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 LONG ARM OF GOD

“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 243 & 244 / 365: Secret Door to Success (Look with Wonder)

Day 243 & 244 / 365: Secret Door to Success (Look with Wonder)

September 1, 2011

I live now for Success, this is the path my new life is heading on. My Purpose – To be Successful in Everything I do! Think Win-Win!

Secret Door to Success
by Florence Shivel Shin

LOOK WITH WONDER

“I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember thy wonders of old.”—Psalms 77:11

The words wonder and wonderful are used many times in the Bible. In the dictionary the word wonder is defined as, “a cause for surprise, astonishment, a miracle, a marvel.”

Ouspensky, in his book, “Tertium Organum,” calls the 4th dimensional world, the “World of the Wondrous.” He has figured out mathematically, that there is a realm where all conditions are perfect. Jesus Christ called it the Kingdom.

We might say, “Seek ye first the world of the wondrous, and all things shall be added unto you.”

It can only be reached through a state of consciousness.

Jesus Christ said, to enter the Kingdom, we must become “as a little child.” Children are continually in a state of joy and wonder!

The future holds promises of mysterious good. Anything can happen over night.

Robert Louis Stevenson, in “A Child’s Garden of Verses” says: “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”

So let us look with wonder at that which is before us; that statement was given me a number of years ago, I mention it in my book, “The Game of Life and How To Play It.”

I had missed an opportunity and felt that I should have been more awake to my good. The next day, I took the statement early in the morning, “I look with wonder at that which is before me.”

At noon the phone rang, and the proposition was put to me again. This time I grasped it: I did indeed, look with wonder for I never expected the opportunity to come to me again.

A friend in one of my meetings said the other day, that this statement had brought her wonderful results. It fills the consciousness with happy expectancy.

Children are filled with happy expectancy until grown-up people, and unhappy experiences bring them out of the world of the wondrous!

September 1, 2011- Day 243 (Facing the Big Picture)

Day 243/365: Facing the Big Picture

Let us look back and remember some of the gloomy ideas which were given us: “Eat the speckled apples first.” “Don’t expect too much, then you won’t be disappointed.” “You can’t have everything in this life.” “Childhood is your happiest time.” “No one knows what the future will bring.” What a start in life!

These are some of the impressions I picked up in early childhood.

At the age of six I had a great sense of responsibility. Instead of looking with wonder at that which was before me, I looked with fear and suspicion. I feel much younger now than I did when I was six.

I have an early photograph taken about that time, grasping a flower, but with a careworn and hopeless expression.

I had left the world of the wondrous behind me! I was now living in the world of realities, as my elders told me, and it was far from wondrous.

It is a great privilege for children to live in this age, when they are taught Truth from their birth. Even if they are not taught actual metaphysics, the eithers are filled with joyous expectancy.

You may become a Shirley Temple or a Freddy Bartholomew or a great pianist at the age of six, and go on a concert tour.

We are all now, back in the world of the wondrous, where anything can happen over-night, for when miracles do come, they come quickly!

So let us become Miracle Conscious: prepare for miracles, expect miracles, and we are then inviting them into our lives.

Maybe you need a financial miracle! There is a supply for every demand. Through active faith, the word, and intuition, we release this invisible supply.

I will give an example: One of my students found herself almost without funds, she needed one thousand dollars, and she had had plenty of money at one time and beautiful possessions, but had nothing left but an ermine wrap. No fur dealer would give her much for it.

I spoke the word that it would be sold to the right person for the right price, or that the supply would come in some other way. It was necessary that the money manifest at once, it was no time to worry or reason.

She was on the street making her affirmations. It was a stormy day—She said to herself, “I’m going to show active faith in my invisible supply by taking a taxi cab:” it was a very strong hunch. As she got out of the taxi, at her destination, a woman stood waiting to get in.

It was an old friend: a very very kind friend. It was the first time in her life she had ever taken a taxi, but her Rolls Royce was out of commission that afternoon.

They talked, and my friend told her about the ermine wrap; “Why,” her friend said, “I will give you a thousand dollars for it.” And that afternoon she had the cheque.

God’s ways are ingenious, His methods are sure.

