GOD IS NOT BECOMING Emmet Fox
GOD is infinite perfection and He is not concerned with our limited ideas about time and space and matter. He is the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy (perfect). God is not progressing or improving. What improves is our understanding of Him, and as this happens all our conditions necessarily improve too. There never was a time in your history when God was not all that He is today, and there never can come a time when God will be any more than He is today. Anything that you can need is part of God's expression for you at this moment. Indeed, what we call a need or a wish is really but our rather clouded sensing of the presence of the thing itself. There is no lack in Divine Mind-all lack is but your failure to realize the Presence of God at that point. There are no delays for the Holy One that inhabiteth eternity. You are His expression, and what you call delay is still but your failure to realize present good. God is continually expressing Himself in new ways but this is not improvement; it is unfoldment. Your life is simply part of this unfoldment, and that is the only reason for your existing at all. You are the living expression of God now--and to understand this is salvation. "Isaiah 57:15.
Take Your Place - Frank B. Whitney
You were created and brought into the world to fill a definite place. If through your adverse thinking you keep yourself out of the position God has assigned to
you, you bring confusion into your life. You cause a certain unsettled condition in the great universal plan as far as you are related to it. The vacant chair at
the Lord's banquet remains unfilled
because you do not fill it. No one else can take your place in the Lord's sight. If through misfortune of some kind you
yourself today in a position that you feel is not the place God has in mind for you, your duty is to find that place and fill it. You are to accept God's aid in discovering
your place in His great plan of life. On no account are you to be discouraged, nor content with anything short of God's blessings for you.
Many persons are ill at ease because
within them is an urge to go forward and upward and they do not obey the impulse. They
become restless because they have the
subconscious feeling that they can go ahead, but they do not let themselves be impelled by it.
to move toward the object they seek. The study of Truth sets us free. We are
liberated from inhibitions. We cast off the bonds that have kept us bound to
limitations. We escape from the place of
humility, sacrifice, and lack and catch the vision of our place in the Father's business. We see Him advancing us from glory to glory. We accept the good fortune that He
has in store for us. Take your place in the Father's blessings! Know that His limitless resources are at your command. Do you think this attitude is too self-assertive? Remember that
the prince of a royal household is not self-assertive when he shares in his father's bounty. He may have a feeling of humility when he regards his father but he takes
the good showered upon him as a matter of course. He takes his place in the royal household because there is no other position to take.
The Spirit of Christ today urges you forward. You are commanded to lay aside your weeping, discontent, and resignation and to take your place in the royal household.
You are to behold yourself as free, healthy, and successful. You are to see yourself as the child of God. To take your place in the Father's love, to accept the position He offers you in
the great universal plan, calls for but one thing: the right mental attitude. You are to rule out of mind every thought contrary to peace, joy, health, and success.
You are not to be content any longer with anything short of these. You are to aspire to the high consciousness in which the blessings of God are showered upon you as
the most natural thing in the universe. Do you think that aspiring to your rightful place is going to make you too discontented
with life? You will be discontented until you find it. You will be discontented as long as you are content with anything short of the ideal that you occasionally
behold. Your natural choice is to train yourself to enter the high consciousness in which blessings are yours at your command and desire.
Emmet Fox never felt disconnected from family members even though he knew they did not understand his New Thought philosophy. He taught that any sense of separation is an illusion. In God's perfect love, we are one. We are united in Spirit, because we are all created by God. Emmet Fox saw beyond different opinions, political ideologies, and beliefs. He reinforced the underlying unity connecting all people.
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Law Not Chance -William W. Atkinson
There is no such thing as chance. Law maintains
everywhere, and all that happens, happens because of the operation of Law. You cannot
name the simplest thing that ever occurred by chance - try it, and then run the
thing down to a final analysis, and you will see it as the result of law. It is as
plain as mathematics. Plan and purpose; cause and effect. From the movements of worlds
to the growth of the grain of mustard seed - all the result of Law. Life is not
the result of chance. The Law is in full operation whether you know it or not -
whether you believe in it or not. You may be the ignorant object upon which the Law
operates, and bring yourself allsorts of trouble because of your ignorance of or
opposition to the Law. Or you may fall in with the operations to the Law - get into its
current, as it were - and Life will seem a far different thing to you.
