Archive for New Thought Leaders
It’s called “Demonstrating The Power of Your Faith” and I’m just going to list the steps he talks about in order to build your faith and your “PMA” (Positive Mental Attitude):
1) Adopt a definite major purpose and begin to attain it. This is what we’ve been working on for the past 5-6 weeks now.
2) Affirm the object of your desire through prayer, morning and night. See yourself already in possession of it. You will achieve precisely the success you can envision for yourself.
3) Associate as many as possible of the ten basic motives with your definite major purpose. Give yourself a compelling motive for doing what you want to do. Bring that motive into your mind frequently through the day. Here are the 10 basic motives toward action:
- Desire for life after death
- Freedom for mind and body
- Desire for recognition and self-expression
4) Write out a list of all the advantages of your definite major pupose and bring them into your mind as often as you can. This will make you success-conscious by the power of self-suggestion.
5) Associate with people who are like-minded.
6) Don’t let a day pass without making at least one definite move toward attaining your major purpose. This is what he calls persistent action. It is key to take action. You can’t sit around and think that your denials and affirmations will make your desire come to pass. It just doesn’t work that way.
7) Choose a “pacesetter”. Pick someone prosperous, self-reliant and successful and make up your mind not only to catch up with that person but to pass him or her by. Don’t tell anyone your goal (we’ve told you that many times).
8) Surround yourself with books, pictures, mottoes and other suggestive devices. Pick things that symbolize and reinforce achievement and self-reliance. Keep adding to your collection, move things around, always making it fresh in your mind. Keep a notebook or diary program around to write down things that inspire you.
9) Never run away from disagreeable circumstances. Fight them with all your resources.
10) Recognize that anything worth having has a definite price tag. The price of self-reliance is eternal vigilance in applying your faith.
Cloe the door of fear behind you and you will quickly see the door of faith open before you.
Write out (or print out) these ten steps and review them daily. Then put them all into practice. Each night you should review this list and see how you are doing with applying your faith!
As there is 1 1/2 more weeks left in January 2012, I continue to point out things that might have derailed you from your 2012 Success List. If you make it through January still on track, you’ll have a great chance of accomplishing your “successes”.
Emmet Fox wrote about “The Dictaphone” and I think that’s worth discussing today.
He proposed an imaginary experiment. Suppose that without your knowledge an invisible dictaphone was strapped to your shoulders the first thing tomorrow morning. You carry it with you all day long and every word you said was recorded. Tomorrow the recording was played back so you could hear every single word that you said. If you’re an average human being you’ll probably be a bit embarrassed. Think what would happen if the dictaphone also recorded every THOUGHT you had as well as every word you spoke.
Your subconscious mind absorbs EVERYTHING you think and say. Remember what I like to say “You are what you thought”, not really what you think. It’s what went into your subconscious before now that has molded your being and experience.
I emphasize that you need to monitor all your words – both spoken and thought. This is one of the most common reasons for “failure” in achieving your “Successes”. You set out with great intentions and do the groundwork of denials and affirmations but then go right back to your old ways of thinking and acting – using the same old phrases and thoughts – many of which are downright negative or have negative connotations. That will derail you as surely as quitting your pursuit. That’s why I’m emphasizing the “Words of Wisdom” series of posts. See what phrases we use in life on a daily basis, analyze what they mean and then wipe them from your vocabulary.
There is no way around it. You have to pay attention to what you’re saying and thinking. I suggest you get a small notebook you can carry in your pocket or purse and write down everything you hear and think as it happens. Then each night review this list and note the ones you want to eliminate and also think about the reason you need to do that. This will help you identify other phrases and thoughts you want to get rid of too. Things such as “I’m fed up”, “I’m sick and tired”, “You’re killing me”, “I can’t afford to….” etc.
Work on this for a week and see what changes in your life.
Emmet Fox was pretty new to the United States. He’d come from London, I believe, England. He passed by a restaurant and thought “this really looks kind of nice.”
He went in and seated himself at the table and sat there waiting for the waiter to come on and take his order. Nothing happened, no one showed up, and he saw all these other people getting their food and he couldn’t figure out what was going on.
He felt something was wrong, and he was getting a bit perturbed, but he’s a very smart man and finally realized that this was a cafeteria although they didn’t have cafeterias yet in England, and he realized that he had to get up and go get his own food.
He made an entire story out of that with excellent meaning and purpose.
In New Thought a lot of people just decide they want something and say “you’re supposed to let God tell you what it is that you want to do, that he wants you to do.”
