Day 273/365: The Long Arms of God

Day 273/365: The Long Arms of God

October 1, 2011

The Secret Door to Success, by Florence Scovel Shinn, [1941]


“The Eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”—Deut. 33:27

In the bible, the arm of God always symbolizes protection. The writers of the bible knew the power of a symbol. It brings a picture which impresses the subconscious mind. They used the symbols of the rock, sheep, shepherds, vineyard, lamp, and hundreds of others. It would be interesting to know how many symbols are used in the bible. The arm also symbolizes strength.

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”

Who is the enemy “before thee.” The negative thought-forms which you have built up in your subconscious mind. A man’s enemies are only those of his own household. The everlasting arms thrust out these enemy thoughts and destroy them.

Have you ever felt the relief of getting out some negative thought-form? Perhaps you have built up a thought-form of resentment, until you are always boiling with anger about something. You resent people you know, people you don’t know—people in the past and people in the present; and you may be sure that the people in the future won’t escape your wrath.

All the organs of the body are affected by resentment—for when you resent, you resent with every organ of the body. You pay the penalty with rheumatism, arthritis, neuritis, etc., for acid thoughts produce acid in the blood. All this trouble comes because you are fighting the battle, not leaving it to the long arm of God.

I have given the following statement to many of my students. The long arm of God reaches out over people and conditions, controlling this situation and protecting my interests.

This brings a picture of a long arm symbolizing strength and protection. With the realization of the power of the long arm of God, you would no longer resist or resent. You would relax and let go. The enemy thoughts within you would be destroyed, therefore, the adverse conditions would disappear.

Spiritual development means the ability to stand still, or stand aside, and let Infinite Intelligence lift your burdens and fight your battles. When the burden of resentment is lifted, you experience a sense of relief! You have a kindly feeling for everyone, and all the organs of your body begin to function properly.

A clipping quoting Albert Edward Day, D.D. reads, “That loving our enemies is good for our spiritual health is widely known and accepted. But that negation and poisonous emotions destroy physical health, is a relatively new discovery. The problem of health is often an emotional one. Wrong emotions entertained and repeated are potent causes of illness. When the preacher talks about loving your enemies, the man on the street is apt to dismiss the idea as unendurable and pious. But the fact is, the preacher is telling you something which is one of the first laws of hygiene, as well as ethics. No man even for his body’s sake can afford to indulge in hatred. It is like repeated doses of poison. When you are urged to get rid of fear, you are not listening to a moon-struck idealist; rather you are hearing counsel that is as significant for health as advice about diet.”

We hear so much about a balanced diet, but without a balanced mind you can’t digest what you eat, calories or no calories.

Non-resistance is an art. When acquired, The World is Yours! So many people are trying to force situations. Your lasting good will never come through forcing personal will.


“Flee from the things which flee from thee,Seek nothing, fortune seeketh thee. Behold his shadow on the floor!Behold him standing at the door!” 

I do not know the author of these lines. Lovelock, the celebrated English athlete, was asked how to attain his speed and endurance in running. He replied, “Learn to relax.” Let us attain this rest in action. He was most relaxed when running the fastest.

Your big opportunity and big success usually slide in, when you least expect it. You have to let go long enough for the great law of attraction to operate. You never saw a worried and anxious magnet. It stands up straight and hasn’t a care in the world, because it knows the needles can’t help jumping to it. The things we rightly desire come to pass when we have taken the clutch off.

I say in my correspondence course, “Do not let your heart’s desire become a heart’s disease.” You are completely demagnetized when you desire something too intensely. You worry, fear, and agonize. There is an occult law of indifference: “None of these things move me.” Your ships come in over a don’t care sea.

Many people in Truth antagonize friends, because they are too anxious for them to read the books and go to the lectures. They meet opposition.

A friend took my book, “The Game of Life and How to Play It” to her brother’s house to read. The young men of the family refused to read it. No “nut stuff” for them. One of these young men drives a taxi cab. One night he drove a taxi which belonged to another man. In going over the car he found a book stuffed away somewhere. It was “The Game of Life and How to Play It.” The next day he said to his aunt, “I found Mrs. Shinn’s book in the taxi last night. I read it and it’s great! There’s a lot of good reading in it. Why doesn’t she write another book?” God works in roundabout ways, His wonders to perform.

