Law And Its Operation (part 2)

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Excerpts From Feeling Is The Secret, Neville Goodard

By control of feeling is not meant restraint or suppression of your feeling, but rather the disciplining of self to imagine and entertain only such feeling as contributes to your happiness.

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Every feeling makes a subconscious impression and, unless it is counteracted by a more powerful feeling of an opposite nature, must be expressed. The dominant of two feelings is the one expressed. I am healthy is a stronger feeling than I will be healthy. To feel I will be is to confess I am not; I am is stronger than I am not.

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Chance or accident is not responsible for the things that happen to you, nor is predestined fate the author of your fortune or misfortune.

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The subconscious is not concerned with the truth or falsity of your feeling. It always accepts as true that which you feel to be true.

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Your feelings create the pattern from which your world is fashioned, and a change of feeling is a change of pattern. The subconscious never fails to express that which has been impressed upon it.

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To impress the subconscious with the desirable state, you must assume the feeling that would be yours had you already realized your wish. In defining your objective, you must be concerned only with the objective itself. The manner of expression or the difficulties involved are not to be considered by you.

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Therefore, if you dwell on difficulties, barriers or delay, the subconscious, by its very non-selective nature, accepts the feeling of difficulties and obstacles as your request and proceeds to produce them in your outer world.

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The subconscious is the womb of creation. It receives the idea unto itself through the feelings of man. It never changes the idea received, but always gives it form. Hence the subconscious out-pictures the idea in the image and likeness of the feeling received. To feel a state as hopeless or impossible is to impress the subconscious with the idea of failure.

Law and its Operation

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Excerpts From Feeling Is The Secret, Neville Goodard

The world, and all within it, is man’s conditioned consciousness objectified. Consciousness is the cause as well as the substance of the entire world. So it is to consciousness that we must turn if we would discover the secret of creation.

Consciousness is the one and only reality, not figuratively but actually. This reality may for the sake of clarity be likened unto a stream which is divided into two parts, the conscious and the subconscious.

The conscious is personal and selective; the subconscious is impersonal and nonselective. The conscious is the realm of effect; the subconscious is the realm of cause. These two aspects are the male and female divisions of consciousness. The conscious is male; the subconscious is female.

The conscious generates ideas and impresses these ideas on the subconscious; the subconscious receives ideas and gives form and expression to them.

By this law – first conceiving an idea and then impressing the idea conceived on the subconscious – all things evolve out of consciousness; and without this sequence, there is not anything made that is made. The conscious impresses the subconscious, while the subconscious expresses all that is impressed upon it.

The mechanism of creation is hidden in the very depth of the subconscious, the female aspect or womb of creation. The subconscious transcends reason and is independent of induction. It contemplates a feeling as a fact existing within itself and on this assumption proceeds to give expression to it. The creative process begins with an idea and its cycle runs its course as a feeling and ends in a volition to act.

Ideas are impressed on the subconscious through the medium of feeling. No idea can be impressed on the subconscious until it is felt, but once felt – be it good, bad or indifferent – it must be expressed. Feeling is the one and only medium through which ideas are conveyed to the subconscious. Therefore, the man who does not control his feeling may easily impress the subconscious with undesirable states.

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Begin At The Beginning

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When a new year rolls around, we traditionally turn our thought to new beginnings. We reflect on the past, sort through what worked and what didn’t, what we liked and didn’t like, and then we resolve to choose a little more carefully in the coming year. Most of us know the lifespan of our resolutions are usually pretty short.

I have pointed out that all holidays have a spiritual principle behind them. The problem is we keep the holiday but lose sight of the principle. The spiritual principle behind the New Year has nothing to do with flipping the page of a calendar. It involves an awareness of the now moment and our relationship to the law of consciousness.

The conscious mind is like a sower throwing seed of every kind. The subconscious aspect is like the soil that grows whatever seed we cast. If we are sowing seeds of fear and failure, our subconscious mind, like the obedient soil, goes to work producing the plants. Paul put it very simply: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). The scriptures are full of many such examples.

This is not a warning that we’re all about to be busted for secret sins. Paul is simply articulating the law of consciousness. Rather than frighten us, this illustration should inspire us. Why does the quality of life vary from one person to the next? Because we all have our very own conscious and subconscious mind. We are each given absolute freedom to use them as we will. We do not invoke the law of consciousness, as it is in perpetual operation. We are each living the harvest of seeds we have sown in the past.

