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The Twelve Powers Of Man
March: Strength

We usually think of strength as a vital essence that flows throughout the body, but strength is also and foremost a mind power. And we all know thoughts held in mind will produce after their own kind.

Fillmore located strength in the loins at the small of the back close to the adrenal glands. Emotions tied with strength release adrenaline into the body system allowing it to perform in extreme ways.

It takes strength to be prosperous. Are you strong enough to meet this challenge?

Strength
The word strength means "to persist," "to endure." Strength is threefold. On the physical plane strength is power, energy and freedom from weakness in the body. On the mental plane, strength is the ability to achieve, lead, or to be an expert in one's work. On the spiritual plane, strength is steadfastness to the belief in good. Spiritual strength persists in expecting good and refuses to settle for less than the very best in life.

Strength is related to substance. When challenges present themselves, whether in health, finances, love or joy, they can be very draining on our physical and mental strength. But in affirming that we have the strength to meet them victoriously, we call it into play. We persist in thought, word, and deed, in faith that good will manifest in our life and we settle for no less. Even when we feel that we are out of strength, we know the Source of all strength resides in us, only waiting for us to step forth.

Remember that the hardest challenges and the heaviest burdens are our own negative thoughts. All strength originates in Spirit. Strength is developed through a sustained effort and comes from meditating on strength and affirming strength silently and aloud. The thought and the word "strength" spiritually expressed bring the manifestation of prosperity into our lives.

Accept and embrace the strength that is within you. It is yours to discover, to develop and to enjoy. After all, it is a gift and power of God.

What the Bible says:
"The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." Ex 15:2

"Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually!" 1Chr 16:11

"And he answered, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.'" Lk 10:27

"I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful by appointing me to his service." 1Tim 1:12

What Unity says:
"Strength is the energy of God." Charles Fillmore, The Revealing Word

"Supreme strength as demonstrated by Jesus can be attained by one who trusts in Spirit and conserves his vital substance." Charles Fillmore, Keep a True Lent

"We cannot walk on the waves of life in our own personal strength. If we remember to call on the strength of Christ we are sustained by unlimited power." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of John

Ideas for practice:
Take time to meditate on strength. Imagine the feeling of strength in your lower back, or wherever it makes sense to you, but locate it in your body. Where is the real source of this strength for you? Can you feel it? Now take that feeling with you into a challenging situation. Visualize yourself there, with your strength. How does it feel in your body? What do you see? What do you hear? Write about this imagery and these questions in your journal. What surprises did you get in the experience?
Dr. Bernie Siegel, in New Thought for a New Millennium, says we should find strength in our brokenness. He says, "Becoming stronger is not about finding easy solutions to every difficulty or cures for every illness. It is about facing difficulties with grace and presence." Sit quietly and get in touch with what you consider in yourself to be broken. Know that it is OK to sit with the brokenness for a while-allow yourself to feel it without pushing away. What happens as you do this? Now find the strength within to walk through it-notice how you feel as you walk through it. Allow whatever is, to be. Are you ready to release it? It may take a few times of this practice, so be patient with yourself.
Can you remember a time when you felt the loss of strength? What were the circumstances? How was God Presence with you then? Do you have a strong sense of prosperity? How do the two intersect in your life? Journal on these questions.
What is going on in your life right now? Are there areas for which you do not feel you have the strength? Now is the time to call on that spiritual strength within. Call the disciple Andrew (or the Christ or other teacher) to come sit beside you so you can feel strength all around you. Andrew was one of the first disciples to believe in Jesus, and to introduce him to Peter. His strength of faith is what brought him to introduce the boy with his meager lunch to Jesus, resulting in feeding the multitudes with only 5 loaves and 3 fishes. Can you feel that strength and faith flowing through your body now? Take time to get in touch with that silent, but sure, strength.
Put strength in your prayers as you let your life become the prayer that God prays through your talents, through your faith, and through all the faculties of being. When do you feel strongest, bravest and most courageous in your life? Offer those moments to God, remembering the ultimate Source of your strength with gratitude.
Strength is a stabilizer.