Happy New Year!
Frequently I am asked "What steps can I take to expand and deepen my awareness, and manifestation, of prosperity in my daily living?" Each month I will send out a Power of Prosperity newsletter, containing thoughts on prosperity from Charles Fiilmore's book, The Twelve Powers of Man.
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The Twelve Powers Of Man
Faith is the acceptance by the intellect of the good God has in mind for each of us as it expresses through our Christ within. Catherine Ponders says, "Faith is a mind power and you are using it all the time. It constantly affects your health, wealth and happiness." The extent to which you express health, wealth and happiness is Catherine's definition of prosperity.
Faith is a deep conviction, a state of certainty, and a state of total assurance. Faith moves ideas in mind and causes them to express in our outer world. Jesus talked about faith and attributed the healings that he performed to the person's faith. Jesus had unshakable faith in God and in man. Sometimes our lack feels as though it is as solid as a mountain. Yet Jesus said we could move mountains with our faith. Charles Fillmore says; "Faith is the perceiving power of the mind with the power to shape substance. It is the magnetic substance that draws unto us our hearts desire from the invisible spiritual substance. Faith is a deep inner knowing that that which is sought is already ours for the taking."
Where do we place our faith? We use it every moment of everyday whether we are conscious of it or not. Are you placing your faith in lack, ill health or doom? How do you develop faith?
Faith is the result of training your mind to think in a way it never has before. The best way to do this is through affirming and affirming only the positive. Listen to what you are repeatedly saying to yourself and others. (I am tired. I never have enough. It is cold season.) Now is the time to take a conscious inventory at the beginning of this New Year and see where you have put your faith.
What the Bible says:
"Then he touched their eyes and said, 'According to your faith let it be done to you.'"
"Jesus answered them, 'Truly, I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done."
"Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive."
"He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
"So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily."
"So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ."
"...so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God."
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
What Unity says:
"Faith ceases to be the vague, illusive quality which traditional Christianity theorizes about, and that takes on a strong tangibility."
Myrtle Fillmore, How to Let God Help You
"Faith does not depend on physical facts, or on the evidence of the senses, because it is born on intuition or the Spirit of truth ever living at the center of our being."
Emily Cady, Lessons in Truth
"Faith in the reality of the invisible builds a real, abiding substance in mind and in body. All kinds of ideas grow quickly when planted in this rich substance of the mind."
Charles Fillmore, The Twelve Powers of Man
Ideas for practice:
- Take some time in mediation and think about the prosperity you want in your life. Visualize it with all the vivid details you can think of. Create seven affirmations that will support and bring that into your life. Start them with an "I am" statement, such as "I am growing in faith every day." Place them all around you where you can see them, on the mirror, on your computer, on the dashboard of your card. When you see them, say them aloud. Your word has power and it will affirm your faith to the universe for what you want. Take one for each day of the week, praying it on your way to work or at breakfast, setting the consciousness for the day.
- Select a passage from above. In the monastic tradition of Lectio Divina, read the passage until you are very familiar with it. Then spend some time with each of the following questions. What did the author mean at the time? What does it mean in your life right now? What do you feel about it? Let your feelings pour out in prayer. Finally, rest in silence for a time, simply breathing in God's presence.
- Form a prayer triad. This is a group of three that meets weekly, perhaps after worship, to share prayer requests and to pray with one another and the ministry. Hold each other in prayer to connect with your divine purposes. Remember that where two or more are gathered in God's name, God is in their midst. Discuss your faith with your prayer triad. Pray with each other about your ever-strengthening faith. Remember that faith is a gift, and give thanks for the faith you have, "even as a tiny mustard seed."