Most people keep thinking the same kind of thoughts, and visualize the same mental images in an unconscious automatic manner. This means that they keep viewing the same movie in their minds, and consequently, go on creating and living the same kind of life. You can change the thoughts and images in your mind, which is equivalent to inserting a new disc into the video player of the mind. Since thoughts create events and circumstances, by changing the habitual thoughts, life’s events and circumstances change too.
Most people don’t know or don’t believe that it is possible to change their way of thinking. The reality of this possibility has never occurred to them. However, there are also people who have the knowledge and make the effort to control their mind. If they persist in their efforts to become more conscious of their thinking process, and attempt to control and filter the contents of their minds, they realize in a practical and direct way that their thoughts are creative and possess power.
Controlling and understanding the thinking process, also leads to the ability to silence the mind, which is a higher stage that very few know about, and fewer take practical steps to achieve. If and when one reaches this goal he realizes that he is not his mind or his thoughts, but something beyond them.
The ability of silencing the mind is the key to finding the button that turns the mind on and off, in accordance with our will. When we are able to turn it off at will, we experience serenity of mind, strength, confidence and happiness. When the mind and its thoughts are quiet, we are able to use the mind in a most effective way.
Silencing the thoughts and the incessant, tiring, consuming chatter of the mind allows us to enjoy peace and happiness. At this stage, we become the boss of the mind.