A positive path for spiritual living

An Early Spiritual Practice from Charles Fillmore

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:52pm -- Rev. James Stacey
Food for Thought:
An Early Spiritual Practice from Charles Fillmore

                    A Sure Remedy (circa 1907)

Here is a mental treatment that is guaranteed to cure every ill that flesh is heir to:

Sit for half an hour every night at 9 o’clock and mentally forgive everyone against whom you have any ill-will, or antipathy.  If you fear or are prejudiced against even an animal, mentally ask forgiveness of it, and send it thoughts of love,  If you have accused anyone of injustice, or talked about them unkindly, or criticized them, or gossiped about them, withdraw your words by asking them in the silence to forgive you.  If you have had a falling out with friends or relatives, are at law engaged in contention with anyone, write letters of forgiveness and withdraw all proceedings that will tend to prolong the separation.  See everybody and everything as they really are, PURE SPIRIT, and send them your thoughts of love.  Do not go to bed any night feeling that you have an enemy in the world.

Be careful not to think a single thought or say a word a word that will offend; be patient, loving and kind under all circumstances.  You can do this if you are faithful to the silent hour, because there you will be helped to overcome the selfishness of the carnal [material] sense.

There is an immutable law lying back of this.  God is Love, and love is manifest as life.  God is thus manifest in and through all his creations, and if we do aught to cut off the love of any person, we are cutting off the love of God, hence the life that flows through all.  When, by withdrawing from our fellows in any way we cut the cords of love that bind us together as men and women, we at the same time sever the arteries and veins through which the universal life flows.  We then find ourselves a mere bundle of strained nerves, trembling and shaking with fear and weakness, and finally dying for lack of God’s love.  But the Omnipresent Spirit ever seeks to flow into us and stimulate us in every faculty.  We must, however, by our words and acts, acknowledge this all-powerful Presence as the moving factor, because we each have inherent free-will which welcomes or rejects all things—God even not being excepted.

Self-condemnation is also a great error, and leads to dire results.  If you have accused yourself of ignorance, foolishness, fear, sickness, anxiety, poverty, anger, jealousy, stinginess, ambition, or weakness, or if you are melancholy and indulge in the “blues,” ask forgiveness for such of the loving Father, in whose perfect image and likeness you spiritually are.  Say often to this Holy Omnipresence:
 
“I do now sacrifice these human limitations unto thee, O Father.
I am obedient unto the law of my Being, and I know that in thee
I am brave and true, energetic and wise, pure and perfect [whole],
strong, rich and courageous.  Thou art my Almighty Resource,
and I do trust thee utterly.”
 
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