Thought vs. Chance
Have you ever played Russian roulette? If you have, then kudos to you for surviving. If not, don’t feel bad. Neither have I. Actually, I don’t believe the average person has, does, or ever will. Anyway, I’m sure you’re aware of the rules, right? Here’s how it works: You take a gun. Place one bullet in the revolver. Spin the cylinder. Close. Put the gun to your head (or wherever you choose) and pull the trigger. The object of the game is to see how many times you can do this without blowing your brains out. Whoever does blow their brains out, of course loses. Win or lose, you’re taking a chance (and a rather lethal one at that). But that’s what the game is about…taking chances, which is what I want to talk about.
The dictionary defines chance as “an accidental or unpredictable event”. It’s about not knowing the outcome to an event or situation and usually implies a certain level of risk. Taking a chance is like choosing a destination and then driving there blindfolded. You know where you want to go, but getting there will be mighty difficult. And because you can’t see, your chances of actually making it drop considerably. It’s not impossible…just less likely. Kind of like your chances of surviving a round of Russian roulette.
Now, playing Russian roulette and driving blindfolded are some rather extreme examples, but the basic principle still applies….and that is that either way you’re taking a chance with your life. This is the way many people approach living. They treat life like a game of chance and accept whatever happens to them. Come what may. When it comes to living, there are those who set goals but make no actual plans to achieve them. Then, there are those who set goals and pursue them with a “hope for the best while expecting the worst” attitude. And let’s not forget those who set no goals at all, believing that life is simply about being born, taking what comes at you, and then you die. Either way, the chances of these people achieving their goals are slim to none.
Is this you? Are you playing Russian roulette with your life? Are you driving blindfolded hoping to reach your destination? Are you leaving your life to chance? Do you pray for God to give you this and that yet have no clear vision of the ‘this’ or the ‘that’? Do you believe that God should already know what you want and/or need so you feel you don’t have to tell him or be clear about what you want? Being vague about your goals and desires will only bring you weak results. You take a chance when you’re not clear about what you want. There are plenty of men and women hoping and praying for God to send them a husband or wife, yet they have no clear idea of the type of person or relationship they want. They believe that God already knows what type of mate they want or should have. The problem with this is that they are not clear about what they want, so if that person ever does come along they won’t even recognize it, putting them in a position to accept what comes along as the possible answer to their prayers. Same thing happens with people who want the perfect job making more money, yet they don’t know what they want to do let alone put in the time and effort to actually look and prepare themselves for that perfect job. Instead, they spend their time and energy complaining about the job they do have which only serves to keep them in the same place. The cycle continues uninterrupted until something (YOU) changes.
When was the last time you took a chance on something? How did that work out for you? Did everything go as you hoped it would? Did you have any expectations? How did it feel? Were you nervous? Afraid? It’s normal to experience fear when stepping out into the unknown. It’s the uncertainty and not being able to see or control everything surrounding the situation that causes you to feel that way. But, you go for it anyway, right? There’s nothing wrong with that. By all means move forward. But when moving forward, do so in the spirit of knowing you will succeed rather than the attitude taking a chance.
Let’s be clear: Nothing happens by chance. There are no accidents. What we call accidents are really effects of causes unknown. Just because we don’t see the cause does not mean that there isn’t one. The Universe is governed by an Infinitely Intelligent Mind that keeps everything in perfect order just as it has always done. There is a definitely a cause for everything. It’s a universal truth. In The Kybalion, Hermes Trismegistus explains this truth as the Principle of Cause and Effect. The principle states that “Every cause has its effect and every effect has its cause.” Not only is this a scientific fact, but it is a spiritual one as well. Even Jesus taught “As you sow, so shall you reap.” and “As you give, so shall you receive.” All different ways of stating the one Principle of Cause and Effect.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.” Jesus was expressing a universal and simple truth…that thought is the cause that shapes our lives. Thought is both a cause and an effect. It is like fruit which houses the seed which houses the fruit…an unending cycle of creation. Thought is the energy force which connects the potential (what we can’t see yet) with the actual (what we can see) in order to manifest itself in the physical world (more on this later). Our thoughts are the bridge that connects us to the very thing we desire. In fact, our thoughts create the things we desire. Your thought governs your world. It is what got you where you are and what you have. And if it got you where you are, then it can get you where you want to go. All that’s required is that you learn to direct this power towards what you want instead of what you don’t want. When we understand this, we understand that we are responsible for everything that happens in our lives. Once we accept the Principle of Cause and Effect as a truth and work with it, then we begin to live life more confidently because we KNOW that things will work out. We will no longer leave things to chance, but will speak those things that are not as though they were. For example…
The year was 1995. I had just graduated from Central State University (OH) with my bachelors in Radio/TV Communications as well as completed a summer internship with a television station in Cincinnati. I had my degree and was ready to take on the world. But, I had no job prospects, no money, and no place to live. So, there was only one thing for me to do: go back home to Columbia (Louisiana) and figure out what I was going to do and how I was going to do it.
