Post # 1
Creative visualization, manifestation, power of positive thinking, law of attraction… These are all ways to describe the belief that our thoughts can influence the reality of our lives.
“The Secret” book and movie made this concept popular a few years ago, and recently I was introduced to it by a good friend who encouraged me to create a “vision board” and to write down positive affirmations for goals I would like to accomplish.
Sounds pretty harmless to me, but I wonder, how do Christians feel about this subject? Is influencing your life through your thoughts “playing God,” or undermining Him in any way? Or could it be a means to strengthen prayer and faith through continuous reminders that God is everywhere and in everything, even in our own minds?
I would love to hear thoughts of our Christian (and non-Christian) bees on this!
Post # 3
Well it says in the bible with the faith of a mustard seed, you can move a mountain.
So I think they can go hand in hand. I think visualization and prayer can be one in the same.
The idea is to give thanks for what you have and picture what you want and take the first few steps to getting it. And If I were praying I would give thanks for what I had, pray for what I wanted/needed and do the same.
Post # 4
Okay, from my point of view, I’m Wiccan okay no secret there but the power of belief is strong. Being positive and reducing negativity can have an effect on all things because of the harmony and energy that you put outward.
It’s that power of belief that says it’s not what you believe in just that you believe. Having positive things to acccomplish will give you something to look forward to and will give you something to fall back on when you feel down and sad. Look at the good that have done, could do and will do in the course of your life. So in reality, if you believe so much in something, you will see something to manifest that belief. You just have to open your eyes to what is beyond the right in front of you and let your mind’s eye look for what is being shown to you.
I really am kinda rusty on my theology since I am battling a migraine, so if I took the question wrong, I truly apologize.
Post # 5
I don’t think the two ideas can’t work together. After all, today in church the sermon was about being positive about the things God has blessed us with. After all, you may be unhappy with certain aspects of life, but changing those thoughts into positive thoughts about the blessings you’ve received is not anti-Christian. If that makes sense?
Post # 6
I think that as long as your vision is in line with what God would want for you, then you’re probably safe. I mean, God allows free will in the Christian faith, so much of what we do and say is our own choosing. The idea is whether or not those choices are “sins” or going away from Christ. If your vision board has you working at an abortion clinic, then yeah, maybe Jesus would have a problem with that. But if your vision board is all about helping the homeless, being a kind person, helping the environment, then I’m pretty sure Jesus would be a-OK with that.
Most “positive thoughts” are really like litle prayers anyway, so I think that creating a vision board is just sharing with God “this is what I want to do and if it is Your will, please help me get there.”
Post # 7
I think having goals and vision are wonderful and are necessary. However, through prayer and being sensitive to God and the plans that HEhas for us is very important. Sometimes the plans that you have for yourself are actually God-given, especially the desires of your heart.
God has an amazing sense of humor and while I believe He allows us to live the life we “plan” He does like to throw a wrench in those plans to remind us that He is God and that we are nothing without Him.
So listen to Him, follow His direction when He leads us and know that His plans will always be ten times better than our own.
Post # 8
Wow I just love all of the insight here! Thanks guys!
I think the conclusion I’m coming to is that any attempts at utilizing the “law of attraction” should be made with the disclaimer in my mind that I still want to allow for God’s will and his plan for my life.
But I love that there are scriptural references to harnessing the power of our (God-given) minds, like the one you pointed out, PixelMePretty. Matthew 7:7 comes to mind (hah no pun intended):“Ask and ye shall receive.” and also:
“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” -Mark 11:23 (NIV)
Christian girls, do you think it would be at all spiritually detrimental for me to actually read The Secret, the book that details the most popular view of the “law of attraction?”
Post # 9
@littlemissmango: I don’t believe it would be detrimental, I’ve watched the movie and read the book and it was very inspiring. Honestly I think a lot of what they are talking about we grew up learning in Sunday school just said in a different context.
Post # 10
Thanks Pixel, I feel like you and I have similar views on spirituality. I think I will check it out!
Post # 11
@littlemissmango: I feel that positive thought and visualisation can definitely be in line with walking in the Christian faith. Prayer about a positive outcome is something that we already know is alright by the big G fella.
Post # 12
@sweetmamam: I love it!! 😀 The big G… he’s so great huh?? Thank you Scribbles!
Post # 13
uh… I don’t want to be a voice of dissent, but I’ll be honest – I’m a Christian and I tend to view all of that stuff as psycho babble. IE ineffective.
Just my opinion. 🙂
Post # 14
I agree with daydreamwanderer – I don’t think it’s something you want to delve into. Keep your eyes on God, he provides all 🙂