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Mary T. Browne is a renowned psychic and the author of Love in Action, Life after Death and The Power of Karma. She has appeared on Weekend Today, CNN, and Good Day New York, and has done over 400 radio interviews. In addition, she has been featured in many magazines and newspapers including New York Magazine, Worth, American Health, Elle, Vogue, and the New York Times. She lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What Is Thought?

A thought is an image projected into the ether. It is vibration. It is force and energy. It is creative power. It is spirit. It has color. It has sound. It has substance. Thoughts are completely alive. There is nothing more powerful than thought. You are what you think.

Every aspect of life is generated by thought. There are noble thoughts. There are mean thoughts. There are low thoughts. There are elevated thoughts. There are good thoughts. There are evil thoughts. All success and all failure are the results of our thoughts.

Everything you love is thought. Everything you hate is thought. Everything you feel is thought. Emotions are brought on by thought. Everything you see is materialized thought. Everything you hear is a sound wave composed of thought. In order to create anything, you must begin by seeing it in your mind. The thought is always first. Action is a direct result of thought.

You can get anything you want if you learn how to control your thoughts. In order to learn how to do so, it is important to understand that thought produces a dual effect: vibration and form.

Vibration

A vibration is a wave of feeling that comes from the mind of the thinker. It expresses the character of a thought. For example, it may be kind, loving, generous, or angry. A vibration is also known as a thought wave.

Vibrations tend to impact the minds of others who are vibrating at a similar frequency. In other words, they cause the same kind of thoughts in the receiving minds as those sent by the original thinker. Thought acts as a magnet that attracts similar thought. Like attracts like.

Have you ever gone to a party and found yourself drawn toward a stranger for no apparent reason? It was not because of the person's looks or clothes. You had not spoken a word to that person. Yet there was something sublime. You could not put your finger on it, but you were drawn toward this individual like a magnet to a refrigerator. The person's energy drew you in. The person had good vibrations. If you got to know that person, you'd discover an individual who had a fine character and was a nice person.

A vibration emanates as long as the thought is held. Every vibration is instantly followed by a form, which is a picture. This is known as a thought form.

Form

Thought forms are mental pictures in the mind. If you think about an apple, the mind produces an image of an apple. If you think about a friend or a lover, the mind produces a picture of that person. If you are trying to write a novel, you will think about a concept. You will form ideas that bring the story alive. Once you have an idea, you can begin to write.

The intensity and the clarity of the thought determine the weight, power, and shape of the form. We have a million passing thoughts every day. These quickly come in and out of our minds. In the morning, the alarm sounds to wake us up. We think "alarm" and quickly turn it off. By then the thought is gone. You think, "Open the door." You open the door and then forget about it a moment later. You did not create a heavy form because you did not hold the thought, and you likely did not put much emotion behind it.

On the other hand, if you are really angry at someone and you keep holding the thought, it will intensify and take on a nasty form. This will then provoke an action. Maybe you will yell at that person, gossip, or start a fight. This type of thought form vibrates for a long time, even after you stopped thinking about it. Your actions were the direct result of the intensity and the duration of the thought form. Just because you say you are over your anger does not mean the results of the anger are gone. An angry thought form can live long after the action.

Thoughts create a form. The form becomes a picture. The picture may not be instantly apparent to the physical eye, but it is living in the "mental" plane. That is why thought forms are sometimes referred to as "elementals."

Thoughts that are directed toward someone move from the mind of the originator to the other person. A self-consumed thought will hang around the originator. This type of thought is completely about yourself or something you desire. For example, you have a strong desire for certain foods that are fattening and unhealthy. You think intensely about these foods even though you are disciplining yourself not to eat them. This intensity produces a distinct type of thought form known as a "hanging" thought form. It is called hanging because it persists as long as you have the desire for something. You created a form that hangs over you even if you focus your mind on other matters. As soon as your mind is free, the hanging thought form will become apparent again. You will have an overwhelming urge to consume the foods you were trying to avoid. You will go to the bakery, buy a cake, and eat it, even if you are not hungry. You will call this temptation, but in fact you created this yourself. Nobody tempted you. You were the one who created this thought form. Strong thought forms always manifest. Therefore, it can be very difficult to stay on a diet. A clear thought, visualized and repeated will manifest itself in the physical world. Sometimes it may take time to manifest, but it will happen.

