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Daily Reading from the Science of Mind 06032016
A Primer for Living a Life
Spiritual Mind Healing
Suggestions for Treatments
In giving mental and spiritual treatments, it is better not to dwell too much on the negative, since we are liable to give it undue importance. To affirm the presence of God is better than to deny the presence of evil. However, if the presence of evil persists in making its appearance, it is sometimes well to deny it, to know it is neither person, place nor thing, that it does not belong to us, and that it cannot operate through or around us. It is neither cause, medium, nor effect. Is neither imagination, idea, nor reflection. It is neither visible nor invisible. It cannot emanate from God, and does not emanate from man. The devil is a myth, and heaven is lost merely for the lack of an idea of harmony. "Stand still and watch the sure salvation of the Lord." This Lord is always an indwelling Presence. The individual "I" which is an incarnation of the universal "I Am."
The practitioner should think of his patient as a perfect entity, living in a perfect Universe, surrounded by perfect situations and governed by perfect Law. The entire Universe is devoted to his good. "All the Father hath is thine." "Arise, O Son, and take." This taking is better accomplished through an affirmative attitude of mind than by dwelling too much on the negative. "Behold! The kingdom of heaven is at hand," but this kingdom must be recognized. The recognition is a mental act. We must know that the All – Powerful Spirit is ever available and ever equal to the healing of any discordant condition of body, mind or affairs, but we must never look outside of ourselves to find the Spirit, since It is indwelling. What we really do is to look within our own consciousness, and "pray to the father who is in secret and the father who CF in secret, shall reward us openly." The sincere practitioner will be sure his own thought is clear, that his own faith is equal to the demands made upon it. Above all else he must be careful not to be caught in the negative stream of consciousness. Jesus could not have raised Lazarus from among those who word believed to be dead if he had been afraid to "roll away the stone," nor if he had listened to the wailing of those around him. To be spiritually minded is to enter that tranquil atmosphere of pure thought, that "Heavenly Consciousness" which is "the secret place of the Most High" in man.
In beginning a series of treatments for any person, we start with the idea of Perfect God, Perfect Man, and Perfect Being. In every case it is well to begin by the removal of doubt and fear, to assure ourselves that the one whom we are seeking to help is complete and perfect, harmonious and whole. Next we must conform our arguments, statements and realizations so that they may measure up to this high ideal.
It is easy to believe that God is perfect. You must also believe that the spiritual man as perfect, and since it is difficult to believe that the objective man is perfect, we must confine our statements to a realization of the spiritual perfection of man. In such degree as our realization becomes a subjective embodiment, the objective healing will automatically take place. We know the background of human thought is, to a great extent, one of negation, a denial of an harmonious and spiritual Universe; consequently, our outlook on life must be transformed by the renewing of the mind, and even when the results are not immediately forthcoming, we must still maintain a calm serenity of thought. We must relight the torch of our imagination by "fire caught from heaven." We must remain faithful to this vision for a realization of the Presence of God is the secret power of our work.
The following examples are not to be considered dogmatic; they are merely suggested ways by which one may do effective work. The practitioner must realize that all power is given unto him. He must believe that man is spiritual and he must be certain that his statements about the spiritual man will find a corresponding outlet in the physical man. However, he is very careful never to treat the physical man, but to think of man's entire being as spiritual, and if man's entire being is spiritual, then his physical being must reflect spiritual ideas. The practitioner supplies the spiritual ideas and lets the Law of Mind do the rest. To begin the treatment by a silent assurance that man, being spiritual, is exempt from negation, is a correct starting point. Infinite Love harmonizes man's entire being. The healing currents of life flow through him, taking away every negative thought and manifestation, and adjusting his whole physical being to the idea of Divine Harmony.
Credit: Holmes, Ernest (1998-08-24). The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition (p. 215 – 216). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
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