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Affirmative Prayer

Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for January 1, 2017
           As we move into this new year may we all remind ourselves that it has been our faith in both G-d and our highest self that has brought us to this day with hope in our heart and an expectation that those greater things still shall be made manifest in our experience in the right and perfect time and in the right and perfect way.  Whatever good desires we hold in our heart are ours to accept and receive for ourselves.  Whatever good we desire to do for others, we can know that a way will be made for us to do those things.  As we condition our mind to accept that we are of the nature of G-d; Spirit, Power and Intelligence, we can realize that Love points the way and the immutable Law of Spirit makes the way possible.

           Let us begin to enjoy every day of this new year.  Our yesterdays are gone and along with them whatever of good or bad that we experienced in them.  Let us involve ourselves in enjoying This Thing Called Life with enthusiasm and purpose.  Let our purpose be to experience the joy of an enlightened mind, an understanding mind, a forgiving mind and a creative mind.  Like Solomon in the Holy Bible who was known for his wisdom, his wealth and his lust for Life, let us enjoy all that Life provides for us: "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things." - Ecclesiastes 10:19:19 (Solomon is considered the author)

We can stir up the spirit within us and enliven the wisdom inherent within by a greater realization of the truth of these words:  "So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ... these words are attributed to the Master Mind Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 6:34. This wisdom is repeated in these words from Paramahansa Yogananda, "Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! Control the present! Live supremely well now! It will whitewash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright! This is the way of the wise."  And from the Talmud we can read, "A person who has today's bread in his basket and is worried, 'What will I eat tomorrow?'—is a man of little faith," declared Rabbi Eliezer. The Lord stands behind our own endeavors, and as He provides for the raven in the field, He provides for man also. In the words of the rabbis: "He who created each day provides for the needs thereof."

         I have dwelled often on these words of wisdom from the noted philosopher, William James:  The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working.  To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” 

         We must learn to condition our mind to "accept our good" whatever it may be.  No one, no matter how much they may love us can do this for us.  This we must do with persistence.  Consider these words from one of the great teachers of the Law of Mind, Dr. Frank E. Richelieu, from his book "The Art Of Being Yourself":  "Say to yourself:  "There is nothing within me that denies my good.  There is nothing within me that denies my prosperity.  There is nothing within me that denies me the right job.  There is nothing within me that denies me love and companionship.  There is nothing within me but the wonderful realization of my oneness with Infinite Intelligence, the source of all supply of every kind and description."  What is inside of us is what counts, not what appears on the outside to be causing us unhappiness or problems.  Because our nature seems to get us off track now and then, we must constantly be aware that the universe is on our side.  There is nothing in the whole universe against us.  We are one with it. ... Say:  "I affirm my oneness with life today.  Turning my attention away from problems, I keep in alignment with my Source, from which my every need is met."  

         And finally from the ancient wisdom, James 1:6 ...  "But let them ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."  Doubting disturbs the mind of those with an undeveloped consciousness ... your consciousness is alive to the good and alive to faith in the Spirit which is G-d ... and that's the truth of You that will guarantee You a Happy 2017!

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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