The Power of Thought

Placebo, Laughter, Physical exercise

The Power of Thought

Dmitri Staicov
Professor Serguey Ivanov
RLG 200a New Age Spirituality
April 28, 2008


“Whatever a mind can conceive, it can achieve.” W. Clement Stone (1902-2002)

“Whether you think you can or think you
can’t, either way you are right.”
Henry Ford (1863-1947)

People have been exploring their thoughts for thousands of years. They were always curious about the structure of their brain and particularly about the concepts of how their mind works. Ancient Babylonians, one of the most thriving civilizations in the world’s history, had a tremendous success in not only discovering the power of human thought, but also in implementing it in every day life. In his book “The Richest Man in Babylon” George Samuel Clason used the Babylonians as an example of wisdom and entrepreneurship. Those of them who concentrated their thoughts on wealth were obtaining more and more wealth (for instance, the book’s character Arkad); those who focused only on poverty and debt were receiving even more poverty and debt (the book’s musician Kobbi and chariot builder Bansir). George Samuel Clason understood the secret of thoughts – “Like Attracts Like” – and used it as a guide to achieve financial prosperity. But if we can use our thoughts to accomplish wealth, why can’t we use them to in all other domains of life? If we look at the greatest people in history – Shakespeare, Plato, Emerson, Edison, Einstein, Lincoln – they all knew about this power and used it on permanent basis to achieve what they dreamed to achieve (Byrne, 2006). Philosophers and theologian leaders, in general, viewed human thoughts as something of non-material nature. However, physical laws state the opposite: thoughts, as a product of the physical brain activity, are also physical; they obey precise physical laws (Rajvanshi, 2004). Therefore, thoughts are not just fruits of our imagination. They really exist and,...
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