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Prayer: The Art of Getting Your Thoughts and Feelings to Agree

***All quotes are taken from Chapter 3 (Imagination and Faith) of Neville Goddard’s Prayer: The Art of Believing***

Prayer is the art of getting your thoughts and feelings to agree. Do you know how?

We’re taking a close look at Neville Goddard’s Prayer: The Art of Believing. He opens the third chapter with this sentence: “Prayers are not successfully made unless there is rapport between the conscious and the subconscious mind of the operator.”

What a way to begin!

In other words, you haven’t prayed until you’ve achieved agreement between your thinking (objective) and feeling (subjective) natures. He asserts that your imagination and faith help you achieve this worthy goal.

Take Charge of Your Thoughts and Feelings Now!

Listen to this: “By the power of imagination all men, certainly imaginative men, are forever casting forth enchantments, and all men, especially unimaginative men, are continually passing under their power.” In short, you need to get a handle on your mind or you become the pawn in someone else’s story.

Several years ago, I had the privilege of attending the Milken Global Conference. This annual gathering of some of the world’s richest people was a heady affair to attend. I remember sitting with a fund manager and financial analyst for MSNBC from Chicago. He asked, “What’s your agenda?” I proudly told him, “I have no agenda. I’m just here to learn and absorb.”

His response: “Sherri, you need an agenda. If you don’t have one, you will become subject to someone else’s agenda.” It has taken many years to fully grasp what he was saying to me. Here’s what I understand today: those who can ably direct their imaginations become the creators of history; those who cannot or will not take charge of their minds become the victims of history.

How Does Controlling Thoughts and Feelings Relate to Prayer?

“Everything, that can be seen, touched, explained, argued over, is to the imaginative man nothing more than a means, for he functions, by reason of his controlled imagination, in the deep of himself where every idea exists in itself and not in relation to something else.”

In other words, I do not quarrel with appearances. I recognize appearances for what they are: illusions that can be reduced under the power of a controlled imagination. I know that my full work — from beginning to end — is to “eliminate all moods other than the mood of fulfilled desire.”

What do I want? What matters to me? Can I withdraw my attention from the world and give it wholly to the mood of what it will feel like when I have the thing I desire?

I need a well developed imagination and faith, which will allow me to disbelieve what the senses present and give my belief fully to what I am praying for and about.

Put the Thinking Mind in a State of Passive Rest

“The faith required for the successful operation of the law of consciousness is a purely subjective faith and is attainable upon the cessation of active opposition on the part of the objective mind of the operator.”

That’s a really fancy way to say: slow down your thinking mind. Relax. Chill out.

Sometimes the conscious (or objective) mind races along like an express train from New York to Washington, D.C., making few stops between its starting point and end point. When the mind races like this, it can feel as if there’s no way to grab hold of the reins.

But we do have some tools at our disposal. I have found exercise to be a wonderful stopper — especially an active sport like racquetball or tennis that requires you to be present in the moment. I also like movie soundtracks. One of my favorite theme songs is “Time” from the movie Inception.

Finally, I like reading. Even three or four pages of something inspirational can shift my attention. It will slow down the conscious train of thought that previously seemed like it was racing out of control.

[My latest passion is Dr. Seuss! At some point, I’ll have to do a course on the Metaphysics of Dr. Seuss!]

Belief Always Trumps A Strong Will

“It is not a strong will that sends the subjective word on its mission so much as it is clear thinking and feeling the truth of the state affirmed. When belief and will are in conflict, belief invariably wins.”

We give too much attention to will. You cannot will yourself to do what you do not believe. But you will automatically do what you believe. So, work on your belief.

What is belief? Quite simply, it is the combination of thoughts and feelings that agree with one another.

Can you accept the desired end? Can you believe you can have the thing you want? Then you can have it. If you cannot believe it, there will always be some circumstance or condition to keep you apart from it.

When you find that a result eludes you, simply realize that the belief for the thing desired is not yet fully formed. Resist the temptation to become frustrated or to throw up your hands in despair.  Relax and know that when the belief becomes fully formed in you, nothing on earth can keep you from the thing desired.

