PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE FROM THE BIBLE
MINDSET AND IDEOLOGY
THE POWER OF TRANQUILITY
MINDSET AND IDEOLOGY
“GET UP EVERYWHERE”
I coined this phrase because only a man can place barrier on himself and this can only take place in the mind, you can’t “get up everywhere” when you are “seated inside”
As a researcher and an Adult education student I have made an empirical research, and I have come to a conclusion that the world is where it is now as a result of the mindset and ideology of the people in the world.
Mindset and ideology is the issue why most men and women fail due to the wrong mindset and ideology about life, money, academics, career, marriage, finances, relationships, health, business and other areas.
There is a powerful insight in the bible that reveals this phrase:
“First cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate and that the outside may be clean also” (Mathew 23 verse 26) RSV
Physically, you must wash the inside and outside of a cup, But the bible is telling us about the mind of a man.
It means, don’t bother about facial appearance, mode of dressing, hair style and attitude etc. of a person, just change or alter something in him/her and the outward will change.
This is a question: Are you a better person in your outward person and a poor person inside?
No matter how you feigned or pretend accurately, who you are inside of you will alter your outward person one day.
POWER OF THE MIND
Let’s look at the life of Joshua, the successor of Moses he can’t lead the Israeli to the promised land until his mindset and ideology aligns with his destiny as a leader to lead the Israeli to take possession of the land that God promised them despite his anointing in Deuteronomy 34 verse 9 (RSV)
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; so the people of Israel obeyed him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.
It means a leader is not just a leader in the physical sense; he/she is a leader from the mind and the journey of success does not begin until your mindset and ideology is altered positively.
Joshua 1 verses 1-11 (RSV)
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’s minister, “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, go into the land which I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Eu-phrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and of good courage; for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; turn not to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall good success.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, pass through the camp, and command the people, ‘prepare your provisions; for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess.’”
I’m convinced that Joshua was afraid because he believes that he is not qualified enough to take possession of the Promised Land, because he witness all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel and Joshua feels inferior to accept this task. According to Deuteronomy 34 verses 10-12
And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel. (RSV)
The mind is very powerful to the extent that God has to acknowledge the power of the mind in Genesis chapter 11 verses 1-6
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the lord said, behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (KJV)
Do you know why you are unable to meet some people in life, it is because your mindset and ideology about that kind of people is wrong, even if they are brought to you by circumstance or any means, your ideology and mindset will create an atmosphere of “I don’t need you”. The reason why it turns out to be so is that, “the soul attracts that which he secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears” according to James Allen.
Recently, I read a profile of one of my coursemate, someone said he loves to read rather than to watch TV shows and I’m amazed at this kind of discipline, although I’m addicted to reading but sometimes I prefer to watch TV shows, the difference is the mindset and ideology that sets him apart.
James Allen said “all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts, a man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. He can only remain weak, abject and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts”.
One of the reasons why students fails in their academics is that their mindset and ideology about academics is totally wrong and corrupted, some will say “school na scam” and they are able to back-up their claims and it is out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
There are men that fails severally in life but eventually they rise to a higher dimension in life, they will definitely rise because “the soul attracts that which he secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it fails to the level of its unchastened desires” according to James Allen.
A man of his mind is a man of his destiny, take possession of your mind and you are in charge of your destiny.
You can study successful men in different careers and try to buy into their mindset and ideology and you will be amazed at the level of alteration on your character and the way you react to things and your relationship with people. For instance a businessman/woman that produces sugar will see everybody as his/her potential customer and this ideology will be seen in how he/she relates with people and how he/she honours them.
Whatever you do on earth physically is as a result of your ideology and mindset, if you decide to study chemistry, it is as a result of something in you and even If
your parents forced you to study chemistry, it is as a result of their own mindset, they would have think about it, that our child is very good in physics, chemistry and biology or they have seen someone that study that course and got a good a job, and there are parents that will never choose course of study for their children because of their ideology and mindset that they have developed overtime that constitutes their thinking.
Bible says man looks at the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. (I Samuel 16 verse 7) RSV
The question is this: why did God look on the heart? The answer is simple: whatever that is in you – your mindset and ideology will reflect on your outward appearance no matter how you pretend. Your mindset and ideology will affects your relationships, dress mode and what you consider as good or bad.
