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Your Six Powerful Mental Faculties


There are six mental faculties that we have, and how we use them sets the course for our life. Bob Proctor
You can think of this post as outlining a workout at the gym for your mind. Its like the different muscle
groups in your body they all have different functions, but work together for your health. The difference
is that most people cant even define their mental faculties, much less know how to use or develop them.
This post should help.
As our quote from Bob says, using these powers correctly is the difference between having the life we
want, or not. So lets study them carefully. Five of the six faculties have different functions in the
conscious and subconscious mind, so well start with the only one that doesnt the power of will!
Will is a conscious mind function that we use to focus our attention. Many people have trouble because
they cant stay focused, and they bounce around from one thing to another, and never finish anything.
Are you easily distracted? Then utilize your will.
You may not be aware of how hard it is to stay focused, but theres a simple way to find out. Try a short
meditation exercise in which you focus your attention on a candle flame or a pool of water. Get relaxed
and see how long you can do it without your mind wandering.
The experienced meditators in our group are laughing already. They know only too well what happens.
You have 5 or 10 seconds of focus and the next thing you know youre wondering whats for dinner. You
can see it in your life, too, once you know where to look. Keep track of your attention on the next project
you have and see how you do.
Will, like all the powers, can be built up by exercise. Meditation is a very good practice to build your
power of focus. If youre unsure about how to learn that, theres lot of info online. Theres even a
Meditation for Dummies book, which, like most of the books in that series, is actually written by an
expert and is quite good.
During your day you can become aware of where your focus is. You use will to choose what to focus on,
and you use will to keep it there. The better you get at it, the more youll get done. Its well worth the
effort. Lack of focus ruins productivity, and success in anything depends on productivity, so the proper
use of will can mean a lot.
Nothings either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare
The next mental faculty to understand is the very important power of perception. Perception controls
what we become aware of in our
environment, and how we choose to see it. Perception has both conscious and subconscious mind
In the conscious mind we have choice. We can look at any person or situation and decide how we want to
see it good or bad, positive or negative. Obviously the choice we make has a big influence on how we
respond and how we feel about it. And Shakespeare was right our thinking makes it so.
Bob Proctor likes to refer to what he calls the Law of Polarity, which he illustrates by showing the duality
in most everything front/back, up/down, in/out, and especially good/bad. And thats the choice we

exercise with conscious perception to see the good or the bad in everything, because everything has
I sometimes have people argue with me on this, and theyll call up some tragedy and demand to know
how that was good. I point out that the good is not always in the thing itself, but what comes from it. I
use the example of a case where a young girl was killed by a drunken driver. Not good, in itself, at all. But
out of her mothers anguish and determination to save others, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
was formed, and they have saved many lives.
So we always have the choice of what to focus on. So choose wisely.
The subconscious function is one most people are completely unaware of. In the subconscious mind,
perception determines what we become aware of. Were flooded with billions of bits of information every
second, and we can only process a tiny fraction of them. So what determines what gets through?
There are two main criteria what agrees with our beliefs, and what our mind believes is important to us.
Thats all! Were more or less blind to everything else. Thats why most of us firmly believe that our beliefs
are true were blind to contradictory evidence.
Thats also why two people can have such different experiences of the same event. Were all running the
inputs through different filters and so what we perceive is different. You know the new car story. You
decide you want a particular car and suddenly you see them everywhere. They were always there, but
your filter didnt know they were important, so you were never aware of them.
Thats why having clear goals, using affirmations, writing gratitude lists
and things like that are so important, because they are programming your mind that those things are
important to you! Do you get it? If you dont program your mind, what you need can be right in front of
you and you wont see it!
So write your goals out, read them every day, use positive affirmations, do your gratitude lists. What you
focus on, youll get more of, and now you know why. Because youll see it! Thats the power of perception.
Put it to work for you.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some people just dont have any film. Anonymous
Did you ever feel like our quote says out of film? Lets see if we can figure out what to do. As youve
probably guessed, our third mental faculty is memory. Like perception, memory has a conscious and
subconscious aspect.
When we get new inputs of information, they get processed by the short term memory of the conscious
mind, and while theyre there, theyre easy to remember. Unfortunately, new information only stays in the
conscious mind for about 20 seconds just long enough for us to decide what to do about it. If we dont
convince the mind to save it in some way, after 20 seconds its gone! What was that guys name??
Two primary tests determine what goes into long term memory in the
subconscious. First very strong emotion, either good or bad! You likely still remember a few things from
your childhood, and every one
has some strong emotion attached to it.

