Okay, so I’m tired of being quiet about it. I’m sure you’ve noticed it too. As a society, more and more we’ve become drawn to darkness. We have become consumers of evil: death, slander and gossip, misfortune of every kind, criticism. It’s as if we wake up in the morning seeking something to feed on. The news, that internet headline. Most people don’t even realize they’re doing it. It starts slow and subtle, but before long, if you’re not careful, it becomes a habit.
I know…it’s easy to get caught up into it. That social media feed is sooo tempting. So are the headlines in the day’s newspaper or on the evening news. I mean negativity is everywhere you look. But just because it’s ubiquitous doesn’t mean it’s good, nor does it mean you have to partake in it.
Well Tonya, why should I be the maverick and carve out my own path and stop doing what everyone in my circle is doing? Fighting over politics, denigrating people because they look a certain way or think differently from me. And why on earth should I stop talking about that one co-worker and how incompetent she is when I’m at the office water cooler? I mean… she really is incompetent.
Because all those negative thoughts and behaviors carry a charge. And that charge becomes part of your physical makeup, a part of your being. And as a human being you carry a point of resonance and that point of resonance helps determine what’s attracted to you in life. We assume we are victims of misfortune when in actuality it’s our state of being that is largely determining what is happening to most of us. Have you ever wondered why throughout the ages we’ve been told to think positively and that there’s power in positive thinking? Have you ever considered that every major religion admonishes us to love and be kind to others? It’s because the energy that we put out is returned to us. Look around your world at people who are genuinely positive and good natured and see don’t things just always seem to work out for them. Conversely, did you ever notice that the people who are extremely negative seem like they never get a break? Schleprock comes to mind. If you’re over 40 you get the analogy.
The Bible makes references to thinking on a higher plane:
Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
James 3:14-15 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
It behooves us to clean up our habit of sloppiness when it comes to indulging in negative things… whether it’s entertainment, news, friendships, conversations, places of employment. Be intentional about the energy you wish to carry, knowing it will be returned to you in kind.
And if you are not particularly pious or even if you are, I strongly urge you to google the Law of Attraction and start to understand how the universe works. Each day we get to choose what we align ourselves with. Commit to making better choices. Decide that you will disconnect yourself from unnecessary states of darkness. I can guarantee your experience of life will be completely different. And in doing so you will be helping to uplift all of humanity.
To Your Journey,
Tonya Lampley is a fiction author and Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about living life to the fullest and uses skills learned from her work as a coach as well as lessons from her own journey to write articles providing tips for successful living and to tell stories of hope and personal triumph. Her debut novel was titled A Taste of Love and was a National Indie Excellence Awards finalist. Her short story titled Birthday Surprise received honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. For more information about Tonya and her works please visit www.TonyaLampley.com.
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