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Are Positive Thinkers Pompously Perfect?


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In my articles, I always express myself in the most positive, effective way to achieve desired results, in whatever topic I am writing about. Does this mean that I have a perfect life, I do everything right, and I have everything I want? Well, let me put it this way…if I were perfect, I would no longer be on this earthly plane!

I have come a long way on my spiritual journey, and I still have a long way to go. Like you, I am perfect in my imperfection. But, as I learned from Louise Hay in her excellent book, "You Can Heal Your Life," what you put your attention on increases. So if I want to increase my prosperity, do I focus on the things I don't have? No way! If I want to lose weight, do I stare at the extra pounds and agonize? Of course not!

As Deepak Chopra so aptly put it, "A problem is solved not by confronting it directly, but by going to a level where no problem exists." Our thoughts create our future, and so if we want to change our future, we must change our thoughts. That is where affirmations come in.

For example, a few years ago, I had a lot of trouble as a lawyer with being late. I don't mean just a few minutes late; I mean hours. There was a lot of "stuff" behind it, such as not feeling "real" in the role I was in, and resentment at my husband for "forcing" me to practice law, etc. etc. But I decided I wanted to change it. So I began saying "I am in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing." I said it most often when I was late, with stress pressing in on me, sweating, my heart pounding. I felt a little ridiculous. Sometimes I even had to laugh, as I drove to court, two hours late, saying, "I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing." But I kept it up. And I refused to criticize myself. I had been criticizing myself for years, and it hadn't worked. So I decided to try something different.

As I learned from Louise Hay, affirmations are like seeds. When you first plant a tiny little tomato seed, it certainly doesn't look like a tomato plant. But if you water it and give it lots of sun, it will grow. And when the first little green shoot comes up, you don't go out and stomp on it, saying, "That's not a tomato plant!" No. You water it, and care for it, and pull out the weeds around it. And soon, you have a magnificent plant, with hundreds of tomatoes. It all came from that first tiny seed.

It is the same with affirmations. They don't feel true at first, because you are just planting the seed. But if you plant that seed and water it with lots of affirmations, and pull out the weeds of criticism, soon you will have your desire in manifestation.

So I continued with my affirmation, "I am in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing," and refused to criticize myself, no matter what. One day, I was amazed to find that I was on time for my appointments, my work was completed timely and efficiently, and I was enjoying myself more. And it all came, effortlessly, from that one little affirmation.

That is why my articles do not deal with the negative. We have all been wallowing in the negative long enough. Now is the time to change. Now is the time to be free!

Affirmation: I am willing to release the pattern in me that is causing this condition. I am willing to change, and grow, to become more of who I am.