Bible gave us a detailed expression of mindset in John chapter 12
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said “why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it….. (RSV)
If i was to describe Judas Iscariot, I would say that he was a great man of God in his days and for him to have become the treasurer, it means he was highly trusted and respected by people and the Lord Jesus, there must be something about him, his appearance, his words that made people to respect and honour him to have conferred on him the post of a treasurer, you can’t just give people access to your money.
But the bible gave us a powerful and specific description of his mindset and captured his motive to us in (John chapter 12 verse 6) “not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it”.
We can detect from his story that no matter how you feigned or pretend like Judas Iscariot, he was trying to pretend as if he cared for the poor, no matter how someone pretend, his/her mindset will definitely alter him/her one day.
A brother can be like Judas Iscariot whereby his words, appearance, exceptional results as final year student portrays him as a nice and Godly brother and a woman might looks at him and decide to entrust her daughter to this brother’s care saying to him “put her through on campus, she is a fresh student and you are a final year student” but the brother will said within himself that if this woman knows me, she wouldn’t have introduce her daughter to me.
Have you been in a situation whereby you said within yourself that “these people did not know me, if they know me, they will never do this”.
It made us to understand that a person’s facial appearance does not necessarily depict who he/she is.
Do you believe that who you are presently is a direct reflection of what is in you: your mindset and ideology: what constitutes your thoughts.
One of the current social problems is the issue of children that are brought up in a nice and Godly home and when they get to higher institution of learning, he/she will turn to something else contrary to what he/she is at home.
Many people suggest theories that it is peer group influence and other factors but I believe that one of the major factors of this social problem is their state of heart: mindset and ideologies that governs their thoughts.
To explain this in a broad way: as a fornicator, he/she can’t say that he/she just decide to fornicate without any sexual thought preceding that act, and thoughts does not just construct themselves. There are ideologies and mindset in them that build the thought that gave birth to that act.
“The mind is a world on its own whereby construction takes place.” For instance, you want to give a gift to someone, you can’t just stand up and give the gift to that person, something must have happened in your inner world, how you will give the gift to that person, the smiles, the replies and others, would have been captured in your mind before it happens in the reality.
For instance, a lady is in a house and suddenly she decided to go outside and when she appear, the people will know that she is coming from inside…. She did not just appear.
Nothing just appears in the outer world, it must come from the inner world.
Let’s look at everything that man invents like automobiles, bulb, gadgets etc. before the man invents them in this outer world, he must have seen the completion in his mind, he must have construct or invent it in his inner world. Brain can only process information and ideas but it is in your mind that construction of thoughts take place.
For instance, you want to cook soup, before buying the ingredients, you must have a picture of the kind of soup that you want to cook in your mind and this picture does not just pop-up in your mind, there are mindset and ideologies that constructs that thought to you (I will be explaining how mindset and ideologies that constructs thoughts are built as we proceed) you may have saw that soup online or on a television program or in your friend’s place etc. your brain now helps you to process it into ingredients like vegetables, pepper, meat and fish etc. and their quantities and price etc.
For you to “get up everywhere” you must understand how mindset and ideologies that constitutes thoughts are formed and developed.
Bible gave us a powerful principle to follow in this context:
“Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flows the springs of life.” (Proverb 4 verse 23) RSV
do you know that your thoughts says a lot about you, If you can fathom what a man/woman or a preacher, businessman or the president of a nation is thinking, then you will know if they are actually what they say they are.
If a man becomes the president of a nation and what he is thinking is how to steal the country’s money, that kind of person is not a president, he is a thief; do you remember the life of Judas Iscariot that I explained earlier? Despite his personalities, bible says “not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief”.
Back to the principle of keeping your heart with all vigilance, I read an article recently on a Whatsapp group page, the article is for ladies but I decided to glance through it and something captured my interest in that article, which I would love to share with you; “when you get married as a lady, you must not have opposite sex as your close friend” and I’m wondering why did she said so, I later understand that what she is saying actually is in respect with the powerful principle that Bible shows us “keep your heart with all vigilance” when a married woman has the opposite sex as her close friend, the more they interact and discuss things with each other, it can get to a level whereby they can easily fall into adultery, let’s assume that the husband of that lady is someone that does not really have time for his family, this is where the problem will comes in easily, because the more they discussed things with each other, the ideologies and mindset that build-up thoughts are being developed, it can get to a level whereby the ideologies and mindset can brings a thought that will pave way for sexual act.
