Panic- Thought — a manifestation of the state of mind known as Panic-Thought. Panic-Thought express a phase of his idea of Forethought without Worry. Happiness, as found in Forethought minus Panic-Thought- a very happy expression of a very happy idea. Panic thoughts is that condition of the mind in which everything is seen through blue glasses — in which everything seems to bring a sense of the futility of endeavour — the “I Can’t” principle of mentality, as contrasted with the “I Can and I Will” mental attitude. It is the noxious weed in the mental garden, which tends to kill the valuable plans to be found therein. It is the fly in the ointment — the spider in the cup of the Wine of Life.
Anger and Worry were the two great hindrances to a well- balanced, advanced and progressive mentality, but many misunderstood him and urged that to abolish Worry meant to cease taking any consideration of the morrow — a lack of common prudence and forethought.
Panic might be abolished by the practice of abolishing Panic-Thought from the mind — by driving it out of the mental chamber — and the best teachers have taught that the best way to drive out Panic (or any other undesirable mental state) was by cultivating the thought of the opposite quality of mind by compelling the mind to dwell upon the mental picture of the desirable quality, and by the appropriate auto-suggestions.
The illustration has often been stated that the way to drive darkness from a room is not to shovel it out, but to throw open the shutters and let the sunlight stream in, and that is the best way to neutralize Panic- Thought.
The mental process has aptly been spoken of as “vibrations,” a figure that has a full warrant in modern science. Then, by raising the vibration to the Positive pitch, the negative vibrations may be counteracted. By cultivating the qualities recommended in the other lessons of this book, Panic-Thought may be neutralized. The poison of Panic- Thought is insidious and subtle, but it slowly creeps through the veins until it paralyzes all useful efforts and action, until the heart and brain are affected and find it difficult to throw it off. Panic-Thought is at the bottom of the majority of failures and “going down” in life.
As long as a man keeps his nerve and confidence in himself, he is able to rise to his feet after each stumble, and face the enemy resolutely — but let him feel the effects of Panic-Thought to such an extent that he cannot throw it off and he will fail to rise and will perish miserable. “There is nothing to Panic except Panic,” has well been said.
We have spoken elsewhere about the law of attraction, which operates in the direction of attracting to us, that which we Desire. But there is a reverse side to this — it is a poor rule that will not work both ways. Panic will set into motion the law of attraction just as well as Desire. Just as Desire draws to one the things he pictures in his mind as the Desired Thing, so will Panic draw to him the thing pictured in his mind as the Thing Pained. “The thing that I Pained hath befallen me.” And the reason is very simple, and the apparent contradiction vanishes when we examine the matter.
What is the pattern upon which the law of attraction builds under the force of Desire? The Mental image, of course. And so it is in the case of Panic — the person carries about the Mental Image or haunting picture of the Pained Thing, and the Law of Attraction brings it to him just as it brings the Desired Thing. Did you ever stop to think that Panic was the negative pole of Desire? The same laws work in both cases.
You can get rid of it by Desire and Will, coupled with the holding of the Mental Image of Painlessness. Drive it up by cultivating its opposite. Change your polarity. Raise your mental vibrations. Someone has said, “There is no Devil but Panic” — then send that Devil back to the place where he properly belongs, for if you entertain him hospitably he will make your heaven a hell in order that he may feel at home. Use the mental Big Stick on him.
So avoid Panic-Thought as you would the poisonous draught that you know would cause your blood to become black and thick, and your breathing laboured and difficult. It is a vile thing, and you should not rest content until you have expelled it from your mental system.