I can still clearly remember being transferred and walking into a new 2nd grade classroom in the middle
of the school year and all the strange kids staring at me. My little 6 year old self wanted to curl up and
die! Still clear, after all these years, because of the strong emotion.
Many events with strong emotions pass from conscious memory but may still be there in the
subconscious. They can be the source of belief systems that control us unconsciously. Every event like that
contributed to our developing view of ourselves and the world around us, and is probably limiting us in
some way. So its worthwhile to take a look at them from that perspective.
The other test for storing information in memory is our whats important filter that we talked about in
the section on perception. Things that weve trained the mind to know as important tend to stick much
better in long term memory. Thats yet another reason to do written goals, affirmations and gratitude lists
as I said before. Were not only telling our mind what to notice, were telling it what to remember!
Almost all the memory training courses use some system for making names or information important or
memorable to get the mind to keep it accessible. By being clear about what you want, you can use these
same tricks to remember what you need to know. You have the power to remember everything that you
need to remember, if you know how the mind works and train it effectively.
You do have a photographic memory, if you dont run out of film! When you train your mind properly,
you wont.
It is a lesson which all history teaches wise persons, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances. Ralph
Waldo Emerson
Our next topic is about the mental faculty of reason and how to get the best use out of it. Reason is a small
part of our mind but its the part were most aware of and its what we usually mean when we say that
were thinking. Neuroscience has shown that the conscious mind only uses about 5% of the brain, and
some important parts of it dont develop until were in our early 20s. Thats why teenagers do dumb
things one of the last parts to develop has to do with understanding the consequences of choices!
Our faculty of reason works primarily in the conscious mind and its job is to analyze, compare, and
evaluate ideas. Its the primary way we choose and we use it in every choice we make. However, it also
has one other really important capability it can take all the information it has and stir it up and come up
with brand new ideas!
Thats important because as Emerson says in our quote, one good idea will beat your circumstances every
time! Thats your real spiritual power in life. Youre not limited by whats gone before, you can create
something new. You always have choice, and the power of reason to help you choose wisely.
Your subconscious mind cannot originate ideas, it can only take ideas passed to it from the conscious
mind and decide how to apply them. If its a big new idea that disrupts the balance between your beliefs
and life experience, the subconscious may object by making you uncomfortable. But if you persist, it HAS
to move into action with your new idea.
The history of the human race is the story of people with new ideas. Your life is the record of how well
you have worked with new ideas, or not. Every person you admire got to where they are by embracing a
new idea and the discomfort that goes with putting it into action.

If you have an idea that your reason faculty says, Hey, that looks good! but it makes you uncomfortable,
thats a good sign! Its just your subconscious objecting to change. The bigger the new idea, the more the
discomfort. Go right ahead with that new idea. Youll get used to it.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of
planning. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Our next faculty for study is one that we use naturally as children, but we get it trained out of us
sometimes by well meaning adults. That is the faculty of imagination. We get told to quit day dreaming
when were kids, and then we have to learn it all over again as adults.
Imagination is the way that we can test and experience our future and
our dreams. But you may not know the astounding discovery of modern science about imagination.
When we vividly imagine something with emotional intensity in our conscious mind, we impress it on
the subconscious mind and produce the same emotional and biochemical reactions in our body as the
actual experience!
Thats why almost every Olympic athlete uses imagination in their training program. They know that
when they visualize, they are getting virtually the same benefits as actually training, and by visualizing
they are doing every routine perfectly!
James Nesmith was a US pilot who became a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Only an average golfer, he
played detailed rounds of golf in his mind while imprisoned in a wire cage! Every day he chose a golf
course, decided what the weather and wind would be, visualized every detail. If he visualized hitting the
ball 200 yards, he took 200 steps in his mind to get to it for the next shot.
After he was freed, and got out of the hospital, he played his first real round of golf in a long time and
beat his previous average score by almost 20 strokes!
Thats the power of imagination, used correctly. The sensory detail is very important. But remember,
whenever you are imagining something, good or bad, that power is at work. Dont imagine what you
dont want. As the old Roman, Seneca, said in our quote, dreaming is a form of planning. Used correctly
to visualize what you want, its one of the most powerful tools you have to create your dreams. It trains
your mind in what to notice and what to remember, and its free! So put it to work.
What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow
that guidance directly and fearlessly. Shakti Gawain
Now we cover the sixth and last of our mental faculties the power of intuition. And its very powerful,
and very important. I know, some people say that men dont have intuition, they have hunches! But I
dont care what you call it, we all have it, and it works through both the conscious and subconscious
Remember that the conscious mind is verbal and the subconscious mind is emotional which means it
works with feelings instead of ideas. You know, the gut feeling that you sometimes have. So when your
conscious mind intuits something, youll get an idea, something that you can verbalize. Your
subconscious will give you a feeling about whether something is right or wrong.

