"Be happy with yourself, choose joy.
Perhaps it is time for you to pray more and worry less."

...the angels



Barbara Mark & Trudy Griswold

(This is a column that was first given to us in April, 2000. We thought it was time to remember these wise words again. As has been said: If you don't want to be part of the problem, then be part of the solution.)

If there is power in positive thinking, there is just as much power in negative thinking.

We have a friend with whom we no longer go to restaurants. She looks carefully over each bite she takes to make sure there are no bugs in what she is eating. It is not that she is being careful that bothers us. It’s the stories of past “findings” that we can’t take.

Another person we know talks constantly about his ex-wife and how she “cleaned him out” during the divorce. When we first met him, we thought he was still in the anger part of the grief process that every break-up goes through. Imagine our surprise when we found out that the divorce happened over 15 years ago!

We call this kind of thinking awfullizing. Awfullizing is when you expect the worst is about to happen or you dwell on painful past events. You think life is awful, has been awful, and it isn’t likely to be better in the future, either.

We know negative thought has power, but we decided to ask our angels as to how much it affects our lives.

The Angels Speak:
You cannot imagine the harm you do to yourselves by thinking in a negative way. Negative thinking is to allow fear to take control of your life. It is also a habit and if you have created the habit, you have the power to un-create it.

How can you un-create a habit of thinking in a certain way? First, notice how often you think about awful things that have happened, are happening, or you expect are going to happen in the future. Notice how often you dwell on the past. Notice how often you expect unpleasantness. Check your thinking.

Next, check your body. Fear starts in your head and goes to your body. Do you have a feeling of heaviness in your chest or stomach? It there tension in you? Are you feeling afraid of things you really have no control over? Do you have aches or pains that bother you? All these are signs of awfullizing.

Then check your spiritual closeness to God. If you feel apart from Him, you will also feel apart from your friends, your family, and your fellow human beings. If you do not feel close to God, you will, in some way feel lonely and separated. This contributes to awfullizing.

Our example is this: Many people work in jobs they abhor. Every morning it is a burden to get dressed and go to the workplace where they are going to have to stay for the next eight hours side-by-side with people they don’t like. They will do activities they hate and they will talk about it. In some way they will tell everyone they meet how much they dislike their job. Through body language, by their performance, or what they say verbally, they will communicate from every cell of their being how unhappy they are. And those people will pass on that negative energy to all they come in contact with.

Positive energy is health. Negative energy is disease. We are not saying for you to quit the job you dislike today—though that may be the best option. We are asking you today to begin to check yourself to see how you are contributing to the very situation you dislike so much. Observe your words, your actions, and your attitude. If you need to, move on to another place. But if you are awfullizing, and looking for the worst, you will find it. In jobs, yes, but also in every other facet of your life. Ask us for our help. We will inspire you to see good in everything—just as we angels do.

Faith Builder:
Today, observe your words. When you are about to awfullize, say something kind instead.

Trudy and Barbara are sisters. Both were awakened by their angels and have since been teaching people all over the world how to work with their own angels. They are authors of three bestselling "Angelspeake" books. Ordering information for copies of their latest book, "Heaven and Beyond," is available on their website, www.angelspeake.com.

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