Power-thinking, with Dr Morris O’Connor

Don’t worry about the bad things you’ve done.

If you’re freaking out because you’ve stolen some electrical goods from a shop, ruined a family event by taking too much cocaine or uploaded some naked pictures of your cheating ex-wife to the internet, don’t feel bad. Guilt is a negative emotion you don’t want. We are all part of One Supreme Mind, one ‘energy’. If you don’t believe me just look at your hand. It looks solid, but put that thing under a microscope and you’ll see it’s just a mass of energy. Remember that.  

I used to have a dog. A very special fun loving Springer Spaniel called Chloe. Chloe was kind, obedient and absolutely stunning. Alsatians would stop dead in the street; even cats would let themselves get caught, just to be close to her. The guys at the golf course called her ‘Claudia Sniffer’ and it worked. It was a classic play-on-words joke based on her looks, a world-renowned supermodel and Chloe’s intuitive nasal reflexes.    

One day I walked into the lounge to see a beam of sunlight pouring through the window and Chloe, wearing nothing but fur soaking up the warm golden rays. She looked so content sprawled out on the rug that I had to join her. We lay nose to muzzle in the delicious balmy haze. She was 32 in dog years, loved walks, Baileys and watching the Masters – the perfect woman, with the addition of a tail and two extra legs.

Chloe reached out a paw to my hand as if to say: ‘Give us a scratch you successful bastard’  I started scratching her tummy, our eyes locked and suddenly my playful strokes turned into something more. Before I knew it Chloe and I were locked in a man dog clinch. Without opposable thumbs I thought there was no way she could she could undress me, but she managed to rip off my chinos and was working on my second Ralph Lauren sock when literally and metaphorically I got cold feet. This was sick and twisted, plus I knew she would never be accepted as my plus one at international business dinners.

The next day I parked outside a retail center, opened the passenger door and threw a stick into BHS. Chloe dutifully chased after it and I sped off never to see her again.

I could have felt guilty about that for a while, but I realised negative thought will only attract negative thought. The Universe essentially emerges from thought to produce all this matter around us. If we are the source of the Universe why, as such an important person, should I feel bad about abandoning a dog in a clothing store?

Dr Morris O’Connor is the best selling author of I Don’t Think I Did: One Simple Step to Ignoring All the Bad Stuff You Do.