Archive for the ‘Ernest Holmes’ Category

It takes a lot to move me out the door on a Sunday morning to go to church.  As far as I’d thought, church wasn’t contained within four walls.  I live in God’s country, we all do.  I’m especially fond of the Church of the Great Blue Herons or the Church of the Mighty Redwoods.  Church is everywhere, and yes, sometimes it’s even within four walls.

I have found the most dynamic, passionate, engaging, all inclusive church at the Genesis Global Spiritual Center.  This is a Science of Mind based church steeped in Ernest Holmes and New Thought teachings, as well as ancient wisdom.  It’s brimming with God and love, foot stomping, hand clapping music and it reaches into the depths of you, culls the very best, the wholeness that you already are and always were.

The Reverend Charles Hall used to be connected with the Agape Church in Los Angeles, preaching right along side of Michael Beckwith.  We are beyond blessed to have him in our community.  If you live near enough to get there on a Sunday, you will not be disappointed.

Below are a few paraphrases from today’s service and a few comments from me.  Unless otherwise noted, they were spoken by Rev. Charles Hall.

“You are the answer to somebody’s prayer.”

This one really hit home with me today.  I have a lot more on my plate these days because I was an answering to someone’s prayer.  There have been moments where I thought I took on too much, but that little reminder today, makes every morsel of it so worth it.

“Your life is heaven having it’s way right now.”

That alone is the only daily affirmation I ever need.

“You can be on the cusp of something.  Appreciate the cusp, not the something.  Appreciate this moment now.”

“All manifestations are effect.”  Ernest Holmes

Now ponder that for a moment.  Given that all manifestations are effect, take pause the next time you or I react to something.  We are just layering more of our stuff on top of what was our stuff to begin with.  It’s futile; it’s the old childhood game of sit and spin.

“Sometimes all it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage that will change your life forever.”  that’s a paraphrase by Rev. Hall from the movie – We Bought a Zoo.

Someone is waiting for your courage, that some one is you and me.  Let’s take the leap next time we are called to do so.  You’ll know the moment has arrived, when that little niggly voice shows up that says you can’t, you better not, you’re not really capable, you shouldn’t, you couldn’t, not in a million years.  That’s why it will take “insane courage”.  You’ll have to be braver than the voices.  The voices are ancient history.  They’ve had their share of air time.  Insane courage is well beyond the confines of that old safe box.  Insane courage throws a deaf ear to the old paradigm.  Can we do it?  Hell yea, we can!  It is what we came here for, the great adventure.  Let’s go LIVE it!

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Let Go

An artist friend of mine, Amy-Rainflower, shared this quote from Ernest Holmes with me today.  I absolutely love it and it’s been a long time since I quoted Ernest Holmes, so enjoy…!

“She let go.

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go.

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do
it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word.

She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort.

There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone

– Ernest Holmes.

{post script: after researching this poem, it is more likely attributed to Rev. Safire Rose, a SOM minister, rather than Ernest Holmes}

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When we learn to trust the Universe, we shall be happy, prosperous and well.  We must learn to come under that Divine Government, and accept the fact that Nature’s table is ever filled.  Never was there a Cosmic famine.  “The finite alone has wrought and suffered, the Infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.”  God is always God.  No matter what our emotional storm, or what our objective situation, may be, there is always a something hidden in the inner being that has never been violated.  We may stumble, but always there is that Eternal Voice, forever whispering within our ear, that thing which causes the eternal quest, that thing which forever sings and sings.

excerpted from The Science of Mind~Ernest Holmes

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I am currently reading an older metaphysical/new thought book
from 1954, by U.S. Andersen.  It’s entitled Three Magic Words.
He suggests repeating the words, I’ve appended below, after
a daily 10 minute period of stillness and when you have entered
a calm and peaceful place, and only then.  For you eft tappers,
this could also be turned into an eft script.

It’s really quite beautiful, note the language: law of attraction,
as you get further into it.  He also had some exposure to
Ernest Holmes and Holmes also used that terminology.

