Every thought is not a good thought. Sometimes thoughts are helpful and other times they are destructive. You can stay alert to your own thoughts and discern where they’re leading— toward safety or toward harm.
Stay alert to safety vs harm’s way
Being led toward safety, for most of us, is easy to define. Usually safety includes the results of things that are good, protected, untouched, unfazed, and so forth. Harm is trickier to define because the world often sees harm only as “being hurt” or something which causes immediate pain. But harm also includes subtle desires that are misleading and false. Such desires could be defined as lust, sin, error, revenge, hate, indulgence, and so on.
Human capacity is slow to discern and to grasp God’s creation and the divine power and presence which go with it, demonstrating its spiritual origin.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.519
Where does this train go?
Like a train route, thoughts always lead toward a destination. And the fact of the matter is, what ever direction you’re going began with a single thought. The question is this: is that destination where I want to go? Another question worth asking is this: is this what I want?”
God said in Exodus to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.” Starting with the I when watching and questioning a thought is useful as it allows us to stay alert by asking is this what God, divine Love, would have me do, say, or act? We can even ask these questions: is this a thought that God, divine Mind, would think, or, would divine Mind have me think this?
Because God is good, and God is Mind, Mind only sends us good ideas leading toward harmony. Mind also sustains only that which is eternally good and promotes intelligence. From this, we can logically conclude that ideas from good lead toward peace, purity, life, goodness, safety, health, satisfaction, fulfillment, supply, and more. So if the thoughts that come to mind are leading in this direction, toward good, you can immediately discern if these thoughts come from God, divine Love.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Give your consent (to only good)
To give consent means you agree and will allow it. Give your consent only to thoughts that are God-like, holy, pure, and uplifting. Everything else you have divine power, and a divine right, to reject. God loves you! This love means God protects, empowers, and enables you to know only good. Christ Jesus told us how to know only good, and what the way toward good and life looks like: “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life… (Matthew 7:14).”
So when you sense that a thought is misleading, don’t give your consent, don’t take the destructive path. Rather, take the path of life by turning your thought in prayer to the allness and totality of infinite Mind, divine intelligence. Appeal to divine Mind’s higher law which overturns every belief or mistaken notion which would have you feel separated from God, good. In this way you’ll stay alert to, and avert, every disaster.
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.