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Affirmative Prayer

Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for December 18, 2016
           "God can only give us what we take.  God cannot give us anything unless we are in a mental condition to receive the gift.  The Law cannot do anything for us unless It does it through us.  Belief is absolutely necessary to right demonstration.
             We are on the path of experience, just waking to the real fact of our true being; as we awake, we find we are surrounded by many false conditions, but there is something within which remembers the "real" state.  If one will sit in quiet contemplation of good, as an inner experience, he will experience the good which he contemplates.  He can do this only as he turns from that which is evil and dwells on the good alone.  The Universe will not be divided.” 
- the American Mystic Ernest Holmes from The Science of Mind and Spirit, 1926

          Dr. Holmes wrote these words in 1926 and his words are typical of the culture of that era although the spiritual significance of what he is presenting is far beyond the times.  The "Law" that Dr. Holmes refers to is the Law of Correspondence; we give to ourselves what we believe to be true for us through the universal, automatic action of this Law.  Sadly though, our world is filled with many false conditions and beliefs that causes so many of us to have a greater faith in that which negates our good than we do in the power of our consciousness to give to us that which we desire.  No one creates these obstructions to our good consciously or purposefully.  To illustrate this, consider the ages old adage, "I'll believe it when I see it."  This statement which we are all acquainted with is actually a gross obstruction to the Law.  It takes no faith or spiritual awareness to believe in what we see in material form.  Yet, this statement has permeated the race-mind of mankind throughout history.  And consider the statement "faith is the evidence of things not seen" which we are also acquainted with and then think about the conflict that these two statements create in the race-mind of mankind.  One statement is a spiritual truth while the other could loosely be considered "evil" ... evil being that which obstructs truth and the good.

          Let us be reminded of the most powerful statement in Dr. Holmes' words; "If one will sit in quiet contemplation of good, as an inner experience, he will experience the good which he contemplates."  This is true for the one who follows this spiritual practice daily ... not so much for the undisciplined person who does so occasionally.  Not only can we accomplish much good for ourselves through silent contemplation but we can also accomplish a great deal of good for others as well.  As we contemplate the good for others we should remind ourselves that there is "something within everyone which remembers their real state" ... a state of peace, and joy, and love, and harmony, and inherent beauty, and intelligence, and power.  This powerful silent contemplation is more effective than prayer as words cannot always bring forth that which is necessary for the individual prayed for to receive.  In silent contemplation of the good that we hold in our hearts for others we create an avenue for the Intelligence of G-d to renew their mind ... and their heart, to remember that they are part of that Something Greater than the human mind can conceive, G-d.  These times spent in silent contemplation of health for those experiencing illness or dis-ease in any form, is truly the gifts worth giving.  And the effects of these gifts on those we love and care for will most assuredly return to us as joy and a faith made stronger by the giving of that within us.

         "You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

And so it is!
Rev. Henry Bates

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