And that is not say, am I good enough to use this power? Why of course we are the rain falls on us, isn’t it. And the sun shines for us, the wind blows for us. There is no God who denies anyone anything that is good and right. So using the faith we have and believing in the power greater than we are, we sort of begin to expect things to happen.
It would be a very interesting thing, even if it were only a game we were playing, how fascinating, how wonderful to believe that out of that which, up until now perhaps we had thought was a wistful wish, wishful dream. Something that couldn’t quite be true. Out of all this we have longed for and we have yearned for and we have wanted in the terrific, right now.
Maybe those dreams can come true. Right now maybe the desire of our heart is already met in some divine intelligence that knows the beginning from the end, just waiting for our cooperation.
So we will be trying the most fascinating experiment we have ever had in our life. That dream: is it difficult for an infinite power. That hope, is it too much to ask for that yearning and that longing? Do not we have a right to expect that whatever the intelligence is, and the power that put us here certainly knows how to take care of us?
Perhaps we just haven’t believed. Now we’re going to practice believing; we’re going to say to ourselves, yes, there is a power. We can use it. We will use it. And then we’re going to be intelligent and we’re going to figure out how to use it. Until we ourselves believe, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you and I knew that there is nothing between the right desire of the heart, the yearning of the mind, the longing of the soul? And that which might be, but our own beliefs, our own unbelief.
And if this is so, then we have the proposition why we can’t handle it, for you and I can control our thinking. And we can come to the place, if not instantly, then certainly, we shall come to it gradually. But it doesn’t matter how we got there. We are going to come to a place where we believe in the power greater than we are, believe in ourselves, because we know it.
And believe even right down to the method we’re using that our own thoughts, our own meditation of prayer, whatever you call it, will convince everything within us that seems to doubt. Perhaps out of all the doubt and the yearning and the longing, you and I will come to know, there is a power greater than you are and I am and we can use it.
Now, friends, we’re going to use this power very simply, very definitely and directly. And we’re going to try to believe that it is done unto us, as we believe. And we’re going to try to just let go have every doubt or uncertainty, every lack of conviction. Just because it’s a power bigger than we are, we can trust something greater than we are. We don’t have to trust ourselves.
Now we call this meditation. And meditation is something you do to yourself, something like this. Suppose you just get still a moment, let’s even close our eyes for just a moment, kind of shuts us out from these things that disturb, and let’s say, I really believe right now down deep in my heart, there is a power for good.
This power is directing me because it’s intelligent, I shall know what to do. I shall be directed… there will be some impulsion, something that will tell me what to do.
There is an intelligence you see that actually knows. So let’s turn again to it and say: every thought and idea that is necessary to the accomplishment of the good thing I desire, which expresses a more abundant life, and which brings only good to everyone, is all happening to me now. That’s quite simple, isn’t it?
But if this power is here, if it works the way… I’m sure it does, then it works on the simplicity around thinking it isn’t profound words. It isn’t any spiritual gymnastic we go through just like a child. It’s guiding me. It’s directing me, right now.
Now let’s again turn our thoughts inward, close our eyes. And let’s say each one of us that we greatly desire, that we shall bless everyone we meet, that we shall bring happiness and joy to every situation. Let’s believe that it is true, then it will be true.
And it’s true, not because you and I know very much, whether ignorant but there is a power and it does work and it’s working right now.
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