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Power of Thought to Manifest Change

 We have established (in earlier articles) how a person draws their actual life and soul in the direction of their thoughts. In both thought and actuality, happy thoughts will make for a happy person because thoughts lead to physical happiness and because happiness exists in the mind. This person, deep down, becomes a happy fellow.

In the following few chapters, I will share another concept in mysticism: your thoughts can alter world events!

The first reason your thoughts modify the world is that thoughts will lead you to act in alignment with what you are thinking about.

There is a second, more powerful way thoughts will influence the world. Thoughts are on a higher realm, not limited by space and time; this powerful energy can influence and alter the world’s more finite and limited physicality.

Our thoughts are so powerful because “God above is our shadow”; he mimics our actions, so to speak. God deals with us in the exact manner we put out our energy. When a person is in a state of joy and happiness, God deals with us in joy, happiness, and abundance.

Because God empowered each person to be his partner in creation, he has given us this tremendous ability. God, the source of all energy, gives us significant consideration; and how God deals with us is activated and triggered by what we do and how we do it.

When a person senses trouble coming his way, the Bible says, “Do not be afraid. Trust in God’s salvation.” Trust is the ultimate tool in dealing with challenges.

But trust is not only faith in God’s ability to do well and save you from the situation you are in; trust is much more powerful, more intense. Trust is like having money in a trust fund. You feel secure; you know you have nothing to worry about financially because the money is there, and you are not lacking in anything. In the book Duties of the Heart, the author writes, “The quality of trust is [known by the] tranquility of the soul in the one who trusts. His heart feels secure and confident with no doubt, in the one he is trusting, that He will do good and what’s proper for him, in the matter that he is trusting.”

Once, a pious student of a mystical teacher, a Chassid, was told that his daughter had a very serious terminal illness. The doctors gave up on her. As is the custom among Chassidim, he wanted to go to his spiritual mentor for a blessing and advice. But the doctors said there were only hours left, so why bother? A good friend reminded this student of the statement of our sages: “A person should never desist from prayer,” and “To the last second, a person must never give up hope,” because miracles do happen. So, he decided to go with a friend. When he reached the Rabbi mystic, he started to cry, thinking maybe his daughter was already dead by this time. The mystic Rabbi said, “Don’t cry; think good, and it will be good. Don’t cry anymore; you will yet be at the bar mitzvah of her children.”

This story clearly illustrates how the way the student thought influenced his daughter’s health; thus, the way we think will affect the world around us. The psalmist says, “Those who trust in God, kindness will surround them,” even if otherwise they may not deserve good. How does that work? We will see in coming articles…

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About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" www.aspiritualsoulbook.com & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" www.maimonidesadvice.com. Rabbi Ezagui opened in 1987 the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the Island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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