I meet unhappy people and a few grateful and contented people. A man said to me one day, “I have a great deal to be thankful for. I have good health, enough money and I’m still single!”

The eighty-ninth psalm is very interesting, for we find that two individuals take part; the man who sings the psalm (for all psalms are songs or poems), and the Lord God of Hosts answers him. It is a song of praise and thanksgiving, extolling the strong arm of God.

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever!”

“O Lord God of Hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?”

“Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.”

Then the Lord of Hosts replies.

“With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.”

“My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.”

We only hear the words “for evermore” in the bible and in fairy-tales. In the absolute, man is outside of time and space. His good is “from everlasting to everlasting.” The fairy-tales came down from the old Persian legends which were founded upon Truth.

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is the out-picturing of the Word. Aladdin rubbed the lamp and all his desires came to pass. Your word is your lamp. Words and thoughts are a form of radio activity and do not return void. A scientist has said that words are clothed in light. You are continually reaping the fruits of your words.

A friend in one of my meeting said that she had brought a man to my class who had been out of work for a year or more. I gave the statement: Now is the appointed time. Today is the day of my amazing good fortune. It clicked in his consciousness. Soon after, he was given a position which paid him nine thousand dollars a year.

A woman told me that when I blessed the offering I said that each offering would return a thousandfold. She had put a dollar in the collection. She said with great realization, “That dollar is blessed and returns a thousand dollars.” She received a thousand dollars a short time afterwards, in a most unexpected way.

Why do some people demonstrate this Truth so much more quickly than others? It is because they have the ears that hear. Jesus Christ tells the parable of the man who sowed the seed and it fell upon good ground. The seed is the word. I say, “Listen for the statement that clicks; the statement that gives you realization. That statement will bear fruit.”

The other day I went into a shop where I know the employer quite well. I had given one of his employees an affirmation card. I said to him, jokingly, “I wouldn’t waste an affirmation card on you. You wouldn’t use it.” He replied, “Oh, sure, give me one. I’ll use it.” The following week I gave him a card. Before I left he rushed up to me excitedly and said, “I made that statement and two new customers walked in.” It was: “Now is the appointed time; today is the day of my amazing good fortune.” It had clicked.

So many people use their words in exaggerated and reckless statements. I find a great deal of material for my talks in the beauty parlor. A young girl wanted a magazine to read. She called to the operator, “Give me something terribly new and frightfully exciting.” All she wanted was the latest moving picture magazine. You hear people say, “I wish something terribly exciting would happen.” They are inviting some unhappy, but exciting, experience into their lives. Then they wonder why it happened to them.

There should be a chair of metaphysics in all colleges. Metaphysics is the wisdom of the ages. It is the ancient wisdom taught all through the centuries in India and Egypt and Greece. Hermes Trismegistus was a great teacher of Egypt. His teachings were closely guarded and have come down to us over ten centuries. He lived in Egypt in the days when the present race of men was in its infancy. But if you read the “Kybalion” carefully, you will find that he taught just what we are teaching today. He said that all mental states were accompanied by vibrations. You combine with what you vibrate to, so let us all now vibrate to success, happiness and abundance.


Day 272/365: The Long Arm of God

Now is the appointed time. Today is the day of my amazing good fortune.

Day 261/365: The Fork in the Road

Day 261/365: The Fork in the Road

September 19, 2011

The Secret Door to Success, by Florence Scovel Shinn, [1941]


“Choose you this day whom ye will serve.”—Josh. 24:15.

Every day there is a necessity of choice (a fork in the road).

“Shall I do this, or shall I do that? Shall I go, or shall I stay?” Many people do not know what to do. They rush about letting other people make decisions for them, then regret having taken their advice.

There are others who carefully reason things out. They weigh and measure the situation like dealing in groceries, and are surprised when they fail to attain their goal.

There are still other people who follow the magic path of intuition and find themselves in their Promised Land in the twinkling of an eye.

Intuition is a spiritual faculty high above the reasoning mind, but on that path is all that you desire or require.

In my book “The Game of Life and How to Play It,” I give many examples of success attained through using this marvelous faculty. I say also that prayer is telephoning to God and intuition is God telephoning to you. (Correspondence Course.)

