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Learn to Deal with Racism Through the Application of Universal Law

I may need to clarify some things about universal law to make this concept clearer. I have been speaking about seeds and soil and crops but we do not live in an agrarian society anymore. The vast majority of people (in the US, at least) get their food from a market.

A few families have small gardens at home but their gardens do not supply the bulk of what they eat. For most people, gathering food means going to the local grocer to shop.

So, I want to back up and make sure this idea of sowing and reaping makes sense. Many texts that speak about universal law in farming terms were written during a time when families lived on or were connected in some way to a farm.

For example, I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s. My childhood home sits on a plot of land that belonged to the Armstrong family before we bought it. Growing up, a portion of my neighborhood was still an active farm. As children, we rode our bikes down the paths left by the tractor Mr. Armstrong drove through his farm.

No one lives like that anymore.

Why All the Agricultural References to Explain Universal Law?

The reason we have so many agricultural references to explain universal law is that the process by which the Law works most closely mirrors what we see in nature. All insects, plants, animals, fish and people come into being through an orderly process. A seed gets planted. Over time, that seed germinates until it breaks open and a new life form comes forth.

In every instance, a seed gets planted. The only difference can be found in what gets planted and how it gets planted. For example, we produce apples by planting an apple seed in the ground. But, we get a puppy through the seed being planted in a dog.

The basic process is the same but what and how changes.

Still, everything we see, touch, taste, hear or smell comes to us through this orderly process of a seed being planted. Because we find no variations on this process anywhere, we call this process universal law.

Why Do We Have to Wait for the Seed to Become an Expression?

Every seed has its own specific gestation period. For example, it takes 3 to 4 years for an apple seed to become a fruit bearing tree. Similarly peach trees take 2 to 4 years to bear fruit.

On the animal side, an elephant remains pregnant for almost 2 years (22 months) before giving birth. But the gestation period for a primate depends upon the species. It takes 187 days (6 months) for a baboon to be born whereas a gorilla requires 230-250 days (9 months).

I am not sure we can answer the question of “why” but we can say that each seed has a specific gestation period. You may be planting seeds of plenty expecting them to germinate the day you planted them and that’s just not how our world works.

Nothing just appears overnight. Whatever you see has been growing on the inside for some length of time.

But, I Feel Like I’ve Been Planting Seeds of Plenty Forever

Yes, it can feel like that. I think that’s why Paul counseled to Galatians: “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow…So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”

You can trust this process of Law.

In the meantime, make sure you plant (and continue to plant) what you want. Apples only come from apple seeds. Love only comes from seeds of love. Peace only comes from seeds of peace. If you do not want discord, do not plant it.

We may not like it but the expression always proves the seed sown. So, you do not have to fool yourself because your life proves what you have been thinking and feeling mostly.

Prioritize Your Spiritual Work Above All Else

Here’s the thing: once you plant the seed, the harvest comes. Just as you should not expect apples when you’ve laid down seeds for oranges. You should not expect joy when you’ve laid down seeds for sadness. Plant what you want and only what you want.

If we have drawn a joyous experience, then we know we planted seeds of joy. It cannot be otherwise. And, if we have drawn a painful experience full of sadness, then we know we planted seeds of pain and sadness. It cannot be otherwise.

This is why our spiritual development must take first priority in our lives. We seek first the kingdom and its righteousness  because universal law works with us whether we are conscious of it or not.

Where Do Man-made Laws Fit Into this Puzzle?

In Your Life, McArthur gives a wonderful definition to help us recognize universal law. He says, “The Universal Laws are unbreakable, unchangeable principles of life that operate inevitably, in all phases of our life and existence, for all human beings everywhere, all the time” (McArthur).

So, the law of gravity is a universal law. It is an unbreakable, unchangeable principle of life that operates inevitably, in all phases of our life and existence, for all human beings everywhere, all the time. The law of aerodynamics operates this way too.

