Very recently one of my readers brought up the challenging question, Are thoughts things, really? He was debating if thoughts were really things and why he was not really buying into this concept.
I love it when someone asks a question or presents a challenge because it gives me the perfect food for thoughts for a post. So, today I am going to try to answer the question for you. Do thoughts can become things?
What are Thoughts in a Physical Sense?
Are thoughts real and can we truly see a thought? Well, if you had asked this question 200 years ago, people would have looked at you like you’re crazy. Today, however, it’s a whole different game; not only we understand thoughts better, but we are able to see them through brain waves. So, if you ever had any doubts that thoughts are physically real, just watch a video that shows you someone’s brain waves related to their thoughts.
For example, it has been shown that an athlete who is reliving his moves in his head is provoking the same brain waves as when he actually makes those moves physically.
So, there is no doubt that a thought can been “seen”, if not with the naked eye, through our brain waves. As a matter of fact, scientists are now working on creating devices that can be controlled with the brain (thoughts) to allow someone who is physically handicapped. Yes, that is real and that’s coming.
Our thoughts are very real indeed, and we are only touching the surface as far as understanding and using them to control physical objects.
Do your Thoughts Affect your Life?
Do our thoughts affect our lives in anyway? Instead of giving you a simple yes or no let’s go deeper and see if our thoughts are affecting us at all.
When you look at people around you, you see people who look happy and healthy, you see people poor and miserable, you see people who have a strong personality and some who have a weak personality, etc. The list goes on.
Whatever it is that you see when you look at someone is first and foremost coming from what they “think” of themselves. To give you a simple and easy to understand example, a person with wealth doesn’t think about himself the same way as a person who is broke. Their brain waves, if you could see them, would be different, because the brain wave of a successful and positive thought is different than the brain waves of an anxious and negative one.
Their thoughts are different, their brain waves are different, and therefore, their demeanor and results are different. This means that your thoughts can and will affect your life in the end.
My Own Scary Little Story of Thought Becoming Real Instantly
It happened just six years ago and it was darn scary, but real.
Just a weak prior I had a very insignificant enough car accident. I just rear-ended another car. While no one was hurt and the car of the person I ran into was barely damaged, mine was and needed some repair. Since this accident happened at a very significant time period in my life, somehow, it shook me more than it should have.
Few days later I was picking up a rental car while my car was being repaired. It was the first time I was driving the rental car after I left the shop. I was approaching a red light while thinking, wow, wouldn’t it be bad if I had another accident with that car? As the stop light turned green, I made a right turn and then was preparing to make a left turn into a shopping center parking lot. All I can say is that I saw nothing, but I heard my car hitting something. Out of nowhere, at a speed of about 10 MPH since I was coming from a stop position in order to making a left turn into a parking lot, and looking right where I should have which was right ahead of me to make sure no traffic was coming my way, I hit a car which I had absolutely not seen before. I just heard boom!
This, my friends, I will never, ever forget it. This was one of the most drastic proofs to myself that thoughts are things. That day, I had absolutely no reason to hit that car, but few minutes before it happened I had a very strong thought that it would be quite terrible if I had another accident in that rental car. Well, I did.
This was from someone who had a life-long of excellent driving record with barely any incident at all. I had two car accidents in one week, and both my fault. I know that this happened because in both cases my thoughts were very negative. I was going so slow in both accidents that the cops who came to the scene never even gave me a single ticket. Not the speed, not the other driver, not anything, except my own thoughts created those car accidents. That is just a fact.
Why do I Know that my Negative Thought Provoked both Accidents?
During the first accidents a lot was going on in my head. I had lots of anxiety and a good doze of guilty feelings. I was a mess. I can still remember what I was thinking and feeling when I rear-ended that car.
For the second I was a mental wreck thinking and feeling how bad it would be to have another accident right now. About 30 seconds later I hit a car at 10 miles an hour which in any other circumstances I would have had plenty of time to see. Yet, I never saw it. Not even when I hit it. I remember hearing and feeling that I hit something, but I had no idea what it was. It was like a strange dream, but the thing is that it was real. It took me a few second to finally see what I had hit.
Can we Control of our Thoughts?
As Esther Hicks says it so well, we can’t control all of our thoughts, that’s impossible, but we can control our emotions and how we feel. Our feelings tell us pretty much where we are with our thoughts. If you feel bad, scared, nervous, anxious, angry or sad, it tells you that whatever you are thinking are negative thoughts.
Even if those negative thoughts are not going to create something as instant as it did in my case, it will not create anything positive either. In the end, those thoughts will create your surroundings, so watching such thoughts and correcting them as you go will definitely be worthwhile.
Are Thoughts Things?
Well, let’s recapitulate what we talked about in a nut shell.
- Thoughts can be seen and measured by the brain waves they create
- Thoughts can be used to create devices controlled by them
- Thoughts can create instant results or long time coming results, but they will create results
- A thought is most likely to create it’s equivalent outcome
- If you were to compare the brain waves of a positive and a negative thought you’d see that they are different.
