“Life is not just something to be endured. It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit.” – “Discover a Richer Life,” by Ernest Holmes, page 58 Ernest Holmes is the founder of the Science of Mind spiritual philosophy, part of the greater New Thought movement. It is not a religion, although he speaks much about God, for that is all there is. It is so uplifting to hear a positive conception of Spirit and way of life, and espouses us to live in joy. This is so unlike (in my limited knowledge and experience of) the Judeo-Christian religions. In those philosophies, fear of God, and judgement of self and others is taught; such a stance diminishes self-esteem and a sense of well-being, preventing one from being their authentic self and promoting a fearful disposition in life and one’s relationships. One can feel imprisoned, restricted, and surely it’s a challenge to be happy and joyous, and to truly thrive. Such a way of being in the world with self, others, and God is not very healthy emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and eventually physically. Why would I want to subscribe to such a belief system?! Well, I never have. …Continue reading →
Two of today’s readings were about freedom and joy, so I contemplated on where they were showing up in my life. “There is a Power operating through me; a Presence, inspiring, guiding, and sustaining me. Upon this Power, I place my reliance. “I know the Creative Law of Good is infinite and has all power to accomplish. I know Its whole desire for me is freedom and joy. Therefore, I declare that this freedom and joy are mine today… I know freedom and joy cannot be separated from me…” – “365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom from Ernest Holmes,” May 22 Last week I resigned from my job in the financial technical services field and tomorrow I start my new one in higher education. When not a sole entrepreneur, most of my career has been in the financial services field as a technical writer, analyst, and trainer. However, I did work in academia, but it was as an adjunct instructor in the field of computer science and information technology. Tomorrow I get to start working in a position melding it all: working in academia as a technical writing consultant and trainer on a financial transformation project. I …Continue reading →
Well, I have to say the following reading reminded me of how I have not taken the longer view in making many choices in my life when I was younger, including ones related to career and finances, both very crucial areas of decision. “Every day I have choices to make. When I think about what will benefit me most in the long run, my choices get easier. Expanding my vision to a longer view helps me see the power of my choices. Though today may be only one step in a particular direction, my expanded view allows me to see all the good that comes when I walk in that direction. I embrace this longer view today.” I choose wisely today. I step into my greater Good! – “Everyday Joy, 365 days of ohmygod life,” by Z Egloff and Melissa Phillippe, May 18 Now, I can definitely see the power in the aforementioned practice. If I had followed that methodology, I’m pretty certain I would not find myself in my current financial situation of not being able to ever retire. But, I had lived in the present moment, a concept so often thrown at me in my earlier days of …Continue reading →
“One comes, finally, to believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement is true or false.” – Napoleon Hill Repetition of thought is essential for changing one’s life, and I choose to have life-affirming statements running through my monkey mind. This includes how I speak to myself when I err. I learned years ago to speak kindly and gently with myself when I goofed something up. Instead of using a figurative baseball bat, I could use a wet noodle 😊 My self-talk includes ever so lovingly saying, “Honey, it’s okay…” It sure is a lot healthier speaking to myself that way than badgering myself with how badly I messed up and what a bad person I am. Besides, I cannot change the past. My thought, combined with energy, i.e., emotion, is very powerful and long-lasting. I choose the loving way. I am vigilant about keeping my thoughts centered on positive truth statements. God is Good and only wants the very best for me; then why should I think anything less for myself? Peace, love, joy, optimum health, prosperity, love, and more, are mine; they are Life. I can’t be thinking negatively when Life is forward movement. There are …Continue reading →
There is a Power for Good in the universe and I can use it to create the life I desire. I know that negative beliefs, subconscious thoughts, long-ago memories, and race consciousness, among other things, pose challenges for me to manifest my good. But I also know the following and I affirm: I know that I am one with God. I know that God in me is perfect. I know that my real nature is spiritual. I know that I exist in a boundless good, in a heavenly state, and in perfect being. I know that my mind is being acted upon by pure Spirit. Divine Intelligence guides me into peace, happiness and success, into joy, love and perfect life. – “This Thing Called You,” by Ernest Holmes, page 67 With Spirit everything is possible. I need to clear the road (i.e., my mind) so that the good that is seeking me finds me. I create the life I desire, one filled with loving friends, exciting adventures, meaningful work and service, continuous financial prosperity, vibrant health, a sacred life partnership, and so many other abundant blessings. And so it is!