by Dr. Joe Vitale

As I type these words, people in Houston are scrambling to leave the city. The Mayor has urged many to evacuate. The next hurricane, Rita, is bigger and badder than Katrina, and it’s headed this way.

Yes, our area is in the path of the hurricane, too.

With luck, by the time it hits mainland Texas, it will have dropped from a category 5 to a category 1 hurricane. We’re stocking up on supplies, like everyone else.

While the world is still reeling from the effects of Katrina, we’re now bracing for something that could be just as bad, or worse.

As I listen to the news, and watch people, the key word that everyone says or seems to breathe is “victim.”

We’re victims of storms.

We’re victims of chance.

We’re victims of a poorly run government.

We’re victims of gas prices, gas shortages, inflation, recession, taxes, wars, and now — the worst of all — Mother Nature.

I’m going to say something unusual. It may upset some people. I’m hoping it will inspire you. Here goes:

You have more power than you think.

While you may not want to stand in the path of Rita, you don’t have to cower under the bed.

As odd as it may sound, I believe that if enough of us think positive, we can create a counter storm of sorts. We can protect ourselves and our loved ones with our thoughts.

I’ve described and proved this with the research in the back of my book, “The Attractor Factor.” Nineteen studies *proved* that when a large group of people hold positive intentions, those intentions radiate out and become reality.

No, I’m not saying ignore the storm warnings. I’m saying don’t get caught up in the fear that the warnings often trigger.

Look. If you think the storm will get you, then it’s already gotten you. You’re living in fear. Your life is dark, gloomy and in a cage. The media is flawless at whipping us into fear.

So I suggest ignoring the media. It’s not information, it’s propaganda. It gets large groups of people to think negative, which of course then becomes reality.

Why can’t we do the opposite?

Why can’t we get large groups of people to think positive?

At this very moment, as I type this and you read this, all is well.

Isn’t it?

Aren’t you ok?

Aren’t you feeling fine right now?

Yes, be sure to have batteries and water and supplies.

But also check the storehouse in your mind.

Are you living in fear, or living in trust?

Are you focused on the negative, or are you doing something to create a positive?

We are all, always, at choice.

My plea is that the readers of my ezine — you — will stop, breathe, and focus; pray, or in some positive way send out an energy that will help dissolve the fear in and around us.

I’m asking you to do this on Saturday, the day Rita is scheduled to visit Texas.

As I was finishing this article, UPS delivered two books to me. Both are timely and worth mentioning.

“Unconditional Bliss” says you can find happiness in the face of hardship.

I think this is relevant. While the media is making us shake in our boots, we can choose to take care of ourselves and others *while* remaining happy.

Happiness is a choice.

The other book looks just as fascinating. It’s “Megatrends 2010” by Pat Aburdene.

To my surpirse (and delight), the book declares that the future will be more focused on spirit.

Well, let’s create the future right now.

Let’s focus on spirit.

What I’m asking you to do is be happy, right now. Smile. Send that loving energy out, in the direction of Texas. Intend for all to be well, for, in reality, all is well.

In fact, pretend you are the eye of the hurricane. That’s the center where all is at peace. *Be* that peace and send that peace from the eye to the hurricane itself, imagining it dropping in intensity.

We can make a difference.

It begins with you.

What will you choose to think?

I sent out my plea the other day
(above) to help stop hurricane Rita

That letter got more positive replies than anything I’ve ever written. Hundreds wrote to me. Thousands forwarded it around the net. The positive energy it generated was like a white tornado of love.

The result was Rita dropped from a terrifying category 5 hurricane to a category 2 by the time it hit land. It changed direction, too. It never hit Houston, which had panicked and evacuated. It never hit here, either.

This morning — the day Rita was to hit our area — Nerissa and I sat on the porch and watched the cats play in the yard. It’s sunny and clear out right now. There isn’t even a drop of rain.

Did our combined positive efforts make the key difference?

What do you think?

Thank you for all your help.

But remember that others still need it. Katrina *did* do damage. Please help those victims by going to –

Together, we can make a difference.

Thank you.

Dr. Joe Vitale
President, Hypnotic Marketing Inc.

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