“In every moment of your experience, what you experience is coming from within you. It is not placed in you from a source outside of yourself. In every moment, you remain free to observe and to notice whether you are having a good time being where you are. That is, being in your perception of life and recognizing you have the power to think differently.” (“The Way of Transformation,” WOM, Chapter 13, Page 160 – 161)
We have the power in ourselves to change our thinking if it seems to be hurting us. This is an important message, for who among us has not hurt ourselves by our own speculations?
We can think differently. As Dr. Phil says, “If it hurts, quit doing it!” He is the psychologist turned entertainer who lights up our airways from time to time.
Now Jesus is saying that we can make a shift from neuroticism to something much better, rational thinking and feeling. There is no point to masochism, and that is what we call hurtful thinking and actions that harm us.
Ask to heal the hurting thoughts. This is a healing over which we have some control. Let us be faithful to the best that is in us, and not turn aside from the thoughts that will gladden us.