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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!
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…
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.
A Member of the Audience
There are no short cuts to Heaven and the way to the Higher Consciousness is by tak-ing yourself in hand. If you are in earnest, begin to watch yourself. Get off the stage of your life, and get into the audience. Watch yourself and be impartial in your judgments. Do not make excuses for yourself but do not be too harsh either in your opinions.
It does not matter where you stand today. The fact that “I” is watching “Me” means that you have taken one of the greatest steps forward. When you see yourself doing things that are useless, or perhaps even mean or petty, stop them. When you find that “I” can laugh at “Me”, it means that your life is commencing to change for the better.
Finally, you will find that “Me” is beginning to get in step with “I”, and when that happens you are truly on the road to hav¬ing dominion over your life.
There are no short cuts to Heaven but you can have fun changing your life over if you be-come a member of the audience.
Key to Results
Prayer is the one thing that can make a change in your life. It matters not what your religion may be, or whether you adhere to none. If you will go direct to God in simple, affirmative prayer, you can heal your body, bring peace and harmony into your life, enlarge your social contacts, and make prosperity a reality.
Of course, those in the Truth teaching already know this, but sometimes discouragement sets in because the demonstration does not come immediately.
Now, if there is one rule we should make in regard to prayer, it is that we must be persistent. Of course, we should always feel that the prayer we are making is the one that will demonstrate, but we should also always be ready to pray again if the demonstration does not.
Persistence in prayer is really only an expression of our abiding faith in God’s love and goodness, for by our persis-tence we are affirming our belief that God does answer prayer.
Persistence in prayer always brings results.
Finding Your Gold Mine
In the old gold rush days prospectors went out in the mountains in search of the yellow metal. Often the task was long and arduous with little to show for days of struggle and privation.
But when a find was made, the prospector would stake his claim so that others would know that that particular discovery belonged to him.
Of course, some claims turned out to be shallow veins of ore and worth little, while other claims eventually made their owners fabulously wealthy.
In metaphysics, we often speak of claiming our good, and it is one of the surest ways of bringing the good we desire into our lives.
Unlike the prospector, however, when we stake our claim with God, we need have no anxiety about the results.
If you want health, then claim every day that God is your health, that as a child of God you have perfect health (the present temporary appearance notwithstanding), that Divine Life brings well-being to every part of your body.
If you want prosperity, then claim every day that God is your prosperity and the Giver of every good gift, that God knows you and is ready to more than supply your every need.
If you want peace and harmony, then claim every day that God brings you the peace that passeth all understanding, that all things work together for good to them that love God.
Whatever it is you wish to bring into your life, stake your claim to it.
Of course, we often claim negative things for ourselves without fully realizing it.
Every time you say, “My cold,” “My headache”, you are claiming those things for yourself.
Affirm your divine kinship. All that the Father hath of health, and happiness, and abundance, is yours—if you stake your claim with God.
The 7 main aspects of God – Intelligence
This is from Emmet Fox’s “The 7 Main Aspects of God”
God is not merely intelligent but God is Intelligence itself.
When you clearly realize that this is an intelligent universe it will make a major difference in your life.
It is obvious that in an in-telligent universe there cannot be any disharmony because all ideas must work together for the common good.
This means that there can be no clashing or overlapping anywhere, and neither can there be any lack.
It is especially important to re¬alize that God is Intelligence, for the following reason: It some¬times happens that when people outgrow the childish idea that God is just a magnified man, they go to the opposite extreme and think of God as merely a blind force, like gravity or electricity.
This means that they have lost all sense of the Love and Fatherhood of God.
In an intelligent universe there can be neither cruelty nor waste.
God is not a person in the usual sense of the word. God has every quality of personality except its limitation.
It is true that the human mind cannot imagine any personality which is not limited, but this difficulty arises from the very limitations of the human mind itself, and, of course, this does not af-fect the nature of God.
The Bible says, in effect, whatever you think I am, that will I be to you; and this means that if we attribute to God every quality of an infinite, intelligent, loving personality, having infinite power, God will be just that to us.
In acquiring these wider and better ideas of God you should not feel that you have, so to speak, left the God of your childhood for a new God, but that you are simply getting a better and more adequate idea of the same God that you always worshiped; because, of course, there is only one God.
Treat yourself for Intelligence at least two or three times a week, by thinking about it, and claim¬ing it for yourself.
This practice will make every activity of your life more efficient.
When things in your life seem to be going wrong, treat yourself for Intelligence.
Children and young people respond very readily indeed to a treatment for In¬telligence. If you are interested in a child at school or a young person at college, treat him several times a week for Intelligence.
Remember also the wonderful fact that when you treat a person (or yourself) spiritually, the result of that treatment will be with the patient not only in the present time, but for the rest of his life.
The Intelligence Aspect of God is very important in its relation to the health of the body. When the human race realizes clearly enough that God is Intelligence, the “old age belief’ will be overcome.
When we dwell upon one of these aspects we are developing that quality in ourselves.
Do you know how to make things happen in your life? If you want to know more check out “The Art of Making Things Happen”.
Here, though is another significant Emmet Fox story
Another basic error that misleads many people is this – they think of God and man in terms only of the moment, or, at most, of a few years. They want to see everything squared up and settled within a year or two and because this does not happen, they decide that there is no justice in the universe, no law and order, and they wonder why God does not step in and do something about it.
Now, you are going to live forever – somewhere. You are going to live, not for century or a thousand centuries but forever. And so you will see that a year or two, or twenty or thirty years, is a very short time in which to look for permanent results. The mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceedingly small. The gardener does not say that there is no law in nature because his crop does not come up a week after he sows it. We do not say that the railroad has broken down because the train is not in Chicago half an hour after it leaves New York, but we are
often tempted to think that there is no law of justice and righteousness because we do not see the results of people’s good or evil deeds very soon after they happen.
Whatsoever a man soweth, says the Bible, that shall he also reap. This reaping takes time. If it seems to you that in your own life you have not received your desserts, the answer is that the end is not yet. God is never mocked, and sooner or later every prayer is answered. Every good thought, or word, or deed produces its fruit of happiness and spiritual advancement, and of course every negative thing for which we are also responsible will have to be met and overcome also. Nature always takes her time, and to understand her you must take the long view too.’
Next time we wonder why our affirmations haven’t worked or we haven’t received any ‘good’ following our doing good, re-read this and realize the mills of God are grinding and great things will happen.
But you can get a head start over at “The Art of Making Things Happen”.