What if God did not punish anyone? Ever? Not in this life, or in the afterlife. What if Heaven is a reality – but, Hell is not? Would that be alright with you?
What if Heaven is every person’s ultimate fate, and everyone is reincarnated, over and over again, until they got it right and went to Heaven? Would that be okay?
Does any of that make sense to you? It does to me.
Gender, race, color, creed, nationality, religion, class, politics, sexual persuasion, taxonomy, planet, solar system or whatever you find in the universe is still an individualized manifestation of the One. Just as every individual limb, muscle, cell, molecule and atom of your body cannot be separated and are all necessary components of your one body, all that is seen and unseen, in the known and unknown Universe is a necessary aspect of the One Body and cannot be separated. There is One; you are It just as all are It. This is why Jesus said, “ye are gods”.
Once all stop thinking along the lines of division and separation, every aspect of the one will be healed. Live as one with all, because you are. ~ Guy
Everyone desires something greater, something better or something more in life. Whether it is greater health, better relationships or more wealth, there is no one without desire for a more fulfilled life in some aspect. The good news is that everyone can experience more of whatever it is anyone may feel is lacking in their life. Everyone deserves more than what they now have, and everyone can have more of what they deserve.
The question then is if you deserve more, and you can have more, why don’t you have it and how can you get it? The answer is summed up in the idea taught to man a little more than two millenniums ago; “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
So, you see; it’s pretty simple. You can pray for anything you want. You can pray for as many things as you want. It doesn’t matter what you pray for, or how much you pray for, as long as you believe that you will receive whatever you pray for. Peace, joy, love, career fulfillment, greater relationships of any nature, greater finances, better health or anything you want, need or desire to live a happier more fulfilled life. The only thing is you must believe you receive what you pray for; then you most certainly will.
This means that if you don’t receive the things you pray for, whatever those things may be, you didn’t bring yourself to a point of belief that you will. You may say you believe, but if you don’t feel that you do, it is certain that you don’t. That is why, “As a man believeth in his heart, so is he.” What you feel is true for you is what you actually believe, and what you actually believe is what you receive.
So, why shouldn’t anyone believe in receiving their desires? Well, it’s not that anyone shouldn’t believe in having or receiving their desires, because everyone should. It’s just that believing in something you don’t see in the physical world of effects isn’t always that easy. Why? Because, it isn’t that easy for us to feel prosperous when the rent or mortgage is due and there is no money in our bank account. It isn’t easy to feel healthy while we are filled with fever or experiencing aches and pains.
But, when you can feel a sense of perfection within yourself while experiencing aches and pains, the aches and pains will disappear. When you can feel a sense of prosperity within yourself even when your bills must be paid and there is no money in the bank, your bills will be taken care of. When you can feel loved within yourself even when everyone around you seems to despise you, the honor, admiration and respect of all around you will appear. This is why the teaching to “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” is so vital. The only reason we ever experience anything less than the perfection of the Truth of our being, is because we have learned to believe it is true for us. We are not judging with “righteous judgment”.
The Truth of your being is Perfection. It is taught, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is Perfect”. The Perfection of Being is Heaven, and it is within you. “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.
So, since the way to get more of what you want, need, desire and deserve is to believe what you pray for is given to you, even before you see it, and it is difficult for you to believe in that which you don’t see in front of you, even with the teachings that have been handed down over the years, how do you bring yourself to a sense of belief in things it seems you do not have? How do you believe in your heart that you receive what ever you pray for, judge righteous judgment instead of according to the appearance, and become perfect, even as the Perfect Spirit within you is? How do you demonstrate the invisible Truth of your being as your manifest, physical reality?
Since the answer was given so long ago, there has been plenty of time to put the ideas given to practice. There has been plenty of time not only to practice the ideas, but to create definite techniques by which they can be applied with mathematical and scientific precision. These methods and techniques can be practiced, applied and mastered by anyone willing to put in the necessary work and effort to practice, apply and master them. When you do, you will master the proven and provable techniques of employing effective prayer to attain the belief in receiving what things soever you desire, and you will receive them.
Effective prayer then, is not begging, pleading or cajoling a God which is separate from or outside of you to do something to you or for you. It is not bargaining with a God that is in the sky for favors. It is not supplicating yourself to a God that is looking down on you and rewarding you by giving you what you want, while punishing you by not doing so, or even doing some type of harm to you. It is looking within yourself to God which lives in you, seeing the Perfection of God which lives in you, (righteous judgment), and allowing the Perfection of Being which is God living in you to express perfectly as you, by your own belief of that Perfection existing and expressing as you.
