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                     "The Law of Life operates through your affirmation.  Nothing can hinder Its working but yourself.  There is no more of It on the desert than there is on the busiest street corner, and It will not respond any more quickly because we go up into the temple.  It is everywhere, therefore It is where you are, and, most of all, It responds where you recognize It. ... Would it be too much to say that your recognition of It makes possible Its response through you?  This, indeed, is the secret of faith.  Faith is the supreme affirmation.  It is the unconditioned affirmative.  It is the affirmation which makes all things possible to the one who believes in the Power of God. - Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called Life

       The greatest awareness that Spirit is always Present in our lives comes from knowing that our prayers are always answered.  And I don't mean answered by G-d, but through our very own consciousness that knows that what we desire to have, to do, or to be, is ours precisely the moment that we have accepted it as ours.  G-d gives always, we must learn to accept.  This is illustrated in the Bible, Matthew 19:16-22, when a young man came to the Master Mind Jesus and asked what he must do in order to follow (be like) him:  21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect (One with G-d), go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven (Conscious Union with G-d): and come and follow me (do as I do).
 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.


       And for many of us, this story repeats itself over and over.  We worry that we can lose that which we have, in our attempts to have more.  And like the young man in the parable, we haven't gained the realization, yet, that "All that the Father (Source) hath is mine."  In other words, we only suffer lack by our unbelief, or lack of faith in the Infinite Good.  But, we have the ability to affirm this faith and realize the good results that we desire to see made manifest in our lives.  As Dr. Holmes writes above, "our recognition of It makes possible Its response through us."  Each time we "recognize" ... by "thinking" the thought of faith, our faith is increased ... this is affirmation.

    As our faith is in a G-d of unconditional love and un-conditioned Power, G-d responds to our recognition of It.  From the Gospel of Luke 11:9-12 ... 9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.   10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.   11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?   12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

    In these words the Master Metaphysician Jesus, was stressing, over and over, that there is a Principle of Life that we can absolutely depend on ... It is an Absolute Principle.  The asking, seeking, finding and knocking must be done in mind.  We ask, knowing that it is (affirmation), seek (contemplation) whatever it is that we want within our very own consciousness, find (that which appeals to us), and then knock (persistently affirm) on the door of our consciousness, until it is revealed openly to us.  It is up to us to make the demand, to declare that which is ours.  And as long as we take nothing from someone else, or deny the same Good to someone else, it is ours to have.

     Now, all of this seems very simple, and it is.  But, we have thousands of thoughts each day.  Some of which support our affirmations and some which deny them.  It is up to us to be consistent and persistent in supporting our affirmation ... to be firm in our conviction that "there is Good for me and I can have it."  As the great Norman Vincent Peale wrote, "I can if I think I can."  This, "I can" affirms that the Power of G-d is working through us, as us, and for us, as we choose to believe, to have faith, to affirm and to know that It is.  As Dr. Holmes writes, "affirmation makes all things possible to the one who believes in the Power of God." Ready, set, KNOW ... that the Good we affirm is ours now for we are depending on that which is Absolute in responding to us.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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