How Do Imagination and Faith Work Together?

“Imagination is the beginning of the growth of all forms, and faith is the substance out of which they are formed.” The imagination gives shape to the formless good we desire. It’s what takes a concept like love and puts flesh and bone on it.

Because “the subjective mind is completely controlled by suggestion,” it does not matter whether what you imagine is true or false. If you can hold it until it becomes a conviction within you, it can be yours. According to your faith be it done unto you. Everything you are willing to imagine is possible for you.

Neville speaks about this sense of conviction as a “confident expectation of a state.” You don’t have to make yourself believe it. You just¬†know it. And, it’s an unshakable sense of knowing.

What Causes Failure in Prayer?

“Failure is always due to an antagonistic auto-suggestion by the patient, arising from objective doubt of the power of the medicine or relic, or from doubt of the truth of the theory. Many of us, either from too little emotion or too much intellect, both of which are stumbling blocks in the way of prayer,¬† cannot believe that which our sense deny.”

Is this anything to be done to get around this problem?

When you’re praying for someone else, keep it to yourself. Your prayers for another are effective whether they know you’re praying for them or not.

But what if you are the subject of the prayer and you’re having trouble believing beyond what you can see?

Then you must relax your conscious (aka objective) mind. In this instance, I recommend experimenting untilbox breathing you find the tool that relaxes. Last week, I talked about as a means of occupying the conscious mind and slowing it down.

I am also a fan of journaling. At least for the time that your pen is on the page, actively writing, you have effectively captured or occupied the conscious mind. In the past, it has helped me to write out the same positive affirmation, filling up several pages at a time. At other times, I have started with one affirmation and continued with that type of positive thought, filling up pages and pages at a time.

Ultimately, you are looking for the technique that helps you focus your conscious mind and move beyond what the sense report.

Do Not Be Moved By External Appearances

“Visible states are either vibratory effects of subconscious vibrations within you or they are the vibratory causes of corresponding vibrations with you.”¬†Therefore, do not be moved by external appearances. What you see may point to a vibration within you but there is nothing permanent about that vibration. Never let what you see awaken something within you unless it leads to a desired state or experience.

Does that mean you stick your head in the sand? Pretend that you do not see the hurt in the world? Not at all. As a thinking spiritual being, you are part of the solution for what ails the world. The world needs our compassion and our creativity.

At the time of this writing, a high school in South Florida just experienced a mass shooting by a former student. When I read the headlines yesterday, I immediately wept for the families whose babies wouldn’t be coming home. I felt such anger, contempt even, for the “thoughts and prayers” being sent by gun advocates or those who could make a different choice but will not.

Putting Some Feet Underneath this Teaching

This spiritual study must have practical application. The prayer now is for what part I have to play in bringing about a right solution to this crisis. As I read the accounts emerging from the shooting, I thought about how I might feel if something like that happened at Jordan’s school. I would be devastated as I imagine the parents whose babies are not coming home must feel.

So, no, this teaching is not a “put your head in the sand” message. We must get involved and support the men and women who support policies that affirm life. Let us not grow numb to the sheer numbers of people being harmed by assault rifles and other artillery. Let us remember that “all transformations of force are reversible.”

We didn’t get here by accident, but by choice.¬† We can awaken within ourselves a new reality, a new truth.

I love the way Neville ends this chapter: “He never waits four months for the harvest. If in four months the harvest will awaken in him a state of joy, then, inversely, the joy of harvest now will awaken the harvest now.” We do not wait for the sense of relief that comes when we have sensible gun laws. We awaken a sense of relief now; we work with focus and patience, knowing that our desired outcome is assured. It is a matter of spiritual law.

Prayer: The Art of Believing Without Evidence

***All quotes are from Chapter 2 of Neville Goddard’s Prayer: The Art of Believing.***

First: Know How Your Consciousness is Constructed

For Neville, consciousness is comprised of two parts: conscious and subconscious. Of the two parts, the subconscious is infinitely greater. He equates the conscious with objective consciousness — what a person knows¬†— and the subconscious with¬†subjective consciousness — what a person¬†is.

