Daily Reading from the "Science of Mind" 04.25.2016
A Primer for Living a Life
To Him Who Hath Shall Be Given (Matt. 13:12)
“Whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”
This certainly sounds like a very hard saying, and is most discouraging to one who has not fathomed the depths of its meaning. We appear to have little enough, and to have this little withdrawn from our small possessions seems more than we can bear. And for us to feel that those who already have, are to receive more, sounds unfair.
Let us examine this saying in the light of an understanding of the law of cause and effect, that subtle reality which lies hidden in the creative power of man’s mind. Unless one conceives of himself as possessing good things, he will not possess them. From the objective world of such a one, even that which he has will be taken away. This is but another way of stating the law of cause and effect, that immutable principle, which governs all things.
The Concept of a Successful Man
Could we see the mentality of a successful man, we should find the imprint of success written in bold letters across the doorway of his consciousness. The successful man is sure of himself, sure of what he is doing, certain of the outcome of his undertakings. As much gathers more, as like attracts like, so success breeds greater success, and conviction is attended by certainty. The whole teaching of Jesus is to have faith and to believe. He placed a greater value on faith and belief than any individual who has ever taught spiritual truth. We are to believe in ourselves because we have first penetrated the invisible Cause back of the real self. We are to have absolute faith in our work, because we have positive conviction of the inner power which enables us to do this work.
But to those who believe only in failure, the law comes in corresponding measure, measuring back to them the logical outcome of their beliefs. The habitual failure bears, across the threshold of his thought, an image of his inability to attain. The old law says that what little he has shall be withdrawn until he has learned the lesson of life and action.
Each should train himself—and do so consciously—to conceive of himself as a success. Sailing on that boundless sea of livingness, upon whose bosom we are all carried forward, we should go from success to greater success. All thoughts of failure or depression must be erased from the mentality, and positive thoughts of achievement should take their place. Have faith in God, in life, and in your fellowman. KNOW THAT RIGHT IS MIGHT. Get some degree of real conviction and stay with it. The Cosmic Mind is neither wishy-washy nor willy-nilly. It is positive, certain of Itself and sure of the outcome.
Credit: Holmes, Ernest (1998-08-24). The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition (p. 549-551). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
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