Holmes has written the most powerful prayer-treatments of anyone, and he
should, for "spiritual mind treatment" is Dr. Holmes' legacy
to students and teachers of metaphysics. After studying religious
and spiritual writings of all the major religions, and then some, Dr.
Holmes was guided to the work of Jesus and realized the way in which
Jesus demonstrated healing through his consciousness. As with
Jesus, Dr. Holmes knew that in prayer, we are never convincing God of
anything. God Is always God ... Good. And "knows"
only Good. Jesus knew this ... and Dr. Holmes was divinely guided
to this realization by Spirit, because his desire to "know"
was greater than anyone else's desire to "know" of his era.
"Spiritual mind treatment" was a supremely magnificent gift of
Spirit, of Divine Intelligence, and Dr. Holmes accepted the gift to
share with all who desired to receive it. The following is one of
Dr. Holmes' written treatments:
have a deep and abiding conviction that there is one divine and perfect
Presence in the universe; that the spirit of Truth is everywhere; that
God is right where I am. There is neither doubt, confusion, nor fear,
for I know I am rooted in the one and only perfect and divine Presence.
I also realize that the divine
Law of Life operates upon my word to bring about definite results in my
affairs and the affairs of those for whom I am thinking. I have a
complete confidence in the Law of Good, an unshakable trust in It, and
complete reliance upon It. I know, as Jesus said, that "all things
are possible to God;" that there is no limitation to the Law of
Good. Therefore, in quiet confidence, in calmness and peace, and in
perfect trust, I speak my word and accept for myself and all others,
loving companionship, prosperity, joy, success, and peace.
I am conscious that I am
surrounded by Divine Love and Infinite Wisdom, and that the Life of God
is my life now. I know that there is nothing in me which can hinder
Divine Intelligence from governing my affairs, from daily guiding me
into right action, therefore, I affirm that at all times I know what to
do and am impelled intelligently to act on every right impression that
comes to me.”
Ernest Holmes, "How To Use The Science of Mind"
"There is but one Mind and we use It. The laws of nature are
universal. Our use of them is individual and personal. This
is the secret of spiritual mind practice. Our thought is operated
on by a universal creativity which is infinite in its capacity to
accomplish. Thus, in taking thought we do not force anything, we
merely decide what thought to follow, knowing that the result is
automatic," Dr. Holmes writes.
Spiritual mind treatment is not just a
"method" of prayer, it brings into our conscious mind an
intimacy and a personal sense of Spirit as "present" and
"available" to us. This awareness creates within us a
feeling of confidence and calm no matter what we may be experiencing in
the physical. It is not hypnosis or mental coercion, or even
mental suggestion; it is consciously becoming aware that there is a
Power that we can use to demonstrate a greater Good in our life
experience. It is not so much the words that we use as the
consciousness back of them.
Dr. Holmes wrote that, "this training of
consciousness is not only important in this practice, it is the chief
characteristic of it." In other words, do we have an
understanding and faith in the words that we use to demonstrate the Good
that we desire? The measure in which we do is our measure of
consciousness of the thing desired. For instance, the words we
use, and our understanding of them, regarding money or financial
prosperity, determines how successful we are in demonstrating greater
financial prosperity. If our consciousness continues to be aware
of lack and limitation ... we can say the words "prosperity"
and "wealth" a million times and we will continue to
experience lack and limitation in our finances. And so we know
that we can use "spiritual mind treatment" to change our
consciousness to realize that the Reality is abundance, not lack ...
Health, not illness, and so forth. And why is this so?
Because God Is abundant Good, Perfect, Whole and Complete ... and God is
the Life within us ... desiring to express Itself to the level of Its
true Nature, as us and for us.
Holmes teaches that we each must work for this "inner state of
awareness" personally and individually, within our very own
consciousness. In practical practice, it is to remind ourselves of
the Truth, or the Change-less Reality of the All-Good, that Is ... not
that will be, or was ... but that "Is" ... the Great Un-Seen
Good that we can accept in faith. And as we choose our words
precisely and intelligently to convince ourselves of this Truth ... and
have faith that our words have been "given" Power, we will
demonstrate a greater Good in all areas of our lives through our words
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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the Science of Mind