“An excellent handbook on a quick and effective method to bring about change in thinking, feeling and behaving.” Wendy Stokes, author, The Light Workers’ Circle Guide
"5 STARS - A wealth of information in a small package" Hampton Reviews
"[This book] not only helped me to restructure my life and bring about changes but also to recover the self-esteem, self-love and positivity I had lost. Thank you!" Nicola Vaughan, Founder/Manager,
Jasmines Beauty Salon and Spa, now in
its 25th year
"For its down to earth clarity, and its wealth of affirmations on a range of life issues, I highly recommend The Logical Magic of Change." Christine N. Herbert, Founder Wise Women Online --wisewomenonline.net
“I am not at all good at affirmations, but
when faced with various health issues I found The Logical Magic of Change a
real help.” M.
Lucas, New York
His beliefs in karma, the law of attraction, and pure love are common. They form the basis of what’s known as New Thought and Positive Thinking, which spawned The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and books such as You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks, The Cosmic Ordering Service by Barbel Mohr, and Think and Grow Rich by Norman Vincent Peale, to name a few. Mohr’s book reportedly turned Noel Edmond’s life around.
I understand the tenets of these teachings well, having formally
studied, for three years in the 80s, on a one-to-one basis, something
called Religious Science and Science of Mind (SOM), which is not to be
confused with Scientology. My tutor was Revd. Nona Coxhead, a former
student of Charles Barker, who taught Louise Hay.
The ideas propagated by SOM and all New Thought churches and positive thinking gurus is this: You can cure all and have it all; health, wealth and happiness, by using the power of your mind to activate the law of attraction. And crucially, that each of us is here by choice, and that whatever we experience, be it abuse, serious disease or dire poverty, for example, is the direct result of wrong (negative) thinking, in this or a previous life. In other words, if you’re suffering in any way, it’s your own fault. It all starts and ends with you. You are as powerful as God, have the same creative power, but you’re living in ignorance of this fact.
So, is it all one giant Ponzi scheme, or is there some truth to what’s being peddled?
As with all things in life, the devil is in the detail, but there is a GIGANTIC flaw in the core premise that millions of people keep overlooking (The Secret alone has sold more than 19 million copies): The basis of positive thinking is, ironically, NEGATIVE! Yes, negative. The notion that we attract all that befalls us, is a belief rooted in fear and judgement. Positive thinking zealots are frightened souls desperately trying to eliminate what they judge to be bad. In short, they lack faith in pure love. Moreover, even if their theories are true, who’s to say those living in Somalia for example haven’t chosen that path to help eradicate fear, by pricking consciences and engendering compassion, rather than because they’re all morons or were wretches in a past life?
I mention similar in my book The Logical Magic of Change which I only wrote because I was sick and tired of the harm so-called positive thinking was causing. Read enough reviews – not just the glowingly positive ones – of the books mentioned earlier, and you will find some very sad stories from people who ended up feeling heaps worse after failing to attract improvement in their life and affairs. The disillusionment and anguish of a few was almost palpable.
I do think the mind is a powerful tool, and based on decades of experience I am a believer in affirmations as a way to connect with the natural gentle positivity within each one of us, but we are far more than just our mind. We have an emotional self, a physical self, and a spiritual self (the source of our core values and that which acts as our moral compass). The mind is not alone or in sole control.
Perhaps the pure love positive thinking theory is so popular because it enables people to side-step responsibility. If we consider people who are suffering to be to blame for their lot, we don’t have to worry about them, do anything to help them or feel guilty that we have it better. Nor do we need to feel grateful for what comes our way, because we did the work and attracted it. It all adds up to a most convenient faith, which encourages arrogance and greed at the expense of empathy and humility.
Posted by Valerie Thompson at Mon, 06 May 2013 00:16:49 GMT