The Difference Between Thoughts and Beliefs
By Enoch Tan
One of the most important things to know about the mind and reality is the difference between thoughts and beliefs. The difference between a thought and a belief is that you may have thousands of thoughts going through your mind but none of them have any power except those that are beliefs. A belief is a thought that you make real, or accept as true. Choosing to make a thought real or not is a decision under the very power of the will.
Thought is first a conscious suggestion, then it becomes a subconscious memory, working day and night. This is what operates the law of attraction, because the laws of attraction and repulsion are entirely subconscious. Thoughts may be conscious to start with, but they are subconscious as soon as they are set in motion. Now suppose I did not say I was poor, but came into the world with an unconscious thought of poverty. So long as that thought operated, I would be poor. I might not have understood the Law, but it would have been working all the time.
The subconscious mind is the seat of emotion and the storehouse of memory, therefore memory is tied to emotion. Emotion is energy in motion. The more emotion a thought has, the more it is able to move things. Weak thoughts have little emotion. Strong thoughts have much emotion.
The things we create in our life tend to come from our subconscious beliefs rather than our conscious thinking. If we believe everything we think about is going to manifest in one form or another, we'll probably walk around terrified because most of us aren't thinking positive thoughts all the time. If we have the idea that whenever we think a thought, it will create our reality, then we will be afraid to even think of anything at all.
Emotion is energy in motion, therefore all activity is emotional. The subconscious mind as the seat of emotion is the operational aspect of the mind. All activity is carried out by the subconscious mind which is the creative faculty. The conscious mind only directs and instructs, therefore the subconscious mind always works in harmony with the conscious mind. The coming together of conscious and subconscious mind in order to create reality always involves the element of will and emotion.
A conscious thought only has effect as long as it is being consciously thought of. But when the thought is intensified with emotion until it generates enough momentum to continue flowing on its own and become perpetual. The thought becomes a memory and subconscious programming that runs the whole mind. Every true belief is not just conscious but subconscious and is tied to emotion. A belief is an emotionalized thought.
It is a fact that almost no one can maintain a conscious focus on anything for more than a few seconds. When you focus as fully as you possibly can on maintaining an image or thought in your mind, notice how long it takes before something else pops into your mind. If you're at least modestly observant and honest with yourself, it will almost certainly last only for a few seconds. The interruption comes from your subconscious mind because it is always in motion.
Thus, it's necessary to ensure that your subconscious mind maintains the focus on your target since your conscious mind simply can't do it. When you emotionalize the thought instead, the parts of the brain that excel at maintaining a focus which are the frontal lobes, are energized in a way that maintains the necessary subconscious focus. The result is that, subconsciously, you keep your eyes on the ball, on your target all of the time, even when you're sleeping.
No negative thought can ever manifest except you emotionalize the thought and accept it mentally. Refuse to entertain the suggestion of fear. Therefore no harm can come to you. The way to overcome fear is to mentally move to the opposite. When fear arises, there immediately comes with it a desire for something opposite to the thing feared. Place your attention immediately on the desired. Get absorbed and engrossed in your desire, knowing that the subjective always overturns the objective. Whatever you fear has its solution in the form of your desire. Love is desire. Focusing on your desire is the love that casts out fear.
The feeling of health produces health, the feeling of wealth produces wealth. Your know your vibration by your feeling. Feeling is conscious perception of emotion. An emotion can run without your conscious realization until you become aware of it. Thinking and emotion are symbiotic. If you think thoughts of health or wealth but do not really feel health or wealth, it means you are thinking but not really thinking. You may be thinking the same words but you re not thinking with the right frequency.
Faith is positive expectation. Faith is not knowing how you are you going to get there but you just know that you are going there! You expect to get there. It is knowing feeling that is strong. Fear is negative expectation. The thing you fear does not exist except as a thought in your mind. Thoughts are creative. Expect the good, mentally concentrate on the good, and know that your subconscious mind answers you always. It never fails.
Faith is an action. Your mental and physical actions produce vibration and feeling. When you act as if your desire were a reality, you are acting in faith. Your actions of faith will produce the subconscious feeling and vibration of your desire being a reality. Your subconscious mind is the intelligence of your body. When your bodily actions are of faith, the vibration and emotion of your subconscious mind will also be of faith.
Your imagination is your mental image in action. Your mental image is your faith. It is the evidence of things not seen and the substance of things hope for. Your mental image in action will translate into physical action of your desire coming to pass in the material world.
Your subconscious mind is your heart, the seat of emotion. Your heart's desire is your prayer. Prayer is intention. Prayer is making known to God what you want. To block your prayer is to hinder your intention with limiting beliefs. To open your prayer is to release your intention with liberating beliefs. God hears your prayer according to whether your belief blocks or opens your prayer to him. You have conflicting beliefs about something when your have conflicting emotions about it.
You receive your heart's desire or what you pray for with your faith. Focus on your heart's desire and then see or feel it happen in your mind. Let your physical actions be as though your desire is a reality. Delight yourself in the Lord by feeling the joy of being loved and blessed with his goodness. Detach from the result by committing your way unto him and trusting in him. This is how your desires come to pass. God answers your prayer according to your faith.
Your subconscious mind can only accept and work on affirmations that you find believable. That is why affirming that you have something, when you are not yet really able to believe it, will not work. The whole idea is to create the feeling of experiencing what you want. Therefore choose to use affirmations in the forms that can create those feelings in you. Refrain from using certain affirmations that you cannot really believe in until your understanding of metaphysical workings have progressed to a stage where you have the capacity to believe them.
Faith comes with understanding. Faith comes from hearing and understanding the word of God. Hear and understand. The key is to understand otherwise hearing is in vain. The understanding can be conscious or subconscious. The reason why people can be healed even with their lack of faith or disbelief is because they are put into a state where their conscious mind is bypassed and their disbelief is suspended momentarily so that the suggestions can fall into their subconscious mind and carry out its work.
Subliminal messaging and affirmations have to be designed in such a way that the subconscious can process easily. The word of God as the seed sown flourishes when it falls on good ground. The ground is your heart, the subconscious mind. When your subconscious mind understands the message it receives, it takes root and becomes set in motion. The thought becomes emotionalized, internalized and turns into a belief.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."—Carl Jung