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Feelings and Spiritual Mind Treatment

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A spiritual mind treatment (our form of affirmative prayer) has no power unless it has meaning to the one who gives it. 

That is what our founder Dr. Ernest Holmes writes in Living the Science of Mind on page 312. He is making a case for our words in prayer to be filled with the warmth of our conviction. He suggests that we take time to use words that we understand, identify with, and that cause us to feel good. Just as a musician who wants to communicate a message must feel something behind the technique of his art, so must we get in touch with our heart when we put our minds to spiritual mind treatment. 

The words and phrases we use in our prayers must lead us to a feeling of unity and connection. If we feel nothing after we give a spiritual mind treatment, we need to start again from the beginning and connect with what is in our hearts. 


If you would like to read an example of a spiritual mind treatment, visit our online Affirmative Prayer Library at affirmativeprayerlibrary.blogspot.com and if you would like to learn more about this method of prayer, consider the ten-week class, Beyond Limits, which is starting this fall.

Warmly, 

Edward Viljoen


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Simple Acceptance

Sometimes a person is very clear about the truth of their spiritual nature. Other times, they may need a little help to get back to what they know is true but seem to have lost track of. There are two methods of giving a Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) that can help restore a person. The first is a series of direct statements of spiritual truths. Making these statements in your prayer creates a sense of harmony and has the effect of reconnecting us to our spiritual truth.

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Our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, writes in Living the Science of Mind on page 309 that “When you give a spiritual mind treatment you should feel that all the Power there is in the Universe is flowing into your word. It is impossible to feel this way if you think that you are dealing with willpower, mental coercion, or even mental suggestion. It is equally difficult to do so if you feel that you are dealing with some masterful mental concentration, but it is very easy if you simplify it in your thought and realize that you are dealing with an Eternal Presence which when called upon responds to you.”

If you would like to read an example of a Spiritual Mind Treatment, visit our online Affirmative Prayer Library at affirmativeprayerlibrary.blogspot.com and if you would like to learn more about this method of prayer, consider viewing and reviewing the Sunday service message videos this month and next month at www.cslsr.org.

Warm regards,
Edward Viljoen






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Are You in Denial? Or Are You Denying A Wrong Idea?

Sometimes a person is very clear about the truth of their spiritual nature. Other times, they may need a little help to get back to what they know is true, but seem to have lost track of. There are two methods of giving a Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) that can help restore a person. The first is a series of direct statements of spiritual truths. Making these statements in your prayer creates a sense of harmony and has the effect of reconnecting us to our spiritual truth.

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When a person needs a little more help getting back to clarity, the second method of treatment can be used. In this method, we are reasoning our way back to clarity by refuting ideas that are incorrect.
In this week’s assigned reading, Dr. Ernest Holmes, the founder of our movement, writes that in this entire process, the one praying deals with nothing but their own thought. Their affirmations, denials, and realizations take place at the center of their own consciousness, and they never attempt to project them. In prayer, we make no attempt to concentrate or force. Rather, we try to get back to the spiritual truth of our being.

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen
Author of Ordinary Goodness and The Power of Meditation



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From the Highest Thought or From the Lowest Struggle?

This month we are exploring the method of prayer used in our movement. It is called Spiritual Mind Treatment because it is something we do in our own minds. Our form of prayer is not sent, transmitted, or directed anywhere. Rather, it is the process of coming to clarity about the truth of our spiritual nature. When we pray, the words formed silently in our minds ought to be simple, uncomplicated, sincere, and calm.

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To start a Spiritual Mind Treatment, sit quietly and describe Divinity to yourself in a way that feels authentic and clear. Follow up by describing your relationship to Divinity. Next, try to imagine how Divinity sees you, and rejoice in that. All that remains is to remember that you and I don’t put the power into a prayer; rather, there is a spiritual Law of Mind that acts upon our thoughts. This should relieve us of any sense of effort.

Next week we will explore the role of affirmations and denials in prayer.

Warm regards,

Dr. Edward Viljoen, the author of The Power of Meditation, speaks at The Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa




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