Some people believe our destiny is predetermined. Our path in life has already been paved, and there is not much we can do to change it. Other people believe our destiny door is wide open. We can create and manifest anything we wish in life, and this is largely achieved by positive thinking.
I’m a believer in the latter, with sprinkles of the former thrown in. The power of positive thinking and living life with a positive attitude can create and allow our biggest dreams to come true. I do, however, wrestle with the thought of what is and is not beyond our control.
When I turned twenty-one years old, I made a plan of what I wanted to accomplish in the next five years, ten years and so on in my life. I devoted myself to positive thinking, and my first big break was getting an incredible job on Wall Street. I worked hard, loved what I did, started making fantastic money, kept positive thinking in my diet, and soon could see a bright future along the horizon.
Then I broke my neck. I can tell you that was not part of my plan. So why then? What happened to positive thinking effects? No drinking, no drugs, no speeding, no reckless driving was involved. Not even another vehicle. Just us, black ice and a tree.
This is where my wrestling begins. I don’t believe our destiny is predetermined because then we have no say, no choices, no control over what kind of life we have. No amount of positive thinking or positive attitude makes any difference.
To be fair, we’d have to say the same about the negative. Have negative thoughts, have the attitude there is nothing we can do to improve our circumstances. Positive thinking is a waste of time. The path we are on, chosen by some higher force, is the path our life will stay on. We are simply along for the ride.
I had a lot of questions and feelings regarding the power of positive thinking after my accident. The power of positive thinking was my father’s mantra, and I had inherited it. I truly believed positive thinking had power. Now, faced with a huge challenge of building a happy life after a catastrophic injury, part of me felt I needed some proof. When we were thinking positive thoughts, what exactly was happening in our body that would make a difference in our life?
In my quest for understanding the power positive thinking has on our lives, I came upon amazing experiments with water conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto throughout the 1990’s. Why is water significant? 60% of our bodies are made up of it.
Dr. Emoto observed the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystaline structure of the water. Emoto hired photographers to take pictures of water after being exposed to different variables and subsequently frozen so that they would form crystalline structures. The results were nothing short of remarkable.
Water was put into small containers and labeled with what words had been said to it. Different languages were used and it made no difference. When crystallized, the water that had loving words said to it formed beautiful shapes. The water that had words of hate or unkindness took on ugly, deformed shapes.
I was astounded the first time I saw these images. Something inside me began to believe our bodies being more than half water and Mother Earth being about 70% water was no coincidence. Positive thinking can help everyone.
Dr. Emoto’s research was enough “proof” for me that positive thinking, a positive attitude, positive anything would make a positive difference in our lives and help us manifest our dreams into reality.
I still don’t have an answer for myself as to why the ultra challenging circumstances in life come our way, even with positive thinking. Perhaps if we could create everything we wished without a few unexpected curves in the journey, the value of our wishes would diminish. I’m not sure… I’m still working on that one.
The mission of my project is to share as much with you as I can through my own life’s experiences so you’ll have the tools you need to make all your dreams come true. Positive thinking is the key.