Why Can’t You Control Your Thoughts?

Why you can not control your thoughts

You can not control all of your thoughts. I’m sorry, but that’s impossible, and here’s why.

We are only aware of a token of all the actual thinking that goes on in our minds. In fact, it’s estimated that 95% to 97% of our thoughts are unconscious, and you can’t control what you’re unaware of.

Most people believe that their relationship with their own thoughts is like a master-to-slave situation. However, this is far from reality.

The truth is more like there are 1000s of masters all competing for control.

In 2010, I wanted to quit smoking, but I just kept thinking about it until I caved and lit up again every time I tried.

It took a statement from my Anatomy Instructor about my health that made my mind shift.

Then I went looking for solutions to my problem.

Why was that? Why did it take a stranger to change my mind when I’ve been trying for years? Well, first, he had the authority position by being my Instructor.

Second, he tapped into another more robust network of thoughts surrounding my health that overrode the web of ideas around smoking.

Those two factors put together made me change my mind. I’ve always given credit to self-hypnosis for helping me quit smoking.

But it was my former college anatomy instructor who flipped a switch in my mind to begin with.

Now in that instance, it was an excellent outcome for me and my health. But what about when we allow negative thinking into our minds?

If we are only aware of 5% of our thoughts, where do the other 95% come from?

The other 95% of thoughts come from other people and other realms. Let’s start with other people. They come from 2 places, other people and other realms.

In another article here, I wrote about the Dangers of Hypnosis. And in that article, I mention that your parents were your first hypnotist.

They were also your first thought implanters.

And because of the special bond between parents and children, their thoughts are most potent in their lives.

From there, we can move onto people in positions of authority.

  • Your School teachers 
  • Your mentors
  • Your spiritual and religious leaders
  • Anyone you looked up to while growing up.

Next up are the people from your peer group.

  • Your Friends
  • Your coworker/classmates
  • Your love interest
  • The people you are competing against. 

This next group of people is a mixture of authority and peer groups. Their distinction is that they are on a screen. This is the Internet of things (IoT)

Google, Youtube, and all other social media outlets have become the virtual brain.

This brain has evolved to now allow people to surrender even more of their independent thought.

As I’m writing this article, my country (The United States) just went through a failed coup attempt.

And no matter what you thought about the situation. The facts are that many of those people were influenced by other people on a screen.

And all of these influences, small and significant, make up your thinking, self-image, and a large percentage of who you are.

Whether you accept it or not, there is a real battle going on to control your thinking.

And so far, the only losers are the masses of people who have no idea how to think.

Thoughts From Other Realms

We are now inside the Unconscious Mind.

If you thought the influence from others’ minds was intense, it’s nothing compared with the Unconscious.

The two major eastern traditions Buddhism and Hinduism, liken the human mind to a curious, always busy animal that lacks discipline and focus.

And when you look at the totality that is the Internet, it’s hard to argue with their point of view.

But we’re still left with the question of where these thoughts come from in the first place.

All thought comes from the Unconscious mind, but Your Unconscious holds a secret.

Like Clark Kent and Superman, The Unconscious is really something else.

The Old Hermetist called it “THE ALL.”

There were other names too. 

  • The Absolute
  • The Supreme Mind
  • The Supreme Good

This not to be confused with God.’ God is (a) some-thing. The All is Everything.

And within this, everything is every thought, idea, impulse, feeling, desire, fear, love, and anything else you can imagine.

Plus, everything else that you can’t even conceive.

The All is the Origin of all thought, and it is situated in the layer of Your Casual Body. Since it’s the first cause, you can find all of existence there.

The All is not good nor evil; it’s The All.

Wherever you go, you are always within The All. Whatever you do, you’re always doing it inside The All.

So The All doesn’t care where you go or what you do because it’s all The All.

We could never hope to understand even a fraction of this Absolute we live in. The idea of even trying is laughable.

So how do you control your thoughts here? The short answer is you don’t. Instead, you pick the path or network of thoughts you want to emanate and ride the waves.

Sounds simple enough but remember all the other people we live and mix it up with? You have to negotiate the herd.

And it’s advisable that you keep your ideas, plans, and wants to yourself.

Unless you want to get trampled by Authoritarians, peer groups, and the people on the screens.

But you are not helpless. All you need is more understanding, a map, and a plan of action. Keep reading because we are going to touch on all three.

To begin with, you need to know the rules of the mental Universe.

There are seven Principles. These were codified in a book called The Kybalion

Your Roadmap to the Mental Universe 

The Law of MentalismThis law embodies all the others. “Because Everything is Mind.”

