Ernest Holmes Radio Show: How To Use The Law of Good
There is a power for good in the universe greater than you are and you can use it.
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The institute of religious science presents its dean and founder Dr. Ernest Holmes, world-renowned author philosopher and spiritual leader. Every Sunday, Dr. Holmes brings you this radio ministry to show you how you can use the power for good in the universe to enjoy greater happiness, peace and spiritual understanding through this thing called life friends. Once again, we welcome you to this radio ministry conducted by one of the great spiritual leaders of our times, Dr. Ernest Holmes, Dr. Holmes talks, which he brings you every Sunday, our based on the positive affirmative philosophy, which he is outlined in his famous textbook science of Mind,
Dr. Holmes many books of self-help and inspiration, including the one which gave title to this radio program. This thing called life, have been read by hundreds of thousands of men and women. Today, Dr. Holmes will speak to you on one of his favorite themes: how to use the law of good in this talk. Dr. Holmes shows you that, just as the miracles of modern science are brought about by the use of natural laws, scientific religion makes use of spiritual and mental principles. Dr. Holmes has something important to say to you. So listen with open heart and mind, as Dr. Holmes tells you how the power which is greater than you are, can help you, whoever you are wherever you are through this thing called life friends.
I would like to talk to you today about the science of religion and how we can use the power of good greater than we are. Let us start out with this simple proposition in mind that we are surrounded by a creative intelligence that receives the impress of art and acts on it. This is the key to the whole teaching of Jesus about prayer, for Jesus definitely said that there is a power greater than we are a power that responds to us according to the way we think and Jesus was able to make his claim good and he made No claim for himself that he did not make for others. Rather, he said what I am doing is an example of what you may do. What I have accomplished you also may accomplish. If you will follow the rules that I am laying down, and these rules were very simple, so simple that we overlooked them – they are as simple as the opening thought of our program.
There is a powerful good in the universe greater than you are and you can use it. Let us then take this as the basis for our thought. There is a powerful good and we can use it. This power responds to our thinking to our faith, our conviction, our acceptance, it is done unto us by a power greater than we are, and this power responds to our thinking and acts on our faith. Jesus told us all about this, and this is what he meant when he said that when you pray, you must believe that you already have and then you will receive, but he said another thing and the most important part of his teaching. He said that this power is not only law, it is also love. Therefore, he told us that if we would get the most good from the use of the power that is greater than we are, we must always use it in love, and this is all that we have to remember the power greater than we are. We are supposed to use it and to use it for every good purpose, just as Jesus did, but we are also to remember that this power is never delivered to us in its fullness until we use it rightly, and we always use it rightly when we use It in such a way as to bring about good for ourselves and for others, and now, with all this in mind, then let us take this simple proposition that, because there is a power for good which responds to our faith, it follows them that we are surrounded By a creative energy, a creative mind that responds to our thinking, exactly as we think it is done, unto you as you believe you see, Jesus not only said it is done, unto you he very carefully added. It is done unto you as you believe, and how could it be otherwise, for if there is a power that responds to our thinking our faith and conviction, then certainly it would have to respond in the way. We think it would have to act like a mirror. Reflecting back to us the images of our thoughts, and so Jesus said it is done unto you as you believe, if you can only believe a little that a little will be done. But if you can increase your faith, greater things then can happen, and one day when the disciples of Jesus apparently had been trying to heal someone and had not been successful, they came to him and asked what they should do. Jesus answered increase your faith. This they did or attempted to do, but still without success, and so they again returned to the master and said what shall we do now? Jesus said have the faith of God, which of course means have a complete faith. Let nothing disturb your conviction, and he also said judge not according to appearances, that is don’t become confused over things, as they now seem to be, but judge righteously, which means think independently of any present condition, because the power that is greater than you are can change. This condition it is important for us to remember this, for we all are laboring under the mistakes of our yesterday’s. We are confused over what transpires around us, and sometimes we feel that we are caught in a net of circumstances too great. Do we overcome it. Was this possibility of starting fresh and new every day that Jesus pointed out? As a matter of fact, this must have been why he so frequently forgave people, their sins or mistakes, then told them to try all over again. No, we are not to judge, according to appearances, no matter what they look like. We are not to measure the possibility of tomorrow by anything that has happened yesterday or throughout all the yesterday’s of the dim and the distant past for today is a fresh beginning.
Today, your world and my world can be made new if we will only use the power for good the power that is greater than we are, and if we can only realize that this power can act independently of any circumstance whatsoever. Anyone can have faith if he really wants to, but it will be much easier for us to have faith when we realize that we are dealing with a power greater than we are. As a matter of fact, it is only when we do believe in the greater power that we can have faith, and so, let’s again return to our basic proposition, we are surrounded a law of mind. It is a creative law. It responds to our thinking exactly as we think and through careful practice gradually we can weed out all negative thoughts and we can replace them with positive ones, so the whole matter is simplified. And finally, we come to realize that we are dealing only with our own thoughts, while our thoughts in their turn are acted on by the power greater than we are. It is wonderful to know that we do not have to coerce this power. It is always there always ready, always able and willing to respond, but it is impossible for it to respond to us in any other way than by corresponding to our thinking. It is indeed like a mirror, a mirror, reflecting back our thoughts to us. We do the thinking the mirror does the reflecting. If we want the picture in the mirror to change, we change the image in front of it, and so it is with our thoughts. The mirror of life will always be there and we shall always be standing in front of it and when we look into it and see something is not in accord with divine harmony.
