Every thought that has ever been thought still exists, and whenever you focus
upon a thought, you activate the vibration of that thought within you.
So, whatever you are currently giving your attention to is an activated thought.
But when you turn your attention away from a thought, it becomes dormant,
or no longer active. The only way to consciously deactivate a thought is to activate another.
In other words, the only way to deliberately withdraw your attention from one thought
is to give your attention to another.
When you give your attention to anything, the vibration, at first, is not very strong,
but if you continue to think about it or speak about it, the vibration gets stronger.
So, with enough attention to any subject, it can become a dominant thought.
As you give more and more attention to any thought, and as you focus upon it
and therefore practice the vibration of it—the thought becomes an even bigger part of your
vibration—and you could now call this practiced thought a belief.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
~ Saint Francis de Sales