I was looking for some reference material this morning, when a book fell out of a stack and lay open on the floor at my feet: “Creative Mind and Success” by Ernest Holmes, the founder of the Religious Science movement—copyright, 1919.
I always think a situation like this is meant as a message for me, or for my readers. I had already written my column for this week, but if I considered it important, I still had time to change it. The book was open to page 33, and I began to read:
OLD AGE AND OPPORTUNITY: One of the besetting errors of people is a belief that they are too old to do things. This comes from a lack of understanding what life really is. Life is consciousness and not years. The man or woman who is seventy years old should be better able to demonstrate than the man who is only twenty. He should have evolved a higher thought, and it is thought and not conditions that we are dealing with.
Amelia Barr was fifty-three before she wrote a book. After that she wrote over eighty, all of which had a large circulation. Mary Baker Eddy was sixty before she began her work, and she attended to all of her great activities until she passed from this plane to a higher one. The author of this book once took a man who was over sixty, one who thought his chance for success had gone, and through teaching him these principles in a year’s time made him a prosperous business man. He is now doing well and was never before in his life so happy. The last time he was interviewed he said that business was increasing every day and that he had not begun yet. Every day he stands in his store and claims more activity. He speaks the word and realizes increase all the time. If this were not true then life would not be worth the living.
What is a few years in eternity? We must get over these false notions about age and competition. In the truth the word competition is never mentioned. The people who think about it have never known the truth.
Life is what we make it from within and never from without. We are just as old as we think we are, no matter what the number of years may have been that we have lived on this planet.
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Ernest Holmes taught that our conditions are governed by our thinking. There is nothing but Mind, and your life is governed absolutely by Mind. In our lives of conditions we are the cause, and nothing moves except as our mind moves it. We are all surrounded by a thought atmosphere. The mental atmosphere is the direct result of thought which in its turn becomes the direct reason for the cause of that which comes into your lives. Through this power we are either attracting or repelling. Like attracts like and we attract to us just what we are in mind. It is also true that we become attracted to something that is greater than our previous experience by first embodying the atmosphere of our desire.
I don’t know if anyone wrote about The Law of Attraction before 1919, but it seems Holmes predated ” The Secret” by almost 90 years. I did replace the column I’d already written, because this seemed more important.
Peace & Light,
There is a parable about a poor man walking through the woods reflecting upon his many troubles. He stopped to rest against a tree, a magical tree that would instantly grant the wishes of anyone who came in contact with it. He realized he was thirsty and wished for a drink. Instantly a cup of cool water was in his hand. Shocked, he looked at the water, decided it was safe and drank it. He then realized he was hungry and wished he had something to eat. A meal appeared before him.
“My wishes are being granted,” he thought in disbelief. “Well, then I wish for a beautiful new home of my own,” he said out loud. The home appeared in the meadow before him. A huge smile crossed his face as he wished for servants to take care of the house. When they appeared he realized he had somehow been blessed with an incredible power and he wished for a beautiful, loving, intelligent woman to share his good fortune.
“Wait a minute, this is ridiculous,” said the man to the woman. “I’m not this lucky. This can’t happen to me.” As he spoke everything disappeared. He shook his head and said, “I knew it,” then walked away thinking about his many troubles.
Thoughts are things and they create your reality.
Peace and Light,
The Six Buddhist Perfections offer guidelines to all seeker of self-advancement:
Peace and Light,
The greatest resource you have is time—you either spend time or you waste it. Spending time means using it constructively, profitably, and ideally in a way that is fulfilling to you. Spending time might be working toward your success, a dinner with good friends, or sitting and doing nothing. Wasted time is any time spent with people you don’t enjoy. Time spent doing busywork without benefit is also wasted.
Time is the most precious thing you have. When you allow people to waste your time you let them steal your life. We all have the same 1440 minutes per day, but this time is lost forever unless you invest it in your future—by acquiring knowledge, learning skills, making business contacts or enhancing your personal life.
You don’t have to respond to the demands of others. Only your value judgements keep you spending your time the way you want. How you decide to spend time has everything to do with the quality of your life and the level of success you can expect to attain. Meditate upon any changes in the way you spend your time that would serve you.
Peace and Light,
Your current situation can be affected only by focusing upon and gradually working toward your goal. Do not attempt to force or pressure your way to a situation. It simply won’t work and could create a complication or total reversal of circumstances.
You need to clarify your intent and apply gradual effort over a long period of time. Emulate the water that wears away a rock in the stream. If you must influence others, perceive the spirit of that group and align yourself with their concerns; hopes and dreams. Although it will take time, you will make a profound impression. The same is now true of your personal relationships. Be patient and think in terms of lengthy commitments.
