Fear of being positive.
Why are we afraid to be positive? It’s because we don’t want to get our hopes up only to be disappointed.
This fear can set in on all kinds of subjects: money, relationships, housing, jobs, etc.
But this is also a sign that we aren’t applying the principles correctly in these instances. Because genuine positivity is not fearful, nor should it feel like some kind of ploy or plot to improve our circumstances.
How it works
If I want more money and I feel bad about not having enough, how should I address this desire, these thoughts, and negative feelings?
Many people approach law of attraction or positive thinking as a way to “get their stuff”. We take at face value that wanting more money and feeling bad is a “problem” that will be solved by getting more money.
But from the Abraham-Hicks perspective the actual problem here is that I am focusing on something unwanted (not enough money).
Paradoxically, the reality of not having enough money is a symptom of focusing on an unwanted reality, not the cause.
Many people are too caught up in their own desperation and try to use these principles to change their circumstances, rather than changing their focus.
But if you can’t change your focus your circumstances won’t change either.
The problem is that thoughts like “I don’t have enough money” feel bad. They feel bad because they conflict with the perspective of our own inner being (God) who is always offering us an abundance of love, appreciation, and blessings.
The whole point of what we prosaically call “positive thinking” is to align ourselves with the perspective of God, our inner being, and enjoy the fruit of that alignment.
How do we do it?
On the subject of money we can do this by paying attention to how we feel, and the thoughts, words, and perspectives we are focused upon.
Thoughts like “I don’t have enough money” or “money is so hard to come by” feel bad. So as a first step, try to find thoughts that feel less bad.
In the past I’ve sometimes felt like I don’t have as much money as I want. It’s seemed like money is not as easy to come by as I would like.
Small adjustments to your words have great implications. Absolutes can be made relative so that instead of “not enough” we say “not as much as I would like”. Negatives are made positive, so “hard” becomes “not as easy”. I’ve also added words that make it less definite: “sometimes” instead of an implied “always”; and I’ve made the statements a matter of how I’ve felt, or how things have seemed, rather than unilateral declarations of objective truth.
From there it is easier to feel a little better:
I would like more money. I would like money to come more easily.
This is infinitely softer and better-feeling than my initial bold insistence on how bad things are.
I would love it if money came to me easily. I would love it if money just came into my experience whenever I wanted it.
I would love to spend time working on my projects. I would love to spend time hiring the people I need, buying the materials I want, paying for the work I want done.
I love the idea of having the best people with the right expertise at my disposal, and the highest quality tools and materials available to me.
I’ve gone off on a good-feeling tangent! And the point is that I changed my focus from thoughts about money that felt bad, to thoughts about money that felt less bad, then better, and finally thoughts that feel good.
This is the way to apply positive-thinking principles: not as a vain attempt to change one’s circumstances in order to feel better — yet plagued by the fear that change will not come; but as a direct, reproducible, and immediately successful change in focus towards better-feeling thoughts.