One day, a boy told me he couldn’t yo yo, and sure enough he couldn’t. Then I told him to say to himself that he could yo yo, and funny enough, he could.

Quotation from Mary Lowe

What are you telling yourself you can’t do?

As with the boy and the yo yo, if you tell yourself you can’t do something, you’re right, you can’t.

Think of something you know you can do. You can do it, and it is easy for you, isn’t it? Do you see the reason you can do it is that you think you can?

Try it. Apply the same, “I can do it,” thinking to something you don’t think you can do. Then you can do it. Your mind will fight you on it. Your mind doesn’t want you to believe it. Your mind will bring up many arguments to back up its assertion that you cannot do it. Your mind will say the things you can do are easy or possible. It will tell you the things you can’t do, are neither easy nor possible. That’s your mind’s point of view. And your limited mind wants to stay just that way, limited.

Here is what Lester Levenson says, “It’s your conviction. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.” Check it out for yourself. You will find out that whatever your conviction is on any subject, it’s true for you. We humans, allowing ourselves to be run by the limited mind, argue for our convictions. We argue for our limitations. We line up all the arguments why we can’t do it. Each one of those arguments takes us farther from realizing the unlimited being that we are.

Here is what Lester says in his autobiography, No Attachments, No Aversions.

When I started, I couldn’t have been much lower. I was plagued with all these ailments accumulated over the years, topped with a coronary and with deep depths of depression and misery.

Three months later, I was at the other extreme; I was so happy, I had a smile on my face, that I could not take off. I had a euphoria, a lightness that is really indescribable.

Everything of life itself was open to me—the total understanding of it. It is simply that we are infinite beings, over which we have superimposed concepts of limitation. And, we are smarting under these limitations that we accept for ourselves as though they are real, because they are opposed to our basic nature of total freedom. However, they are just mentations, mental concepts.

Where did all of this, “I can’t ” thinking come from? Once again, let’s hear from Lester.

The start of the feelings of failure come from our earliest days. Our parents tell us what to do, they tell us what not to do. Every time we want to do something and they say, “Don’t,” we feel we can’t, we don’t know how.

If we don’t want to do something, and they say, “Do,” again, we feel that we don’t know.

All the “do-ing” and “don’t-ing” by parents gives us the feeling that we can’t, we don’t know, from the first days on. And, this continues because it goes on through everyone’s life.

Every teacher has it as part of his or her make-up that we cannot do. So they tell us what to do, and repeat it, and pound it into us, and they continue that negativity that started in infancy.

So, maybe ninety-nine percent of us have a feeling of failure that we can’t do. We don’t know how.

When we look at ourselves as we really are, and discover what we are, we discover that all things are possible unto us, that all intelligence is available to us, that we have a direct line to omniscience, to omnipotence And the only thing that keeps us from using it are these pre-indoctrinated dictums from our parents and teachers: Do. Don’t.

So, by discovering ourselves, we see how ridiculous it is to hold onto the concept that we cannot. And, when we see that everything is possible, methodically those concepts are dropped.

There should be no negative words in any language—no “can’ts,” no “don’ts,’ no “nots.” Really, it would be a terrific thing if we took them out of the language.

You’ll discover that you can say everything that you want to say in a positive way. Think only of what you want, and that is all that you will get.

All in all, it’s the inabilities that are pounded into us from birth on, that limit us. Our parents have it; their parents gave it to them. It goes on and on and on, unconsciously being handed down to those who we think we love so much.

Why not take Lester’s advice?

Let go of thinking, “I can’t” on any subject. Think you can, and you can. Just like the boy with the yo yo. Have the intention to notice all the things you can do throughout your day. Realize the only reason you can do those things is, you think you can. Apply the same “can do” thinking to whatever you think you can’t do. Practice. How many years have your practiced, “I can’t?” Begin now to practice, “I can. I can do it.”

As Lester says, “Let go of all the thoughts to the contrary.”

The Release technique offers you many aids to you to help you move into “I can” on any subject. Do you have the Goals and Resistance Course? It’s a must. And if you have it, now is a good time to go through it again. Find a release partner and do the course as soon as possible.

The Butt system is available to guide you through the process of getting your goals. And, there are many more books and CD sets available. Check out the Release Technique website.

Unless you already have it, order Lester’s autobiography, No Attachments, No Aversions. The e-book is an enjoyable read and offers many helpful insights and realizations.

Most of all, begin anew right now. Now is new. Begin to hold in mind I can. Set your intention, I can. Practice, I can. And watch what happens. Like Seuss said, “Oh, the places you’ll go.”

Yes, you can yo yo or whatever else your heart desires. Yes you can!

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