Knowledge & Awareness

Good Morning Friends,

Happy Thankful Thursday!! What are you thankful for this week?

Today, I am thankful for the powerful tool of recognizing the point of view our thoughts take.  How do you talk to yourself in your head? If you are the source of the thoughts in your mind, you will use first person “I” statements.  Thoughts that come from a source outside of yourself will present as 2nd or 3rd person “you” or “he/she/they” statements.  I am so grateful for this obvious tool in discerning what voice is influencing my mind.  Understanding the point of view of our thoughts can create transformational shifts in the way we think about ourselves, others and the circumstances of our lives. 2nd and 3rd person thoughts come from one of two sources- Satan or God.  Oh how important it is to stay vigilant about the thoughts in our minds!! 

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The past 2 weeks, I’ve been bombarded with a barrage of 3rd person thoughts.  These he/she/they sentences in my head created feelings of shame, insecurity, self-doubt, anger, injustice and betrayal.  There was an incident which rocked my world a bit and opened the door for my “Casandra” to have a hay day feeding me thoughts and feelings which attacked my worth, identity and relationships.  However, after processing the emotions (yes, each and every one of those 6 intense emotions!!), brain dumping and prayer it became evident that every single painful thought, (that seemed like just the cold hard truth of reality) was actually a false interpretation Satan was serving up for me.  The tell-tale sign was the 3rd person narrative unmistakably evident as I brain dumped.  “He thinks you aren’t good enough”; “She doesn’t like you at all, in fact she despises you”; “They wish you weren’t around, ever!”; “They want to avoid you at all costs”; “They don’t want to interact with you or your kids”; “They think you are a mess, unorganized and always coming up short”; “You will never be accepted, let alone loved by them” and blah, blah, blah.  Once I woke up to the point of view of these thoughts, I took back my power and once again became the boss of my brain.

I consider it of paramount importance to know and recognize tools, strategies and goals of Satan in order to protect myself and others.  I whole-heartedly agree with Larry Lawrence, “we need to study the enemy’s tactics in order to defeat him.” Through research, experience, prayer/pondering and study this is what I know about the battle that goes on for our souls.  Satan’s game plan is to destroy us.  His weapons include shame, fear, doubt, and disbelief, to name just a few potent ones.  He injects these intense emotions into our minds through thoughts that are deceptive (lies), discouraging and distracting.  His strategy is: to attack our identity and worth; and to attack our relationships with God, ourself and others.  Joseph Smith said, “Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is.”  By knowing the enemy’s tactics, by staying watchful as to what’s going on in our minds and by recognizing these tools and strategies of Satan, we will not fall ignorantly into his snares.  Analyzing the point of view our thoughts take on in our mind clearly assists us in taking back our power.

If you find yourself struggling with 2nd and 3rd person thoughts, reach out to me.  There is so much more to this!!  I am so thankful for the power of knowledge and awareness. 🙂

Gratefully Yours,

Candice Noss