You prefer to believe that your thoughts cannot exert real influence because you are actually afraid of them. This may allay awareness of the guilt, but at the cost of perceiving the mind as impotent. If you believe that what you think is ineffectual you may cease to be afraid of it, but you are hardly likely to respect it. There are no idle thoughts. All thinking produces form at some level. T-2.VI.9:10 - 14
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
We are usually taught that thoughts and behavior are two different things and that thoughts have no consequence only behavior does. We conclude that thoughts are impotent because we want to escape our guilt for thinking them.
Thoughts are not impotent. They form beliefs and beliefs matter for ourselves and for others. A Course In Miracles is a course in mind control. It teaches us how to align our thinking with the world of the spirit instead of the world of the ego. This competence is the foundation of spiritual intelligence. Spiritual intelligence develops with practice.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to align our willfulness with God’s will. In step ten it is suggested that we take a continual personal inventory and when we are wrong to promptly admit it. Nowadays, we call this mindfulness. Practicing the steps of AA helps us to become mindful.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This responsibility involves the focus of our minds. Where, when, and how should this search be done? Are there better ways of searching? It is not what we think that is as important as how we think. Learning how to think takes instruction and practice.
Today, it is suggested that we be aware of how we think and attune our minds with unconditional love instead of conditional love.