Bible shows us another insight that explains this principle of keep your heart with all vigilance, which is found in the proverb of Jesus Christ that tells us that the heart of a man is like a land where seeds can be sowed and how the seeds are sowed in chapter 13 of the book of Mathew:
A sower went out to sow …… hear then the parable of the sower: when anyone hears the word ……..
THE EARS AND EYES
Your eyes and ears are two major instruments whereby mindset and ideologies are formed and developed in you through them. Your mouth is the output device while your ears and eyes are the input devices, bible shows us an insight to explain these devices “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Mathew 12 verse 34). RSV
Your mouth can only speaks from what is in your heart but your ears and eyes are the entrance into your inner world whereby mindset and ideologies are formed and developed in a man but they still depends on your eyes and ears because whatever you can’t see or hear, your brain can not process it, although your nose can smell an aroma and your brain can process it and tell you if it is from Jollof rice or a soup but to formed and developed mindset and ideologies your eyes and ears are the two major instrument.
CIRCUMSTANCE AND EXPERIENCE
Other instruments are circumstance and experience: they are interconnected because when you find yourself in a circumstance, you will definitely experience what that circumstance brings to you.
For instance, if you find yourself in a circumstance of being an orphan whereby you struggled to develop yourself and you do menial works here and there, Your mindset and ideologies about money and essential things of life and parenting will be different from someone that has parents to provide for him/her, Because you have experience what it means to be an orphan, if you are successful at the long-run, you can now pass your knowledge based on your experience to others. But it depends on your eyes and ears because you can decide to see an avenue of stealing, smoking and other vices in your circumstance, what you can see and hear is very important in your circumstance.
As a sister in need of school fee, do you see a chance of prostitution in your circumstance? Do you hear about following a guy around for money? What can you see?
Environment is another powerful instrument that formed mindset and ideologies, it is powerful because it does not depends on your ears and eyes, it is programmed by default into a person. Your environment starts from your family, people that are close to you, friends and relatives. If you grow in an environment whereby value and honour for people is highly recommended, you will grow up to be someone that honours and respects people. Same goes for a child that grows up in an environment whereby business is the order of the day, his mindset and ideology will be according to the pattern of his/her environment.
In another context; you can decide to watch or listen to a business talk maybe online or television program and you are receiving the mindset and ideologies that he/she have developed overtime. In his approach of starting a business, he can say that his ideology is to have your own start-up capital.
Another businessman can said his own ideology is that soft loans is the best way to start-up a business, both of them have different mindset about the start—up capital. You as the listener can only receive this through your ears and eyes into your heart to form your own mindset and ideology. And you can decide to accept the ideology of someone that saved money to start his money or accept the ideology of soft loans.
One of them said you can save your money for start-up capital and later opt-in for soft loans and another can say that don’t stress yourself, just opt-in for soft loans and start your business.
Both of them are relevant but they are just operating under different mindset and ideologies that they have developed overtime.
As an entrepreneur, you must discern what people needs in an area or the society, and if you can provide that needs and wants and it commands value, that value will propel people to reward you in place of cash and placing demands on your products or services based on their value. Value propels people to reward you, this is why you must discern what value does your products or services carries to the people. This is the mindset that you must have as an entrepreneur. What I’m about to say now, most Nigerians knows that pupils usually drinks cassava flakes, (it is not a sign of poverty in some areas) people usually takes it with milk or any other thing, you as an entrepreneur lives in this kind of area and you have carry out the feasibility study and you found out that this cassava flakes can actually makes some sales for you and you can decide to go to the market and buy it and repackaged it with some things like milk (there is sachet milk) or groundnuts or sugar etc. depending on your feasibility study.
Jack Ma (Chinese business magnate, investor and politician) gave us an insight “if you want to grow, find a good opportunity. Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem you could solve.”
Late Zig Ziglar shows us a way “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
You may not invent anything, there are things that are not invented, you can act on what has been invented.
Remember the first thing is the mindset that seeks to satisfy the needs and wants of the people, the second thing is that your products or service must command value, value is a compelling force that propels people to reward you, and “the level of your reward is the level of your value as a service-provider or product-provider.”
The level of your value as a service-provider or product-provider will determine the kind of customers that will patronize you, I’m talking about value: designing, packaging and upgrading of your standard.
POWER OF TRANQUILITY
SILENCE AND SOLITUDE
Silence and solitude can change your life in a tremendous way because there are inspirations that will never find expression in a man’s heart until there is silence and solitude in an absolute manner.
I define silence as “the absence of crowdedness in a man’s heart.” Bible says “from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”.
People think they are silent when they do not speak but their mind is crowded with issues like finances, marriage, academics, food and children etc. which is part of everyday life on earth.
The absence of crowdedness in a man’s heart positioned him or attuned him to a place of reception whereby he/she is able to receive some ideas or inspiration because they can only come to a heart that is silent and a man can set himself to a state of receptive to ideas and inspirations.
Have you been in a scenario whereby “your mind is busy” on some things like picking up your children from school, shopping mall, visit your parents etc. and your mind is busy on those things and you are searching for your car key and the key is on your table but you can’t remember that you put that key on your table.
When your mind is in a state of busyness, it has a way of limiting the brain to think in that frame of context.
To explain the busyness of the mind, let’s look at another scenario whereby you are searching for something and you decide to give up on it, suddenly you remember that the file is in your office, this happens because immediately you give up on that thing, your mind lifts the embargo on your brain to receive light and information and your mind is at peace to accept them.
You can be in a state of mind-busyness and for days you will not be able to see things that are around you, you are seeing them physically but your mind has capture and restrict your brain to receive things that are in line with what is in your mind at that particular time.
Whatever your eyes sees goes to the brain for processing but when your brain is limited to a frame of context, for instance people usually says “my mind is not there”, the question is where is thy mind? It is busy on some things
You would have heard about a scenario whereby a man is standing before a car that nearly hit him, although he is seeing but his mind is busy.
Solitude is creating an atmosphere that is devoid of distractions, you may not necessarily travel to a place and you may, but you can create this atmosphere in your house or room by shutting down every distraction – externally and internally.
Externally by shutting down your phone, laptop and television set etc. but there are external distractions that you may not have control over like children playing around and some people’s room is even a distraction to them, that is why most people engaged this atmosphere in the midnight or they go to a lonely place to engaged this atmosphere.
Internal distractions can be so powerful than the external because you can decide to shut down every external distraction and you are seated quietly and different thoughts bombard your mind, so you must release every thoughts in your mind, there is a saying that “the old must give way to the new”
Jesus and some prophets in the bible taught us this principle:
Mathew 14 verse 13 (RSV) now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart………
The more spiritual leaders make use of this principle, the more they are connected to realm of the spirit and they are able to discern spiritual things that ordinarily a man can’t discern.
Silence and solitude is a powerful weapon that can launch you into another realm of liberty in life whereby you are no longer tossed by the winds of life in the everyday life on earth.
LIGHT AND DARKNESS
There are things in life that I categorized as darkness in the context of “every personal and social problems are darkness” it is only light that can dispel darkness.
Your job is to set the right atmosphere for the light to dawn on your heart. A man that has filed a divorce, immediately that light dawns on him; it will dispel the darkness of hatred and aggression.
Darkness never produces positive result, they will always produce their own kind, hatred and aggression will always produce the atmosphere of disagreement.
There are lights that will never find expression just because you are thinking or brainstorming.
You have to create an atmosphere by silence and solitude for light, I mean ideas and inspirations to shine on your heart.
If there is no darkness, you don’t need light, but I can assure you that there will always be darkness: people will offend you and things will happen that can bring anger and depression.
Do you know that even if there is light, you need to sustain that light for darkness not to find expression anymore. Bible gave us an insight on the importance of light in Hosea chapter 12 verse 13 (RSV)
“By a prophet the lord brought Israel up from Egypt, and by a prophet he was preserved”
All instructions and ideas was through a prophet, so a prophet is required to sustain them, in synonyms to light, light must be sustained for darkness not to find expression.