You cannot break the law of gravity. But you can break yourself against the law of gravity if you disobey it. You cannot break the law of aerodynamics. But you can break yourself against the law of aerodynamics if you disobey it. These laws do not change based upon who you are. They remain true forever and for all time — never turning on and off — always perpetual.

They also do not force you to comply. Compliance remains voluntary. Gravity cooperates with you as long as you cooperate with it. Aerodynamics cooperate with you as long as you cooperate with it.

In a similar fashion, the law of wealth does not force you to comply. If you comply with it, it will bring you all the wealth you desire. Act in opposition to the law of wealth and you get predictable results.

But What About Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Homophobia, Etc?

Perhaps one of the reasons we have difficulty accepting God’s Law as absolute and undeviating is because we keep thinking of it in terms of man’s law. “A Universal Law is not like the laws of our government; rather, it is a basic principle of life. Instead of stating that you must do this or you must not do this — as statutory laws do — the Universal Laws explain to use how life works” (McArthur).

“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1). The LORD in Scripture refers to Universal Law. Unless the universal law builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the universal law watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

In various regions of the US, people with brown skin could not buy property. Man’s law said that people who look a certain way cannot own homes in certain areas. But man made laws change periodically. That’s how you know you are not dealing with something that is universal.

Stop Believing in External Forces; Believe Only in Universal Law

Withdraw your attention from man-made laws and give it wholly to universal law. You will find that all the wealth, health and happiness you can stand will rush in to create your experience. The only agreement you need to be wealthy, healthy, happy and whole is your own agreement with universal law.

“Universal Law applies everywhere; the man-made law may apply only to a particular jurisdiction or it may vary from one area to another. A Universal Law applies to everyone; a man-made law only to those in a particular area” (McArthur).

Eula McClaney proved Universal Law

Eula McClaney proved Universal Law

How do we know this is true? Because we have people like Eula McClaney who, in the 1930s with only a 6th grade education, began to amass a fortune in real estate. Born in 1914, by the time she made her transition in 1986 (at 72 years old), Ms. McClaney was worth over $300 million dollars.

She wrote a book detailing how she worked with God to create her fortune called God, I Listened.

But They Always Let a Few Through…

As a teacher of mystical wisdom, I would like nothing more than to eradicate the belief that “they always let a few through” from the minds of all people.

Either God works or It doesn’t.

Either you agree that God is unchanging, undeviating, unbreakable or God is not. You cannot have it both ways. If you insist on believing that “they always let a few through,” then at least follow up by saying, “My God is partly mighty.”

Almighty Power operates through you. If you believe that something external to you can check the power of God that flows through you, then no power on heaven or earth can reverse the kinds of expressions you draw to yourself.

Because our experience proves what we believe, your life will reflect back to you this belief and the statements I’ve written will sound like the mad writings of a spiritual teacher trying to sell you a bill of goods.

So, Why Did My Soul Need to Experience Racism?

We exist for the purpose of learning lessons through Universal Laws. As we learn to cooperate with God’s Law, we become transformed. “Do not be conformed to the this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Every time we cooperate with God’s Law, our minds transform in some way and we come up a little higher. We are like the caterpillar becoming the butterfly. Eventually, we throw off the limitations of the cocoon and can take advantage of the higher laws.

Although different forms of the same insect, the caterpillar cannot do what the butterfly can do. As a butterfly, it can take advantage of the law of aerodynamics. It can soar on winds and rise to amazing heights. It can travel across continents.

For example, the monarch butterfly travels as far as 3,000 miles during its lifetime. No caterpillar can hope to accomplish such a feat until it becomes the butterfly.

Dare to throw off the limitations of the cocoon of racism. Your divine assignment wants to find expression through you. As long as you maintain a belief in an external power, you hold at bay all that God wants to do through you. As you begin to recognize that nothing external to you has power over you, you develop wings and you find that you can fly high above limited thinking.

Here’s What I Want You To Do

Figure out what you truly want. Really take some time to define it. Get as much clarity around your desire as you can. Then ask the Father to reveal to you the seed needed to produce the expression you want to bring forth.