Where does this information come from? Many people call it a spiritual power because it works on
information you dont consciously have. I prefer calling it a metaphysical power, which just means
beyond the physical and takes some of the woo-woo feeling out of it.
The leading edge topic in modern science today, as Ive written before, is that the fundamental substance
of the Universe is consciousness. We are each individual expressions of that consciousness. Intuition is
our connection to the Mother Ship of consciousness, which pretty much knows everything. Some people
call it God. You can if youd like. But its not woo-woo, its science.
What really matters is not what you call it, but learning to pay attention to it. For those people whove
ignored the whispers for many years, its hard to hear intuition. With practice its voice gets louder and
clearer. Its worth the effort to ask and to listen.
Will, perception, memory, reason, imagination and intuition. These are our mental faculties, and we
humans are the only species on this planet that have them all. With them you can build the life of your
dreams, or of your nightmares. So use them wisely.
Got any questions? Leave a comment below.
Chapter 4

Your Thoughts Are Very Powerful


When you are young you have a wonderful imagination. In your imagination you can create anything and
any situation. As you get older you lose this creative imagination. This is usually because the older people
that you look up to laugh at your imaginings or make fun of your creative ideas. You can, if you are still
young, decide to keep your vivid imagination and not let it deteriorate due to outside pressures. You can
cultivate a fertile imagination and increase your creativity to be used as you please. All the great inventors
of the world would have been nothing without the ability to imagine that their creations were possible.
People with inspiration receive their inspiration from their imagination.
If you are no longer young and have already lost most of your imagination then you may find that it is
difficult to regain what you have lost. However, it is not impossible and with some hard work you can
remove the blocks to your creative imagination. One short cut is to work with children. When they
imagine things, have them describe what they imagine in great detail and then try to see them in your
imagination as they are seeing them. This retrains the technique within you but the blocks that you have
put up in your past have to be found and pulled down.
Here is an example - You may have said to someone, "Imagine you could fly without wings." The
response was not the enthusiasm that you expected but ridicule as that person goes round everyone

