Edited by Marco Ferrini
From the Book: Thought, Action, Destiny
Our mind can only keep one position at a time, and since there is nothing to be gained in being negative and whining, we should be proactive. Complaining drains energies and takes us away from the solution of the problem, contributing to reinforce a negative vision of ourselves and the world, something that certainly cannot help us.
The mind is like a water clock: it will not allow the passage of more than one thought or emotion at the time, so we should choose positive emotions and thoughts. Precisely because the mind cannot think of more than one thing at the same time, you can easily avoid being swept away by negative emotions or thoughts because you can choose them with your will power and, through that conscious choice you will be able to project on the mind's screen only that positive thought you have selected, the one that reminds you about success and makes you happy. Otherwise the mind will be invaded by random thoughts and emotions produced by external circumstances, which can make you suffer.
In his book about will power, Assagioli writes: We must actively use our imagination and try to see what we want to be, in the most lively and concrete way. We must imagine in a precise way the new expression of our look, our way of behaving and speaking, our new sentiments, feelings and thoughts, as they would be manifested in us, the new will power that sustains us, all our being modified in an harmonious way. Every time we can actually do this, even briefly, a real change will happen within us. Every time we get one step nearer to the goal, it will become easier and easier to repeat the exercise. Energy follows thought, and thought becomes creative.
We have already mentioned that we have been created in God's likeness, in the sense that we participate to the same spiritual nature. God creates and we can create, too. He creates at a universal level and we create at a smaller level, but with a similar process. Creative thought is the same, our creative thought is of the same nature of the creative thought that manifests the planets, as the enlightened Vedic rishis have explained. We create all our life situations, and in our next birth we will end up exactly in the environment created by our thoughts, our desires and our previous activities (karma). One who does good becomes good. This is what Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, thousands of years ago, has stated: One who does good turns to the good, one who does bad turns to evil; through pious acts one becomes pious, through impious acts one becomes impious. Others say that man is but desire: as he desires, so he becomes.
Where does the soul go after death? In the same direction it was heading during life. The journey continues, only because of the loss of the physical body and the sensory system we are unable to direct anything: we are in the hands of forces that govern the universe, and we are put in a particular ovum to be born in a particular family. There are pathological families as well healthy and honest families, families of evil and violent people, rich or poor families, animal or human families. In the animal world it will be an ovum or egg, in the vegetal world it will be a seed, but the principle of yoni (matrix) is the same. Because the purusha (spirit) is stuck inside the prakriti (matter), the living entity is subject to the three constituent elements of Nature. He enjoys or suffers accordingly, creating the parameters of his next birth that will depend, for good or for bad, on how he has lived in this life: sattva, rajas or tamas. Only in this sense we can say that birth is predetermined, but certainly not by a blind fate, because we can take action before the dynamics become crystallized and manifest the events.
The idea of good or bad fortune is irrelevant. We are the authors of our good or bad luck, directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously.