Omnipotence of thought 

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Just think how things would be if everything you imagined actually came true...

Of course, some people actually think this way, as if they had magical powers of mind.  Think of living in horror of yourself, dreading that another idea will happen. Sigmund Freud called this condition as "obsessional neurosis" in which the sufferer holds a superstitious belief in "omnipotence of thoughts." 

Freud describes one of these patients: "If he thought of someone, he would be sure to meet that very person immediately afterwards, as though by magic. If he suddenly asked after the health of an acquaintance whom he had not seen for a long time, he would hear that he had just died, so it would look as though a telepathic message had arrived from him. If, without any really serious intention, he swore at some stranger, he might be sure that the man would die soon afterwards, so that he would feel responsible for his death."

Freud claims to have cured the man, so he could lead a normal life, unafraid that his thoughts would work. See Totem and Taboo: Some Points of Agreement between the Mental Lives of Primitive Peoples and Neurotics, W.W. Norton & Company (New York 1950), p. 107.

Compare the common religious idea of temptation. Wish-fulfillment leads you astray. If you hope for happiness, you must shield yourself from your own ideas and fantasies. Zen and other eastern meditative techniques similarly focus on blocking out memories, hopes and imaginings in order to arrive at a blissful state of consciousness . . . if you can call it consciousness when the mind is emptied of content.


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