I've written previously about how I believe whatever circumstances we are now in is the result of something we have done ourselves. It's not the state's fault, our parents, God or wherever else we may wish to switch the blame. It's more about how we have acted, what we have done, said, thought and so on. What we give out we get back - we can't receive unless we have given - be that in a good or a bad way.
A dramatic example of our use of words, and what this can bring about, came to me out of the blue from a 1952 newspaper I was looking at yesterday. Here's what I read:
"MYSTERIOUS HEALING IS ODD COINCIDENCE
The odd case, with the names withheld was described by Dr JM Smellie of Liverpool in today's issue of the British Medical Journal.
Dr Smellie said the girl was crippled with arthritis and disfigured by a skin disease associated with it. Her devoted father tried all kinds of treatment, but she did not respond.
One day he set off on a motor trip with the girl and his wife. The car was wrecked and the father's arm torn off.
Before his wound had healed, the daughter's skin trouble and arthriris had vanished.
Dr Smellie offered two possible explanations - the cure might have been due to psychological factors or to cortisone liberated from the girl's adrenal glands by the shock of the accident.
In time of shock the adrenal glands situated near the kidneys pour out cortisone. This substance has come to the fore in recent years in the treatment of arthritis."
Though the doctor offers an explanation for the girl's cure the message given out by her father, of how he would give his right arm to cure his daughter, came about.
We have to be a bit careful about what we say repeatedly because, as I see it, the unconscious mind starts to believe that - whatever the statement is - to be what we desire in reality.
On a lighter note a woman who continuously said that things bugged her found her bedroom drawer full of bugs!
In the The Game of Life and How to Play It Florence Scovel-Shinn tells of a woman she knew 'who had a great deal of money, joked continually about 'getting ready for the poorhouse.' In a few years she was almost destitute, having impressed the subconscious mind with a picture of lack and limitation."
Maybe it therefore pays to be a little careful about what we say, think and do. It's not bad news though as, with the right words, images and deeds, we should be able to also create the life style we choose.