“For decades, scientists have tried to test the power of prayer and positive thinking, with mixed results,” writes NPR National Desk religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty.
“Now some scientists,” she comments on a study of the science of spirituality, “are fording new, and controversial territory.”
In an area of esoteric inquiry which is sometimes called Mental Alchemy and/or Metaphysics, a lot of thinkers over the ages have stated the idea in various ways.
Ancient wisdom traditions maintain that thoughts are actual things, and that one’s thoughts are the result of an unalterable universal law called “Cause and Effect,” and will manifest themselves at some point in one’s life.
The conviction that the thoughts one thinks are the great determiners of the content of one’s life, inspires many to forge on despite difficult life circumstances.
The law of Cause and Effect can also be described as a law that says, “For every action, there is a reaction.” Since thoughts are actual things, and since thoughts are also actions, it means that the thoughts will invariably cause a reaction that will result in a manifestation of those thoughts.