The Seed of Expectation

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Step 2: I understand that I am working with spiritual law. With calm expectation of a corresponding result, I know that all necessary conditions to fulfill my desire are present and revealing themselves in proper order.

A familiar scriptural parallel to this step is found in the Gospel of Mark.

“A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come” (Mark 4:26-29).

Troward is describing an attitude of expectation based on the understanding that the overall vision we hold in mind will, in time, be clothed with the material equivalent. With the same calm expectation, we assume when we plant a seed, we hold our vision for a desired development knowing that as we sleep and rise, our vision sprouts and grows, we know not how.

We do not consider the miracle of a growing seed as magic, supernatural or as anything other than natural law unfolding as it has for millions of years. Likewise, the dominating vision we hold influences our choices, our actions and our interactions with others, establishing the overall tone our life takes on. This is a very natural process. When we choose a desired goal, everything in our life works to support bringing it forth. We refrain from forcing it or getting discouraged because it does not appear as quickly as we would like. We simply hold fast to our vision as we would a planted seed; with calm expectation.

 

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Name Your Preference

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Part 2 of 6: The Alpha and Omega of Manifestation

Step 1: I form a clear picture of my desire with the understanding that, by so doing, I impress this desire upon the living energy that is God.

The five steps we will cover in this and the next four weeks are derived from Thomas Troward’s book, The Edinburgh Lectures. In this work, you will not find these steps spelled out as concisely as I am presenting them, but you will find the principles they represent scattered liberally through all of his writings, in particular the chapter named Causes and Conditions.

The principle embodied in step 1 involves visualization, the art of holding a mental and emotional picture of what you want for your life. Before you say, “I’m not good at visualizing,” let’s understand that we’re all quite good at it, so good, in fact, that our quality of life is the sum of the dominating mental and emotional imagery we hold. It is this ability that sets the human being apart from the plant and animal kingdoms.   

The key point here is the realization that we are learning nothing new. We are simply making ourselves aware of how we are using our visualizing faculty. To state a preference for your life is to set a standard by which you can measure the character of all those other visions that float across your mental screen each passing minute. Are you visualizing yourself as happy, loving and prosperous one moment and then lamenting your well-rehearsed history of failures the next? Without the standard of your preferred vision in place, the lamentations over past failures may seem the accepted norm. Now you have the opportunity to rethink how you choose to see things. If they are not in keeping with your vision, you let them go.

When forming your vision, do so from the perspective that you are doing it to express more of the life, love, power and intelligence of God. This will keep your vision in harmony with the universal principle of unlimited expression, in sync with the ever-expanding will of God.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Alpha and Omega of Manifestation

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I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13).

Thomas Troward, whose work we’ll be touching on over the next few weeks, considered the Alpha as the thought and the Omega as the expression of that thought in a specific form. He considers this the beginning and end of the manifestation process as it pertains to our individual desires. Below are five steps we can engage to bring forth better conditions. I include them all here, but we will explore the principles involved over the next five weeks.

Step 1: I form a clear picture of my desire with the understanding that, by so doing, I impress this desire upon the living energy that is God.

Step 2: I understand that I am working with spiritual law. With calm expectation of a corresponding result, I know that all necessary conditions to fulfill my desire are present and revealing themselves in proper order.

Step 3: I enter my daily routine with the calm assurance that my desired conditions are either present already or will soon present themselves. If I do not see evidence at once, I know that the spiritual prototype is already in existence.

Step 4: I wait until some circumstance pointing in the desired direction begins to show itself. It may be small but it is the type and not the magnitude of the circumstance that is important. This is the beginning of significant changes.

Step 5: I do calmly, without excitement, whatever the circumstance seems to require. This action leads to the further unfolding of other circumstances in the same direction. By addressing each one as it appears, I move step by step toward the accomplishment of my desire.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Beauty of Purpose

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A commonly considered question concerns the subject of purpose, especially as it relates to God’s purpose for each of us. Because of our focus on our own interests and experience, we may not stop to think that there have been approximately 108 billion people who have lived and are living now on this planet. This means God would have had to come up with 108 billion reasons for creating more people. And of all those billions, how many may have lived out their entire life feeling they failed to find or fulfill their purpose? Judging by the general unrest we see today, I’m sure the number is high. Would this make God only the occasional winner?

What if we approach this problem from a slightly different angle? Instead of thinking of God as having a multitude of purposes for such a vast number of people, let us suppose God has but a single purpose for us all, a purpose whose achievement is within the reach of every individual, regardless of their circumstances. Our purpose is to be an open channel for the unlimited expression of life, love, power and intelligence that is God. Further, we are to do this in the manner and direction of our own choosing. In other words, you and I have been given all the resources needed to express a quality of life that reflects our innermost desire for greater freedom.

In the same way the sun does not dictate the kinds of vegetables we plant in our garden, so God does not dictate the kind or quality of life we live. And, just as the sun provides its life-giving energy to the choice of vegetables we plant, so God supplies us with a steady flow of enthusiasm, understanding, strength and orderly opportunity to unfold the life we envision from our heart.

At the moment of human conception, two single cells join together to build a phenomenally complex body. Similarly, when a single inspired thought and emotion join together, a material process is set in motion that will ultimately build this nucleus of an idea into a full-fledged material expression. Through its incubation period, we embrace this idea in faith, as if it is already a fully mature condition. We do not bring all its required elements together for we know this is God’s part to do. We simply believe that we have received that which we have affirmed in prayer to be ours.

