Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Power of Positive Thinking

Last night, I was in my writer chat, spouting off some of my favorite type of humor - the self deprecating kind. While all of my friends were encouraging me to finish my book and put it out there into the universe, I was LOLing and telling them there was no point, because it probably wasn't good enough, and I was probably a big fat failure, and I was probably going to turn out like this guy:

In his defense, it's a lot of pressure being on those shows!

After a few minutes of my hilarious antics, my friend Anna told me to shut the heck up already (but in a much nicer, more positive way, because she is awesome). Anna told me that she only wanted to hear wonderful, positive thoughts from me for the rest of the night and, indeed, the rest of my life. I can't guarantee forever, but I told her I would write a blog post dedicated to the power of positive thinking just for her.

Of course, I couldn't mention positive thinking without talking about Dr. Masaru Emoto. Dr. Emoto is a Japanese thinker and scientist who wanted to discover the effect that words and intentions could have on outcome. So he got a high-powered microscope, then froze water and examined and photographed ice crystals that had been exposed to different thoughts and words. And the results were incredible. You can read all about his experiences in his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, but I'll give you a brief run-down here to show you that Anna is absolutely right - positive thinking is important. 

It's not surprising that the crystals in the water looked different when they were exposed to different sounds/words, because each word has a different vibration. But when you look at what the actual crystals look like...well, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Love and appreciation

You make me sick, I will kill you

Mother Teresa

Adolf Hitler

Water, before offering a prayer

Water from the same location, after a prayer

Uhm, wow. So I think it's safe to say that positive thinking - whether it's about love, respect, water, or your book - can get you some pretty beautiful things. So remember, even when you're not feeling so hot about your latest project, and even when you think it's all doom and gloom, try to remember the water crystals - or at least let everything come up puppies and rainbows...

 (That picture's for you, Anna)
What's your go-to story for positive thinking?


  1. OMG! The water! How awesome! I'll have to check out that book.

  2. Yes! Ive been on board with this philosophy for years!

  3. Great pictures. I'm keeping with the positive thinking philosophy too. :)

  4. I've heard about how positive thinking affects water before, but I didn't actually believe it. Now, you've got pictures to prove it! :P

    Awesome post. I'll definitely try to think positive next time I'm stuck.

  5. LMAO @ the puppies and rainbows! My eyes are glazing over... I think I might be slipping into a diabetic coma.

    I just have one question... WHERE ARE THE UNICORNS??!


    I loved this post so much! I kind of wish I had read this a few weeks ago because I would have totally selected it as the topic for my learning psych research paper.

  6. ooh that water was awesome!
    I'm a firm believer of the attraction - if you're positive, you will attract positive things

  7. That's the coolest thing I've heard about in a long time. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing. I need to start being more positive too, and this was a great reminder.

  8. Fascinating! I'm a big believer in positive thinking. Even if it doesn't make good things happen at least it makes me happier!

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