are so many wisdom teachers throughout history that we sometimes are
surprised when we realize that all that we consider to be "new
thought" or a "secret" has been widely available to
the world for centuries. And yet, these teachings have by and
large been ignored by the masses of people. Imagine if all the
people of the world could understand the truth that "I and the
Father are one." But first, they have to understand
"Father" ... which the Master Mind Jesus told us is Spirit
... not a spirit, but Spirit Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient
... in all and through all, awaiting our recognition of It.
There have been moments when each of us have realized this truth,
even if for a moment and through a glance into the great
beyond. Yet, the world of effects pulls us back to that which
"knowledge" rather than Spirit, tells us what is true and
what is not.
This past week I began a study of the writings of Mildred
Mann. Wikipedia notes: Mildred Mann was active in the
New Thought Movement and taught metaphysics in New York City. She
founded the Society of Religious Pragmatism, which was later
reorganized as the Society of Pragmatic Mysticism in Vermont.
She was a pragmatist. In other words, she was someone who was
an advocate of the approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in
terms of the success of their practical application. Or as the
mystical Ernest Holmes would say, "truth known is truth
demonstrated." Without the demonstration, that is the
"results" ... what we believe to be the truth needs an
The foundation of what Mildred Mann taught is not new, but each of
us will be well-served by impressing our mind with this wisdom once
again. Just a note; she uses the masculine (He, Him) in
reference to G-d which was usual for the era in which she
lived. The following is from her writings: "Let
us say, for the sake of illustration, that you have a definite
problem, and you are going to use what you have today in trying to
solve it. The problem, whatever it may be is pressing.
The first thing to do is get very still for a few minutes.
Then realize that at some time or other you thought the problem into
existence. Don't try to figure out when. Just dismiss
the how or why, and reason that since you thought it into existence,
you certainly can think it out of existence.
Now, when you are really quiet, you turn to the Presence of God
within you. God is waiting for you to come to Him.
Accept the Presence of God, even at this point it is merely an
intellectual idea. Reflect on such thoughts as 'God is perfect
good, perfect freedom, perfect Truth, Life, Love and Law.'
Realize that God is handling this through you and with
you. Give thanks for the demonstration.
Dwell on these thoughts for a few minutes, and then forget about
it. Forget about the treatment and forget about the
problem. And then, after that you will find as we all do, that
your mind comes back to the problem. When this happens, and
every time it happens, say to yourself: "It is in the
hands of God, not in mine.
Keep your thought off the problem. It couldn't be
simpler. It is pure magic, but not as we understand the term
magic. It is simply the God-given power of thought, plus the
belief, the faith, that we put into it. You may be thinking
"I don't believe this will work."
Well, there is only one way to find out. Try it. You
need only two things to try it with: the first is an open
mind; the second is integrity of purpose - a sincere desire to try."
And so we may now understand the ancient wisdom:
"But seek first his kingdom and
his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as
Our thoughts are powerful, right thinking is the key to life ...
"The righteous person may have
many troubles, but the Lord (The Law of Our Mind) delivers us
from them all."
And so it is!
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