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Negative | Lars Toomre

Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Negative

The Winner's Creed

Blonde Playmate Kalin Olson poses in yellow bikini

I know that I have the ability to achieve my definite purpose in life:
therefore I demand of myself, persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I here and now promise to render such action.
I fully realize that no wealth or position will long endure unless it is built upon truth and justice;
therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all to whom it effects.
I am succeeding by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people.
I induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others.
I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, cynicism, anger, and fear by developing a true love for all humanity,
because I know that a negative attitude towards others will never bring me success.
I cause others to believe in me because I believe in them and believe in myself.
This is my creed, my quest.
To never stop striving for the top.
To always keep moving forward.
To always be the very best I can be.
I am the power. I am the magic. I cannot be stopped. I am a winner.
I promise to always be true to myself because I am the creator and master of my universe

American personal-success author, famous for book Think and Grow Rich (1883 - 1970)

Thought for Today: Nurture Nature

Sea gull soars above the ocean waves at sunset near a rocky point

Many a philosophical debate arrives at the bottom line — are we naturally the way we are or is it nurtured? Are we all pure in heart, but blinded by the impurities of the world? Are we all enlightened souls who have simply succumbed to illusion? Most of us have an intuitive response which seems to acknowledge that there is goodness in everyone, it's simply sometimes hard to see. As we look at ourselves maybe we even find it hard to see the good in ourselves. Perhaps we've been taught to see only the dark, the negative. Perhaps we grew up with others whose vision always landed on the negative. But who would choose to live in the darkness? Who would choose to be a negative person? Who would choose pessimism? Probably very, very few, if only we could see the choice.

Enlightened Give Thanks For What Most People Take For Granted

Brunette actress Maria Menounos wearing a green evening dress

Each day, much more good happens than bad.
More babies born than people killed,
more people well fed than hungry,
more people housed than homeless,
more people with jobs than jobless,
more people healthy than sick,
more reasons to thank God than to curse Him.
Yet, especially when watching the "news,"
people focus almost entirely on the negative.
Let's turn that around.
Focus on the positive.
Be grateful for life's many blessings.

The enlightened give thanks for what most people take for granted.

African-American, New Thought minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center

Thought for Today: The Power of Purity

The Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge at twilight in Germany

A powerful, yet often misunderstood, aim of spiritual study is purity. Purity of the soul means to return to its original divine qualities. The soul has become so polluted with less than divine qualities, it can hardly enjoy being alive. Purifying the soul puts the higher self back in charge — useless and negative thoughts are removed and annoying habits finish. A pure soul cannot be touched by sorrow; indeed the power of purity is such, it serves to remove the sorrow of the whole world. Purity restores happiness — even bliss. All you need to do, in order to re-establish your purity, is want it. But you need to want it intensely, to the exclusion of everything else. The one thought, "I must become completely pure" sparks a fire of love between you and God. This fire melts away all the pollution, and your purity becomes such a power that it frees you from all battles for ever.

Thought for Today: Choose Feelings

Huts on stilts off-shore the teal colored waters of Tahiti

If your days seem filled with unwanted negative feelings, there is only one cure. When they come, choose them. Don't ask why, don't wonder how, don't fight them and never put yourself down for having them. But most of all never blame someone else for how you feel. If you do, it means you are still fast asleep and your choice is to be a victim. When the feelings come, even big disturbing emotional feelings say, "I choose this feeling" and know it comes because of something you have thought or done in the past, perhaps a certain belief that you have learned or an attachment that is threatened. Choice does not mean you want the feelings, but it does mean you are taking responsibility for them. And that is the beginning of self mastery. It is the first step to the healing and resolving of your emotions. But only the first step. Try this today and then ask yourself what the next step might be. If you are really interested to know, you will come to know!

Thought for Today: Words Color Our Behavior

Bridges and church in St. Petersburg, Russia

Words! They are all around me! I see them. I use them. Harsh words, soothing words, biting words; words that give pain and sorrow; words that give joy and pleasure. They are vital to communication. When words are spoken there are reactions, negative or positive. Either thoughts are triggered or emotions fired or actions performed. Words color our behavior. And how lovely it is to hear words that are calm and free from rancor and aggression. To hear words that lift the soul and leave it with renewed vigor. Such words come from always seeing the best in people and situations.

Thought for Today: Work Well

Sailboat sailing into the eye of a colorful storm

Work is only work if you prefer to be somewhere else. Work tends to be a negative perception of a task which we reluctantly approach. Work is only labor when we forget to see our life as it truly is — an opportunity to be creative, enrich others and be enriched ourselves. When we are able to see work in this way, we find something called enthusiasm inside. When we are enthusiastic we work well and we are valued. We are used as a role model. When we work well it is much easier to say no when we need to, for we know our own value, and we are not dependent on others' approval to feel good about ourselves. When we put love and enthusiasm into what we do, it rebounds in the form of opportunities and blessings, two of the most important ingredients of a truly wealthy life.

Willie Nelson on Positive Thoughts

Willie Nelson decked out in Western clothing and cowboy hat

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

American country singer-songwriter and activist (born 1933)

Thought for Today: Enthusiasm Inspires Others

Mountains reflect on still lake near Pirdop, Bulgaria

The one who is constantly full of enthusiasm inspires others. Whenever problems come our way, we tend to feel weighed down by negative thoughts. Heaviness in the mind prevents us from moving forward with enthusiasm and makes it tricky for us to inspire others. Whenever I encounter a difficult situation, I need to make a special effort to remain free and light. The more enthusiastic I am, the more progress I will make. My attitude will inspire others, too.

