Law of Life is a law of goodness and if you use It in any harmful way,
your use of It will hurt you. This is the only limitation the Law
seems to have, and it is not a limitation at all. Rather, it is
complete protection. But if there is no malice in your heart
toward anyone; if you are permitting love to emanate from you, and good
will toward all; if you sincerely desire the good of all, please
remember you have every right to include yourself. You are the one
person living who is intimately acquainted with yourself. You are
the one to whom yourself is most important. This is not
self-conceit, it is logical self-justification. ... You exist that this
Power may have another, a unique, outlet for Its expression. The
more life you express, the more of It flows through you.
Therefore, every legitimate desire you have is the pushing of this Power
through you into Its own self-expression. In this way you are in
partnership with the Infinite."
Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called Life
we study and work with spiritual principles and concepts, it is
important that we don't lose sight of the fact that these principles are
part of Spirit, G-d ... and so are we. We are not separate and
apart from the Spirit in any way, at any time. This is a great
Truth that we must always be conscious of. This relationship is as
natural to us as breathing ... we don't stop breathing because we make a
mistake, and we don't lose the Presence of G-d in our lives when we do
either. We are always and eternally in the Presence of G-d, the
Good, and in our recognition that this is so, we will always find our
way to express a greater good every day.
Every idea that comes to us, is coming to us
from the One Mind, which is G-d. This is why David declared,
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." The
biblical word Lord, means Mind and in an expanded awareness ... Mind
working through Law. Dr. Holmes in writing that "every
legitimate desire you have is the pushing of this Power through
you" ... is merely another way of stating, "The Lord is my
Shepherd" ... or, Mind shepherding an idea through our mentality,
as desire. And David goes further and states "I shall not
want." In other words, David's awareness that G-d works
through him, as him, gave him the positive hope, hope being expectation
... that all things he needed would be his when he needed them.
"I shall not want" affirms that our every desire can be
fulfilled, our every need, met. These words activate the spiritual
Law of Attraction drawing to us the people and resources necessary to
accomplish and create the Good that we choose to experience.
Why is it necessary that we desire the good for
all? ... how does this affect the fulfillment of our own desires?
In this great mystery that we call Mind, all of us exist and every idea
that we have exists in It as well. To expect good for one self and
deny the good of another cannot exist harmoniously in a Mind that is One
for All. And this causes disharmony in our experiences; i.e. we
may be wealthy, but not healthy ... healthy, but not happy. Since
G-d Is All, In-All, this is a natural result. Spiritually, when we
do not desire good for all, it is like holding our breath so that no one
else can share in the good air that is ours. And we know what the
result of this would be. Emerson wrote that "G-d does not
answer selfish prayer," and this statement is true to a point.
Through Law even our selfish prayers will demonstrate something ... just
not the all-good that we would desire. In other words, our
demonstration will be incomplete.
As we maintain a positive hope for ourselves
and for all others, there is nothing in our consciousness to deny our
good. The more good we can conceive, the more good we can receive.
This is Law functioning without obstruction through Mind. We never
gain by thinking someone else must have less in order for us to have
more. This is selfish. My business, my health, my wealth, my
relationships, my career, will reflect my consciousness of abundance
only when I willingly desire the same good in these things for all
others. We do not compete for our good ... we expect it.
Thoughts of competition disturb the flow of infinite good in our lives
and can diminish even the good that we already have.
Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" ... with positive hope
creating a consistent expectation of my needs being met, my desires
being fulfilled, and a sense of knowing that there is this same good for
all ... opens our consciousness to accept a greater and greater good in
all things to be experienced with happiness and great joy.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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