I and my Father are one by my Father is greater than I. For Neville, this verse explains the relationship between humankind and Spirit (or God). Humankind, then, reflects the subconscious assumptions it has impressed upon Spirit. The actions we take are always in alignment with the underlying subconscious assumptions.

Everything you see in your objective experience can be traced to an inward subconscious assumption. Therefore, if you want a new outer experience, then you must begin with the inner subconscious assumption.

Second: Understand How Experience is Built

“What we are conscious of is constructed out of what we are not conscious of.” Your subconscious assumptions (aka your beliefs) do not just influence your behavior, they also determine the shape and texture of your objective existence.

Every potential exists — i.e. manned space flight, traveling to distant galaxies, finding cures for so-called incurable diseases — but only those awakened by a subconscious assumption become flesh. I believe we’re each here to awaken subconscious assumptions that make life better for everyone on the planet.

The subconscious never sleeps. But while you sleep, it “releases from the treasure house of eternity” the subconscious assumptions you’ve impressed upon it through your beliefs. Therefore, be mindful of what you accept as a belief for it will find its way into your living experience.

Third: Unlock God’s Treasury Through Prayer

Prayer is the key which unlocks the infinite storehouse.”

The conscious mind learns through inductive reasoning. Its conclusions come from observation, experience and education. Generally, it cannot believe beyond what it takes in through the five senses and logic.

By contrast, the subconscious mind learns through¬†deductive reasoning. The subconscious is wholly unconcerned with whether something can be done based on what appears. It assumes the premise —¬†given to it by the conscious mind — is true and it moves¬†as if it can be done.

So, what if you want something that’s never been done before or that you’re having a hard time believing you can do?

That’s where prayer comes in.¬†“Prayer modifies or completely changes our subconscious assumptions, and a change of assumption is a change of expression.” A new assumption in the subconscious produces a new result.

Fourth: Prayer Is Entirely About Impressing the Subconscious

Prayer is the “art of believing what is denied by the senses.” Through prayer, you ignore what is and give your attention wholly to what can be. You ignore the condition in the body and give to your subconscious a premise that perfect is true for you. Disregard the condition in your finances and give to your subconscious a premise that God’s abundance is true for you.

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Because the subconscious faithfully executes the premises it accepts, your one job is to pray about a thing until your subconscious accepts that premise as true. You cannot afford gossip, worry, doubt, anxiety, fear, anger, etc. because they stand at cross-purposes with the thing you want.

The good news is that the subconscious is controlled entirely by suggestion but you must persist with the same suggestion until you get the result you want. The subconscious does not concern itself with whether a premise is true or false. Once accepted, it moves as if what has been believed can be accomplished and it produces a result consistent with the premise.

When this dawns in you, you will know that everything is possible if¬†you give your subconscious the right suggestions. Your future lies entirely within what you’re willing to pray for fervently today.

Fifth: Focus on the Creating the Right Premise

I don’t ever have to be jealous of someone else’s blessings. No one is having an experience of abundance that I cannot create for myself. Instead of being jealous, I focus on influencing the subconscious through right belief, feeling and time. I pay no attention to what another has, other than to witness what can be done through working with God.

Make a definite daily appointment to practice feeling and believing what you want to see in expression. I have found that timers are my best friend In fact, I just purchased a new desk timer to work with.

Set your timer for 5-10 minutes and just relax in the experience of what you want to see happen. Do not concern yourself with how it shall work out. That isn’t your business. “I of myself can do nothing, the Father within me. He doeth the work.”

Instead, give your attention to the feeling of the completed experience. Give it as much texture as possible. Experience it through all your five senses. What you will discover is that an inner conviction for the thing you want develops within you. Eventually, that inner conviction forms into an unshakable belief.

Sixth: Learn to Create a State of Controlled Reverie

“The subjective mind is completely controlled by suggestion. Ideas are best suggested when the objective mind is partly subjective…when the objective senses are diminished.”

Learn to put your objective mind in a “controlled reverie” where it is passive but still able to absorb information. “It is a concentration of attention.” Mantras can help the objective mind slow down and focus so that suggestions may be passed to the subjective mind without interference.

