All of our lives we have put in our expectancy that we couldn't do it ourselves, that somebody outside of us had to help us, had to give it to us. That God sitting on the mountaintop had to help us.
We should be saying, "Wait a minute, God's stuff outside of us is the energy force, the life force, the divine substance of the universe." And this divine substance is what responds when we say "OK". That's all we have to say. We have to accept the ideas that come in, and we keep saying that I am the will of God in action, versus, I don't want to do my will, I want to do God's will.
If we say, "I don't want to do my will, I want to do God's will", then we are separating ourselves from God. And yet Jesus told us, "All things I do, you can do also, and even greater." The same Christ that was in Jesus is in us. That is the divine substance that we talk about. That is the Christ itself, that is the individualized Christ. The individualization of God in human beings.
Now, when we get that in our mind and we realize that there's something in this world that is giving us ideas, and every time we brush it aside or say we can't, or we don't know how, or we don't want to do that, or it's too much, it's too hard, it's too whatever, then we push that idea away.
This is what's so important to teach childern not to ever say, "I can't" but to always say, "Show me how. Show me the way. Show me what I can do. Show me the next step to take." Any of these things that open up, give you that expectancy with you keeping your eye on the goal. The expectation that that goal is on its way to you, and pulling it in closer and closer and closer. The ideas that we have are ours to do, to be, to accept. When we allow ourselves that freedom to do that, we take out all of the negative. It's like a clear tunnel that we can go through with no interferences.
The interferences are there because we put them there. Interferences are in our lives because we have outlined what we need to do in order to get to this goal. We have outlined all the steps, all the thoughts, all the feelings, and we say, "Well, first I have to do this." which for most people is, "I have to go to school, I have to learn this, I have to get a job, I have to get a promotion, I have to be in this field, I have to take more credits in that field.". We set ourselves up for long-term. That's not the proper way to see a goal. It's not the proper way to set in the steps. The way to see the goal is to see the goal. To see the ultimate goal of what you want.
You want to write a check for a million dollars? See yourself writing a check for a million dollars. If you want to write a check to somebody for 500,000... that's an add-on, of course... write a check for 500,000. Don't say, "I'm going to take this step, this step, this step and this step to make this kind of money."
Same thing with anything else in your life. If you want a partner in your life, if you want a spouse in your life, you begin to see the ultimate goal of joy and happiness with somebody without a face, preferably, because we don't want you to put a face and get somebody who's not eligible. So you leave the face blank, and you say, "This person who has been prepared for me in divine mind..." because that says, "OK, God, there's a special one out here, just draw them in." So all of these that work are in seeing the goal.
The expectation is that this goal is going to happen and it's a matter of time until you get through all of the reasons why you can't - these are the reasons that were given to us in the past.
Do you know how many limitations we have put on ourselves, our parents have put on us, our schoolteachers have put on us, our ministers and priests have put on us? "You can't, because..." and that starts out when we're children.
Do you ever hear people say "Oh, poor baby, poor baby," when babies cry? You should respond with , "Don't you dare call him/her poor." When you explain that "Poor baby means no-money-baby", they'll probably say, "That's not what we mean, we mean she's crying.". Well, all babies cry, that's okay. She can cry. Babies cry. She's all right. She's hungry. Poor baby also means poverty-baby.
And then we wonder sometimes how we can grow up and have a struggle with money, with finances. We do the same thing with health. Poor baby is also "something's wrong with that baby." So we get this impressed in our subconscious mind until it replays itself back at a later date, and then we wonder what happened.
Expect the good. Expect health, expect happiness, expect harmony, expect money, expect self-satisfaction, expect good relationships, expect peace of mind, expect joy. This is a joyful world when we let it be. It's a joyful nation when we let it be.
In expectancy... we sometimes put in, "IF we didn't have this, we could be happy. If my spouse would just change, I could be happy. If I had more money, I could be happy. If I lived in a better house, I could be happy. If I had a new car, I could be happy. If my children were better, I could be happy."
We could go all through these. That's not what creates happiness. Your attitude is what creates happiness. I love my spouse in spite of himself, or herself. I love my children in spite of themselves. I love my house, in spite of it needing painting. Well, maybe I could just go paint it.
Love everything, instead of the what-ifs. When we put the ifs in, there's something wrong. We have so much in this world to be thankful for. There is so much for us to be grateful for. We have, for most of us, more happiness than any other country in the world. On a full-time basis. We have plenty of food to eat; not everybody does. We have plenty of gas, even though it costs more, but it doesn't cost as much as it does in some places, so we can always say that. Or it might be forcing us into walking a little bit more, so we get better exercise. God, wouldn't that be hard? To have to walk places?
