you is the power to be yourself. Jesus dared to live his own life,
to be himself. He kept contact with his Source. He did not
try to copy anyone else. He was not here to imitate. He was
here to take a leadership role in life. He was showing by example
that each of us is unique and endowed with the creative power of Life to
express our uniqueness - as long as we keep a conscious contact with our
- Dr. Frank E.
Richelieu, The Art Of Being Yourself
This week I was reminded once again of
the effectiveness of writing or speaking Prayer-Treatments daily by
someone's testimonials. Persistence in our prayers can and will
bring us results that often are beyond what our expectations have been.
Dr. Holmes writes in The Science of Mind that "Truth works
independently of us" ... all we must do is name and claim what our
good shall be and Infinite Intelligence responds to us affirmatively.
In the scriptures we can read that Jesus' disciples went to him and
asked him to teach them how to pray. From this the question arises
as to why he had not taught them without their asking? The reason
is simple, we must be compelled from within to want to pray effectively.
A teacher cannot teach anyone anything until they truly want to learn,
and if they truly want to learn, then there is within them the desire to
put what they learn into practice. It was the Master Mind Jesus
who stated "don't cast your pearls before swine." And in
truth, affirmative prayer is the "pearl of great price" ...
and we must be willing to pay the price to master it. That is, the
time and effort it takes to understand it and practice it until our
words are consistently backed by faith and authority that comes with the
confidence of knowing that our prayers are immediately responded to
through the Love and Law of the Universal Presence we call G-d.
This week I am continuing with the 5-Steps of
Recognition, 2) Unity/Identification, 3) Realization/Declaration, 4)
Thanksgiving/Acceptance, 5) Release. Last week I wrote about
"Realization/Declaration" and the weeks before,
"Recognition" and "Identification" ... these
messages are included on the 2010
Archive page. This week, I will cover,
"Thanksgiving/Acceptance" ... the 4th Step in the mental
process of Prayer-Treatment.
Once again, I want to stress that prayer is not
to "convince" G-d of anything, but to "clear our
mind" of those things that we have come to accept for ourselves and
for others that separates us from the good that is ours by Divine Right.
When we "accept" the good results of our prayer, we are
accepting that we have "recognized" the Power of G-d,
"identified" with G-d Intelligence, and by
"declaring" our good, we now have the authority, because of
our "awareness" of this Power and Intelligence of G-d right
where we are, to accept our good and be grateful that it is ours.
Every healing and demonstration of good, must first be
"accepted" in the mind of the one praying as completed.
Acceptance, like faith, must be nurtured and
fostered in our mind before it is established in our consciousness, this
is why we continue to write or speak Prayer-Treatments until we have
that inner knowing that we "have it" ... even though it may
still be in the un-Seen. We must trust our "intuitive
knowing" that this is so. One of the ways in which we will
"know" that our prayers have been answered before the results
are made manifest in the physical, is that we will feel a very deep
sense of gratitude that the Infinite has responded.
It is important that we realize that as we
connect with the Spirit daily using Prayer-Treatment, we will gradually
feel a greater sense of peace and of being loved. This Power,
Presence and Intelligence that we call G-d, is not without warmth and
feeling ... we are created in Its image and likeness so we know that
this is true. G-d is personal to each of us for we are a part of
Its Life ... Its expression into form. If we doubt that our
prayers will be answered we can remind ourselves of our eternal
relationship to the One. In the Book of Jeremiah we can read:
"I have an ever-lasting love for you." It is this love
for us that G-d gives us the desire, gives us the awareness of a greater
good, and then gives us the good we seek as It identifies this good
through our heart and soul. As we practice Prayer-Treatment daily,
the time will come when we will realize our "acceptance" at
the moment we are aware of our good desires. Let us remind
ourselves that we depend on G-d to provide "all" our needs,
whatever they may be ... to depend on anything else, is always depending
on limitation. As Dr. Bitzer would state over and over,
"Principle knows and does" ... and so we depend on Principle,
not person, place or thing.
Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote the following words
for Prayer-Treatment Step #4, "Thanksgiving/Acceptance": "I
now accept the creative action of the words I have spoken as the law and
the thing whereunto they are directed. They go forth into immediate
fulfillment. Right now are they fully manifest. There is no delay, there
is nothing that can prevent them from now being fully and completely
fulfilled in my experience. They are words of power and of good. I
accept them, I know they are the truth of that which I am. In and
through them God goes forth anew into creation. It is now done, it is
now complete. For this knowledge, for this understanding, I am grateful.
I give thanks that all this is so. I know and accept that there is One
Life, that Life is God, that Life is perfect, and that Life is my life
now. Right now.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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