Many of you have heard statements like “you are what you think” or “you create your own destiny” and “what you focus your thoughts on is what you bring to your life.” You may also hear about how important it is to not be negative in your thoughts and words. There are life coaches like Tony Robbins, who teach you how to catch yourself being negative and how to redirect your thoughts to be more positive. Oprah and her life classes have been talking about gratitude and positive thoughts reaping benefits to your life for years. There are countless self-help books and blogs like this one talking about it. So why is there so much discussion and teachings on the power of positivity? And better yet, why are we as a society overall so negative?
First, let me say there are many different reasons why so many of us have fallen into the negative cycle. Some have really good reasons too. However, we should take a look at the belief behind positivity for hope. Benefits from positivity are generated in part by scientific research. Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and alternative healer from Japan got everyone inspired by results from his experiment on water molecules. He gathered 2,000 people in Tokyo and had them focus positive energy towards water molecules in California that were inside an electromagnetically shielded room. The people in the study were not aware that there were also, water molecules in a separate room used as a control. The results revealed ice crystals had formed on both sets of molecules. Pictures were taken and judged against other studies also suggesting the same. The power of thoughts was able to change the water’s structure indicating that your thoughts hold the power to change your surroundings.
Jesus speaks of this in Matthew 21: 21
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
Before Jesus performs any miracles of healing, he first checks their beliefs system. Do they have faith? Do they believe he can heal them? And do they truly want to be healed? He always asks them questions first to measure their thoughts and beliefs. Negative thoughts or doubting beliefs can negatively affect the desired outcome. Dr. Northrup, M.D. refers to medical research studies that further explores the power of your thoughts and healing of the human body in many of her books. She refers to many experiments, but one stands out to me where they broke down people into groups. Both groups had seriously ill people in it. One group had the community praying for them to get better quickly and to heal and the other group did not. The ones with prayers healed faster and some completely healed. The other group not prayed for suffered more and some got worse suggesting there is power also in negative thinking. Dr. Masaru Emoto did another experiment using cooked rice to prove the power of negative thoughts as well. In the experiment, the placed cooked rice into two jars. One jar was labeled “thank you” and the other “you fool.” He placed the jars in a school classroom and instructed the children to read the labels every day out loud every time they walked past them for 30 days. The result of the study is in this video below.
If you are a negative or critical thinking don’t be discouraged you are not alone. You are one of a million people who have fallen into the trap of negativity. The good news is it’s never too late to break free and begin anew. I will write some tips in my next blog to encourage you. Until then remember your words spoken silent or out loud have power remember in scripture is says that God spoke and it was created. Check out some of these scriptures: