We’ve all heard the saying, “be careful what you wish for” and think we understand what it means. Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? But is it? If you really think about it, there’s something very deep about its message, a moral we should perhaps heed.
The origin of the saying is unclear, some attribute it to an old Chinese proverb, while others think it’s from the Bible. It’s been used many times, including the title of a book by Jeffrey Archer and as an anonymous quote from the Tale of the Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs, published in 1902.
It was also included in Aesop’s fable of The Old Man and Death. The moral is clear to see, be careful of wishing for something you may come to regret – be careful what you wish for, lest it come true. Could it be that it’s offering a warning to us about how we use our minds?
Can Wishes Come True?
Writing about making wishes sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but they really can have an effect on our lives. Have you ever wished for something and it came true? If so, were you glad or sad?
In order to explain how I believe wishes can affect us, we should consider that thoughts become things. The universe in its basic form is made up from vibrations. Everything in it, is a vibration, including you.
Wallace Wattles described it in his book, The Science of Getting Rich when he said that everything is made from the same “stuff”, a formless substance. If you could continue breaking down into smaller parts, what everything in the universe is made up of, at its most basic level, there would be only one part or substance common to all.
I believe this “stuff” he refers to, is vibration. If everything originates from a vibration, it must follow that thoughts are the same because the universe is made of the physical and non-physical.
Wattles goes on to explain: The stuff from which all things are made is a substance which thinks, and a thought of form in this substance produces the form. In other words, thoughts become things.
Your thoughts create a vibration, but where does it go and what happens to it? Well, there’s a lot of vibrations out there all resonating on different frequencies. It stands to reason that some of them will be on the same frequency and they’ll begin to resonate together.
Wishes and Vibrations
You probably know that the Law of Attraction states that like attracts like and this can be best described by vibrations resonating on the same frequency, as explained above. A thought vibration of wanting something won’t just find a like vibration and bring it to you. Instead, they present opportunities and possibilities.
Say you were not happy in your current job and fancied a changed of career to follow a passion you have. When your thoughts of vibrations focus on that, you’ll naturally start to take some action that might bring it about.
These actions may go unnoticed by you, but they will have an influence on what happens in your life. For example, you might begin researching opportunities around your passion, or you may invest in learning more about it.
You’ll be pointing in a new direction, stepping on to a new path, and however small your steps along it are, new things will begin to occur in your life. Often, something will happen to advance you and you think to yourself that it would never have happened if I’d not taken that particular action.
Actually, it wouldn’t have happened if you’d not had the original thought, sending out that vibration. The reason new things happen to you is because of your thoughts and beliefs. You create your own destiny.
Why You Should be Careful What You Wish For
You can probably see why you should be careful what you wish for, because once that thought is in your head, the vibration is formed. It now exists, the process to bring it into formation has begun. It may never happen, but it could.
These vibrations shouldn’t be thought of in isolation. They are a but a tiny part of the vibration that is the universe, they can’t be separated out. That tiny vibration will cause the overall vibration of the universe to vibrate slightly differently.
Sometimes we wish for things spontaneously without thinking them through or considering what the outcome might be. We set it in motion, only to realise later on that it isn’t what we want at all.
It’s like saying something in haste to someone if arguing with them. You might not really mean what you say, but there’s a chance it could affect your future relationship with them and you come to regret it. Why say something that you don’t mean to someone, just to get the upper hand?
Can you think of a time when you wished something would happen and it did, but you ended up losing out or being worse off because of it? It happened to me years ago when I wanted a job because it was paying good money.
I wasn’t too keen on the job as it was overseas, but I was offered it and took it. I hated it and quit after a few weeks. I’d wished for a job paying well and when I got it, hated it. Looking back, I realise I was looking for the wrong thing, I wasn’t careful about what I’d wished for!
Another Word of Warning
I’m sure there have been times when you think about what you don’t want to happen, rather than what you do want. Unfortunately, by thinking in this way, your subconscious picks up what you’re concentrating on and proceeds to try to make it happen.
This is why it’s important to keep a check on your thoughts in your conscious mind. By making them about what you want, rather what you don’t, you’re sending the right message to the subconscious.
If you’re think about something you don’t want, the subconscious interprets it as what you are instructing it to do. It sees no distinction between want and don’t want, just the outcome or the result you’re thinking about, whether its desired or not.
So, it’s not only a case of keeping a check on what you’re wishing for, but also making sure you’re not creating a wish out of something you don’t want. You really should be careful what you wish for because there’s more power in your thoughts than you may realise!