saying, in a mocking voice that you had said, "Imagine you could fly without wings." To avoid ridicule in
the future you put up a block to your imagination. Instead of putting up the block it would have been
better if you had repeated an affirmation - more on this later.
If people did not ask these questions we would not be a "civilised race" today. Christopher Columbus
must have been ridiculed many times for saying that the world was a sphere and not a round plate as
everyone believed. Any time anyone attempts to ridicule your creativity/imagination smile at their lack of
imagination, say "Christopher Columbus" and walk away smiling at their misfortune not to have your
creative imagination.
These problems arise if what other people think of you matters more to you than what you think of
yourself. Unfortunately, most of us have been trained to value what others think of us and discouraged
from valuing our own opinions of ourselves. A parent may say to a child, "....what will people think of
you?" and a teacher may say, "Who do you think you are?" These questions can have a devastating effect
on a child's self esteem. This is termed programming and if this is what is programmed into a child's
mind then what comes out will be similarly disastrous to the person's self image for the rest of their life or
until the person examines how they have been programmed, keeps the good parts and throws away
anything that is useless or detrimental. You may think that you have not been programmed but you have.
Some of it will be good for you, some useless and some of it will be bad for you.
Everyone has an opinion upon their own level of creativity. Most adults do not feel that they are very
creative at all. Most of the rest underestimate their own creative abilities. The truth is that everyone is
creative but most people do not recognise what they see as their own creations.
Here is a technique to write a simple poem/song no matter how little creativity you think you have. This
is a very rough and ready method of writing but can prove to be a wonderful eye opener to someone who
thought that they could not write poetry or songs. This technique can be adapted to suit the individual. I
sometimes use an adaptation of this technique which I have specially designed for myself. Once you have
learned that you have the ability to be creative then you can start to regain your imagination. When you
realise how valuable your imagination is you will understand why losing it is so detrimental to you. You
may wish to ask your guides to help you. Here is a creative writing guide - by Henry Leo Bolduc
You may prefer to be creative in a different direction. Drawing can be an outlet for creativity and any
subject can be a vehicle for your art. Remember this golden rule and you will always be happy with your
drawings. "An artistic drawing is not supposed to be a photograph, but your interpretation of the subject."
Even if you are the only one who appreciates your drawings then that is fine because your appreciation is
just as important as anyone else's.
What do you enjoy doing? If you enjoy drawing then draw but if you cease to enjoy it then stop doing it
and move on to something else. You may say that even after all this you are just hopeless at drawing but
you would like something of your own to hang on your wall. I have an idea here which you may like.

Most people can doodle. By this I mean draw abstract shapes and symbols on a piece of paper. If you let
your mind think of something else while you are doodling then the doodles come straight from your
subconscious mind. Each one of these by itself may not be anything startling but if reduced on a
photocopier and stuck side by side on a piece of card the result is a piece of abstract modern art which
will give you hours of amusement. Below is an example of one of mine.

Because these doodles were inspired from your subconscious the symbolism has meaning for you. By
meditating on one part of the pattern by staring at it, you can possibly decode the meaning of the
Everyone can be creative and in fact everyone is creative. There are times when you like what you create
and times when you dislike what you create but you are still creating.
Another idea is to make ink blots and to use them as a nucleus upon which you can draw, paint etc. to
make an art form which is totally unique. They are unique because no two ink blots are ever exactly the
same. The method of making ink blots is simple.

Make a fold in a piece of paper.


On one side of the fold, or on the fold apply a little liquid ink.


Close the paper at the fold and open again. (You can leave closed until dry for a different texture).


Allow to dry.


Meditate on the blot and attempt to see what it represents to you.


Augment the blot with drawing, painting etc. until it clearly represents what you saw in the blot.

This can be a wonderful recreation for both adults and children. If you photocopy the blot before
augmenting it then many people can use the same blot and you will be amazed to find how many
different interpretations can be seen in the same blot.
You Can Change Your Life
It is your world that you perceive just as this is my world that I perceive. You can alter your world or any
aspect of your world if you really want to. In fact you are doing this all the time below the level of
consciousness. It is, however, more convincing and satisfying if you can make these alterations at the
conscious level. This is not impossible and there are various ways to do just that. What is true to you