So choose ye this day to follow the magic path of intuition.

In my question and answer classes I tell you how to cultivate intuition.

In most people it is a faculty which has remained dormant. So we say, “Awake thou that sleepeth. Wake up to your leads and hunches. Wake up to the divinity within!”

Claude Bragdon said, “To live intuitively is to live fourth dimensionally.”

Now it is necessary for you to make a decision, you face a fork in the road. Ask for a definite unmistakable lead, and you will receive it.

We find many events to interpret metaphysically in the Book of Joshua. “After the death of Moses, the divine command came to Joshua, ‘Now therefore, arise, go over the Jordan, thou and all thy people, unto the land which I do give to them. Every place the sole of your feet shall tread upon; to you have I given it’.”

The feet are the symbol of understanding, so it means metaphysically all that we understand stands under us in consciousness, and what is rooted there can never be taken from us.

For, the bible goes on to say: “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. . . . I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

So we find we have success through being strong and very courageous in following spiritual law. We are back again to the “fork in the road”—the necessity of choice.

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve,” the intellect or divine guidance.

A well-known man, who has become a great power in the financial world, said to a friend, “I always follow intuition and I am luck incarnate.”

Inspiration (which is divine guidance) is the most important thing in life. People come to Truth meetings for inspiration. I find the right word will start divine activity operating in their affairs.

A woman came to me with a complication of affairs. I said to her, “Let God juggle the situation.” It clicked. She took the affirmation, “I now let God juggle this situation.” Almost immediately she rented a house, which had been vacant for a long time.

Let God juggle every situation, for when you try to juggle the situation, you drop all the balls.

In my question and answer classes, I would be asked, “How do you let God juggle a situation, and what do you mean when you say I should not juggle it?”

You juggle with the intellect. The intellect would say, “Times are hard, no activity in real estate. Don’t expect anything until the Fall of 1958.”

With spiritual law there is only the now. Before you call you are answered, for “time and space are but a dream,” and your blessing is there waiting for you to release it by faith and the word.

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve,” fear or faith.

In every act prompted by fear lies the germ of its own defeat.

It takes much strength and courage to trust God. We often trust him in little things, but when it comes to a big situation we feel we had better attend to it ourselves; then comes defeat and failure.

The following extract from a letter which I received from a woman in the West shows how conditions can change in the twinkling of an eye.

“I’ve had the pleasure of reading your wonderful book, The Game of Life and How to Play It.’ I have four boys, ten, thirteen, fifteen and seventeen, and thought how wonderful for them to grasp it, in their early life, and be able to get things which are theirs by Divine Right.

“The lady who let me read her copy gave me other things to read, but it seemed when I picked this book up it was magnetic and I could not let go of it. After reading it I realized, I was trying to live Divinely but did not understand the law, or I would have been much further advanced.

“At first I thought it quite hard to find a place in the business world, after so many years of being a mother. But I got this statement, ‘God makes a way where there is no way.’ And He did that very thing for me.

“I am grateful for my position, and smile when people say, ‘How do you do it, manage four growing boys, a home, after all the times you have been hospitalized with such major operations, and none of your relatives near you?’ ”

I have that statement in my book, “God makes a way where there is no way.”

God made a way for her in business when all her friends said it couldn’t be done.

The average person will tell you almost anything can’t be done.

I had an example of this the other day. In a shop I found a delightful little silver dripolator which would make just one cup of anything. I showed it to some friends with enthusiasm, thinking it so very cute, and one said, “It will never work.” The other said, “If it belonged to me, I’d throw it away.” I stood up for the little dripolator and said I knew it would work, which it did.

My friends were simply typical of the average person who says, “It can’t be done.”

All big ideas meet with opposition.

Do not let other people rock your boat.

Follow the path of wisdom and understanding, “and turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

In the thirteenth verse of the twenty-fourth chapter of Joshua, we read a remarkable statement: “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not, do ye eat.”

This shows that man cannot earn anything, his blessings come as gifts. (Gifts lest any man shall boast.)

With the realization of wealth, we receive the gift of wealth.

With the realization of success, we receive the gift of success, for success and abundance are states of mind.

“For it is the Lord our God, he it is, that brought us up, and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

The land of Egypt stands for darkness—the house of bondage, where man is a slave to his doubts and fears, and beliefs in lack and limitation, the result of having followed the wrong fork in the road.

