All that we are is a result of all that we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
Of the thousands of aphorisms that I have collected, this one in particular has always been one of my top 10. There are hundreds of others that I have read which all stem from this one quotation.
I am not scholarly enough to tell you whether or not it all started here or whether this was a derivative from earlier great minds, but I can certainly show you so many of the brilliant interpretations of this one thought that have manifest since.
I think this is a result of how much this one concept appears based in truth.
Sometimes when I talk with people about philosophy, they look at me as if I am talking about something that is “woo woo,” which seems to be the catch basin for anything that appears to be a little too conceptual for the person with whom I am chatting.
So if you remove any spiritual layer of interpretation of this one basic tenet, you are left with one very simple question. How would it be possible to be anything that you have never thought of? Removing the answers to that question that stem from a response to an emergency or instantaneous moment that arises in any kind of act of God or similar, anything that you are becoming has to have started inside your mind.
Even if it came from an idea from a stimuli in media or in person, the element that made your world accelerate in that direction was unquestionably your mind, for what else could it possibly have been?
If you take that simple thought and come back to it with strategy, it just makes all the sense in the world to recognize that like any kind of a program, project, experience, etc. that all the necessary preproduction to make something magnificent is required.
With all the distractions that life brings, the necessity to allocate a proper time and respect for your mind and what you think has to be imperative, does it not?