The woman called the Teacher of Teachers in the New Thought Movement, Emma Curtis Hopkins, once said, “There’s good out there and I ought to have it.” I believe that we should have whatever we want to live life to the fullest, but saying that can cause people to think that Science of Mind is all about getting “stuff”.
It is not. Science of Mind allows us to create the lives we want, or actually, accept the lives that are already ours to enjoy. We are in human form and I believe that we ought to experience that plane of existence to the fullest – to feel, taste, smell, hear and see all that this corporeal world has to offer. However, true happiness, contentment and peace of mind can never come from the physical alone. The key is to balance the spiritual with the physical.
Science of Mind scientific and rational. Religious Science is a blending of spirituality and science, two concepts not often used in the same sentence, but in truth one and the same. Dr. Holmes said, “The Universe is impersonal...It is no respecter of persons.” That means that it is going to work the same for me as it does for you every time. Can you imagine if electricity only worked if we were in a good mood or “nice people”? We are the ones who allow Spirit to work in our lives – there is no resistance on God’s part. To allow God to work in our lives, Ralph Waldo Emerson advises that we get our “bloated nothingness” out of the way of the Divine power. Those who think too much of themselves (the arrogant ones that scripture calls those puffed up with pride) will not perceive the simplicity of faith, yet the pure in heart see God. The farmer sees the Heavenly Host in her fields. The infant frolics with God as it plays with its toes. The mother has clasp God to her breast as she nurses. The fond lover has seen God in the eyes of his partner. We look far too far away for the Reality of God. About this Holmes says: “We have made a riddle out of simplicity; therefore, we have not read the sermons written in stones, nor interpreted the light of love running through life.”
To return to a sane simplicity of the Reality of life is one of the first and most important things to do; the Science of Mind gives us the framework to do just that. That may seem elementary, simple. But simple is not always easy. We live today in a world that we as an industrialized nation have made very complicated. It is not always easy to get a straight answer to questions you want answered. It does us good once in a while to step back from our lives and do a reality check. How complicated do we want our lives to be? Are there areas we can make simpler, with less stress? We will not eliminate all stress in our lives, but we do not want to add to the stress in our lives by living complicated, rigid lives just because so much of our world does that.
The study of metaphysics, Religious Science and the Science of Mind is like any other course of study or area of expertise. It has a language all of its own. We use terms which are not commonly used in the daily language of people on the street, and we use commonly-used words in a new and different way. Words have ower and meaning we assign to them. Dr. Holmes tells us the “laws of nature are set and immutable” (which mean unchangeable), but the spontaneous recognition of these laws gives us the power to bring them into practical use in everyday life and experience.” When we put our thoughts out there and believe, opportunities will arise. That is the way the Law works: a conscious action and an inevitable re-action to our action (or conscious thought). Life always becomes to us the particular thing we need when we believe that It becomes to us that particular thing. The understanding of this is the essence of simplicity. Yet, what do we say? "But HOW does it work?" "You can't just expect it to react that way - why look how hard I've worked all my life!"
To change our lives we must acknowledge our doubts, our fears, but we must not let them run our lives or allow them to take our eyes of our visions and goal. Turn to any doubt in your mind and find the falsehood of that doubt, or be willing to acknowledge the issues that the doubt brings up and deal with them to the best of your ability. The Principle we have to demonstrate is perfect, and to the extent that we can convince ourselves of that perfection, to that extent it will automatically demonstrate. Do not waste your time arguing its possibility or reliability with those who doubt the power of prayer or have no faith in the Power of God Mind. Believe change is possible.
Be willing this week to open up to just a fraction more of this Power, or as much as you want. And then, let God show off in your life and embrace all the love and good which is already yours!