“As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.”
James Allan, As A Man Thinketh
October 13, 2020
How do you see yourself?
I’m not certain I have ever directly asked anybody that question. Perhaps, iterations of it, but not in that manner that I can recall.
As individuals, how we see ourselves is an important consideration, for our thoughts and habits pave our choices, therein echoing into the field of life itself.
If you see yourself as someone who is very capable and meets obstacles head on, you will act accordingly when obstacles arise. Conversely, if you see yourself as someone whose progress is always hindered by a speed bump, then the lightest of breezes might send you off kilter, just like a tornado would handle a leaf.
The above examples are extreme examples no doubt, but they serve to illustrate a point that is best brought about by the following quote by Henry Ford:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Which is different iteration of Shakespeare’s resounding:
“To be or not to be.”
Or Yoda’s famous words:
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
You either are, or you are not; your perception of yourself is one idea, or another – your perception of yourself can be positive and empowering, or negative and disempowering.
Your personal point of view, your mindset and perspective, all have many potentially reverberating effects, and tailor every step you take in life.
In fact, perceptions, or to put it differently, beliefs, as well as how your intention couples into the field of life, are constantly being shown to have powerful effects in the vibrational quantum field of life to the point that it can override and reprogram your genetics, as Bruce Lipton PhD covers extensively in The Biology of Belief. As such, the perspective that you hold isn’t something to be taken lightly as it affects individuals much more than they realize.
Therefore, the beliefs you hold should be a vanguard consideration every single day without question.
An individual can have a belief and perspective of possibilities to learn and grow from, or a perspective of obstacles that simply block their way; a perspective of can and will; or a perspective of can’t and won’t.
What perspective, what mindset you choose, is ultimately your choice. And no matter what your perspective is, what obstacles you are facing, the beauty of life is that you as an individual are always in control; your mindset is always a choice, and can change at any time therein having immensely compounding effects.
Now rewinding the clock a couple of decades, an incredibly fascinating take on individuals from an incredibly empowering perspective is carried out by the intellectual juggernaut in his own right, C.S. Lewis in his The Weight Of Glory.
In Weight of Glory, Lewis avers that:
“It is a serious thing to live a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of those overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life o fa gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”1
A fascinating take on individuals to boot.2
Lewis’ sentiment is a powerfully thundering echo from the past that resonates with the spirit of “I can and I will”.
Additionally, Lewis’ most salient point is that, “There are no ordinary people.”
That statement centers upon mindset and perspective. You – every single one of you – are not ordinary at all, and you should know that by default.
Each individual has the power to be who they wish to be, to change circumstances, to change their own life in any way, at any time.
The power to overcome obstacles stems from the choices an individual makes, which stems from the mindset an individual has, which stems from how you see yourself, which stems from the environment you subject yourself too and have historically. That it is why it is vital to make sure that the environment(s) that you expose yourself too, and the individuals around you have the highest integrity and the strongest type of mindsets. I’ve never taken those considerations more seriously in my life, and it’s having powerfully resounding effects for everything.
The journey you ultimately undertake will be mirror of the perspectives and beliefs you hold; the actions of your very essence personified, and have inherent power in their own right.
In fact, one thing history teaches us is that civilizations rise and fall often.
However, what I rarely see considered is the fact that the reason civilizations have risen over time, as they have over millennia, is due to mindset and perspective those civilizations employed. As such, given that civilizations are composed of individuals, civilization rises and falls with the individual and their inherent mindsets.3
That is the power of individuals acting upon the template of time, that is your inherent nature; to act, to be, to DO!
And if the beliefs that individuals have held throughout history, have been powerful enough to help civilizations rise, then what do you think your beliefs can do for you?
 Peter Kreeft Ph.D., Making Choices, pp. 217-218. Quoted from C.S. Lewis’ “The Weight Of Glory”.
 The previous passage by Lewis is a stark metaphorical dichotomy, but one that showcases the wide-angle lens through which individuals can and have been seen through history. The light cast by this passage allows for the grasping of things that cannot be seen behind the veil that history poses, by the very fact that there is only so much we can know about history, which doesn’t even take into account how much of it has been whitewashed. And yet, the analogies Lewis uses show possibilities as to why individuals chose to do what they did through the full breadth and scope in history, and why some individuals are incredibly exalted, while others pushed to the opposite of that spectrum. To put it differently, some individuals will seek to empower you, while others seek to disempower you, and Lewis’ take on it offers a fresh perspective.
 It goes without saying, individuals have, do, and will continue to change the course of history. How this plays out will be all due to the mindset employed. Of course, mindset and beliefs are not the only ingredients, but are an integral component that helps pave the course of history much more so than most realize. Therefore it’s vital for individuals to have strong mindsets and beliefs, as the action taken by each individual has a powerfully resounding effect, and it should be ruminated upon greatly.
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