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Archive for October 5, 2008

Affirmation of God’s Presence, Emmet Fox

The Presence
by Emmet Fox

God is the only Presence and the only Power.  God is fully present here with me, now.  God is the only real Presence – all the rest is but shadow.  God is perfect Good, and God is the cause only of perfect Good.  God never sends sickness, trouble, accident, temptation, nor death itself; nor does He authorize these things.  We bring them upon ourselves by our own wrong thinking.  God, Good, can cause only good.  The same fountain cannot send forth both sweet and bitter water.

I am Divine Spirit.  I am the child of God.  In God I live and move and have my being; so I have not fear.  I am surrounded by the Peace of God and all is well.  I am not afraid of people; I am not afraid of things; I am not afraid of circumstances; I am not afraid of myself; for God is with me.  The Peace of God fills my soul, and I have no fear.  I dwell in the Presence of God, and no fear can touch me.  I am not afraid of the past; I am not afraid of the present; I am not afraid for the future; for God is with me.  The Eternal God is my dwelling place and underneath are the ever-lasting arms.  Nothing can ever touch me but the direct action of God Himself, and God is Love.

God is Life; I understand that and I express it.
God is Truth; I understand that and I express it.
God is Divine Love; I understand that and I express it.

I send out thoughts of love and peace and healing to the whole universe:  to all trees and plants and growing things, to all beasts and birds and fishes, and to every man, woman and child on earth, without any distinction.  If anyone has ever injured me or done me any kind of harm, I fully and freely forgive him now, and the thing is done forever.  I loose him and let him go.  I am free and he is free.  It there is any burden of resentment in me I cast it upon the Christ within, and I go free.

God is Infinite Wisdom, and that Wisdom is mine.  That Wisdom leads and guides me; so I shall not make mistakes.  Christ in me is a lamp unto my feet.  God is Infinite Life, and that Life is my supply; so I shall want for nothing.  God created me and He sustains me.  Divine Love has foreseen everything, and provided for everything.  One Mind, One Power, One Principle.  One God, One Law, One Element.  Closer is He than breathing, nearer than hands and feet.

I am Divine Sprit, the Child of God, and in the presence of God I dwell forever.  I thank God for Perfect Harmony.

EMMET FOX

Prayer ~

Do you pray aloud? Or maybe you pray silently, in your mind. Do you “picture” G-d when you pray? Do you focus on an object or perhaps a flame? Do you think of your prayers as going out from you? Or maybe inward, toward your “inner light”? Is praying about reciting a shopping list? Or is it about praise? Why did Y’shua combine a couple of prayers from Jewish tradition and call it sufficient, as though to recite the one prayer in every circumstance would be all we would ever need to do? Was this supposed to be “it”, or a pattern on which other prayers were to be formed, understanding that if we grasped the reason for each phrase of that prayer, we would know how, when and what to pray, always?

Each sect of each belief system has it’s different traditions about this particular act of faith that vary so widely that in all of it’s permutations, it is often difficult to believe that one extreme is related to another. How can a Pope’s supplication for the people have the same weight in God’s ears as the prayers of a child? Yet, there are many who believe the Child’s sincere prayers are heard long before the adult’s no matter the earthly “station” of the adult.

Prayer is something about which I have more questions than answers, yet, it is not that Hashem has not answered my prayers, many times. In fact, all of my prayers get answered, it’s just that some get answered with a “no” rather than a “yes”. However, Hashem has often enough said even “no” in such a way that I knew that my prayer had been “heard”, lest I believe I was simply “blowing in the wind”.

How to get a “Demonstration” of the Power of Prayer
by Emmet Fox

HERE is one way of solving a problem by Scientific Prayer, or, as we say in metaphysics, of getting a demonstration.

Get by yourself, and be quiet for a few moments.  This is very important.  Do not strain to think rightly or to find the right thought, etc., but just be quiet.  Remind yourself that the Bible says Be still, and know that I am God.

Then begin to think about God.  Remind yourself of some of the things that you know about Him – that He is present everywhere, that He has all power, that He knows you and loves you and cares for you, and so forth.  Read a few verses of the Bible, or a paragraph from any spiritual book that helps you.

During this stage it is important not to think about your problem, but to give your attention to God. In other words, do not try to solve your problem directly (which would be using will power) but rather become interested in thinking of the Nature of God.

Then claim the thing that you need – a healing, or some particular good which you lack.  Claim it quietly and confidently; as you would ask for something to which you are entitled.

Then give thanks for the accomplished fact; as you would if somebody handed you a gift.  Jesus said when you pray believe that you receive and you shall receive.

Do not discuss your treatment (prayer) with anyone.

Try not to be tense or hurried.  Tension and hurry delay the demonstration. You know that if you try to unlock a door hurriedly, the key is apt to stick, whereas, if you do it slowly, it seldom does.  If the key sticks, the thing is to stop pressing, take your breath, and release it gently.  To push hard with will power can only jam the lock completely.  So it is with mental working.

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.

Every time I explore more about Emmet Fox, I find there is a depth of knowledge there that is as helpful today as it was in 1950, his last year on the planet. Do you remember this?

Love Will Conquer
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
no disease that enough love will not heal;
no door that enough love will not open;
no gulf that enough love will not bridge;
no wall that enough love will not throw down;
no sin that enough love will not redeem . . .

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook;
how muddled the tangle;
how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world . . .

Emmet Fox

You used to see these posters all over the place years ago, perhaps we will again. God bless your prayers!

Su

Ceremony ~

Just what need does ceremony fulfill, since Hashem really does not need it, it is for us. That’s why it doesn’t bother the Holy One if one of us sings a Lakota song to the Sacred Prayer Pipe, or another of us throws himself on an altar with a white cloth and cross on it. It took me a long time to realize that Hashem didn’t care where or how you worshiped, so long as you were not worshiping the darker tendencies of evil, or the temporal silliness that is here today, and gone tomorrow. Matt 12:

31 And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 Good people bring good things out of the good stored up in them, and evil people bring evil things out of the evil stored up in them. 36 But I tell you that people will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Hashem honors prayer whether it comes from a child or an elder, a Buddhist or a Seventh Day Adventist, so long as it is spoken in compassion and love. In fact, whatever you put forth will come back to you, so I am not sure dark prayers are not honored as well, but you will be held responsible for them.

It also took me a long time to realize that since prayer is our line of communication with the divine, the very fact that sincere deep prayers for healing are answered no matter their source, our religion, the outer trappings of what we wear and what we do, has absolutely nothing to do with G-d’s perspective when looking at us. What is seen when we pray is the heart. G-d does not care if you are a Christian, “Do you love?” God does not care if you are a Buddhist, “Are you kind?” God does not care if you are Muslim, “Do you love your fellow human beings from deep inside your very being?”

The “Sin against the Holy Spirit” is calling an answered prayer from a Buddhist an answer from the Devil, because they are not of your faith. The sin spoken of here is to call that which is good evil, and that which is evil good. That doesn’t change whether you are Jain or Native American. The ceremony you use when you pray is to help you focus your prayers. That is all it serves. What is in your heart? If it is good, your prayers will be good, and your faith will be honored.

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