this message, when I use the word "prosperity" ... I want us
to "think money" ... because that is what we want to draw to
us so that we can not only prosper ourselves, but by prospering
financially, we can prosper others as well. The financial
abundance that is available to us in the universe is ours to share and
we cannot share that which we cannot accept and receive.
nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is
really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life.
And, that desire is praiseworthy. The person who does not desire
to live more abundantly is uncommon. And the individual who does
not desire to have money enough to buy all he/she wants may not be
living to his/her full potential." -
Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich
wondered whether it was "right" to seek prosperity, i.e.
whether it was consistent with spiritual values. Didn't the Bible
say, "You cannot serve God and Mammon" (Matthew 6:24)?
Catherine Ponder responded to the first question by making a
distinction: Mammon is wealth that is worshipped for its own sake;
it is wealth without God. Prosperity thinking, on the other hand,
puts God first as the source of our supply. She agreed that Jesus
had told a wealthy man to go and sell everything he had, but it was
because he was still attached to his riches; he did not yet recognize
God as the source of his supply." -
Catherine Ponder, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
Many of us carry within our consciousness
negative ideas and beliefs about money. In the Science of Mind,
Dr. Holmes writes about "thought atmosphere" ... which, in
simple terms, means our predominate "mood" or
"attitude" ... it is part of our "mental make-up"
... both conscious and unconscious. This thought atmosphere
reveals our mood or attitude about something without us speaking a word.
The Master Mind Jesus called this our "kingdom of heaven" ...
and we know that it can also be our "kingdom of hell"
depending on the make-up of our thought atmosphere. Each and every
one of us attract to us experiences, conditions, and people that
validate this thought atmosphere. Since nobody can think for us,
it is up to us to be aware of our thought atmosphere and to change it,
and eliminate any habitual thoughts that negate our good ... especially
our flow of money.
Thoughts are powerful when directed
towards a definite result. Each of us has a relationship to money,
but not everyone is aware of what that relationship is and how our
thoughts can sometimes be confusing. If we think money isn't
important to us and at the same time desire to have money for some
particular thing, we delay if not stop the flow of this money to us.
We can't have our cake and eat it too ... as the old saying goes.
And this applies to money too. We can't resent people who are
wealthy and who live affluent lifestyles and at the same time expect our
desire for increased wealth to be fulfilled. We can't allow
ourselves to think that "other people have the money" and
expect to have money ourselves.
We all have heard that "thoughts are
things" ... and the most important "thing" they are is a
form of prayer. When we think, we consciously or unconsciously
build within our consciousness beliefs ... and beliefs out-picture as
experiences in our lives. The Law of Mind responds to our beliefs
as automatically and immediately as the Law of Gravity does ... the only
delay in our realization of this is in our own mind. Most people
do not expect their prayers to obtain an immediate response so we fail
to have the acceptance of the Good that we pray for. And so we
must expand our awareness in order to prosper ... that is to "get
the money" that we desire, by knowing that "it is ours"
in the moment that we accept it as so.
It takes mental effort to "loose" in
our mind where our money comes from ... but, we must do it. Most
people think their money comes from their work in the form of a paycheck
or those who are retired think it comes from a retirement program; i.e.
Social Security or Union Pension Fund. Yet, our focus on where our
money comes from limits the amount of money we receive. When we
open our mind to prosperity, or financial increase, we must take our
mind off from where our money comes from ... and foster the idea in our
mind that it comes to us in infinite ways from an infinite Source.
Mind responds to mind, but Mind is Intelligence, infinite Intelligence
... and our human mind is incapable of knowing that which is known in
the Mind of G-d. This is why "with
G-d all things are possible" is
a changeless and immutable Truth that each of us can depend on.
The Master Mind Jesus realized the potential of aligning our mind with
the Intelligence of G-d and therefore made "use of It" in a
greater way than anyone else throughout history. The Radical Jesus
saw through the false ideas about G-d perpetuated by religion, and
realized that G-d was personal to all who sensed this indwelling presence
of Spirit, Intelligence. Wallace D. Wattles writes: "There
is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of
sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.
This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances.
Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding
form in the mind which observes it. This can only be prevented by
holding the thought of the truth."
Legitimate religions teach that we are to
"serve others" ... and I agree with this wholeheartedly, but,
we serve others best when we have "money" ... we serve them by
purchasing their goods and services, by giving them employment ... by
sharing the wealth that the Infinite has manifested through our
consciousness. Everyone wants to prosper financially ... no one
wants to be in debt or to have their home go through foreclosure ... or
to be unemployed when given the choice of a job that brings a sense of
accomplishment and success in what they do. I can't imagine anyone
being happy living with "max-ed-out" credit cards, but many
people find themselves in this condition because they have failed to
believe that they can demonstrate the money first, for the things they
desire to have or to do. Let's heal this consciousness that
creates indebtedness by consciously recognizing that there is a Power
that can loose the ideas in our mind that create debt when we choose
prosperity instead. As the Master Mind Jesus said, in plain
you can have life, and live it to the fullest" (John
me repeat this one more time, what we think of money determines how much
of it we can have. Let
us begin to think towards our Source, G-d, Infinite Good ... and let our
mind be filled with thoughts that affirm the truth for us and about us.
Let us draw into our mind a greater vision of prosperity for ourselves,
a greater wealth for ourselves, and more money for ourselves ... let us
foster and nurture the truth that the "abundant life" is the
life we have been given ... and let's open our mind to experience it,
now, right now, right where we are.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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