determines how you perceive the world. The thoughts that you have, make you what you are. These
thoughts are very powerful and the more 'aware' you are the more powerful are your thoughts.
If you are unhappy with your life for one reason or another then you will probably be pleased to hear that
you can change your life in any way you desire. The quickest and most efficient way to do this is to
contact a consultant who will work with you to accomplish the changes you want. You can make these
changes yourself although it is not so easy. Here is the theory behind how it works. There are certain
phrases and sentences which when repeated regularly over a period of time alter your perception of the
subject of the phrase or sentence. These are called affirmations and usually their subject is yourself. They
are always positive and have the effect of supplying energy in a positive way to some aspect of your
world. An example is, "I AM POSITIVE." This phrase, if repeated sincerely at regular intervals will keep
your thoughts positive. If you have negative thoughts or feelings they can be removed with this
affirmation. Here is a list of some useful, general affirmations. Some affirmations are specific for self
healing. I will not list any of these but direct you to "Heal Your Body" by Louise L. Hay. This is an
excellent little book and has been used by thousands of people over the years.
I have been assuming that you know what you want to change in your life, the consequences of doing so,
what you want in place of what you have and that the time is right to make the changes. These are some
of the points that a consultant could work out for you. You still have to do most of the work. The
consultant directs you and keeps you advancing towards your goals. It is always helpful to have someone
else to encourage you and to give a second opinion as a check on your progress. If you combine your
energy with that of someone else then you have the power of about 4 people so results are also that much
quicker in manifesting. Consultants are usually very aware people and they are therefore more powerful
than you alone. The power that you can therefore use to make your changes is increased immensely when
you have the help of a consultant.
You can compose your own affirmations tailored to suit what you want to change in your life but
remember to keep them positive and not to include anything to do with illness, negativity etc. For
example, you would not say, "My cold is getting better." You would not even the mention the word "cold"
because that suggests that it is real and it is not, it is relative. Say instead, "My nose is becoming clear." or
"My breathing is becoming smooth and even." Use these no matter how much you are coughing and
believe what you perceive. At first this is difficult to do but when you have experienced even one success
you will know its power and your confidence will keep you positive and therefore even more powerful.
A friend of mine had a pain in her abdomen. She visited the doctor who sent her to the hospital for a
check up. She was told that she had cysts on her ovaries and that she should return in one month to see
how much they had grown with the view to an operation to remove them. She visited a spiritual
consultant and with help from the consultant and certain affirmations tailored to her needs the cysts
disappeared by the time she returned to the hospital one month later. She no longer required the
operation and she had removed the cause from within herself. This is only one of very many success
stories but there are also many people who, through lack of sincerity or through wasting their time in the

wrong direction have not succeeded. Very few authors tell you about the failures but there are many.
Most authors prefer to tell you only about the successes. My advice is to make sure you know what you
are doing. If you don't, then seek advice from someone who has been trained to help others in this way.
If your health is fine then you have no requirement to seek help in this direction. You may want to change
some other aspect of your life. If you want something, for example, see yourself having it, using it,
enjoying it. The clearer you can picture it in your mind, the sooner it will come to you. You will most often
have to actually work towards obtaining this thing but the more you want it the easier it will be to attain. I
will give you a silly example but one which is very useful and instructive. I was eating a Kit Kat chocolate
biscuit and I remembered an occasion in the past when I had eaten one which was solid chocolate. That
is, no biscuit inside. I thought about it longingly for quite a while and concluded with the thought that I
would like to get another one of these all chocolate Kit Kats. About two months later I bit into a Kit Kat
and found that it was all chocolate. I knew I had attracted this to myself and with the confidence of this
success fresh in my mind I decided to attract another one. Two weeks later I had another of these unusual
Kit Kats. That night I told a friend about it and she said that she had never had one like that so I said that
I would let her taste the next one. One week later I had another one and I did share it with her.
The above simple example not only shows that this works but also shows the reinforcing power of being
successful. These malformed biscuits are a rarity but they do exist. Many people never see one in their life
and so the chances against getting one, two months after wishing for one, are high. The odds against
getting a second one two weeks later are even higher and to get a third such biscuit one week after that
are astronomical. Many books have been written about the power of positive thinking and I am sure that
it had a lot to do with the above example. So no matter what you want to change in your life it is possible.
I have changed my physical appearance many times and even changed the colour of my hair without the
use of hair dyes or bleach. You can do the same but I would strongly recommend enlisting the help of a
spiritual consultant.
Are you, in your opinion, "over weight"? Do you have the ability to, 'look at a cream cake or chocolate bar
and put on a kilogram'? You are not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who have the
very same ability. To you it is an ability that you probably would rather not have and yet it is an ability
that many people would love to have. Thin people want to put on weight and fat people want to lose
weight. People with straight hair want curly hair and people with curly hair want straight hair. A spiritual
consultant could easily help you with your weight problem and if I can change my facial features then
you can learn to change your hair or any other attribute that you would like to change.
Soul Thoughts
Whatever you say, think, write, paint, draw etc. comes from a need within yourself for expression. You are
expressing, in a physical way, what you are feeling in your soul. I call these "Soul Thoughts". You are
actually 'one with the universe' and your soul is not separate from any other soul. You therefore have the
same soul thoughts as every other soul and you differ only in how you express these thoughts.

