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 240, 241 & 242 / 365: Your Choice, Angels Blow and Success – The Way of Abundance

Day 240, 241 & 242 / 365: Your Choice, Angels Blow and Success - The Way of Abundance

August 31, 2011

by Florence Shivel Shin

“Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust.”—Job 22:24

The way of abundance is a one-way street.

As the old saying is, “there are no two ways about it.”

You are either heading for lack, or heading for abundance. The man with a rich consciousness and the man with a poor consciousness are not walking on the same mental street.

There is a lavish supply, divinely planned for each individual.

The rich man is tapping it, for rich thoughts produce rich surroundings.

Change your thoughts, and in the twinkling of an eye, all your conditions change. Your world is a world of crystallized ideas, crystallized words.

Sooner or later, you reap the fruits of your words and thoughts.

“Words are bodies or forces which move spirally and return in due season to cross the lives of their creators.” People who are always talking lack and limitation, reap lack and limitation.

You cannot enter the Kingdom of Abundance bemoaning your lot.

I know a woman who had always been limited in her ideas of prosperity. She was continually making her old clothes “do,” instead of buying new clothes. She was very careful of what money she had, and was always advising her husband not to spend so much. She said repeatedly, “I don’t want anything I can’t afford.”

(August 29, 2011: Day 240 – Your Choice)

Day 240/365: Your Choice














She couldn’t afford much, so she didn’t have much. Suddenly her whole world cracked up. Her husband left her, weary of her nagging and limited thoughts. She was in despair, when one day she came across a book on metaphysics. It explained the power of thought and words.

She realized that she had invited every unhappy experience by wrong thinking. She laughed heartily at her mistakes, and decided to profit by them. She determined to prove the law of abundance.

She used what money she had, fearlessly, to show her faith in her invisible supply. She relied upon God as the source of her prosperity. She no longer voiced lack and limitation. She kept herself feeling and looking prosperous.

Her old friends scarcely recognized her. She had swung into the way of abundance. More money came to her than she had ever had before. Unheard-of doors opened—amazing channels were freed. She became very successful in a work she had had no training for.

She found herself on miracle ground. What had happened?

She had changed the quality of her words and thoughts. She had taken God into her confidence, and into all her affairs. She had many eleventh-hour demonstrations, but her supply always came, for she dug her ditches and gave thanks without wavering.

Someone called me up recently and said, “I am looking desperately for a position.”

I replied, “Don’t look desperately for it, look for it with praise and thanksgiving, for Jesus Christ, the greatest of metaphysicians, said to pray with praise and thanksgiving.”

Praise and thanksgiving open the gates, for expectancy always wins.

Of course, the law is impersonal, and a dishonest person with rich thoughts will attract riches—but, “a thing ill-got has ever bad success,” as Shakespeare says. It will be of short duration and will not bring happiness.

(August 30, 2011: Day 241/365: Angels Blow)

Day 241/365: Angels Blow















We have only to read the papers to see that the way of the transgressor is hard.

That is the reason it is so necessary to make your demands aright on the Universal Supply, and ask for what is yours by divine right and under grace in a perfect way.

Some people attract prosperity, but cannot hold it. Sometimes their heads are turned, sometimes they lose it through fear and worry.

A friend in one of my question and answer classes told this story.

Some people in his home town, who had always been poor, suddenly struck oil in their back yard. It brought great riches. The father joined the country club and went in for golf. He was no longer young—the exercise was too much for him and he dropped dead on the links.

This filled the whole family with fear. They all decided they might have heart trouble, so they are now in bed with trained nurses watching every heart beat.

In the race-thought people must worry about something.

They no longer worried about money, so they shifted their worries to health.

The old idea was, “that you can’t have everything.” If you got one thing, you’d lose another. People were always saying, “Your luck won’t last,” “It’s too good to be true.”

Jesus Christ said, “In the world (world thought) there is tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (thought).”

In the superconscious (or Christ within), there is a lavish supply for every demand, and your good is perfect and permanent.

“If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up (in consciousness), thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.”

“Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.”

“Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense and thou shalt have plenty of silver.”

What a picture of opulence! The result of “Returning to the Almighty (in consciousness).”

With the average person (who has thought in terms of lack for a long time) it is very difficult to build up a rich consciousness.

I have a student who has attracted great success by making the statement: “I am the daughter of the King! My rich Father now pours out his abundance upon me: I am the daughter of the King! Everything makes way for me.”

Many people put up with limited conditions because they are too lazy (mentally), to think themselves out of them.

You must have a great desire for financial freedom, you must feel yourself rich, you must see yourself rich, you must continually prepare for riches. Become as a little child and make believe you are rich. You are then impressing the subconscious with expectancy.

The imagination is man’s workshop, the scissors of the mind, where he is constantly cutting out the events of his life!

The superconscious is the realm of inspiration, revelation, illumination and intuition.

Intuition is usually known as a hunch. I do not apologize for the word “hunch” anymore. It is now in Webster’s latest dictionary.

I had a hunch to look up “hunch,” and there it was.

The superconscious is the realm of perfect ideas. The great genius captures his thoughts from the superconscious.

“Without the vision (imagination) my people perish.”

When people have lost the power to image their good, they “perish” (or go under).

It is interesting to compare the translation of the French and English Bibles. In the 21st verse of the 22nd chapter of Job we read: “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” In the French Bible we read: “Attach thyself to God and you will have peace. Thou shalt thus enjoy happiness.”

The 23rd verse: “If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.” In the French translation we read: “Thou shalt be re-established if thou returnest to the Almighty, putting iniquity far off from your dwellings.”

In the 24th verse we read a new and amazing translation. The English Bible reads: “Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.” The French Bible says: “Throw gold into the dust, the gold of Ophir amongst the pebbles of the torrents; and the Almighty shall be thy gold, thy silver, thy riches.”

This means if people are depending entirely on their visible supply, it is even better to throw it away and trust absolutely to the Almighty for gold, silver and riches.

I give an example in the story told me by a friend.

A priest went to visit a nunnery in France, where they fed many children. One of the nuns, in despair, told the priest they had no food; the children must go hungry. She said that they had but one piece of silver (about the value of a quarter of a dollar). They needed food and clothing.

The priest said, “Give me the coin.”

She handed it to him and he threw it out the window.

“Now,” he said, “rely entirely upon God.” Within a short time friends arrived with plenty of food and gifts of money.

This does not mean to throw away what money you have, but don’t depend upon it. Depend upon your invisible supply, the Bank of the Imagination.

Let us now attach ourselves to God and have peace. For He shall be our gold, our silver and our riches.

(August 31, 2011 – Day 242: Success! )

Day 242/365: Success!














The inspiration of the Almighty shall be my defense and I shall have plenty of silver.