We have within us a Spiritual Power, a God-given Power, a Divinely Sourced Power to create the life we want to live through the positive thoughts we focus on and the positive choices we make. Deepak Chopra wrote, “You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural and enjoyable.” That environment is created by the habitual thoughts and feelings that form our attitude toward life. We create an environment that makes our choices easy, natural and enjoyable through our cultivation of the habit of focusing on positive, happy, feel good thoughts. We’re free to focus our mind on what we want, and not on what we don’t want, whether those around us think we’re denying reality. We’re free to choose a self we want to be in the world, someone we feel good being, and to be that self without explaining what we do to anyone. And we are free to decide how we’ll respond to the world around us, no matter what is going on, without feeling obligated or duty-bound to say or do what others expect us to say or do.
No matter what may be going on in our personal life, or the world around us, our attitude determines what we experience. Our attitude causes certain thoughts to come to mind that either feel good when they come, or not so good. If we want a life filled with good things like health, happiness, peace of mind, and loving encounters (and who doesn’t?) it’s essential for us to value a good mood and cultivate a positive attitude toward life. How do you look at life as it happens? What is your habitual mental-emotional tendency or orientation toward life most of the time? To which thoughts does your mind naturally gravitate? How we look at life is the way life looks to us! Do we look at our life as our creation, one we are free to change? Do we see our self powerfully thinking our life into creation from the force of the Source within us? Or is our habitual tendency to look to a force outside of us that can either help us or hinder us? Are we afraid to speak up for fear we’ll be wrong or look foolish? Are we afraid to even breathe these days for fear we’ll get sick? Fearful or faithful, anxious or joyful, we attract what comes to us through the habitual mental attitude we entertain. Through the Universal Law of Attraction the thoughts we focus on call to us in living form, color and expression every event, condition and relationship that corresponds to the vibration of the thoughts we’re emitting. If we want to call to us events, conditions and relationships that are a joy to experience, it’s essential for us entertain a positive, joyful attitude, even if those around us are not.
Positive thinking is more than just a catchphrase. It changes the way we see life. It changes how we behave in life and how life behaves to us. When we’re positive it not only makes us feel better about life, but those around us often feel better too! Irving Berlin wrote, “Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.” What happens to us happens through us, through the force of the Source within us and the direction of the thoughts we choose to focus on. How those thoughts cause us to feel creates a mood and attitude that either fills our mind with the light of positive expectation that brings about something good, or a fog of negativity that keeps us from seeing the good even when it’s there.
If we’re in a bad mood, it’s important for us to get out of it as quickly as we can because while we’re in that mood, we’re emitting a vibration through the “secret power” our attitude that is calling to us whatever is going to come next. Helen Keller said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Staring at what we don’t want, resenting what we don’t have, regretting what we’ve lost, or fearing what we could lose causes us to doubt things can get better. Doubt brings our mood down quickly and gains momentum on its way down!
When we let doubt in, doubt multiplies. We begin to doubt prayers can heal our body. We doubt a peaceful resolution in a relationship can happen. We doubt in the positive outcome of situation. And, we doubt that flow of abundant good will ever flow our way.
We can’t see what we don’t think is there. Focusing on poor health makes us doubt we can feel good again. Agonizing over disharmony in a relationship makes harmony seem unlikely. Anxiety over a stack of bills makes our experiencing abundant good seem improbable. Worrying over the dramas, traumas and conflicts of the world makes peace appear remote. If our habits of thought cause us to expect things to go from bad to worse, positive choices aren’t easy, natural, or enjoyable. We’ll doubt the efficacy of prayer and feel uncertain about what is True. We’ll fear letting go and letting God because we’ll doubt that the Power of God is all there is. And, if we don’t change our attitude, we’ll watch as things go from bad to worse as if there was no other choice. That is how forceful our secret power of attitude is in creating our life experiences.
Doubt is resistance to a positive outcome. It’s refusing our good. If we want our good to come, if we want good to prevail on earth, it’s essential for us to cultivate an attitude of positive expectation and a mood of celebration until the vibration of our desire supersedes the vibration of doubt. Since a good or a bad attitude is working twenty-four hours a day, if we want a life filled with the good we desire, we must create a positive mental attitude, or mental environment, through which the vibration of the thoughts we think summon the life we want.
We could say that a positive attitude is cultivated through the habit of choosing to “walk on the sunny side” along our earth path. When our attitude is light, bright and positive, thoughts arise from the sunny side of our mind. We walk through life in full trust that life is good, and so are the people we encounter in it. A positive attitude causes us to greet the day with happiness, and to go about our day in a good mood. We can’t help but to offer a happy smile or kind word to everyone who comes along our path. New creative ideas come to mind. We’re inspired to look for good, no matter what the situation, and if we don’t see the good right away, to celebrate its impending appearance! It’s been said “attitude is altitude.” A positive attitude lifts our spirit and causes us to soar through life living in joy and happiness. A positive attitude isn’t about pretending to be happy when we’re not. But, happiness is a choice, and it’s important for us to decide to choose it as quickly as we can. Positivity harnesses our secret power and becomes our inspiration and motivation as we think a good life into creation.