“The wisest man who ever lived in the United States of America, some people say, was Ralph Waldo Emerson. And he said, ‘A man is what he thinks about all day long.’
“And the wisest of all Books declares, ‘As a man thinketh in his heart (i.e., as a man thinketh in his subconscious mind), so is he.’” Norman Vincent Peale, A Guide to Confident Living
We know intuitively that what we think about all day long, what we dwell on, is likely to become a fact in our lives. We knew this before we ever heard of the law of attraction, for we had heard of self-fulfilling prophecies, a staple of psychology, out in the popular press.
This means that when we are obsessing about something that is troubling us, we need immediately to turn it over to our higher Self, or God, or whatever we presume to be beyond us in living our lives. And we all know that we are not all there is in the universe.
Norman Vincent Peale equates the “heart,” as feeling, with the subconscious mind. This is insightful understanding from him. Our heart tells our mind what to do and say, and if our heart is troubled, we need to rest in a higher Power for consolation. If we focus on what is troubling us, not only will the problem not be solved, but we will get ever more tangled up from the very fact of obsessing about it.
The solution is always right there with the problem. We just have to get out of the way so that we can see it. And that is how mysteriously we are taken to a higher place when we relinquish the problem. Shifts in our thinking mean that we will not be focusing on what can harm us if continued as a train of thought. Shifts in our thinking mean that the subconscious mind and heart are living in consultation with each other—the way that it is supposed to be.