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3 Ways to Change a Negative Thought!

22 Jul

Probably the number one question I am asked is, “What is the best way to change a negative thought into a positive thought?”

By asking this question, it is obvious that the person asking knows that negative thoughts manifest themselves in fear, and that a fearful thought held in mind expresses itself in those horrible fearful feelings we feel throughout our body.

Here are three methods I use for letting go of a fearful negative thought:

1)    I learned this from Florence Scovel Shinn in her wonderful book, The Game of Life and How to Play it!

“Infinite Spirit, I cast the burden of this (say whatever the thought; fear, anger, etc.) on you, and I go free.” Repeat as many time as necessary until the fear is gone.

2)    This one I created:

“I was lead to believe by others that I (fill in your fear or belief – I’ll use not too smart) was not too smart. That most others were smarter than me. That is an absolute LIE. In fact I am very smart. I have an above average IQ. I learn things quickly and retain most of what I learn. I am very smart.”

In this example I am first verbalizing what I was told (taught) by others. I then declare that this is not true, in fact a lie. I then state to the Universe the exact opposite using the two most powerful words in the Universe, I AM.

Think of this as erasing a recording made years ago and re-recording it with the actual truth.

3)    This comes right out of A Course in Miracles. When thinking a negative thought state the following:

“This thought I do not want. I choose instead (fill in what ever thought you want).”

Try them all and then choose the one you feel most comfortable with. You may address it to whomever you view as your higher power. I will typically say the one I’ve chosen 3-5 times and whenever possible out loud. It’s always best when you hear yourself saying these things.

With love,


Beating the Bad Habit of Negative Thinking

11 Mar

Negative thinking is a lot like smoking. It’s a habit. One that we have accepted and live with every day of our lives. And like smoking, a BAD habit. We have accepted its consequences and believe that we will never get out from under it. So we hardly even try. We sort of just live with it. But negative thinking can be overpowered.

The first step to breaking this or any habit is to acknowledge it. Accept that you are for the most part an average person. And the average person thinks 54,000 negative thoughts a day and approximately 6,000 positive thoughts. Just looking at those numbers; nine negative thoughts to every one positive one makes you wonder if you can do it. But you can.

Okay, you say. I’m average and I think all these negative thoughts. But I don’t recognize my thoughts as negative. In fact I’m not even aware that I’m even thinking a thought, be it positive or negative. And herein lies the problem.

So the next question you ask yourself is, “How do I know when I’m thinking a negative thought?” Actually it’s really quite easy. Every negative thought engenders a negative feeling. So, when you’re feeling frightened, sad, depressed, worried, anxious or any one of countless negative feelings, stop and analyze what you are thinking. I guarantee you are thinking a negative thought. And it’s front and center in your mind as part of a story you are telling yourself. It could be a new story or one you have been beating yourself up with for decade after decade.

So once you identify a negative feeling what do you do then? In my book Overpowering Fear, I lay out a number of tools I use to clear my mind of negative thoughts. But, the one I like best I learned from Florence Scovel Shinn’s 1925 bestseller, The Game of Life and How to Play it. It involves using your higher power. I use Infinite Spirit as does Ms. Shinn.

Infinite Spirit, I cast the burden of this negative thought about (fill in the blank) on you and I go free. Start with saying it three times and see if the negative feeling has lifted. If not continue saying it until you feel happy and full of joy. Because happiness and joy will fill the vacuum left by the negative thought.

If this seems like a lot of work, you’re right. Old habits, especially life long ones, will take work to overpower. But my faith is in you. I know you can do it.

With Love,


And Now a Word From Our 16th President

18 Feb

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

Since today is President’s Day I thought we’d discuss a quote from my favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.

In a past blog I stated that as human beings we were created to be optimistic. Which makes a lot of sense. Who would go to work and produce goods and services if we got up in the morning, looked out the window, saw a gloomy day and said, “the hell with it. I’m going back to bed.” Instead, most of us are optimistic. We might wake up to see a gloomy day, but then we take a shower, eat breakfast, go to school or work, and make it the best day we possibly can.

But are we happy? This is what our 16th president was alluding to. We have choices. We all too often let our external circumstances define our happiness. When things are going well we can feel good about what’s happening all around us, or choose to feel sad and blue when things go wrong. Being happy or unhappy then is entirely up to us.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I would love to feel happy even when things aren’t going my way, but how do I do it when unhappiness just comes over me?” And here is the crux of the matter; we feel happy when the thoughts in our mind are positive, and we feel sad when the thoughts we are holding in our mind are negative. And so the answer is we must change what we are thinking about, or as President Lincoln said, “happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Before you ask I’m going to tell you how to release a negative thought. I like to use my higher power, or as Florence Scovel Shinn taught in her wonderful book, The Game of Life and How to Play it, cast the burden. And I do it this way; Infinite Spirit, I cast the burden of this negative thought about (fill in) on you and I go free. I’ll say this 3-5 times or until the negative thought vanishes. I then replace the emptiness in my mind with something more positive and I feel a whole lot happier.

Love you,