When prayers are not answered (according to our desires) it is because we “pray amiss.” There are three components to effective prayer: 1. DESIRE – including ALL that we want, (be careful, here!) 2. ACTION – including ALL that we think, say and do, and 3. BELIEF – including those deeply held beliefs, of which we may not even be aware. If we are to have our prayers answered IN THE WAY THAT WE WANT, we must be in alignment with the LAW that governs their manifestation, in all three of these components: desire, action and belief!
There are only three things we get to keep in life: 1. Experiences, 2. True friends, and 3. what we grow inside. This week, we are invited to look at those things we are growing inside. The universe is always listening and responding, unquestioningly, to our thoughts, feelings and attitudes with experience of corresponding energy. Brother David Stendle-Rast reminds us that “It’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” If we plant and grow gratitude, we will experience ever increasing reasons for being grateful.
Our teachings have been dubbed “New Thought,” but actually come down to us from as far back as Jesus, and before; two of the most basic being that, A) We are one with God embodying that spark of divinity within and, B) We create our experience through our chosen thoughts. The passing thoughts have no power; it is the ones on which we focus – with feeling that will manifest – good or bad! The universe does not question as to whether we’re sure we really want any particular thing – it just manifests from that which we give it. So, this week, we are invited to decide what we REALLY want and then – with feeling – act AS IF! In so doing, we will surely accomplish the desires of our hearts!
We don’t have to be Jesus or Buddha to be plugged into God. But, if we would access the power of the almighty, being plugged in is the only way! Prayer is but one – albeit absolutely necessary – way of becoming plugged in. This week, we are invited to use the wisdom of Charles Fillmore, as he gave us the necessary elements of effective prayer. It is not in the words we use but in the consciousness of our oneness, with which we pray, (i.e., “I am now in the Presence of Pure Being,”) that plugs us into the Good that God is waiting to express in and through and as us.
One practice is non-negotiable in all the teachings of Principle. It is not fun; in fact it is the least popular and most avoided. It is the practice of forgiveness. In order to forgive we must release “treasured” perceptions as to how life should have been and this is not easy. However, to fail to do this releasing work is to condemn ourselves to the pain, not only of the act which precipitated the grievance, but the effects of our negative emotions on our health, our finances and our relationships! We are invited, this week to release all hopes for a better past and to walk forward – free, at last!
The world can be a scary place! If we allow it, the things that are happening – wars and rumors of wars, politics, finances or a medical diagnosis – can throw us into tremendous fear! Or, we can turn to Truth – the knowingness that we are one with an all-powerful, everywhere-present, unconditionally-loving Good. We can stand steadfastly, as Jesus did in the boat, telling the storm, “Peace! Be still!” And, in so doing, we will return to peace. Imperturbability: the ability to remain calm in the midst of chaos.
The founders of our country risked their very lives in declaring their freedom. Anytime we make a declaration of freedom, it comes with a risk of some kind: we will lose something in the process. Every step we take, we leave a step behind! When we seek to free ourselves, mentally, from limiting, negative thoughts and beliefs, we must be willing to release those that have, heretofore, appeared to serve some purpose, whatever it may have been! This week, we are invited to step into a new experience and expression of all that we were born to be – declaring our freedom in its highest sense!!
How many of us have read the passage: “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matt 13:12) and thought to ourselves, “How could God be so unfair?” It’s all about consciousness! Remember, God always says, “Yes!” So, if we have a consciousness of abundance, more abundance will be given. However, if we have a consciousness of lack & limitation – more of THAT will also be given! The kingdom of heaven is the law of expansion! There are many things we can DO to raise our consciousness & experience the good that seeks to express in and through and as us!
This week, we are invited to ask ourselves, “What is MOST important to us in this life.” In Truth, the answer to this question is: Our awareness. It is our most precious gift, being God’s awareness of Self in and through us! Our job is to center our awareness on our oneness with God, with the Divine and with the Truth of our Being! Then, as the vine gives to the branches which produce the fruit, we will produce the fruits of Spirit! We will know and express freedom, joy, health, prosperity, harmony and anything our hearts desire! (If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever ye will and it shall be done unto you. (–John 15: 5-9)
Each and every one of us already is endowed with all the faith we’ll ever need – limitless faith which, by the way, produces after its kind! When we are faced with challenges, it is because we have PLACED our faith in things we DON’T want: lack, limitation, dis-ease and so forth. The good news is, we can rise out of this limited belief! But, it is a decision that comes with a consequence; we must be willing to release the old beliefs – and our faith in them – to be replaced by faith in our oneness with God, the Good!