An Alphabet of Positive Thinking.
Zahurmian constantly emphasised the importance of positive thinking – the
recognition of negative thoughts and the practise of replacing them with more
positive ones. This practise is recommended in the holy Qur’an. Awareness of
the nature of one’s own apparently spontaneous thought processes is necessary
first; and then the recognition that we do have the ability to manage our thoughts,
or at least we can, with practise, acquire that skill.
Our thoughts form a pattern, that pattern affects our actions and habits. Our
actions and habits become identified as our personality; or some would say
become our self image. We do not have to be a slave to these thoughts or to the
impulses that engender them.
They also contribute to the perception that events just seem to happen and to be
out of our control. Positive well founded patterns of thought have the potential to
change our dependence on external events in a significant way. The best proof of
that comes from applying the technique consistently.
If you find a cynical response to all this rising within you, you may have found just
the place to start your self-examination. We might say 'Stop cynicism - start self
Shakespeare as so often the case had an insight for us: ‘Canst thou minister to a
mind diseased .... Therein the patient must minister to himself’. The habits of
negative thought may not amount to disease for everyone but are sure to lead to
unhappiness without some self applied medicine consistently applied.
I have provided an alphabet of slogans or maxims – envisage them if you like as
banners waved aloft in a demonstration by the angels against the ways of man at