Lori Lothian has discovered some thoughts are more powerful than others.
When I was ten years old my grade five teacher, Mr. Pratt, was a man with deep faith in God. He had all the earmarks of a preacher and I wouldn’t be surprised if later in life he became one. But back then he was an enthusiastic and fresh faced 20-something in his first year teaching and I was lucky enough to find myself in his class.
While he taught me math and grammar as well as about cows and barns (on field trips to his grandparent’s farm) what I have carried with me these forty years later is one teaching that changed the trajectory of my life. He taught me miracles are possible and in so doing awakened the mystic in me.
He did this by sharing biblical stories of the magical nature of God, from the Old Testament parting of Red Sea to New Testament tales of walking on water and raising the dead. His story telling was sprinkled with his own conviction miracles were readily available with a measure of faith. Perhaps because I was raised in a religious void, these stories sparked my imagination and fueled a Zen-like beginner’s-mind—after all, if my teacher tells me miracles can happen, they must.
It was the end of my year with Mr. Pratt, the last month of school, when I experienced my first miracle (which I now label from a Jungian angle, synchronicity, or from a quantum framework, entanglement.). Mr. Pratt had planned a field trip to a nearby wildlife zoo. I’d been looking forward to it for weeks, and yet the day of the trip I woke up to torrential June rains. That morning in class, he said, “If this rain doesn’t let up, I’m afraid I’ll have to cancel our outing.”
At lunch hour, I walked home in the downpour thinking to myself, why don’t I just ask God for a favor? So while my mother made me a sandwich in the kitchen, I self-consciously snuck off to the living room, got down on my knees, pressed my palms into a prayer and closed my eyes. “Dear God,” I whispered. “Please stop the rain and make it a sunny day.”
When I walked into the kitchen afterward, my mother was at the sink, looking out the window. “I think it’s going to clear up,” she said. “I just saw a flash of blue sky through the clouds.”
You know the punch line already. It turned into into a 90 degree day and the sun was out in full bloom. I remember my ice cream cone dripping in the heat as I walked from one animal pen to the next. And from then on, I had no doubt that miracles can happen when we ask earnestly for them with a measure of faith. Of course over the years, that level of childlike belief has not always been present. Yet, I have discovered there are a handful of thoughts that bring the possibility of magic and miracles to the forefront. (Because it’s my experience that every thought creates either an emotional contraction or an expansion, and yes, it’s the expansive thoughts that are good for the soul).
So, try on these ten expansive thoughts, really get down with them, and see if they don’t bring you a bit closer to wonderment and joy.
1. I am lucky. (I can’t count the times I’ve tapped this one to win door prizes).
2. Nothing is ever wrong. (Only my perception of it.)
3. Something good is always trying to happen. (Even if it looks like a mess right now).
4. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. (Or I wouldn’t be here).
5. Every upset is really a set up. (For me to remember the love that I am).
6. I am grateful for… (Even in the darkest times, I try to let the light of gratitude shine in).
7. When I believe it, I will see it. (Imagination is a power tool in reality engineering.)
8. I am not my feelings—positive or negative. (I am the being having them and ideally, witnessing them).
9. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. (Source: A Course in Miracles).
10. I don’t always get what I want, but I trust I get what I need. (Hats off to the Rolling Stones).
This list of positive thoughts is only powerful if upon thinking them, there’s little resistance. For instance, if the thought “I am lucky” is followed by “Yeah right, I never win anything” then all you have done really, is affirm something you powerfully disbelieve. A belief will trump a thought, every time (and most of our habitual thoughts are the tip of the iceberg of unexamined beliefs).
For this reason, it’s best to try out the thoughts that don’t immediately make you feel angry or irritated. The ones that generate a negative charge are often then ones that grate against a deeply held conscious or unconscious belief.
And yes, you can argue that any of the thoughts on this list are new age platitudes or simply untrue. Yet I encourage you to pick a thought and try it on for size. Watch with curiosity what begins to shift in your inner perspective and in your outer reality. Watch with the inherent innocence and wonderment of a child at what is possible when when we let go of negative thinking and limiting beliefs and instead choose thoughts that are good for the soul.