The Fruit of Your Thoughts

by Rev. Marla Sanderson

A piece of Zen wisdom says, “When the apple’s ripe, it falls from the tree.”

We are unaware of the workings that go on in the invisible as the tree comes into blossom. The flowers form, then drop—and a new fruit begins to grow.

Does the tree worry or fret about whether it can produce an apple? Does it yell and fuss if it doesn’t happen right away? Probably not. When the apple is ready, PLOP!

To us, it just happens. It seems like magic, but it’s the natural way of life.

We humans are different, though. Life doesn’t just “happen” to us. We stand between the formed and the formless, and that makes us the master of our universe.

The formed is what you see around you—conditions, circumstances, relationships, etc. They take shape around you as you go about the business of thinking your thoughts and living your life.

When you want more and different, you might try harder or work harder. Or you might give up what you’re doing and try something else. Sometimes you kick and fuss, hoping to get what you want sooner. You look to others to provide what you want, whether it’s love, approval, or a new toy. Sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t.

I suspect you’ve noticed that no particular form is ever permanent. Material things come and go, and that works out great, because we all tend to want the new and better.

Form is never cause. It is always effect. You are the creative gateway between what’s possible and what happens in your life.

The formless is substance in an unformed state, and is always and forever taking form. Most important, it is taking form through YOU.

You are the cause.

Thought creates. And that means YOUR thought creates.

Whether you know it or not, you are the cause of everything that “happens” in your life. You see it in your actions as you try harder to get what you want. But the real power, the creative power, starts in your mind.

Did you ever listen to the stuff that rattles around in there? Many of the rumblings and ruminations are just noise. But that noise can be destructive—especially if it’s powered with an emotional charge. Your mind can be put to a better use than making noise.

It’s been said that worry is a prayer for what you don’t want. So is grumbling, griping, bitching and moaning. Think about it.

Consciously directed thought can turn your world around. Positive thinking is a good start that’s guaranteed to uplift your spirit, but it’s just a start. Start thinking of yourself as a creative genius. Or an artist—or a writer, if that’s what you want. See what happens.

We all aspire to greater and better. With a little awareness, you can choose your thoughts and choose your future. Whether it’s a little tweak, a lifestyle change, or a complete 180 degrees, the possibility is in you.

Just like the apple tree, Intelligent Life is working behind the scenes to bring about the fruit of your thoughts. You may not see it or know what’s happening, but when everything’s right for it in your mind, PLOP!

Rev. Marla Sanderson is a skilled spiritual counselor, speaker, teacher, and workshop leader. She has studied and practiced the Science of Happiness and Science of Mind for over 40 years. Her website, The New Thought Global Network, showcases ideas from many New Thought disciplines.  She is ordained in the Centers for Spiritual Living. (Religious Science). Contact her at 727-475-8991, or or visit

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