you may in some respects be the product of your past, that must be
forgotten. You must rise above that conception. Life is
constantly starting new endeavors. The past is gone. Your
true spiritual discernment knows only beginnings- all things new. ...
You were born into the light. Your way is clear. You are
being now where you are."
- Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Collected
The Spirit that dwells within each of us is not
bound by conditions or our past, It is always seeking to express
something new. We can look at nature and we can see that this is
true for all things are growing and changing constantly. It is
this energy of Life moving through all things that cannot be stopped in
Its expression of growth and expansion. This is why we can become
depressed when we are thinking that nothing is advancing in our lives
because we are accepting something in our mind that is never true.
No matter what the appearance of the conditions of the things in our
lives may be, change is taking place. It is up to us to recognize
that this is so and in doing so, we direct the change to that which we
desire it to be.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote
in his book, "You Can If You Think You Can" ...
"You can think your way through
anything." ... "... Think; just think. You can, if you
exercise will and persistence and mental calmness, think your way
through anything. Your great tool is mind. With mind you
have power over all conditions and circumstances and over any problem
however difficult. You can if you think you can and if you think
straight. ... Just think. All the answers to your problems are
resident in your mind, but they are being blocked off because of your
strong emotional reactions, even panic. One thing is sure; the
human mind will not function creatively when it is hot. Only when
it is cool - absolutely cool - will it deliver these factual, rational,
intellectual insights which produce solutions that solve."
As we think about the things
in our lives, do they bring us a sense of joy, a feeling of success,
enthusiasm and excitement? It is possible for each of us to feel
these things about our lives and to experience them daily. We have
it within us to know that whatever we were to have learned from our
past, we have learned it and now we are ready to move forward with
confidence knowing that there is nothing to prevent us from experiencing
more and more good except the belief that we can't. Many people
continue to hold the belief that the past repeats itself. This is
not the truth for us as this would imply that our consciousness is made
of cement rather than the substance of Spirit. No matter what we
have labeled our past experiences, good or bad, everything that has ever
happened has expanded our awareness and therefore our consciousness.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
cautions us against strong emotional reactions to our problems and
circumstances. And it is these strong emotional reactions that
maintain fragments of past experiences in our consciousness. As we
develop within our mind a reaction to past events as
"experiences" rather than labeling them either good or bad,
maddening or marvelous, we will find that we lessen the degree of
emotion that is attached to them and as we do this repeatedly, we
eliminate the emotional conflicts from our consciousness.
We have great potential within
us for we each have access to the spiritual power that will sustain us
as we discern that which we want to experience more of and in what way
we want to experience it. This spiritual power is woven through
our power to choose ... when we choose we use this power. And so
we must be definite in choosing to make a fresh start and we can make
this fresh start at any point in time that we choose to. Our outer
experiences are expressions of our awareness and we are aware within our
mind ... this inner awareness is projected into our personal
As we accept the idea of a fresh start ... a
new beginning ... we can project this awareness into our work, our
personal relationships, our finances and our health. We can look
at all these things for that something "new" that will come to
our awareness. That something "new" is there for all of
us ... and we can become aware of it ... by insisting that we do in our
From Dr. Frank Richelieu: "You
are not just human. You are divine, and I am sure you accept this
mentally, but do you really believe it; do you really feel it; do you
really accept it? When you do, you will know intuitively that you
and the Infinite Presence are one and that all the Creator has is yours.
You will know that one cycle of your life is finished and that a new one
has begun. You will feel a new surge of life and you will know
that you have made a breakthrough to a higher dimension of
consciousness. That's what spiritual science is all about.
It is doing us no good if it does not inspire us to complete one cycle
of our lives and make a breakthrough into a higher dimension, if it does
not constantly open new doors to us and new avenues to be
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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