the good that is to be made manifest in man's life is already an
accomplished fact in divine mind, and is released through man's
recognition, or spoken word, so he must be careful to decree that only
the Divine Idea be made manifest, for often, he decrees, through his
"idle words," failure or misfortune.”
- Florence Scovel Shinn,
1925, The Game of Life and How to Play It
"There is a power
within me that can lift my life to its highest level" ... and
this statement is true. But, without our "recognition"
that this is so, this power lays dormant within our mind and nothing
happens for us. This power within us is Spirit ... It is vibrant,
radiant, and powerful. As we align our thoughts and our beliefs
with It, we can realize the most marvelous things in our lives.
For so many of us, we have experiences that are
uncomfortable, and we let the experience dominant our mind.
Perhaps our finances are lacking, or our health is challenging, or our
relationships are evidencing discord ... but, if we focus on these as
negatives, we will not move out of them. There is nothing that can
come to us that cannot be transcended. But ... you might say, you
aren't experiencing what I am experiencing! And, I would say, that
is not the truth. For there is only two things that any of us ever
experience ... we are either experiencing the Presence of God in our
life, or we are experiencing separation. Both of these experiences
originate in our mind and are determined by our dominant thoughts and
This week I had the opportunity to talk to a
young woman who I have not seen for a few months. She was radiant
and very happy. Last year she had been diagnosed with cancer.
But, she made the decision that she was going to transcend it and see
herself healed. She turned away from seeking material things, and
focused entirely on the things of Spirit. As she followed the
instructions of her doctors and availed herself of the medical aids that
were available to her, she kept the idea in her mind that cancer, is
just a word, but it is not a word that could dominate her mind with fear
and worry ... unless she let it. Each time she heard or read the
word "cancer" ... she substituted the idea of "can
cure" ... and affirmed, "Mind can cure cancer, and It
does." She let the words of healing; peace, love, gratitude
and joy, dominant her mind. She knew that neither she nor the
doctors could heal her body ... but she knew that this Power Greater
than her, could heal, if she gave It an inlet into her mind. And
she could do this with the thoughts and beliefs she focused on.
The evidence of cancer is gone, and in its place her mind is filled with
peace, joy, love, and gratitude. Her faith invited healing into
her life and it has lifted her health up to a higher level.
I also had the opportunity this week to talk
with a businessman, who by all appearances is very successful and
prosperous. He told me that he is afraid to buy anything right now
due to the seeming economic downturn. He told me that last month
he lost over $20,0000 in the stock market, and already this month he has
lost $7-8 thousand dollars. He said he is so afraid that he will
realize losses that he can never recover. His mind is so filled
with fear and he is so emotionally attached to his experiences, that his
mind cannot conceive of solutions. As we know in the Science of
Mind, we must treat our fear, for whatever dominates our mind, manifests
in our experience. Sadly, this man was not open to a solution and
therefore not ready to eliminate fear from his consciousness. And
for many, this is the case. It is not that he lacks faith, for he
has a great faith in that which he fears. This faith can be
re-directed to the Good, but we have to consciously choose to do it.
No matter what our past experience has been, or how much fear we have
let in, we can choose the Good, and the Good can be realized.
The Master Mind Jesus
said that "the kingdom of heaven is within you," and so we
know that this is where we connect with the Power of God ... within our
mind. And what is this "kingdom of heaven" but our
dominant thoughts and beliefs that fill our consciousness. In
the scripture we can read "ask and it shall be given" ...
"seek and you shall find" ... "knock and it shall be
opened unto you" ... this "asking, seeking, knocking"
must be done in mind. We must ask definitely, seek solutions, and
knock with perseverance, within our consciousness. And when we do,
we are "knocking on heaven's door" ... and as we replace our
fear with fearless faith ... the doors of heaven, our very own
consciousness, will manifest for us a greater Good than we can imagine!
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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