According to such irrefutable proofs, I would say, thoughts are things. But what would you say? It’s you turn to tell the world what you think!
20 thoughts on “Do Thoughts Become Things?”
Wow, that’s fascinating and so true because I can’t tell you how many times I think “I’m going to trip over that step” and sure enough, I trip! In kid language it’s what we used to call putting a jinx on someone 🙂 Your story really resonates and believe me I’ve been there at times when you’re convinced it’s almost like the universe just put something in your way that wasn’t there before.
It happens like clockwork so I make sure that I work on redirecting my thoughts. Somehow we psych ourselves into believing something and making it happen. But if you don’t want those negative things to happen – to “trip” so to speak – it’s best to think of NOT tripping but of leaping right over that obstacle.
That was an interesting point about athlete’s brains. Kind of makes me want to start practicing reliving my best success moments!
I am always fascinated by the brain and how powerful it is and yet how little we know about how it works. You are what you believe you are. So it’s a good time to start believing some good things. Thanks for a great read and a really enjoyable topic.
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It always makes me feel so good that you seem to always like me posts. I think we just enjoy each other’s post 🙂
I see that you have experienced some of the same kind of stories I mentioned here. Just think you’re going to trip and you do, right? I know.
I think that it would be an excellent idea to relive your successes as a law of attraction exercise. All it can do is some good 🙂
I don’t know if thoughts are technically things, but I truly believe that Thoughts are behind every action, and if you can change your thoughts you can change your actions. When you consider the ramifications of this, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination or… YOUR THOUGHTS!
There are so many great books on this subject, like the Power of the Subconscious Mind. I forget the author, but it’s a classic in this area.
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Oh yes, the Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. I’ve read this book 3 times. It’s a great book.
Well, that’s exactly right, your thoughts are behind your actions and your actions are behind your results. Therefore, thoughts are becoming things. Of course we can also use our thoughts to imagine what ever we may want.
Thanks for your feedbacks, Bob 🙂
What a story! I know that feeling very well. I do believe thoughts are things. Years ago, when I had absolutely no control of the “psychic” part of me my bioelectromagnetics used to blow out lights. Really… I remember my mom running around the house unplugging things if I was angry. It only happened when I was angry. But then I understood what it was all about. Now if I can knock out an appliance with extreme negative thoughts that is proof enough for me.
I see it time and time again with people I work with. They can be thinking poorly of themselves, and then nothing but negative stuff happens to them. But, on the other hand, those people who do understand thinking positively, understanding their emotions and how to deal with them, seem to attract the positive.
Yes thoughts are things that is why my Psychic business is called Mind over Matter. he he
Thanks for this wonderful post.
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I couldn’t stop smiling about the light bulbs lighting up with your energy alone, but when you understand energy as you and me do, it makes sense, doesn’t it? I was imagining your mother going around the house unplugging the lights, ahahah, how funny!
You certainly have a lot of forces in you, my dear, and I am glad that you have now total control over all that.
Thanks for such interesting feedbacks, Donna.
Such an interesting article, it is really new for me to analyze the thoughts from this view. Thanks for sharing this fascinating text!
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Hi Katrin and welcome to my blog,
Glad you liked the post and hope to see you again soon. I post on this blog every Wednesday.
Thanks for your feedbacks 🙂
I totally 100% believe that what we think about, we bring about.
I’ve had so many instances just like you shared here of when I was having negative thoughts and terrible things transpired. I know I brought them upon myself although consciously I wasn’t thinking that at all.
I love the example you gave us about your car accident and I’m so sorry that happened to you. I’ve been there and done that myself. I was hit 3 times in a period of 6 weeks but none of them were my fault. After the first one though I kept thinking why don’t people pay attention and it happened again and again. My poor car was hit in the exact same place each time too!
I also know Sylviane that when you think happy thoughts and you put feelings to those that wonderful things will transpire. I live that everyday and I have such a blessed life.
Wonderful post, thank you so much.
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I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I know that you know quite a bit about this positive/negative thought business and I also know that you’ve pretty much have got it all together and are now seeing wonderful results.
Keep up the good work, Adrienne.
thanks for sharing this. Chances are I am the reader who brought up that question, or am I mistaken ?
Anyway, there’s no doubt in my mind that thoughts can be kind of measured because they create electromagnetic waves. The question is though what we gain by measuring them and proving to ourselves that they exist.
It’s impossible to tell the exact reason of your second car accident. Probably you just didn’t focus on the traffic because of a thought you thought – you could have thought of preparing your dinner and still have had this accident.
Of course, I am not saying that this specific thought didn’t cause this accident, I can’t tell that either.
So, if we can’t tell the true cause, why even bother about our thoughts being the cause of anything ? It invites our mind (the monkeys) to make wild speculations and assumptions.
