Positive negative visualization

image: Ewan Robertson

Positive thinking is great. I’m all about it. I see nothing wrong with visualizing an end goal and holding firm to that vision.

But one thing that positive visualization falls short on is how to handle the obvious negative thought-forms that arise along the way.

As I sit here and type this, if I were to try to visualize a goal (hold on, let me do this…. okay, got it), negative stuff automagically pops up.

Doubts are a very real part of this process. But ignoring them while staying adamant on focusing on the positive outcome does something quite interesting…

It roots them in even deeper.

By ignoring these doubts and negative thought-forms, we keep them in-place, unattended. And when they’re unattended, they’re able to dig their heels in. The quiet recesses of the mind provide a safe space for them to do this.

To heal your doubts, shine the light of your conscious awareness on them.

Look straight at them. But look at them with a soft gaze. Not a sharp, fearful one.

See them for what they are. And then see yourself dealing with those negative outcomes in a fruitful way. See yourself pushing them aside. See yourself overcoming them in very real ways.

Here’s what’s really neat about this (did I just say ‘neat’?… yep, sure did). Many of them will disappear as soon as they’re exposed to the light because they’re so outlandish.

By moving towards the negative with a positive spirit, you heal those doubts and mental obstacles rather than letting them live unimpeded.

Don’t worry, you law-of-attractioners out there… Doing this will not bring the bad stuff upon you. Only if you give the doubts and fears the last word will they seem to overtake you. But here, you’re looking at them resolutely and mentally moving beyond them.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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