Change Your Thinking


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What happens when you go through the day on “auto-pilot”? Everything you do is one flip-switch away from “disengage.” When we’re conscious, we’re making choices with awareness. We don’t just go to the restaurant with our friend and say, “I’ll have the same as you.” A salad taste different than a melted cheese sandwich. By being conscious, we can imagine the taste and if it agrees with the mood and desire we have then. We have free will. We’re at choice.

By being aware of our consciousness, we’re not getting sucked in, or over-ridden by the collective consciousness. Try this: Go to different locations (stores, states, parts of town, countries) and just feel the energy. You’ll feel the difference, if you’re aware. You don’t even have to look for visual cues. The energy will override the passive, the “I’ll have the same as you” because I don’t want to think for myself folks. When you’re in an atmosphere like that, it’s even more important to be aware of your choices; your mindset. If you’re in a crowd and feel a shift of your mood, it’s very likely the energy of the crowd lifting or pulling you down. If it lifts you, realize you can do that on your own. You don’t need to pull from them, and it’s better if you become a contributor to that feeling rather than going to be lifted by them. Because, if you go to be lifted, you will drop when you leave that group/event.

When we pray, it’s more effective to pray for a raised consciousness than for immediate good. Many people win the lottery, or receive a windfall of money from other means, and within a few years they are broke. They had the consciousness to get the money, but not the consciousness to keep the money. This is true of relationships, health—anything. It may take longer to demonstrate when you pray for an increased consciousness, but when you do demonstrate, your consciousness is at a higher level of foundation. Once you are comfortable at this level, you will again be able to raise your consciousness to the next level. Consciousness works the same for getting and taking. What we focus on increases. Is your focus on ease and abundance, or hardship and lack? The universe responds impersonally with “Yes!”

Hoping, wanting, even working really hard doesn’t change anything—unless you change your thinking.

Exercise:

  • Everything has a level of vibration. What sound, color, shape or feeling do you hear/see/feel when you are around certain groups of people? Don’t judge, just be aware.

Cultivating Your Consciousness


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You are responsible for cultivating your consciousness. If you’re using Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) for world travel, is your passport ready? Have you figured out the route, or priced tickets? God works for us to the extent we allow It to work through us.

The Law (Universe, Law of Nature) responds to our thoughts, our beliefs, the directions we give it with conviction, or repetition. We’re responsible for everything that happens to us—”good” “or ‘bad”, and we always have free will to change what happens to us. Everything is perception. “Change your thinking, change your life” is not Pollyanna, but taking responsibility to change one’s thinking, and therefore experience. Look at your life and make a list of things that you’re proud of. Realize that you’re responsible for your consciousness drawing to you these wonderful experiences. We’re the ones who knock on the door, and we’re the ones who answer the door. The impersonal Law requires we work this way.

Make a list of things in your life of which you’re proud. This can be winning a spelling bee in grade school; a hula-hoop contest; physical healings; healings of relationships – or releasing them; going to college; getting that job – whatever you’d give yourself a pat on the back for if you didn’t get caught up in “yeah, but…” or “that would be bragging.” Once you start the list, keep it and add to it. It’ll end up being quite long! You are an expression of God. In what wonderful ways has God expressed through you so far? (Make this fun. On my list I even have things like guessing the right number of candy in the jar at a childhood friend’s birthday party – thus winning the candy!) I can still feel how excited I was.

The opposite is true, too. Taking responsibility for the beliefs, thoughts and actions that bring us down a path we decide not to continue. It doesn’t matter who gave us that belief. We can change it once we decide to. It doesn’t mean all the “wrong” thinking was “bad”, it means things may have been easier for us with “correct” thinking. Realize that “wrong” thinking may have brought us to a point to be willing to switch over to “correct” thinking. Again, it’s not about right and wrong, it’s about perspective, and what we do when we find ourself in hot water. We can either take a bath, or get out!

Affirmative Prayer. Step 6 of 6. Release.


