The title of this blog can be read in a couple of ways – Thought-Forms Matter, meaning the thoughts, beliefs and imaginings of the mind are important because they have an impact on how we experience our life. These expressions of the mind create a vibration in our physical, spiritual and energetic body. For example, when remembering an experience that brought great joy, your blood pressure drops, your muscles relax and your outlook on the world is generally colored with warm feelings generated by those rosy contemplations. On the other hand, when we recall a traumatic event, an injury to our body or ego, this sends our physical state in the completely opposite direction—blood pressure rises, tension develops in our neck and shoulders; quickly our body moves from a contented state to a fight-or-flight state. Post-traumatic-stress syndrome is an extreme example of the way that remembered experiences impact our existence. In this way, thoughts are the critical element to how we create, understand and experience the world.
This expression also means, “Thought Forms Matter”, meaning our thoughts create objects and experiences in the physical world. The way our reality is constructed first came about through thoughts in people’s heads. Architects imagine a building before its construction; goal setting, and image boards are all examples of how we must first see it in our mind’s eye before it can be made real before our eyes. Thoughts are powerful because they literally generate the world in which we live; therefore, choose your thoughts carefully.
The movie The Secret explains that the path to manifesting is simply to imagine your desires, affirm them regularly, and they will appear. What the movie neglects to say is that all of your thoughts, sublime beliefs, and nagging anxieties to which you give your attention, create the reality in which you live. For example, on one hand you may attempt to manifest more money. You create the thought form of abundance, you affirm this thought form throughout your day, maybe you even create an image board decorated with photos of what abundance means to you. Accordingly, this ought to bring abundance wrapped in a pretty bow to rest upon your doorstep. Unfortunately, at the same time you are creating the new thought form of abundance, old thought forms of lack and scarcity from childhood still reside within you preventing abundance from manifesting. These ways of thinking or belief systems can be subtle but will block successful manifesting.
Another stumbling block to the way that our thoughts are expressed are our words choices. Think of words as the colors you use to paint your life. If your intention is to paint a romantic sunset over the ocean, you’re not going to use a lot of brown and black colors, right? In that same vein, if you want to create prosperity in your life, you wouldn’t use words that signify poverty. The most common way that we do this is by using the word “want”, which actually means ‘lacking’. The Benjamin Franklin proverb depicts it perfectly:
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
Hold this in your mind the next time you attempt to manifest something because the vibration created by wanting is very low. It is one of scarcity and privation. So, when one states to the Universe, “I want more money”, the Universe believes you and supports you in this state of lack. A more powerful way to affirm abundance would be to express the gratitude for what already exists and from that point of gratitude, imagine what more abundance or prosperity looks like (a new house, car, job). Use your thoughts to paint a powerful picture of the world to which you aspire. From there, while holding the vibration of gratitude, describe those thoughts with words that support what you are trying to create. For example, “I am deeply grateful for all I have in my life and grateful for the ways that success and prosperity continue to grow.” Keep in mind that you can repeat this mantra a thousand times but if you are countering the positive affirmations with envy, want, or lack you are creating an internal battle you are destined to lose.
Thoughts form matter and thought-forms matter are inextricably intertwined. Your thoughts create a vibration in your physical body and that vibration is key to the physical creation of your reality. The most effective way to quickly change or enhance your vibration is to slow your mind, find authentic gratitude for your current experience and, from that place of gratitude, imagine and then give words (chosen wisely) to how you see your life unfolding.