But the idea is, we've gotten into a habit of complaining about things that don't make any difference, and putting "ifs" in there. If we keep our minds centered, not on if but on when, and bring the when into the now without seeing all the disturbances that can be there: "I am happy, now, because of where I live, of who I'm with, the people I'm with in my life, the work I have, the income that's coming in.". I put everything in there and begin to praise it and bless it, and it increases what you praise and you bless increase. What you condemn gets stronger in whatever it is. If it's in lack, lack gets stronger, which means it goes down. What you give your energy to is what strengthens.
So, doesn't that make sense that we would praise and appreciate and love and bless anything and everything in our lives? We bless everything about our house. I used to know a woman who would say, "God bless this dirty house." And she hired somebody to come in one day a week and help her clean it up. And the woman walked through to see what all had to be done, and she said, "Ma'am, I have been praying and praying for God to send me to somebody who really needed my help, and I never saw anybody who needed my help more than you do!" So our ideas and our thoughts have to go ahead of us, which they do anyway. But projected ahead of us, in expectation of a positive rather than an expectation of a negative. We have so much that we can be grateful for.
Matthew 9:29. "Faith is expectancy. According to your faith be it done unto you.". According to your faith, what you believe in. And a lot of times we think we believe in something when we really don't. It's like saying, "Well, I believe in God." What do we believe God is? What do we believe God can do? Do we believe God is everywhere present? Always active? Do we believe that we can do what Jesus did, or do we open our minds and say, "Well, I don't know if I can or not, but God will." And then we turn it loose and we never have another expectation because God's late today; He's on the other side of the world.
We let go of things that are important to us, instead of holding it and saying, "The truth about this is, God has given me an idea. I will bring it into being. Show me the way. Just show me the way." If you used that a couple of dozen times a day, you'd never have any problems, because you would have that inspiration that keeps coming to you. That's what gets the inspiration in, is asking. "Show me how, show me what to do, show me what's next.". And opening your mind and your heart and your soul to anything and everything. "Show me, show me, show me.".
And as we open our minds and open our hearts and open our feelings to this, then that comes and makes contact with the heart center. When your heart and your head connect, that's when you have a demonstration. Your head, the intellect, your heart, the feeling.
You've got to blend the conscious and the subconscious mind. When they mesh and the logic and the feeling nature understand each other, that's when things begin to happen.
And most of us are into the intellect. We're saying, well, how and what and when and... the questions of what else can I do, instead of getting into the feeling and seeing it, projecting it. When we get the feeling nature involved, it's a very short period of time, that's where you get your visualization connected. Because visualization coming from the head also is within the intellect realm. It has to meet with the heart area. You have to blend the heart and the mind. You have to be able to accept it.
If I said I wanted a Rolls-Royce next week, what would be the first question that you would ask? "How am I going to get it, how am I going to pay for it, what color...". After you ask those questions, and you say, "Okay, I can't pay for it, I don't have any place to park it. Maybe I don't really want that.". You've just talked yourself out of the possibility of, somehow, some way, getting it. So you have to make sure that, if you're asking for something, you don't already have your preconceived ideas of why you can't get it. This is why it's so important to bring in the feeling nature, to examine what you want.
When you take omnipresent good, that is, the thing that you want... if you say, "I want this thing, I want a car. I want this thing.", that's omnipresence. Then you apply to it omniscience... wisdom. How do I get wisdom into this, to evaluate what that's going to mean? That's the "no place to park it, no way to pay for it, no way to get it maintained and not having a chauffeur to drive it.". Then you work with that idea. You take out the why-you-can'ts, and you either change your mind or you go back to something you can change your mind on. Because you have to be able to believe it, to accept it. You have to be able to know and to understand that there's something out here that's saying you can do this. And if it causes you to make more money or do something else, you can do that.
Terry Cole-Whittaker wrote the book, about 20 years ago, "What You Think of Me is None of My Business." She had a church, a huge church, on television in California. Real energetic person. And they had what they called, every year, a six-week "intensive" at church, and they set it up for a different thing every year. And at the end of this year, they had a banquet. Well, during this banquet, they have papers that they filled out... it's what they were going to give to the church. It was also a building program-type-thing. And her mind said, "You need to give $50,000", and she said, "Well, where am I going to get it?". And this little voice comes back to her and says, "It doesn't matter; just make an agreement."
You have to make an agreement, when something comes to you, saying, "Yes, I will." So she finally says, "OK, somehow I will give $50,000 to this within six weeks.".
Two days later, she got a call from a publisher offering her $50,000 up front if she'd write a book. Make a commitment: "I will do this. I will become.." whatever it is you want to be. "I will be healthy. I will be whole. I will have good relationships. I will. I do. I know."
And then begin to expect it. You have to expect it, and in that expectation comes the ways, the methods, the ideas, the things that you can do in order to make it happen. See, this God moves through us, in us, as us.
Affirmations for you:
I am a life-giving spirit and I act like one.
I am a life-giving spirit and I think like one.
I am a life-giving spirit and I believe like one.
I give life to love.
I give life to money.
I give life to health.
I give life to happiness.
I give life to my spiritual growth.
I know myself.
I am wonderful.