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"The Art Of Being Yourself"
The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for January 29, 2017
always been impressed with the simplicity that the American Mystic
Ernest Holmes expresses as he teaches spiritual principles and
practices. His answer to a question from a victim of chronic
worry is a wonderful example of this.
Question: Troubles and ill health seem to have made me a
chronic worrier and I am extremely sensitive; my surroundings are
not to my liking and the unhappiness seems to aggravate my physical
condition. I can analyze myself, but (page 81) never seem able to
help myself. It is imperative that I regain my health as I have an
invalid mother to take care of.
And Ernest Holmes explains: "A
chronic habit becomes such through a repeated subconscious habit. A
false sense of personal responsibility is the parent-seed of the
worry habit, and sensitiveness or "nerves" is the logical
result. Analysis reveals the error, but a determined, persistent,
definite practice in neutralizing this condition by an opposite
thought of truth is necessary for a healing. Worry has brought
neither health nor happiness. Use the imagining and creative faculty
of mind to free yourself of the habit. Each day see yourself well,
active and radiantly happy, striving with all your understanding to
"change your mental concept." Practicing this as often as
you can, daily, will work wonders. Get a new frame in mind and put a
new picture in it."
Dr. Norman Vincent
Peale is known for this anagram for fear; false evidence appearing
real. He told an audience once that a man overcame fear simply
buy writing out these words each day to deny the power of fear
thoughts to disturb his mind. Worry, of course, is just
A few years ago a
woman called me for counseling and asked if she could tell me about
her problems. I asked her why she asked me that and she told
me that the minister of her church told his Sunday morning audience
that he didn't want to hear their troubles, their problems or their
worries. He wanted to hear about their dreams, their good
desires, their goals and aspirations. And so I asked her if
she knew why he had said this and she replied that she did
not. I suggested to her that the reason why he said this is
that every time we repeat our problems, our troubles or our worries
we are impressing these things on our subconscious mind. And
instead of repeating what we no longer want to experience we should
impress our subconscious with that which we do desire to have, to do
or to be.
The worried mind is not just
filled with worry-thoughts but also images either seen or
felt. It is a misuse of our imagination which is one of the
most creative gifts of the Spirit. Our imagination functions
not only through our conscious mind but also our subconscious mind
which is why we can experience dreams that are so real that we
actually react to them with either fear or joy physically. Our
imagination is an instrument of creation. What we image in our
mind becomes part of the creative process that determines our future
and is instrumental in creating our reactions to the things and
people we come into contact with. If we develop a pattern of
creating negative images in our mind we obstruct the flow of ideas
that can be acted upon to move through whatever it is that we must
move through in order to realize the happiness and peace of mind
that is essential for living the abundant life. Meditation and
the study of spiritual principles and practices can eliminate the
pattern of worry so that our imagination or imaging faculties can
draw to us those things that are essential for successful living.
FEAR = false
evidence appearing real. Let's remind ourselves of this often.
And so it is!
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