You are on the prosperous path. You wouldn’t be reading this blog if you were not. Your next step is to gather the right seeds and plant them, detaching from how and when it will come about. Remember, every seed has its own gestation period.

No one can tell you how long it will take for the seeds you’ve planted to germinate. “About that day no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). Just make sure you take enough love (oil) to remain patient and to keep watch for your harvest. Do not deviate from the belief that what you want can be yours.

And when your seeds germinate and sprout, you will know that no one — not a racist, not a sexist, not a homophobe, no. one. — shall be able to take away that which the LORD, Universal Law, has given you.

A Testimony for The Money Poems

“I experienced how The Money Poems work one day while cooking dinner. I’d just started reciting my poems two days prior, when our internet went out at the house.

My mother had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks prior. Since my parents are retired, the hospital stay altered their monthly income. Basically, things were tight and my father needed an extra week to pay the full amount.

He called to get an extension and reconnection of services. The customer service representative told him there was nothing that could be done until the full amount was paid.

When my dad told me what was said, I encouraged him to call back. I also suggested my mother be with him on the phone for the second call.

As my parents sat in the home office waiting to speak to a representative for the second time, I completed dinner and picked up my copy of The Money Poems. I began reciting, softly, the poem of the day, which was Wednesday. I would recite the poem and go back to reading the book.

Once I heard them on the phone with the new representative and his supervisor, I continuously recited the Wednesday poem. I was relaxed and smiling every time I recited the poem. Once I felt completely at ease, I stopped and continued to read the book.

When my parents completed their phone call, they informed me that the supervisor saw they’d never been disconnected before and agreed to turn on the internet service within the hour. I smiled to myself and announced dinner was ready.”

~ Dee Johnson (Houston, TX)

The Secret to Deliberate Creation

The idea of deliberate creation can seem like a pie-in-the-sky philosophy. To say that you are the cause of all that happens to you appears insensitive. In the face of a debilitating experience or a prolonged condition, a statement like that sounds ridiculous. It suggests that you wanted what is happening to you right now.

In a moment where everything seems so much bigger than you feel and no one — not even your own family — has extended a helping hand, the last thing you want to hear is that you are the cause of all that happens to you.

Yesterday I had the chance to attend a private training with the venerable Rev. Ed Bacon. He said, “Religious people are trying to keep you from going to hell; spiritual people have already been there.” I write today as one who has been to hell, survived what felt like the worst and come back to tell the story of how to get out of hell.

Understanding Turns On the Light

I learned that darkness cannot survive light. The moment I shined light on the darkest places in my experience, darkness disappeared. You can shine the light on your darkest experience. When you do, light floods your entire being and darkness flees.

Understanding controls the light switch. Everywhere you develop understanding shines light and erases darkness. Rev. Della often says, “You cannot do what you do not understand.” Every seeming rut indicates can be erased by developing the understanding of what caused it.

The secret to getting out of hell (and staying out) lies in understanding the laws of cause and effect.

Once you understand how your experience is put together, life changes. The moment you understand that everything that “occurs on the physical level has been created on the physical level has been created on the spiritual or mental level…” you turn on the light and free yourself from darkness.

Laws of Cause and Effect Don’t Have Caveats

But what about other people? What about the government? What about factors beyond my control?

Nothing ever happens by chance. “The fact that large numbers of people are involved does not change the fact that those individuals, through the choices they have made over long periods of time, have brought themselves to that place, circumstance, and involvement” (McArthur).

The key phrase in that statement is “…through the choices they have made over long periods of time…” Everywhere we have been, everything we have been through came about through a season of sowing (or making choices). Every choice points you in a particular direction. Choices strung together, over time, lead you somewhere.

Jesus expresses the same understanding when asked about the people killed after rebelling against Pilate and the eighteen people “randomly” killed by the tower that fell in Siloam (see Luke 13:1-5). He explains: “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did” (Luke 13:5).

Our choices produce our chances. Think different thoughts and you change your mind. Change your mind and you make different choices. Change your choices and you change your chances. The laws of cause and effect have no caveats. “Repent or you will perish just as they did.”

