Thought for a Bad Day: Upheavals in Good

"Good" as described in metaphysics has to do with all these types of goodness:

Good for you

Feels good

Correctness and/or rightness


These forms of good and probably any others you can think of, all qualify in metaphysics. The study of metaphysics in large part has to do with increasing the degree or level of good in our lives. Often, we may visualize or affirm something this simple, "Greater good in my life". Due to the quirks of the subconscious mind, this can sometimes provoke unexpected manifestations. We could start an affirmation like the one above and suddenly, oddly negative situations arise. Our car might break down, the kids become disruptive, or conflicts with co-workers erupt. This doesn't always happen, but it occurs often enough that it requires some explanation. It can be very upsetting and may cause us to doubt the wisdom of attempting to create greater good in our lives.

We form habit patterns of thought that comprise our reality. These patterns of thought are accustomed to a level or quality of good that we expect to experience, and anything better seems outside of the realm of possibility. When we begin affirming a different experience of good, the subconscious mind can rise up in protest. "NO!" it may exclaim. "That can't be! Only hard-core reality is allowed, and I'll prove it to you." Thus, we will experience manifestations of so-called "nitty-gritty" reality in exchange for our efforts.

Does this make it hopeless? Certainly not. In a roundabout fashion, this is a very good sign that your metaphysical efforts are succeeding. They are being so threatening to your old, negative patterns of thought that a drastic response is provoked. The solution? Continue affirming. Continue affirming that a higher or better level of good in your life is happening now. Then, recognize the fact that these negative manifestations are simply distractions that have no real power and will dissapate as you continue.

Sometimes, experienced metaphysicians will encounter this phenomenon even more frequently and with greater intensity than the neophyte. Disasters can ensue, depending on the level of their experience simply because they are sensitized to the power of thought. The same solution applies, though the distractions of negativity may be more intense and it can take greater concentration to remember what to do. It still works though.

I have a favorite book that I refer to when life gets into a rut and I realize that I need a higher level of good in my life. It was written in the early 1900s by a woman who is considered a metaphysical absolutist. This means that she didn't take "can't" for an answer. Her teachings were so aligned with pure Divinity that she fully believed that anything was possible. Known as "The Teacher of Teachers" her students included such early metaphysical celebrities as Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the founders of Unity and Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science. Her name is Emma Curtis Hopkins and the book is Scientific Christian Mental Practice. A couple of chapters of this book is enough to kick my life into high gear. However, the first time I read it, I was convinced I would die. Everything possible went wrong. I lost my job, my car and my apartment. All of these things needed to happen in order for my new level of good to fit into my life. I needed a more ethical work situation, to pay cash for my vehicle instead of being on payments and to move out of the city. So, in the long run, my metaphysical treatments for a higher level of good were working, but space for my new good had to be created first. This is the other possibility of what can occur when doing metaphysical work for good.