As has been discussed before on this blog many times, it is important when casting spells or having magic spells cast for you, to regulate your emotions and not fall into the trap of negative mentality. Of course it's probably impossible not to have little moments or instances of doubt or worry, but lengthy terms of anxiousness, concern and fretfulness can do great injury to the power of your spell. In spiritual matters, the mental plane can wield great influence over the outcomes and happenings of your magic.
The famous magician and seller of spiritual goods, L.W. De Laurence, has the following advice for those who are in danger of ruining their own work with evil thinking:
When you center your mind on one idea you oppose (inhibit) ideas antagonistic or opposite in character. Thus, you cannot love and hate a person in one act of thought, in the same breath, as it were. This gives the great rule for the breaking up of habits, and for all thought-control. To overcome the power of a thought you must employ another thought to drive it out.
The Value Of Inhibition. — The value of inhibition is shown by the use to which it is put. Thus (1) It is the beginning of the training of the will, (2) it is the foundation of thought-control, (3) it is the foundation of all psycho-therapeutic treatment where will-power is at fault, (4) it is the starting point of self-denial, (5) it is a check to impulse, (6) it brings great and true benefits to the nerves. Prom the above it will be clear to you that inhibition is the fundamental factor in the development of character. To the man who employs it constantly day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, it will constantly reveal new possibilities.
How To Train Your Powers Of Inhibition. — Begin the training of your powers of inhibition by simple little acts of denial or forbidding. First attack your desires, next your impulses, and then your thoughts. (d) How To Check Desire. — You are accustomed to smoke a pipe, cigarette, or cigar every day, say after breakfast. Refuse to do it for one day, do something else instead. You are in the habit of drinking a glass of water, ale, wine, or spirits at lunch or dinner. Refuse to do this for one day — go without. You have a strong desire to go to a theater, or other place of amusement. Check the desire for once — do not go. There are a number of little things which you are accus- tomed to do every day, or once or twice a week. Choose one of these little things each day, and refuse to give way to the desire which it expresses. Do not choose the same thing every da/y; the law of habit will be either too strong for you or the neryous disturbance will be too severe. By a constant change each day you are laying the foundation of your power of inhibition, and you are traming your unU- power by easy stages.
How To Check Impulse. — An impulsive act is one that is done without thinking, without deliberation. The way, therefore, to check impulses is to think over quietly to what kinds of impulse you are liable, and to determine to check these in future. Your awareness of the impulse, and your intention to check it, are the lines of attack. When the impulse tends to manifest itself, your intention (made previously) to check it will rise at the same moment through association, repetition, and the law of habit. Many people have an impulse to steal, but every time the impulse rises there comes with it the thought of the consequences that may follow the act of theft, and hence they refuse to obey the impulse. By knowing the impulses you are liable to, and determining beforehand not to give way to them on their appearance, you will find that in time the check will manifest itself, automatically with the impulse.
How To Attack Unwelcome Thoughts. — The rule for attacking unwelcome thoughts is simple. Every time the unwelcome thought arises switch your mind on to some other thought, opposite in character. Thus, if someone has done you an injury, switch the mind to someone of whom it is always pleasant to think, or if you at first find this difficult, set to work on some task that will engage the mind, and so shut out the thought of injury. The natural tendency of the mind to wander will help you, and you will find, with constant practice, that it becomes easier and easier to shut out disturbing thoughts. Do not mind a few failures. The law of habit will help you to conquer, if you will but persevere.