The “Kamasutra” is one of the world’s oldest textbooks of erotic love and certainly the most famous. It was composed in northern India in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, probably in the second century—a time when Europeans were, sexually speaking, still swinging in trees. Because of its explicitness about the intimacies of sexual passion, it can still make people today blush.
But the “Kamasutra” has long been misunderstood. Very little of it, in fact, concerns the sexual act, and the bits that do may or may not surprise modern readers, depending on what sort of lives they have led. But the rest of it will surprise them, because the “Kamasutra” is, above all, a profound work of psychology.
The descriptions of sexual positions may at one time have been the most thumb-worn passages, but nowadays, when sexually explicit novels, films, videos and instruction manuals are everywhere, no one needs to read it for that. The real “Kamasutra” is about the art of living—finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, using drugs and more. It tells us that anyone can live the life of pleasure—if they have money.
A modern reader might expect the book’s descriptions of sex to be familiar and the details of life in ancient India to be strange. In fact, the opposite is often true: Some sexual details are strange and even repugnant, while cultural matters are often surprisingly familiar.
The “Kamasutra” describes some sexual contortions that “require practice,” as the text puts it mildly. These are the gymnastic positions that make people laugh, uneasily, when the book is mentioned. Sexual reality may be universal—there are, after all, just so many things that you can do—but sexual fantasy seems to be highly cultural.
Thought power is the key to creating your reality. Everything you perceive in the physical world has its origin in the invisible, inner world of your thoughts and beliefs. To become the master of your destiny, you must learn to control the nature of your dominant, habitual thoughts. By doing so, you will be able to attract into your life that which you intend to have and experience as you come to know the Truth that your thoughts create your reality.
For Every Outside Effect There is an Inner Cause: Every effect you see in your outside or physical world has a specific cause which has its origin in your inner or mental world. This is the essence of thought power. Put another way, the conditions and circumstances of your life are as a result of your collective thoughts and beliefs. James Allen said it best when he said “circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him”. Every aspect of your life, from the state of your finances to the state of your health and your relationships, is accurately revealing your thoughts and your beliefs.
It’s an Inside Job: Most people have it back to front, believing that they feel or think a certain way because of their circumstances, not knowing the truth that it is their thought power that is creating those very circumstances, whether wanted or unwanted. By internalizing and applying this Truth, that your thoughts create your reality, you will grant yourself the power to create the changes you want to see manifest in your life. Reality creation is an inside job.
Your Thought Power is Limitless: There is a single, intelligent Consciousness that pervades the entire Universe, which is all powerful, all knowing, all creative and present everywhere at the same time – the Universal Mind. Your mind is part of this One Universal Mind and since your thoughts are a product of your mind, it follows that your thought power too is limitless. Once you truly understand that your mind is one with the Single Source of All Power and that this power is within you, you will have found the only true source of infinite power for which nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing. Know that thought power comes from within. Accessing the source of All Power starts by looking inwards.
Your Thoughts are Alive: The greatest mystics and teachers that have walked the Earth have told us that everything is energy. This has now been undeniably confirmed by modern science. Your thoughts too are energy. William Walker Atkinson told us that “where mind is static energy, thought is dynamic energy – two phases of the same thing” and Charles Haanel went on to say that “thought power is the vibratory force formed by converting static mind into dynamic mind”. Your thoughts are alive. Each time you entertain a specific thought, you emit a very specific, corresponding frequency or energy vibration.
What Frequency Are You On: The basic premise of the Law of Attraction is that like energy attracts like energy. You attract to yourself those things and circumstances that are in vibrational harmony with your dominant frequency, which is itself determined by your dominant mental attitude, habitual thoughts and beliefs. Mike Dooley, one of the presenters of the movie The Secret, fittingly suggests that if you want to know what a thought looks like, just look around you. Keep in mind these three words “thoughts are things”.
Not All Thoughts Are Created Equal: The attractive power of any particular thought is determined by how often you have that thought and by the strength of the feelings or emotions associated with it. The more energy you give to a particular thought, the greater its power to attract its corresponding circumstance into your physical world through the Law of Attraction. Your one-off, passing thoughts do not have the same creative power as your habitual thoughts and beliefs. Remember, that it is of little use to entertain positive thoughts for just a short burst of time each day if you then proceed to think negative or unwanted thoughts for the rest of the day. A negative thought cancels the benefit of a positive thought and vice versa. Since your reality is the sum total of all your thoughts there are many factors influencing your life. This makes it difficult to directly join the dots between the cause (thought) and the effect (circumstance) but the causation is always there.
