People keep telling me how bad the world is, how depressing, violent, etc. And I keep trying to tell everyone it really is NOT. For some time now I’ve been actively seeking positive news (see previous post) and, in doing so, have discovered the world is full of amazing and wonderful people accomplishing amazing and wonderful things every day! It really comes down to a choice we all make about where we put our focus. And why.
Governments and mainstream media have their own reasons for focusing on negative stories. The fear they create justifies big budgets for police and military, the media keep people stirred up and it sells more of their product(s). Because society has accepted these views and continues to support those who foment them, the negativity just continues.
I’ve embedded this video several times now because I feel it’s such an important message (and it’s only 10 minutes). She’s exploring the impact of having all attention on negative news and suppressing the multitudes of stories of people working for peace, helping the environment, making scientific breakthroughs, etc. The negativity keeps people divided, which only helps those in power to keep their power and to keep the rest of us dis-empowered, poor, struggling…
Even among people I know who are deeply spiritual and well aware of the power of positivity, there are those who are caught in a cycle of doom and gloom about the current state of the world. One thing I’ve learned in many years of seeking is this: when people are stuck on an issue like that, whether personal or political or affecting all humanity, somewhere in them is an issue fueling their negative focus.
I’m putting several positive stories a day on Facebook, so many of the folks who are staying negative have an opportunity each day to look in a different direction. But they don’t. Why choose to focus on bad news and refuse to notice the good?
So I’m thinking these days about questions like:
- what are you getting from holding onto this fear/anger?
- what do you believe about life or the world that holds you in this place and when did that belief begin?
- what can be done to heal the negative thinking patterns and/or shift them into positive ones?
As you know, I’ve been using ho’oponopono to explore issues for a long time. When the bad news starts to “get” me, I begin asking questions like the above and I start working with the prayer:
- For every way in which I hold negative patterns, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
- For every unresolved issue in me fueling anger and fear, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
- For every part of me which sees an “other” who is separate and unlikeable/unloveable, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
- For my failures at living in compassion and love and being peace, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
Another way to help change negative thinking is to use affirmations. I like to create a few which I keep repeating every time I catch my thoughts on certain tracks (this changes over time, so it means creating new ones…) and I also play a lot of recordings of affirmations in the background.
I’ve created a long tape of affirmation recordings from Dick Sutphen which is on Spotify, Steve Nobel has lots of affirmations recordings on YouTube and it’s easy to create a list. Hay House has offered some nice affirmations recordings from Louise Hay for free. There are millions more options.
Sometimes the deep issues creating negativity require help from a therapist or pursuing a process like Fisher Hoffman or Choices or the Diamond Heart work of H. Almaas. While clearing issues isn’t exactly fun work, the relief and freedom that flow from releasing old stuff is so immense, so lightening, so transformational, it winds up feeling great!
Every time one of us clears old negative thinking and offers positive energy into the web, the world inches closer to peace, a healthy environment, and compassion. The more you heal, the easier it is to stay drawn to the positive and good. It’s time to empower the peacemakers, the inventors of answers, the compassion holders instead of the corrupt and hateful.
I know most of my regular readers already get this. But I bet most of you know people who are caught up in the angst of these times, so please pass along the notion that looking at the positive or the negative is a CHOICE.
A few posts from the past about positive thinking (and check out the Journey to Peace tab above):