Misfortune is due to failure to stick to the things which spirit has revealed through intuition.

All big things have been accomplished by men who stuck to their big ideas.

Henry Ford was past middle age when the idea of the Ford car came to him. He had great difficulty in raising the money. His friends thought it was a crazy idea. His father said to him, tearfully, “Henry, why do you give up a good twenty-five dollar a week job in order to chase a crazy idea?” But no one could rock Henry Ford’s boat.

So in order to come out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, we must make the right decisions.

Follow the right fork in the road. “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand nor to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

So, as we reach the fork in the road today, let us fearlessly follow the voice of intuition.

The bible calls it “the still small voice.”

“There came a voice behind me, saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it’.”

On this path is the good, already prepared for you.

You will find the “land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not, do ye eat.”

I am divinely led, I follow the right fork in the road. God makes a way where there is no way.

Day 172/365: Step Up! Catch up with your Good!

Day 172/365: Step Up! Catch up with your Good!

June 21, 2011

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer: and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
—Isaiah 65:24

Written by Florence Scovel Shinn…The Secret Door to Success

Catch up with your good! This is a new way of saying, “Before they call, I will answer.”
Your good precedes you; it gets there before you do. But how to catch up with your good? For you must have ears that hear, and eyes that see, or it will escape you.

Some people never catch up with their good in life; they will say, “My life has always been one of hardship, no good luck ever comes to me.” They are the people who have been asleep to their opportunities; or through laziness, haven’t caught up with their good.

A woman told a group of friends that she had not eaten for three days. They dashed about asking people to give her work; but she refused it. She explained that she never got up until twelve o’clock, she liked to lie in bed and read magazines.

She just wanted people to support her while she read “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar.” We must be careful not to slip into lazy states of mind. Take the affirmation, I am wide awake to my good, I never miss a trick. Most people are only half awake to their good.

A student said to me, “If I don’t follow my hunches, I always get into a jam.”

I will tell the story of a woman, one of my students, who followed her intuitive lead, which brought amazing results.

She had been asked to visit friends in a nearby town. She had very little money. When she arrived at her destination, she found the house locked up, they had gone away: she was filled with despair, then commenced to pray: she said, “Infinite Intelligence, give me a definite lead, let me know just what to do!”

The name of a certain hotel flashed into her consciousness—it persisted—the name seemed to stand out in big letters.

She had just enough money to get back to New York and the hotel. As she was about to enter, an old friend suddenly appeared, who greeted her warmly; and whom she hadn’t seen for years.

She explained that she was living at the hotel but was going away for several months, and added, “Why don’t you live in my suite while I am away:—it won’t cost you a cent.”

My friend accepted gratefully, and looked with amazement on the working of Spiritual law.

She had caught up with her good by following intuition.

All going forward comes from desire. Science today, is going back to Lamarck and his “dint—of wishing” theory. He claims that birds do not fly because they have wings, but they have wings because they wanted to fly; result of the “Push of the emotional wish.”

Think of the irresistible power of thought with clear vision. Many people are in a fog most of the time, making wrong decisions and going the wrong way.

During the Christmas rush, my maid said to a saleswoman at one of the big shops, “I suppose this is your busiest day.” She replied, “Oh no! the day after Christmas is our busiest day, when people bring most of the things back.”

Hundreds of people choosing the wrong gifts because they were not listening to their intuitive leads.

No matter what you are doing, ask for guidance. It saves time and energy and often a lifetime of misery.

All suffering comes from the violation of intuition. Unless intuition builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.

Get the habit of hunching, then you will always be on the magic path.

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer: and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

Working with spiritual law, we are bringing to pass that which already is. In the Universal Mind it is there as an idea, but is crystallized on the external, by a sincere desire.

The idea of a bird was a perfect picture in divine mind; the fish caught the idea, and wished themselves into birds.

Are your desires bringing you wings? We should all be bringing some seemingly impossible thing to pass.

One of my affirmations is, “The unexpected happens, my seemingly impossible good now comes to pass.”

Do not magnify obstacles, magnify the Lord—that means, magnify God’s power.

The average person will dwell on all the obstacles and hindrances which are there to prevent his good coming to pass.

