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As a Los Angeles based psychotherapist and yoga teacher, I travel in many spiritual circles which espouse and sometimes proselytize the importance of positive thinking and its power to create our reality and manifest the future. Works like The Secret boldly profess that you are in complete control of your life, and by choosing your thoughts wisely, and visualizing your hearts desire, you are in command of fate, fortune, and all that is coming your way.At first glance, this New Age philosophy may seem benign if not constructive in empowering individuals to set goals and take responsibility for their happiness. Certainly I am a proponent of encouraging individuals to feel like active participants in their life. I myself also practice and believe in the power of clarifying one’s intention and visualizing one’s aspirations. However, there is a great shadow to the blanket statement that everything that happens to us is a product of our own doing, or namely, our own thinking.