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Recipe For A Great New Year

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You, like everyone else, want this so-called new year to be a great year. You want to be done with those chronic problems. You want to experience better health, greater happiness and abundant prosperity. Bottom line: You want to experience total fulfillment in every area of your life. Why not!

This post is about you enjoying a great year, and if the suggestions are followed, this year may seem magical. Joel Goldsmith, the founder of Infinite Way, once wrote, “There is no external change without an internal development. You may wonder as you go through the years with no apparent change in your affairs, why this thing called God isn’t doing something for you. You can go on for your entire career and still find no increase or improvement unless there is inner expansion, a broadening of spiritual vision.”

Using his words as a springboard, here’s a short recipe for a wonderful year.

Give Up Your Definition Of A Wonderful Year

If you can define or picture what a wonderful year might be, already your year is limited. Just like God cannot be defined or pictured, a year constituted of God cannot be defined or pictured.

No matter how lofty and wonderful the definition, or how grand the picture, it’s going to have some human-perception baggage attached to it. A prisoner held in a gold cell is still in jail. No matter how magnificent your definition of a wonderful year is, it is still limited. Let go of your idea of a good year.

Leave Your Problems Alone And Get A Divorce

Stop working on your problems. Stop praying, meditating and contemplating to resolve your problems.

Your problems may seem devastating – even life-threatening; nevertheless, stop working on them. For just this year, give up using God (Truth) to solve your problems. It’s selfish.

If you are a Bible reader, did you notice that Christ Jesus never taught people to pray about their problems? Yes, he did say, “Ask and it shall be given.” He was talking about the kingdom of God. Ask for the kingdom of God (the realization of God), and you’re guaranteed to get that kingdom.

Did you huff and puff when I stated that asking God to solve your problems is selfish? When you pray to solve your problems, where is your attention? On your self. When you contemplate, hoping that it will untangle a knotty problem, where is your attention? On your self. All of this attention on your self is plain self-ish-ness.

But, what self is it? This sick and troubled self cannot be included in the Allness of God. If so it would be perfect. If it is a self separate from God, where could it exist? God is Infinite.

Answer this one question about this problem-laden self that’s swaddled in so much prayerful attention: Is it the God-Self? No! Tell the absolute truth: It is no self at all. Why pray to heal a self that doesn’t exist? The same is true of a seemingly vexed or troubled self. It doesn’t exist. What’s more, you are not that self. Someone once wrote, “What tears are wasted upon illusions.” More prayers than tears have been wasted upon a self that doesn’t exist. There’s no better way to divorce your Self from that self than to stop praying for that non-existent self.

Go For The Gold

I once wrote about a woman who was surprisingly healed of an incurable disease (AIDS). After her doctors gave her a few months to live, she decided to make the most of her remaining time.

She did not hope or pray for healing. At that time, no one had ever been healed of AIDS, so she decided not to waste her time praying to be healed. She believed in reincarnation, and she wanted a head start in the next life. So this woman decided to learn as much about God as she could in her remaining days.

Every prayer and meditation had one purpose – knowing God via revelation. All of this God-focused attention resulted in her healing.

There are many stories like hers where people were freed from tormenting circumstances by forgetting all about the problem and focusing all of their prayerful attention on knowing God – directly.

Reader, you don’t need disease or difficulty to drive you to know God (via direct revelation). Today you can choose to learn as much about God as you can. Each God-discovery will yield an experience far greater than you can imagine. Get started today and the year has to be a great year.

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Easy Living

God Is All

Something Wonderful Just Fell In Your Lap

What if you did follow Christ’s counsel to “seek first the kingdom of God?” Daily, you’d pray to know, understand, and even experience this kingdom. Soon, according to Christ’s promise, you would find this kingdom of God. You’d have struck gold.

Now your life is transformed. First, there’s the mind-blowing realization that the God you’ve been seeking, you ARE. Your world view changes. Everything, and everyone, is seen in a new light – the Light of God’s Presence. It’s wonderful.

Most astonishing, is that many of the things you struggled to attain, effortlessly fall in your lap. Isn’t that what Christ promised? “…and all these things shall be added.” And, it was all so easy. That’s my point: Spiritual living is easy.

When You Think About It, Human Living Is Hard

Why, then, do people say spiritual living is difficult? After all, the foundation of spiritual living is simple: God is All. Easy peasy. Go back to the beginning of this post and review the process. The prayer focus was on God and making God discoveries. Without any effort, those God discoveries revealed more of God’s Infinite Goodness as daily wonder-filled living experiences. Again, easy peasy.

However, spiritual living can seem to be hard as a stone wall. When prayer is adulterated by human desire, everything falls to pieces – useless pieces. When prayer is used to heal, prosper, bless, and enhance, things go haywire. “Allen, I don’t understand. I affirmed. I sat in the silence, and I contemplated, but nothing happened. I wasn’t healed. The job didn’t come through, and I’m still broke.” After weeks of praying to fix it, or get it, and the thing isn’t fixed or attained, frustration and doubt take over. God’s Allness is questioned, and from this point it’s all downhill, backwards on ice.

Is spiritual living, living without? No! Remember, “and all these things shall be added.” Health is the added thing. Prosperity is the added thing. All that which makes for “good living” are the added things, and you should enjoy them all.

Face this fact: Human living is hard. Starting and attempting to live from the false premise that you are separated from God and everything else is hard living.

You spend your waking hours struggling, fighting, and clawing to get the things your heart desires. Once you manage to get just a few of these things, you worry and scramble to maintain them. Then, there are trials and tribulations – one after another. That’s human living, and it’s hard living.

A Wonderful Life Of Discovery

Spiritual living is true living. And it’s effortless living. Spiritual living is a life of discovery – God discovery. It’s a life of discovering the nature of God, your Identity, your Body, and your World, and all of these awe-inspiring discoveries happen in the stillness of silent prayer.

Each new discovery unveils more of God’s Perfection in (as) your Life. They don’t create more good in your life, for all the goodness of God is already present. Your discoveries simply disclose them as practical, ready-to-be-enjoyed experiences.

Try It For Yourself

Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself. Jump, heart first, into the exciting world of God-discovery. Below are some helps.

  • Stop working on a problem. It’s all your “work” that seems to keep the problem in place.
  • Set your prayerful attention on one thing only – discovering Truth from within.
  • Before you get down to the business of praying, state your intention. It may be something like this. “I’m here to discover more Truth.”
  • Listen, expecting to make a spiritual discovery.

How long to listen? Until you get antsy. Then, get up and go about your business. Do this daily until you make a God-discovery. You will. And these discoveries will reveal more of God’s Presence in (as) your daily affairs.

I will not be surprised to get an email from you saying, “Allen, so many wonderful things are happening, and it’s been so easy.”

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