A student wrote me the other day, that she was using that statement—God’s ways are ingenious, His methods are sure. A series of unexpected contacts brought about a situation she had been desiring. She looked with wonder at the working of the law.

Our demonstrations usually come within a “split second.” All is timed with amazing accuracy in Divine Mind.

My student left the taxi, just as her friend stopped to enter; a second later, she would have hailed another taxi.

Man’s part is to be wide awake to his leads and hunches; for on the magic path of Intuition is all that he desires or requires.

In Moulton’s Modern Reader’s Bible, the book of Psalms is recognized as the perfection of lyric poetry.

“The musical meditation which is the essence of lyrics can find no higher field than the devout spirit which at once raises itself to the service of God, and overflows on the various sides of active and contemplative life.”

The Psalms are also human documents, and I have selected the 77th Psalm because it gives the picture of a man in despair, but as he contemplates the wonders of God, faith and assurance are restored to him.

“I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and He gave ear unto me.

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my soul refused to be comforted.

Will the Lord cast off forever? and will he be favourable no more?

Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?

And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.

I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God!

Thou art the God that doest wonders.

Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people.”

This is a picture of what the average Truth student goes through, when confronted with a problem; he is assailed by thoughts of doubt, fear and despair.

Then some statement of Truth will flash into his consciousness—”God’s ways are ingenious, His methods are sure!” He remembers other difficulties which have been overcome, his confidence in God returns. He thinks, “what God has done before, He will do for me and more!”

I was talking to a friend not long ago who said: “I would be pretty dumb if I didn’t believe God could solve my problem. So many times before, wonderful things have come to me, I know they will come again!”

So the summing up of the 77th Psalm is, “What God has done before, He now does for me and more!”

It is a good thing to say when you think of your past success, happiness or wealth: all loss comes from your own vain imaginings, fear of loss crept into your consciousness, you carried burdens and fought battles, you reasoned instead of sticking to the magic path of intuition.

But in the twinkling of an eye, all will be restored to you—for as they say in the East—”What Allah has given, cannot be diminished.”

Now to go back to the child’s state of consciousness, you should be filled with wonder, but be careful not to live in your past childhood.

(September 2, 2011 : Gift for a Child. Thanks Ony for the Gift!)
Day 244/365: Gift for a Child

I know people who can only think about their happy childhood days: they remember what they wore! No skies have since been so blue, or grass so green. They therefore miss the opportunities of the wonderful now.

I will tell an amusing story of a friend who lived in a town when she was very young, then moved away to another city. She always looked back to the house they first lived in; to her it was an enchanted palace: large, spacious and glamorous.

Many years after, when she had grown up, she had an opportunity of visiting this house. She was disillusioned: she found it small, stuffy and ugly. Her idea of beauty had entirely changed, for in the front yard was an iron dog.

If you went back to your past, it would not be the same. So in this friend’s family, they called living in the past, “iron-dogging.”

Her sister told me a story of some “iron-dogging” she had done. When she was about sixteen, she met abroad, a very dashing and romantic young man, an artist. This romance didn’t last long, but she talked about it a lot to the man she afterwards married.

Years rolled by, the dashing and romantic young man, had become a well-known artist; and came to this country to have an exhibition of his pictures. My friend was filled with excitement, and hunted him up to renew their friendship. She went to his exhibition, and in walked a portly business man—no trace was left of the dashing romantic youth! When she told her husband, all he said was, “iron-dogging.”

Remember, now is the appointed time! Today is the day! And your good can happen over night.

Look with wonder at that which is before you!

We are filled with divine expectancy: “I will restore to you the years which the locusts have eaten!”

Now let each one think of the good which seems so difficult to attain; it may be health, wealth, happiness or perfect self-expression.

Do not think how your good can be accomplished, just give thanks that you have already received on the invisible plane, “therefore the steps leading up to it are secured also.”

Be wide awake to your intuitive leads, and suddenly, you find yourself in your Promised Land.

“I look with wonder at that which is before me.”

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Day 159/365: First Steps, Creative Mind and Success

Day 159/365: First Steps, Creative Mind and Success

June 8, 2011

This is a good read to boost your goal and uplift your creativity and supply of infinite genius! To think is to create! And we must get rid of any thoughts of failure, limitation or poverty which are all results to negative attraction.

