I’ve been thinking lately about the role of positive thinking in our spiritual growth. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a distinction between PRETENDING that you feel fine while denying how you really feel, and genuinely REMEMBERING that you are fine, in your deepest nature, and consciously working to affirm that principle.
This can be a fine line to walk, this space between pretending and remembering. An example of remembering would be as follows: I talk to myself when I feel down or physically uncomfortable. I tell myself, “remember how you felt when the energy was flowing and you were joyful. You seem to be starting to lose perspective and forget what you feel like when you are deeply connected to your own essence. Survival mode is taking over and you are magnifying fear. This is how you feel, there is nothing wrong with it, it is fine to feel this way, love yourself no matter what you feel…but let’s start to remember who we know we are.”
In a sense you could certainly call this “positive self-talk” or positive thinking. However it is different from gritting my teeth, denying what I am feeling, putting on a big smile and acting like I feel wonderful. Remembering takes place on a much deeper level, where genuine transformation can occur. Pretending take place on a mental level where the transformation is much more difficult to achieve; especially when we may just be trying to convince ourselves or others. This points to the heart of the matter. Do we really believe that our essence is joyful, that we have the right to consciously connect with it, and that we have the ability to do so? We must believe in all three for the transformation to occur; believing in only one or two wont work. I feel like these are very, very important questions; particularly when we are facing health challenges, or life is becoming a struggle.
“Re-member”: collect the seemingly disparate parts of yourself and bring them all back to Center where they can be lovingly dissolved in the Divinity which is your birthright.