Express Your SELF

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“The highest God and the innermost God is One God.”
~ Ernest Holmes ~

The Principle of Being, as affirmed in the above quote, has been said in many ways. Mystics of every era have understood it; sacred books of the world have written about it; and devotees of all time have “caught it. “

Grasping the far-reaching concept that ‘I am the image and likeness of God,’ requires that I first grasp the concept of the three-fold nature of God; i.e., Spirit: The Absolute Essence of all that is. Soul: The Creative Medium. Body: All objective manifestations of the invisible Principle of Life.

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In the early days of my exploration of the Science of Mind I gave myself Mental Treatments for the purpose of manifesting the things I longed for.  Very often, the evidence of those things hoped for had a short lifespan, since, like a reflection in a mirror, they had no real-life substance. They became the proverbial “things that moth and rust destroy.” 

I soon realized I had it backwards. It was not clear to me at the time that I could only demonstrate (show forth) that which I already have. I began to see that it was the feeling of divine goodness, within me, that I was seeking to express. Emma Curtis Hopkins teaches that all of creation is aroused by that feeling that affirms, “There’s good for me and I ought to have it.”

I now know, the money I desired represented my inherent nature of Freedom. Health represented my birthright of Wholeness. Fulfilling relationships represented the Love that I am. The home and car I desired represented the Beauty and Joy inside me. Like every artist, there was a deep longing to unleash the inner splendor that was felt. Early on, I did not know that I was the creative artist that I am.  

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We believe that heaven is within us, and that we experience It to the degree that we become conscious of It.”

~ Ernest Holmes ~

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Now that I have gained some measure of spiritual maturity, my self-awareness ignites the Creative Medium within me. I give myself a Spiritual Mind Treatment so I may consciously demonstrate the presence of God in me ~ the very essence of who I am. The Freedom, Abundance, Peace, and Harmony I feel within me, are realities right now. I affirm this is so and I allow these divine qualities to express as a world that works for everyone. I affirm a world where each and every person has enough food, a home and a sense of belonging. I declare they now manifest as enfranchisement and justice.  

I now realize, whenever I seek first the kingdom of God within me, and affirm Its Presence as the specific thing I desire to experience, the Creative Process begins. The Spirit of God, in me, as me actually becomes the objective manifestations in the world according to my word of Truth.

In other words, I am the image and likeness of God, fully imbued with divine attributes. I express these qualities as the people places and things I experience. I AM the realization of Perfect God, Perfect Humanity, Perfect Manifestations. 

I go forth in confidence, doing that which is mine to do.


This Week’s Affirmation  

Today I focus my self-expression on Truth and know all my desires are realized by simply allowing.

By Judy Hilley

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