Seed Of Equal Or Greater Benefit

Brunette Ukranian model Alina Baikova poses wearing a black bikini and sun hat

Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

American personal-success author, famous for book Think and Grow Rich (1883 - 1970)

Thought for Today: Respect The Unique Role

Fall foliage and colors at Maple Bay in British Columbia, Canada

Respect is to recognise and appreciate the unique role of everyone. When I find myself having negative thoughts toward anyone, I need to look at the special role this person has to play. When I look closely, I will realise how talented they are, and will develop new respect for them. Without this particular person, the drama of life would not be complete.

The Artist's Way Every Day - February 8th

Blonde actress Cindy Busby smiles in a white blouse

It is my belief that writing is a way to bless and and to multiply our blessings. I cherish letters, postcards, faxes, notes, and even Post-its from my friends. We are so skilled in the art of negative imagination, we are adroit at the art of writing out of anxiety, what might our writing and our world look like if we allowed ourselves to inhabit our positive imagination?

The Artist's Way Every Day - February 4th

Blonde with arms above head in green bikini with blue sea in background

Optimism is critical to our spiritual health. Is our creative glass half full or half empty? It's a matter of perception — and faith. For most of us, the idea that we can listen to ourselves, trust ourselves, and value ourselves is a radical leap of faith. The idea that we can tell ourselves "Hey, you are doing pretty well and so much better than you did last year" amounts to a revolution. The possibility that we can trust ourselves, our decisions, and our painstaking progress, that this trust might be enough, even admirable, requires that muster a soupcon of optimism. Optimism about ourselves and our chances is an elected attitude. We can chose to believe the best and not the worst, but to do that we must become conscious of our own negative voice-over and decide to change our mental sound track.

Thought for Today: Perceive Positively

Marshall Point Lighthouse at sunset along the Maine coast

True self-awareness, plus the ability to choose our perceptions of life, the universe and everything, is the basis of free will. Every situation and scene in front of us has so many possibilities in terms of how we perceive and interpret. If someone is 10% selfish and 90% generous what should we focus on, what should we perceive first within them? Most of us are now well trained to perceive and focus on the negative, the selfishness in others, and to follow it quickly with accusation and judgement. We forget that what we perceive is what we empower within another and, more importantly what we perceive is what we empower within ourselves in that moment. And what we choose to see is usually what we get. So how important is it that we choose to perceive only the best, the highest, the greatest in another, even if it's only a half a percent? Bosses and parents - take note!! Don't forget - your perception is your reality. Your perception is what you project. And what you project is what comes back!

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 2nd

Blonde beauty contestant Carrie Prejean is former Miss California 2009

It may be useful for you to think of the Morning Pages as meditation. It may not be the practice of meditation you are accustomed to. You may, in fact, not be accustomed to meditating at all. The pages may not seem spiritual or even meditative — more like negative and materialistic, actually — but they are a valid form of meditation that gives us insight and helps us effect change in out lives.

Thought for Today: Peace of Mind

Sea rocks under a late afternoon sun along the Oregon coast

Notice how your senses are connected to your mind. Anything negative they pick up, or generate, will disturb the mind’s workings. To maintain peace of mind, use your eyes, ears, and mouth with care.

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 31st

Australian blonde actress Abbie Cornish

If you'll pardon the levity, most of us are afraid of fear. We think it's a bad thing. We know it's a scary thing. We're afraid of becoming afraid, scared of becoming scared. We know all too well how our fears can escalate into terror, and how our terror can either translate into frantic action or into paralyzing inertia. Because so many of our experiences with fear have been so negative, we fail to see fear as positive or useful. It is both. Let me repeat: Fear is positive and useful. Fear is a blip on the radar screen of our consciousness. It is something we catch out of the corner of our eye. Fear tells us "Check this out." It enters our thoughts the way a dark shadow looks across a doorway. "Is there someone there?" we may gasp. Yes, someone is there. Often it is a perception spoken by a part of ourselves that we have neglected and failed to attend. Fear asks that we check something for clarity. Fear requires action, not assurance.

Affirmative Thought More Powerful

An affirmative thought is 100 times more powerful than a negative one.

From her book The Secret, p.2006

Thought for Today: Wisdom

The amazing Iguazu Falls in Argentina

The one who is wise is free from careless or negative talk about others. When someone is talking about another person's shortcomings, I need to question why I am listening: is this information of any use to me, or can I do anything about the situation? If not, then I need to remind myself that there is no use in listening to such talk. Instead, I need to make an attempt to look at the positive qualities of the person in question, and think about how I can help everyone focus on these instead.

Thought for Today: Working on Rebuilding Relationships

Driftwood in the surf at sunset with a colorful sky

It’s easy to speak negatively when we do not like something about someone. We often react without thinking and become angry. Our words and behaviour become negative or insulting. This further widens the gap damaging the relationship. When someone does something undesirable. I first need to understand the behaviour. Every person has a reason to behave the way he or she does even if I cannot understand it at the time. The more I react to the other person and the bad behaviour, the greater the distance between us. To mend the relationship I need to remind myself of the other person’s good qualities.