CandleFlame  pray

We are not advocating that anyone ignore "the real world" and walk around with rose-colored glasses trying to think positively 24 hours a day. Indeed, we believe that attempting to do so may lead to a loss of faith in the long-run, if the things that we've ignored come back to "burst our bubble". Positive intention shouldn't mean blindness or incompetence.

On the contrary, we believe that focused intentions and prayers need to be balanced by scheduled periods when we look at everything that is or might go wrong, and then to take appropriate actions to minimize the possibility that such bad things will happen. In other words, we do not believe that we're supposed to ignore our ability to think logically and to troubleshoot.

Some of the best-known advocates of positive thinking talk about "the power of negative thinking", and recommend that we put aside perhaps 5% of our time to spot potential problems, and to engage in focused troubleshooting. Of course, if you devote a greater portion of your time problem-solving to make the world a better place, that's wonderful.

Moreover, positive-thinking books like The Secret have been misunderstood, and some people believe that you don't have to do anything to achieve results. As one of the stars of The Secret, James Arthur Ray, says, "You can watch 'The Secret' and come away with the illusion that you can sit around in your living room and visualize your millions dumping into your lap, and that's just not going to happen."

And another of the key presenters from The Secret, Bob Doyle, says that while occassionally things may drop in your lap without any effort, usually you also have to act. But he counsels that action should be guided by intuition, and should be joyous and "in the flow". In other words, work hard to help your prayers come true, but try to listen to your intuition as to when and how to act and -- even in the midst of the hard work -- act joyously and stay in the flow.

The bottom line is that we need to develop both our ability to create powerful intentions for good and to use our logical problem-solving abilities to make sure that we're not allowing problems to get out of control by ignoring them. Indeed, regularly scheduling a small portion of time for trouble-shooting may even free up our unconscious and our energy to focus more powerfully on positive outcomes during our prayers.

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