Learning & Thinking
I learned today that Alexander the Great (yes that world conqueror) in a drunken argument killed a very good friend – killed a very good friend. After three days of bottomless mourning and grief beyond my imagining – he went on to do what he did.
One wonders what he might have learned from that experience.
What a way to learn a lesson. One hopes we all are quicker studies requiring less violent instruction than he appears to have needed.
One hopes to learn and do in such a way as to create more good for ourselves and for our world.
“Blessed is he who plants trees under whose shade he will never sit.” Indian proverb
And the way of that has been available for a very long time to all who would study, learn, and practice.
“You Control how you respond to things.” – Epictetus
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius
And from our somewhat more contemporary teacher –
“Thought can be creative of my good and it can also be productive of things I do not desire, for all thought is creative.” Ernest Holmes, A New Design for Living page 29
“We always succeed.” “We need to learn to succeed in the right things.” Ernest Holmes, A New Design for Living page 149
A major project/goal for me in the coming months, is the whole “what am I thinking – aka am I actually thinking right now – or have I backslid into letting my unconscious create my life with no direction. Am I reacting without thinking or responding with care. The post-it in the kitchen reads: “who’s in charge right now?” Work in progress always.
And holding the following from The Text close to my heart and head:
“We may change the trend of causation which has been set in motion at any time we decide to do so.” Ernest Holmes Science of Mind 128.2
Of course, on the preceding page he quoted Jesus saying, “As thou hast believed, so be it done unto you.” Going on to add Jesus did not say: “It is done unto you as you wish.”
“Such is the power of right thinking that it cancels and erases everything unlike itself.”Science of Mind 128.4.
Do it with Power & Presence.
–In Peace, Mariann