In my book, Seven Steps to Inner Power:
“We can see other examples of our tendency to treat symptoms rather than causes in our everyday lives. A person may divorce an unsatisfactory marriage partner, only to attract another person with the same unsatisfactory characteristics, or worse. Another person may have a cancer surgically removed completely, only to find that it grows back again. In both instances, the thinking (which includes attitudes and emotions as well as thoughts) that caused the condition was not changed; therefore, the external condition did not change.
But what happens? We most likely hear the first person declare, “You see, another failed relationship! It’s like I told you, there are no good people left in this world. I have the worst luck in relationships. Even if there is somebody good for me out there, either they won’t like me, or I’ll never find them.” We may hear the second person say, “You see! Cancer is an incurable, fatal disease. I may as well accept it and live as well as I can until it kills me.”
In both examples, these persons are voicing the very limitation and false information about themselves that we are here to overcome. They are basing their statements on outward material evidence. They believe their statements are true because they don’t realize they created the evidence with their own thinking! They don’t realize that their statements are actually excuses for failing to challenge life and change themselves.
Yes, it takes a lot of work to challenge your beliefs, a lot of courage to ask yourself if you’re making true statements about yourself or simply making excuses for being lazy or weak minded and refusing to change yourself.
This brings us to the five principles of mental conduct that lay the groundwork for your most unlimited creative thinking. If you put these principles into practice, you will discover you have begun to eliminate the clouds of counter productive thinking that obstruct your vision, which paves the way for you to begin consciously creating a new life.”