Make decisions and then stick to them. Great accomplishments will result from an enduring effort focused upon a clearly defined goal. Remember that thoughts are things and they create, so always remain optimistic about the successful fulfillment of your desires.
You search so hard for happiness, but how can you find it by searching for it? Happiness comes from within, the natural result of what you do in life. The more you spread joy to others, the more it will come back to you. If what you’ve been doing has not generated the joy and happiness you desire, it is time to change your approach. Stop searching. Stop desiring. Just give. Practice kindness. Share yourself. Give without expectations and it will be returned a hundred times over. Everything in life comes back to you.
Beneath your fears and insecurities, your true nature is pure joy. It isn’t something outside that you can achieve, it is something inside you’ve forgotten—your essence—what you are and what you were meant to be.
When you compare your level of happiness to what you perceive to be someone else’s level of happiness, you become dissatisfied, but the comparison arises from your ego and is always futile. You can’t know how others relate to their lives. Everyone is unique. The person who appears to have it all may not be able to enjoy anything as much as you enjoy looking at a spring flower. When you stop comparing, you will experience your joyful essence.
Peace and Light,
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Use your powers of perception to give yourself an advantage in any situation. As in the martial art of aikido, consider yielding to others in order to receive their power and to learn their direction. Then you can lead a corresponding effort to use their power to your benefit.
To yield you must open, give up all judgement and go beyond objectivity. Become an observer by using your perceptive abilities to walk in the other person’s shoes. With this awareness you can act accordingly, keeping in mind that when you act with intent you incur karma.
This is an ideal time to establish a rapport with others. By maintaining a viewpoint of unconditional love, your perceptions will remain clear and accurate. You can use this awareness to attain peace, balance, harmony and justice.
The more you use your perceptive abilities in positive ways, the more you round out and refine your own character. This gives you the ability to influence and lead others with vision, or to live a rich life with little interference from others.
Peace and Light,
If you seek to understand Divine Order, study the natural balance of nature, for it works the same way. Everything is as it should be, although mankind is far from experiencing its potential for complete harmony. There are no accidents. Your energy, translated into thoughts, words, emotions and deeds, causes all your experiences. This assures that you always have the learning opportunities you need in order to resolve your karma. Also, the collective thoughts, words, emotions and deeds of mankind create the environment for us all.
If enough souls focus their energy upon peace, we will have peace. If the majority of souls are filled with anger, we all my have to experience war. We are all one, and like the many subpersonalities within each of us, the dominant traits of mankind will emerge to resolve our group karma.
This holiday season try meditating upon how you can use this understanding of the Divine Order to act correctly and obtain what you desire. Consider, too, your collective thoughts, words, emotions and deeds. How do they add up? Peaceful and loving? Neutral? Angry and negative? What does that tell you?
Roberta and I send all of you the warmest holiday wishes.
Peace and light,
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The greatest gift you can give to another human being is to be all of who you are. Although you may not realize it, you’re wearing masks to hide who you really are. Whenever you don’t say what you want to say, or smile when you don’t want to smile, or pretend to be someone you aren’t, you’re wearing a mask. The reason you wear it is fear. It’s important to find out what you’re afraid of, and to examine the price you pay. Often the masks aren’t necessary. You’re just wearing them out of habit.
There are hundreds of common masks: The workaholic mask usually helps you avoid something—maybe unwanted social contact or intimate interaction at home. The “poor little me” mask gives you something to talk about and gets you attention. The funny, gregarious mask helps you avoid things—real contact or intimacy—and it covers your insecurity. Exceedingly nice people feel uncomfortable if others aren’t comfortable, or they wear this mask to pump their own egos.
When you are honest and direct there is no mask, no repression. Something to think about as you gather with friends and/or family this holiday season.
Peace and light,
In your heart you know the right thing to do at each moment in time, but your mind wants to feel good right now. You go on a diet yet you want something sweet, so you eat a fancy dessert. Momentarily it feels good but the long-term result is fat. You get turned on sexually and have an affair that generates excitement in your life, but it might destroy your marriage.
Your mind will always choose immediate gratification at the expense of long-term satisfaction. Only the result immediately following the act matters as far as your mind is concerned. The second consequence doesn't matter. Your behavior is programmed by the initial reinforcement (either positive or negative) and it will increase that behavior. Each time you give in to what your mind wants, the more likely you will give in again.
When you let your mind's desire for instant gratification control you, the mechanics of your life don't work. The only way to take control of your mind is to understand how it works against you. Then make agreements with yourself and have the integrity to keep them. You either get results in life or you create excuses to explain why your life doesn't work.
Peace and light,