Emmet Fox – "The Cafeteria"

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The Cafeteria

by Emmet Fox

Don’t wait for something to turn up. Don’t be content to let things drift along, hoping for the best. it is not spiritual to ‘put up’ with inharmonious conditions. If the conditions of your life are not to your liking, you must get to work on your own consciousness and, by raising that above the outer picture, cause those conditions to become something nearer to your heart’s desire. And you must keep on doing this until you find your True Place.

I had an amusing experience when I first came to America. Passing an attractive looking restaurant, I went inside, and, selecting a table, sat down and waited. Strangely, as it seemed to me then, nothing happened.

I sat there and continued to wait – indefinitely as it seemed. I couldn’t understand the reason for this neglect. All around me, people were enjoying their food, and only I was left out in the cold. After a while the truth of the situation slowly dawned on me – it was a cafeteria. (This system had no yet made its appearance in England in those days.)

I then quickly realized that while there was plenty of food of every kind to be obtained, one had to go forward and claim it for oneself, or go without.

The universe is run exactly on the lines of a cafeteria. Unless you claim – mentally – what you want, you may sit and wait forever. Of course, you should not claim in detail – that is outlining – but you must positively claim health, harmony, and True Place, if you really want those things.

I don’t know about you but this story changed my outlook on how to make changes in my own life when I first read it. I guess that’s because it’s so easy to understand. I hope this short story has helped you as much as it did me.

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