“I know that I am pure spirit, that I always have been,
and that I always will be.  There is inside me a place of
confidence and quietness and security where all things
are known and understood.  This is the Universal Mind,
God, of which I am a part and which responds to me as I
ask of it.  This universal mind knows the answer to all of
my problems, and even now the answers are speeding
their way to me.  I needn’t struggle for them; I needn’t
worry or strive for them.  When the time comes, the
answers will be there.  I give my problems to the great mind
of God; I let go of them, confident that the correct answers
will return to me when they are needed.  Through the
great law of attraction, everything in life that I need
for my work and fulfillment will come to me.  It is not
necessary that I strain about this, only believe.  For in
the strength of my belief, my faith will make it so.  I
see the hand of divine intelligence all about me, in
the flower, the tree, the brook, the meadow.  I know that
the intelligence that created all these things is in me and
around me and that I can call upon it for my slightest
need.  I know that my body is a manifestation of pure
spirit and that spirit is perfect; therefore my body is
perfect also.  I enjoy life, for each day brings a constant
demonstration of the power and wonder of the universe and
myself.  I am confident.  I am serene.  I am sure.  No matter
what obstacle or undesirable circumstance crosses my
path, I refuse to accept it, for it is nothing but illusion.
There can be no obstacle or undesirable circumstance to
the mind of God, which is in me, and around me, and
serves me now.”

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Dontcha love google? I typed in my search box: who said Law of Attraction first?
And I got the answer on Wikipedia! I also ordered the book by Atkinson listed
below because I’ve got an Amazon.com habit that won’t quit. :) So you will
probably see some quotes out of that coming up in the next couple of weeks.
I’ve got two Thich Nhat Hanh books on the way also and you know I’ll be quoting
him, too! In the meantime, enjoy and my gratitude to google, Wikipedia, all the new
and old thought thinkers which includes all of us, I think :) and as always the Universe
for answering! Love, Bethie

The idea behind the Law of Attraction is not new. The concept can be found
in Hinduism and, due to the influence of Hinduism on Theosophy, it is mentioned
in early Theosophical texts, as well. In 1877, the term “Law of Attraction” was used
by Helena Blavatsky in her first book on esoteric mysteries, Isis Unveiled: Secrets
of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition. In 1902, a principle similar to the law of attraction,
but not named by that phrase, was mentioned in As a Man Thinketh by James
Allen (1864 – 1912). The title derives from the ancient Jewish Book of Proverbs,
chapter 23, verse 7: “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so he is.”

In 1906, William Walker Atkinson (1862 – 1932) used the phrase in his New Thought
Movement book, Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World.
Atkinson was the editor of New Thought magazine, a student of Hinduism, and the
author of more than 100 books on an assortment on religious, spiritual, and occult
topics. The following year, Elizabeth Towne, the editor of The Nautilus Magazine, a
Journal of New Thought, published Bruce MacLelland’s book Prosperity Through
Thought Force, in which he summarized the principle, stating “You are what you
think, not what you think you are.” The phrase “Law of Attraction” appeared in the
writings of the Theosophical authors William Quan Judge in 1915, and Annie Besant
in 1919.

By the mid 1900s and continuing into the early 2000s, various authors addressed
the topic under a range of terminology, such as positive thinking, “mental science”,
“pragmatic Christianity”, “New Thought”, “practical metaphysics”, Science of Mind” /
“Religious Science” and Divine Science. Among the mid 20th century authors
who used the term were Sri K. Parvathi Kumar (1942) and Alice Bailey (1942),
as well as Florence Scovel Shinn (1925).

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Divine Guidance, like the Presence of God, is where you are, at the
center of your being. When you turn to the Spirit for the solution of
your problem, Spirit answers by intuitively knowing, not the problem,
but its answer.  {…}

Every problem contains its own answer if you think of the problem
merely as a question, and inquiry, and not as an obstruction. Thinking
of it this way, keep your mind not on the repetition of thoughts about
the problem, but on the receipt of a definite answer.

~Ernest Holmes~

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