Open Your Mind to Prosperity by Catherine Ponder
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Prosperity through Love concept. To practice love consistently is one of the quickest ways to overcome all your difficulties and demonstrate your spiritual heritage of unlimited good. Since the word concept means ‘something conceived in the mind’ the way to practice love concept is to become filled with the idea of love inwardly, and then express it both inwardly and outwardly. This releases a high powered energy that is instantly felt and responded to by people and situations. World renowned sociologists made experiments in the power of love at Harvard University several decades ago. They predicted that bombarding people and situations with thoughts of love could become a universal pres cription for curing the world’s ill. There are those people who read self- help books and take numerous success courses, who get the idea that mind power is all there is; that if they just use mind power sufficiently, everything everything will come their way. For a time they may seem right. They can produce tremendous results through the power of thought and through using it techniques, as described in some of the foregoing chapters. The time usually comes though, when they realize that mind power is not enough, and they begin to spin their wheels spiritually. In your own life you may go through periods when truth principles no longer seem to work for you sufficiently. If so, it may be that you need to use them more lovingly. The mind’s eternal duty is to express lov e. This is the great lesson the mind has to learn, the lesson of love. Mind power can become unbalanced when it is not used lovingly. Practicing love concept can do more to help you achieve your goals than all the hard mental effort in the world. If you get to tense about what you want out of life and try to force it into manifestation mentally, you can actually repel the very good you are trying to manifest. Use of the love concept magnetically draws your good to you in countless ways. This method takes the strain out of demonstrating your good. You can begin invoking the love concept by meditating often upon the Biblical statement, ‘God is Love’. Dwelling often on this statement keeps you from becoming too cold or unloving. It can also cause marvelous transformation to take place in you and your world. Invoking the love concept releases certain kind of vibration that people appreciate and respond to. Dwelling on the love concept makes you a magnet for your good.
Believing this, a business woman‘s group decided deci ded to spend some time at their monthly meetings, for an entire year, affirming love for the club and its members. This was to be their their experiment in proving the power of the love concept as success principle. Within a short time after first meeting when they affirmed words of love, several of these middle-aged business woman got married! One career woman had been widowed for 25 years, but soon married happily and went off to southern California to live with her husband in a beautiful new home he provided for her near the sea. So many woman in that group got married during the year of affirming love that they had to reorganize the whole club. The love concept works in both personal and impersonal ways. As we use it, it often brings new people and experiences in our life. It also releases more harmony and peace into our already established relations.
Love Concept Develops a Harmonious attitude.
People sometimes hesitate to use the love concept because they think that to become filled with the thought of love is to become filled with a gushing kind of emotionalism. But love is sincere- often quite. A gushing sort of emotionalism isn’t true love, because it isn’t sincere. Its expression doesn’t fool anyone for long. Famed psychologist Eric Fromm describes the love concept simply, ‘Love shows itself as harmonious attitude towards life’. Psychologist state one reason for mental illness, family problems, health problems, or financial failure is that many man y people do not have enough ‘give ability’ toward life. They have a rigid set of rules about how life and people are supposed to be. When people and conditions do not measure up to their rigid rules they criticize, condemn, find fault, resist and resent. They are inharmonious, unloving and unhappy. This leads to all kind of problems and they wonder why life never becomes what they want it to be. Practicing the love concept helps us develop a noncritical attitude towards life and people. We become less rigid, less fixed, less resistant to life and people when they do not follow our personal set of rules. The love concept helps us to develop a more harmonious reaction than a negative one, even when life and people are not what we think they should be.
How the love concepts helps neighbors.
It is easy to have harmonious reaction towards life and people when everything is going our way. If we can also remain harmonious, nonresistant and uncritical when things go wrong, then we are practicing the love concept and giving it a chance to make things right, perhaps in ways we could not foresee. A woman heard the love concept and decided to use it for a troublesome neighbor, who often got very loud and disorderly. This neighbor would keep everyone in the neighborhood awake at night with his antics. As the woman began daily to decree that divine love was at work in the situation, producing perfect results, the neighbor become peaceful. Soon there were no more outbursts. Life is filled with opportunities for using the love concept and proving its harmonizing, adjusting, prospering power. We can began testing it in the daily problems that confront us. One reason the love concept is so powerful is because the word love produces a positive, harmonious, magnetic current when deliberately sent forth. This love current will break up opposing thoughts of hate and render them powerless. The thoughts of in harmony can be dissolved, not only in the mind of the one practicing the love concept, but also in the mind of everyone with whom he comes in contact, so that countless people are harmonized and blessed by one person’s practice of love. The average person is not aware that he possesses this mighty power to dissolve all negative emotions- his own and others. Nor is the average person is aware that the word love, when persistently used, will transform conditions in mind and body, financial affairs, or interpersonal interpersonal relationships. relationships. When you find yourself tempted to resist, resent or criticize people, situation situation or life in general that is the time to use love concept. By holding to the thoughts of love you remain harmonious, as you bless the situation rather than add to the confusion.
How the love concept heals. Many persons as a result of unhappy childhood experience have resistant places in their subconscious mental areas that do not readily yield to the power of thought or the spoken word. Yet words of love repeatedly used dissolve those resistant areas.