You “combine with what you notice,” so if you give obstacles and hindrances your undivided attention, they grow worse and worse.

Give God your undivided attention. Keep saying silently (in the face of all obstacles), “God’s ways are ingenious, His methods are sure.”

God’s power is invincible, (though invisible). “Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

In demonstrating our good, we must look away from adverse appearances, “Judge not by appearances.”

Get some statement which will give you a feeling of assurance, The long arm of God reaches out over people and conditions, controlling the situation and protecting my interests!

I was asked to speak the word for a man who was to have a business interview with a seemingly unscrupulous person. I used the statement, and rightness and justice came out of the situation, at just the exact time I was speaking.

We have all heard the quotation from Proverbs, “Hope deferred maketh the heart grow sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

In desiring sincerely (without anxiety), we are catching up with the thing desired; and the desire becomes crystallized on the external. “I will give to you the rightous desires of your heart.”

Selfish desires, desires which harm others, always return to harm the sender.

The righteous desire might be called, an echo from the Infinite. It is already a perfect idea in divine mind.

All inventors catch up with the ideas of the articles they invent. I say in my book, “The Game of Life and How To Play It,” the telephone was seeking Bell.

Often two people discover the same inventions at the same time; they have tuned in with the same idea.

The most important thing in life, is to bring the divine plan to pass.

Just as the picture of the oak is in the acorn, the divine design of your life is in your superconscious mind, and you must work out the perfect pattern in your affairs. You will then lead a magic life, for in the divine design, all conditions are permanently perfect.

People defy the divine design when they are asleep to their good.

Perhaps the woman who liked to lie in bed most of the day, and read magazines, should be writing for magazines, but her habits of laziness dulled all desire to go forward.

The fishes who desired wings, were alert and alive, they did not spend their days on the bed of the ocean, reading “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar.”

Awake thou that sleepeth and catch up with your good!

“Call on me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

I now catch up with my good, for before I called I was answered.

Day 171/365: Step Up to God, Catch up with your Good!

Day 160/365: Affirmation, Your Word is your Wand

Day 160/365: Affirmation, Your Word is your Wand

June 9, 2012

Your thoughts controls your physical nature. Try using this affirmation to attract the universal positivity and be amaze on how the infinite wonders you can create by following the rules of “I AM”

It’s thy wisdom that will prevail truthfully by believing. For your word is your wand!

From Your Word is Your Wand, by Florence Scovel Shinn


“Faith without nerve is dead.”


There is never a slip ’twixt the right cup and the right lip.


Never look or you’d never leap.


God works in unexpected places, through unexpected people, at unexpected times, His wonders to perform.


Power moves but is never moved.


Loving your neighbor means not to limit your neighbor in word, thought or deed.


“Never argue with a hunch.”


Christopher Columbus followed a hunch.


The Kingdom of Heaven is the realm of perfect ideas.


It is dark before the dawn but the dawn never fails. Trust in the dawn.


When in doubt play trumps, do the fearless thing.


It is the fearless things that count.


Never do today what intuition says to do tomorrow.


It’s a great life if you don’t reason.


Regard your neighbor as yourself.


Never hinder another’s hunch.


Selfishness binds and blocks. Every loving and unselfish thought has in it the germ of success.


Be not weary of make-believing. When you least expect it you shall reap.


Faith is elastic. Stretch it to the end of your demonstration.


Before you call you are answered, for the supply precedes the demand.


What you do for others you are doing for yourself.


Every act committed while angry or resentful brings unhappy reaction.


Sorrow and disappointment follow in the wake of deceit and subterfuge. The way of the transgressor is hard. “No good thing will be withheld from him who walks uprightly.”


There is no power in evil. It is nothing; therefore can only come to nothing.


Fear and impatience demagnetize. Poise magnetizes.


Drown the reasoning mind with your affirmation. Jehoshaphat clapped his cymbals so that he wouldn’t hear himself think.


All bondage is an illusion of the race consciousness. There is always a way out of every situation, under grace. Every man is free to do the will of God.


Sure-ism is stronger than Optimism.


“Divine ideas never conflict.”


It is dangerous to stop in the middle of a hunch.

Infinite Spirit is never too late.

Day 160/365: Affirmation Affirmation!