Your Mental Frontiers
Episode #1 of the course A serious person’s guide to positive thinking by Mitch Horowitz
This course teaches you how to use your mind to transform your life. We are not going to explore “cutting-edge” cognitive studies or neuroscience breakthroughs. No. If you want that, click onto a Ted Talk or any of the pop-science brain trends written about online.
Rather, we are aiming for a total revolution in your existence—a new sense of who you are, and of the unseen faculties and agencies that you possess. This course is a hands-on application of a misunderstood field: positive-mind metaphysics.
You’ve probably heard critics running down “positive thinking” as a namby-pamby philosophy of wishful thoughts and popular delusion. I have studied the field for ten years and documented it as a historian and personal seeker. I promise you this: the critics are wrong. The seemingly familiar world of positive thinking can unlock a new world of self-potential for you.
Do you doubt that? Use this course’s ten simple lessons—or any one of them—to put my claim to the test. If what I write here doesn’t work for you, discard my claims. But if it does work, not only will you gain a significant new measure of self-respect, creativity, and vibrancy, but you will question everything that you have been taught about what it means to be human.
The foundational principle of this course is the one simple idea that thoughts are causative. What do I mean by that? Do we live under an overarching mental super law, sometimes called the Law of Attraction? No. We live under many laws and forces. But thought is one exquisitely effective (and little understood) aspect of life. Our thoughts co-create our lives in ways that we have not yet understood.
A bit of history before we get our hands dirty. Positive-mind metaphysics is rooted in a wave of therapeutic spiritual experiments in mid to late 19th-century New England, which followed from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Freethinkers probed how our thoughts impact reality. I call their approach “applied Transcendentalism.” It became popularly known as the “power of positive thinking,” or New Thought.
Before we go further, I have a vital piece of advice. One factor, more than any other, will determine how you experience this course: your depth of hunger for self-change. As an Arab proverb goes, “The way bread tastes depends on how hungry you are.” The key to every self-help program is to approach it as if your life depends on it. If you do that, you will discover extraordinary new possibilities.
One Simple Idea: How the Lessons of Positive Thinking Can Transform Your Life by Mitch Horowitz
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