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                      “It has been said that “the prayer of thanksgiving is the prayer of appropriation.”  This was the manner in which Jesus prayed when he raised Lazarus from the tomb:  “Father, I thank thee …”  Recognition, unification, and realization are the three steps in prayer or treatment.  When we speak the words of thanksgiving to the God within, knowing “before they ask I will answer,” there is something in this attitude of thanksgiving that carries us beyond the field of doubt into one of perfect faith and acceptance, receptivity … realization.  Appreciation, gratitude and thanksgiving – the motive power which attracts and magnifies the hidden potentialities of life.” – Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science Of Mind

           A simple, yet profound statement, “that for which I am grateful, I can never be denied,” gives power to our decisions and focuses our mind on what we have accepted for ourselves.  Gratitude provides the avenue in which our “heaven takes its place on Earth,” that is the good that we dwell on and choose for ourselves even though it has yet to materialize in our experience.  Being grateful for what we have is wonderful and connects us with the Spirit, as the Master Mind Jesus stated, “he who has much will have even more still,” but the “multiplying factor” in our mind must connect with the Great Un-Seen, the infinite, invisible Good that faith and trust elevates to acceptance and realization in our consciousness.

          In “Living the Science of Mind,” Dr. Holmes states this potential of “more good” in an affirmation that begins with, “good and more good is mine, an ever increasing good is mine.”  This “ever-increasing” connects our mind with the potentialities of the Un-Seen Good that has yet to be made visible in our experience.  Dr. Holmes also writes that we should repeat this statement over a thousand times a day.  In other words, through repetition we create a pattern of thought and an impression on our subconscious that will out-picture in our experience in due time.  Every situation or circumstance that we find ourselves in didn’t happen over night but through a pattern of thought and belief that created something for us automatically.  When we make the decision to have more, be more, or do more … than we must go through the process of creating new patterns and impress the subconscious with more.  Elevating our thought to the Un-Seen Good, activates the change, but it will not effect the change without repetition and discipline of our thoughts and intelligent reasoning of the beliefs that we have accepted.

         Dr. Norman Vincent Peale stated:  “Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”  And this is reiterated by Claude Bristol’s statement:  “It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”  And so here we find the potentialities of recognizing what we are grateful for and expressing thanksgiving not only for the good, but, also for the Source of All-Good, G-d.  It is in creating this “receptivity” for good that keeps our mind open for an ever-increasing good.

To better understand this necessity for repetition of positive words and affirmations of gratitude and thanksgiving, we can look to a recent study done by English researchers:  "There has been much speculation about whether people can process emotional information unconsciously, for example pictures, faces and words. We have shown that people can perceive the emotional value of subliminal messages and have demonstrated conclusively that people are much more attuned to negative words," study leader Professor Nilli Lavie said in a Wellcome Trust news release.

         I am of the opinion that the reason researchers have found people to be more in tune with negative words is due to the changes in our culture.  We are bombarded daily with negative news, gossip, scandals, and political divisiveness because the Media has learned too, that negative news will get our attention more than positive news.  In the Internet age this information is readily available and repeated over and over again throughout the News web sites and daily Blogs.  It is very rare for the News Media to open their nightly news programs with a positive story.  And all this accepting of the negative in our consciousness, negates our good in some way in differing degrees.

       The good news is … we have the power to go beyond the negative in our minds with gratitude and appreciation.  But, we must do it to a greater degree than the measure of negativity that we take into our mind.  Dr. Holmes’ instruction to repeat his affirmation of “good and more good is mine,” over a thousand times each day may seem extreme, but the rewards of this simple affirmation of gratitude and acceptance are tremendous. 


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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