The Truth About The Law of Attraction

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Much has been written about the law of attraction and the possible role it can play in enhancing every aspect of our life. In simple terms, it’s the understanding that, coupled with a sound plan of action, we can turn our thoughts into things and conditions. Unfortunately, there are those who give the impression that by merely visualizing and affirming wealth or some other desirable condition, the universe will go to work to lay it at our feet with little or no effort on our part.

It’s important to understand that we do not invoke any natural law. The law of attraction has always been in play. Our life, in fact, is the result of this law in action. To think we can suddenly begin visualizing prosperity when we’ve spent much of each waking day battling thoughts of lack is to overlook another law that actually sets the tone and direction for the law of attraction. This is the law of expression. How you see yourself determines what you will attract.

The law of expression involves conscious union with your soul, or as Paul Tillich called it, the ground of being. When you touch this spiritual dimension, its qualities radiate through your being and your consciousness. Jesus put it in different terms but with the same meaning: Seek first the kingdom of God (the law of expression), and all these things will be added (the law of attraction – Matthew 6:33).

When we seek to invoke the law of attraction from a disposition of lack – an inadequate self-image – we attract matching conditions. You can visualize huge piles of money all day long, but if you’re doing it from a fear-based, lack-centered self-image, you will not draw to yourself conditions that are foreign to this self-image.

The key is to seek first the kingdom. That is, forget trying to manifest riches and commit to mining the riches of your soul. The more the beauty of your spiritual essence rises into your awareness, the more naturally you will attract corresponding conditions. You don’t invoke the law of attraction any more than you invoke the law of gravity. What you express as you is the attracting agent. The more of your limitless self you express, the freer, more prosperous your conditions naturally become.

 

 

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The Truth About Aging

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Given our advancements in technology, the day may come when we actually reverse or even stop the aging process. In the meantime, it’s estimated that by 2020 the global market for anti-aging products will be worth $331.3 billion. The only thing money has purchased thus far is a temporary gloss-over of the aging process. We can make ourselves look and even feel younger, but so far, no one has penetrated that seeming impermeable barrier of advancing age. To the contrary, French fashion designer, Coco Chanel (1883-1971) probably got it right when she said, “Nothing makes a woman [or a man] look so old as trying desperately hard to look young.

It’s understandable that we prefer youth to aging, especially when aging is accompanied by a deterioration of our physical and/or mental faculties. An important aspect we overlook, however, is the thing that happens when we gaze into the mirror and see that increasingly lined face looking back at us. Our soul is certain that it is not that aging person we see. From our soul’s perspective, we’re still at the peak of youth and vitality. The changes we observe are not us, but another we scarcely recognize.

The soul is correct. I’ve wondered how many bodies I’ve seen staring back at me from a mirror. I don’t dwell on this sort of thing, but I accept that it’s true. I am not this physical vehicle that allows me to interface with my material environment. But I live in a culture that seems determined to lure me into thinking otherwise. Science tells me that my body and brain are all I am. Religion tells me that missteps while in this body can earn me an eternity in hell. Society tells me that the comfort and preservation of this body takes precedence over every other consideration.

To make peace with our aging body, we must first find the peace of our soul. The day will come for each one of us when we step from the confines of the body. I think we will look back on this time and say to ourselves, “If I only knew then what I can see clearly now, I would have lived a freer, happier life in my body.” I don’t think this realization has to wait. Let’s work toward knowing now what we will surely know then.

 

 

The Truth About Healing video

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Healing has always been an important aspect of both Traditional and New Thought Christian approaches. While both encourage faith in God, New Thought emphasizes the importance of individual understanding and attitude. We start with the truth of our oneness with God and our wholeness at the soul level.

For a variety of reasons, the body can malfunction in ways that are sometimes difficult to understand. We may see a health challenge as a spiritual test, a catalyst for learning, a wake-up call of some type, or the outworking of a bout of prolonged anxiety. There may be truth to some or all of these, but we do not want to linger too long on causes. Referring to a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus if it was the man or his parents who had sinned. Jesus basically said it didn’t matter, that this was an opportunity to see the works of God. The man was healed of his blindness.

Think of your body as a television set. Think of your soul as the programming picked up by the television. The television can malfunction, but the programming signal is still available. As soon as the television set is repaired, the signal is translated into a picture and sound.

Now think of your soul as your primary healing agent. Your soul, like the broadcasting signal, presses in upon every aspect of your mind and body. You may be guided to seek medical help, to change your diet, start an exercise routine, make some lifestyle adjustments, or simply take a deeper interest in your spiritual needs. The most important thing is holding the vision of your soul, complete in every way, freely pressing in upon and through your body in ways that are balancing, peace-bringing, and radiant with warm, healing energy.

If you need to know what brought about your physical condition, trust that you will be made aware of this. There’s no need to stress over it. The body has millions of moving parts, and your soul is endowed with the intelligence to keep them moving in harmony. Hold this vision with an open mind and heart. You are whole now.

 

The Truth About Spiritual Healing

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Healing has always been an important aspect of both Traditional and New Thought Christian approaches. While both encourage faith in God, New Thought emphasizes the importance of individual understanding and attitude. We start with the truth of our oneness with God and our wholeness at the soul level.

For a variety of reasons, the body can malfunction in ways that are sometimes difficult to understand. We may see a health challenge as a spiritual test, a catalyst for learning, a wake-up call of some type, or the outworking of a bout of prolonged anxiety. There may be truth to some or all of these, but we do not want to linger too long on causes. Referring to a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus if it was the man or his parents who had sinned. Jesus basically said it didn’t matter, that this was an opportunity to see the works of God. The man was healed of his blindness.

