New Thought: Cause, Medium and Effect


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In New Thought teachings, terminology is often different than what traditional religion uses. One instance is the term “Trinity”. In traditional teachings, it’s the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. In New Thought, it can be: Cause, Medium and Effect; Spirit, Mind, Body; Principle, Activity, Expression; Conceive, Believe, Achieve. Whatever the wording, Trinity is Oneness.

Cause, Medium and Effect. Cause has two parts: First Cause, which is impersonal, and second Cause, which is the way we personalize First Cause. First Cause is recognizing everything God is. Second Cause is unifying with what we recognize as God.  (These are the first two steps in affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment, as it’s known by some.)

Medium is the Law of Mind. It only says, “Yes”. It responds the same way every single time. Medium is the Law of nature, the action of God.

Effect is the out picturing  of our beliefs, our life experiences. It is the mirror image back to us.

The Trinity is everywhere.

Don’t Play Small


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Have you ever dressed down, or dumbed down to comfort someone around you? Maybe you felt you were too happy, so you toned it down for the person who was in a grumpy mood. Maybe you quit learning to play classical music because someone told you it was too uppity, and you believed them.

Marianne Williamson wrote the passage below. This was read at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, 1994. Embrace your greatness as you read it. Hold your head high and march forward, liberating and others into the birthright of greatness.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

When we overcome our fear of greatness, we step into our greatness. Not in the sense of ego, but in the sense of True magnificence. You have every right to be here, just as the stars above. Let your Light shine! Smile! Laugh! Be still, be quiet. Be True. Playing small does not serve the world.

The Conscious Mind Guards the Sub-Conscious


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The main function of the conscious mind is to protect the sub-conscious mind; to stand guard. The only thing that limits us is our belief system. By impressing on our own mind with the thoughts and actions of what we desire to experience, we impress the same thoughts on the Universal Mind. This is to pray without ceasing. We don’t need to hold the thought, but know it is already done, and release it. There’s nothing our subconscious doesn’t know. It’s our intuition when properly directed. The sub-conscious mind works all the time—with or without our making any effort. When one falls asleep in front of the TV, the sub-conscious mind is still taking in the commercials, the world news—everything the conscious mind missed. The nature of the sub-conscious mind is to obey and create. It never doubts, questions or initiates. The sub-conscious mind only says, “Yes”.

We have the capacity to choose. Whatever our sub-conscious mind accepts, it will bring to pass. If everyone who ran around saying, “I’m a millionaire” believed it at a sub-conscious level, we’d see a lot more millionaires. (And just because they haven’t manifested it quickly, doesn’t mean they won’t.)

Here are a few things you can do to check in with what you’re thinking:

  • Set an alarm (kitchen, watch, phone…) to go off at random throughout the day. When it goes off, write down what you were thinking about, or your self-talk.
  • In the morning when you awake, notice how you feel, or the very first thing you think, or say.
  • Write an affirmation to use throughout the day. Write it in the present, positive tense, first person. (I am healthy versus I’m not sick, or I’ll be healthy.) Keep it short so you can remember it and repeat it. If you have a goal of paying off your bills start with an affirmation of something like “I am financially wise” instead of “I am a millionaire.” Once you are debt free, or have savings put aside, then you can move the affirmation to the next level. (It’s the feeling, and if you feel discouraged while you’re saying you’re a millionaire, you won’t be one.) Stretch yourself, but not so much that you give up in a week because you feel defeated, and not supported. The idea is to keep moving up the scale, not to stop at the first affirmation you ever do.

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 4 of 6. Claim It.


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This forth step is known as declaration or claiming. So many people rush to this step, because it’s the step you claim what you want! In reality, rushing to this step is silly, because without the foundation of recognizing God, unifying with God, and pulling weed-beliefs – big whoop if you claim your desire, right?

Affirmative prayer is said in the present tense. If you say, “I will get that job…” it’s in the future. No matter how close it is, it’ll be out of reach. “I enjoy my perfect-right job…” is an affirmative statement. This is the stage to be very clear on what you want, not what others want for you. If you can’t get to a point of feeling your conviction about your prayer, re-think if it’s what you want. Is it your desire? Get excited about it on a cellular level. Get as many senses involved as possible. What does it/you look like? Does it have a delightful smell? Or taste? What are the sounds? What does it feel like? If you’re vague, the universe will give you vague results, because It matches perfectly to the extent we direct It.

If you don’t believe your desire is obtainable (or you’ve been praying for a really long time) investigate your belief surrounding your desire. Sure, being a millionaire would be nice, but if you don’t have the consciousness to draw to you that type of money, then you must first build the consciousness. The same is true for anything. This is why some people seem to demonstrate certain things right away. It’s all consciousness.

