For some reason the subject of positive thinking and inspiring words has been coming up a lot recently, hence this article from the Beeb caught my eye. A retired school teacher is suggesting that the word ‘fail’ be removed from the educational lexicon, replaced by more supportive phrases like ‘deferred success’. It’s an interesting idea, if not necessarily practical. The whole concept that our psyches form around our ideas and beliefs and this affects our actions (as well as our physicality) is an interesting one that is echoed in writings since the dawn of time. Last night on Family Guy Stewie dropped the classic ‘Whether you believe you’re right, or you believe you’re wrong. You’re right’ aphorism into his spiel. Then in re-reading The Invisibles, Grant Morrison was recommending the use of symbols to define your intention and focus your subconcious mind – ie, you can make what you want, or ideally need, come to pass.
Many people would call this ‘magic’, but I’ve seen enough of it to know that this stuff just happens – the world is full of latent possibility and the trick is to be in the right place at the right time with the right intent. It’s kind of like surfing; waves are always surging powerfully onto the shore, passing under your board as you float there. Start paddling at the right time however then whammo! Off you go, picking up this huge surge of energy and having the time of your life.
So come on in, the water’s great!