By Paul A Philips
It always amuses me when I hear people labelling something as ‘negative’ with all its connotations. As if the negative is something to be ignored or dismissed. Do these people, especially some of those new agers think that negative things will all go away if ignored? That by focussing on the positive will bring about a complete turnaround? What about the old adage, what you resist will persist..?
No. Labelling, invalidating or dismissing something merely as negative may mean that you have missed the point: For example, if I told you that your kitchen is on fire, would you then turn to me and say something in the way of “Oh, you’re talking so negatively. I was happy until now…” Of course you wouldn’t say something so absurd. No, instead you’d try and do something about it. Let’s say you’d race into your kitchen and instinctively try and put out the fire. After putting out the fire, say it was caused by a frying pan with oil; you would indeed then thank me for putting your attention on this.
-The point I’m making here is that many things going on in the world related to unfairness, injustice, greed, lies and deception… will continue until humanity focuses on this inhumanity and seriously does something about it.
Many of these things have got this way because of people’s stand down behaviour, ignorance and apathy… As Einstein said in so many words; the world’s full of danger and the most dangerous people are those who do nothing about it. It’s not just a case of ‘getting off one’s backside…’ but also a discerning ability is needed and to listen to the heart.
Deep inside you have an inner voice coming from your inner being. When this inner voice talks to you it says do something with your life. That inner voice can be quite specific, related to, say, doing things that contribute to others, turning things around related to those negative connotations; unfairness, injustice, greed, lies and deception…
The same above principle applies in relationships. A sudden realization of the negative and a willingness to confront is an opportunity for making the necessary changes for a turnaround.
Negativity is just an interpretation of what’s occurring out there for you. Negativity either controls you or you control it. Given certain situations, which one will it be for you?
Do things have to be perceived as negative? No, you have a choice. Choice is part of what makes you human. In many cases, you have the choice of, instead of instead perceiving something as negative, get it on the level that everything is just the way it IS.
Is-ness is the key: Ultimately there is no such thing as positive or negative. Everything is just the way it is. This observer mode viewpoint can put you in an empowering way of being.
-This is how focussing on the negative can transform your life!
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