Metaphysicians have known for years that the word love reconstructs, rebuilds and restores man and his world. If there is no one to turn to for prayers of love, a person can begin to heal himself by invoking the love concept. A young boy awakened in the night with a severe toothache. Since there were no drugs in the house to relieve the pain, he began to declare, over and over, “God loves me. God is guiding me. God is showing me the way.” The pain subsided. He drifted back to sleep and received permanent help from his dentist early the next morning. Along with developing a harmonious attitude towards life through the use of love affirmations, it is also wise to speak words of love to those in your personal world, your family and friends. An English doctor once told the royal society of Medicine in London ‘Most people require a constant supply of appreciation for their mental health and personal happiness’ It is normal to need appreciation and kindness. Doctors have found that it is often the people who do not have enough appreciation and kindness in their lives who become physically sick or emotionally neurotic. Often words of love, appreciation and kindness heal these people permanently, whereas the usual methods of treatment only cure them temporarily. A lady in her eighties was placed in the hospital with numerous aches and pain. After giving her many tests, those attending her could not decide specifically what her health problem was, though they feared she was suffering from major disease. She remained hospitalized for weeks and received the finest of care. Yet her physical discomfort continued. Her doctors finally stated that they could not agree on a diagnosis, and her family decided to take her home. Since she lived alone, a house keeper was employed to care for her. The housekeeper was a truth student who knew the healing power there is in feeling loved and appreciated. She told her patient funny stories and did many nice things for her. She often spoke words of appreciation to her, which made the patient very happy. Within a month all the aches and pains were gone, and the previously sick, unhappy woman returned to an active, healthy life. Later that wise housekeeper said to a friend; ’TLC did it. Apparently that’s what she needed -‘tender, loving care’. Love possesses marvelous powers. A good way to test its powers is by practicing the love concept with members of your own household. Why run hither and yon, trying to find someone on whom to bestow love, when those on your own family probably need
it as much as anyone? If you really want to prove the marvelous power of love, begin at home. A well-known psychologist and marriage counselor has said that words can make or break a marriage. His advice is simple: ‘Always look at your marriage partner wi th eyes of love. Praise, don’t blame. There is plenty to praise if you look for it, so look for it!’
The Freeing Power of Love.
The love concept includes freeing those we love to find their good in their own way, rather than feeling that our love for them gives us the right to possess, dominate or criticize them. True love frees; it does not bind. We never lose love by freeing it. Instead, through the act of release, we draw to us that love which is ours by divine right, and it becomes a stabilized, soul-satisfying soul-satisfying form of love. A mother once asked a friend, ‘How shall I prevent my daughter from marrying without my consent?’ The answer given was an interesting one: ‘By keeping your will in tune with the divine will. Your daughter, through the all-knowing Mind within her, has chosen exactly the right avenue through which her soul may have its best training in the great school of life. In the infinite scheme of things, all apparent inequalities are being adjusted through the people and the events she draws to her. You must relax and let them be so, through the flow of events. ‘All the challenges you meet in life are for your instructions as well as your daughter’s. Your child is choosing according to an unerring law the path set forth by her subconscious history, and you have no right to any will other than the divine will in the matter. ‘Perhaps you wish to save her from some experience exp erience you had? If the experience is necessary for her soul growth, you cannot prevent it, though you may postpone it. All of life is learning. If you would prevent your daughter’s marrying against your will, then change your will. Affirm god’s will in th e matter. Then release her to the father, so that his will, not yours, can become manifest. ’ The affirmation suggested for the mother’s use was : ‘My love does not bind you, nor my need hold you. I release you to the father. I am in true relationship relationship with all people and 5
all situations now. All things conform to the right in this situation now, quickly and in peace.’ So often, well-being but possessive people have poured forth the substance of their love into the lives of other people, and have depleted themselves. The love concept frees us from trying to run other people’s lives or deplete our own: ‘Divine love is now working through me to adjust all the details of my life. Love transforms my life now.’
Love and wisdom united
On an ancient Greek temple were inscribed the words, ‘Love tempered with wisdom is the secret of life’. Whereas mind power unaccompanied by love can become cold and unloving, so love alone may become impulsive. United with wisdom, love knows the true course, so that discordant of mind and body can be harmonized. As you set about developing the love and wisdom concepts, declare often ‘Divine love and wisdom are united in me’. The union of these two mind power brings balance into your consciousness and your life. If you have been mentally fighting anything in your life, rest your overworked mind and emotions by declaring often, ‘Divine love and wisdom are united in the situation , expressing expressing through it perfectly’. Then loose it and let it go: ‘I bless every situation in my life with love and wisdom. Love and wisdom are united in me, expressing perfectly through every phase of my life now.’ A prayer statement which I placed under the glass on my desk several decades ago gradually helped transform my life. It was ‘ I am the illumined child of god, filled with the spirit of divine love and wisdom, by which I am guided inn all my ways and now led into that which is for my highest good.’ All sorts of personal difficulties simply vanish, when people daily meditate on the balancing powers of love and wisdom.
To practice consistently the love concept is one of the quickest ways to overcome all difficulties and to demonstrate your spiritual heritage of abundance. Since the word concept means ‘something conceived in the mind’, the ways to practice the love concept is to become filled with the idea of love inwardly and then express it both inwardly and outwardly. Practicing the love concept releases the high-powered energy, which is instantly felt and responded to by people and situations. Scientist have predicted that bombarding people and situations with thoughts of love could become universal prescription for curing the world’s ill. The mind’s eternal duty is to express in love. Mind power can become unbalanced when it is not used lovingly. Practicing the love concept can do more to help you achieve your goals than all the hard mental effort in the world. If you get too tense about what you want out of life, you can actually repel the very good you are trying to manifest. Use of the love concept magnetically draws your good to you and takes the strain out of demonstration. You can begin invoking the love concept by reflecting often upon the statement: ‘God is love’. This keeps you from becoming too cold and unloving. Dwelling on this statement opens the way for a marvelous transforming power to take place in you and your world. The word love produces a positive, harmonious and a magnetic current, when deliberately sent forth, which breaks up opposing thoughts of hate and renders them powerless, thus dissolving inharmony in the mind of the thinker and in the mind of everyone with whom he comes in contact. Affirm often that divine love and wisdom are united in you. The union of these two mind powers brings balance into your consciousness and your life.