I came to the conclusion that thoughts are something, they’re pointers to our emotions and even our cell memories that are stored in the cells of our physical body.
But I stopped believing that they are things creating their physical equivalent. And that lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders. I stopped any effort trying to control my thoughts and found a way to dive into my deepest and also darkest of emotions. It seemed to me that the thoughts kind of protected the treasures I found there.
If I had given “my” thoughts any relevance or tried to deal with them on the superficial level of my mind, conscious mind or subconscious mind, I would have never found these treasures.
Ah, Oliver, Yes, yes, yes, you were the reader in question. You are my toughest reader on this blog 🙂 but I love you for it 🙂
Well, about my car accidents, yes, I do know what provoke them, especially the second one. I had the “thought” of having an accident and I did. This is only one tiny example of all the proofs that I have and all the people who post a comment on this post have that thoughts do conduct to events.
It seems that for some reasons the thought of “thoughts” having an influence on your life is bothering you because you may be fearful of “thinking the wrong thing” so to speak, or something of that matter. And by stopping this belief you feel relieved.
In any case, just think of it this way… you can only be thinking two ways, one is positive and the other is negative, if you catch yourself thinking either way, just observe, almost as an outsider, what happens… If you do, let me know what happens 🙂
Thanks for you feedbacks, Oliver 🙂
Very, very interesting post! I believe in thoughts becoming things. Something similar as to what happened to you, happened to me a couple of times. Just one example:
Before I met my husband and when I was still living in Germany I was dating a French guy down in Haute Savoie. I wanted to go see him but couldn’t get any time off, so I told my boss that he had an accident and I needed to go see him. Of course that was a fib and I wasn’t a good fibber so my boss didn’t believe me and I didn’t get to go. But not 3 days later I got a letter from my boyfriend that he had an accident. It was nothing serious, but I thought that was kind of odd.
They say be careful what you wish for. Of course I did not wish this, but you could also rephrase it into …be careful what you think!
So do thoughts become things? Yes, I believe so.
Thanks for sharing your great examples!
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So, you dated a French guy huh? I almost always forget that you are from Germany. Do you get to speak German with Oliver Tausand who just left a comment right above you?
So, enough jokes, back to our serious post 🙂 Wow, the universe can throw incredible messages at us, doesn’t it?
My coaching training tells me that there is little room for what people call coincidences, and I tend to believe that you’ve “create” this accident. I certainly don’t mean that you did it in purpose or anything like that, but we create every minute of the day unintentionally. This is why so many people don’t understand what’s going on into their lives and around them.
However, I see that you do and thank you for sharing this story with us, Ilka.
Facilitative share .
Thanks for sharing this.Very very interesting post. What a story i am felling this very well.
I don’t think that thought can change the things but Your thing can change by your action. We think them, than we can brought them.The law of attraction works.
I am glad that you do believe in the law of attraction and knows that it does work, because it sure does either we believe it or not.
Thoughts, however, can and do change things. All the time.
Thanks for your visit and for leaving your feedbacks with us.
Many thanks for sharing your personal story. Our thoughts are so important as everything starts with a thought . Like everything in life they can be good or bad . I really think the idea of training to make them as positive as possible is a really good idea.
Take care Rosemary
From my experience thoughts can become things and this is what we do when consciously in order to manifest what we want we visualize ourselves in the 1st, second and third position once our goal is met and after our goal is met.
Knowing this I remember I used to play with providence thinking of the worse case scenarios and wonder who knows if I will manifest it?
Because I have experimented with manifestation what has helped me once I have a negative thought crossing my mind I have learned to say immediately cancel- cancel it now and replace it by the best for me now!
This neutralizes the effects of having our thoughts becoming things and teaches our brains to be alert of what we visualize;)
Sylviane: I definitely believe thoughts are “things.” Neuroscience can now prove it with advances in medical technology. Prior to these advances, many people knew this truth without viewing “solid medical data.” Think about downhill skiers who “visualize” their moves prior to a race…Olympic skaters who visualize the complex jumps & spins prior to skating their program. They are using the power of thought to train their body & create “muscle memory.” Military pilots & Navy SEALS utilize visualization as well. Who says visualization is strictly for athletes, pilots or SEALS? Everyone can harness the power of visualization to achieve personal & professional success!
Yet another interesting post! At the start of your post, I thought that the question “Do thoughts become things?” is quite a somewhat crazy question if you ask me, but after reading your post, I agree with you that our thoughts can become “things” (or from what I understand – “real”).
I also had a certain experience when I was a child. I love reading books actually (even if it was not yet suited for a 7-year-old to read), and when I came across a book about “human diseases” (I do not really recall the exact title of the book, but I think it was from the microbiology category), some of the so-called illnesses or diseases I read there, I got it within that month! I was afraid what I read from that book became real and it affected my body, so I stopped reading for a few months. You might think it’s crazy, but to me it was really scary.
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