Going back home was hell. Hell, I tell you! I missed my college friends and plus, I felt like a failure because I had a college degree and was back in the country living with my mom. I really didn’t want to be there, but I had to try to find work so I could keep some money in my pocket. So, I tried applying for jobs in my field with the local television and radio stations. There weren’t very many in the area so the hunt didn’t take very long. I received rejection after rejection after rejection. This was frustrating to say the least and I felt like more of a failure with each rejection letter.
My mom could see how frustrated I was getting with the job hunt and suggested that I just find a “regular job” for the time being until I could find the job that what I really wanted. She would say, “You have to crawl before you can walk.” (She still says that to me.) In my mind, I was saying “Whatever!” I mean, come on…I had a college degree! I was supposed to be working in my field already…making the big bucks and living the American dream. Isn’t that how’s it’s supposed to go? Of course, I never actually voiced that to her. Fact is, even though I didn’t want to hear it, she had a point. So, after a while, I took the next logical step and started looking for whatever job I could find. I applied for just about anything I could find in the newspaper. Temp agencies. Call centers. You name it. I even did some cold calling. (Keep in mind that this is 1995, before internet sites like Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com. So, I had to actually do the traditional door-to-door style of job hunting). And what did I get? More rejections. Not only could I not get a job I wanted, but I couldn’t get a job I didn’t want. It was depressing. I was back in the country with no job and was afraid I’d be stuck there. At least that’s what I thought, until….
One day I got a letter in the mail. There was Visa logo on it and I could feel something hard on the inside. Hmm. I opened it and inside was a credit card with a $2000 limit. Now, having just graduated from college I had never had that much money at one time, so needless to say, I was geeked (excited). The first thought that came to my head was that I would use that money to get out of Louisiana. That was my ticket out. And the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I mean, why not, right?
My goal was to move back to Ohio, get a job at a television station, get an apartment, and get a car. The plan was to take the Greyhound bus to Dayton and either stay with a friend or in a hotel until I could get an apartment and save enough money for a car. I told my mom about the idea. She seemed a bit skeptical, but I believe she knew it was something that I really wanted and needed to do. Naturally, she was concerned, but I reassured her. I told her that if I didn’t at least have a job and an apartment within TWO WEEKS, that I would come back home. I could tell she still didn’t like the idea, but she knows how head strong I am. So, the next week, I caught a bus and headed back to Dayton.
Now, I’m back in Ohio. I rented a car and found a cheap (very cheap) motel to live in for the next two weeks. The next day I hit the pavement. I spent the next two weeks applying for jobs at every television and radio station in Dayton and surrounding cities. And wouldn’t you know it….I received rejection after rejection after rejection. In the meantime, I was looking for an apartment and doing some car shopping. Only problem was that I couldn’t get either without a job. I was running out of time and money. Things weren’t looking good at all.
Two weeks had passed and I had received all the rejection letters that I could bear to read. I was done. I couldn’t take it anymore. I sat in my hotel room feeling like the biggest failure this side of the universe. I kept hearing my mom’s words in my head…“You have to crawl before you can walk.” Well, I didn’t want to crawl. I want to walk dammit! But, it didn’t seem like that was happening. So, I started making arrangements to head back to Louisiana the next day…defeated. Game over.
I was very depressed. I didn’t want to go back home. I didn’t want to hear “I told you so.” I didn’t want to fail like this. Why couldn’t I get what I wanted like everyone else seemed to be? Why was God doing this? What did I do wrong? I got excellent grades in school. Didn’t get into any (real) trouble. What was I doing wrong? Oh, well. It doesn’t even matter anymore. I’m going home. I said my prayers and tried my best to forget what was (or wasn’t) happening to me. Lights out.
The next morning, I wake up and the phone rings. It’s one of the local Fox stations calling to see if I’m available for an interview. Ummm…YEAH! Finally! I finally caught a break. I was excited. Now, I just needed to get myself ready for my interview the next day. As I’m celebrating, the phone rings again. Oh, lord. Please don’t tell me these people are calling back to cancel the interview. I answer the phone (hesitantly) and it’s one of the local ABC stations calling for an interview. Say whaaat? Two interviews? I didn’t think the day could get any better. Little did I know that it was about to. Yeah, that’s right. Another phone call. This time from a new independent station that had just opened. So, now I have THREE interviews with THREE different television stations. Can you imagine the excitement? I was geeked (please tell me you know what this word means by now)!