Prayer works when your mind is free of conflict. I have found that if I concentrate on my breathing, I can put my conscious mind in this state. I practice something called “box breathing.” I use music to help accomplish this technique.

Very simply, inhale for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, hold for four counts. While my conscious mind focuses on my breath, I can offer suggestions to my subjective mind without obstruction.

How Do You Relax Your Objective Mind?

There are plenty of techniques out there for relaxing the objective mind. In the comments, please share a specific technique you’ve used to put your objective mind in a state of passive non-resistance. You never know whom you might inspire with your response.

What Every Spiritual Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Goal Setting

Let me start by saying that I never knew goal setting was a spiritual law. Did you know that?

Given my spotty history with setting goals and hitting them, I certainly never thought of it as a spiritual experience. From a business perspective, I knew that high achievers set goals. So, I engaged in the practice of goal setting because I wanted to be a high achiever. Even though I have specific spiritual growth goals, I still didn’t think of the process of goal setting as a spiritual experience, a spiritual law and certainly not a spiritual practice.

Imagine my surprise when I open Part 2 of Edwene Gaines’¬†The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity and discover that the second law is goal setting!

She says that “when you start tithing, the windows open and a shower of good starts flowing into your life. Now you need something to catch the good with, or it will be lost to you. Setting concrete and practical goals creates a vessel with which you can catch it.”

In tonight’s conversation, we will both discover the spiritual art of goal setting. Click here to set a reminder for tonight’s Bible Hangout.

Goal Setting Spiritually Prepares You for Your Good

Goal setting and the action required to achieve those goals prepares you spiritually to receive the good you want. “You’re going to have to do some important inner work…to ‘increase [your] bliss tolerance’…You have to get ready to accept what you want in your life” (Gaines).

You cannot have what you cannot accept for yourself.

“One of the main reasons people don’t reach for their goals is that they believe there is something about themselves that will prevent them from getting whatever it is they really want in their deepest heart of hearts” (Gaines). If you do not believe yourself to be a good cook, chances are you will never attempt or even look up a complicated recipe for a dish you might enjoy.

But what if you decided, “I want to be a better cook.” You still may not look up that complicated recipe. But, you may be willing to put yourself in a cooking class that exposes you to the basics of cooking good meals for your family. Goal setting points you in the direction of your good. Without goals, you remain pointed away from the good that could be yours.

You Must Be Definite With the Infinite

What is it about spiritual people who do not want to be definite about their wants?! Dare to be clear with God so that you receive what you want and not what you don’t want.

Edwene writes, “If you want to start effective goal setting, where you are clearly conveying to God what it is that you want, then you’ve got to first get it clear in your own mind. After all, if you don’t even know what you want, how can you ask God to send it to you? Can you imagine calling up a clothing catalog company and telling the person who wants to take your order, ‘Just send me something¬† you think I’d like?'”

Be specific. Take responsibility for your choices. Name what you want.

Perhaps the concern is that being definite about what you want will cause you to become emotionally attached to the desired outcome. Not so. You can be definite with God and learn to detach from the process by which your good will come about.

Honor What You Want

Sometimes we feel guilty for wanting what we want. If you want something, want it. Never justify why you want a thing. Learn to say, “I deserve it!”

I know that will make some of you uncomfortable. But in your life right, you have what you have been willing to say, “I deserve it!” about. No more and no less.

“Your goals and desires are between you and God alone” (Gaines). Do not worry whether your desires are selfish or not. When you work with God, the internal changes you must make in order to have your desires realized will weed out whatever elements do not belong in your character or in your desire.

I watch a lot of interviews with multi-million dollars earners and inevitably, I hear them say, “I started my business for selfish reasons. But as I kept going and started making money, it was no longer about the money. It became about helping people and doing for others.”

If you are working with God on your dreams, the journey will make you better. The journey will weed out the selfish elements of your desires. The obstacles you meet along the way will challenge you to let go of the things that cannot stand in the presence of a dream God gave you.

Get Clear on What You Don’t Want and Let It Go

“When you are working toward your goals, not only do you need to know what you want, but you also have to be willing to give up that which you don’t” (Gaines).

