I’d like to examine paragraph 24 from this week’s lesson material, focusing on thought:
24. Thought is the vital force or energy which is being developed and which has produced such startling results in the last half century as to bring about a world which would be absolutely inconceivable to a man existing only 50 or 25 years ago. If such results have been secured by organizing these mental powerhouses in 50 years, what may not be expected in another 50 years?
Many things came into play to bring about the physical changes we have seen in our world over the last 25-50 years, but this book was written nearly 100 years ago, and the statement was just as true then as it is today.
Most of you reading this can remember a world without cell phones or Twitter or Facebook or the internet, but you have to think hard about how we managed to do the things we did. Despite all that, each material thing in the world today originated with a thought. Someone had to first imagine the item and then puzzle out how to create the physical item.
So, the key to everything lies in the power of thought. Anyone from any economic situation can think. The introduction to this lesson opens by saying,
Fear is a powerful form of thought. It paralyzes the nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of the blood. This, in turn, paralyzes the muscular system, so that fear affects the entire being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular. Of course, the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power.
If the key to everything is the power of thought, use thought to overcome fear. Use thought to focus on the power of good. The power of truth. The power of positive in our world. Collectively, with our thoughts and the actions that result from them, we can each be a positive force for a positive world.