Think of your body as a television set. Think of your soul as the programming picked up by the television. The television can malfunction, but the programming signal is still available. As soon as the television set is repaired, the signal is translated into a picture and sound.

Now think of your soul as your primary healing agent. Your soul, like the broadcasting signal, presses in upon every aspect of your mind and body. You may be guided to seek medical help, to change your diet, start an exercise routine, make some lifestyle adjustments, or simply take a deeper interest in your spiritual needs. The most important thing is holding the vision of your soul, complete in every way, freely pressing in upon and through your body in ways that are balancing, peace-bringing, and radiant with warm, healing energy.

If you need to know what brought about your physical condition, trust that you will be made aware of this. There’s no need to stress over it. The body has millions of moving parts, and your soul is endowed with the intelligence to keep them moving in harmony. Hold this vision with an open mind and heart. You are whole now.

 

The Truth About Fear

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Of all the many mental and emotional states that threaten to disrupt our peace of mind, fear is undoubtedly at the top of many people’s list. Fear does not require facts to do its unsettling work. Any hypothetical scenario will do. The basis of fear is the perception that someone or something has the power to rob us of a thing we value. The above passage suggests otherwise.

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul reminds us of the correct starting point for purging the debilitating toxin of fear. We begin with the realization that fear is not part of our spiritual makeup. Because we all experience fear, we may have treated it as a universal condition over which we have little or no control. If, on the other hand, we accept as true that our spiritual core is one of power, love, and a sound mind, then we begin to look upon fear as an unnatural response to a given situation.

We want to understand that a normal response is different from a natural response. While most of us might accept fear as our normal reaction, Paul is pointing out that fear is not the natural reaction of one who is centered in their spiritual power, grounded in love, anchored in the clarity of a sound mind.

If you are involved in a situation that sparks fear in you, realize that you are under no obligation to be swept away in this emotional turbulence. Pull your attention away from the appearance and re-establish yourself in this truth:

I was not given a spirit of fear. My spirit is powerful and I am guided by love. My mind is sound and secure in the truth that greater good is now unfolding in my life. Thank you God, that this is true!

Fear is a habit, not an obligation. Begin now to embrace the truth of who and what you are as an expression of God.

The Truth About Forgiveness

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Regarding the subject of forgiveness, a powerful illustration of the core principle is found in the story of Joseph and his brothers who sold him into slavery. After a long ordeal, from which he finally emerged triumphant, Joseph confronted his brothers with this statement: “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good (Gen. 50:20).

In our attempt to take the spiritually correct position with forgiveness, we may try to ignore the negative actions of others by treating our reaction to them as the central issue. While there is some wisdom in doing this, it often results in buried resentment. To the world, we appear to have taken the high road and moved on. But the embers of resentment toward the perpetrator continue to quietly smolder.

Joseph brings directly into the spotlight the destructive intention of his brothers. But he doesn’t stop there. He recognizes that their evil intentions became, for him, part of the path to his greater good. He wasn’t commending them for their brilliance, or crediting them for the role they played in catapulting him to the second most powerful position in Egypt. His focus was on the bigger picture.

Those who do us harm, usually really do mean us harm. In the name of forgiveness, we may attempt to dismiss their intention by simply saying they were having a bad day when, in truth, they, like Joseph’s brothers, schemed for weeks and months to find the perfect way to act out their resentment.

But we can’t afford to stop with simply identifying motives. We, like Joseph, want to grasp the bigger picture that worked out for our highest good. This may take some time. We may still be reeling from the thing that was done to us. We can’t yet see how any greater good can possibly come of it.

Yet holding to this possibility is the key to forgiveness. The time will come when you, like Joseph, look back and see that if his brothers had not sold him into slavery, he never would have become the second most powerful man in Egypt. As such, he rescued the entire nation of Israel, including his brothers (now quaking in their sandals), from famine. With a single word, he could have ordered their imprisonment, or execution. But he didn’t need to do this. He had found his center of power by understanding the higher process that had brought him there.

When you’re fixated on the negative actions of another, think of Joseph and his ordeal. Despite those who would do him harm, he came out on top. And so will you.

The Truth About The Spiritual Path

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A path is defined as “a way or track laid down for walking or made by continual treading.” We’re all familiar with paths or hiking trails, a means of getting from one place to another.

Most people think of the spiritual path in a similar way. We tend to see it as a process of soul development, of moving from one place in our soul’s growth to another more advanced condition. A literal path involves time and space. You’re at a given point on the path–a point in space–and as you walk, time passes and you’re in another place.

While this seems an applicable analogy to spiritual development, there’s another way to think of our experience on the path. Regardless of how long the path is, and regardless of where it leads or how long you’ve been on it, you can only say, “I’m here now.” You can think about some point ahead or some place you passed, but you can only be at the point you presently occupy.

This is the key to understanding the spiritual path. There’s no point you can reach in the future when your soul will be more than it is now. Neither were you something less in the past. The full force of life is concentrated as you, at this moment, right where you are, regardless of your circumstances.

Your soul is not subject to time and space. You don’t have a set of required lessons to learn that will take you further down the spiritual path. If right now you think you will gain more of your soul in the future, then in the future you will still think the same. You’ll always be plagued with the false notion that something essential is lacking.

Hold the thought that you are spiritually complete right now. Yes, you’re on a path, a series of circumstances that you call your life. But you won’t find more of who and what you are in more and different circumstances. You’re here now, you’ll always be here, and you’ll always be spiritually complete.