THOUGHT CONDITIONERS by Norman Vincent Peale

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**I am aware that many strict Christian and Catholic people might have criticisms toward Dr Peale, but I also know that when I was younger and going through a very bad time, listening to Dr Peale’s inspirational, uplifting and always optimistic messages got me through when I very much wanted to give up. His positive attitude can best be described as infectious, and I still recommend his books to people without reservation. I used to have the little Guideposts magazines lying about as well, and the one thing you can learn from reading them or from visiting the website is that you are not alone in your troubles. There are so many people who go through the same things and are sustained by their faith in God and are able to turn impossible situations around. Here is a short biography and a sample of Dr Peale’s writing:

Dr Norman Vincent Peale

The creative genius behind Guideposts was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. With his wife, Ruth, Dr. Peale founded the organization in 1945.

During his long life, Dr. Peale was acclaimed as one of the foremost ministers and motivational speakers and writers of the 20th century. While serving as minister at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, he spoke to 100 groups a year and authored 46 books.

By far the most popular of his books was The Power of Positive Thinking. Published in 1952, that book immediately became a best-seller and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 consecutive weeks. Still available today, the book has sold more than 20 million copies in 42 languages. Positive thinking, Dr. Peale often explained, is faith in God and belief in oneself.

Throughout that book and throughout his career, Dr. Peale emphasized the individual’s extraordinary ability to overcome life’s problems and seize its opportunities through the application of faith in daily life.

In 1984, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan.

On Christmas Eve, 1993, Dr. Peale died at his home in Pawling, N.Y. He was 95. He is revered today because his consistent message continues to show that faith works powerfully in ordinary lives.

By those who knew him, Dr. Peale is remembered best for one simple quality: his unconditional love of people.

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Learn how to take serenity into your own hands with this series of “happiness-inducing” thoughts, excerpted from Dr. Peale’s most popular Action Booklet.

THIS WEEK’S THOUGHT CONDITIONER:

Thought Conditioner No. 1

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27

This text shows how to do an “impossible” thing. Size up your problem, pray about it, do all you can about it. If it seems impossible, don’t give up, but affirm, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Keep relaxed. Don’t worry. Avoid getting panicky. Never think, “This can’t be done.” Declare “It can be done, it is being done because God is doing it through me.” Affirm that the process is in operation. The final outcome may not be entirely what you now desire. But, handled in this manner, the solution will be what God wants it to be.

INTRODUCTION:

How to Use Thought Conditioners
By Norman Vincent Peale

Since happiness and effectiveness depend upon the kinds of thoughts we think, it is absolutely impossible to be happy if we think unhappiness-producing thoughts. One of the wisest men who ever lived was Marcus Aurelius, who said, “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”

If you put into your mind thoughts of fear, you will get thoughts of fear out of your mind. Fill your mind with resentment thoughts, and resentment attitudes will emerge. And in neither case, of course, can you find happiness-inducing thoughts. Whatever the condition of your mind, the Thought Conditioners I am going to suggest are so powerful that they will displace unhealthy thoughts.

In my experience through many years in working with people, I have discovered that the most vital, creative and positive thoughts are those stated in the Bible. Its words are alive. The Bible itself states what its spiritual words will do. “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

This means, simply, that if you fill your mind with spiritual words so that they sink from your conscious to your subconscious mind by a process of spiritual osmosis, you will so condition your personality with spiritual power of sensitivity that God’s will can operate in you. Every great value of this life, the ones that really matter, shall then be yours. The words of the Bible are powerful Thought Conditioners. They are capable of revolutionizing the entire personality.

Over the years, I had noticed that certain passages from the Scriptures had a particular potent effect on human beings. I began, therefore, to list the life-creating words from the Scriptures that had done me the most good. Many of these I had recommended to others. Some of them had been called to my attention by people in whom there had occurred the most astonishing demonstration of new life and joy. When I applied them to myself, I found they did indeed possess tremendous effectiveness.

The process I have used both personally and in counseling, which has accomplished most impressive results, is simply that of committing these great passages to memory. One puts them in the mind as in a sort of spiritual medicine cabinet, each to be drawn out as needed for specific ills or maladies of the personality, or to meet life’s situations as they develop.

As suggested above, the method is also to conceive of these thoughts as having displacement value, crowding out injurious thought patterns.

The best results are gained by utilizing spare minutes to say these Scripture passages, or Thought Conditioners, over and over. As you are riding on a bus or train, or washing the dishes, or waiting for an appointment, utilize fractional moments to dwell and meditate upon the meaning of these texts. As you do so, there will flash out from them new insights, new perceptions of truth. Gradually, by a deep therapy, they will drive into the mind until presently your life will become a living demonstration of God’s power.

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