We are used to thinking of the words “positive” and “negative” as referring to “good” and “bad.” For a scientist or electrical engineer, this would seem humorous – good protons vs. bad electrons. Ha! But if we consider ourselves to be spiritual scientists, we have to learn to use these words in a scientific context.
When we give energy, we are acting positively. When we receive energy, we are acting negatively. Giving = positive; receiving = negative. Going out – coming in. There is a saying: “Be positive to people and negative to God. In terms of energy, you can see how this would work. It would not mean that you would be cheerful with people and angry with God. That’s thinking in the wrong context again. When you are negative to God, you are receptive to God; when you are positive to people, you are a source of power for them. Being negative to God empowers you; being positive to people empowers them.
The default setting for prayer seems to be the “Lord, give me…” setting. The very word “pray” is synonymous with “ask.” But there is another mode of prayer. It is the “Let this be done” prayer. And this is what we call “positive prayer.”
Now, it takes a certain amount of confidence to say, “Let this be done.” Usually, we skirt this by saying, “I accept this,” which is perfectly all right. But there is a difference. Even though all of the energy we could ever give must first come from God, there is a certain power that comes when we take complete responsibility for what we ask. When we are aligned within ourselves – our heart, our mind, and our will – and we issue forth a command to the world and the natural forces that inform it, all of nature will respond to us. It has to. This is what the Bible means when it says that God gave us dominion over the world. It doesn’t mean that animals and the environment are inferior to us; it means that we are in a position of control, the same as the captain of a ship. Within the format of natural law, we can change things, for good or for ill.
If this concept makes you uncomfortable, consider first that this is how it works anyway. Everyone who has ever made their mark in the world did so by putting themselves on the line and acting positively, energetically speaking, and consistently until the effects they were looking for manifested in their lives. Because what we’re talking about is not magic; it is natural and divine law.
Examine your thinking. Do you observe what’s going on around you and then formulate your thoughts through a process of analysis and comparison, or do you let others tell you what to think? Do you make up your own mind, or do you “go with the flow?” Energetically speaking, a positive thinker is one who makes up his or her own mind, based on their own rational consideration and intuitive judgement. Positive thinking does not mean that the sun is shining every day. When we take the emotion out of thinking, and by that I mean looking at it neutrally, then we can see how anyone, no matter how they are feeling or what their disposition is toward the world can be a positive thinker.
Positive thinking and positive prayer are powerful. They are pattern-makers. And patterns, when applied definitely and consistently will draw to themselves all the forces of the universe, which will bring them to their logical outcome. This is how it has always worked. When our thoughts and our speech, our desire and our actions, our imagination and our will are in alignment, and they are energized by the Holy Spirit, nothing can prevent the object of our intention from bursting into creation!
So let it be done.