I wrote this piece for a newsletter a couple of weeks ago, with disasterous results:
"Cold season is
coming." "Get your flu shot." "Does every
child in my son's kindergarten class have a green nose?"
Race consciousness (and
personal experience) tells me that I'd better get ready for
the battle. Is it inevitable that I get a cold every year at
No! Just because that's
my past doesn't mean that it has to be my present.
There is one Presence,
one Power in my life, and that is the power of God. Thank you
God, for showing me a new present: one filled with health! I
know that God is the source of all Good. God knows no disease,
and I need not experience disease. Right now I claim health
for myself and my family. I call on the omnipotent Presence
to shine forth as radiant health. I release any and all attachment
that I have to disease, I deny the power of race thought in
my life. I experience only health!
Thank you, God! Amen.
Great prayer, huh? So guess
what happened the following week? That's right. I got sick.
After I got over the humiliation
of my "failed" prayer, I started to wonder about it.
Because I know that all prayer is answered. Period. So
Notice how I cleverly started
off the prayer with a bunch of "common complaints."
"Cold season is coming." "Get your flu shot."
"Does every child in my son's kindergarten class have a green
It looks like my subconscious
grabbed onto these affirmations instead of the health affirmations.
Moral of the story: be careful what you affirm, even in quotes.
Okay, so I have a bit of a problem with sarcasm. You know what I've learned the hard way?
My subconscious does NOT understand sarcasm! (By the way, children
also don't get sarcasm. Be very, very careful when you relate
to children to never use sarcasm.)
So, in fact, my prayer
did not fail. I got exactly what I asked for. Cold season came,
I did not get my flu shot and my son's class is truly flowing with green noses.
How often does that happen
in our daily lives? How often are we praying desperately for some
good, while all along we're unconsciously affirming the opposite?
This is consciousness,
folks: being aware, 100% of the time, about our thoughts, feelings,
statements, reactions, words.
Become aware. Pay attention.
Focus on the goal, not on the rocks in the path.
And, by the way, get a
partner to help you pay attention. It makes all the difference
in the world when you have someone helping you to keep the High Watch on your words.
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