A resolution can serve as a helpful target. We ask ourselves, “How would I feel if this resolution came to pass?” We allow the appropriate good feelings to arise. These feelings are our seed. There are no weeds in this seed. We then commit to holding only these feelings, understanding that by so doing, we are sowing the kinds of seeds that will be brought to light as success, prosperity, good health, and whatever else we desire. “Whatsoever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24) We are not breaking the law of consciousness, we are fulfilling it.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’d like to further explore this law of consciousness. These will be ideas we are all very familiar with, but we may have forgotten how powerful they are. I will refer to the book, Feeling Is the Secret, by Neville Goodard. Published in 1944, you may already have this slim volume on your shelf. If not, you can listen to the book online or download a free PDF file from the links below:

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A Prayer Strategy

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In a rather simple instruction on the proper mindset for prayer, Jesus presented a powerful picture that includes the discipline of all five of our executive faculties.

“… if you have faith and never doubt, you will … say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Matthew 21:21-22

What is involved in a prayer strategy? We start by defining our mountain. What mental picture are you holding that is triggering your fear response? For some, this can easily be defined as a current challenge. Others may have difficulty defining a specific issue. If you are among these, you may be experiencing a general fear of the future. As you progress through this exercise, specific concerns will likely become clear. You can also journal, asking yourself the question: “What, exactly am I afraid of?” Jot down your answers. No matter how insignificant these may seem, you and I know better than any analysts what terrifies us. Do not be afraid to put it in writing so you can look at it. You want an accurate understanding of your mountain, and you are the only person on this planet that can provide it. So, take all the time you need to bring it into clear focus.

The next step is to visualize this situation completely dissolving (imagination). One way of doing this is to imagine it as a swirling mass of energy. You see it, you feel its negative presence, and then you begin to see it dissipating. Cast your mountain into the sea. See your log jam begin to break up and move.

The next step is to direct your faculty of faith. Totally accept that this thing is dissolving and expect to see the evidence that this is so. The first evidence will likely be at your own feeling level. Hold this thought and feel the stress in your body begin to lessen. Do not attempt to force anything. If you run down to the log jam and start trying to move the logs yourself, you’ll find it is impossible. Trust the river’s natural current. You are giving your spiritual resources permission to start moving things. Believe that they are indeed moving.

Bring your judgment into play. Judgment is an evaluation. In your judgment, prior to this moment, you had an immovable mountain. Now you are reevaluating this mountain, saying it can be and is being moved. The log jam is breaking up. Staying with this new image requires an exercise of will. You have to be willing to maintain your new picture.

Finally, you want to take out the trash. Eliminate every shred of doubt. Eliminate every aspect of the old picture. Eliminate your fear of the mountain. See the log jam broken up and floating freely down the river, eliminating all doubt that this is happening now.

Intelligence and Order

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In this four-part series, we are treating Advent as an intuitive awakening. Our focus is on the meditative process. Follow the same preparations from the first week. Bring your awareness into the region of the solar plexus using the simple statement, I Am.

Open your mind to the quickening presence of intelligence. Your entire being is already permeated with intelligence. The functions of your body are all governed by it. You see and experience intelligence as order in your breathing, the beating of your heart, and all the many activities within the universe of your body of which you are not even aware. You see intelligence in the flower, in your pet, in the birds and the clouds that sail across the sky.

As you relax and let go, get the sense of this truth that you are completely immersed in intelligence and that your life is now unfolding in perfect order. Affirm:

The very essence of my being is intelligence. My mind is clear. My thinking is orderly. I see things in their highest relation to the whole. My vision is clear. My soul is imbued with the wisdom of the universe. In all I do, I move forward in confidence and in peace.

Release all feelings of uncertainty about your life and know the intelligence of your soul is guiding your every step. Lift your spiritual eyes away from all appearances and see yourself as a conduit through which infinite intelligence is expressing as you.

Everyone and everything becomes part of your success in living. If your life seems to be pushing you to the left when you think you should go right, then know the intelligence expressing as your soul is now at work. Do not strain to work out plans or struggle to control events. Hold fast to the truth that the wisdom of your soul is directing your life, that the order and success you desire is unfolding with every new development.