We must make room for our good. Something has to go in order for you to have what you want. When you buy new furniture, the old furniture must be removed. When you plant your garden, the soil must be prepared by removing whatever is now present.

The moment you engage in goal setting, you must also engage in a pruning process. Prayerfully ask what needs to be removed in order to make room for your goals to become a reality. “You have to be willing to give up what you don’t want in order to get what you do” (Gaines).

Often we hang on to people, places and things that have long since served their purpose in our lives. As we come to the end of 2017, now is a great time to make a list of everyone and everything that cannot travel beyond December 31st with you. Recognize that nature abhors a void. If you dare to release what does not serve, God can bring you something better.

Edwene Gaines’ Goal Setting Process

Edwene lays out a powerful goal setting process in 10 steps. In tonight’s Bible Hangout, we will do these steps as a group. Bring a notebook and come prepared to set yourself up for a powerful 2018!

Step One: Write Down All Your Desires

“In a notebook dedicated to your goal setting program, write down all of your desires, no matter how large or small. Start by just writing down some things that sound fun to do, even if they sound silly or far-fetched…Always carry your notebook with you, so that as you think of new and appealing things during the course of the day, you can jot them down. Simply writing down your ideas will send a powerful message to your subconscious mind that the world is an abundant place and that all things are truly possible” (Gaines).

Step Two: Choose Your Top Desires

“Choose your most important desires and list them in order of importance to you. Be very specific…When listing your specific goals, make sure that they are your goals, not your daddy’s goals, or your spouse’s or boss’s?…Write your goals down clearly and specifically…Once you have a goal in mind, you can start taking steps to get ready right away…Ask yourself, ‘What action could I take that would show I mean business?’ Then take it” (Gaines).

Step Three: Consider How You Must Change

“Consider what changes you might need to make in order to achieve your goals. During this step we must ask ourselves prayerfully, ‘What must I change about myself in order to achieve my goals?’ This is where most people lose their nerve and abandon the process, because honest self-appraisal can be difficult. If you ask this question with authenticity, you will get an answer. It may, however, not be the answer that you’d hoped for” (Gaines).

Step Four: Set a Deadline

“Choose the date by which you desire to achieve each goal. Putting down a specific date is a strong statement of confidence in both yourself and God…If you set a date that makes sense to you and the goal does not show up by that point, you must do another self-appraisal, telling God, ‘You probably told me what I need to change, but I wasn’t listening closely enough. Please tell me again. I am paying better attention this time'” (Gaines).

Step Five: Review Your List Daily

“Read your list of goals at least three times every morning and every night. Reading your goals every morning and night gives them the powerful quality of affirmations. It also keeps them in the forefront of your mind, so that you can never lose sight of them…When you focus on something, you draw power to it” (Gaines).

Step Six: Visualize Yourself Achieving the Goal

“The more regularly you envision yourself having the things you want, the easier they’ll come to you, and the more able you’ll be to actually accept them when they manifest themselves in your life” (Gaines).

Step Seven: Act As If

“Act as if you have already achieved your goals. Believe that you receive. Acting with confidence and faith in yourself and¬† your potential sends a powerful message to the universe. Accept your success right now. Don’t wait until you have actually achieved results. Act as if” (Gaines).

Step Eight: Practice Spiritual Secrecy

“Don’t tell others. Keep your goals private, between you and God. When you are going through the process of goal setting, privacy is key…Goal setting requires a leap of faith that might be criticized by those not familiar with the process, thereby planting doubt in your mind and possibly causing you to stray from your new path…Your list of goals is between you and God” (Gaines).

Step Nine: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

“Cross off the goals as they are achieved and continue to add new ones. Dreaming and setting concrete goals should not be a one-time event, but a continually ongoing process. The more we practice the habit of tapping into our hearts’ desires, the more easily we can expand the sense of possibility in our lives and aspire to greater heights…If we don’t make new goals, we are telling the universe, ‘Don’t send me new dreams'” (Gaines).

Step Ten: Remember, God’s Highest Law is LOVE.

