A few weeks ago, I was talking to my mother about worry. The thing she worried about kept her up all night. “Just stop worrying about it,” I told her, but she couldn’t. At least that’s what she said. She worried herself right into the doctor’s office.
“Mom, you can choose not to worry,” I said. She replied that you can’t turn worry on and off like a faucet: “Allen, you can’t stop worrying by saying you’re not going to worry.”
I thought about it. I asked myself, “Can you really stop worrying about it (whatever it is) just by making a choice not to worry? Is it easier said than done?”
Reader, have you ever known worry to solve a problem? Did worry about that upcoming medical procedure heal your body such that the procedure was unnecessary? Did worry about the falling stock market alter its course? Did worry about your child’s drinking problem make him put the bottle down? I have worried, but I can’t think of any good it did. WORRY SOLVES NOTHING. That’s your first incentive to STOP WORRYING.
Now, let’s zoom in on this thing called worry. If you are going to be done with worry, you have to take the axe to its root. Close to the root of worry is fear. All worry is based on fear that something bad is happening, or is going to happen, in the foreseeable future.
Something bad is going to happen. Read that sentence again. Yep, after the second reading you realized that the root of worry is DUALISM – that something is going on (or can go on) other than the Presence and Power of God.
Face it. In the entire worry scenario, God is nowhere to be found. Totally absent. First, the person worrying imagines she is something other than the One Presence and Power that, last week, she said was All. Piling kitty poo on top of dog poo, the worrier Admits that the “it” that might happen is Not the Presence and Power of God. Where is God? Nowhere.
Reader, can you see that worry is inevitable if God is omniabsent? But there’s hope. There is Truth.
Thinking about Mom, and her seeming tendency to worry, brought an old sermon to mind: “Wonderful Things Are Happening.” It’s a sermon I delivered based on a story told by the famed Christian Science lecturer Dorothy Reike.
Here’s the short. A woman beset by problems made this decision. “Regardless of what seems to come up in my life, instead of worrying, I am going to rejoice that wonderful things are taking place.”
It sounds Pollyannaish, I know. But follow her line of reasoning. “Because God is All, and All that can express Itself, the results have to be wonderful.” Reader, you have already agreed with me that worry (based on God’s omniabsence) solves nothing. But look what rejoicing does. This woman was healed of cancer. Her failing business turned around to amazing success, and her son was protected from harm.
Yes, it is possible to stop worrying, but you need a solid reason to not worry. God’s Allness is that reason. God’s Allness is your foundation for not worrying about “it”. To stop worrying requires that your vision is placed on God and not “it”. There is no “it” in God, and no God in “it”.
Reader, why don’t you make a decision right now that you are not going to worry about “it”. Instead, because God is All, REJOICE THAT WONDERFUL THINGS ARE HAPPENING.
A false belief is really no belief at all. What is called a false belief should never be associated with evil in any way, for there is no evil in it – there is nothing in it. For instance the false belief, or assumption, that two and two are five, has nothing in it, no reality or substance or existence. Can you see this to be so?
Too often a thing is reasoned out to be “just a false belief,” nevertheless it is looked upon as evil, and thought to have power and presence. It must be seen that a false belief, or falsity of any kind, is not evil – that which is nothing is nothing.
Evil cannot and does not exist in Mind, thought, or body, since all these are in and of Spirit, God, and cannot exist anywhere else. Evil cannot exist as illusion, delusion, dream, spectrality, matter, deception, cause, effect, or false belief, for the reason that such as these are utterly without substance, or presence, thus non-existent.
What then constitutes a “demonstration,” or what is there to demonstrate over? Surely one cannot demonstrate over any condition, nor over a dream, deception, or false belief! The need is for one to become aware of the Truth, aware that he is the Self, and that there is nothing in or of him that can be anything else.
Never seek out new methods whereby to heal disease, griefs, or limitations. Seek only for fuller understanding whereby to disprove their existence, and their continuance in appearance, based upon the awareness and understanding that evil cannot come for God, nor from anything else!