We’re learning that our thought determines our circumstance, the world within determines the world without. This explains how two people can be in the same situation and describe it completely differently. I sit in my house in the evening, with the air conditioning running, and I have to have socks on my feet, and sometimes a blanket over me, while my husband and sons are complaining that it’s hot. Same situation, different experience. Similar and not equal.
In the Master Key System, Haanel begins part 8 with a comparison of Emerson and Carlyle. Both were authors of note. They were friends. They corresponded with each other. Haanel tells us that Emerson loved the good, while Carlyle hated the bad. Same thing? Nope. Similar, but not equal. Emerson’s attention was focused on good things. With that focus, the bad things were probably barely noticed by him. His life circumstances reflected the direction of his focus. Carlyle’s attention was focused on bad things. He liked the good, I’m sure, but his energy and attention were directed at the bad. His life circumstances reflected the direction of his focus.
I’ve been working with Mark J. for nine months now. You can find him here: http://bit.ly/17NUyaD Today, my sons and I were discussing my statement that you choose how you feel. This has been proven to me a completely true statement. In all circumstances, at some level you choose how you feel. My eldest son disagrees. My youngest son agrees, and pointed out to the elder the changes that have occurred in our home and family since I began working with Mark J. There’s a greater sense of calm, things are more in control with all of us because of the changes in my thoughts, feelings, and reactions. I’m so grateful to hear that my son sees this, and amazed that he sees it more clearly than I!
So, Haanel concludes the paragraph with which he introduces part 8 with this statement: It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing, not even the “bad,” because hatred is destructive, and we shall soon find that by entertaining destructive thoughts we are sowing the “wind” and in return shall reap the “whirlwind.”