“During this process, we have been goal setting without thought to our financial constraints, our physical limitations, or the current state of our lives. That is because the only thing we really have to keep in mind when setting goals is that God’s highest law is love. God wants the best for us, always. With this in mind, why should we worry about anything else? Our job is to learn to love ourselves as God loves us. Only then can we truly love our neighbors” (Gaines).

Reach For a Sense of Inner Conviction

When you work with your goals in this way, you will reach a point of inner conviction — that moment when you¬†know in your heart that what you want not only¬†can be yours but¬†is yours. I love what Edwene says about this: “I keep praying until I get that little internal click that says, ‘It’s done,’ that inner knowing that the message has been sent.”

As you work through this goal setting process, you will find that your feeling about what you want and your ability to have it changes. If you remain faithful to this process, you will slowly collapse the distance between where you are today and the future you seek to manifest.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NRSV). Diligent application of Edwene’s goal setting process will bring about that¬†assurance for what you hope for and the¬†conviction of the thing you cannot now see with your natural eyes.


Why Understanding Belief is Key to the Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Success

Belief is Universal

I have been known to say, “Changing what you believe will be some of the hardest work you do.” In truth, changing belief can be easy — if you believe it can. Every Spiritual Entrepreneur needs to understand the power of belief and the simple process for releasing beliefs that do not serve. That’s our conversation for tonight’s Bible Hangout.

We tend to think of belief in religious contexts. People call themselves “believers” or refer to other people who they deem religious as “believers.” In truth, we humans are biologically wired for belief. Everyone believes something. Belief refers to “all that we think, say, and do. Beliefs are the basics of our consciousness” (McArthur).

Belief Precedes Expression

You cannot have what you cannot or will not believe. Your belief sets up space in your consciousness for the types of experiences that come into your life.

Someone may say, “Well, I didn’t believe that I would get into a car accident.” And, I would say, “You’re right. You didn’t¬†specifically believe that you would get into a car accident but you believe that car accidents are possible.”

Whatever you believe opens the door in your life for experiences that match that belief. Your belief makes you attractive in a specific kind of way. So, you may not imagine the specific things that happen to you but your belief sets up a vibration within you that draws to you all that matches it.

Without belief, an experience has no point of entry into your life. Therefore, we must learn to close the door to beliefs that bring what we do not want.

Your Belief Serves As An Open Door

George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Your transformation hinges upon your ability and willingness to change your belief.

When the door to your home is opened, anything that passes by has the option to come inside. Why? Because the door is open. The only way to insure that nothing unwanted gets into your home is to close the door.

It is the same with our minds. The beliefs we hold keep the door open for matching experiences. The only way to keep the experiences away is to keep our minds free of the beliefs that invite them.

I always pay attention to the phrases Jesus used often. One such phrase was “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The word that translates as “repent” is the Greek word¬†metanoia, which means to change your mind.

Your mind is but a collection of beliefs. In effect, He’s saying, “Change what you believe.”

Belief Functions Like a Tree

Do you know what you believe? McArthur suggests (and I agree) that “most of us are not consciously aware of all that we believe.” We seem to be marvelously aware of what we believe when we like the fruit it produces and miraculously unaware of what we believe when we do not like the fruit it produces.

“Every happening in your life comes as a result of some belief you hold.” Experience, therefore, gives us a chance to uncover what we believe.

Belief functions very much like a tree. Its roots go down deep in our subconscious mind and its leaves bear fruit. That fruit is our daily experience. You cannot change the fruit until you change the tree. Likewise, you cannot change the experience until you change the belief.

If we will become students of our own experience, our daily lives can reveal to us the hidden trees (beliefs) that drive our behavior.

Ignore the Setback; Pay Attention to the Belief Underneath It

“Any difficulty is a red flag raised by the Universe to let you know you have a belief that is not in accord with the Universe’s flow and love” (McArthur). I wish there were a pill that I could manufacture to cause the person who takes it to stop storytelling about her difficulties.

First, I would make that pill a part of my daily vitamin regimen; then, I would partner with the right pharmaceutical giant and make a fortune!

The stories we tell ourselves about the difficulties and setbacks in our lives keep those difficulties and setbacks in expression. You do not have to take my word for it. Prove it to yourself.

