My Beliefs Create My Life

Last week I wrote about my lack of belief.  That’s very difficult for me to admit.  After all, I’ve been teaching Science of Mind for ten years.  Science of Mind teaches that we can control our minds, and by changing our focus, we can change our beliefs, which, in turn, will create the world we want to live.  To admit that my belief about something is lacking just doesn’t track with that and it causes me to feel that I am lacking.

Then again, I know it’s all a learning process and takes baby steps.  Even after learning about Science of Mind fifteen years ago and teaching it for ten, there are some areas in my beliefs that are still in the baby step stage.

However, the Universe evidently has a sense of humor and takes pity on such as I!  A few days after I wrote last week’s blog, and discussing this with a friend, I found an envelope in the mailbox…an envelope addressed to me…an envelope that contained a check for $150!  An unexpected $150!  I wrote a paper for a colloquium, presented via video last month.  I didn’t know that speakers were paid!  I thought that just having my paper accepted for presentation was the payment I’d receive.  Thank you Universe!  I’ll take your sense of humor any time, for a lesson like that!

If that wasn’t enough, I also received notification that I’d be receiving a certain amount from Amazon later this month – royalties from my book, It’s Still New!  Again…unexpected revenue!  This is the second month in a row that I’ve receive royalties!

Little by little, my beliefs about money are changing.  Even though I believe that God is my Source, I know that sometimes, make that too often!, I get into the “How”…how am I going to do…?  Again, I teach, “my business is the what”.  My job is to dream, vision, and listen, then to take the steps that I feel guided to take.  The “how” is the business of the Universe.  God, or the Universe, or Spirit, whatever name you want to give it, takes my dreams and makes them happen.  Do I believe that whatever I want will just materialize out of thin air?  No…and yes.  I believe it’s possible.  I remember Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra talking about how things manifest.  There are several levels of consciousness…one is to think, “I’d like an ice cream cone,” and go out to buy it.  The second is to think, “I want an ice cream cone,”  and someone brings you one.  The next is to think, “I want an ice cream cone,”  and put out your hand and it materializes.  I haven’t reached that level yet, but I believe it’s possible.

I know that everything…everything...is energy, therefore, I believe that anything is possible.  My work is to get to the level of consciousness that I can think of an ice cream cone, put out my hand, and there it is.  Make that a scoop of lemon custard and one of Greek Sunset, please!  On a sugar cone!

Me Beliefs Create My Life

Almost sixteen years ago I discovered a philosophy called Science of Mind.  It was love at first sound for me!  The teachings of Science of Mind, and it’s umbrella philosophy, New Thought, resonated with me at such a deep level, I cried all through the service.  I fell in love and never looked back.  After years of searching for “something”, and not knowing for what I searched; after feeling a longing for “something”, and not knowing what, I found that “something”.

Science of Mind is a philosophy, as its founder, Ernest Holmes, defined it, a faith and a way of life.  It teaches faith in God at a deep level, but it is also a practical philosophy, faith, and way of life for right now.  It is the teaching of Jesus…that heaven and hell are states of mind and there is a Power for good that we can use to create the life of our dreams.

Science of Mind also teaches that our dreams are the dreams of God, that God dreams through us.  It teaches that God and I are one and the same.

Sounds arrogant, but if you take it deeper, you realize that what Science of Mind, which was birthed at the time psychology and quantum physics were birthed, you feel the truth.  Quantum physics teaches that at the level of the atom, everything is light…a photon.  Mystics teach that everything is Light, comes from the Light.

The spiritual side of Science of Mind resonates with me still, even after sixteen years.  Going deeper into an understanding of God is something I’ve longed for all my life.  And I know that the more I know, the deeper I go, the less I know.  God is always on the horizon, calling me on.

It is the practical teaching of Science of Mind in which I often fail.  Science of Mind, along with many other philosophies, teaches that we can use our mind to create, manifest, what we want our lives to be.  One of the teachings of Science of Mind is that an aspect of God is something called the Law, or the Soul, which takes the thought of God…and me…and causes that thought to become form.  The Law responds to our thought, and doesn’t know the difference between a castle and a hovel, a million dollars or a dime.  It is I who differentiate.  I’m good at creating dimes.

An example:  I’ve written many times, and told myself, that I want something in particular.  To be frank, I want $10,000,000.  I know exactly what I’ll do with $10,000,000.  But I haven’t received it yet.  Whenever I say I want a certain amount of money and it’s a great sum, it never manifests.

A few days ago I opened my computer desk drawer and a penny flew out!  I laughed aloud, because I’ve been finding pennies and dimes scattered around on the floor a lot lately.  “Ha!”  I thought.  “I’m pretty good at manifesting pennies and dimes!  Why can’t I manifest thousands of dollars?”  Sunday, the answer came, loud and clear!  I had entered my first art show in decades and set the intention that I’d make a certain amount of money.  I didn’t.  I asked myself over and over…why?  The answer is:  I hoped I would, but I didn’t believe.  I don’t believe that I can make money with my art.  I sold a couple of things, but nothing big.  And now I know why.  I hope; I don’t believe.

Now I know where my work is.  My work for myself is to change my hope into a belief.   And the first step is to understand where the belief that I can’t make money from my art began.  I already know the answer to that.  So I have to work at changing it.

Beliefs come from old teachings, recordings, from our childhood.  Mine came from hearing my parents telling me I’m not good enough; I’ll never amount to anything.  I’ve shown over and over that’s a lie, but still, it’s there.  My work is to erase it and replace it with a new belief…one that comes from who I am today.

Changing beliefs is not easy and takes determination, but I intend to do it.  I intend to live my Truth, beginning today.  I’m worth it!  And so are you.