It has been taught to pray without ceasing. The fact of the matter is that everyone does so. Every thought you have sets an Infinite Action of cause and effect into motion. This is why you can say of everything that you have experienced in life, “as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee”. Every thought you have defines a belief, and every belief you have sets a definite Law of Infinite Action into motion, doing “unto you” as you believe. So, whether you are consciously aware of it, or not, you are always praying for something. Because you may be praying without being conscious of what you are praying by thinking and feeling what you are believing, you will receive things you may not want.
When your thoughts and feelings indicate that you have a belief in prosperity, you will prosper. When your thoughts and feelings indicate that your belief is more in line with lack, you will always be in a state of lacking what you need. Likewise, it is for thoughts of sickness or health, joy or depression, love or hatred, or whatever the case may be, it is always done unto you as you believe.
So, the method for praying aright consists of certain, exact elements of technique. The exact elements of technique for praying aright include: paying attention to what you most consistently think and feel, and what most consistently shows up in your life as a result, then changing your habitual thought patterns until your feelings reflect the new ideas that you have used to replace former ideas and thought patterns. Recognize what you have in your life that you do not want, then decide what you want to replace the things you do not want.
After you have decided what you want, select the ideas you are going to focus on until you replace the ideas which the Law of cause and effect are currently acting upon, thereby replacing the experiences you are now having and want to change. In other words, “Change your mind, and keep it changed”. When you decide on, select and initiate a new thought about anything, and thereby change your mind by thinking the new thought until you develop a new feeling and belief about the thing you want changed, you will be praying for what you want, believing you will receive it; and you will.
And so It is.
Guy E. Lawson, R.Sc.P.
You cannot see the good in any negative situation by taking it for what it is in the physical and looking at it with your physical eyes. There is no good to be seen there. You must realize however, that what is seen as anything less than or other than good in the physical appears in the physical because of ideas believed in, in the invisible. When you see beyond the physical and determine for yourself what you see, and determined what you want to see based on the Truth, what you begin to see in the physical changes, because now the Good can reveal Itself in the physical things you saw before.
Example: “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” The impotent man answered him, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” Jesus saith unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath”. ~John 5:1-9
In this example there was a man who could not walk, who in fact had not been able to walk for 38 years. That is how he saw himself. That’s how everyone who knew him saw him too. That is the way anyone only looking at what they could see in the physical could see him. Looking solely at what could be seen in the physical there is no good that can be seen in such a situation. You can see the Good only when you do as the Master Teacher, Jesus taught and “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” ~John 7:24
We judge according to the appearance and wonder how we can see the good. In this way we cannot. We must judge righteous judgment. That means knowing and seeing within ourselves the Truth. We can only know the Truth within ourselves or in the Invisible. When Jesus in the above example judged the man with the infirmity as whole, knowing and seeing the Perfection of God as the Truth of that man, the Truth was able to express in the man, through the man and as the man. That is how we judge righteous judgment; by knowing the Truth and not relying on what we see in the physical as reality. It is a real experience in the physical, but it is the Spiritual Reality that we know within our own use of Mind that allows the Good to be revealed in any physical thing.
How do you see the Peace of God while looking at war and accepting it as reality? You don’t. You know Peace within yourself to allow Peace to be established “in earth as it is in Heaven”.
This is why Reverend Michael Beckwith has said that when we see these things in the news to realize that we are “receiving a call for prayer.” Are we going to bring the dead back to life? Maybe not, although I believe that if we have enough faith we can (and I know of someone who did in my lifetime). But we can see more Love revealed in the world as opposed to the brutality spoken of in the question I was asked; but, only when we see the Good – by our own choice, within our own mind. Seeing the Good must be a proactive decision made by you if you want to see more of it. You cannot wait for something “bad” to turn into something good. You cannot say, “I can’t wait to see the good in this situation”, and expect to see any good if you haven’t determined what the good is based on Truth and spoken it into being.
How can you see the good in a child being harmed, molested, or killed? You can’t when you believe that is the truth. In Truth no one can be killed because no one ever dies. If Life is eternal how can it be that someone dies? In Truth no one can do anything to anyone else. Why? Because it is done unto you as you believe. In order for a person to be robbed, there has to be a belief by that person that someone can do something bad to them, and that someone can take something from them. That will be in harmony with someone who believes that they cannot get their good unless they take something from someone else. The person that believes they can only get their good by taking something from someone else is not in harmony with someone that knows that nothing can be taken from them, because whatever they have and whatever is theirs, is theirs by right of consciousness. The understanding that nothing happens to you, but that all that happens in your experience happens through you gives you the foundation for that belief.