Use Thought Power to Change Your Life: It is your subconscious mind that is the storehouse of your deep-seated beliefs and programs. To change your circumstances and attract to yourself that which you choose, you must learn to program and re-program your subconscious mind. The most effective and practical way to do so, is to learn the simple process of creative visualization. It is the technique underlying reality creation, making use of thought power to consciously imagine, create and attract that which you choose. Your imagination is the engine of your thoughts. It converts your thought power into mental images, which are in turn manifested in the physical realm.
Instantly Replace Unwanted Thoughts: To instantly neutralize the power of a negative thought, calmly and deliberately replace it with its opposite, positive equivalent. For instance, if you think to yourself “I’m not good enough, I will never succeed”, mentally replace that thought with “I am good enough and success comes to me easily”. You can also use the “cancel, cancel” technique made famous by the Silva Method. Each time you catch yourself thinking an unwanted thought, mentally tell yourself and the Universe “cancel, cancel” and immediately follow it up with a positive statement.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Ch. 7, Section 3 (1992), p. 190. This famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela. About the mis-attribution Williamson said, “Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.”
- Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Variant which appears in the film Coach Carter (2005)
- Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
- A variant in Akeelah and the Bee (2006), displayed in a picture frame on the wall, attributing it to Mandela.
Some people call it grit. Others call it perseverance. Whatever name you give it, a strong mindset is a trait shared by the world’s best performers – whether they are entrepreneurs, leaders, musicians or athletes.
Yet a strong mindset is more than simply refusing to quit. True strength of mind comes from a combination of awareness, focus and resiliency. A strong mindset is what allows you to stay focused on your intentions, instead of negative thoughts. It’s what helps you understand that struggle is impermanent and won’t derail your success. It keeps you from making self-destructive decisions.
So how do you cultivate a mindset that rivals the strongest performers on earth? You learn and adopt the same habits they use every day. Here are ten things that remarkably successful people do to develop a powerful mindset of success.
They use the power of intention
I recently met Randy Jackson, former host of American Idol and prolific business leader in the music industry, at The Human Gathering conference in Los Angeles. He mentioned that artists like David Bowie and Madonna had a mindset that produced an insatiable belief in their future success. They acted as if their success and fame was as real as gravity, even before they had it.
This is a great example of how successful people use the power of intention to build belief systems around the things they want to create or experience. Then they make them real. You can learn to tap into this power by using this list of powerful mantras that help build a mindset of success.
They make time to think
Successful people are certainly busy, but that doesn’t mean they’re constantly hustling with their head down. They also understand the importance of reflection and introspection. They take time to examine their progress and give their minds the space needed to notice new ideas or opportunities.
They learn to deal with negative thoughts
The best performers are aware of the negative thoughts that derail most people and they know how to deal with them in a productive way. Instead of suppressing negativity, they accept that negative thoughts are simply thoughts with no inherent power. They don’t attach to them, and in doing so, are free to look at the same situation from a new angle. Finally, they replace the negative thought with a new one that serves them well.
They don’t listen to the haters
When you play big, someone is bound to hate on your ideas or success. Winners do not give their power away by allowing hate and external judgment to affect their ambitions or self-confidence.
Meditation aims to calm your mind so you can become aware of your thoughts and emotions. While the techniques and tools vary, a meditation practice helps you get to know yourself on a deeper level while also lowering your baseline of stress and anxiety. Top performers know that moments of stillness dissolve distractions and stress – leaving them with the clarity to flow in the direction they want to go.
They work with coaches
Even the most successful people hire coaches to help them stay focused, remain accountable to the process and hone their craft. They know that a coach is a key ingredient to pushing their minds and talents to the next level.
They are constantly learning
One trait shared by remarkably successful people is a dedication to reading and learning. Successful people are voracious readers. They know that learning is a key ingredient for a growth mindset. Here’s a list of great books for entrepreneurs.
They have clear goals
Successful people know what they want. They define their goals in specific terms and they write them down on paper. The process of writing them down makes them feel even more real. Also, many successful people use vision boards to keep their intentions in the forefront of their minds.
We all know that exercise is good for us, yet that doesn’t mean we actually make it a priority. Remarkably successful people know the connection between a healthy brain and body and professional success. The path to greatness includes physical and emotional demands that are more manageable when your mind and body are strong and healthy.
Everyone needs a release, and laughter releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemical, which enables us to let go of stress and negativity. People who laugh often are happier and more productive. Find time for laughter every day, even if it’s a quick video clip on YouTube.
When your mind is strong, you can handle the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. When your mind is weak, you’re vulnerable to making bad decisions due to fatigue, fear and panic. Adopt these habits and build a powerful mindset that will lead to personal growth and professional success.