Thinking positive will really help they said – but they lied. These were the desperate words of a middle aged woman who came to me for healing recently.
For the sake of anonymity I’ll use the name Irene. It’s true, she carried a lot of baggage from childhood but Irene tried hard in later life to sort out some of her deep rooted issues. According to Irene, almost every therapist she’d seen had somehow squeezed in positive thinking as a major part of the solution. Now she was here with me, deflated and disappointed at her own failure.
The problem with positive thinking is it’s a psychological process – something that happens only in the mind. We think good thoughts & bad thoughts. We have hope for the future, and memories of the past. The more religious amongst us, often believe in the power of God. But positive thought only exists in the mind. That’s the top and bottom of it really. Think about it….When things actually happen they are existential – outside the mind. Other people can see them like for example a car accident, water flowing under a bridge or birds flying in the sky. They’re real in the place we exist. For the grumpy people who complain about loud tweeting birds waking them up too early ha ha. If you complain about it everyday for 10 years, do you think they’ll stop tweeting? No. If you get on your knees every morning and say to God… “Please God, help me get at least one restful morning without these birds shrieking!” Will God stop them? No! because your thoughts can’t influence it. The great philosopher Descartes once made a very questionable statement, he said….
I think Therefore I am
Why is it questionable? Well according to Decartes we only exist because of our thoughts but actually – if we didn’t exist,we couldn’t think at all. We cannot