Positive Thinking and Confession
17 April 2014
By Dr Ben Bassey, Psychiatrist
Many people need to realize how much of their own illness, depression, anxiety, fears, problems, defeat, anxiety stem from emotional distress resulting from wrong attitudes and negative thoughts, as well as negative confessions concerning their situations.
A person who is negative in thinking will most likely speak negatively and make negative confession. A person who confesses fear, anxiety, failing, sickness, and defeat, does so because he believes in fear, anxiety, sickness and defeat. He believes in these things because his mind has been dwelling on them for long. You will ultimately come to believe what you think, if you think the thought long enough. Your mind is like a very big and complex garden! You have no control over a huge component of it (the subconscious). Your thoughts are the seeds planted in the garden of your mind. Your divine creator will always plant good seeds, while the enemy will always plant bad seeds. Good seeds will lead to good harvest, and bad seeds will lead to bad harvest. The truth is that your creator will always speaks to our strength through faith, while the enemy speaks to our weakness, through fear. When a person entertains thoughts of fear, instead of resisting it, he will begin to confess fear, which in turn will only add to his fears, setting up a negative vicious cycle that increases the very thing that he wants to get rid of. The very thing that frightens the person, gradually envelopes and overwhelms the person .
It is noteworthy, that in most instances man is inherently negative without mind retraining . At the appearance of the slightest negative emotions, a number of people will misinterpret and magnify the feelings. In fact, many people go through life often expecting bad events to happen to them. Many people do not expect anything good out of life or their situations. For example, while measuring the blood pressure of my patients at the clinic, some people would often ask: Doctor, is it high or low? Meaning that in their thoughts, they don’t really expect it to be normal. Again, in a number of occasions, when you ask someone : How are you? Often, the answer, ‘not too bad’, is seen as a good response. But this actually implies that, it is somehow bad! Why not rather say ‘I feel great’. Or better still, ‘the Lord is my strength’. Again, and again, when asking some basic questions to find out if the patient suffers a particular side effects of his medication, you get response such as ‘not yet’. Implying that in their thoughts, they are expecting the side effects to manifest later, and so on and so forth.
Due to the spiritual power in our thoughts and confession, it is wisdom to stay away from low jesting or idle talks. Every one needs to be aware of listening to unedifying negative speech from others. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure his thoughts, speech, and confession are healthy and edifying towards others.
Sickness, failure, frustration, sorrow, adversity, and even death are often the result of wrong thinking and confession. Many people need to retrain their minds to correct faulty thinking habits.
The Human Mind
There is need to have some basic understanding of the MIND of the person, in order to understand the importance of retraining and maintaining a divine healthy mind. It is a universal truth that man exists at three levels: Body, soul, and spirit (1Thessalonians 5:23). The body of a person is reasonably well understood.
Compared with the spirit, the soul or mind of a person is also fairly well understood, we should be grateful to our creator for the science of medicine, psychiatry, psychology and the field of mental health. The soul of the man consists of the Will, Intellect, and the Emotions. This is the domain called the Mind of the person, where the Personality of the person dwells. The mind of the person is required for complex higher functions such as thinking, perception, imagination, decision, judgment, concentration, planning & execution, etc by the individual. The Intellect component of the mind of a person as well as the Will is really important in terms of character formation, achieving moral standards, as well deciding between right and wrong. They are very important in maintaining high standards and integrity. With right thoughts, perception and imagination, a person can change unhealthy negation emotions to a healthy positive feelings.
The spirit of a man is the inner positive driving force or ‘power house’ of the man. In essence, man is a spirit, with a soul (mind), ‘housed’ in a body. The ‘spirit man’ can best be understood in terms of the driving force or empowerment behind our thoughts, imaginations, belief, speech and actions .
The spirit of a man is the vital link between the man and the omnipotent spiritual being (the supreme power). The spirit man is really important and it is what sustain man in sickness or problems , hence needs to be sharpened and kept alert. This is where spiritual understanding is important.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
One of the most successful and commonly use model in psychological treatment of a many mental disorders is the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT). Dr Aaron Beck , developed the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), as a model of treating mental disorders in the 1960s. According to cognitive theory, depression or anxiety or many mental symptoms arise as a result of maladaptive thought processes. According to this theory, depression for example, arises from a network of negative attitudes to self, the world and the future . Such cognitive distortions are noted to show four basic types of error: Arbitrary Inference (always drawing the worst conclusions from a situation); Selective Abstraction (focusing on the worst aspects of a situation); Over-generation (drawing general conclusions about personal worth from one example); Minimization and Magnification (performance is underestimated and errors are overestimated). CBT in depression then involves helping the patients to painstakingly identify the error based depressive cognitions (‘automatic thoughts’) and encouraging the patient to use healthy, positive alternative thoughts to challenge, flush out and replace the negative thoughts in a process called ‘cognitive restructuring’. This is an active process and the patient is encouraged to work daily with the help of a diary in gradual process of Positive Mind Training (PMT).
Personally, I have come to find this process quite similar to spiritual mind training in the context of true spirituality. In essence, the unhealthy destructive words or thoughts are identified, challenged, flushed out and replaced with positive healthy focusing or thoughts. In true spirituality, this involves meditating, dwelling, focusing, and confessing the truth in the Word of Life. It entails meditating, focusing and appreciating the divine nature, which comprises: truth, peace, joy, faith, patience, patience, humility, honesty, purity, righteousness, holiness, goodness, divine wisdom, but above all love. True spirituality is indeed a spiritual warfare. Nonetheless, the truth of the matter is that the perfect cure to carnality, worldliness or negativity is true spirituality with guidance from the Word of Light.
In conclusion, we must constantly keep in mind that ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he’. We must always remember that our thoughts and confession are spiritual with so much power that it is not easily reversed. We must bear in mind that mental attitudes are much more important than the circumstances we face. No matter our situations and circumstances, we should aim to maintain a positive mental attitude. The power of our thoughts and imagination over our body, perception and behaviour is phenomenal. If a person mind is constantly dwelling on fear, doubt, worries, dissatisfaction, imperfection, diseases, sickness , he will quickly confess same when some minor symptoms appear.
Many people need to realize how much of their own illnesses, depression, anxiety, problems, defeat, failure stem from emotional distress resulting from wrong attitudes and negative thoughts, as well as negative confessions concerning their situations. Every one should learn to begin each day with positive thoughts, positive words, and positive confession.