If doubt comes up, go back to steps one, two and three (recognition, unification and denial). Then, you’re ready to return to step four, declaration. At this stage, you’re directing the Law of Nature to heal you in-spite of you. Tell God that you’re willing to be willing—if you are. This works wonders in the area of forgiveness, moving through fear or any other sticking points we may fall into.

Why do we rush to the declaration step to tell God what we want, yet we haven’t spent time even recognizing and embodying with our Source? In stating your claim, remember the “how” it’s done isn’t up to you. It’s up to God. It’s really none of your business “how” our good comes to us. In the declaration step, your part is to place the order for your good.

If we become control-freaks with “how” things unfold, we won’t get far with prayer. We’ll only get in the way. I’ve had some wonderful experiences that came “out of the blue” that would have not happened if I outlined “how” I’d accept my good. Pray for your good, do your part, but be flexible and allow the “how” it manifests to surprise you! I didn’t know two places I planned to stay in Europe would burn down before my arrival. In Norway, a hotel gifted me with my stay because the place I expected to stay burned down. On another trip, the last flight out of Ireland arrived in Scotland late at night. I learned the closest place was over an hour from the airport, and it, too, had burned down before I arrived. I didn’t have a clue where I’d sleep prior to the news that my luggage not making the flight. The night-shift janitor worked around me in this small, rural airport while I slept on a row of seats, in gratitude. In the morning, the airport gifted me with breakfast and immense thanks for my attitude. My luggage arrived on the first morning flight. After a great start to the morning, I headed to another town, as planned. In New Zealand, I had a car given to me for six months. Things happen when we allow God to work without outlining “how” it should show up in our experience.

Being clear without outlining “how” is important. There’s a place between “I want a loving relationship” with is vague (a loving relationship can be with family, friends, or a cuddly puppy.) “I want to meet this person at a coffee house and they earn this amount of income” is outlining. State what you want. Leave the rest to God.

 

Affirmative Prayer. Step 3 of 6. Denial.


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Denial is the third step in Spiritual Mind Treatment, if it’s used. If we experience an appearance of separation, this is the place in treatment where we direct the Energy (God, Higher Self) to remove any cause of any fear, pain, lack or beliefs in any need to experience the appearance of things unwanted.

We’re not denying there are problems. We’re denying those problems have power, and we’re denying that any cause of problems need to continue. We’re always at the point of choice. We must be honest with ourselves. If we’re too proud, hurt or stubborn, we may not be able to see that in some way, it was our misguided thinking that brought something less than wonderful into our experience. In the essay, “Spiritual Laws,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits.” The issue to be dealt with is never the experience (the effect) but the belief (the cause) behind it. If you’re having trouble at work, it’s not the work. There’s a belief, even if deep and unknown that needs to be healed to change the situation. When that belief is changed, the situation will change. You may love the job, or find a better one. If the belief isn’t dealt with, and you just leave the job, you’ll have a hassle at the next job, too. Levels of consciousness follow us. The good news is if we grow our consciousness, that follows us, too.

Dealing with the cause instead of the effect, is similar to pulling up a weed. If we keep chopping off the top, the weed will keep growing back. We’ve only dealt with the effect, not the cause of the weed. If we spend time and effort to get to the root of the weed, we’ll have tended to our garden in a way that ultimately benefits everyone who experiences it.

Whatever the cause of the block we experience—known or unknown—tell the cause of the block, as Ernest Holmes put it, “Go back to the nothingness from where you came.” Then replace the thought you’ve negated with one you chose to nurture. Prove to yourself by talking to yourself, and visualizing what you do want to experience. Talk yourself into believing the reasons it’s possible—and therefore possible for you to achieve. What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

Tell your Higher Self to heal the cause of any belief in needing to experience chaos, strife, lack —anything unlike harmony. Any cause of anything unlike perfect health, wealth, mutually loving relationships, happiness, order, etc. It’s removed from your experience now. It dissolves as quickly as a cube of sugar in a cup of hot tea, and is replaced with the attribute you wish to experience. The Law of nature abhors a void. Make sure you replace what you direct to be removed with what you desire. Otherwise, nature takes the path of least resistance, replacing the newly removed with itself because it hasn’t been directed to do otherwise.

Direct your higher self to pull the weed-cause of what you don’t want, and then you direct It by planting the idea you do want. The trick with this is that you don’t go back and gossip, bad mouth money, or talk about what you’ve just directed the Universe to delete. If so, just keep on it. Delete the cause, replace with the desire.

This is part three of five posts on affirmative prayer.

 

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.