The other day after a particularly emotional week, I started to think about the movie Ghostbusters 2. It’s the one where the Ghostbusters bring the Statue of Liberty to life using green slime and the song “Your Love is Lifting Me Higher” to save New York.
With all the news and stuff going on in the world and this month’s theme “Freedom from Fear and Error Thinking”, I started to wonder if there actually was a neon green river of slime feeding on negative emotion and causing a disturbance in the energy field. If you haven’t seen the movie, in an attempt to investigate an increase in paranormal activity, the Ghostbusters venture into the New York sewer system and discover a bright green river of cosmic material flowing underground. They get a sample of the sludge and bring it into their workshop. As they experiment with the glop, they realize that it’s affected by negative and positive words (aren’t we all!). When they yell obscenities the slime gets agitated. When they play uplifting music or tell the slime how much they love it, it starts to dance.
It started me thinking…do I give the positive vibes as much energy and attention as I do the negative, especially when it seems like negativity is easier to find? After thinking about the movie, I went to Youtube to find a music video or something to let me get the song and images out of my head and in front of my eyes. That research brought me so much joy! “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” sung by a gospel choir was so uplifting. The video clips were funny. I totally needed that!
So my question to everyone, how much greater would we all feel if we made a conscious effort to balance negativity with positivity? And not just listening to a song or two, but really gave positive, joyful input equal time. If you spend 30 minutes watching the news each day, then spend 30 minutes listening to uplifting music or watching one of our Center services on Youtube or finding an uplifting Ted Talk. If you spend 15 minutes a day scanning headlines in the newspaper or on your phone, give yourself 15 minutes to read the Science of Mind textbook or something equally uplifting.
We get to choose what we fill our bodies and minds with each day. We can’t control what’s on the news but we can balance it out with Truth. I love the story of Dr. Raymond Charles Barker who read the New York Times every day from cover to cover and when he was done he would announce, “And not a word of Truth in it!” We can follow Barkers lead AND we can make an effort to self-select what comes into our minds.
Here’s “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” from Ghostbusters 2. I hope it brings you joy.