You cannot get outside of the Law, by refusing to have anything to do with it. You are at liberty to oppose it and produce all the friction you wish to - it doesn't' hurt the Law, and you may keep it up until you learn your lesson. The Law of Thought Attraction is one name for the law, or rather for one manifestation of it. Again I say, your thoughts are real things. They go forth from you in all directions, combining with thoughts of like kind - opposing thoughts of a different character - forming combinations - going where they are attracted - flying away from thought centers opposing them. And your mind attracts the thought of others, which have been sent out by them conscious or unconsciously. But it attracts only those thoughts which are in harmony with its own. Like attracts like, and opposites repel opposites, in the world of thought. If you set your mind to the keynote of courage, confidence, strength and success, you attract to yourself thoughts of like nature; people of like nature; things that fit in the mental tune.
Your prevailing thought or mood determines that which is to be drawn toward you - picks out your mental bed-fellow. You are today setting into motion thought currents which will in time attract toward you thoughts, people and conditions in harmony with the predominant note of your thought. Your thought will mingle with that of others of like nature and mind, and you will be attracted toward each other, and will surely come together with a common purpose sooner or later, unless one or the other of you should change the current of his thoughts. Fall in with the operations of the law. Make it a part of yourself. Get into its currents. Maintain your poise.
Set your mind to the keynote of Courage, Confidence and Success. Get in touch with all the thoughts of that kind that are emanating every hour from hundreds of minds. Get the best that is to be had in the thought world. The best is there, so be satisfied with nothing less. Get into partnership with good minds. Get into the right vibrations. You must be tired of being tossed about by the operations of the Law - get into harmony with it. (William Atkinson was an early New Thought writer of hundreds of books & articles)
One of Dr. Fox's frequent expressions was "Every day in every way, we are continually evolving." "As spiritual beings we continue to evolve," he would say that the evolutionary process includes trials, errors, personal roadblocks, opportunities, as well as joyful events. He believed that every experience we encounter, every friendship and relationship we share, every employment position or business connection we come upon, and every insight we receive, offers us the opportunity to grow and unfold. He spoke of man as, "a work in progress;" growing and evolving every minute of every day, to be that person he or she was meant to be. Dr. Fox believed that all seeming setbacks were stepping stones to a deeper awareness of the Divine Presence within.
BRAINS OR EXCELSIOR Emmet Fox
YOU all know the Great Law. One way of stating it is to say: Like produces like. Good produces good. Evil follows evil. What we sow in thought we reap in experience.
If our all day thinking is positive, constructive, kindly, we produce health, success, and freedom. If our hour to-hour thinking is negative, pessimistic, mean, we produce sickness, failure, and unhappiness. If our life is governed by Faith we become younger, more prosperous, and more joyous, as the years pass. If our life is governed by fear, the fleeting years bring age, decrepitude, and frustration.
People know that these things are true. They have not a shadow of doubt about them, and yet in spite of this transcendent knowledge they constantly use the Great Law for their own destruction. They would not dream of putting water in the gas tank of their car, or sand into their watch, or broken glass into their food; but they do something just as foolish every time they think, speak, or act negatively. Knowing the law, one cannot help wondering what such people have inside their heads-brains or excelsior.
Thank God we know the Great Law, because it gives us the key to life. All we have to do is to apply it, and while this will be a little difficult at first-like the acquiring of any new habit, or the learning of any new technique-yet practice will make perfect, and good results will pile up at an undreamed of speed.
In future, when you catch yourself thinking negatively, say to yourself severely, "brains or excelsior?" and immediately switch to what you know to be the Truth of Being.
Stake Your Claim
You can have true success and happiness in life if you consistently put these truths into practice in your daily living. It is your God -
given duty to Stake Your Claim to peace, poise,
power, prosperity and health - and God expects you to be satisfied with nothing less. (Herman Wolhorn)
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