SHAFAQNA- Thinking positively can work miracles. You may have been told to ”guard your thoughts”, but felt the advice to be pointless. After all, your thoughts are private. How can they possibly affect someone else? The fact is thoughts do seem to boomerang in some mysterious ways. Science has not found a way to measure them as they have invisible sound waves. In order to understand how positive thinking works and how to use it efficiently it is important to understand the power of negative thinking.
”Negative thoughts and tensions are like birds. We cannot stop them from flying near us but, we can certainly stop them from making a nest in our mind.”
The mind can be directed towards positive thinking or negative thinking. The power of thought is a neutral power. The way one thinks determines whether the results are positive and beneficial or negative and harmful. It is the same of energy acting in different ways. Persistent inner work can change habits of thoughts. You must be willing to put energy and time to avoid negative thinking and pursue positive thinking, in order to change your mental attitude. Think of those things which are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, in other words, to fill your mind with noble, good thoughts, leaving no room for negative ones to take root.
The most powerful weapon you have at your disposal is Dua’a (prayer). Use it and use it often. The basis of prayer is to lift us and situations to Almighty Allah – an inner act of visualization. A further step is to contemplate on our beautiful teachings of Islam – this involves controlling and directing out thoughts. A simple way to think of this is to imagine your mind to be like a garden. That garden can be spoilt and overrun by negative, destructive thoughts (weeds), or it can become a place of peace and harmony by the cultivation of flowers (uplifting thoughts).
”Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers. Or you can grow weeds.”
Are you prone to depression? Do you see your life as a hopeless mess… consider yourself a failure? If you do, then you will close your mind, see no opportunities, and behave and react in such ways, as to repel people and opportunities. You let the power of negative thinking rule your life. Try replacing such negative thoughts with positive ones. Talk to your beloved Allah, Allah does not create a lock without a key, and Allah doesn’t give you problems without its solutions. Trust HIM! While recognizing these problems, picture yourself as mastering each one. Visualize yourself handling each situation creatively; being a success; gradually allowing your given potential to blossom.
At first, this kind of thought control may seem like an inner game – but you’ll be surprised at how, slowly but surely, your outer circumstances begin to change.
Destructive thoughts, on the other hand, act as poisoning agents. They embitter and limit the thinker, preventing him or her from developing good relationships, because others sense the wrong thoughts telepathically, and shy away instinctively.
Conversely, if you greet people with the thought that they’ll probably be nice to know, such a positive thought will affect their response. If you’re afraid of someone, replace that fear with a thought which recognizes that the person’s given potential ”core” is probably hidden under layers of unhappiness and wrong thinking. Silently pray for that person, and ask that his or her true self be given a chance to manifest.
A friend was once terribly upset because someone was spreading false rumors about her. She could not deny the rumor publicly. All she could do was:
• Pray for the woman;
• Try to think about her charitably;
• Visualize her acting differently.
She did this consistently for some weeks. One day, unexpectedly, the woman phoned her to apologize and say she’d been mistaken, Subhaan-Allah! It seemed like a miracle! But right thinking can work miracles… Life has many different chapters for us. One bad chapter doesn’t mean the end of the book. Be positive and keep your faith in Allah. Once we function in harmony with Allah’s beautiful laws of love and forgiveness – and this includes spreading good, true and beautiful thoughts – our lives will flower as they were meant to.