"When you first begin to think of God as
everywhere present substance, your mind will not adhere continuously to
the idea. You will drop your attention after a while and think,
"I haven't enough to meet all our bills." There you have
made a break and have lost momentum in your ongoing, and you must patch
it up quickly." - Charles Fillmore - "Prosperity"
The Yahoo News story by Associated Press
Writer, Tara Burghart, was getting its fair share of attention on the
Internet today. Titled, "Critics of "The Secret"
bemoan claims ... the article was filled with far too much confusion and
a lot of this can be attributed to some of the people involved in the
project. Rhonda Byrne's description of the Law of Attraction is
far too broad and assumes too much to be helpful. And James Arthur
Ray's lamenting the "lack of action" included in the DVD isn't
helpful either. It is my opinion that "The Secret" is
not a book or a DVD to study, but is instead, merely an introduction to
a philosophy ... a philosophy that demands that we "live
it" ... rather than just "theorize" about it. And
this means we begin immediately with what we know before we go to the
next step. Expecting that this philosophy could be contained in a
DVD or a single book would be akin to believing that if we "believe
that it is so" ... we can pour five gallons of water into a quart
jar! Our mind just does not work in this way.
The most important book that we can read to put
"The Secret" into action would be "The Science of Getting
Rich" ... and the book that will give us the greatest and the most
marvelous understanding of the philosophy behind it is "The Science
of Mind" ... note that both books contain the word
"science." It is a "mental science" ... it is
working not only with the Law of Attraction, but also with the Law of
Mind, The Law of Mental Equivalents, The Law of Correspondence and the
Law of Reciprocity. I think you get the picture ... we have work
to do! Work that will be exciting, fulfilling, revealing and one
of the great adventures of our life. It is a great adventure to
set out and "prove God" ... and this is what we will do as we
demonstrate this great philosophy in our lives.
In the Yahoo News article, John Norcross, a
psychologist in Philadelphia who conducts research on self-help books
was highly critical of "The Secret" ... but, "The
Secret" is not a self-help book ... it is a "spiritual
book" and there is a great difference. And Rhonda Byrne's
description of the "Law of Mind" did not clarify the
difference. When we use "spiritual laws" we are not
relying on our human abilities ... we are instead "unifying with
Infinite Mind, God." This Infinite Mind is Omnipresent,
Omnipotent and Omniscience; All Present, All Power and All Knowing.
The human mind cannot even describe how this "Infinite
Intelligence" does Its perfect work through us ... we can only know
that It does by the evidence of the results. If the Master Mind
Jesus did not demonstrate "wine from water" through his
consciousness ... he would have been just another forgotten Jewish
And so we begin our work with one of the
fundamentals ... "give and be given to." And why do we
start with this? ... it is because we are conditioning our mind to
accept that "we have" ... a "have not" consciousness
cannot demonstrate more ... and is most likely to demonstrate
"loss" ... and each one of us can begin to do this
immediately. So, we begin by always giving more ... going the
"extra mile" so to speak in consciousness. This can be
as simple as rounding up our payment to the utility companies to tipping
more than the typical 15% ... for example, if our electric bill is
$144.00 ... write the check for $150.00 ... or $145.00 if you're not
sold on this yet ... calculate your tip at 15% and then
"deliberately" add $5 or $10 dollars more ... recognizing all
the while that you are working with a principle. Use every
opportunity to demonstrate your consciousness of abundance. These
simple steps "condition" our mind to always think
"more" ... and in thinking more ... more will come to us.
And don't limit this to money ... give more of everything when the
opportunity is available to you ... purposefully go beyond what is
expected ... and give more or do more ... always. Create a
"mental atmosphere" of abundance ... of "having" ...
don't go into debt to do it ... but do it with wisdom and purpose.
Many people will ask,
"how long do I do this?" ... and the answer is ... always and
in all-ways. As our mind is "divorced" from lack and
less ... our mind is automatically open to "accepting" more of
every Good thing we can imagine. We must think above and beyond
our habits of the past or what is "average" or
"typical" ... give and be given to ... and while you do ... be
realistic and expect a BIG return!
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates