Lecture 236 – The Superstition of Pessimism | Abbreviated Version

P1             Only as you know them do you also make the connection that it is with those negative attitudes that you create negative experience. When you reach a certain level of awareness you will come across an attitude that says, “If I believe in the positive, I will be disappointed, and I may chase it away by my very belief in it. It may be smarter to believe that nothing good can happen to me, that I cannot ever change.” But a much subtler superstitiousness does exist in all of you.

Find within you the voice that says, “I dare not believe in the good. It may not happen.” It is sufficient to ascertain no more than this voice, this “word” you speak into yourself. There is no playing with such power without grave consequences. The power of this game needs to be made conscious. It can apply to many things in your life.

When you have an illness, it may apply to the healing. When you find yourself alone and unloved, you may playfully—safely, as you think—express the belief that it will always be that way. When you lack funds or a fulfilling profession you say into yourself, “I had better believe it must be that way, so maybe then it can come to me unexpectedly.” It is as though you hoped for some idealized parental figure to assuage your doubts, to come forth and tell you, “No, no, my child, it is not that bad, it is all going to be wonderful.”

P2             Without knowing it, you dictate into your soul a belief creating circumstances that prove it. You then “forget” that you had started this game and become so involved you really begin to believe that the negative is the reality. What started out as a superstitious safety measure gradually becomes belief on another level of your consciousness. The danger lies in the misuse of the power of the word, the power of your thinking, the power of your self-indoctrination.

When you encounter this self-deception in you, halt and question yourself about its effects upon your life. Distance yourself from your life and observe what you are doing. Connect with the level of intentionality behind it. The next step will be: “I want to stop this kind of self-trickery. I cannot trick life. I choose to be honest. What I say to myself must be what I really mean on the deepest level of my being. It must correspond to the truth of life.” The next step is the most crucial one. It needs the courage to believe in the good.

This is truly one of the abysses of illusion. Without assurances of the outcome you will have to venture into an unknown land where you believe in the positive. Assert your faith in the everbenign universe. Express the truth that all possibilities exist. It is your choice which one of the many roads you wish to travel, the road of defeatism, denial, negative expectation, or the road of faith in the beautiful unfoldment of limitless possibilities that is the innate nature of life. 

These possibilities are anchored in your own soul. There is nothing that you cannot realize. Remove the anchor that holds you back from this flowing expansion. Assert your courageous faith in the best of your inner spirit. The temptation to lean on the old superstitious negative beliefs is that you need not invest in a waiting period of uncertainty. You speak the negative belief and it occurs.

On the other hand, the journey to faith in the possibilities of positive unfoldment requires a growing period, a ripening. This is necessary simply because your mental processes, which have been so accustomed to negative beliefs, they have to readjust themselves, so they can take root in the new land of beauty and abundance.

P3             That assertion of faith is a substantial step that needs to be reinforced. The courage to believe in positive life unfoldment can very easily be confused with wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is spinning dreams of fulfillment without having to pay a price: without any change of personality or attitude or approach or thinking or feeling or acting or being.

The less you invest in the effort that could make desirable events or states a reality, the less you believe in their actual manifestation. Daydreams are just the other side of the superstition of pessimism. When you fail to realize the daydream, your disappointment reinforces the superstition of pessimism. The vicious circle accelerates, and you find it ever more difficult to extricate yourself.

P4             Rather than visualizing yourself in a productive vocation, joyfully and meaningfully contributing to life, or visualizing your success and abundance for the sheer enjoyment of the fruits of your labor as a valid expression of life, you dream of yourself as a great person in order to impress others, perhaps your family or those who have slighted you. Yet many of you still indulge in it, at least in certain areas of your life.

Where this is the case, look deeper. Find the level where you also still indulge in the superstition of your negative beliefs. You hope that a super-authority will reassure you that it will happen just like in your daydreams, you don’t have to earn or acquire it, it will be given to you. Just ascertaining these random fleeting thoughts and making them concise will allow you to see their absurdity and help you to give them up.

You will realize that abundance is available only to the degree you wish to squander yourself into life, giving as generously of your inner riches to this whole process as you wish to receive from life’s abundance. You encounter the difficulty of sustaining happiness and pleasure so many times. You have begun to open the road to it through working on your purification.

As the results begin to stream into your being—both outwardly and inwardly—you shrink back. This is not simply an old habit. It is the result of still being committed to the imaginary safety measure of the superstition of pessimism and, simultaneously, to wishful daydreaming.

P5             You will truly become capable of transforming a negative belief because you can see it as a trick on a very subtle level. Give up that trick. Have the courage of positive belief in your own richness and of the positive intentionality to give of this richness to the best of your ability. Each step in your growth aids not only your own happiness and fulfillment, important as this is, but is also a powerful force akin to nuclear energy, generated by your community and other such nuclei, that spreads and multiplies, so that the Christ force gains an ever-greater impetus.

QUESTION: Now that it’s (business success) happening, I find myself thinking that I’m better than others. ANSWER: That is of course how you destroy. What you can do when you discover yourself in that way of thinking is to very simply and firmly—yet without pushing effort—formulate another thought. The thought might be: “I do not wish to set myself above others. If a part of me desires this, I do not want it. I pray to the divine forces within me to help me create another kind of attitude and therefore another reality. If I want to be better than others, I must also feel undeserving to get the slightest fulfillment.”

One flower is not better than another flower. One bird is not better than another bird. The mountain is not better than the sea. The pine tree is not better than the oak. Think of yourself and other people in those terms and assert your goodwill to let others be their best. Then you can let yourself be your best so you can truly enjoy the fruits of your efforts and feel deserving of them.

P6             If what you desire does not happen now in this particular way, what will make you happy and whole will happen in another way that may possibly turn out better. Pursue the truth of your potential and state, “I can take a momentary disappointment and make it a stepping stone. I need not fear that it may not be now, in this particular way. There are many ways.” With this attitude you will create a relaxed inner climate so that attaining the result will not be a question of do or die. Such a demand creates an unbearable tension that is often a direct block to the fulfillment of the desire.

QUESTION: What are the elements of courage? ANSWER: The elements of courage are the ability and willingness to experience pain or disappointment and learn from it and use it as a threshold. It is courage to risk all that rather than stand still and have the safety of a little back door open, never venturing forth completely into a new situation.

To love is courage because the loved one may not always respond according to your desires and self-will. To give is courage because the petty heart in its negativity still believes that when you give you will lose and no one will give you anything in return. It is courage to risk finding out that your negative beliefs may not be true. It takes even more courage to not be discouraged. You feel courage in all of your body, as you feel love in all of your body, for courage is an essential part of love.



I am working through you. I am in all your thoughts, if you wish to hear Me.

I am in all you see, if you wish to see Me.

I am in all the words you speak, if you wish Me to express through you.

I am in all your actions, if that be your commitment.

And as I am and as I manifest through you, you rediscover life in new terms.

You will see that life is a glorious oneness in which there is nothing to fear.

What need you fear if you discover Me?

What need you fear if you identify with Me?

Know that you are God.

As such you can never die.

Give that which is you now, in your thinking, in your being, in your perceptions to Me.

As you give yourself to Me, so must you be eternal.


—The Pathwork® Guide