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Why “positive thinking” won’t help you out

Why "positive thinking"” won’t help you out

By Elijah David

Have you ever been told to just “think positive” and your problems will go away? Or that to achieve your goals in life, all you have to do is visualize them with positive intent?
It’s a philosophy that’s been popular for decades thanks to books like “How to win Friends and Influence People” and “Think and Grow Rich”. But is it really helping us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives? Not exactly.

In fact, according to Zen master and spiritual guru, Osho, it might just be one of the biggest “bullshit philosophies” there is.
Osho believes that it’s doing more harm than good. Why? Because it means we’re denying reality and being dishonest to ourselves: “The philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others.”

“Positive thinking is the only bullshit philosophy that America has contributed to human thought – nothing else. Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and the Christian priest, Vincent Peale – all these people have filled the whole American mind with this absolutely absurd idea of a positive philosophy.
And it appeals particularly to mediocre minds…

I agree with Osho, not just because he was a great teacher, but because of my experience during meditation. Awakening means becoming the One Self although we may choose different ways to go within. At the deepest point of meditation, there is no mind and no experience. Positive thinking requires that we control our mind to create a desired outcome. It opposes living in the present without any particular agenda. Our interaction with the world “out there” is a reflection of our inner state of awareness. Living in the moment means existing in a state of “detached concentration”. From the inner perspective we allow our experience, and our breath, to be free of manipulation. Eventually, we must even let go of any conceptual idea of an “observer”.

The issue with positive thinking and the “power of manifestation” is that they fail to address our unconscious self. Awakening occurs as we heal our suppressed emotions, and retrieve the “stuck” energy inside of us. When the energy isn’t given movement, our life force is reduced, and we project our emotions at other people. Regardless of how suppressed emotions occur, when they are not given movement, we create karma. We will manifest the same “triggered” situations time and time again, until we heal our (feminine) side. Our masculine side is healed by enjoining our feminine, empowering us with strength and sensitivity. When our thinking (masc) and (fem) side are joined, we transcend karma. Once we awaken, the concept of imagining a desirable outcome is ludicrous, because our minds are able to manifest instantly without attachment to outcome.

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