Choose something that really annoys you right now. Make a pact with yourself that you will not talk about it for the next 30 days, both inwardly and outwardly. Track your progress on a calendar and see if it doesn’t lesson or altogether disappear from your life.

Our stories of what’s going wrong in our lives act as the lifeline of energy for the very problems we want to be rid of. Let us learn to ignore the setback. Instead, we should give our attention to the belief that produced it.

What must I believe in order for this experience to be a part of my life right now?

Create New Beliefs

Did you know you can choose your beliefs? I ask that question because there may be someone reading this post who does not know you can choose what you believe. We tend to think of belief as static.

In truth, beliefs last only as long as we keep them in place. At any moment, we can remove the structures that support those beliefs and they must come tumbling down. Thought is the structure that supports belief. Remove the thought and the belief has nothing to stand on.

Perhaps it would help us to grasp how the mind learns. We have two phases of mind that learn: the conscious phase and the subconscious phase (also known as the “deeper mind”). The conscious phase of mind learns through the acquisition of information through activities like reading books and watching videos.

The subconscious phase of mind learns differently. Its learning happens through repetition. Hence, you can read a good book, take in a lot of good information consciously but have none of it impress the deeper mind.

Belief lives in the subconscious phase of mind. If you want to impact belief, you must train the subconscious according its mode of learning: repetition. In tonight’s broadcast, I will share two powerful techniques I use to create new beliefs.

How to Release Unwanted Belief

McArthur gives the example of a woman who repeatedly attracts “no good” men. He explains that their appearance in her life points to belief that men are no good. The law of believe states: “as you believe, so it becomes for you.”

If it’s there, you believe it.

He gives three steps to releasing unwanted belief.

  • First, accept that you believe it without condemning or judging yourself. Take in the outer evidence of your belief without telling yourself a story of why you believe it or who made you believe it. Just accept it.
  • Then, make a declaration as to whether you really want to continue with that belief. This declaration is for you only because it is your mind that must be impressed with something different.
  • Finally, choose the new belief you want to hold instead. “Whatever new belief you substitute for the old one should be in accord with your purpose and ideals” (see previous posts on purpose and ideals).

Tonight we will put this information into practical use.

Can You Believe Big?

Borrowing from one of my favorite teachers, Eric Butterworth, McArthur gives the formula: C + B = A.

“That which you can conceive (C), plus that which you can believe (B), is that which you can achieve (A).” It costs you nothing to believe big. You do not hurt anyone when you believe big.

Only your willingness to do so stops your ability to believe big. Can you see yourself in the house you want? Can you see yourself experiencing life at the level you want? Can you see yourself giving to others  in a way that makes you deeply satisfied? Can you see the contribution of your gifts and talents making a difference on a planetary level?

Can you accept that your “little corner of the world” can be as big and as influential as you desire it to be? Jesus called you and me the “light of the world,” which means we have something within us that if we will fan its flame, we will light not only our lives and the lives of those near us but the lives of everyone on the planet.

Are you willing to believe that big?

Let the Universe Take Care of How

Recently, UP Church celebrated its 5th Worshiping in Color celebration. I call it a mini “New Thought Revival.” Everything about the day just blew me away. I remarked to several people that each person went to the next level in creativity in their particular area of service.

Upon reflection, what really made this year’s Worshiping in Color work is that everyone played their position. Each member of the team did what they were supposed to do to successfully complete the tasks assigned to them. The cohesion of our team caused all of us to win big!

We have the same opportunity with God. Each of us serves on a team of two with God being the star player. Our job…our role…is to supply the belief. God takes care of the how. We lose when we start trying to do God’s job.

I’m not a tattoo person but if there was a tattoo to put on my body, it would this:¬†How is none of my business!

“You do not need to know how you will achieve your goal.” Your¬†only responsibility is to believe that it can be done and do the step that’s in front of you.

Trust the process and let the Universe take care of how it will work out for you.

What Have You Learned About Belief?

Now it’s your turn. What did I miss about transforming belief? Please share your thoughts in the comments about the way you’ve changed what you believe. You never know whom you might inspire with your response.

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