i think it – i speak it – i write it – i live it

emma curtis hopkinsEmma Curtis Hopkins, New Thought pioneer and Teacher of Teachers, tells us, “There are three ways of dealing with the principles announced in Truth. There is the deep thinking which the mind exercises respecting them. There is the speaking them forth which we do not hesitate to do. There is the careful recording of them, which is writing down what we know of them. The next is living them, which we are sure to do if we think, speak, and write them. It is by faithfully doing all these things with Spiritual doctrine that we accomplish the works of the Spirit in us.”

THINK IT
I think thoughts of Truth.  What is Truth?  I am everything that God is expressing at the point of me.  I am made in the image and likeness of my Creator.  God is Love, so I AM the Love of God.  I hold this thought consistently and my mind is renewed.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 2:5  

SPEAK IT
I speak my word with authority, as Jesus did, claiming my Good.  I do not beg or plead, rather, I declare and claim the Good that is mine by right of consciousness.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name (nature, character, authority). Ask (declare, call forth, claim) and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. – John 16:24

WRITE IT
Writing down my thoughts and feelings brings them into concrete manifestation.  It helps me to be clear on the Most High Good that I can conceive, and to discover anything that I am holding in mind that is standing the way of that Good.  Having an affirmation on my refrigerator, on my mirror, on my desk, or in my car reminds me of my intention.
Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? – John 10:34

LIVE IT
I practice this process by choosing a quality of Spirit that I desire to express, and I use a statement similar to this:

I AM THE LOVE (or Power, Life, Light, Wisdom, etc.) OF GOD.

If I find myself speaking or thinking contrary to my Idea, I negate it with a statement such as this:

THIS THOUGHT (or feeling, event, person, etc) HAS NO POWER OVER ME.
and I continue to affirm my Truth!

My negation and affirmation could look something like this:

These feelings of loneliness have no power over me,
because I know that I AM the LOVE of GOD!

NOTE: by using “I AM” we are invoking the Name of God that was given to Moses in the Hebrew Bible: the I AM that I AM.  Use phrases that resonate with you, because it is important that you generate a feeling with your statements of Truth.  The Law of Mind Action tell us that THOUGHT plus FEELING equals OUTCOME.

I THINK IT – I SPEAK IT – I WRITE IT – I LIVE IT!

not biting the hook

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In Tibetan there is a word that points to the root cause of aggression, the root cause also of craving. It points to a familiar experience that is at the root of all conflict, all cruelty, oppression, and greed. This word is shenpa. The usual translation is “attachment,” but this doesn’t adequately express the full meaning. I think of shenpa as “getting hooked.” Another definition, used by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, is the “charge”—the charge behind our thoughts and words and actions, the charge behind “like” and “don’t like.” Here’s an everyday example: Someone criticizes you. She criticizes your work or your appearance or your child. In moments like that, what is it you feel? It has a familiar taste, a familiar smell. Once you begin to notice it, you feel like this experience has been happening forever. That sticky feeling is shenpa. And it comes along with a very seductive urge to do something. Somebody says a harsh word and immediately you can feel a shift. There’s a tightening that rapidly spirals into mentally blaming this person, or wanting revenge or blaming yourself. Then you speak or act. The charge behind the tightening, behind the urge, behind the story line or action is shenpa.

You can actually feel shenpa happening. It’s a sensation that you can easily recognize. Even a spot on your new sweater can take you there. Someone looks at us in a certain way, or we hear a certain song, or walk into a certain room and boom. We’re hooked. It’s a quality of experience that’s not easy to describe but that everyone knows well.

Now, if you catch shenpa early enough, it’s very workable. You can acknowledge that it’s happening and abide with the experience of being triggered, the experience of urge, the experience of wanting to move. It’s like experiencing the yearning to scratch an itch, and generally we find it irresistible. Nevertheless, we can practice patience with that fidgety feeling and hold our seat.

Pema Chödrön

follow your bliss

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The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you really are happy—not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call, ‘following your bliss’.

The_Power_of_MythI even have a superstition that has grown on me as the result of invisible hands coming all of the time—namely, that if you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors for you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

from “The Power of Myth” by Joseph Campbell

six steps to achieving your goals

The Universe is waiting to give you what you want. Here is a simple formula to bring whatever you desire into manifestation.

GET CLEAR
Be crystal clear about what you desire. Write it down, in detail. Visualize your desire as if it has already happened – what does it feel like, look like, smell like?

COLLECT EVIDENCE
Look for evidence to support the idea you are bringing into manifestation. We are making up a story about everything that happens in our lives. So let everything you see and experience be an affirmation of that which you wish to manifest.

ACTIVELY SURRENDER
Let go and let God. Leave the “how” up to the Universe. You don’t dig up a seed after it’s planted to see if it’s growing, do you? Cultivate an attitude of alert and relaxed anticipation.

LISTEN EXPECTANTLY
Spend time in the silence, and listen for two things: instructions from the Universe, and an awareness of what may be blocking your good, such as resentment, unworthiness, fear, etc.

TAKE ACTION
When you receive guidance, act on it! Don’t wait, seize the moment. Practice forgiveness and release. Just take the next right step.

GIVE THANKS
Go ahead and say ‘thank you’ to God, the Universe, the Great Spirit, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Whatever It Is that you believe in, even before you’ve made your demonstration. An attitude of gratitude is sure to draw your good to you!

commitment

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (& creation), there is one elementary truth—the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

– Goethe

did Jesus die for our sins?

QUESTION: Do you believe that Jesus Christ atoned for us once and for all by dying on the cross on Good Friday? ANSWER: There’s a lot I could address in this question! It opens the door to numerous other questions. For instance, what is the difference between the historical Jesus and the mythological Jesus? Is original sin a reality, or were we born into an original blessing? If God is all good, and we are expressions of God, and therefore good as well, is there any need for salvation? If there is no need for salvation, then what does the death of Jesus really signify? These are some fascinating questions to ponder, and I realize that I am not giving any answers! So, in my opinion, the short answer to the original question, “do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins?” is NO. Some metaphysicians would say that Jesus’s death on the cross was not a sacrifice, but a demonstration. The story of Jesus’s death and resurrection shows us that death has no power and is not the ultimate reality. God is Life, and God is Eternal. We are all manifestations of that Eternal Life. I realize this idea is controversial, especially if you have never entertained such a thought before.  I invite you to give this some consideration, approaching the Easter story from a metaphysical viewpoint (meaning ‘beyond the physical’), a story that contains great wisdom and a lesson for all of us today, rather than historical fact. Hear my Sunday message on this topic at http://unitysavannah.org/podcast-241-palm-sunday/.