This is the same with addictions. Any addict will tell you how difficult it is to overcome an addiction. The physical craving can stop long before the mind lets go. The body will no longer crave them but people still cannot quit. The memory and desire for the addictive substance are still there. The person may stop indulging for a period of time, but the thought form is alive and waiting to be activated. In order to treat an addiction successfully the thought form must be changed. It must be rendered powerless. If the thought form hanging around the addicted person remains forceful, a relapse is inevitable. Thought is powerful. In order to avoid a relapse, a new even more powerful thought form must be created. The addict must learn to focus the mind on a clear, intense, detailed picture of being happy and free of the addiction. These positive mental pictures will help a great deal as one takes the active steps needed for recovery. These steps could include joining a specific program, consulting a medical expert, or even hospitalization. Any support system that works for the individual could be used.

Hanging thought forms aren't only connected to food, alcohol, and drugs. I have seen them hanging in the auras of clients who were obsessed with an ex-lover or spouse and could not get over these relationships. These types of obsessions can lead to mental and physical problems.

The age-old advice given by our grandmothers, "It takes time and someone else to help us put our past relationships to rest" is very potent. When we are able to replace the thought of our ex-love by the happy thoughts connected to a new love, the hanging thought form starts loosening its hold on us. New thought forms are sent out from us to our new loves. I know it isn't easy to focus our thoughts on a happy future while we are involved in an unhappy personal situation. But change can be more easily enacted if we use the power of our minds to get rid of any hanging thought forms. I am not suggesting that you deny your feelings. Denial will only put the hanging thought forms out of your mind for short periods of time. The moment your mind is free, the hanging thought form will be apparent.

If you don't have a new love in your life, you must learn to see a clear picture in your mind's eye of yourself happy and in love. See this picture as many times a day as possible. Don't try to see a specific person whom you are in love with. Just see yourself happy and in love.

You can develop thought forms that will bring to you what you want. This is a skill. Like any skill, it takes desire, discipline, time, and effort. You have to acquire good habits of thought. This takes concentration and patience. You must see what you want clearly and learn to focus on it with intensity and faith. These are the first steps toward bringing your desire into form. You get what you think.

Copyright 2007 by Mary T. Browne

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416537449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537441
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rick M. Reynolds on October 16, 2007
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This book is such an incredible gift from Mary T. Browne. I am recommending it to my friends and family. And I urge everybody to approach it with an open mind and at least look at it for even a few minutes. Even a small dose can only help your soul.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Solange on November 24, 2007
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I read the entire book in two days...I truly believe in the power of our thoughts and how our thoughts can have a profound impact on the quality of our lives...this book offers practical tips and ideas to help retrain our thoughts so that we can 'grow' our soul....well written...I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to live a more 'meaningful and spiritual' life....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robyne on August 14, 2013
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I used the techniques Ms. Browne prescribes to overcome stage fright. It's the first time I've seen "manifestation" literature produce a very quick turnaround with the actual result sought. Thank you, Ms. Browne.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wood on September 14, 2008
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What a wonderful book- so happy I purchased it.
Mary reminds us of things we all know, but tend to forget in the hecticness of our day to day lives. Or for those new to the concepts, they are presented in an easy format.

We need to be reminded of these teachings, and Mary does so in a graceful and non judgmental way.
I heard Mary on the way to work one morning- being interviewed on a local radio station & knew I had to buy the book. Ordered it promptly when I arrived at the office & savored each chapter when it arrived. Have already given it to one person to read & will pass it along.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Gallo on June 1, 2009
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I've been reading several works by various authors re: visualization, manifestation, law of attraction and found Ms. Browne's book to be exceedingly insightful and helpful (on a practical level). I intend to practice the meditation and contemplation approaches.
Ms. Browne's discussion on the written word really resonanted with me. The discussion concerning prayer proved helpful as well. This small volume is a valuable book.
I did laugh a little concerning the rent stabilized apartment in NYC. Finding a reasonably priced apartment (even in the boroughs) is tantamount to a minor miracle!
Thank you for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Adams on October 12, 2009
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After reading this book I purchased 10 more copies for my friends and family to read. A practical guide to understanding and using the power of your thoughts to achieve your goals. This is not some lofty, esoteric guide to attaining some vague state of mind. It is a "How To" type cookbook for really maximizing your potential through a practical understanding of your own thought processes and how they either create barriers to your happiness or maximize your potetntial. Buy this book and READ it, then pass it on to someone you care about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Hardy on March 26, 2013
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This book reflects my way of thinking and provided food for thought....great reminders of what life is all about in my view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ariadna de oliveira on July 7, 2013
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I really recommend this book.
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