Musing why negative thinking is so prevalent.  What makes us put the brakes on life?  Why does it seem so natural to “think negative” about people, events, just about anything ‘out there’?

I wonder.. could it be those first voices we heard..when we were tots venturing towards something new, something attractive, and fun?  No! Don’t touch.  No.  Don’t pick that up, its nasty.  We all know the drill.  All in the name of “protecting us”.  Only it didn’t stop at the age of 2, did it?  For many it continues through high school and college in some shape or fashion.  For some, it continues throughout life.  Unless you stop it.  Now!

I wonder..if in the ‘training up of children in the way they should go” if you combined the negative ‘voice’ with ‘removing consequences’.  What then?  Scold the child for bad behavior then take away the opportunity to learn good behavior.

Got that!  Makes perfectly good sense to the control agent, doesn’t.  Done your duty to correct; gotten the desired result by doing it yourself.

To the child?  It’s craziness personified.  Not only is the negative reinforced, the ‘path to learning’ is blocked by others.  Frustration, anger, denial, deviousness…all those negatives creep into the child’s awareness and emotions.  Repeated over and over, a person can really screw himself from living his authentic life.  He’s stuck on first base wondering how he is going to get home.  He doesn’t know the way.

Unless he goes back to that place of denial.  That place of pain and feeling lost and abandoned.  That sense of self, the real self, awaits those who seek the inside passage to freedom.  Go back…love and hug yourself for what you misunderstood or had taken away from you.  When you do, you will release the fences..the walls that separate you from living in freedom.  Denial will no longer be your companion.  Truth will become your lengthening shadow.