The ruling state of a person’s mind is made up of various mental attitudes which the individual adopts toward things, events, and life in general. If their attitudes are broad in mind, optimistic in tone, and true to life, the predominant mental state will correspond and exhibit a highly constructive and progressive tendency. In alignment of what Jesus said in “John 10:10, I came to Bring Life and Life more abundantly. Almost all the forces of a person’s personality function through the conscious mind in one way or another, and as the daily mental and physical acts are largely controlled by the conscious mind, it is obvious that the leading mental state will determine the direction in which the actions of the individual are to proceed. The conscious mind feeds the subconscious which then directs and controls the behavior. If the ruling mental state is upward bound, that is, aspiring, harmonious, and positive, all his forces will be directed into constructive behavior, but if the state of mind is downward in tendency, that is, discordant and negative, then almost all the activity will be misdirected. It is evident, therefore, that of all the factors which regulate the life and experience of mankind, none perhaps exercise a greater influence than the ruling state of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is very powerful. Its job is to keep us in line with what we truly believe. Not necessarily with what we want, but what we believe . . . whatever is deep down in our “belief system.” Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . .” Coach Larry translation says, “What he believes is where he’ll end up” or “Whatever you believe you (inevitably) become.”
We are prone to believe more than what we see.The evidences of the senses are the only facts that some accept, but now more and more we realize it is what we believe that determines what we see. In other words, believing is seeing. More defeats and failures are due to mental blindness than to moral deviations. If one lived only by physical sight; his world would be very small. It is said of a bug that its world is only as large as the size of the leaf on which it lives, and many times it does not live long enough to consume the whole leaf.With mankind, if we lived according to the senses, the largest sense we possessed would be that of sight. Thus our whole world would extend only as far as we could see. Did you know that you don’t even see with your eyes! Your eyes are like a pair of windows; at the back of the window there is a reflector and this reflector, in turn, forms an image of what you see and sets up a wave current. This wave current follows along thin wires called nerves. This relays the image back to the brain. Here at the brain it is referred to the memory center. If the picture is a common one our memory accepts it readily, but if we are looking upon some new picture, some new scene, our memory does not recognize it, and then we must repeat the picture over and over many times until it makes a lasting impression. Therefore, we do not see with our eyes; we see with our mind. It is our power to think that determines our state of living. As one is able to think, he generates a power that travels far and near, and this power sets up a radiation which becomes individual as he determines it. Our thoughts affect our welfare, and often affect others we think of. The kind of thoughts we register on our memories or habitually think attracts the same kind of conditions. Prosperity and poverty are not two things; they are merely two sides of one and the same thing. They are but one power, rightly or wrongly used. We cannot think of plenty and then worry about the unfavorable conditions that may seem apparent. We think about plenty, and as we think of it, lack, its opposite, will become absorbed or disappear. All our thoughts must be directed to that one thing which we desire in order that our desire may be fulfilled. This is not manipulating two powers, not dealing with good and evil, right and wrong, prosperity and poverty, but as we follow the Laws of the universe the creator set in place and dwell upon that which is good we shall bring to pass all good things.
This article is dedicated to my late friend/Coach