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The last and sixth step in Spiritual Mind Treatment is release. This is the point where you “Let go and let God.” When you release your prayer, you feel it’s done and that you’re at the point where you can accept your desire. You must truly release it, and not get in the way of Divine Intelligence.

If you plant a seed in your garden then dig it up to see how it’s coming along, it won’t grow well, if at all. With prayer, your job is to convince your mind to change to allow your good, then hand it over to the Universe. At that point, your job is to nurture your prayer, protecting it from weed-thoughts (negative thinking), and to anticipate your good. If you knew there were pests in your garden, you’d cover the tender baby basil rather than providing a free-for-all. Your dream or prayer is like that plant. Once it’s established, you might choose to share it with others. Doing so before it’s established could set you up for well-meaning, but not supportive input from others who will “warn” you or squash your dream in some other unconscious way. God will never respond with the attitude, “Get real!” “That’s impossible!” or “Yeah, everyone wants that.” Protect your dream/prayer from nay-sayers, and share it those who can support you. A prayer partner, or someone who will hold the vision with you, of you achieving your desire.

“Pray without ceasing.” I believe every thought is a prayer. What are you praying about? Think about your thoughts.  Are they affirming positive? Or are they regret and worry? Either way, it’s a prayer going out to the Universe, and the Universe only says, “Yes!”

When you get to the point of release, let it go. Like letting a balloon go —up, up, and away! Remember the excitement as a child at that moment? We’d only be disappointed if the balloon got caught in a tree. If something blocked it from it’s free-form journey.

Release it with joy. If your mind comes back to digging up that seed, or if your balloon gets caught in a tree, go back to prayer and keep changing your mind to allowing your good.

Affirmative Prayer. Step 5 of 6. Gratitude.


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Gratitude is the fifth step in Spiritual Mind Treatment. The more we give thanks, the more we experience things for which to be thankful. All words have a vibrational level. When you express “thank you” you’re sharing a higher level of vibration than if you’d said nothing at all. Gratitude is energy. Everything is energy. To say “Thank you” before receiving something is to affirm you believe you’ll receive it, and to express gratitude for it.

Write a list of thirty things each day for which you’re grateful. Do this for one week, everyday. Try not to daily repeat things on your list. Then, keep an ongoing list of 5-10 a day. Can you list five things right now on your gratitude list?

Affirmative Prayer. Step 2 of 6. Unification.


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Now that you’ve recognized God in step one, unify with It in step two. (I’ll use “It” because if God is an energy, It’s neither male nor female.) You may feel you’re talking yourself into believing there’s no separation between you and God. That’s exactly what you’re doing. There’s no separation between God and you. You don’t need to prove to God you’re one with It; you need to prove it to yourself.

You’re not trying to “get” anything from God. All you’re doing is opening to what God has already given you. God blinks your eyes, beats your heart, and circulates your blood, pumping your heart. It all happens as your Divine birthright. You’re worthy. So worthy, in fact, that you are one with God. God works in, around, through and for you. This step is about proving your worth to yourself, not God. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. You may turn your back on God, but you can’t be without It.

We’re each like a drop of water in the ocean. God (the ocean) is every part of us (the drops of water). We (the drops of water) are part of God (the ocean). Every time  we unify in our mind with the magnificence of the One Power, we’re sending a message tot he Universe that we know the Truth of our Being, and are ready to accept our Good accordingly.

With the first two affirmative steps, recognition and unification, we come to the realization and conviction that you need nothing outside of yourself. No person, place or circumstance has power over you and your good. The Creative Intelligence is already within you, waiting for you to use It. If we’re unaware or don’t consciously direct this Power, it’s much like sitting in a dark room. Electricity has always been available—it waited for our discovery of it.

List five examples for yourself how you and God are unified:

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This is part two of five posts on affirmative prayer.

Affirmative Prayer. Step 1 of 6. Recognition.


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Prayer isn’t about changing God’s mind, it’s about changing our mind. The Universe only says, “Yes!”

