THE POWER OF A STORY by Ervin Seale
“A certain man’s business was dying. He could see nothing but ruin ahead. One day, in despair, he got into his car and drove out into the country, aimlessly. It was spring and freshets were running. The river had overflowed its banks and had left little pools of water in the meadows in which schools of glittering fish were stranded, unaware of the fate in store for them. The pools of fish caught the man’s eye, and he stopped his car to examine them more closely. It was sad to think that these bright little fish would die as soon as the pools of water dried up. The man got out of his car, went down on his hands and knees and began digging little ditches whereby the fish could swim back to the main stream.
“While he was absorbed in this benevolent work for the fish, the thought suddenly occurred to him, “Why, I am God to these fish. Without me they would surely perish. I am their saviour, I am their God.” And then came the second great revelation for this man. “There must be,” he thought “a greater power and wisdom which is God to me, and which will save me from perishing. Of course, there is. I will go back.” Renewed confidence surged through him and he did go back and in time recouped his fortunes.
“I have just related to you a modern parable. Let us analyse it for a minute. First of all, it indicates very plainly and very dramatically that a change of the individual mind is the only difference between misery and happiness, success and failure. Whenever a constructive influence enters into a person’s mind, that person will see a way out of his troubles and will then make progress speedily.
“This (article) is to help you to find certain truths which will so influence your mind that you too can renew your confidence and find the way to a good life. A parable is a story especially designed and written to accomplish this change in your mind and, essentially, in you. “In this story there are two prominent ideas. The first is the man’s kindness toward the fish; the second is the idea of the providence of a greater wisdom and power working toward man’s welfare. The first idea induced the other.
“A parable is a form of writing that tells a story about common everyday things within the range of every individual’s experience, and at the same time draws a subtle analogy between the ordinary facts of the story and the deeper meaning which lies parallel to facts. Literally, the word ‘parable’ means ‘a comparison.’ Every parable is, therefore, two stories placed side by side, or two meanings thrown beside each other for comparison. Thus, in every parable (and allegory) you have two stories: one is literal, the other is figurative.”
“We have much in our lives that we don’t enjoy and would like to get rid of. There’s nothing wrong with using the Law of Mind for any good we desire, providing it doesn’t interfere with another person’s good. We should always ask ourselves if what we wish produces harmony, and then be sure there is no hurt in it to anyone.
“We can only come into the experience of harmony by thinking harmoniously. So no matter what we profess, what the lips say, the experiences of life come from the mind and the heart. To constructively use the Law of Mind rests on the conversion of our consciousness. Our life on the outer is a reflection of the inner. “The creative nature of our thought involves the sum total of the content of our mind. This means that our habitual thought patters are being reflected in all our images of thought.
“The Law of Mind works as a Law of Identity, reproducing identically the content of our thought in and as our experience.
“It is as simple as this: We are surrounded by an infinite law that can do anything. There is no limit to it and it does not know anything about big and little. But what the law does for us it must do through us. We must consciously and subjectively accept only that which we wish to experience. “We convert the mind by the audible or silent expression and acceptance of constructive words, thoughts, ideas and beliefs. This is affirmative prayer, communion, realisation or meditation – whatever we choose to call it.
“We must watch over our own thoughts carefully, painstakingly, and patiently and not become discouraged. Just as surely as we do this we are bound to have our affirmative prayers become effective in our experience.”
AN AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER by Ernest Holmes.
EXAMPLES OF AFFIRMATIONS
LOVE ♥ ♥ ♥
I am worth loving. My love is limitless and I’m willing to accept the love that flows to me. I feel safe and secure. I am loved, loving and lovable.
HEALTH - hͪeͤaͣlᴛⷮhͪ
I know that healing begins first in my thought and so today I look beyond what appears to be and claim perfect health. I constructively use the creative power of my thought by giving attention only to that which I desire to experience – perfect love, peace, harmony and joy. As I immerse myself in the feeling of wholeness and perfection, health springs forth. I give thanks that my mind, body and environment now out-picture with the glow of vibrant and radiant health.
GREATER GOOD - goͦoͦdͩ
I know nothing but complete good today. The idea of good and more good is the motivating force behind everything I think, feel and do. I give from the bountiful good with me and gratefully experience greater good in every area of my life. I know which things are good for me and I discard that which is no longer for my highest good. I know only good now, and always.
PROSPERITY - p̒̓͛r̈́̔̚o͐͌͠s̽͌̚p͐͌̓ë́͊͝r͆̓̓i͒̒͝t́̚̕y͌͝
I now claim my affluence, abundance and prosperity. I claim permanent financial good and I’m free to go where I want, when I want, how I want, and for as long as I want. I know only that which is good, affluent and prosperous. I’m always connected to unlimited supply and I now experience the peace, harmony and joy of unlimited abundance. I truly am prosperous.
THE GIVERS AND TAKERS (Extract from SPIRITUAL ECONOMICS by Eric Butterworth.)
“Giving does not refer to money. It is a process that may involve money, but it also involves your work and the many ways in which you make contact with life. Giving is basically an attitude with which you touch things.
…. Life is not lived from the outside-in but from the inside-out. Unless we understand this we miss the whole meaning of life. The purpose of life is not acquisition but unfoldment and personal development. Even in the teaching of metaphysics there has been a tremendous swing toward this revolutionary attitude toward money and things. Thus, many books and courses emphasise ‘how to’ techniques for demonstrating money and possessions and jobs and success. The constant theme is ‘get, get, get. Just hold the right thought and you can get anything you want’.
“Your life is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. Anyone who has worked with people in a supervisory capacity will readily agree that there are two general types of people in the life – the givers and the takers. A word of caution – please don’t agree with this judgement thinking, ‘Oh yes. I know many people who are takers.’ We are not dealing with ‘they’ or ‘them’. We are dealing with YOU! See it as a test for yourself. We are not trying to change others. Our goal is to help you be ‘transformed’ by the renewal of your mind. “The takers are the people who believe that their lives will always be the total of what they can get from the world. They are always thinking ‘get, get, get’. They plan and scheme ways to get what they want in money, in love, in happiness and in all kinds of good. No matter that they may be applying metaphysical techniques, they still may very well be takers. But whatever may be their spiritual ideals, or lack of them, no matter what they take, they can never know peace or security or fulfilment.
“The givers, on the other hand, are convinced that life is a giving process. Thus, their subtle motivation in all their ways is to give themselves away – in love, in service and in all the many helpful ways in which they can invest themselves. They are always secure for they intuitively know that their good flows from within.”