Some smart people are really good at “critical thinking”. You bring an idea to them, they tell you 103 reasons why it wouldn’t work and all of them sound super legit. 

If you talk to someone like that for half an hour, you’d walk away feeling sheepish and ashamed of your own naive optimism.

More often, that someone is the intelligent voice in your head.

There’s nothing wrong with being discerning. Critical thinking is an extremely useful skill. 

But often, the intellect is being used by the ego to protect itself from threats, a defense mechanism masked as logic.

Smart, analytical folks can tell you a boatload of reasons why the world is going down the drain, everything is a scam, all news is conspiracy, tomorrow will be worse than yesterday…

There’s only one problem. The critical-thinking part of your brain does not know how to create.

It knows how to tell black from white, analyze cause and effect, infer patterns from past data… but it does not know how to make something out of nothing.

If you want to get in touch with the Creator self, the Source where everything in existence comes from, you need to treat the naive optimist in you nicely. That’s where your creative power lies.

In Ep 116 of the School of Intuition, I talk about why optimism is a powerful force you want on your side, the benefit of the “bipolar” cycles we go through on personal growth journey, and how to create an optimistic state of being even when it’s so difficult.


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