“Everything that has taken form in your life - your body, your home, your job, your relationships - began first as an immaterial thought form, which can be a specific visual image or simply a general attitude and feeling. When you look at everything you've manifested in your life now, you're looking at a picture of the quality of your thinking and feeling.” Seven Steps to Inner Power, Dr. Tae Yun Kim

And,

“Negative energy creates negative manifestations. Hateful thoughts, for instance, create broken relationships, wars and weapons, physical diseases of all kinds. Positive energy creates positive manifestations. Loving thoughts create harmonious organizations, cooperative governments, and healing of all kinds of discord.” Seven Steps to Inner Power, Dr. Tae Yun Kim

I remember when I first ready the first paragraphs above, years ago, in “Seven Steps to Inner Power”. A the time,  the last sentence of the first passage made me uneasy because I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to believe that each thought I had was just a thought. Unsubstantial. I believed that thoughts were just inconsequential bursts of electricity passing through neurons or cells in my brain. I didn’t want to believe that an (internal) thought I had could affect or hurt my (external) life.

But through the years  I have trained in martial arts, under Great Grandmaster Dr. Kim at her Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, I’ve seen that absolutely my thoughts create my life and my reality – good or bad.

To give an example, recently I realized something new about something I went through years ago.

When I was 21 years old my best friend, whom I had grown up with, died and I fell into a year of really deep grief. To me the whole world (my whole world) became dark, dark grey and empty. By November of that year my world was so desolate that I was suicidal.

Recently a co worker's 17 year daughter was killed in a car accident. Seeing her plunged into the shock of sudden, un-expected, devastating grief - I remembered what I went through when I was 21. And I realized, now from the distance of 30 years time – that whole desolate year of dark grey bleakness that I went through when I was 21 years old – I created all of it.

I don’t mean to discount missing someone you love who has died, but when I was 21 I dwelled and brooded on my grief for my friend who died, and in that brooding and out of control grief, I created, through my thoughts, a desolate, suicidal life.

All round me, life was still bright, vibrant and happy for everyone else I knew. But for a year, through how I chose to only think thoughts of grief, I turned my life into an isolated, bleak, grey wasteland. My thoughts (internal) created that reality (external).

So, just as Dr. Kim teaches, absolutely your thoughts create your reality. Good or bad.

How, then, can you create a good reality?

From Dr. Kim's teaching I've learned, that even when times feel desolate, that a bright, happy, fulfilled life starts by focusing on creating and keeping good thoughts, and with those good thoughts, maintain a positive attitude - no matter how hard it is - through all the ups and downs life brings you.

Like Dr Kim's motto - "Celebrate the lessons of pain and hurt. They give you strength, they give you freedom!"

 

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