The more you then believe that Good and Good alone is revealed in all children, the more you will see evidence of that in your world. As long as the human race believes in something less than good, and to the degree that the human race believes in something less than good, those beliefs must be played out in the physical. The more any individual believes in Good and Good alone, the more it will be played out in their individual experience and the more the world as a whole will be blessed. Whatever you believe affects not just you and your experience, but everything and everyone everywhere. Do you wish to affect the world by believing that bad things happen to people, or by taking a proactive stance in knowing the Truth?
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Within you is something unique, something that longs for expression and somthing that will not only change you forever, but will change the world forever. As each one is an individualization of that which created, sustains and lives in all, each one individualizes it. It is only you that thinks as you do, perceives life as you do and feels as you do.
It is likewise only you that creates what you create, for only you can. No other can be you, no other can think for you and no other can give the world the gift that lies within you. You have something to give which only you can. It is the reason you were born.
Though we each have a special gift to give the world, few of us ever do and few of us ever will. In fact, most never realize this is true of them and will go through life feeling as if this is only the case for a special few. As you read these words you may reason, “There could only be one Da Vinci, Beethoven, Joan of Arc, Edison, Ford, Nelson Mandela, Amelia Earhart, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Barack Obama or anyone else who is that notable for their contributions to the world”. If that is your thought, you are absolutely correct. There can only be one of any of these monumental figures of history, past or present.
Likewise, there is and can only be one you. You may not have risen to the height that any of the aforementioned have, but you can. But like each of the aforementioned, no one else can do what you have in you to do. Only you have the God given talent that is yours. Only you have the ideas and the desires that can give expression to your dreams, for they are your dreams and your dreams alone.
You can keep doing what you feel is practical or safe, you can keep feeling as if there is no hope for you to accomplish anything with your life, or you can listen to your heart and honor your heart’s desire. Your unique talents are equal to living the desires of your heart. When you listen to your heart’s desire and follow your dream, believing that your dreams become your reality, they do.
New heights are in you to be reached and you can reach them. You cannot reach a new height if you don’t believe you can, because if you don’t believe you can reach it, you won’t even try. You will not reach a new height if you don’t start moving in that direction, because without moving in the direction of your dream you cannot get there. You will only reach a new height if you begin to climb.
Dare to climb that mountain, write that book, sing that song or implement that idea the world has never heard of before, because the dream belongs to you and you alone. It belongs to you, but it is your gift for the world.
The sum total of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs comprise your consciousness. This includes those ideas you are aware of on the conscious level of your mental activity, and those ideas you are not aware of on the subconscious level of your mental activity. Not being aware of what is going on in the thought atmosphere of your subconscious mind, you are quite often left feeling surprised or helpless about the life experiences you have.
Considering this it is imperative to think about how much you really love yourself, because to the degree that you really love yourself, you see that love reflected in your world of experiences. Do you harshly judge and criticize yourself, or are you kind and loving to yourself. For instance; do you hear yourself saying things like, “how could you be so stupid” or “you idiot, you should know better” when you make a mistake, or do you say instead, “that’s alright, something good will come from this”, “it’s not my fault, I did the best I could in the moment” or something like “okay, let’s look for the lesson in this”.
Since your subconscious is filled with every thought, idea, feeling and memory you’ve ever had, it is impossible to know everything that goes on in the subconscious activity of your mind. But it is through the subconscious activity of your mind that your world of experiences, circumstances, events and conditions is created. If you’ve been harshly judging yourself all of your life, what you feel and believe about yourself, and what is stored in your subconscious mind is harsh judgment, and will be reflected in your experiences. On the other hand, if you’ve been kind and loving to yourself all of your life, what you feel and believe about yourself, and what is stored in your subconscious mind is loving kindness, and that will be reflected in your experiences.
The good news is that if you have not been so kind and loving to yourself up until now, you can now begin. You have the ability to change the way you think about yourself, because you have dominion over what you think. Starting now you can redirect your conscious thinking and thereby reprogram your subconscious thought activity. You can be proactive in the way you think about yourself and you can consciously choose whatever thoughts and ideas you want to fill your subconscious mind. If you want to have more kind and loving experiences in your life, start now by being more kind and loving to yourself.
Use more positive self speak in the midst of unfavorable situations. The more you do, the less those situations will occur. Be proactive in consciously redirecting and reprogramming your subconscious thinking with the use of positive affirmations, using kind and loving thoughts about yourself. The more you do this, the more the thought atmosphere of your subconscious mental activity changes, thus more positive, kind and loving conditions will be reflected in your world of experiences.
