ok, but you know, you are a tricky teacher for me! Maybe that's why I Love you so much my Lantern Carrier!

manatita44 from london on September 09, 2018:

Leve it. I probably meant it that way. But I'm implying chaotic person or Spirit. A restless mind, but quintessentially a good heart ,which will sooner or later come to the fore. I actually fit this category, as I can become irritable due to poor health, even while the Heart is loving. Thankfully it's rare and does not last long.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 09, 2018:

To Manatita:

No bro, I can't edit your comment, I can only delete it. So you can copy-paste it in a new one, correct the word, and I will delete the old.

Hari Om!

Sean

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 08, 2018:

Hi, manatita, noted.

manatita44 from london on September 08, 2018:

I meant the chaotic mind in my first answer. Not soul. Perhaps you can replace it with the correct word.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 08, 2018:

Hi, Sean, I appreciated your comments along with what manatita remarked. That you all for useful contributions to the article.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 08, 2018:

My dear sister, Mary, thank you for your feedback! Your image maintains the essence of my text. I wish you great victories to your struggle.

Gratitude!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 08, 2018:

My dear Brother and Teacher, Manatita thank you for your invaluable comment which is an essay parallel to mine, making this Hub much more complete! I agree with you 100%, and I thank you for referring to these books. Not just for me, they are already on my "must read" list, but more for the readers.

As I have said before, I consider myself not a writer but a medium for these writings to come to this world. I have four sons, so different from each other and I love them all the same. Likewise, I love all my writings, no matter how different are because I know they have their purpose. So be prepared to see new things from me and be ready to make your wise and Loving remarks, they are always precious to me!

Gratitude!

Sean

PS: Thank you also for replying to Mary! I Love you, Bro!

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 08, 2018:

Thank you, my brother, Bill! As I can see from your writings and your love for Nature, it does not matter how long it took you to realize this truth. It matters that now you live your life this way and you are helping others to do so. I believe that for everyone you help to save time to this truth, you take back some of this "lost" time you mentioned. Ha! Ha! The relativity of Time.

Many blessings to you and your family, my dear friend!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 08, 2018:

My brother, Miebakagh Fiberesima, thank you for your visit and your significant question which, I am sure, is a common question to many people who are trying for years the positive approach of life but it seems that the results never come. I am glad that my beloved Brother, Manatita, who is much wiser than me and with a Heart full of Love, has already answered (Thanks Bro for standing by my side!).

The answer is that we have to think positively, but we have to "build" a Heart full of Love and a Soul full of faith in the power God has given us to live our lives in Paradise, at the same time. Only then those positive thoughts can be transformed into a blessed life. Sometimes, you know, we think that our thoughts are positive, but in fact, are our desire and not His willing, so they cannot change our lives. Positive thoughts have only Love for ourselves and everything in the Creation, are thoughts of offering and serving, are selfless and luminous. If someone fills Soul, Spirit and Mind with these thoughts, then nothing can stop the miracles!

I hope I have helped you, even a little.

My Love to beautiful Africa!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on September 08, 2018:

My beloved Lefki Sparks, thank you for your comment and your visit. It means a lot to see you here. At first, I want to say that as I am a strange and radical human Soul, I don't believe that life is full of despair and injustice. It seems like this is the version of life we choose to live because we live lives without Love. I am happy for the rest of your comment, and I am sure that the power of your luminous and beautiful Soul, a Soul that I have loved from the first moment, is good enough to make the difference. Let it shine, now more than ever.

Remember that I am always by your side...

Much Love to you all!

Sean

manatita44 from london on September 08, 2018:

Yes, Mary.

The Saints would say: 'Change your angle of vision..' I know a colleague who used to work non-stop, including weekends. Now she has found a man and everything has changed. I know another in the same boat. Marriage and children has taken over. That's why the mystics say, our children have become our God.

So yes, I'm supporting your argument that the 'toy' must be replaced by 'something' Higher -- a shift in Consciousness. How this happens, is personal to each soul and in accordance with the blessing called 'longing.'

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 08, 2018:

I always think of the image of a child who will never give up a toy unless it is replaced by something he likes as well. You are right about the power of substituting ngative thoughts with positive. I worked hard on my fears for years and they still do surface once in a while except that I know them now to be hurtful and think otherise.

manatita44 from london on September 08, 2018:

This one was harder for me, but good for probably about 70% of humans. So it's worth it. It reads like it came straight from the motivational books, the life-coaching books, the inspirational... they too have their story and are beneficial to many. Some of your others are sweeter, gentler … more Heart orientated.

Your vast Heart will probably do better with the spiritual books: The Eternal Companion, The Imitation of Christ, Sri Chinmoy, Spiritual Master, The Wings of Joy and so forth.

If thought control fits into prayer, then it is a very basic form. "Let thy will be done or may thy will be done in and through me.", the prayer of the Christ, is the Highest prayer. Interesting that your video begins with 'faith.' Faith is of the Heart, the spiritual Heart. In the higher stages of spiritual experiences, there is no 'mind.'

Thought control takes place when the mind becomes calm, quiet, still, empty … only then does true inner experiences begin. Prayer, both verbal and silent, ultimately leads to silent prayer or meditation, which is the expansion or vastness of the Heart. In the Higher stages, there is no mind and no thought. Only an inner communion with the Love inside or above.

Your friend Miebakagh Fiberesima has a point. Why does this happen? For the purposes of this conversation, let us say that the human psyche has 5 parts: Soul, Heart, Mind, Vital and Body in this order. It is possible to have a very vast and mature Heart, yet a troubled mind and so irregularities can occur.

Spiritual Masters choose both kinds of people. For the chaotic soul also has something to offer, if the Heart is vast. This he does, once the mind has fallen still, quiet, less turbulent. A great spiritual life happens when all five members of the human psyche works together, but this is a necessary part of the struggle. Hari Om!!

P.s. Positivity is awesome, as long as we are aware that the inner vessel transforms quicker when aided by a life of service and the descent of a Higher Grace. For this, both inner and outer prayer is necessary, as well as a life of spiritual discipline.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 08, 2018:

Truth my friend! It took me decades to learn this lesson. Think positively, live positively!

Blessings to you always!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 08, 2018:

Hi, Sean, thanks. But how come a person thinks positively all his life, yet the result speaks negative? Have you ever encounter such a personality? I know I do that's why I ask the question. Thanks again

Agathe on September 08, 2018:

Such a difficult thing to do when life is full of despair, injustice and tough situations to overcome.... yet I could not agree more that this is the right thing to do and maybe the only one that actual makes sense since none of these will change all of those that are out of your control. But a positive way of thinking will definitely change the way you feel and that is very very important. Such a helpful reminder right now in my life. Thank you!