The concept of positive thinking is challenging and at times depressing for many. When one reads the merits of positive thinking from all the literature flooding the cyber world today, and then tries to be positive and expects great results, one often stumbles into frustration, for the law of attraction just doesn’t function like that.
Imagine a person who has groomed his mind with months or even years of thoughts and beliefs that everything is against him, and that nothing is working. This self-belief then finds ground in the subconscious mind and gets programmed in its own course. Even if the same person starts to think positive thoughts with the hope that things are going to change, no magical results happen for the simple reason that even though there are positive thoughts in the mind, the negative beliefs are so strong that they wield more power and do not allow the positive to bear fruits.
The most practical and important thing to keep in mind is that we have to have trust in our self, and trust in God in order to overcome the negative situations at any given point of time in life. One first has to realize that it is a consistent awareness of the higher forces and a conscious practice of observing negative thoughts dissolving in the light of awareness that can bear fruits. Consistent awareness and practice can invite a sustainable change for the better. Faith, faith, faith in one’s own self is the most important feature that allows the true positive light to shine from the center of the heart, which is the center of our Being also.
The heartening reality is that the life process is designed to move us from untruth to truth and from darkness to light. The world may be full of untruth and darkness, but it is also permeated with truth and light. As a child, we were vulnerable and subject to circumstances. As an adult, we can choose where to put our focus and attention. We can grow beyond any circumstance. Our only hope of liberation from the tyranny of negativity, which is a manifestation of untruth and darkness, is to patiently establish our mind in the deeper truths of our existence. We must train and retrain our awareness to focus on the infinite, positive resources of the larger life we have been given. Whatever traumas we may have experienced in the past, whatever habitual thinking we may have developed as a result, learning to train our mind to be in the light is the one assurance we have on our path to joy and peace of mind.
No one else can train our mind. We can only begin with the mind and the thoughts we have, so we need to be kind, loving and compassionate with our self. We need to fill our mind with the positive whenever possible. As we observe our thoughts and emotions we can begin to notice what is true and what is a detrimental illusion in our thinking. Then we patiently, lovingly, and consistently lead our mind and our thoughts back to what is ultimately true.
Let us always keep in mind the law of impermanence. Neither the good days nor the bad days stay forever. It is ultimately how we accept life, how we translate the vibrations coming to us from all directions, infused into our senses and mind and our interpretation of them, that determines how we live our life. We simply translate those energy vibrations to the positive, knowing well that nothing is bad and nothing is good, that it is how we accept and live our life that matters. For life is neutral, it is a perennial flow, a river of divine grace; it is we who give value and meaning to life.
All benefit comes through our state of mind, which is the gateway to the world of eternal peace and blessedness.
Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari (Kolkata, India): Globally acclaimed motivational teacher (mindfulness meditation, stress reduction) author, peacemaker (Man of Peace Award 2012) Visionary social advocate; founded Lokenath Divine Life Mission, 1985. Serves thousands of poverty-stricken individuals in India. (Lifetime Achievement Award, House of Lords, UK, 2015)