is a state of mind. There is a phrase in the Bible that says, "Choose
ye this day whom ye shall serve." You have the freedom to
choose happiness. This may seem extraordinarily simple, and it is.
Perhaps this is why people stumble on the way to happiness; they do not
see the simplicity of the key to happiness. The great things of
life are simple, dynamic, and creative. They produce well-being
and happiness. ... Begin now to choose happiness. This is how you
do it: When you open your eyes in the morning, say to yourself,
order takes charge of my life today and every day. All things work
together for good for me today. This is a new and wonderful day
for me. There will never be another day like this one. I am
divinely guided all day long, and whatever I do will prosper. ... Divine
love surrounds me, enfolds me, and enwraps me, and I go forth in peace.
Whenever my attention wanders away from that which is good and
constructive, I will immediately bring it back to the contemplation of
that which is lovely and of good report. I am a spiritual and
mental magnet attracting to myself all things that bless and prosper me.
I am going to be a wonderful success in all my undertakings today.
I am definitely going to be happy all day long."
Start each day in this manner; then you will be choosing happiness, and
you will be a radiant, joyous person." - Dr. Joseph
Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Sometimes people pause when they hear or
read the words, "God's will" or "Divine Order" as
these appear as though something is imposed upon us. But we know
that G-d does not impose anything on us, but has given us the freedom to
choose. And so we can say that if there could possibly be a will
of G-d for us, it is that we choose. When we choose, there is an
order, or process, to the unfoldment of our choices, this is Divine
Order. As long as our choices are in alignment with intelligence,
we need never worry about the process in which what we choose, or pray
for, is made manifest in the physical. Yet, so many people do
worry during the process and some people even give up hope. This
happens when we don't fully understand the Power that we have recognized
when we choose or pray. We can read in the ancient scriptures: "...
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they
shall walk and not faint." ... this is from Isaiah 40:31
and it was written to inspire us, to motivate us to remind ourselves of
that our desire is not ours alone, but G-d's desire for us.
I was listening to some clips of music by
Michael Gott and he said the words, "the
biggest word I know is G-d" ... and I immediately
affirmed this as the truth in my mind. I know that for some, these
words may seem too simple, but we know that all Truth is rooted in
simplicity. The radical Jesus referred to G-d as the "Good"
... "don't call me good, only the Father
is good" he declared. And in this he was stating
that our good is of G-d ... unlimited and infinite. When we
realize that G-d is beyond our human ability to comprehend, we realize
that the good that we choose and pray for, is but an opening to a
greater Good that we can experience for it will lead us to a greater
awareness of G-d in our lives. For example, if we choose to
experience joy, we may find joy in things that we never imagined.
By choosing anything that is of the good, opens us up to find whatever
it may be in ways known and unknown to us. But, we must choose.
Dr. Murphy suggests that we plant the seed
thoughts in our mind when we first open our eyes in the morning.
This sets the stage for our day before we have time to absorb anything
that may distract us. Before we start thinking of the work we have
to do, or turn on the television news, or read the newspaper, and fill
our mind with the things of the world, our mind will be open and
receptive to our direction. The words he uses are an outline and I
don't suggest that anyone write them down and read them exactly as he
has written them, but we can read them to activate our own thoughts and
words. After a few days, I suggest that we personalize our words
to be meaningful and believable to us. The more meaningful and
believable our words are to us, the more dynamic they become in our mind
as we go through our day. As we begin to "choose" each
day how we are to experience the day, we shall find that when we don't
start our day in this way, our level of confidence and self-assurance
Now, some people will think, "my
life is good, I don't need to do this" ... and I hope these
thoughts are not acted upon. Not only is G-d the biggest word we
can know, but our recognition of G-d is the most important thing we can
do. This past week I found myself reading a book by Joel Goldsmith
in which he wrote that our "problems are blessings" in that
they bring us closer to G-d. Let's not let this be true of us.
Let's not wait for a problem to arise for us to get closer to G-d.
I have found all too often that people in crisis have seldom given much
time to G-d prior to the crisis. They may have attended church or
read spiritual books or the Bible or the Torah, but most do not
"recognize" the importance of this "personal
relationship" with our Creator, until faced with a crisis or an
Let us instill in our
mind, the moment we awake, that there is Something that woke us up to a
new day, a new beginning. This Something is G-d. It is the
Intelligence that rules the Universe. It is the Presence of love,
joy and happiness. It is the Power of beauty and harmony and
peace. It is the life within us and the life in all things.
It is Spirit, Truth and Life ... it is the biggest word we can know, G-d.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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