Yes, I have told you to counteract a negative thought by turning it into a positive thought. This is a step you can take. I know you strongly want to be above the low-consciousness thoughts that too often have invaded your mind.
Never underestimate the power of intention and desire. You desire to get past negativity, and so you will. You desire to get away from spiteful thoughts, and, so, it is a given that you will be free of thoughts you don’t want to keep.
Thoughts do seem to come out of nowhere, yet most of your thoughts are derived from you. They come from judgments you make. You find people guilty of not appreciating you, and you condemn them. You condemn them to your remembrance of their offense. In a small way, you wreak revenge upon them. You pay them back in kind by snide thoughts that you hold against them.
Your negative thoughts based on hostile feelings are like small doses of poison you take. You take small doses, yet they are, nevertheless, poison. These small doses are not good for you. You also poison those you blame for your thoughts. Your thoughts reach them awkwardly, yet it is your thoughts that poison you most of all.
I know you want to remove such unwieldy thoughts from your mind. You want to be greater than a petty reactor. You want to be above pettiness. You want such thoughts out of your mind. Truly, you do not want to be a small thinker. You want to be a credit to yourself, and you want to be a credit to Me.
You yearn to get out from an old frame of mind that wishes vengeance, pitiful vengeance by casting responsibility for yourself upon another.
You are smart enough to know that if you want gut feelings of happiness, you must let go of gut feelings of bitterness. Ridding yourself of bitterness is your job. No one can do it for you. Only you.
If you took on bitterness, you also can let go of it. What is the opposite of bitterness? It is letting go of holding on. The opposite of bitterness is letting go of bitterness. If salt were bitter, you wouldn’t shake it on your food. No longer do you want to pour the salt of bitterness onto your wounds.
You who would love to receive love must employ the giving of love in your life.
What you cannot withstand is your own bitterness. Therefore, no longer get roiled by your interpretation of others’ neglect of your heart. Let go of the idea of taking offense. You do not require anyone’s favor. You may desire everyone’s favor, yet you do not have to have anyone’s favor.
You are learning self-sufficiency. You are learning how to give. You might even call it forgiveness that you are learning. Forgiveness is not your aim, however. Be eager to learn to not to take offense. If you didn’t take offense in the first place, there would be no need for forgiveness.
You and everyone else live in your own worlds. Your life is what you say it is. Come to a new language in your world. Come from a clean slate.
What you are doing now is like washing dishes. Every time you use a plate, you wash it again. How good it is to have a clean plate. How good it is to wash your thoughts.
Your thoughts have been a habit. Now you choose new thoughts, not as a favor to anyone but to yourself.
If you owe anything, you owe yourself this favor. Somewhere within you, you previously claimed certain rights. Now you give up those rights. You lived in a smaller world. Now you promote yourself to useful thoughts that serve mankind rather than ego. Ego thoughts get you nowhere. It is for you to get yourself somewhere. Go where you want to go. Where you have been is not the issue. Where you want to go – this is the issue.
Issue blessings from your heart. This is your destiny. Negativity and smallness are not.
If you want to be great, think greater thoughts. You can do it. You are bursting out of old bounds now. You are reaching up to Heaven. No longer do you seek tit for tat. No, now you seek Greatness, and you shall have it. You shall be it.