Accessing and Generating Power: The Sunlight of Positive Thought
Just went outside and dusted off all the solar panels; those for the well, shown in the picture on the right, in addition to the six panels for the house.
We have bright sun and clear, cloudless blue skies this crisp winter morning; but with an inch of pure, sparkling powder atop the panels, the light was being completely blocked. This meant that no power was being collected and stored, despite our glorious, sun-splashed day. That is, not until I took the broom and swept away all of the accumulated snowflakes. But first, I had to realize that even though the sun was shining and the dusting we’d received in the night was done, there was not only snow on the ground, but on the panels.
When our thoughts are gloomy or clouded, an overcast mood can repel all available light and joy. In much the same way as the solar panels, if we are blocking the light around us with negativity, there is no power being received and available to uplift us.
Once we clear away the barriers to light and love and power, then everything around and within us begins to change. Moments after cleaning off the solar panels, the monitor began registering an infusion of power. It is the same with us.
We have the ability to access and generate tremendous power by focusing our thoughts and directing them positively. Dr. Napoleon Hill was a master of affirmation and self-help, and knew well the efficacy of one’s thoughts in determining our personal success in a complex and challenging world.
He spent his lifetime studying success and conveying the lessons he learned in a clear and compelling way. He wrote, “Bring sunshine into the life of others and notice how its rays will reflect themselves in you.” That is the beauty of it. When we light a candle against the darkness we cannot keep its reflection from ourselves. If we light a fire for another, its warmth reaches us in the process.
We find so many variations on this theme, because there lives within this perspective a powerful truth. Happy people tend to be grateful people, and a grateful heart is a generous heart. If what we give comes back to us ten-fold, then we begin to see a significant cause and effect dynamic at play.
In the midst of debilitating assaults and losses, it may take all we’ve got just to survive. But in the ebb and flow of life’s garden variety challenges and missteps, we have the ability to choose how we will respond to and initiate most things. I do believe that happiness is a choice. And it is one we make again and again, despite bleak external realities, and in the face of all manner of threats and troubles.
Yesterday I received a totally unexpected phone call from an authority within the criminal justice system, regarding the man who murdered my niece. It sent me into an emotional tailspin as I had to relay information and re-visit horrific details. For the remainder of the day I had to work very deliberately to get back to joy. I had to choose to access and generate the power of positive thought and to remember the perennial sunlight within my mind. It would have been so easy, so natural and normal to succumb, and then so difficult to be in that dark emotional place. I resisted, taking the broom of my will and brushing away everything blocking the light.
By focusing on the many blessings in my life, my beliefs, and my sense of gratitude and commitment to personal responsibility, I ended up glad and grateful that I can still be a voice for justice, and a steward of important history, so the memory of my niece remains undimmed.
When we see anything blocking our light, our access and receptivity to power, we must summon our inner and outer strength and change our thoughts. As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale has written, “To the degree to which your attitude shifts from negative to positive, the mastery touch will come to you. Then, with assurance, you can say to yourself under any and all circumstances and mean it, ‘I don’t believe in defeat’.” Doubt, fear and negativity block the flow of light and power, faith and positive focus opens it. Peale also observes, “…what you are determines the world in which you live, so as you change, your world changes also.”
These concepts are proven and practical; this approach is powerful. We truly can have a tremendous impact on the quality and direction of our day to day lives. In his book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Peale shares a prayer that he experienced and witnessed in others as life changing. The prayer is, “I believe I am always divinely guided. I believe I will always take the right turn of the road. I believe God will always make a way where there is no way.”
Much has been written about the human tendency of a defeatist attitude, and how positive “self-talk” can begin to change and re-wire our potent subconscious mind. Happily, we don’t need to understand the psychology or the science behind all of it, in order to benefit from its efficacy. We simply need to persistently put it into practice.
Dr. Peale is as practical and specific as he is inspiring in these classic, easy to embrace books.
A classic book which is especially relevant today.
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