Affirmative prayer has six steps. The difference between affirmative prayer and traditional prayer is that affirmative prayer states things in the positive, present tense. Basically, we’re reminding ourself we’ve already received our good. It’s reminding us to open more, and more will be given.

Before you take in your next breath, you must breathe out. You fully trust you’ll breathe in again. If you don’t release your old breath, you’ll die holding on to the breath you thought would save you. We go into fear of letting go; going into that space of the “unknown.” That’s where the magic is! We can’t receive more when our hands and minds are clutched to ideas, habits, beliefs and things that hold us back. With affirmative prayer, there’s no begging or bargaining with God. There’s no need to so. God doesn’t say,  “You get, you don’t.” God is an energy, responding to us. By letting go in trust, and expecting our good, we receive to the measure we expect.

The first step in affirmative prayer is recognition. How many ways can you recognize God? Pearl Bailey said, “People see God everyday; they just don’t recognize him.” Think of nature. In what ways do you see the power, beauty, and life all around you? For starters, not one person has ever fallen off the Southern Hemisphere—Ever! The sun rises and sets every single day. (Even when it’s raining and we don’t see it because it’s covered with clouds, it’s doing it part in this perfect universe.) The ocean’s tide effortlessly ebbs and flows. Grass grows in sidewalk cracks, and flowers pop- up out of cracked desert rocks. The Divine Intelligence in skunks finds the house with the recently watered lawn to prosper their search for grubs. The list of ways to recognize God is infinite.

How can you be joyful if you can’t recognize God expressing that attribute? Think of an attribute you’d like to enhance (love, health, grace, abundance, joy, success, humor. . .). Relate that attribute to how you can recognize God expressing it. You must first recognize it, then you can experience it. Want abundance? Look for it. If you’ve ever had a pine tree or cat, you know God supplies an abundance of pine needles and cat hair! God is abundance expressing in all areas of life. Look for it. Acknowledge it. Praise it.

This is the first post of five on affirmative prayer.

Spirituality and Philosophy


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For my dissertation in religious studies, I wrote a workbook, Spiritual Living, Practical Living (if you’re interested, you can check some more of it out on my webs site, Spirit and Money Matters. Here’s a bit on Spirituality and philosophy:

The philosophical aspects of New Thought (specifically Religious Science, or as the teaching is known, Science of Mind) can be traced back to the Greeks. (Science of Mind is not to be confused with Christian Science, or Scientology. They are each very separate teachings.) Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, said the teaching could be approached as a religion, teaching or philosophy. The first philosophical influence on Science of Mind was Plato (427-347 B.C.E., Greek).

Plato was a student of Socrates (469-399 B.C.E., Greek). Plato wrote down what he learned, as well as some of his own most important ideas. “The Cave” is a famous metaphor where Plato suggests it is as if we’re all shackled in a cave, staring at the walls, seeing only reflections and shadows—and mistaking them for real. Plato said that we experienced only the “shadow” of true reality, and our ides were our true reality. The metaphor of the cave aligns with beliefs in Religious Science that everything originates in mind.

Plotonius (205-270 c., Greek) is an even more important philosopher to Religious Science. Plotonius established Neo-Platonic philosophy, and is considered the father of modern idealism. He took Plato’s ideas of idealism and added a mystical touch by recognizing that all things and events are foreshown and brought into being by causes—but causation is of two kinds: Results originating from the Soul, and results do to the environment.

Bishop Berkeley (1685-1753, Irish) is perhaps the most influential modern idealist philosopher. He’s most noted for the idea “If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one around to hear, does it make a sound?” The question is about the role of the observer in reality. (link to :What the bleep do we know) Religious Science would say that all exists in God. Reality only comes into existence at the level of our perception. Everything is perception.

If everything is perception, step into another person’s shoes for a moment. See the situation from their perspective – even if you strongly disagree with it. It’s not making your perception wrong. It’s about broadening your view, and possibly being able to understand the other person a bit more.