Every Thought Has a Purpose

Nature helps me understand every thought has a purpose. For example, the purpose of an apple seed is to deliver apples. Now, purpose does not determine the kind of apples delivered. That depends entirely on the kind of seed planted.

There are more than 7,500 different known varieties of apples throughout the world.

So, what kind of apple will you get? Well…what kind of seed did you sow? To understand the fruit, study the seed.

Like the apple seed, your thought seed has purpose. Its purpose is to become an experience. What kind of experience will you get? Well…what kind of seed did you sow? To understand your experience, study the thought seed that produced it.

The only purpose a thought of lack can fulfill is to produce experiences of lack. The only purpose a thought of fear can fulfill is to produce experiences of fear. When you find yourself in the midst of unwanted experience, know in your heart that the seed that produced it can only fulfill according to its purpose.

Purpose Does Not Suggest Inevitability

“Everything happens for a reason,” is a popular response to unwanted and/or negative experiences. Yes, your experience has purpose because the thought seed that produced it had purpose; but that does not mean it had to happen.

You do not have to go through a specific experience to achieve a specific outcome. We draw our lessons in life according to the beliefs we hold about ourselves and others. Life can be a battle but it does not have to be.

The moment you change your belief, you shift the experiences that you have to go through.

Assign Meaning That Empowers You

No matter what happens assign an empowering meaning. Life gets better when you “learn how to think rightly instead of wrongly” (McArthur). When we assign an empowering meaning to experience, we think rightly. When we assign a disempowering meaning to experience, we think wrongly.

We have naming power. We decide whether an experience is good or bad.

The meaning you assign to any experience charges the atmosphere around you so much so that whatever you call it, that’s what it becomes to you. And, you respond, “I knew this is why I needed this to happen,” not realizing that it was your assignment that controlled the outcome.

That’s why James told us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2). When you consider it joy — no matter what it is — you change how it processes in and through you. You change what it means for your experience.

Do the Work to Think Better

No garden grows overnight. A single choice did not put you where you sit. You are where you are because of a series of choices. “There is no such thing as luck. Nothing ever happens by chance. Everything good or bad, that comes into your life is there as a result of unvarying, inescapable law” (Emmet Fox).

That’s great news!

Why? Because if you will “learn how to think rightly instead of wrongly,” you can make immediate improvements in your life. Today you can turn the tide of fortune in your favor.

Let’s prove God. I recommend you get a journal to keep track of your dominant thinking. Make a point to check in with  yourself every three to six hours and reflect on your thinking. What kinds of thoughts dominated your thinking? What kinds of things caught your attention? How did you feel during that block of time?

In time, you will learn how you think and you will be in a position to change or improve it.

Your Job Happens Before the Seed Gets Planted

It may help to know that you have influence over the outcome of any situation. “Like a gardener, you have a part to play in the manifestation of your creation” (McArthur). Before the gardener plants, he selects the best seeds and tills the soil. To the best of his ability,  he makes sure that he establishes the best environment before planting.

The equivalent for us is giving careful attention to our thoughts, purposes, aims and desires. The law of cause says, “as thought and purpose and aim and desire are set in motion by minds, their effect is a condition that is” (McArthur).

In other words, the way that we think, the purpose and the intention of our heart and what we truly want all come together to influence the “soil” into which our thought seed gets planted. God handles the details after the seed is planted but your job happens before the seed gets planted.

How Is Deliberate Creation Possible?

The thing to remember about deliberate creation is that “the Universe handles the details of growth and gives the increase — your creation. The creative process is impartial, so we can create our lives as well as the good and the beautiful” (McArthur).

How can you call it deliberate creation if the Universe controls growth and increase?

Let us remember the example of an apple. An apple seed will produce an apple. But the kind of seed determines the kind of apple you receive. And, the quality of the seed and the quality of the soil determine the quality of the apple you receive. Everyone who plants an apple seed does not receive the same kind and quality of apple. They receive according to the kind and quality of the seed planted.

