A Thinker lives in a world of his own conscious creation.
"When you once know how “to think,” you can create at will anything you wish,— whether it be a new personality, a new environment, or a new world.
This same vein appeared in 1903 in the book by James Allen, "As a Man Thinketh." The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he".
Quotes from "As a Man Thinketh"
"Men do not attract what they want, but what they are."
"A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts."
"Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built."
"Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound."
"Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought."
"Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves."
"Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself."
"Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err."
Have you ever taken the pains to study out what is consciousness? How it seems to be an impersonal state of awareness, of waiting to serve or to be directed or used by some power latent in and intimately related to itself?
How man seems to be merely the highest type of organism containing this consciousness, which is directed and used by this power within itself?
That this power latent in man’s consciousness and in all consciousness is nothing but Will, My Will? For you know that all power is but the manifestation of My Will.
Now you have been told that in the beginning I created man in “My Image and Likeness,” after which I breathed into him the Breath of Life and he became a Living Soul.
By creating man in My Image and Likeness I created an organism capable of expressing all of My Consciousness and all of My Will, which means likewise all of My Power, My Intelligence, and My Love. I therefore made it perfect in the beginning, patterning it after My own Perfection.
When I breathed into man’s organism My Breath, it became alive with Me; for then it was I breathed into it My Will— not from without, but from within—from the Kingdom of Heaven within, where always I AM. Ever afterward I breathed and lived and had My Being within man, for I created him in My Image and Likeness only for that purpose.
.... Man thinks he thinks; but it is I, the Real I of him, who thinks through his organism. Through this thinking and his spoken word I accomplish all that man does, and make man and his world all that they are.
It makes no difference if man and his world are not what he supposes they are. They are just what I created them to be for My Purpose.
But, if I do all the thinking, man does not and cannot think, I hear you say.
Yes, here seems a mystery, but it will be revealed to you, if you note carefully what follows: For I AM going to teach you—man— HOW to think.
Buddha, Einstein and Lao Tzu also had their say about thinking:
"What we think, we become." - Buddha
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein
“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” - Lao Tzu
My sense is that all written about thought and its place in the grand plan is only partial truth. The quote attributed to Lao Tzu says it best for me. The key is actually beyond mental thought, in intuitive feeling and heart-centered intelligence.