must sincerely desire to be happy. Nothing is accomplished
without desire. Desire is a wish with wings of imagination and
faith. Image the fulfillment of your desire, and feel its
reality, and it will come to pass. Happiness comes in answered
-- Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
most of us our prayers will bring us more happiness. This
happiness may come as the result of overcoming illness and
manifesting health; or overcoming financial lack and manifesting
financial prosperity; or overcoming loneliness and manifesting
loving companionship. In all things, happiness is the result
that we seek. Few people, if any, would choose to be healthy,
rich, in love ... and unhappy ... so we can know that happiness
is the invisible element that is desired to accompany the
physical effects that we seek.
Our prayers then, must be filled with
happiness ... the joy of knowing our prayers are responded to by
the Infinite. From Dr. Ernest Holmes:
"Your thoughts are tools that you use in affirming the creative
Power into your experience. You are going to make the
affirmation, but the Law of Life is going to produce the
result. Never forget this. It is not by holding thoughts that
you accomplish good results; it is by thinking right thoughts
and then releasing them into the Law of this Power. The Law of
Life acts upon them in some way which you know not of.
Moreover, you do not have to know. Whatever you affirm, It will
do for you, provided your affirmation is in accord with Truth."
This "invisible" action of thought is no different than the
action in mind when an artist paints a picture or a sculptor
molds a form. It is "thinking from the result" ... seeing in
mind the manifested idea. Everything is an idea in Mind before
it manifests in form ... everything. The computer that you are
using was an idea ... first. And someone imaged it into form by
thinking from the result that was desired.
Many of us will feel frustration
rather than happiness when we look at the things we have
compared to the results that we desire to see. This frustration
occurs because we think we must "do" something to get from where
we are or what we have to what we want to be or to have. Our
responsibility is not to "do" ... but to "be" ... and the most
powerful decision we can make is to "be happy" ... happiness is
one of the attributes of G-d; JOY ... and it is powerful in its
attracting energy. We are all attracted to people who are happy
... and being happy will attract to us the people and things
necessary to manifest our desires.
From Dr. Holmes:
"We must learn to live by inspiration. That means that we
should let the spiritual depths of our being flow through our
conversation and into our acts. Living by inspiration does not
mean living chaotically. Our whole purpose is to make the
intellect and instrument for the Spirit. This is exactly what
an artist does. We must all become artists in living. To live
by inspiration means to sense the divine touch in everything; to
enter into the spirit of things; to enter into the joy of
Inspiration comes to us when we choose
to be happy ... happy with our work; happy with our
relationships; happy with our ability to overcome illness and
We can move from "becoming" to "being" through the activity of
our thinking. We must always keep in mind that as our thoughts
are in alignment with the Infinite ... with the Truth ... we are
using the Power that is Present within us.
"That which is within me is greater than
that which is in the world" ... this is the Truth. For
the Power of the Infinite is "personal" to us as we recognize It
... and think according to Its nature ... and Its response is
automatic and as precise as the law of gravity. It is All-ways
Present ... All-ways available ... All-ways responsive ...
All-ways giving to us, through us and as us. This is the Truth
that manifests our desires with happiness ... great happiness!
Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
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