You need to be able to enter into an atmosphere: it is like a reset mode of your mind whereby the mind is attuned to a receptive mode and this creates magnet that attracts understanding, ideas and inspirations to bring about the realm of absolute control of light and magnify the experiences of light.
WHY THIS PRINCIPLE?
Great men of ideas in this world are men of this principle, do you know why this principle is so powerful, even great men and spiritual leaders can not do without it?
It is because of a secret — “life is spiritual”, life is not about what you can feel, see or touch.
The physical realm is designed for the manifestation of the spirit realm, how did you know that you love someone? You can never see “love” with your physical eyes but you know that you love that person because your emotion alters your outward state toward that person.
The inventions of the great men in the world are not seen in this physical realm with their five senses, the illumination, ideas and inspirations dawn on their mind and they are able to see what is not in this realm and they go after the possibilities of bringing its existence to this realm.
The dream world shows us the reality of the spirit realm, whenever you sleep, your five senses are suspended, launching you into another realm.
The dream world taught us the principle of shutting down all distractions, even if you are day-dreaming, some of your senses are suspended. It made us to know that before you can get to a receptive mode atmosphere, you must shut down all distractions both external and internal.
But you must be aware of the fact that distractions are part of everyday life but they are there for you to know that there can be an atmosphere of serenity, there is light because there is an existence of darkness.
Probably, there may not be chance for you to create that kind of atmosphere due to distractions here and there, but you need to understand that the world is in two fold: the light and the darkness, in the context of “every personal problem and social vices are darkness”.
The existence of darkness gave us the possibility of light, most great men in the world are not born with silver spoon in their mouth, but they made something out of their situation. The reality that there is problem made us to know that there is richness in life.
SILENCE WITHOUT SOLITUDE?
Yes, there can be silence without solitude, whereby there is absence of crowdedness in your heart, you are calm, focused, and you are able to act wisely and made critical decisions concerning your life.
You are not devoid of distractions when your mind is not focused, because for you to advance in life or get to some stages, you must have the ability to be calm and focused, you would have heard people saying that “always pay attention to details”.
There is a scenario whereby two boys are called by their father and he said to the first boy “go and bring your ball” as soon as the boy heard this, he ran to his room, and the father said to the second boy “go and bring your ball” and the boy wait to hear the next instruction and the father said “go and play with it”.
The difference between them is that one is able to stay focused and calm while the other is not.
This principle always affects people especially in their academics and career life when working with a team or their boss, the one that is focused and calm will always outshine the other.
POWER OF TRANQUILITY
In the medical career, you can’t be listening to a patient and you will not be focused and calm either in the consultation or when treating the patient, if you are not focused and calm, you will always have problem, that is why I said for you to get to some stages in life you must be focused and calm and when you are there, you must sustain that ability because the life and destiny of people are at the mercy of your decisions.
You would have heard of some scenario whereby the doctor or nurse administered the wrong drug or injection for the patient, it is not because most of them are not qualified, but it is because there are distractions in their mind and they are not focused. This applies to all other career, Also in the banking industry, you must be focused and calm or else you will input the wrong data and things will go wrong even as a businessman/woman, you must adopt the principle of silence: the absence of crowdedness in a man’s heart, for you to be creative and to bring ideas and solutions for the development of your firm.
Firms always want people of creative ideas. But have you ever asked yourself that who are the people of ideas? And why are they needed?
They are needed because ideas rules the world, for instance, Bill gate, it is his idea that you are now using as Microsoft, you can’t change it, you can only use It the way he has programmed it, it means he has ruled you and as long as you are using it, he is still ruling you.
Have you heard of a scenario whereby two businessmen went on a tour in a city, one of them is admiring the city while the other man is asking himself “what do the people of this city need? What can we offer them? And at the long run, his firm was planted in that city.
The men/women of ideas are people that have lift up their mind and sustain it to the level whereby they are no longer tossed by the wind of everyday life.
Have you noticed some business leaders that their firm would lost a lot of money and those leaders would still “be standing” meeting with their financial analyst and team to know the next step to take, and you will be amazed at their words and reactions, that is what tranquility can do to a man/woman.
James Allen said the more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is strongly equable. Calmness is power.