FIRST STEPS

From Creative Mind and Success, by Ernest Shurtleff Holmes

THE first thing to realize is that since any thought manifests it necessarily follows that all thought does the same, else how should we know that the particular thought we were thinking would be the one that would create? Mind must cast back all or none. Just as the creative power of the soil receives all seeds put into it, and at once begins to work upon them, so mind must receive all thought and at once begin to operate upon it. Thus we find that all thought has some power in our lives and over our conditions. We are making our environments by the creative power of our thought. God has created us thus and we cannot escape it. By conforming our lives and thought to a greater understanding of law we shall be able to bring into our experience just what we wish, letting go of all that we do not want to experience and taking in the things we desire.

Every person is surrounded by a thought atmosphere.

This mental atmosphere is the direct result of thought which in its turn becomes the direct reason for the cause of that which comes into our 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.

Every business, every place, every person, everything has a certain mental atmosphere of its own. This atmosphere decides what is to be drawn to it. For instance, you never saw a successful man who went around with an atmosphere of failure. Successful people think about success. A successful man is filled with that subtle something which permeates everything that he does with an atmosphere of confidence and strength. In the presence of some people we feel as though nothing were too great to undertake; we are uplifted; we are inspired to do great things, to accomplish; we feel strong, steady, sure. What a power we feel in the presence of big souls, strong men, noble women!

Did you ever stop to inquire why it is that such persons have this kind of an effect over you while others seem to depress, to drag you down, and in their presence you feel as though life were a load to carry? One type is positive, the other negative. In every physical respect they are just alike, but one has a mental and spiritual power which the other does not have, and without that power the individual can hope to do but little.

Which of these two do we like the better? With which do we want to associate? Certainly not with the one that depresses us; we have enough of that already. But what about the man who inspires us with our own worth? Ah, he is the man we will turn to every time. Before ever we reach him, in our haste to be near, even to hear his voice, do we not feel a strength coming to meet us? Do you think that this man who has such a wonderful power of attraction will ever want for friends? Will he ever have to look up a position? Already so many positions are open to him that he is weighing in his mind which one to take. He does not have to become a success; he already is a success.

Thoughts of failure, limitation or poverty are negative and must be counted out of our lives for all time. Somebody will say, “But what of the poor; what are you going to do with them; are they to be left without help?” No; a thousand times no. The same power is in them that is in all men. They will always be poor until they awake and realize what life is. All the charity on earth has never done away with poverty, and never will; if it could have done so it would have done so; it could not, therefore it has not. It will do a man a thousand times more good to show him how to succeed than it will to tell him he needs charity. We need not listen to all the calamity howlers. Let them howl if it does them any good. God has given us a power and we must use it. We can do more toward saving the world by proving this law than all that charity has ever given it.

Right here, in the manifold world to-day, there is more money and provision than the world can use. Not even a fraction of the wealth of the world is used. Inventors and discoverers are adding to this wealth every day; they are the real people. But in the midst of plenty, surrounded by all the gifts of heaven, man sits and begs for his daily bread. He should be taught to realize that he has brought these conditions upon himself; that instead of blaming God, man or the devil for the circumstances by which he is surrounded, he should learn to seek the truth, to let the dead bury their dead. We should tell every man who will believe what his real nature is; show him how to overcome all limitations; give him courage; show him the way. If he will not believe, if he will not walk in the way, it is not our fault, and having done all we can, we must go our way. We may sympathize with people but never with trouble, limitation or misery. If people still insist upon hugging their troubles to themselves, all the charity in the world will not help them.

Remember that God is that silent power behind all things, always ready to spring into expression when we have provided the proper channels, which are receptive and positive faith in the evidence of things not seen with the physical eye but eternal in the heavens.

All is mind, and we must provide a receptive avenue for it as it passes out through us into the outer expression of our affairs. If we allow the world’s opinion to control our thinking, then that will be our demonstration. If, on the other hand, we rise superior to the world, we shall do a new thing.

Remember that all people are making demonstrations, only most of them are making the ones they do not desire, but the only ones they can make with their present powers of perception.

Day 159/365: First Steps