We can instantly change the image. When we do this, the reflection will correspond to the new form that we have placed before the mirror. One of our great problems is that we make everything too. We sometimes think that we must have such terrific mentalities. We have to be so intellectual. We have to know all the answers before ever. We can begin to use the law of God. Now Jesus understood all this, and so he placed before us the example of a little child, just a little child who expected things to happen. He believed that when he asked his mother for a slice of bread, then his mother would give it to him. He hadn’t yet built up a lot of resistance. He hadn’t accumulated a lot of doubt and fear and suspicion. He just said. Please, may I have a slice of bread and in a moment it was in his hand, and he was eating it, and Jesus so frequently referred to the necessity of this childlike trust. If we could only forget that we have to know so much, and if we could only remember that the burden of life is on the shoulders of a Power greater than we are and if we would only learn to relax. And if we would only let this power do it, then indeed should we have miracles in our lives. So let us take this childlike attitude, just a simple trust and faith and a power for good and realize that it is not the power that we have to change, but ourselves, and we must learn that a way to use this law of good is by training. Our minds to believe in it to accept it and then seeing to it that we act as though it were true see to it that all our thinking becomes affirmative and that for every no, there is a yes for every apparent evil.
There is a good for every seeming hate, let there be a love and for every discouragement of faith and for every disappointment, a certainty. Now. Let us suppose that nothing has been going right for us, and so we feel pretty discouraged. But we do have a conviction that there is a power greater than we are and that we can use it. And we have come to understand that this power works. For us, by working through us, and so we begin to change our way of thinking – and this is done by making certain definite statements every day and by persisting until we receive a proof. Perhaps we will say something like this: knowing that there is a power greater than I am, I am placing complete confidence in it. I believe that this power is now working in my life. I believe that I am being guided by an intelligence that knows everything. I believe that I am being guarded by a love that tenderly cares for everyone. I believe that there is a power operating in my affairs, which is supreme. Therefore, I say to myself: there is no fear or doubt nothing that can dim my vision or ma the picture that I now make of myself as being full and happy and confident. There is no discouragement from the past and there is no fear that kamar the faith that I have today. I know that my word, my own thinking right now, erases all negative pictures in my mind and replaces them with confidence and expectancy with faith and assurance. I expect new and better things to happen. I believe that I shall be surrounded by love and by friendship and now, if we wish to follow more exactly the instructions of Jesus instead of saying I shall be, we would say. I believe that I now am you see this car was that part of his teaching where he said when you pray believe that you have and you will receive, and so we should say. I believe that I am now surrounded by love in friendship. I know that right now I give out love in friendship. There is nothing but love and friendship. I believe that I am guided now and directed and governed. I believe that the good I desire now is a part of my experience, because I believe that God is right where I am and that good is operating through me, and we must be sure to add that there is nothing in us that wishes anything other than Good for all people, love is the motivating power of our life, all that we are or all that we expect to come become. We should gladly give giving and getting living and loving, being happy and making others happy.
This is the great lesson we are learned and this alone can establish the kingdom of God on our earth. I’ve been so interested in learning how many of you on your vacation trips are making it a point to listen to us on your car or your portable radios, for instance. Here is one lady who writes on our way to Portland. We stopped beside the road in a small group of tall green trees where we looked upon a range of snow-capped mountains, and it was so beautiful tuning in that we felt we were in the Church of God’s great out of doors. I do pray that your message will be heard throughout the whole world. It is so sorely needed, God is blessing. You and God is blessing. Your great work, our thanks to the writer of this wonderful letter and do all of you who write to us so faithfully. I want you to know how happy your letters make me, and I also want to be sure that you are sending for your lessons and that you are applying them in your everyday life. You know you really can help yourself and you can help others. If you do this, the method is very simple, but it is very effective, always remember this. You are using a power greater than you are, but it is a power that responds and responds directly to you in this way. You make this power personal in answering your everyday needs. One of the greatest joys that will ever come to you will be the discovery that you can also use this great power to help others, and now let us take as the thought for our meditation today. These words from Jesus, what things so ever ye desire when ye pray believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them. And let us see if we cannot come into a quiet acceptance of the operation of the log good in our lives and in the lives of others, whom we would like to help as each one says, quietly to himself, believing that I am surrounded by a log. Good greater than I am, and having perfect faith in this law and realizing that it operates on my thinking I affirm. There is one life that life is God that life is my life. Now there is one love that love. Is God that love flows through me to everyone I meet healing blessing and making whole believing that there is one divine intelligence that governs everything? I affirm that this intelligence is acting in my mind, causing me to know what is best and to do what is best. I open my mind to new thoughts, new ideas, and I know that as I do, this new experiences shall come to me believing that there is one presence, animating everything I recognize this presence in everyone I mean in everything I do and in every circumstance that confronts Me therefore, I rest in peace and in the quiet, confidence that all is well and it is my sincere desire that the life and the love that God is shall flow through me to the whole world.
There is a power for good in the universe greater than you are and you can use it.