The Devil Himself

“Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so.”
-       Shakespeare

When the object of discussion unexpectedly becomes present during a conversation, one may say, “speak of the devil”. It is the condensed version of the saying, “speak of the devil, and he shall appear”. This idiom spawns from the middles ages, and was initially used as superstitious prohibition against speaking directly of the Devil, or of evil in general. It was thought that by speaking of evil, one would provoke evil to appear, often with unfortunate circumstances. Now superstitions are often held by unjustifiable belief, and have no actual power, other than the control over the minds and behaviors of believers. However, is it possible that someone could attract to themself the very object of that which they speak?

 There is a concept in New Thought philosophy known as the Law of Attraction. Within this concept, it is believed that human thoughts are like magnets for human experiences. The body will follow what the mind thinks, and what the mind thinks the body will ultimately do. First think in terms of positive or negative. Suppose you are a negative thinker. If you are giving off negative vibes, more often than not you will receive negative responses. Suppose you are a positive thinker. If you are giving off positive vibes, more often than not you will receive positive responses. Now lets think of something more specific. Suppose you are thinking about going on a vacation to Hawaii.

You keep thinking of the beautiful beaches and the relaxing scenery. You picture yourself having a great time being there in your own mind. The likelihood that you actually decide to go is incredibly higher than if you had the thought for a moment with no strong feelings attached to the idea. Thoughts combined with feelings and emotion, are incredibly powerful in the development leading up to a result. Though ideas are essential in the formula for creation, an idea without execution is worthless. Everyone has thoughts and ideas, but they are not all created equal. Thoughts and ideas that are focused on with emotion incite the individual to take action. The stronger the emotion is on the inside, the more it will be trans mutated on the outside. This is in the form of the development of thoughts, which in turn lead to the development of actions. Actions lead to the development of response, and the conditions in which determine the development of the waking reality an individual is subjected to.


Suppose you have thoughts of evil. The likelihood of you doing evil is intensely greater than if you had thoughts of good. Suppose you have thoughts of good. The likelihood of you doing good is intensely greater than if you had thoughts of evil. Speak of the devil, and he shall appear. Speak of the angel, and she will arrive. Speak only that of which you want, because it will be near in due time. “When the winds begin to blow, and the skies begin to hail, seek great wisdom as you go, and set the better sail.”

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