A Prayer Strategy

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Many resonate with this quote, I suspect, because it explains so concisely the dilemma of being a limitless soul currently housed in a physical body. Researchers into the near-death phenomena are beginning to suggest that one set of laws—quantum physics—applies at the soul level while another set of laws—Newtonian physics—govern our material side. A person outside their body can, for example, push their hand through a wall. We cannot do this in a body. Our intuitive faculty of perception operates at the soul level, while our intellectual means of perception operates at the material level, through the five senses.

One significant challenge of writing about spiritual principles is that we are forced to use intellectual means to attempt to convey ideas that must ultimately be experienced through the intuition. In his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, psychologist William James described this problem:


“The mystical experience, defies expression, that no adequate report of its contents can be given in words. Its quality must be directly experienced; it cannot be imparted or transferred to others. Mystical states are more like states of feeling than like states of intellect. No one can make clear to another who has never had a certain feeling, in what the quality or worth of it consists.”

Yet, providing intellectual discourse on subjects of a spiritual nature gives us a way to think about these things. Intellectual preparation that nudges one from the status quo of embedded beliefs can provoke intuitive breakthroughs that lead to a more productive spiritual path. Many of us, after all, began to question religious dogma long before we found the literature to support our changing views.

In this article, I want to elaborate on an idea that I developed in The Complete Soul. As I explained in that book, this model was originally inspired by Charles Fillmore’s, Twelve Powers of Man. My development of this idea, however, has taken a very different form, so much so that the two views should not be considered compatible. The twelve powers model is basically a takeoff from the eastern chakra concept of certain energy centers in the body. Because I am neither a neurologist nor steeped in eastern religion, I have never felt comfortable presenting this system with any level of authority.

I have also examined Fillmore’s twelve powers, [This concept, especially as it pertains to the 12 disciples, can be traced back to Fillmore’s teacher, Emma Curtis Hopkins.] and realized that four of them are, at least for me, better understood as fundamental elements of pure Being, our spiritual resources. Five others are actual faculties that we each exercise on a regular basis.

Our four fundamental spiritual resources, are life, love, power, and intelligence. The soul, an expression of God, is an individualization of these elements. John refers to this as the Word. “The Word was with God and the Word was God.” The difference between God and the Word is not in composition but in function. God is universal while the Word is the creative aspect of God expressing as the myriad of forms we see in the world. “Nothing made was made without the Word.”

To understand this relationship, we think of our own mind, which is capable of entertaining countless ideas. If we wish to bring an idea into expression, we invoke the creative aspect of our mind. We develop a plan, set a course of action, etc.

In our spiritual inquiry, this is an extremely important and useful idea. The Word is our soul. The soul is with God, and the soul is God. At the soul level, you and I are complete expressions of God. Any notion of soul development or soul evolution is, therefore, an inaccurate characterization of the soul’s condition. The sense of spiritual inadequacy that we may experience can be explained in ways other than an undeveloped soul.

We can think of our five executive faculties as our mental software package that we use to navigate our physical hardware, the body, through this earthly experience. Again, these are imagination, faith, will, judgment, and elimination. I call them executive faculties because they are determinative in nature and, like any tool at our disposal, we choose how we will use them.

We can let our imagination run wild, conducting a campaign of terror, or we can use it to visualize emerging conditions of health, prosperity, and peace. Likewise, we can exercise our faith in negative outcomes, or we can direct it toward greater good unfolding. The same is true of the will, judgment, and elimination, all of which I’ll discuss further in a moment. Our choice impacts the way in which our spiritual resources are expressed. This is an important statement. What may be thought of as an immature soul is better explained as an immature means of directing our spiritual resources.

As we become aware of the impact the indiscriminate and unbridled use of these faculties are having on our world, the more conscious we become of how we use them. The conscious and intentional employment of our executive faculties is the process we know as prayer.

Before we move into the subject of prayer, let’s take a closer look at our spiritual resources. Life expresses in our consciousness as enthusiasm. Love expresses as understanding. Power expresses as strength. Intelligence expresses as order. Let’s say we have a healing need. Healing involves all four of our spiritual resources. We want an influx of new life. We affirm that love is doing its perfect work of dissolving that which is not for our highest good and attracting that which is. We want to affirm the power of Spirit bringing forth the corrected physical condition. And we affirm the spiritual intelligence that knows how to build healthy cells is fully at work in the present moment.