As you know I write poetry and songs and they are a way of expressing these soul thoughts. Each poem
or song has at least one underlying soul thought and each soul thought has an interpretation. It gets
complicated here because the interpretation that I have for a soul thought is true for me but need not
necessarily be true for you. There can be multiple interpretations which are true for different people.
There is also another useful attribute to these soul thoughts; for any one person the interpretations can
change according to circumstances. So one day you may get one interpretation and another day you may
get another interpretation.
"How do you use these soul thoughts?" you may ask. There are a few ways you can use them. You can use
them as an in depth form of divination, you can use them to uncover truths about yourself and they can
be used as affirmations. Here is a method that can be used to uncover truths about yourself.

Sit on a hard-backed chair with your eyes closed.


Relax and breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth.


Ask your guides for a number between 1 and 27.


Take the FIRST number that comes to mind.


Read the soul thought corresponding to that number


Ask your guides for a meaning which is true for you.


After about three minutes open your eyes and write down as much of the meaning as you can.
Try not to get the meaning from your intellect, try to take only what comes from your feelings.


Read aloud what you have written.

You can adapt this technique for divination by having a specific question in mind when you ask your
guides for a number. The interpretation that you finally get should supply an answer to your question.
There now follows a list of 27 soul thoughts. Some have a sample interpretation attached and some are
soul thoughts on their own. You could try writing poems or songs with these soul thoughts as the
underlying theme or you could think of them as you doodle or draw.

When you are used to meditating on these soul thoughts you may find it useful to meditate on them for
longer periods such as five, ten, fifteen minutes or more. They are a link with all other souls whether in
physical bodies or not. They allow you to think with higher souls because, in reality, there is no separation
between your soul and their's.
There is a lot more to these soul thoughts than at first meets the eye and the more you use them the more
attributes you will discover about them. On purpose, I have not disclosed all of their attributes. As you


advance spiritually you will discover them yourself. One thing I will add is that there are a lot more soul
thoughts than I have listed here and you can have fun discovering some for yourself and using them in
the same way as described here.
Problems In Your Life
Everyone has problems in their life and these problems are there for a purpose. Some are just small
problems which are easily solved, some are not so small and somewhat more difficult to solve and some
are huge problems that are seemingly impossible to solve. These extremely large problems are sometimes
big enough to make you want to move to another city or even another country. If you ever feel this way
then stop and think before you move.
Every problem you have has been put there by yourself, often subconsciously, but sometimes consciously.
Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are very powerful and they have an effect upon your life. There is
no such thing as an idle thought. They all have form on at least one level. Problems are there to offer you
the chance to learn about yourself and grow spiritually. A problem is there to teach you a lesson and once
you have learned the lesson you will no longer require the problem but until you do learn the lesson, the
problem will stay with you. If you move to another city or country then given enough time the same
problem, or one very similar, will appear as you create the situation by bringing all the elements of it
The best course of action is not to move but to stay where you are and sort out the problem where you
are. Try to distance yourself as much as possible, in your mind, from the problem by imagining the advice
that you would give to a very good friend who had this problem. When you have solved the problem you
will discover that you no longer need that problem and it will no longer be a recurring problem in your
life. In other words every problem in life bears a gift for you and all it takes to receive the gift is to solve
the problem.
When you realise just how powerful your thoughts are you will know that you can do whatever you want
to do. You will see that you have a wonderful creative ability which is far in excess of what you previously
thought possible. You will realise that any attribute that you dislike in yourself or your world can be
changed by your thoughts, desires and beliefs. Your use of soul thoughts can open up a whole universe
from within your self. Problems in your life are there to teach you something about yourself as this is how
you grow spiritually and your problems are created by you for this reason.
The Most Powerful Power of the Mind
by Serge Kahili King
The mind has many powers, but from my point of view the one that makes all the others effective is the
power to focus your thoughts. Focused thoughts are what make things happen.
Let me make that more clear. Thoughts don't make things happen. Focused thoughts are what make things


