emotions, but don’t make emotions the determining factor of a decision. The unbridled emotion has become our enemy.
Of course it isn’t smart to make a decision solely on them.
Identify the different views of the mountain when looking at a feeling.
Search for when you felt the same as now. Trace the feeling from one time of life to another. Visualizing the different times
you felt the same way creates inner strength and stability. This is covered under the headings, “The View of the Mountain,”
and “Types of Thought.” This is a very important concept, part of the package of ideas that allowed me to overcome
the emotional scars. I feel invigorated when I think about this concept.
3. Identify thoughts that influence thought
and view consciousness like gazing up to the night's sky. See consciousness in your minds eye and make note of the details.
Make sure you know why you think what you think, and feel what you feel.
4. Never judge a feeling based upon how good
or bad it feels, rather judge it upon how genuine it is. Never judge yourself based upon how you feel. An idea is always more
powerful than a feeling. In time, I got tired of good feelings and despised them more than sad feelings. Hanging out with
a dishonest friend is worse than no friend at all.
Remain diligent. I’m not saying to be paranoid about
thoughts, but try to keep an open mind and always consider other views. To be fixed on one way of thinking is a sure sign
that you may have to re-evaluate your position, both in terms of thoughts, and issues in the outer world.
assumptions. An assumption is like a visitor who moves into your house and tells you what to do. An assumption can dictate
your future and ruin your life. Assuming things will be a certain way and not examining to find out the actual facts is always
7. Nothing within can harm you, unless you let it. Analyze condemnation and find its source. Never condemn yourself
for a thought. Gain power over thoughts by discovering why they exist. I freed myself from thoughts by loving them.
can’t free yourself from a thought by avoiding it. Just like in #7, don’t avoid thoughts, but examine them.
anger like a tool, but don’t let anger use you. Anger is like fire; it can warm the house or burn it down. The careful
use of anger was one of the most powerful things I did. Don’t forget what was written about anger under the heading,
“The Metal Weight.” Without anger, I couldn’t have gotten far.
10.Keep the light burning and believe in yourself. Recall past
successes. To reach a worthwhile goal, whether it is in school, sports, the arts, or any facet of life, is to succeed in the
mind, and prove you've got what it takes to overcome emotional trauma.
11. Don't ignore the plate in front of you.
The vibrations from emotional trauma travel through the moment, the most powerful of all nows. To face the moment is to face
12. Look at
alternatives and choose the most advantages. In the outer world there are always different choices. In the mind, there are
always different ways of looking at the same thoughts. The more choices and the more ways that can be identified, the more
opportunity exists. Make the smartest choices and choose the best way of looking at things.
You’ll see in my journal that these ideas, as well as many others, were used to overcome Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder. As the inner world was changed, the outer world was improved. I overcame self hatred, and saw the world differently.
An influential person that promotes hatred is dangerous, and creates bad luck, misery, and bloodshed. The stronger in thought
we become, the weaker they’ll grow, for weeds can’t thrive under a healthy forest.
The Chain of Thought
The first impression is said to be the most important. If you want to impress someone, make a good
first impression: dress right, be courteous, listen etc… If there is a bad impression, the person will look for other
things they don’t like. If they don’t like your hair, they’ll look at your shoes and notice they’re
dirty, or notice one thing or the other regardless of its validity or value. The point is, they’ll look for other things
to criticize and may decide they don’t like you. The same thing happens in the mind with depression. People look for
reasons to be depressed, and choose to think about depressing things. There will always be a reason to justify feeling bad.
It’s important to examine depression to see if it’s due to a pattern of thought. If so, the depression can be
overcome by choosing to think differently. When I was fighting P.T.S.D., I was fortunate to think one of the greatest thoughts
I’ve ever thought. I noticed that the feelings formed a horrible mental picture, and this picture was like an immovable
object; to deal with the picture was to look for trouble, for dealing with the picture was like falling off a cliff. Above,
I discussed acknowledging emotions, and identifying the mental picture created; here, something different was happening. My
mind was creating pictures without me knowing it! I only later noticed. I wrote on July 21, 1976, at the age of eighteen:
“This thing I’m suffering from seems to detach from thought
and live on its own. It becomes a mental picture! A picture of what my thoughts projected. Once the picture detaches, I can’t
get rid of it. No amount of positive thinking or good thoughts can counteract these powerful mind-controlling pictures. This
explains why I suffer days of depression even when I’m trying to feel better. It seems easier to defeat these pictures
by leaving them alone and not dealing with them. Instead, create a more favorable picture adjacent to the unfavorable picture
and concentrate upon it.”
Although I didn’t know the thoughts that created
the depression, I reasoned I’d take control and create a new picture with conscious thoughts—thoughts I controlled—thoughts
more favorable, more optimistic and positive! Having faith in Christ, I created another picture adjacent to the depressing
picture, and concentrated upon the new image! This is like overlooking the first impression, and giving someone a second chance!
This is changing the thought pattern from looking at depressing things, to looking at optimistic things. This is breaking
Choosing to see depressing things leads to depression and worse. So how
do we guard ourselves from falling into a dangerous thought pattern? As stated previously:
“It’s your spiritual duty to diligently observe
thoughts and seek improvement. The pursuit of inner improvement isn’t a luxury, but a necessity…Correct
thinking must be exercised like muscles—correct thinking is every bit as important, even more important, than physical
exercise. You go to the gym and work out, well, you also must work out inside your mind!”
Thought is like physical motion. Both the way we move our bodies and the way we think our thoughts
become habitual. Correct thinking is learned the same way sprinting is learned, a golf swing, or physical posture.
Dangerous thinking is learned by forming bad habits. When thoughts get out of form, we must adjust thoughts like the golfer
adjusts the swing, the sprinter perfects his style, and the person stands straight. We must examine thoughts, and form new,
beneficial habits. This is our duty as a member of God’s community, for we were created to think correctly, and to deviate
is to move away from God.