Meditation
Meditation is the contemplation, in some form, of our spiritual resources. Turning our attention within, these elements naturally stir to the surface of our consciousness as their corresponding attribute. For example, life expresses as enthusiasm. Love expresses as understanding. Power expresses as strength. Intelligence expresses as order. If we turn our meditative attention on life, we will experience an influx of enthusiasm, a natural response to the stirring of life. A focus on love will manifest as understanding love’s dissolving and attracting activity. You may experience flashes of clarity in how love is working in you now. Love dissolves fear and stirs feelings of joy and freedom. Focusing on power stirs up new strength to take a needed step. Focusing on intelligence (light) can unfold as the understanding that we are moving through our experience of life in a divinely ordered manner.

In meditation, we do not direct our attention to solving problems. This is the function of prayer. The purpose of meditation is to discover the ground of Being, to open the floodgates that allow more of our spiritual resources to bubble up into our consciousness. Meditation is empowering. We are building our house of consciousness on the bedrock of truth. As these elements stir, we then use the tool of prayer, exercising our executive faculties in ways that give specific direction to this influx of energy.

Because our mind is so easily distracted, we may find it helpful to include in our meditation a series of simple statements to help keep our awareness inwardly directed. It is also important to visualize the activity that your statements describe.

Quantum theory addresses a phenomenon known as the observer effect. This principle states that an observer influences the thing observed. While we do not wish to enter the realm of pseudo science, the spoken word, accompanied by a definite act of visualization has a greater impact. If you say, for example, the energy of life now stirs in me, what, exactly are you to observe? You envision, both in thought and feeling, the presence of the creative life force that is now active in and as you. Usually we take our aliveness for granted, paying little attention to what it is to be a living being. Visualizing this energy of life rising and stirring through your being has the same positive enhancing effect as giving special attention to a person or to an interest. There is always a positive response.

You can apply these same ideas to all of your spiritual resources. Here are some sample statements you can use.
Life: The energy of life now stirs in me.
Love: Divine love is now doing its perfect work in me, dissolving that which is not for my highest good and drawing to me that which is.
Power: The pure power of the creative life force rises in my being as limitless strength.
Intelligence: The light of divine intelligence illumines my mind and guides my way.
We do not want to turn our meditation time into a mere intellectual exercise, but we may find such guiding statements helpful until we develop into our own natural practice.

Prayer
My book, A Practical Guide to Meditation and Prayer, was first published in 1990. After thirty-plus years reflecting on the concepts I laid out in that work, I continue to affirm the validity of those ideas. Now I wish to expand on the prayer model in a way that I think will make prayer a very clear means of dealing with the challenges we all face in life.

Let’s start by looking at the single most commonly misunderstood point concerning prayer. Prayer does not influence the behavior of God. When the average person prays or speaks of prayer, they often do so from a petitionary mindset, thinking of prayer as a way of asking God to either grant a positive outcome to their problem or to bestow further blessings on them. It is almost as if we believe problems arise because we have not paid attention to God and religious matters, and now we’re paying the price.

We need to change this view. Asking God to effect a positive change in our life is like asking the universe to spin a little faster because we’re having a bad day and we want to hurry and get it behind us. The universe is working just fine. Yet we’re having a bad day. Where does this bad day exist? Ask ten people on your block if they are having a bad day. Seven of those ten can be having a great day. They do not want the universe to spin any faster because things are going great.

If a bad day were an actual thing, and we could call upon God to fix it, then the fact that we are having a bad day would be a signal that everyone shares our experience. We know this is not true. So again, where do bad days exist? A bad day exists in the consciousness of the one having it. Prayer, then, should not be thought of as a request intended to get God to do something for us. Prayer is a process of bringing our own consciousness into alignment with the way God actually behaves.

We have seen that the fundamental elements of God are life, love, power, and intelligence and that these elements are individualized and projected as our very soul. Why would this be happening? Because the soul is the transitional medium that stands between God as the universal creative life force and the countless forms this universal energy takes. We’re back to John’s distinction between God and the Word. These are one and the same, but functioning differently.

