This Sunday was the second of two Practitioner Sundays where your practitioners gave the talks while Rev. Carolyn is at Asilomar. ky li and I shared this opportunity this week. Last Sunday Dinah and James shared with us on the power of Choice and the profound influence that perspective and judgement have on our personal power of choice and how we use it.
Following this lead, ky opened the presentation this Sunday clearly explaining the five steps of Spiritual Mind Treatment, or Affirmative Prayer. Treatment is a sure-fire way to apply making our choices in an atmosphere of conviction spiritually. The Five Steps of Treatment are: Recognition, Unification, Realization, Thanksgiving and Release.
ky also explained a key difference between the way those of us who practice New Thought or Metaphysics pray and the way we may have been taught to pray in other religions, or spiritual groups. We do not ask for assistance or favors from a God who is outside of us or separate from ourselves. We pray from a place of knowing that God (Spirit, Source, etc.) is all there is, ever-present, ever-knowing, ever-powerful. Knowing this to be true, we, by definition, are one with this infinite Source. From this place of Oneness, we speak the truth of our being, knowing it is done.
Vicky followed ky discussing the results of doing Treatment, which Ernest Holmes termed, "Demonstration." A demonstration is, very simply, what Science of Mind calls an answer to prayer. Ernest Holmes gave it this specific, distinctive word because outcomes from Treatment literally demonstrate for us The Way It Works. It is not a mistake that revealing the way something works is exactly what giving a demonstration of something is. So, I gave a little demonstration of how we cultivate our consciousness through Treatment; I used a three-ring notebook and notebook paper to shed light on it. Just like aligning the three holes in notebook paper to go onto the rings, clarity in Treatment calls us to bring into alignment what we are thinking about something, how we are feeling about it, and what we believe about it. When these three areas are in alignment, there is no resistance to embodying the demonstration of our desire into experience.
As our first Practitioner Sundays opportunity over these two weeks comes to this close, we hope we have offered a holistc view of how your perspectives form choices, and how choice is your ongoing vehicle for taking your life into the experiences of your dreams. Please do let us know any questions you may have, or if we may assist you in Affirmative Prayer.