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Philosophy in Action

by SOM Magazine

By David Alexander |

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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, spiritual director of Spiritual Living Center Atlanta.

You can check out his inspirational website at RevDavidAlexander.com.

Below is his July 2021 “Philosophy in Action” column:

I grew up in this teaching, and when I watch people learn about Science of Mind, they often marvel at how different their own lives might have been if they had access to this philosophy at a younger age. I often tell them that while it did not inoculate me from life’s challenges, it did equip me with tools to address those challenges.

One of the greatest tools for me has been the power of visualization and the spiritual practice of visioning. We all come into this world with varying conditions and circumstances that, based on societal standards and judgments, begin to form a picture of what may or may not seem possible for our life experience. We also come equipped with a paintbrush to create our own image of what is possible. While I did not have many societal barriers to success, what I lacked was the inner confidence and vision of what was possible for my life. Without that, not much else mattered. I was my own barrier to happiness and success.

Once I learned that my mind was an open playground of possibilities — that I was free to fashion from my heart’s desires — I realized I possessed the single most important tool of creation: the power of my mind.

It did not matter if I had the resources or not. I first needed the capacity to see. Ultimately, spiritual living is about embodying the qualities of Spirit we wish to express. But embodiment is impossible without first seeing; therefore, our primary task is to cultivate the capacity to see, feel and imagine what our life would be like if we were writing the script — because we are.

At first, you may just practice this tool by visualizing the life you want. Over time, however, you may come to realize as I did that the power you are co-creating with is a field of potentiality bigger than your imagination.

Once the magnitude of this potential dawns on your consciousness, the questions begin to shift from what kind of life you want to what kind of life wants you. That, my friends, is when the real fun begins.

Travel well.

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