“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~ Iyanla Vanzant ~
How often have you heard, or perhaps even have said the words, “I’ll believe it when I see it?” Yes, there’s a skeptic amongst us that demands proof from one of its “sense organs” before accepting a thing as being so. The story of Doubting Thomas of the New Testament is an illustration of how humanity believes the physical body, and the material world we live in, are the only reality there is.
However, we are waking up, slowly but surely, and have begun to realize that we are indeed more than our bodies; and more than our present circumstances, no matter what they may be. Humanity is evolving into the realization that we are three-fold beings. When all three aspects of who we are (Spirit, Mind, and Body) are in alignment, we experience the harmony, beauty, joy, love, and wisdom that is our inherent nature. When the self is in perfect alignment with its Self, skepticism is transformed into optimism, and we may find ourselves saying, “I’ll see it when I believe it.”
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The Omnipotent Law of Life that receives the direct impress of our thoughts and acts upon them, is in a state of continuous creative action. Through a process of unfoldment, the image and likeness of our word; i.e., the conviction of our hearts are realized as the people, places, and things we encounter in the world. When one understands this; prayers are no longer a practice of beseeching, begging, and bargaining; but rather, they become affirmations of Truth based on what is the heart’s desire and the acceptance of the word spoken.
I have noticed that phrases like “I know” and “I believe” are often used interchangeably when speaking about practical spirituality. I believe, in most cases, the common usage is simply that slippery slope of semantics, otherwise, the differences are subtle. We may all agree that it is the feeling conveyed that sets the Immutable Law of Cause and Effect in motion.
One may have knowledge of certain scientific facts, but do not believe the principle behind the knowledge will work for them. For example, one may know the laws regarding the ability to walk on hot coals. This doesn’t mean that everyone who has this knowledge believes he is safe in doing so.
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When the “Doubting Thomas Consciousness” within us says, “Lord, I do believe, help me to overcome my unbelief;” this state of humility and vulnerability may very well be the defining moment for self-healing. Otherwise, you cannot heal what you do not acknowledge.
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It seems to me; that the successful demonstration of the Law of God is the combination of knowing and believing. There is that within you right now who spontaneously knows the Truth of Being and her Oneness with it. You may unleash this Presence of Divinity and claim the good you are seeking, right now. The mystic realizes: I, Spirit, is the Driving Force, The First Cause that moves through our Mind of beliefs, and projects onto the material world, a Body of people, places, and things.
“I AM all what I will become.“
HOWARD THURMAN SERIES CONTINUES
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