The 5 Rules of Thought

Book         The 5 Rules of ThoughtAuthor       Mary T Browne

Publisher   Artria Books, 2008

Rating       4 Stars


You can only accomplish things in your life by thinking and speaking in harmony.

Mary T Browne provides a succinct and readable text that covers the power of thought and how to use the power of your mind to get what you want.  She begins by defining what a thought is and states that a thought is vibration, a force and energy; a creative power.  Her premise is that we are what we think about.  Every aspect of life is generated by thought so that our current results are generated by previous thoughts we have had.

What you think about you bring about.

When you focus your thought it gives thought power and you can then be, do and have anything you desire; you can have abundance, save your marriage, change your body, or just feel happy by using the power of your mind.  If you are not happy or satisfied with where you are at in any area in your life then you need to change the thoughts you are thinking in that area.

To achieve results, thought requires an “intermediary”.  This intermediary is taking action. Taking action requires emotion – you need either enough pain or enough pleasure as a trigger to want to take action.  Once we take action things change.

This book moves beyond the strategies of positive thinking and creative visualisation to an understanding how to transform your life by changing the way you think.

The five rules of thought are:

  1. You must decide what you want
  • Be exact and clear.
  • Focus only on one thing at a time because your conscious mind can only think of one thing at a time.
  • Focused thinking halts chaotic thinking.

2.  See it done

  • We need to focus our mind on the completed goal, not on the individual steps leading to it.
  • We need to know clearly where we are going before we need to know how to get there.
  • Use creative visualisation to create a clear vision of your end goal.

3. Don’t vacillate

  • Don’t waver – commit and stay focused.
  • Remove doubt and limiting beliefs that can be holding you back.
  • Remain steadfast to your end goal.
  • Back yourself.
  • Run thought neural pathways of harmony, happiness, health, love and good fortune.

4. Have faith

  • Faith is belief.  We live our lives based in faith – we breathe, believe in gravity and time, have faith in professionals such as doctors, lawyers, dentists.  We have faith that certain foods are good for us.
  • Faith gives us confidence and focus, and strengthens our will.  It helps us relax and trust, and leads us to expect results.
  • When we have faith that we can do something, we find a way to do it.  We believe we will succeed.
  • Faith produces superior imagination which helps us come up with ideas to make things happen.
  • Concentration and focus strengthen faith which helps us take action and increases our confidence in success.
  • Absolute belief that something will happen focuses our will on the attainment of the goal.

5.Persistence reaps results

  • Persistence builds strength around our thoughts.
  • It means not giving up no matter what.
  • It sustains us after the initial excitement to ensure we achieve our end result.
  • Successful people keep going – they do what unsuccessful people are not prepared to do.
  • Persistence of the thinker gives the thought energy.
  • Energy creates results.

 When we think one thing and say another, conflict arises

 Our thoughts need to be congruent with our values and our actions otherwise it causes stress and runs conflicting neural pathways that negate each other and so we don’t achieve what we want, but rather we achieve what we are thinking about which can be what we don’t want.

This is an easy to read and very practical text on how to use your mind and manage your thoughts to optimise outcomes.  It is written from a “new age spiritual” perspective so if this is not your paradigm you may need to read around these parts.  The book is filled with lots of practical exercises to enable you to develop the skills in managing and developing thoughts at will truly serve you.

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