The first question:
You said that negative thoughts were dangerous because they can materialize into happenings. Can positive thoughts also materialize into actual happenings? For example, if one wishes for enlightenment can it happen as a result?
That is too much to ask from positive thoughts, because enlightenment is beyond duality, it is neither negative nor positive. When both the polarities are dropped, it happens. With positive thoughts many things are possible – not enlightenment. You can be happy, but not blissful. Happiness comes and goes; the opposite always exists with it. When you are happy, just by the side of happiness, unhappiness is waiting for its own time. It is standing in the queue. When you are loving, it is positive; hate is waiting for its own time.
Positive cannot go beyond duality. It is good as far as it goes, but to ask enlightenment from it is too much. Never expect that.
The negative has to be dropped to attain to the positive.
The positive has also to be dropped to attain to the beyond.
First drop the negative, then drop the positive. Then nothing is left. That nothingness is enlightenment; then there is no more mind.
Mind is either negative or positive: happy, unhappy; loving, hateful; anger, compassion; day and night; birth and death – all belong to mind. But you don’t belong to mind. You are beyond it, encased in the mind but beyond it.
Enlightenment is not of the mind, it is of you. The realization that “I am not the mind” is enlightenment. If you remain negative, you remain in the valley part of the mind. If you are positive, you attain to the peak part of the mind. But neither transcends the mental plane of your being. Drop both.
It is difficult to drop the positive; it is easy to drop the negative because the negative gives you misery. It is a hell, you can drop it. But look at misfortune: you have not even dropped that! You cling to the negative also. You cling to misery as if it is a treasure. You cling to your unhappiness just because it has become an old habit and you need something to cling to. Not finding anything, you cling to your hell. But, remember, to drop the negative is easy howsoever difficult it seems. Compared to the positive it is very easy, because it is misery.