When Jesus told the disciples that they were the light of the world and they should let their light shine,[ Citation needed] he was pointing to a natural process of the creative life force perpetually seeking expression at every level of creation. This light is the fundamental nature of underlying reality. Here we’re using this single word—light—to depict the sum of our spiritual resources. The command to let one’s light shine indicates that it is possible to interfere with this natural shining. Our action does not diminish the presence of the light for, as John points out, it continues to shine in the darkness, the darkness does not overcome it. Jesus does not tell the disciples to ask God for more light so that it may shine better. He is telling them to let this natural process of light shining occur. In other words, if you are having a bad day, if things are looking dark, this is not due to a lack of light. It is because the shades of your consciousness are drawn.

The focus of prayer, then, is not on God but on yourself. The spiritual infrastructure for expression is already in place. God is fully present and active. Acknowledging God as the permanent and unfailing source of our spiritual resources is critical. Ideally, we establish this understanding through the first-hand experience acquired in meditation. In the meantime, a conceptual understanding of this principle will have to suffice.

As we’ve seen, the whole point of meditation is empowerment through direct experience. This point is missed by those who approach prayer strictly from a petitionary point of view. For as long as we are not empowered by direct knowledge of this universal light, our prayers will be uttered from the belief that we are separate from God.

I mentioned that the tools we employ in prayer are our executive faculties. This may sound a little complicated, even intimidating, but these are the same faculties we have employed since we first became cognizant of our world. The problem is, we have not been directing them consciously but randomly, often as a knee-jerk reaction to the appearance we wish to change. Like any crew of workers, we want to give these faculties their clear assignment, and we want them to serve in harmony with one another to complete the work we give them.

In a rather simple instruction on the proper mindset for prayer, Jesus presented a powerful picture that includes the discipline of all five of these faculties.

“… if you have faith and never doubt, you will … say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.[ Matthew 21:21-22]

This lesson on prayer was precipitated by the controversial act of Jesus cursing a barren fig tree. Because the reference to the fig tree does not add to this discussion, I exclude it in this article.
The two emphasized faculties are imagination and faith. Imagination is, of course, our capacity to create mental imagery. In this case, we are invited to envision a mountain, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, being uprooted and cast into the sea. It is powerful imagery.
Considering the role of faith, I find it useful to replace this word with expectation:
If you expect a better outcome and never doubt, it will be done.

The imagination enables us to visualize a preferred outcome, and the faculty of faith enables us to expect this or something better to come forth. This ties into the letter to the Hebrews which I’ll paraphrase as faith as the substance of a thing hoped for, the evidence of this thing not yet seen.[ Hebrews 11:1]

Imagination and faith work together to bring forth a more desirable condition. Most people are well practiced in using these two faculties, but often in a negative way. When we worry, we visualize an unwanted situation and we fear it will happen. Fear is faith in the negative, an emotionally charged expectation with power-draining consequences. Jesus is instructing his listeners to change this learned reaction of fear and visualize instead a desired outcome. Rather than merely obsessing over the mountain before you, he is saying you should have the audacity to imagine it being uprooted and cast into the sea, making your path clear. Expect this liberating vision to come to pass, doing your best to eliminate all doubt that it is so.

The exaggerated imagery of a mountain cast into the sea is a way of saying that no problem is too big. What is your mountain? What is this problem in your life that appears to be insurmountable? Turn the table on this appearance. Begin imagining yourself exercising dominion over it. Hold fast to the unwavering expectation that you are prevailing. Release the swirl of negative energy you have invested in your mental picture. Elsewhere Jesus said to believe that you have received the thing you ask for in prayer.[ Mark 11:24] This shift in attitude makes you more sensitive to openings you would not otherwise see while recoiling in fear and the resigned hopelessness that comes from obsessing over this mountain. Visualize it completely dissolving with the full expectation that your new imagery has already come to pass.

What about the remaining faculties of judgment, will, and elimination? How do these come into play? Reacting to your mountain as an insurmountable obstacle is a judgment call. If you are worried about what you see, then you are saying in effect, “This thing is bigger than me, and I have no power against it.” As one who is endowed with limitless spiritual resources, is this an accurate evaluation? Bringing the consciousness back into alignment with the truth of your being means a shift in judgment. Imagine all of these powerful resources coming into play to support your new vision. That which is in you is greater than that which is in the world.[ 1 John 4:4] This shift requires a definite exercise of will. When the negative energy of doubt creeps in, as it surely will, you invoke your faculty of elimination by making the choice to let go of this energy.