It explains that THE ALL (which is Absolute, The Substantial Reality underlies all the outward manifestations that we know as “The Material Universe” Life, Matter, and Energy.

Which essence is SPIRIT, which may be thought of as A Universal, Infinite, Living Mind.

All of the world and the Universe is a Mental Creation of THE ALL. And subject to the Laws of Created Things.

That is, Energy, Power, and matter are subordinate to the Mastery of the Mind.
The Law of CorrespondenceThis law means that there’s always a Correspondence between the planes of Life.

The old Hermetic principle “As above, so below; as below, so above.” solves nature’s paradoxes and hidden secrets.

Because we can use the laws on our plane to work with higher realms.
Even though there are realms beyond our understanding.

When we use the Law of Correspondence, we can understand what would be unknowable to us.
 The Law of VibrationThis law expresses the fact that everything is in motion. Everything in the Universe vibrates.

This Principle explains the differences between Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, resulting from varying vibration rates. 

From THE ALL to the grossest form of matter, all is in vibration. The vibration of Spirit is at such a rate of speed that it is practically at rest.

There are gross forms of matter at the other end of the scale whose vibrations are so low as to seem at rest. 

And between these extremes are Trillions of varying degrees of vibration.  This is also true on the different planes of the mental and even the spiritual planes. 

An understanding of this Principle enables someone to control their own mental vibrations and those of others. 
The Law of PolarityThis law expresses the fact that everything is dual and has its pair of opposites.

Opposites are the same but differ in degree, but the pairs of opposites can be reconciled.

Everything is and is not. At the same time, every truth is only half right. Because every truth is really half false.

The Law of Polarization is a phase of Mental Alchemy known and practiced by the ancient and modern Esotericists.

Understanding this law will allow one to change their own vibration and others if one devotes the time and study necessary to master the art.
The Law of RhythmThis law shows that in everything, there is a measured motion, backward and forward.

This is between the two poles which exist under the Principle of Polarity described above.

There’s always an action and a reaction in the affairs of the Universe. This law is manifest in the rise and fall of nations, the Life of all things.

It is also in the mental states of humans. All who have attained any degree of Self-Mastery use this law depending on their skill and understanding of how.
The Law of Cause and EffectThis law embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect and an Effect from every cause.

Everything Happens according to law. Nothing ever happens. There is no such thing as Chance.

Even though there are various realms of Cause and Effect, nothing entirely escapes the law.

The adepts understand this to obey the higher planes’ of Causation, but they help RULE in their own realm.

In that last sentence is a wealth of Hermetic knowledge let those who can understand, understand.
The Law of GenderThis law shows that there’s Gender is in everything.

The Masculine and Feminine are always at work. The law manifests as sex in the material world, but it takes higher forms on the higher realms.

However, the law is the same.

No creation, physical, mental, or spiritual, is possible without this law.

The Law of Gender works in every direction of generation, regeneration, and creation.

And every person alive contains the two Principles of Gender within it, him or her.

Understanding the philosophy of Mental and Spiritual Creation, Generation, and Re-generation contains the solution to many mysteries of Life.

And remember, all of these laws blend together into the First Law.
The Universe is mental.

Keeping that idea in mind, let’s look at how we overcome thoughts.

How To Get Over Unwanted Thoughts

How to change your mental vibrations

First, you have to use a small amount of Willpower to move your mind away from the mental state you don’t want to be in.

Then place your attention in a better state. This state should be the polar opposite of the negative state.

  • Love instead of hate
  • Courage instead of fear 
  • Hope instead of sorrow

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the Spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3

Your will directs your attention and changes your vibration. And then your vibration will rearrange your world after your mental image.

Keep in mind The Herd is still out there, ready to stampede at a moment’s notice.

This is why Christ would say to those who he healed.

“Tell no man.”

The herd is a real danger, but they are not evil, just fearful.

Many people we know, love, and even live with are a part of the herd. So the best practice here is to avoid The Herd and keep moving forward.

This is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it’s almost impossible.

Remember, you do not control all of your thoughts after all. If left to fend for yourself, chances are you won’t make it.

Either the herd will stomp you out. Or you’ll fall back into the masses programmed by the people on the screens.

You’re going to need some help from the Unconscious mind.

Move Into The Higher Mind For Personal Development

So you know you can’t control your thoughts. And you’re surrounded by masses of people controlled by other people who are still influenced by more people.

And everyone is blindly bumping around inside The All, causing chaos from pure ignorance and fear.