So it is with experience. The fine details of your experience cannot be determined but the kind of experience you can expect, where that experience takes place and the quality of that experience all lie within the realm of your control.

Because we often do not know all that we believe, we get experiences that turn out very differently than what we imagined in our hearts and minds.

Name Everything and Everyone Good

“None of us likes to think that we don’t know what is good or bad for us. Yet so often what we think will be good for us seemingly turns out otherwise and that which we consider bad eventually proves to be a necessary step in our growth” (McArthur).

Because the Universe is friendly and is biased toward our success, it really makes sense for us to see everyone is good for our personal growth and transformation. Don’t take my word for it. Try it.

Give yourself a 7-day window and record your impressions over that time in a journal. No matter what happens to you in that 7-day window, name it good.

Test this stuff out. If you choose to reject idea that calling everything good, try it before you dismiss it. And, I encourage you not to accept it blindly. Prove it to yourself by experiment.

Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away. Few people can afford this reality in the new ‘gig economy.’ Too many people hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

Why You Are the Cause of All That Happens To You

The law of cause and effect is one of those things that pulls people “off the fence.” Either you believe in it or you believe there must be an exception. Those who believe in it tend to be diehards. Those who do not insist upon exceptions.

What Is the Law of Cause and Effect?

Simply stated, the law of cause and effect says that “for every effect, there is a cause.” Nothing just happens. Everything happens just. Every effect has a cause, whether you can easily identify that cause or not.

Edgar Cayce referred often to the physical world as “a causation world.” Fillmore and other New Thought pioneers refer to our world as “the realm of cause.” “Nothing that happens in our world or to us personally ever happens by itself or without cause” (McArthur).

Here’s the kicker: You are the cause…

Well…your inner self sets in motion the cause. “No fault, no hurt comes to you except that you have created in your consciousness, in your inner self, the cause” (McArthur).

Place No Blame, Elicit No Guilt

In my opinion, our tendency to blame or guilt others for the things that happen to us keeps us from fully accepting the law of cause and effect. “We would rather blame our problems and failures on our parents or spouse or the government or some other organization or condition” (McArthur). We come with dozens of reasons to explain why things happened as they did but none of those reasons includes an acceptance of personal responsibility.

McArthur recommends that we forgive ourselves for those things which we regret. “Life is not a judgment process; it is a learning process. Be thankful for all that is happening or has happened to you, for it can teach you important lessons if you accept it as an opportunity to learn and look for the good in it” (McArthur).

As I see it, the tendency to blame or guilt others for our own experience sets in motion a recurring experience through which we never grow. Like the hamster on the treadmill, we keep running past the same kinds of experience just wearing different pants and chewing a differently flavored gum.

How to Exit the Treadmill of Repeating Experiences

How can you take yourself off the treadmill of repeating experiences? Realize that nothing happens by chance. “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for a law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law” (McArthur).

Then make a decision to get off the treadmill. Motivational speaker and author Lisa Nichols shares a powerful realization that helped her decide get off the treadmill of repeating experiences.

You must decide within yourself that enough is enough. In the words of famous words of Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Make a declaration that no matter what your experience looks like, you can do something about it. You may appear to be stuck but you are not stuck. Today you can do something about where you are in life.

Everything Can Be Traced to Choice

Every experience can be traced to the choice the created or invited it. “Through the laws of attraction you were drawn to earth and to the place, position, race, family, and parents through which your needs could be met. The Creator does not do things haphazardly. You came by law” (McArthur).

Many people declare, “I didn’t choose this!” Or, “this child didn’t choose these circumstances.” I always wonder…in a universe where we have been given free choice, where does that free choice begin and end? And, how is it that a universe that operates according to perpetual, unchanging law, would manage to create a condition that operated in certain situations but not in others.

If you ever have the power of choice, you always have the power of choice. You may unknowingly make choices that lead to circumstances you would not consciously choose. But in a universe governed by spiritual law, every experience arrives because of an invitation. No invitation (sent by thought) means no experience.

