Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

One of the many things that I love about the philosophy of the Science of Mind is, it is a teaching of how to think, not what to think.  The whole premise is, as creatures of thought, we are always thinking; and as a result, our thoughts are forever manifesting as our experiences. The more proficient we become in the “how to” the more fulfilled we become with the “what is.”

As I reminisce about these familiar ideas, I am reminded that the individual power contained in these simple – yet profound concepts have always been known. Ancient wisdom concurs with the point being made here. 

For example, …. things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 1 tells us there is an invisible cause behind every apparent condition. The Cause as evidenced by the Cosmos or Macrocosm, is the consciousness of the Creator and Source of All.   The “cause” as evidenced by the myriad of conditions or microcosm, is the individual consciousness and/or the collective belief of humanity. 

The Hermetic teachings simplified the principle by saying, “as within, so without.” On the one hand the SOM recognizes that “what” you think is yours alone to choose; and at the same time, it teaches that it is your beliefs (your thinking) that is the substance out of which your experiences are created. Therefore, Holmes says, “change your thinking – change your life.”

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. 2 These words suggest that I, experience myself, according to what I believe about who I am, as evidenced by the conditions in my life. 

What I hear from these wise ones is: What we think about is the specific thing we desire to experience in life; i.e., health, wealth, wisdom, love, joy showing up as our bodies, our finances, our relationships, and our careers, etc.  The effective way to think about these things, or How, is to realize your true nature expressing as those things. Your true nature is the image and likeness of God, The Source. Your nature is health, wealth, wisdom, love, joy. Jesus explained “the how” when saying: Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and these things will be added unto you. 3

As a serious seeker of Truth, I have found that it is not enough for me to agree that the inherent nature of all things is spiritual; created out of an invisible cause. It is not enough for me to agree that any apparent condition to the contrary, is a false belief manifesting.  

Like all sciences, a theory lies dormant until it is successfully proven, just like faith without works is dead. 4 In my awakened state of consciousness, I test my belief by rising above any negative situation I may be experiencing. I consciously apply Principles of Truth.

Albert Einstein tells us, We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  With that said, I tell myself, no matter what words I may voice/or say regarding any adverse situation I may face; it is my thinking, more specifically, my belief, that must be changed. When that happens, my words will be the law that brings about new conditions. 

While diving deeply into my True Self, I somehow know that my action contributes to the consciousness of humanity. 

This Weeks Affirmation

“My thought is a law of creative action known as life.”

By Keith Childers

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