Consider the following story of misplaced priorities. While hiking in the wilderness, I met a man whose T-shirt carried the following message: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”
As I pondered those words, I was sure that the author meant the opposite of what he said. No one on his death bed ever stated, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” We were put on this earth not to accumulate “toys,” but to reap the gifts of the spirit. These gifts come to us when we dedicate our lives to something greater than ourselves-a path of service in the world, the raising of a loving family, the creation of beauty through art, or any passion that inspires one.
Having lived in this manner, you can look back over your life with a real sense of fulfillment. By following the path of peace, love and joy, you will discover your true treasure-one that transcends death itself.
He who dies, having followed his heart, wins.
Affirmations for Following Your Heart
1. Joy is my compass.
2. As I follow the path of my heart, I discover my true treasure.
3. I release my unnecessary attachments to people, things, or situations in the world.
4. My spiritual growth is my top priority.
5. When I am being true to the highest and best in me, the rest of my life falls into place.
6. Create our own
Words To Consider
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
where moth and dust doth corrupt,
where thieves break through and steal;
but lay up treasures in heaven …
for where your treasure is,
there will be your heart also.”
Many years ago I came across the idea of using affirmations as a form of prayer developed by the practitioners of Religious Science called affirmative prayer. Affirmative prayer combines the power of affirmations with the practice of prayer. When you pray using affirmative prayer, you are not asking something outside of yourself to give you something. Instead, you are claiming your good as if it has already come to you. Hence, affirmative prayer, like affirmations, is always stated in the present tense.
Here are the five steps of affirmative prayer, as described on the Science of Mind website:
Science of Mind uses a five-step affirmative prayer called spiritual mind treatment. The five steps are:
1. Recognition—know that God is all there is.
2. Unification—know that you are one with God.
3. Declaration—state your word for the circumstance you want to manifest.
4. Thanksgiving—give thanks for your word being acted upon by the Law of Mind.
5. Release—“And so it is!”
There is no beseeching to or urge to compel an outside entity in spiritual mind treatment. As Ernest Holmes states in The Science of Mind:
Effective mental treatment is propelled by a consciousness of love and a realization that the Creative spirit is always at work….A treatment should be given in a calm, expectant manner and with a deep inner conviction of its reality, without any fear or any sense that the human mind must make it effective. The work is effective because the Law is always in operation.
People who practice affirmative prayer on a daily basis have reported profound changes in their lives. For example, when I was in the depths of a life-threatening depressive episode, I composed an affirmative prayer that I shared with the twelve members of my support team and asked them to say it with me for thirty days. Here is the affirmative prayer I shared with them.
With help from God, I am reborn to a new life. I have learned the lessons that the anxiety and depression came to teach and thus have fully and freely released these symptoms from my body/mind. They are replaced by inner peace, emotional stability, vitality, wholeness, wellness and joy. My brain chemistry is stabilized and in perfect balance. I am healed and made whole. Thank you spirit for healing.
This prayer may have saved my life, because seventy-two hours after the group and I started reciting it, my symptoms began to lift. Within ninety days I experienced a full healing. Try affirmative prayer for yourself, and let me know your results.
To understand the relationship between your personal will and your Higher Power, think of yourself as a light bulb that carries 1 amp of current. When you access your higher will, however, you have access to not just one amp, but to 10, 100, 1,000—or any amount of current you want. Because you are tapping into the Source of all light and power, your supply is unlimited—and so is the light you can radiate to others.
But letting go of the ego is not easy. We want to do things our way, in our own time, with our own requirements. We want control. Yet in clinging to this limited frame of reference, we deny ourselves a much greater reality as well as an expanded potential for happiness, fulfillment and material abundance.
This is why great souls have always affirmed—”Not my will, but Thy will be done.” You must die to the ego so that you can be born to God. You die to the part so that you can be born to the whole. Ultimately, you can even overcome death itself. For when you learn to dwell in the Higher mind, you will experience the part of yourself that never dies.
Go into meditation and listen for the whisperings of that universal source. Allow them to guide you and to show you the way in all of your affairs. Let the universe to do its work through you. As you become a perfect channel for the Divine presence, you will affirm to that eternal part of yourself , “My will and the Divine will are one.”
1. I act in accordance with my higher self.
2. I am continually aligned with my higher purpose.
3. I do what God wants me to do.
4. When I contact the God in me, all things become possible.
5. I gladly die to my caterpillar-self that I may be reborn as a butterfly.
Words To Consider
“The blossom vanishes of itself as the fruit grows.
So will your lower self vanish as the Divine grows within you.”