Every experience has come about as another step for your development. So, take your eyes off what you do not like about it and give your attention wholly to what this experience seeks to develop in you.

The Universe Handles the Details

We explored this concept in the law of increase but it bears repeating: our business lies in the realm of seed planting and cultivating the soil. We do not control how or when the increase happens.

Expressed in the language of the bible: I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth (I Corinthians 3:6). Manifestation cannot happen without the intervention of God. But God cannot do His part until we have done our part by planting and watering.

Once you have set the pattern for your good through what you have sown and how you have sown it and through the cultivation of your mind, the Creative Forces of the Universe take over and do the work. “Handling details is generally considered a conscious mind experience. However, the conscious mind does not know all of the variables in any situation. Only Infinite Intelligence has this knowledge” (McArthur).

Once we plant the seed and cultivate the land, we must release the effort to the Creative Forces of the Universe. Let go and let God.

Work the Law in the Highest Way Possible

Think the best thoughts you know how to think. Feel the best feelings you know how to feel. Speak the best words you know how to speak. Act in the best manner that you know how to act. And, respond to life in the best way you know how to respond.

Every thought, word and action sows a seed across the spiritual, mental and physical planes of life. You cannot course correct once the seed is sown. You can only make a change to the seed before you plant it. Monitor your inner chatter; it controls the types of seeds you sow as well as the soil in which you plant them.

Set aside definite periods to program your inner chatter for greatness. Read positive literature. Memorize affirmative Bible verses. Commit to memory those things that are worthy of repeating in your mind over and over again.

The law of cause and effect always works. But you are responsible for working it in the highest way possible.

Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away. Few people can afford this reality in the new ‘gig economy.’ Too many people hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

How to Expect the Best in Life

Many New Thought teachers assert the aphorism you do not get what you want; you get what you expect. Yet no one explains how to develop expectation. I get it: expect the best. But, how do I set up expectation for the best in my heart when there is no physical evidence? What if the thing I want lies far beyond my comfort zone? What then?

Or, what if I find myself in the midst of a storm? I may be waist deep in a negative experience. Putting one foot in front of the other seems like an enormous chore. In the midst of experiencing life’s worst,  how can you develop an expectation for life’s best?

Before I share my theory on how to develop expectation, let’s talk about why expectation matters.

Why Expectation Matters

Expectation creates energy in the body.

In Your Life, McArthur says, “When we have an attitude of expectancy, our mind senses it and begins to build. Without it, nothing happens. The spirit of expectancy is the key that turns on ‘mind the builder.'”

Science supports his assertion: When we imagine future events, the brain releases dopamine in proportion to the amount of pleasure we anticipate experiencing. “Researchers have proved that dopamine regulates motivation, causing individuals to initiate and persevere” (

Challenges in life — especially persistent challenges — drain our energy. We find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. In the evenings, when we should give time to our side business, we feel too tired to take action. Days often run together with little joy to be found.

A slight shift in expectation can make a world of difference.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. It is a chemical messenger that helps in the transmission of signals in the brain and other vital areas. The expectation of an unexpected good raises the dopamine level in the body, thereby giving you a shot of energy.

Try starting your day with this simple affirmation to set up expectation in your mind: Today, something insanely amazing is going to happen to me! Make a 7-day commitment to using this affirmation and see what happens.

Can I Expect the Best Without Giving My Best?


The law of increase teaches that as you sow, so shall you reap. Your consciousness cannot deliver on seeds you will not sow. No apple seeds planted means no apples shall return. As that great soul singer Billy Preston taught us: “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. You gotta have something if you wanna be with me.” The Universe cannot work with nothing. Something must be given.

Keep in mind: the spirit in which you sow multiplies the result (second law of increase). Universal Law will not violate Itself to give better than you have given it. Life always acts as a mirror. We may not want to look in it but it always reflects back what and how we’ve sown.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be measure you get back” (Luke 6:38).

Challenge yourself to show up differently.  Do not let the way others show up influence how you show up. Be self-motivated; give your very best regardless of what others do. “Whatever your task, put yourself into it, as done for the Lord and not for your master” (Colossians 3:23).

