supreme difficulty in the lives of most people today is lack of supply.
Many have not enough income to meet their simplest needs; they owe money
everywhere; they cannot get employment. Can prayer help them? ...
Scientific prayer is the only solution. Jesus gave us the law when
he said: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
- Nona Brooks, The
Prayer That Never Fails, 1935
Most of us are aware that
many of the greatest metaphysical books were written in some of the most
seemingly dire economic times in the 20th Century. These books
contained insights gleaned from ancient scriptures and other spiritual
books revealing to anyone who was willing to seek them out, principles
that once understood, could bring significant change for Good into our
experiences. Nona Brooks, the Founder of Divine Science, was one
of those authors, teachers and healers that knew that the teachings of
Truth were changeless and immutable. She became aware that the
teachings of Jesus were more than what religion had understood them to
be, much more. She understood that we must replace the morbid
thoughts of lack and limitation with thoughts of expanding prosperity
and success. And she understood that this is what the Master Mind
Jesus was telling us. He demonstrated these principles then and
many others have demonstrated their value since to a great degree.
"These things I do and greater things still
shall you do,"
the Great Teacher said. And although no one
has demonstrated spiritual principles to the same degree as him, the
demonstrations of health, prosperity and success by those who understood
what he was teaching, have been achieved with marvelous results.
As you will note from
above, Nona Brooks wrote: "Jesus
gave us the law when he said ..."
And as we take these words into our consciousness
we find the simplicity in them: "seek
ye first the kingdom of God"
is giving us an instruction to think about the
good that we want to experience, or the more of the good we already
have, that we want to experience. But, the key is to think ...
towards the good ... think about how happy we will be when we are
experiencing it in the physical ... these are the thoughts that we must
think in our mind, that is the kingdom of God within us.
We must also seek "his
righteous" ... or right thoughts about whatever it is that
we want to experience ... we must replace our fear and our doubts with
trust and faith in the Infinite. Dr. Frank Richelieu writes in his
book, "The Art Of Being Yourself": "The
Infinite has already given everything that can be given. When we
pray, we should remember this. We should know that we are not
praying for a deity to do something, for others to move into action.
We pray to align ourselves with the divine right action which is taking
place at all times. We pray to bring ourselves into a state of
quietness, confidence, and strength. We pray to come to the point
of acceptance." This is right thinking, or "his
righteousness" which automatically aligns our thought with
right action. That is the right action of our thoughts when they
are focused on the good.
We are already experiencing
our thoughts and beliefs, but we may not be choosing them consciously
and actively directing them to something specific in a definite way.
It is not that difficult to do ... but we must begin to do it or we may
find something within our thinking that believes that it is difficult,
or hard. Our Creator has endowed us with the ability to do all
things with grace and ease, but we must connect with the Ultimate of
Grace, G-d, consciously in our mind and our thoughts about the things
that concern us; that is, our success, our prosperity, our health and
happiness. We have the power within us to do this because we are
part of Intelligence; we think and we reason, so therefore we are part
of the Intelligence that is forever expanding through creation.
For some of us negative thinking and
negative conversation has become habitual. If this is the case for
us, then we may need to spend more time sitting in the silence of our
mind and meditating on what we really believe about life.
There is Something within us that knows the truth
... Something that has never identified with the negative ... but we
must discover this once again for ourselves. We "gotta
think" success, prosperity, and happiness if we want to experience
them ... and we "gotta think" these things until they become
so impressed upon our consciousness that nothing can prevent them from
becoming our actual experiences.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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the Science of Mind