If it were just thoughts that made things happen life would be pure chaos. I know some people think it is
already, but they don't know what chaos is. Imagine the thoughts of about 6 billion people all becoming
reality at the same time. Now that would be chaos.
The fact is, everything related to human activity--agriculture, clothing, machinery, technology, games,
buildings, roads, even, unfortunately, war--is a result of focused thought. So, the first thing to know is that
focused thoughts are what make things happen. The second thing to know is how that really takes place.
You may heard me say many times that energy flows where attention goes. Focused thoughts focus
energy, and energy moves energy.
Here's an example of what I mean. When the wind moves across the ocean in one direction it makes
waves, and those waves move through the ocean till they reach land. When the waves reach land and they
are big enough and they continue long enough they change the land, actually change it physically.
Let's use another example. When the sun shines on water the water heats up, evaporates, rises into the
sky and becomes rain. When the rain reaches land it turns into rivers that change the land, enable the
plants and animals and humans to live, and can be used by humans to create other forms of energy.
To make sense of my examples, think of the wind or the sun as being focused thoughts, the water as being
emotional energy, and the action of the water upon the land as being due to the reaction of physical
energy to emotional energy. To put it very simply, thoughts generate mental waves that influence
emotional waves that influence physical waves that result in physical experience.
In terms of health, thoughts cause emotions that cause physical reactions that may result in health or
illness, depending on the degree of focus of the thoughts and the strength and duration of the emotions.
The physical reactions may be resistance causing stress that inhibits the natural healing process, or
relaxation and action that stimulates the healing process.
In terms of relationships, thoughts about other people may cause emotions of fear and anger or love and
compassion that may cause physical reactions of avoidance or violence or connection and and
You could examine any other area of human endeavor and see the same thing happening. People don't
take physical action until they are moved to do so by emotions that are generated by thoughts.
Now, the third thing to know about focused thought is that its power to make things happen is partly
dependent on the degree of focus and the duration of the focus.
The degree of focus--also called the clarity of the focus--simply means deciding clearly what you want.
Notice that I saiddeciding, not knowing. Many people claim that they don't know what they want. Part of
that is due to fear of making a mistake and part is due to expecting the knowing to come from outside of
themselves. The fear of making a mistake assumes a level of clairvoyance--knowing beforehand what an
outcome will be--that is extremely rare in the human race. Expecting the knowing to come from outside
of oneself is just a denial of one's own power. You have to choose what you want in order for it to work at


The duration of focus means sustained focus. That doesn't have to mean a focus that excludes any other
kind of focus. Remember, a wave, even a thought wave, has to have highs and lows to exist as a wave.
Wind moves in waves, as do physical objects, although we usually call that vibration. A sustained focus is
like an ocean swell that carries with it lots of other waves. Just watch an ocean swell or even surf and
you'll see all kinds of smaller waves on top of it. You can have a sustained focus on finishing a task or
achieving a goal and still take time to stretch your muscles, drink or eat something, or scratch an itch. A
sustained focus is one that isn't forgotten quickly. We can have a sustained focus on something like health,
wealth or happiness and still make time for work, play, creativity and lots of other things.
The most simple way to keep your focus going is to make the purpose of your focus very important. The
more important you make it, the longer you can keep the focus. And the way to make the purpose
important is to decide that it's important. If you decide to doubt its importance, you weaken the focus and
the effect of the focus. The clarity and duration of focused thought can be channeled by purposeful
words, like affirmation and directions, and by purposeful imagination of how you are going to do
something and what result you want to have.
Finally, the fourth thing that affects your focus is the level of energy that you add to it. Mental energy by
itself is not very strong. Random thoughts, disinterested thoughts, and even focused thoughts that don't
stir up emotions to some degree have little or no effect on the world unless they happen to coincide with
someone else's focused thoughts. The real power of focused thought comes from the amount of emotional
and physical energy it generates. However, there is a way to increase that even more.
Some people find this easy, and some find it very uncomfortable, but one way to do it is to purposely
amplify emotional and physical energy. You can use words and imagination to help you get excited and
strengthen your determination. You don't have to wait to get excited and determined. You can act excited
and determined until you feel more excited and determined. It dramatically increase the effectiveness of
your focused thoughts, but it only works if you are willing to do it. You can also amplify the physical
energy by putting your full attention on what you are doing while you are doing it and doing it with as
much skill as you can muster.
You don't have to use the most powerful power of the mind. It isn't a requirement. But it's there to help
you become more effective at anything you choose.
To put the whole thing into Hawaiian we could say:
'Upu ke ali'i, hana ka ukali
Continuous thought is the chief, action is the follower.