Metaphysically this means – if we had a banquet table in front of us, and we walked around it for hour after hour after hour, but never said “this is what I want“, we wouldn’t get the food.
We have to get specific and say what we want and make a decision. A lot of people have never learned to make a decision and say “this is what I want.”
If you wanted a car, and you would never say what kind of car you wanted, or the color, or anything else, you’re not going to get it.
Emmet Fox was sitting there and finally realized that he had to get up and go get it, get the food, that it wasn’t going to be brought to him, but it took his watching all the people around him to finally realize that.
You can have a lot of thoughts and ideas but if you never settle on one, never say “this one is what I want”, you’re not going to get it.
No matter how much you watch, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you say you want it, you have to get up and do it.
You have to take action.
Once Emmet Fox realized that he had to get up and go get the food, he actually had to put his feet on the floor and go do it. The realization wasn’t still going to get him any food. He had to go get it.
Which is the whole idea we have behind the principles that we teach in New Thought – that we have to do something. We can pray, we can meditate, we can find information, we can choose what we want, but unless we actually do something, it’s going to be a long time that we’re just sitting there.
We have omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience, and unless we put omniaction in, nothing happens.
We’re in a physical body to take action.
God is spirit. God doesn’t have the hands and the feet. We’re the hands and the feet. We have to do something.
There’s a lot of people out there that sit and think, “I can create something or make something happen just by thinking it”. They have to be very far advanced for that to happen. They can get the idea from the universe, and it can be a pure idea eventually, but they actually have to implement it.
The more we know about metaphysics, the more we are responsible for.
Beginners, people who just get into it in the beginning, most frequently get things right away because all of a sudden they’re getting a new approach to life.
But the more we get into it, the more we realize that for every thing that comes to us in our life, we have to have a change in our minds.
We have to change, have a change of opinion. We have to “let go”…..
We have to let go of “we can’t” and say we can. We have to let go of “not enough” in order to have enough. We have to let go of “poverty” in order to have plenty.
We learn these things. We begin to put these ideas and emotions into stopping the claiming of what we don’t want in our lives. We begin to claim what we do want in our lives and begin take whatever action is necessary.
There are people that say that the New Thought concepts and principles don’t work. Most likely if they have even tried it at all, they haven’t realized these things from the past, their beliefs, their negative beliefs that they’re claiming, and therefore haven’t let go of them. Those negative beliefs are anchors weighing you down when you’re trying to move around the ocean.
We’re being held back by our old beliefs and our old feelings and fears and anxieties, frustrations, thinking that we’re not supposed to or can’t or whatever reason we come up with.
What are you waiting for? Take action now!
“”Living in the past, complaining of your misfortunes, builds a thick wall around your Jericho. Talking too much about your affairs, scattering your forces, brings you up against a high wall.
I knew a man of brains and ability, who was a complete failure. He lived with his mother and aunt, and I found that every night when he went home to dinner, he told them all that had taken place during the day at the office; he discussed his hopes, his fears, and his failures.
I said to him, “You scatter your forces by talking about your affairs. Don’t discuss your business with your family. Silence is golden!”
He took my lead. During dinner he refused to talk about business. His mother and aunt were in despair. They loved to hear all about everything, but his silence proved golden!
Not long after, he was given a position at one hundred dollars a week, and in a few years, he had a salary of three hundred dollars a week.”
Why don’t you take a week and write down what you say to whom each and every day. That includes people at work and at home. Do you get caught up in the office complaining or the office gossip? Sometimes that is simply a habit that you’re not even aware of. But you must be cognizant of what’s going on and what words are coming out of your mouth and those going into your ears.
So write things down as they happen. Take a few minutes each hour (set your reminder on Outlook or on your watch) and jot notes so that in the evening when you really have time, you can remember that you talked about this or that – or even that you just listened to the conversation. Listening is participating. Listening makes impressions on your subconscious mind.
Once that week has past review what you’ve written down for each day. How much of your time were you engaging in things that were not of any use (and potentially dangerous)? I think you’ll be surprised.
Now, what can you do about this? Figure out your plan of action to avoid the negative participation. One way to deal with this is to make a plan each morning. Write down something constructive you can do with your “free time” – that is, the time you’ve been involved in either listening or talking. Write down an affirmation to say instead of going to the “water cooler”. Frequently people are concerned that they will be looked on as an outsider if they don’t participate. Is this your concern? I think you can still be involved if you decide to change the subject or talk about something positive on that same subject.
In addition to writing down your plan for avoiding the negative self-talk, write down what you want to accomplish each day.
