A Closer View of God »
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.
You can check out his inspirational new website at RevDavidAlexander.com.
Below is his October 2018 “Philosophy in Action” column:
In this month’s feature article from our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, he talks about something central to our teaching and central to all forms of religion: prayer. Prayer is nothing more than the language we use to communicate with the Divine. Holmes and those whose shoulders he stands on in the New Thought movement sought to make prayer affirmative, direct and effective, yet such effort did not originate within New Thought. Holmes understood that the master teacher Jesus also sought to make prayer more effective.
Jesus told his disciples that his burden was light and his yoke was easy. As a rabbinical teacher, the method or interpretation of their teaching is considered the “yoke” of that teacher. So what he was really saying is that the lessons he was teaching are not complicated or difficult — they are easy to understand and comprehend. And a major theme in his teachings was about one’s relationship to the Divine, which is expressed through prayer. Jesus used the word “Abba,” which is a close and intimate form of “Father,” to define his relationship with the Divine. Further he taught that God’s kingdom was at hand, nearer than our breath, and dwelling within us; therefore, prayer was to be intimate, personal and direct.
You see, if God is not a far-off being of judgment, then prayer does not require supplication, beseeching and begging. If God is close, intimate, personal and loving, then prayer or communion with that Divine Presence can and should be affirmative, expressing our hearts’ desires. Holmes states in “The Science of Mind” that “all prayers are effective that embody certain universal principles.”
This simply means that you have the ability to develop a language and communication pathway that accesses all the wisdom, power and potentiality of the universe. In fact, whether you know it or not, you already have this language, regardless of whether or not you call it “prayer.” It is how you talk to your higher self. It is your internal self-talk. The universal power within you will respond to your self talk by bringing into form that which you affirm.
Make your self-talk a practice of positive language that speaks and declares your deepest desire. Can you talk to God? In so many ways, you already are.