How to Expect the Best In All Situations

Point of view controls expectation.

McArthur points out that “our expectancy should be as real for us as it is for a woman who knows she is pregnant…You can be certain even when you do not have such obvious physical evidence as a pregnancy.”

In reality, you always expect something. The question is not whether you expect something but rather what is it you expect. In most instance, we build expectation upon what we see with our physical eyes.  We determine what our workday will be like based upon interactions with our co-workers or our boss. We decide whether a family outing is fun based on how everyone behaves.

In short, we take our cues from an external point of view.

To expect the best in all situations, we must shift our point of view from the outside to the inside. The mind that expects the best in all situations must see beyond that which can be seen with the physical eye. It must place hope in that which cannot be seen. Paul agrees: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2).

The next time you find yourself in the middle of “Murphy’s Law,” remember God has a higher law that can turn that situation around.  Dare to “look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Whatever You Think About You Give Energy To

So, do not give energy to that which you do not want.

“The creative process of the Universal Laws is impartial and works in accord with your input. It is basically an energy-transforming process. In thinking about negative conditions past, present, or future, you are giving energy to such conditions. Through the creative process they will grow, expand, and manifest” (McArthur).

You may have to work with this idea. Many people buy into the idea that “if others have it, I have to have it.” Let us keep at the forefront of our minds that we “do not belong to the world” for we have been “chosen out of the world” (John 15:19).

Others — even family members — may experience riot, chaos, and confusion but those things do not have to touch us or disturb us. “Our world can be one of peace, order, and joy no matter what may be occurring on the outside. Our world depends on how we choose to view it and, more important, how we choose to create it through our expectancy, our beliefs, and our application of the Universal Laws” (McArthur).

In the midst of seeming chaos, think peace. Should confusion approach, declare order. If sadness threatens to overtake, insist upon joy. We always have control over what we think about, which means we always have control over our experience.

Let’s Make This Practical: Concentrate on the Joy

Science reveals that we get a burst of dopamine every time we imagine some future joy. That burst motivates and inspires us. The latest research indicates that greater the level of expected pleasure, the greater the level of dopamine released.

The path to developing a mind that continually expects the best begins with a mind that concentrates on joy.

Build into your day activities that put your attention on joy. I will share with you a few things I do every morning before I start my day. I journal three things I am grateful for. Then, I set a timer for two minutes and I journal about something positive that happened the day before. Next I set a timer for five minutes and I envision some future experience that I want to have.

Because I still work with my mind wandering, I do my visualization via my journal. So, I write out a scenario of some future good. Even in the midst of a trying experience, I keep these habits in place.

You may be in a situation where you feel there is little joy. I encourage you to develop a morning routine that directs your mind to joy in whatever form you can find it. The process may move slowly but your mind will eventually turn around. Trust the process.

Going to the Next Level: Get Ready For What You Want

Motion creates emotion.

In Walking Your Blues Away, Thom Hartmann explains the simple process of walking as a means to solve your most pressing problems. Something happens in you when you move.

If you will physically begin to get ready for what you want, your mind will naturally develop expectation the thing you want. You already know this works. If you have ever worked out with the intention of getting into better physical shape, you know that after a certain amount of time in the gym, you begin to expect to look and feel better.

This same principle will work for all other areas of your life. Begin to get ready for the thing you want and your mind will begin to expect the thing you want.

And, if you really want to go to the next level, sow a seed on all three levels of life: spiritual, mental and physical. Meet God in prayer daily about the thing you want. Set aside definite time to imagine a preferred scenario that indicates the realization of what you want. And, do something in the physical realm that moves you closer to what you want.

Sow a seed every day across every level of your life and you will automatically drive up your level of expectation.

For Further Study and Reflection

As I researched today’s blog post, I ran across several other resources that I thought you would appreciate:

Psychology Today

Blogs on Developing Expectation

Expectations – Use Awareness to Expect the Best

Expect The Best

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