It’s not what you say you believe that counts

Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets

 One of my mentors summed up the essence of the New Thought/Ancient Wisdom Teachings with these words: “It is done unto you as you believe”.

He was reminding me that the universe is a living intelligence that matches our mental state. That mental state then shows up as our experience. So whatever we believe about ourselves, humanity or our world eventually gets mirrored back to us.

A story comes to mind that illustrates the power of our belief and mental state.

There was once a man who was in the military and was sent off to battle.  As he moved through the battle field he would stop and pick up pieces of paper along the way. Each time he picked up a piece of paper, he would look it, let it go and let it flutter away in the wind. The other soldiers were saying to each other and their commander, “This guy is crazy. He’s going to get hurt”.

But everyday, when the man went to the battlefield, he would do the same thing –  pick up pieces of paper, look at them and then release them to the wind. The others around him were now saying he needed mental help so he was ordered to go to see a psychiatrist. After several sessions with the psychiatrist, he was sent back to the battlefield but nothing changed. In the middle of all the mayhem of battle, he continued to pick up the pieces of paper right, read them and then let them go.

Finally, those in command said, “This guy is not fit for service. We have to get rid of him.” And they gave him his discharge papers.

The solider looked at the papers and said, “Oh – here it is!”.

He believed.

The God presence is always saying yes to our deeply held beliefs and mental states. This is how we spiritually commune with this ineffable presence called God. To commune with God is more than uttering a verbal prayer or affirmation. That’s a good start, but we don’t want to stop there. We want to be spiritually ready to receive our good through our beliefs and our mental vibrations.

The universe does not hear language. It hears and reacts to consciousness. So it is not enough to do all the outer things because Spirit responds to what we believe and not necessarily to what we say (even when we say the so called “right” words).  Put another way, the universe responds by corresponding to our vibration and mental state.

There are people who have never stepped inside of a spiritual center and know nothing about spiritual principle yet they do well in many areas of their lives. That’s because they have spoken to the universe in the only way it understands – their belief and mental state.

So our work is to raise our beliefs and mental state to the highest and best of who we can be.

That’s where we want to meet the presence of God.

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