Some Thoughts Are a Lot of Bull!

By Lady Diannia Baty

A few years ago I had an opportunity to meet a young woman who owned a bull named “Tiny.” Trust me when I tell you there wasn’t a thing tiny about him. He was massive. He was also spoiled and was her mode of transportation instead of a horse. Talk about thinking out of the box. She also owned a car but when everyone said lets go riding, she would saddle up Tiny and off she would go. The horses gave this bull a wide berth and it was okay for all concerned even though she took a lot of ribbing for it.

Before the ride started this particular day I asked her what I am sure many people have asked her before and that was why a bull instead of a horse? She told me that when she was young on their farm her father and her brothers rode bulls and would not let her because she was a girl. She told herself that one day she would have one of her own and that she hated being told that she couldn’t do certain things because she was female. She raised Tiny since he was born and loved him fiercely. I admired her for moving past the conditioning that her family tried to give her. They had been taught that women and girls did not do certain things and so they in turn taught the same thing. That is how so many of us grow up with certain beliefs because of what others are telling us is true and so we go forward and tell others the same thing.

Our conditioning and our beliefs determine how difficult or smooth our spiritual path may be. It is vital that we examine what we think is true and why? Our beliefs can take us way off track spiritually, physically and emotionally if we do not examine the validity of what we think.

For this young woman who never lost track of the desire to own and ride her own bull. it became a reality. She never had the thought that it would not come true. If she had taken on the belief that girls just did not ride bills she would have never realized her dream.

Few people are aware of the thoughts that pass through their minds. Thinking is performed like a habit, in an automatic manner. If the thoughts are positive, it is good, but if they are negative it can lead to trouble in your life.

The mind is like a small child, who accepts and takes for granted whatever it sees or hears, without judgment and without considering the consequences. If you let your mind behave as it likes and give it total rein and freedom, you lose your freedom. We are constantly flooded with thoughts, ideas and information coming through the five senses and even through the sixth sense of intuition. In fact it has been told to us that on average we have about sixty thousand thoughts a day. We also get information through other people and the media. These thoughts, ideas and information penetrate the mind whether we are aware if it or not.

This outside flow of information messes with our behavior and reactions. It influences the way we think, our preferences, likes and dislikes. It creates prejudice and judgment. It creates fear, worry and doubt. This means that we let outside powers shape our very life.

Where is the freedom in that?

Most people think and believe their thoughts originate from them but have you ever stopped to consider if your thoughts, desires, beliefs and likes or dislikes are really yours? Are they completely original? If there is no filter to process the thoughts that come from the mind, there is no freedom. All your actions become like a puppet on a string, though few will admit it, thus becoming carbon copies of an organization, of outmoded beliefs and ideas or of someone else and how they act and think and believe.

You may object to this and say that the thoughts that pass through your mind are yours, but are they?


Have you deliberately created every thought that entered your mind? Why let outside influences control your mind and life. Why be a slave to other people’s thoughts? Do you want to make your mind free with the gift of free will that was encoded into your very being by your creator or do you prefer to enslave it to others peoples opinions and ideas?

If you leave your mind open to every thought that passes by, you put your life in other people’s hands and without realizing it you accept their thoughts and act in accordance with them. Where is your original thought?

Everybody is susceptible to certain kinds of thoughts than others. Certain thoughts and ideas we usually ignore and others spur us to immediate action. Thoughts concerning subjects we love have more power on us than other thoughts, but even thoughts and ideas we don’t care for, if we are frequently exposed to them; may eventually sink into our subconscious mind and influence us.

Everybody has desires, ambitions, and dreams that he or she may foster from childhood. They may be the thoughts of parents, teachers or friends and have lodged in our minds and are carried around throughout our lives. Are they necessary? Do you need all this excessive baggage?

Think about all the negative stuff that other people pile on us. Maybe it is a dad who bitterly tells his young son that women are bad due to a divorce. His son may grow up thinking that all women are bad and have horrible relationships because of it. It could be the obsessive mother who tells her young daughter that a house has to be spotless and this young girl grows up thinking an unmade bed is sinful. I could go on and on with the list. My mother told me that no matter what your husband may do you should always bow to his wishes right or wrong. I can’t begin to tell you how much grief that caused me in my earlier life until I finally knew that this was the way she thought and was not my truth at all.

In order to reduce the power of outside influences and thoughts in your life, you need to be aware of what is coming into your mind and ask yourself if it is true, if you like it or not, does it feel good to you and are you willing to accept it as a fact? In illness not being aware of your thoughts will make you sicker if you are listening to everyone out there and their ideas about your illness. Newly pregnant mothers are scared half to death when they listen without qualifying the information what other women who have given birth tell them.

You do not have to accept each and every thought, idea or information. Think and find out if you entertain certain thoughts because you decided to do so, or because they popped into your head due to outside influences.

It is not easy to be fully aware and with your thoughts. It takes practice and a desire to live an authentic life and to be unique. You mind may revolt over the control as it is not used to it. If you want to be the master of your own life, you should not let other people’s thoughts, desires and motives rule your life…unless you choose to. It is about choice,your choice. When you were created you were so incredible and unique. Are you still unique?

Are you blossoming into your full potential and using your mind all on your own? Do you trust your own thoughts or is it just more comfortable to go with popular thought?

When you put your spiritual practices fully into your life of gratitude and staying in the now, It becomes easier until pretty soon you are the driver of your mind not just a passenger. This is just something to think about.

Rev. Diannia Baty is a Spiritual Life Coach, author and speaker.

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  1. I wanted to get everyone thinking about how many of their thoughts were so much garbage.

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