How are we supposed to overcome all this? You have to dive into The All because Everything is already here.

The All is not here to make order out of our chaos. That’s our responsibility.

These are the realms of manifestation, and we’re going to create one way or another.
That’s the deal while you’re here, and there’s no getting around it.

So let’s intelligently use The Absolute and start with Self-hypnosis and Meditation.

We use both to gain the stillness necessary to hold a thought long enough for The All to move in our direction.

Read that again and engrain it into your consciousness.

Self-hypnosis followed by a meditation technique is your best practice to get a measure of personal mind control.

(68 seconds of pure thought is pure power)

For the next 90 days, this is all you should be doing.
Self-hypnosis and Meditation together 2 or 3 times a day.

If you miss a session, that’s ok because this is a lifestyle.

So just do it again and again after that. Get familiar with your levels of mind.

When you go into self-hypnosis, you will feel your mind go deep inside.

When you begin to meditate, you will feel yourself enter another level. The feelings and sensations are very particular; you can’t mistake them for something else.

Once on the inside, you are about as isolated from the herd as you can get.

But now, you need to focus on your higher mind and not the kaleidoscope of The All. Because if you don’t control your imagination, it will dominate you.

My Method

I like to feel myself on an elevator going up to the top floor of a high rise overlooking the ocean.

Then walk inside my large luxurious penthouse suite. And flop into the most comfortable recliner you can dream of under a massive skylight.

But the rays of the sun coming into the skylight are actually rays of energy from my Higher Mind. And for that brief time I’m there, I can ask my higher mind for help, advice, you name it.

I can focus on rearranging my world. I can start a mental vibration in the direction I want to go.

And you can do the same thing.

If you do 2 or 3 self-hypnosis/meditations for the next 90 days, you will be led to make a scene like the one I described but for your taste.

You’re The Captain of Your Mind, But You Don’t Own The Seas

If you don’t know where to begin with Self-hypnosis and Meditation, allow me to point you to Learn Hypnosis in 5 days by hypnosis downloads.

It’s a free course that’s better than 90% of the paid learn hypnosis content out there.

Also, they don’t try to super sell you a bunch of stuff. Because there’s no need, the work speaks for itself. And if you are interested in more, they’re dirt cheap.

Take a look around their site. I bet you have spent more on Chinese takeout than one of those downloads.

Anyway, start there. The course will show you how to do self-hypnosis and few other tools at no cost. After that, practice and more practice.

The first 90 days, you were planting a seed that will be with you for Life. So you must continue to water it but now bring it down to once a day.

And use other times you would have a session to rearrange reality. So if you would do a self-hypnosis meditation twice a day now, you are doing it once.

In the other session, you are doing some kind of visualization. This way, you get to sync up with your higher self and focus on what you want/need.

It’s the best of both worlds. Because you can stay in flow long term.

Your intuition will shoot up, and you’ll get lucky, as they like to say. You can get to the point where you can run your Life how you want.

But remember, as long as you’re here, you can not stop. It’s The All’s game remember?

Thoughts will continue as long as existence continues. You will neither stop nor control them. What you can do is harness the best thoughts for you.

And then use them to move towards a life in alignment with who you want to be.

You sail through The All using the thoughts you want to direct yourself how you want and where you want.

This is what The Herd will not do, but you can. Sounds like a lot of work? It can be. But the work can also be fun once it becomes worth the effort.

Related Questions

Can you stop a thought in a hurry? 

Yes. Close your eyes, take a deep breath. See a big, bright-red stop sign in your mind.

Zoom in on the STOP as much as you can. Zoom out into you sitting in your car, or walking down the street, whatever is normal for you.

Now open your eyes and continue with your day.

You may have to do it several times, but with practice, your brain will start to do it on its own when you feel the need.

How do emotions play into the sea of thoughts?

Emotions are tied to the vibrations we talked about in the article. You could say they are the side of the vibration we can see and feel Earthside.

They are also tied to your thoughts.

Have you ever felt stupid? Well, what happened was you thought, “I’m a dummy.” And then you felt shame, humiliation, and so on.

So they are all connected, which means as long as you can get a handle on one part, you can bring yourself back into balance.

You talked about Self-hypnosis a bunch, but what about Meditation? 

I do talk about Meditation on this site. I’m a big fan of the meditative state, but here’s the problem.

Most people will quit Meditation within a few weeks of starting. I think we can do better. And the better is self-hypnosis followed by Meditation.

The meditation style you pick is a personal choice because we all have different personalities, schedules, commitments, and responsibilities.

But the place to start is with a guided meditation like this one.

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