Do this for another week. Then repeat the same exercise of writing down what you say. But this week, also write down how your day has gone, how much success you’ve had at doing what you wanted to do, what you planned to do in the a.m. and did you succeed in doing it.
Let us know how this works out.
Emmet Fox was such a wise man. See if you can relate to this “story”. It made a lot of difference to me but I will comment after you read the story…..
Different People See Different Worlds
“What we experience is our own concept of things. That is why no two people see quite the same world, and why, in many cases, different people see such different worlds. To put it in another way, we make our own world by the way in which we think; for we really do live in a world of our own thoughts. It follows from this that if our thinking is faulty, our conditions must be faulty too until our thinking is corrected; and that it is useless to try to improve outer things if we leave our own mentality unchanged.
We see inharmony because of a spiritual lack within ourselves. As we gain greater spiritual understanding, the true Nature of Being opens up. As long as we move from one place to another in search of harmony, or try to bring it about by changing outer things, we won’t succeed.”
Right now things at work could be, let’s say, “better” as I’m having to deal with people that are from different organizations, different parts of the country and with little experience in what they are talking about. In fact, today I realized that my tolerance/patience lasted about 1 hour 50 minutes in a 2 hour meeting.
Trying to communicate with some of these folks who like to hear themselves talk is bothering me. And yet, I am creating more of this by my thoughts (most of which I won’t repeat here) and when I was deciding what to post about I thought of this and have set about changing my thoughts and ideas realizing that each player involved is coming at this from a different perspective – a “different world”.
How is this affecting you in your everyday world? Can you think of circumstances that can be appropriately changed when you realize that you’re both in different worlds?
Let us know by commenting below…
We often teach the people in our lives to depend upon us.
Our insecurity does this as means to manipulate others.
It gives us a false sense of power. We are here to have a WE experience, to help and bless others, but we cannot do this by teaching them to be leaners rather than givers.
Love does not teach leaning. It teaches living out of one’s Self.
It is said that he who travels alone travels the fastest. This is true. However, this does not mean that in order to go further in life we must eliminate people.
What this really means is that in order to go further we must live out of our own Self.
We must make the demand upon this Self, not upon others. Read More→
As we end 2010, I thought this story by Catherine Ponder was the most appropriate post to end with. Take this into your soul and process it so that you can practice giving throughout 2011 and beyond. This is a very touching (and true) story.
What Can I Give?
“What could a person give when he seems so in lack?” There is always some” thing a person can give, either tangibly or intangibly, that will put him in touch with God’s rich supply. A widow with a house full of children once telephoned a coun¬selor. She had no money or food for her children. It was lunch time and her chil¬dren had not eaten since the day before. Read More→
How many times have you heard Anne say this?
Tell No Man
It is foolish to talk about your dreams, aspirations, plans and secret desires with others. Your prayer is with the Father within. Whatever you claim and feel to be true in the silence of your soul, the Spirit in you will validate and honor and bring to pass. It is foolish to pluck a flower before it blooms and blossoms.
This does not mean that when you go to a doctor, psychologist or attorney you do not tell him your problem, because he is there to help you and cooperate with you. What you convey to a clergyman or doctor is a secret, and he or she keeps that information in confidence.
Keep your own counsel and stop talking about something that has not yet happened. The man who writes a book sits down and writes it, has it published and then tells you about it. Withhold your speech until results speak for themselves.
What a great post from Emmet fox on this beautiful Christmas day. Use these affirmative statements to brighten up your day – do it every day for awhile and see how you feel!
Treatment for DIVINE LOVE
My soul is filled with Divine Love.
I am surrounded by Divine Love.
I radiate Love and Peace to the whole world.
I have conscious Divine Love.
God is Love, and there is nothing in ex¬istence but God and His self-expression.
All men are expressions of Divine Love; therefore, I can meet with noth¬ing but the expressions of Divine Love. Nothing ever takes place but the Self-expressing of Divine Love.
All this is true now. This is the actual case, the actual state of affairs. I do not have to try to bring this about, but I observe it already in being now.
Divine Love is the actual nature of Being. There is only Divine Love, and I know this.’
I perfectly understand what Divine Love is. I have conscious realization of Divine Love. The Love of God is in me for all humanity, I am a lamp of God, radiating Divine Love to all whom I meet, to all whom I think of.
I forgive everything that can possibly need forgiveness – positively everything.
Divine Love fills my heart, and all is well.
I now radiate Love to the whole universe, excluding no one.
I experience Divine Love.
I demonstrate Divine Love.
I thank God for this.