I got an email yesterday evening from someone telling me that my website had been hacked. Sure enough, I checked it out and there was a very scary looking image flashing on my screen. The first feeling that I had, when I saw the screen, was fear, rapidly followed by the questions, “How could this happen? and “How can I fix it NOW?!” But then I said, “Well, I must need this. Show me the wisdom.” and I took a deep breath.
Before going to bed, I wondered why anyone would do something like hack someone’s website. What were they trying to accomplish by “on purpose” throwing a wrench into the works of another? But as I thought more about it, I could see such an interesting parallel with my own thinking (and I dare say with most of ours) when we let our minds scare the ____ out of us.
There doesn’t need to be any reason at all to think, “I’m not good enough.” or “I’m not going to have enough money next month, or next year, or in 5 years.” or “I’m not feeling good. I wonder if I have cancer or some horrible incurable disease?” or “I’m never going to change. I’ve tried for years and I’m no better than I was 10 years ago.”
These questions are just like my hacker “friend”…maybe worse. At least the hacker is obvious. If I took action with my own lousy thinking as quickly as I got help for this website problem, I would experience perpetual harmony.
Watching our thoughts and refusing to entertain ones that feel bad, is a life-changing step toward inner peace.
“In the chemistry of the future, thought will be recognized as substance even as the acids, oxides and all other chemicals are today. Our unseen and unspoken thought is ever flowing from us, an element and force as real as the stream of water…If you send from you in thought the elements of worry, fret, hatred or grief, you are putting in action forces that are injurious to mind and body.” from Thought Currents, by Prentice Mulford (published in 1889)