A Prayer Strategy
Because it is not easy to make this kind of change, it can be helpful to develop a succinct prayer strategy to address it. As I said earlier, with prayer, we turn our attention to our executive faculties rather than to our spiritual resources. We can think of our spiritual resources—life, love, power, and intelligence—in the same way we would think of the body’s natural immune system. We can think of our executive faculties—imagination, faith, judgment, will, and elimination—as a vitamin supplement combination designed to boost our natural immunity. Every aspect of the immune system knows its job and needs no direction from us. Likewise, our spiritual resources need no instruction on how to do their natural work. We can, however, do things to either hinder or assist them. Prayer is our way of consciously assisting the natural expression of these spiritual resources.

The example of moving the mountain illustrates this idea. The mountain represents a negative obstruction that has become solidified in consciousness. Our spiritual resources cannot deliver their optimal performance while we cling in fear to a mental and emotional obstruction. The act of visualizing this mountain uprooted and cast into the sea is a way of breaking up the energy mass and freeing our natural resources to do their work. It’s a little like breaking up a log jam that has dammed a river. Once the jam is broken, the water naturally flows. As long as the log jam exists, it is illogical to affirm the water’s natural flowing property. We target the log jam so the river may again resume its natural behavior of seeking the lowest level.

How To Do It
What is involved in a prayer strategy? We start by defining our mountain. What mental picture are you holding that is triggering your fear response? For some, this can easily be defined as a current challenge. Others may have difficulty defining a specific issue. If you are among these, you may be experiencing a general fear of the future. As you progress through this exercise, specific concerns will likely become clear. You can also journal, asking yourself the question: “What, exactly am I afraid of?” Jot down your answers. No matter how insignificant these may seem, you and I know better than any analysts what terrifies us. Do not be afraid to put it in writing so you can look at it. You want an accurate understanding of your mountain, and you are the only person on this planet that can provide it. So take all the time you need to bring it into clear focus.

The next step is to visualize this situation completely dissolving. One way of doing this is to imagine it as a swirling mass of energy. You see it, you feel its negative presence, and then you begin to see it dissipating. Cast your mountain into the sea. See your log jam begin to move and break up.

The next step is to direct your faculty of faith. Totally accept that this thing is dissolving and expect to see the evidence that this is so. The first evidence will likely be at your own feeling level. Hold this thought and feel the stress in your body begin to lessen. Do not attempt to force anything. If you run down to the log jam and start trying to move the logs yourself, you’ll find it is impossible. Trust the river’s natural current. You are giving your spiritual resources permission to start moving things. Believe that they are indeed moving.

Bring your judgment into play. Judgment is an evaluation. In your judgment, prior to this moment, you had an immovable mountain. Now you are reevaluating this mountain, saying it can be and is being moved. The log jam is breaking up. Staying with this new image requires an exercise of will. You have to be willing to maintain your new picture.

Finally, you want to take out the trash. Eliminate every shred of doubt. Eliminate every aspect of the old picture. Eliminate your fear of the mountain. See the log jam broken up and floating freely down the river, eliminating all doubt that this is happening now.
Prayer is a process of putting our own house in order. That is, we are becoming mindful of how we are using our executive faculties. Any lack of immediate success should not be construed as failure. Be patient working with this process. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking until this mountain of yours becomes a thing of the past.

Power and Strength

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In this four-part series, we are treating Advent as an intuitive awakening. Our focus is on the meditative process. Follow the same preparations from the first week and bring your awareness into the region of the solar plexus using the simple statement, I Am. See and feely your soul radiating power. Power manifests in a wide range of ways, from the unfathomable power of the sun to the simple unfolding of a leaf. Power divides our cells and fuels all aspects of our being.

Power rises in your being as physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength. You may call on strength to hold a steady course, to take one more step when your world seems to crumble around you, or to steady your faith in the well-being of a loved one. Strength may manifest as the courage to make an apology, or it may express as the power to say no to behavior you know as destructive.

With your attention focused at your center, sense the power of your soul rising from your innermost depths and radiating throughout your being. Affirm:

I am an expression of pure power. The full radiance of my soul empowers me to steadfastness in all that I am and all that I do. My strength is boundless, my power has no limits.

