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Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself"
The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for January 15, 2017
often I have people tell me that they have been praying and
affirming but nothing seems to be materializing for them. And
I do empathize with this frustration but at the same time I know
that it is this frustration and judging by the appearance of things
that obstructs so many people from experiencing that which they
desire to have, to do and to be. And I believe some of this is
the fault of those who teach spiritual principles and the principles
found in the ancient wisdom of the Holy Bible and The Torah giving
me the false idea that change happens quickly. Dr. Joseph
Murphy wrote of miraculous healings in most of his books as did many
other authors of spiritual healing books, but little was ever
written about the time it took for the changes or healings to be
wholly effected. However, in one of his books Dr. Murphy did
write that it took almost two years for a man to be healed of a
physical disease. And depending on how entrenched in our
consciousness (soul) the belief in dis-ease may be it may take
even longer for some to realize the elimination of the false belief
from their consciousness. The reason why, I believe, is that
we are too attached to judging by appearances and letting our
"feelings" betray our faith. The Master Mind Jesus taught: "do
not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment"
that is, judge with intelligence and truth.
Charles Haanel wrote in his essay, "Mental Chemistry": "Our
mind forces are often bound by the paralyzing suggestions that come
to us from the crude thinking of the world, and which are accepted
and acted upon without question. Impressions of fear, of
worry, of disability and of inferiority are given us daily.
These are sufficient reasons in themselves why mankind achieves so
little - why the lives of the multitudes are so barren of results,
while all the time there are possibilities within them which need
only the liberating touch of appreciation and wholesome ambition to
expand into real greatness."
It is not unusual for
those who are desiring to make changes in their lives to go through
periods of time when our faith is tested. This is really our
time to reach the conviction in mind that we shall receive that
which we pray and affirm is ours ... even if the only evidence we
have is faith. Intelligence working through us, which is G-d,
does not bring to us desires that are impossible to achieve as long
as we have let these desires be formed intelligently.
Haanel gives us reinforcement in these words: “Everything
which we hold in our consciousness for any length of time becomes
impressed upon our subconscious-ness and so becomes a pattern which
the creative energy will weave into our life and environment.
This is the secret of the power of prayer."
Nothing changes in
the unprepared mind. The person who prays on Sundays or
meditates each day and then goes right along doing and thinking and
speaking the same pattern of consciousness as before is not
preparing their mind for the greater thing still. Our
"self-talk" and thoughts must keep our vision alive in our
mind and heart and soul. In other words, we must prepare our
mind by rejecting immediately the old false-ideas that we are
confronted with. Not necessarily with words but with thoughts
and images in our mind. And there is no specific time in which
this mental action will cease to be necessary.
To break the obstruction within us to a greater good we can remind
ourselves that something's happening now. This is probably one
of the most powerful mental actions we can use to loose those
beliefs that bind us to that which we no longer desire to
experience. And as we are persistent and consistent in
declaring this as the truth for us our soul will begin to expand to
receive and this receptivity will displace those old patterns that
have created uncomfortable issues for us in the past.
Something's happening now! Yes, it is!
And so it is!
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