I was struck by the words of Eckhart Tolle this week; “What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” This is a principle I am beginning to get hold of in my own life perhaps as never before. This also coincides with Eric Butterworth’s well-known saying, “I am not what I think, I am thinking what I think.” The ability to separate what we think about a situation or circumstance from the Truth relating to it is an extraordinary gift of God. It works in situations we are facing and perhaps more importantly, it works in combating the “ugly twins” of fear and worry.
An ancient man was asked the secret of his longevity, he replied, “I avoid worry; most things folks worry about never happen anyhow.” Worry is more than an annoyance, worry can assist in a premature death. The great skill to develop that Tolle spoke of is what I like to call the “Spectator Perspective” when it comes to our individual lives. When you have a thought of fear about something or worry about what could happen that is negative, take the role of someone observing yourself. Say to yourself something like, “This is not what I am experiencing, it is a thought of something that COULD happen, but may never happen. It is not happening, so I set it aside as unproductive thinking.” This can be a dynamite tool for clearing your thought life of worry.
What if you are experiencing something negative right now? The same principle applies. “This is a negative circumstance, but I refuse to let fear thoughts dominate me. I look for the Wisdom of God that is within me to guide me through this, and I set aside the unproductive thinking.” Sounds simple I know, but it can be extremely helpful at whipping “stinking thinking”. As Tolle said, the real me, is the one who observes my consciousness and determines what thoughts have a right to be there. Remember Paul’s words, we have the ability to “cast down imaginations… and take every thought captive to the obedience of the Christ.” (II Cor. 10:5) You got this!!!