So, to make a long story short (because it’s already long enough), I aced all three interviews but only accepted two of the jobs. (Actually, I found out that I could only work one of those jobs because it was a conflict of interest to work at another station according to my contract. But who’s complaining?) I got letters of employment from both jobs, took them to the car dealership and got a car. I also took those same letters to an apartment complex and got my first apartment….all in the same day! Needless, to say I was very proud of myself. No more crawling. I was walking. Better yet, I was running!
I used to look back on that situation and think that I took a major chance by doing things the way I did them….moving to a city with no job, no car, and no place to live. BUT, after a while I started to wonder…did I really take a chance? Think about it. I did EXACTLY what I said I was going to do. So, how is that taking a chance? It’s not. Now, I see that what I did was not taking a chance. It was taking a step. I had a definite goal in mind and I set out in pursuit of that exact goal. I knew what I wanted and that’s what I manifested. There was no “chance” involved. It was no accident. Everything happened according to my thoughts which caused me to act which caused me succeed. I wasn’t aware of it then, but I was using the infallible law of creation by having a clear concise goal and moving towards it with certainty.
Everything in the Universe follows a perfect and infallible system of repaying exactly what is given to it. Law of Attraction, Cause and Effect, Karma, Sowing and Reaping are all names given to this perfect system that repays exactly what is owed according to what is given to it. Regardless of what you choose to call it, it works. What you choose to call it is really of no importance. It’s how you use it that matters. And it’s not difficult. There is nothing really special that you need to do. No special formulas, chants, mantras, or training is necessary (these things do help, but they aren’t required). All that’s required is that you know what you want, say what you want, and then go forward trusting and knowing that what you want will come to pass.
According to your thoughts, be it unto you.
Remember, everything in your life happens according to your thoughts. Thought is a cause which always produces effects after its kind. Think thoughts of lack and fear and you will produce and perpetuate lack and fear in your life. Think thoughts of peace, love, and success and you will produce and perpetuate peace, love, and success in your life. As you give, so shall you receive. It’s like planting seeds. What you plant is what will grow. You don’t plant apple seeds and reap oranges. It has never happened and never will. Same with your thoughts. You can’t think thoughts of lack and fear expect to reap courage and wealth. Your thoughts should match your goal.
Your thoughts are always there. You can’t help but think. But it’s the quality of your thoughts that determine your outcomes. When you monitor your thinking and learn to apply clear, consciously-directed thoughts toward what you really want your mindset will change from that of allowing things to happen to you to making things happen for you. You will go from taking chances to taking steps. Consider the example I used above about trying to drive to your destination blindfolded. Think you can make it? (Yeah, good luck with that.) Now, think of driving to your destination without the blindfold (which is how you should be driving anyway). Your chances of actually reaching your destination increase dramatically. You know exactly where you want to go (clear, consciously-directed though) and can actually see where you’re going (faith in your thought).
You are a thought in the Omnipotent Mind of the Divine within which we all live, move, and have our being. It is this same Thought from which all worlds and universes were created along with man. Man is created in the image of the Divine; therefore, we have this same power to create. It is an integral part of our mental DNA. It is the infinitely intelligent Thought of the Divine which authored man and it is this same Thought which sustains him. All things are created and connected by Thought. Thought is a cause and it is also an effect. Thought is an energy force which connects the potential (what we can’t see yet) with the actual (what we can see). It connects us to the very thing that we desire and brings it forth according to the intensity and clarity of the thought. It works without fail. And once you learn to apply the laws of the Source (such as the Principle of Cause and Effect), then you can work without fail.
Leave nothing to chance. Stop driving blindfolded through life. Change your thoughts and your attitude from taking chances to taking steps. Your steps are ordered by the Divine and your success is certain. The thing you must decide is if you will succeed at getting what you want or succeed at getting what you don’t want. Have faith and trust in God’s unfailing Principle of Cause and Effect. You will reap what you sow, but you must sow. Having faith is not enough. Without action it’s just a wish. Faith without works is dead. And that’s exactly what happens to your dreams when you fail to step out in faith and certainty of achieving them – they die.
Don’t leave life to chance and keep playing Russian roulette with your desires. Commit to always apply clear, consciously-directed thoughts to your cause. The effects will blow your mind.