we contemplate the title of this message we will discover that it has
different meanings for different people. For some, it points to
discovering more wealth or prosperity in our lives and for others it
points to discovering a life with more meaning and purpose.
Gregg Braden in his book, "The Isaiah Effect" writes of a
survey that he took about what people pray for. Topping the list
was "more money" followed by "better jobs",
"better health" and "better relationships".
When he asked participants in his seminar what they were thinking when
they prayed they answered with "not enough", "need
more" and "running out". In other words, their
thoughts when praying for money contradicted their prayer and so
After reading this, I was reminded that Dr. Robert Bitzer of the
Hollywood Church told of asking a young man what he was praying for
and he young man stated that he was praying for money. And so
Dr. Bitzer asked why he was praying for money and the young man said
"because I don't have any" and Dr. Bitzer replied and that
is why you don't. Imagine if you will how this young man's
prayer would have been affected if his thought was "because I
live in the midst of infinite abundance and there is money for me and
I can have it." His prayer and his thought would have been
in agreement and when there is absolute agreement between the
conscious mind and the subconscious mind definite results are
Let's look at
these words from the American mystic Ernest Holmes: "It
is very characteristic of the human mind to consider that everything
that is good, everything that is optimistic, either belongs to some
future state or that it is withheld from us, or that we are not good
enough to receive it, or that there is some reason why it should not
come into our experience. And yet, those whose faith is based on
the thought and the philosophy and the experience of one whom we
consider to have been the greatest spiritual genius who ever lived,
are not reading his words very carefully, for he said: "...
as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee."
I suggest that
we forget all of the past, and not wonder too much if faith works, but
accept; that we start to remake and remodel our thinking. Here
is an interesting thing that happens when we do this. Out of the
past comes a sort of repetition, like a monotonous song being
sung: "It can't be this way. It is too good to be
true. I don't know how to do it. I am not good enough to do
it. Who said it's true?" You know all the
arguments. Where do they come from? It is a well
recognized fact in psychology and psychiatry today that all the morbid
and unhappy thought patterns which we have ever had repeat themselves,
as they say, with monotonous regularity and that they actually resist
any change of thought. Well, let's recognize this as a law of
our psychological nature and not be disturbed by it; but, by
recognizing it, we then know what we are dealing with, and knowing
what we are dealing with, we shall know how to deal with it."
The way in which we deal with this part of our psychological nature is
to resolve the contradictions between our conscious mind and our
subconscious mind; in other words, to bring them into agreement by the
force of intelligence within our mind. Let's go back to Dr.
Bitzer's conversation with the young man; what is the truth? ... that
he has no money or that he lives in the midst of infinite
abundance? The New York Times Real Estate section listed a
"top sale of the week" as a Park Avenue, century old
apartment with dizzying views for $44.8 million dollars. I think
we can believe that we live in the "midst of infinite
abundance" but we won't unless we take the time to discover the
richer thought in our consciousness that will displace the "I
don't have" or the "there's not enough" thought from
our consciousness. We can discover a richer life for what one
can do all can do. The person or persons who purchased the $44.8
million dollar apartment acted on an "idea" and that
"idea" created for them a "richer thought" and
this "thought" them to the discovery of a richer life.
And there is a "richer" idea for you and me too and our
conscious awareness of the "richer thoughts" will bring it
to our awareness.
SO IT IS!
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