Here is the scenario:
You receive a message from your neighborhood security stating that your area is being targeted by a gang who steals plants.
A meeting is organised and all the neighborhood is invited. Enough people attend and a conclusion is reached: the plant-thieves must go!
The question is how is the best way to go about this.
Group A would by default make it their primary concern to warn everybody about the plant thieves as well as spread the message across borders where it is not even relevant. The EMOTION of fear is what they spread because the focus of their message is on the danger of the situation. Group A may also pray for the families who lost many plants with a FEELING of loss and trepidation, pleading to God to restore peace with a mind filled with anxiety.
Group B will note the plant thievery and the feeling of fear the message naturally embodies due to its unwanted nature. Yet by default they will focus on the vision of restoration by focusing on the opposite FEELING of fear, called love. They will also pray for those families who lost many plants by thanking God for the joy of gardening and with a peaceful mind. They will not be warning anyone or bring up the topic of plant thievery at family occasions or in their daily business, because it activates a FEELING of fear. Instead they talk about topics that FEEL good.
Like-attracts-like: this means focus on fear and you perpetuate it, focus on love and you perpetuate it. Focus on the problem of plant thievery and it will continue and even escalate. Focus on the vision of a peaceful neighborhood where plants are not stolen and it will come to be.
This has been demonstrated in real life where a neighborhood set a up a public shrine where people could stop to pray when they felt like it. The result was a measurable decrease in violence in the area. Yet soon after the shrine was taken down and the people stopped activating the FEELING of peace through prayer the crime rates went up again.
Become aware of your emotions and how the topics you think about make you feel. Then choose to think and talk about the good feeling topics and the unwanted will naturally disappear, first in your mind and then in your life and the lives of others who follow the example.
The misunderstanding is that we can solve the problem by thinking and talking more about the problem.
This example of plant thievery should be applied universally by omitting the words “plant thievery” and inserting current, distressing events you witness on the daily news.
*questions and discussion are welcomed in the comments