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The Secrets of Belief by Ernest Holmes (Transcript)

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This evening, I am going to talk to you about a power for good in the universe, greater than you are, greater than I am, greater than all of us. A power for good that we can use in everyday life for everything.

When the greatest teacher who ever lived said it is done unto you as you believe. What do you suppose he was talking about? This mastermind was talking about a spiritual power in the universe, something so close to us that it is in the mirror, than our hands and feet closer to us, than our very next being, as the old Talmud said.

And so, this power is not something we have to go in search after, it is something that is right here: close, nearer, than our very breath.

How then would we use the power that is so intimate? Certainly we should have to use it in an intimate way. And we would certainly have to believe that the power exists is a power not against us. It is willing and not reluctant, we should actually have to believe that it really is done unto us as we believe. Then we would have to believe.

What is belief anyway? These other things I want to discuss with you tonight: How it is that we could use this power for good, greater than we are, wonderful, the thing the whole world wants more than anything else in the world, the thing that you and I have for the taking, for the asking, for the using, power that responds to us, causing to our conviction in it.

However it is used in our own mind, in our own thinking, right, where we are, how close and how intimate such power is and how wonderful it is, just to believe that we’re going to learn how to use it.

First of all, just what it is, then we’re going to talk about how to use it. Then we are going to actually get right down and use it in our everyday life.

First of all, the power that is bigger than you are and greater than I am is of course, a spiritual power. Just what do we mean by a spiritual power? We mean something that is invisible, of course. We don’t see it. We don’t touch it. We don’t taste it; we don’t handle it. We don’t weigh it, we don’t measure it. But we do feel it, just as you feel beauty, just as you feel love, just as you feel anything in life.

This power greater we are is a power for good. It responds to us if we have faith and confidence in it. Now throughout all the ages people of course have prayed and their prayers have been answered. They’ve prayed with faith and it doesn’t make any particular difference what kind of a religion they have had. That power has responded to everyone in the way he has used it. That is why Jesus said, very simply, very directly, it is done unto you as you believe.

Let us then analyze the saying of Jesus that it is done unto you as you believe. And suppose in doing that, that we pause, after this little word as seems like such an insignificant word. But it’s the key to the teaching of this great master.

First of all, he said, it is done by a power greater than you are. It is done unto you by this power. You don’t do it. Who has the power to create life? You and I did not make life. We did not create it. We did not think of ourselves. We awoke to the fact that we live. And we looked about and wondered, what in the world is it all about? Why am I here?

Is there anything in the universe, great enough and good enough to come to my rescue when I needed? Quietly if I’m disturbed, to bring peace to my mind? If I am despised? Is there really power in the universe greater than I am? And is it good? And can I use it?

Jesus said, it is done unto you. There is a power that operates for you. And how does it operate? It operates as you believe.

Now suppose we kind of analyze just what do we mean by belief. A peculiar thing, but it’s very important. We do not believe a thing just because we affirm it.

I might say I believe there is an elephant here, but there isn’t any elephant. I might say, there is thundering lightning here but I know there isn’t. Belief is something that our own mind does not doubt. It is something that we ourselves inwardly do not deny. You can tell right off. If you believe what you’re saying.

Shakespeare caused one of his characters to say: my words fly upward, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts cannot, to heaven, go. So, you and I do not have to study very much to see, do I believe that there is a power greater than I am? Why, of course, we believe it. Some mysterious thing, which we call gravitational force, holding you and I in place right now where you sit in your home.

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