By David Alexander |

Contemplating Vast Abundance »

Each month, we publish an excerpt from the vast wisdom collection of New Thought luminary, Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Religious Science movement. The monthly teachings from Holmes are then summarized by Rev. Dr. David Alexander, community spiritual leader of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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Below is his November 2017 “Philosophy in Action” column:

In this month’s feature from our founder Dr. Ernest Holmes, he gives us the secret to prosperity through prayer. Did you catch it?

The secret is a conscious receptivity to the abundance of the universe that is already awaiting you. Receiving what already is — that is the secret. Seems straight forward, but let’s break it down and examine it a little further.

Consciousness is an invisible, mental activity which manifests itself in the world of form. Receptivity is an act of consciousness. That means most of the work, if not all of it, is done in the mind. How do you do that work?

First, you have to clear the mind of any congestion that reveals itself as worry, doubt or fear. Holmes says to “place your burdens on the shoulders of the Almighty.”

In other words, clear your mind of troubles by understanding that there is an infinite intelligence in the universe larger than you are and much greater than your fears.

Next, begin to contemplate the vast abundance of the universe — grains of sand on a single beach, drops of water in a rainstorm, blades of grass in a field.

This is the creative capacity behind of all creation. If your mind goes back to obsessing about your doubts, simply hand them over to this same creative power and return to dwelling on endless creation.

Now ask yourself why would any part of your life be left out of this ceaseless creativity? Are you not a manifestation of this same creative power? How does it feel to remember this?

Remember that your prayer is a creative act, not an intellectual one. All the “right” words will yield you no harvest. Your inner conviction is cultivated by your attention, which in turn gives rise to the words you will use to affirm your good.

The words that rise in you when you are ready are a manifestation of your inner receptivity.

Travel well.