“I’m feeling so discouraged and anxious when I look at everything that’s happening in the world today,” a friend recently wrote us. It’s hard not to respond in this way when we see violence and hatred running rampant across the globe.

But spiritual teachings are not just pleasant sentiments that we dust off and display on a sunny afternoon. They are powerful tools—invincible weapons, in fact—with which to battle the darkness and negativity that we encounter around and within us.

How Positive Thinking Can Transform Our Life and Transform the World

Turn on the light in our consciousness and the darkness will vanish.

Paramhansa Yogananda repeatedly stressed the importance of positive thinking in dealing with all of life’s challenges. He said that you can’t drive out darkness by beating at it with a stick. Rather, turn on the light in our consciousness, and the darkness will vanish as though it had never been.

Here are three reasons why positive thinking has the power to transform us:

It Activates Higher Regions of Our Brain

Neurophysiologists are discovering that the prefrontal lobe of the brain, the area located just behind the point between the eyebrows or spiritual eye, is the most advanced part of our brain. When we concentrate there during meditation, we activate that area. This, in turn, enhances our ability to find positive solutions to problems, to develop a sense of well-being, and even to live in a state of unconditioned happiness. It is the seat of what yogis call “super-consciousness.”

But there is a wonderful reciprocal process here. When we determine to respond to life with a positive attitude, we also activate the prefrontal lobe. To put it simply, positive thinking enlists the help of our own brain to respond to life with courage, calmness, and even-mindedness.

It Engages the Power of the Universe

Great men and women throughout history have testified that their ability to accomplish their goals was based on the positive, determined conviction that it was possible. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric light bulb, tried for years to discover a material that would work for the filament. After nearly ten thousand failed experiments, his friends tried to convince him to give up. With unwavering energy and conviction, he said, “I have not failed, but have only discovered nine thousand ways that don’t work.”

The universe responds to such determination with the power and energy to press on. And this he did, against all opposition and odds, until he succeeded in creating the light bulb that has changed the world.

It Aligns Us with Divine Joy

Our soul is a little spark of God’s consciousness: the Source of all light, love, and joy. Paramhansa Yogananda wrote: “Remember always that positive attitudes uplift the mind, while negative attitudes take the mind slowly downhill into a private gloom. For just as positive, happy attitudes make one receptive to bliss, negative attitudes estrange one from it. In a negative state of mind, one loses sight of the soul’s all-powerful ability to transcend every difficulty.”

Through positive thinking, we remember that we are God’s children, safe always in the harbor of His consciousness.

Your friend in God,

Nayaswami Devi


  1. Dear Ji’s

    I am greatful for Ever to you Acharyas taking control of once Life blessing with sharing such wonderful knowledge which keeps one Happy and Positive for Ever.

    Pranam with Gratitude
    R Sundararajan

  2. Dear Nayaswami Devi Ji,

    Thank you for this article :)

    Much needed .



  3. Thank you, dear Nayaswami Devi. I feel more peace, calmness and joy after reading it. With much love and gratitude, blessings to you and to all.

  4. Thank you Devi! I’ve always felt that true Positive Thinking goes way beyond a ‘polyanna’ish’ attitude. It allows us, while expressing compassion & understanding, to rise above the darkness. Jai Guru!

  5. An affirmation that comes at a time that is needed for me. Thank you.

  6. Namaste Ananada for the light of the affirmations.

  7. Wonderful !! much needed article.When I was also feeling discouraged with things happening around. But after reading your article felt good and assured that those on spiritual path are on right track.Thank you.
    With gratitude,Neela

  8. Thank you again for your beautiful reminders. I have been going through a stressful time lately. Usually I can work through problems by using Masters Teachings. Because of a misunderstanding with a dear friend, I find myself not dealing with it very well. I know with prayer, meditation and the right attitude it will be OK. Your messages do help me to look at this in a positive way instead of poor me.
    Blessings always, Yvonne

  9. Very uplifting. I’m struggling with nerve pain and reading this reinforces that I need to concentrate on the positive and Master’s face in order to get beyond it. Thanks so much for all you do.

  10. thanks for guiding us on the positivity of thinking. Hope your mails will guide me more on this beautiful path of spiritualism which our beloved Guruji guided us to tread on. thanks a lot

  11. Thanks Devi for these words of wisdom, I have a history of thinking negatively but meditation has really changed that but I still need reminders that there is something better in my future. Thanks again.

  12. Dear Nayaswami Devi ji,
    Thank you for this Great reminder of being
    Positive which tends to slip away so easily , in our daily experiences. Truly appreciate and look forward to these wonderful uplifting stories , thank you again.

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