If you are feeling powerless to do anything about some condition in your life, release the emotional energy of helplessness as you use this affirmation. Again, do not try to make anything happen or even look for changes in your life. Simply allow the flow of power to rise in your being and know it expresses as the strength you need, as you need it. Take a series of deep breaths. With each one, breathe in power and breathe out strength. Power is the essence of your being. You are never without it.

Love and Understanding

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Advent Series, Part 2 of 4

In this four-part series, we are treating Advent as an intuitive awakening. Our focus is on the meditative process. Follow the same preparations from the first week and bring your awareness into the region of the solar plexus using the simple statement, I Am.  See and feel your soul radiating love. This beautiful energy of love works for the highest good of all concerned, sometimes attracting and sometimes repelling or dissolving, depending on how the highest good is to manifest. Whether love attracts or dissolves is not a decision you make, but one you trust love to sort out as it flows in and through every aspect of your being and your life. Love lifts your vision in a way that imparts the understanding to see and know what needs to be done. Affirm:

I am guided by the understanding that love imparts.

Love is my essence. Love is my being.

Love is the balancing action in all my relationships and all conditions in my life.

See your body immersed in love. See every aspect of your life, especially those areas that are troubled, completely engulfed in the love that radiates as your soul. See love doing its perfect work and become willing to do your part in that work when the understanding dictates. Loving your neighbor may result in strengthening your relationship or dissolving it. This is a much better alternative than trying to force yourself to love them because you think you are supposed to. You may not always be able to muster the kind word or take that right action that will bring agreement with another. Still, you can know that invoking love will fit all the pieces together, will tie up the loose ends, and move all concerned to their best and highest good. Love reveals that this is true even when your good intentions at diplomacy fail miserably, or fear drives your own actions. The love that expresses as your soul is greater than all human frailty. Your unloving thoughts and actions or the unloving thoughts and actions of another do nothing to alter love itself. Love does not depend on how loving or unloving you are.

Let all of this go and simply see your entire being immersed in love. Experience love’s healing warmth. Let it melt away your stress and your struggle to be loved. You are more than loved. You are love itself.

Life

Youtube: Advent Series, Part 1 of 4: Life

In this four-part series, we are treating Advent as an intuitive awakening. Our focus, therefore, is on the meditative process. Choose a regular time and a place where you will not be disturbed (allow 30 minutes to an hour). Relax your mind and body. Bring your awareness to the area of the solar plexus (abdominal region) and focus your attention with this simple statement: I Am. Slowly repeat these words, letting go of all stress-inducing distractions. After a time, begin speaking quietly the affirmations that follow. Allow yourself to envision and experience the action suggested by each line before you move on to the next:

My soul radiates the pure, unrestricted energy of life.

There are no blockages. There are no restrictions.

I am filled with boundless life and unbridled enthusiasm.

The pure radiance of my soul shines in its fullness now.

In perfect peace, I let this pure energy rise.

As you relax with your awareness at your center, see the radiating energy of your soul as the energizing life that permeates all aspects of your being. It is natural to visualize life as the light that animates and heals every cell of your body and brings a sparkle of enthusiasm to your eye. You need not direct the energy of life, for life knows how to express itself. We see it animating countless forms at a variety of levels everywhere in the world. Life never stagnates. It is only our mundane focus of attention that becomes dull and lifeless. Acknowledge the free reign of life as it radiates its natural expansive movement through and as your being.

Don’t try to pump up your enthusiasm and strive to be the life of the party. Doing this will expend your energy by directing it to that bottomless pit of your unenthusiastic self-image.

Any forced positive attitude you generate will be short-lived and costly. A forced expression of enthusiasm is a performance you’ll have to continually maintain. Those who do this might be entertaining, but they can also be quite wearisome. You don’t have to instruct fire to be hot and you don’t have to inform life that it needs to express as enthusiasm. This is what it does naturally.

Natural enthusiasm manifests as genuine interest in whatever you happen to be doing, from creating a piece of art to taking out the trash. Enthusiasm is as unconditional as the energy of life itself. You need no particular reason to be enthusiastic. It is life’s gift to you. As you affirm life in your meditative experience, quiet enthusiasm will naturally grow.