Mastering my life, deciding on its direction, goes through concentrating all my power on what I want, and using power cuts whenever I am able to see that my thoughts drift where I do not want them to go.
I am so grateful to know about the law of growth! I consciously use it as much as I can. I regularly manage to let some bad thoughts atrophy, especially using the metaphor of the bear holding the kettle… a very good trick to apply the mental diet! I love the idea of the process of denial in Haanel‘s lesson 14: the idea that I am depriving bad circumstances from any power.
if you deny unsatisfactory conditions, you are withdrawing the creative power of your thought from these conditions. You are cutting them away at the root. You are sapping their vitality.
I thus sometimes manage to do the opposite of my previous habit, i.e. of what Haanel describes most people do:
Most persons concentrate intently upon unsatisfactory conditions, thereby giving the condition that measure of energy and vitality which is necessary in order to supply a vigorous growth.
But then I have this question about the following quote from George Mathew Adams:
Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.
To what extent should I be disciplined in the activities of my life? Example: should I avoid watching films that I love, but that might instill negative feelings in my mind, such as frustration or anger? Unless I misunderstood, Mark J said that he does not do anything else than what he put in his OATS. What a discipline of life! Or there is something I misunderstand here. Any reply, comment or explanation is welcome…