We are endowed with a limitless imagination and all the faculties and energy needed to bring our dreams into fruition. We would do well to stop asking God why we are here and start listening to God urge us to believe in our own ability for unlimited expression and the greater freedom this implies.

 

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Reality Beyond Awareness

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All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells are within you. — Joseph Campbell

While I agree with the general premise of Campbell’s thought, it is important for us to make a distinction between perceptions that float through our field of awareness and the deeper reality that is often excluded from this field. If you think of your awareness as a circle of light created by a spotlight, you know there is more that is unseen outside this illuminated area. What we often think of as reality is simply that which falls within this circle. As we would not say that a cup of water drawn from the ocean is the ocean, so we should take care to note our perceptions of the gods, the heavens and the hells abide in us as limited fragments of a deeper reality.

Walt Whitman wrote of a child who asked, “What is grass?” Among the answers he gives, he writes,

I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord, A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped, Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?

An inquiry into the composition of a blade of grass is not confined to the blade itself but must also include our nearest star, the sun. The blade would not be without the sun. And even this does not encompass that mysterious living force that tends to the smallest needs of this tiny being.

A sincere contemplation of all that occupies our field of awareness, including ourselves, ultimately leads to a much larger, universal context. In whatever form our cup of water takes, we must assume there is an ocean attached, that there is more to everything than that which falls into our circle of light. It is in our openness to this fact that the possibilities for our life expand. God is not confined to our sum of beliefs and neither are we. Our true essence is grounded in a Reality beyond our general awareness. Open your mind to this truth, and watch your circle of awareness expand.

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The Power of You

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Excerpts from The Hidden Power (Chapter 11, Yourself), by Judge Thomas Troward (1847-1916)

I want to talk to you about the livingness there is in being yourself. It has at least the merit of simplicity, for it must surely be easier to be oneself than to be something or somebody else. Yet that is what so many are constantly trying to do; the self that is their own is not good enough for them, and so they are always trying to go one better than what God has made them, with endless strain and struggle as the consequence.

[The creative life force] … is the substratum of our own being which is continually passing up into manifestation on the visible plane and becoming that personal self to which we often limit our attention without considering whence it proceeds.

In this light we see it to be the eternally self-generating power which, to express itself, flows into form.

This up-springing of Life-Essence is not another’s—it is our own. It does not require deep studies, hard labors, weary journeyings to attain it; it is not the monopoly of this teacher or that writer, whose lectures we must attend or whose books we must read to get it. It is the innermost of ourselves, and a little common-sense thought as to how anything comes to be anything will soon convince us that the great inexhaustible life must be the very root and substance of us, permeating every fiber of our being.

If we do what we are able to do to-day, it will open the way for us to do something better tomorrow, and in this manner the growing process will proceed healthily and happily in a rapidly increasing ratio. This is so much easier than striving to compel things to be what they are not, and it is also so much more fruitful in good results.

We limit ourselves when we try to fix accurately beforehand the particular form of good that we shall produce. We should aim not so much at having or making some particular thing as at expressing all that we are. The expressing will grow out of realizing the treasures that are ours already, and contemplating the beauty, the affirmative side, of all that we are now, apart from the negative conceptions and detractions which veil this positive good from us.

When we do this we shall be astonished to see what possibilities reside in ourselves as we are and with our present surroundings, all unlovely as we may deem them: and commencing to work at once upon whatever we find of affirmative in these, and withdrawing our thought from what we have hitherto seen of negative in them, the right road will open up before us, leading us in wonderful ways to the development of powers that we never suspected, and the enjoyment of happiness that we never anticipated.

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The Knowing Mind

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As I write this piece, I look out my window and see about ten different kinds of trees, some domestic and some wild. Though all four characteristics of God are present – life, love, power and intelligence – the two most obvious that I notice are life and intelligence. These trees are living things, organic entities that translate the invisible creative life force into something we can see and touch. We cannot see and touch the life and intelligence that animates these trees and directs their leaves and roots to pull in the proper nutrients and solar energy that stir them to growth. We can, however, experience these elements in their pristine form. We too are points through which the life, love, power and intelligence of God are expressed, translated from the invisible to the visible realm.

When we look at growing things such as trees we see harmony in their existence. They do not appear to struggle through each moment in fear of the next. Nor do they seem to drag around the weight of regret over past mistakes. Whether they were planted by people or by acts of nature, they make the most of where they are. They may not be endowed with a brain that allows them, like us, to project and analyze a perceived future or imprison themselves in the confines of both pleasant and unpleasant memories. They are, however, endowed with the knowing mind. And so are we.

The knowing mind is our intuitive connection to the very creative life force that powers our being. God is the inexorable force that translates from the invisible to the visible. With our creative imagination usually running wild, we seldom experience this force that expresses so beautifully and harmoniously through the surrounding flora and fauna that obviously live from this knowing mind. It is in our best interest of pause often, lay aside our self-perceptions, our dreams and all that concerns us, and open ourselves intuitively to this ever-present force that rises and moves through our being. This is the balancing, prospering, healing presence of God, the source of peace and harmony that you and I seek.

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