We have all, or at least
most of us, have heard the song “Amazing Grace” and for many it
is a comfort to them … “how sweet the sound.” But in reality it
is another one of those seemingly harmless religious references
that condition the mind to believe that something outside of us
is “going to save a wretch like me.” No one can save us from
anything but ourselves. And this is the Truth.
There are those who believe that Life is a test. To those
people I would state that if Life is a test, then we create the
test and we create the consciousness that either passes or fails
the test. There is nothing outside of our own consciousness
that is "testing" us. Whether we succeed or fail in the things
that we pursue is determined by whether we control our fears or
let our fears control us.
From Emmet Fox:
"G-d intended us to have dominion over our lives, to be the
captain of our souls...Now, if we are to be captain of our
souls, then we must speak with authority, as Jesus did...The
point is a subtle one because outwardly we may desire a certain
thing, but inwardly we have a fear of demonstrating it."
tells us that we must "speak with authority," and this statement
carries a great deal of significance in measuring our success in
demonstrating whatever it is that we want to demonstrate. If we
are experiencing the appearance of illness ... we must never
speak the words that give power and validity to the illness.
The more we discuss our illnesses and the more mention we make
of the experience of diminished health, the more we are unlikely
to succeed in moving into a greater experience of revitalized
health. The same holds true of our desire for any Good thing we
want to experience more of. We must "speak from the
demonstration" even if this means all our conversations of
perfect health in time of illness, prosperity in the time of
financial lack, and loving companionship in the time of
loneliness ... is limited to a conversation with G-d only.
Oftentimes, when we declare health in the midst of illness or
the opposite of any discord we may be experiencing ... those
around us may not understand that we are speaking from a "Higher
Truth" that transcends our current condition or situation. It
is best to keep our declarations or affirmations between us and
like-minded individuals or limit them to G-d.
without a doubt that all that we speak with conviction ... comes
from our thinking ... and our thinking generates the energy of
healing and attracts to us opportunities and ideas that create
the changes that we seek to see manifest in our lives. Dr.
Ernest Holmes in his book, "This Thing Called You," stated:
you think with complete conviction, the Law of Mind will operate
on your thought exactly as you think it, for the thing,
condition, or person you are thinking about."
The mystical statements of the Bible have "power" to them only
as we use them with "right judgment." The Master Mind Jesus
"the kingdom of heaven is within you."
But whether it is or not doesn't matter if we don't believe it.
Spiritual metaphysics teaches that we are surrounded by this
Infinite Power for Good ... but we must "know" that It Is Good
... in All-Ways and All-Things. We must create within our own
consciousness a belief that we are One with the Infinite Good
... that nothing about us is inferior or superior to anyone or
anything. We must not allow ourselves to be limited ... in any
way. Whatever it is that we believe is "between us and our
Good" ... we must "see it and believe it to be nothingness." We
must be willing to sit in the Silence for hours at a time if
necessary ... to get to a "conviction in consciousness" that we
have the very thing we desire ... the very thing that we seek
... the very thing that we pray for. We must "ask, knowing that
It Is," in other words we must "think from the results .. not to
them." Anything less ... is day-dreaming!
As we cultivate and foster a conviction in the Law of Good,
which is the Law of the Universe, we will bear witness to the
marvelous and amazing power of Grace in our lives. We will let
go of ineffective words like luck, competition and coincidence
and know that the Grace of G-d Is Present in our lives ... that
the Law of Good is doing its perfect work with precision.
"Amazing Grace .... how sweet the sound"
... as we quietly and with conviction feel Its Presence in our
consciousness ... as peace, love, joy and confidence.
Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
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