The Image Of Thought

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

That’s me on 15th June 2018. I think I need cucumber slices on my puffy eyes. 😉
Photo courtesy of Steven.

Below is an image from my recent photo-walk in Singapore.

I was looking to my right when I saw a chef having his break time at an alley behind the restaurant where he works. He had a chunk of bread in hand and was feeding some pigeons. My camera was poised towards him, waiting for the next throw of crumbs. He looked my way and gave me a slow knowing smile. I nodded at him, slightly embarrassed and then a big grin plastered my face. In that instant, we had a non-verbal understanding that it was alright for me to take his photo; brazen with that “permission”, I crossed the road, moved closer and half-squatted down to his level.

Back at home, I was screening and filtering out blameless photos to be given some touch-ups and I was immediately attracted to this particular shot. Somehow, his solemn dreamy mood was provocative. I can only sum it up in one word PENSIVE.

He seemed pensive, and that made me pensive. “What’s on your mind?”

The Image Of Thought

There wasn’t a lot I did to his photo. I cropped out 75% of the photo, of the things that weren’t important to me anymore (I had wanted a picture of him throwing crumbs at the birds). The bicycle on his right, the girl on his left and the pigeons in front of him were all gone with a click of my mouse. I was left with only his pensive-looking face. I’m happy. “What are you thinking of?” I had no answer to that image of thought so I archived it.

Last night, I received a “free gift” in my email which the sender claimed “A book that CHANGED my Life”. While reading, I kept thinking of the chef. Yes, the one feeding the pigeons. Maybe the e-book had put me in a pensive mood. And while the content of the book and this image may not be cohesive, I just wanted you to have a quick peek into my crazy thought process and how I justify my unhinged acts. Tying them together, my only mitigation is that word again, “pensive”…

“And to think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.

Every man has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearances is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work we are called upon to perform.

There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought. It is the hardest work in the world. This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances.

Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it, and this can only be prevented by holding the thought of the TRUTH.

To look upon the appearances of poverty will produce corresponding forms in your own mind, unless you hold to the truth that there is no poverty; there is only abundance.

To think health when surrounded by the appearances of disease or to think riches when in the midst of the appearances of poverty requires power, but whoever acquires this power becomes a Master Mind. He can conquer fate and can have what he wants.

This power can only be acquired by getting hold of the basic fact which is behind all appearances, and that fact is that there is one thinking substance from which and by which all things are made.

Then we must grasp the truth that every thought held in this substance becomes a form, and that man can so impress his thoughts upon it as to cause them to take form and become visible things.

When we realize this we lose all doubt and fear, for we know that we can create what we want to create, we can get what we want to have, and can become what we want to be.” ~ excerpts from The Science of Getting Rich

The Science of Getting Rich is a classic, written by Wallace D. Wattles, and published in 1910. Wattles died in 1911 shortly after publishing this book.

“Wattles’ work is considered a philosophy of Mental Science or Mind Science which may have preceded the New Thought movement. Wattles published the work during a time of famous self-help founders such as Thomas Troward and Charles F. Haanel.” – Wikisource.org

You can easily download a free copy of the book by searching its title “The Science of Getting Rich” in your browser.

Happy reading and bonding! 🙂

See what I had for lunch before the photo walk in my next post!

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