Use affirmations such as: I love myself, I am good, I am always the best I can be, I accept myself as I am, I am a good (man, woman, person, husband, wife, mother, father, employee, boss, daughter, son, etc…), I deserve the best, I am wonderful, I am fabulous, I am smart, I am wise, I am good at what I do, I am good to me, I am beautiful, I am kind to myself and I forgive myself. Don’t limit yourself to these suggestions; create some kind and loving self speak affirmations for yourself to use.
Think about the ideas you have read here and make the decision to be more kind and loving to you by implementing them. Remember, you have spent a lifetime creating the thought atmosphere that makes up the subconscious of your mind; you are not going to completely change it overnight. Devote yourself to improving your life by using positive self talk and positive affirmations for as long as it takes to see the change you want to see. After all, who’s going to love you if you don’t? You deserve the best. And so It is. – Guy
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The article you’re reading now was inspired by the picture you see here. It was taken by a friend of mine named Sharon Zellner, and she appropriately named it “God’s Light”. It is an awesome and awe inspiring picture which captured a natural arc of light. It’s as if sunlight is emanating from the earth, rising up into the air, and pouring back down into the earth becoming one with it again. I have never seen anything like it, and am amazed that Sharon not only did, but was also able to capture it in such an excellent fashion.
How can this phenomenal occurrence be explained? I have a little understanding about rainbows, but this doesn’t seem to fit the explanations we have come to accept about their appearances. Even if there was some moisture in the air at the time this picture was taken, where is the spectrum of colors and why is the entire object able to be seen from such a close distance?
These may be good questions, but I don’t particularly feel the need to examine these ideas any further. There is probably a very good tangible explanation of this spectacle, but my thoughts quickly move to my personal interpretation of this wonderful vision in terms of some explainable metaphysical symbolism; I just need to know what it means to me.
As with any interpretation of anything imaginable, there are an infinite number of viewpoints, angles and perspectives that any idea can be approached from. For instance, the idea of God’s Light can be looked at as the sun, which many have come to view as the light of God shining on the world to supply energy, warmth, luminescence, and all that is necessary to regulate all functions of life. It can also be looked at as the Infinite Intelligence of Spirit, filling all space and time with the unconditioned knowledge of all that is necessary to regulate all functions of Life.
We view the idea of illumined individuals, illumined minds or illumined thinkers. We sometimes get a “bright idea”, or when we realize the answer to a question we’ve been pondering, it is because “a light” has come on to give us the answer. We hope that people we care about, who make what we judge as mistakes in their approach to life, will someday “see the light” and change their ways, or come “from the darkness into the light”.
However we look at it, light is something we cherish; something we feel is necessary and beautiful.
An illumined being is one that we see as “walking in the Light of Spirit” or being “filled with the Light of God”. This describes to us an individual that is wise, because they have become consciously aware of the Infinite Intelligence of the Universe as a basic aspect of their being, and are guided by this Intelligence with an intuitive understanding of how to approach all matters of Life. These individuals also recognize themselves as “the Light of God”.
They see all of Life as they see themselves, as individualizing God’s Life, Love, Light, Power, Peace, Beauty and Joy. Everywhere they look they see Good, because everywhere they look they see God.
What does it take to become one of these illumined individuals? It takes the willingness on anyone’s part to recognize that God is all there is; that all aspects of God are individualized throughout all of creation. It takes a willingness to practice knowing that the Presence of Spirit is alive everywhere, existing in all, through all and as all. It takes the willingness to believe that despite what we may see with our physical eye, the Truth of the Invisible, Infinite, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent Creator and Sustainer of all Life, is the Truth of our being and the Truth of all Life. You and I have the power to do this; it is the power of our choice.
It is what allows us as human beings to have dominion over our selves, our experiences, and the rest of creation. It is also what allows us to be what we determine ourselves to be, do what we determine we can do, and have what we determine we can have. It is what allows us to make the conscious decision to walk in the Light of God, be a Light unto our world and radiate God’s Light as a blessing to our world. I determine this for me, and I know that you can determine this for you. I am God’s Light, knowing that God’s Light blesses the world as me, and knowing that God’s Light blesses the world as you. Thanks to Sharon for sharing this beautiful reminder of Truth with us all. And so It is.
Inspired Quote of the Day
“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – Dwight L. Moody
Inspired Affirmation of the Day
I am a Light in this world, shining brightly for all to see the awesome wonder, goodness and glory that is God in all that exists. And so It is.
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