A friend sent me an article criticizing positive thinking, wherein the author quoted Osho as saying, “the philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others.”
That’s not what it means at all.
No wonder people don’t think it works.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean look at the raging storm and deny it’s happening. Positive thinking means look for the rainbow, know the storm will pass and until then spend your time in happy pursuits, planning a hopeful future.
The writer said, “You cannot change reality. The night will still be there; you can think that it is daytime for 24 hours, but it is not going to be light 24 hours a day.” Who thinks that would be true?? In positive thinking, you never deny what is there. You don’t deny it’s daytime if you’re standing in the sun. You don’t deny “what is.” That’s all positive thinking really is — is replacing your thoughts of worry and concern with thoughts of what is possible in the best case scenario, and releasing enough resistance that you can attract the successful outcome.
Here are some replacement thoughts you might want to use until you come up with better ones on your own –> When “thinking positive” doesn’t help — you were just taught another set of wrong thoughts is all