SPEAKING THE WORD OF COMPLETION
This month we have taken a deep dive into the prosperity secrets of Moses as revealed through his life, culminating in his experience of taking the Israelites into the Land of Milk and Honey, which is our theme for the month: Living in the Land of Milk and Honey.
We have referenced the scripture found in Exodus which reads: "And the Lord said [to Moses at the burning bush] I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I have come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land and to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey."a
This month, we have explored the consciousness required to live in our own personal land of milk and honey. Because the Land of Milk and Honey really isn't a place to get to, but a state of mind or consciousness to come from. And, when we come from that consciousness, the Land appears in our lives.
Using Catherine Ponder's classic book The Millionaire Moses as our referenceb, let's jump right in to our final look at these amazing teachings. Today, we will explore "Speaking the Word of Completion" and look at a couple of deep and rich ideas that will help bring about our good - particularly when it seems to be delayed.
Catherine Ponder begins the final chapter of the book with these words: "If you have worked inwardly and outwardly to realize certain blessings in your life - and they have not yet appeared -- it may be because you are now ready to use the prosperity law of completion."c
I want you to stop and think for a moment. Is there something in your life that you really desire to be, to do, or to have? You have been Divinely guided to it; you know it's right; you know it would benefit you and the world; you've done your spiritual and as well as your physical work in the world to it bring about - but it just hasn't happened. It just hasn't come to fruition.
Perhaps, if you were honest about it, you would admit that you are even getting a bit scared, frustrated or resentful about it. Think for a moment. Is there such a situation in your life? Because I want you to have this situation in mind as we talk today. Do most of you have something? Good, then let's see what Moses has to teach us about speaking our Words of Completion to bring about our good.
1. THE FIRST WORDS OF COMPLETION
The first words of completion are literally words of completion! Catherine Ponder suggests that we look at the situation and say something like (a mixture of Ponder's and my words): "God's work is finished in this situation and my good manifests now. I see only completion. I am so happy and grateful as I relax in the knowing that my good is at hand and manifests now quickly and in peace."
Once we speak these words of completion, we then must "loose it and let it go" to use Ponder's words. Many times, it is after we have done our spiritual and physical work to the fullest of our ability and then just relaxed and let go, that our good comes about. "I release and I let go," right?!
In fact, Ponder writes: "When you have done all you know how to do in inner and outer ways to solve any problem, or to create new good, and still results have not come - that is the time to release and cease further effort. These are the times to speak nothing, think nothing, do nothing. You have already spoken the word of prosperity, success, completion. Now let it alone."d
Moses knew this. He had hoped to get the Hebrews out of the barren wilderness. He had hoped to get them into the Promised Land. Yet he knew he had done all he could do. And he realized this powerfully important lesson for us all:
When you have done all you COULD,
then you have done all you SHOULD!
But we often keep at it. Don't we? By "keep at it," I mean we worry, we fret and we stew - wondering when our good will come, fearing it won't. And the longer it takes to get here, the more uptight and fearful we get.
Of, course, you know what happens when we do that, don't you? We might as well put up a wall that has "Do Not Enter" written on every side. Or as Ponder puts it: "We have generated a strained vibration which has built an inharmonious wall around us. This invisible shell of tension is being radiated out from us to others. It is repelling the very good we have worked so hard trying to attain."e
Just as soon as this invisible wall of tension can be dissolved, the things we desire are able to get through to us. We need to speak the word of completion and then relax and let go.
So, think about your situation right now and say to it, aloud: "God's work is finished in this situation and my good manifests now. I see only completion. I have done all I could so I have done all I should. Therefore, I am so happy and grateful as I relax in the knowing that my good is at hand and manifests now quickly and in peace."
2. SECOND WORDS OF COMPLETION
Sometimes in order to bring about the new good, in order to move into our larger experiences, we have to let go of the old --- even the old good when it has served its purpose.
We sometimes stop our own progress because we will not release a good cycle that is completed. But we should remember that our good is not static. Our good is progressive. It evolves and changes. We must allow it to evolve. We must change with it. We must be willing to release accustomed forms of good for higher forms!
Moses had to let go of a lot of material good in the court of Pharaoh to live his Divine Purpose to release mankind from bondage.
Losing your good, freeing it readily, when you have outgrown it, requires courage. It's like the trapeze artist who must release his hold on one trapeze in order to grab the other one. And for a few moments, he's hanging in midair!
Yes, this takes courage. But in order to attain your higher good, you may need to release the old good.
Emerson has said that you must be willing to let the angels go out of your life so that archangels can come in - even when you cannot see where the archangels are coming from, or what form they will take.f
Moses had been an angel to the Hebrew people. He had gotten them out of Egyptian bondage and through the wilderness. But they had to release him so that their archangel, Joshua, could take command and lead them into their Promised Land. That letting go can be scary.
Take a moment in personal reflection. As you are looking to manifest your new, expanded good, is there something that you need to release? Is there something good you are holding onto that, if you continue to do so, you simply will not be able to move into that expanded state? Are you willing to let go of the trapeze and fly through the precipice?
That, then brings us to our final word of completion.
3. FINAL WORDS OF COMPLETION
You may think: But I have done all of this. I have spoken my words of completion. I am willing to release the good for the better. I have been expecting a new door to open but it hasn't. I have waited, but my good still has not appeared. Why?
In Chapter 33 of Deuteronomy, Moses gives us the answer. He gave a blessing to the children of Israel. He knew that new good could not come forth unless the old had his final blessing. He knew that he had to give his final blessing to the Israelites before they could enter the Promised Land.
Your good cannot find its way to you if there is unfinished business. So long as you resent a troublesome person or circumstance, you will have to meet that problem repeatedly in your life in some guise. When you give a blessing to that person or circumstance, then comes your release.
For example -- A grocer went to his guru one day in great distress to say that across the way from his shop a large chain store that would surely drive him out of business had just opened. His family had owned his shop for a century -- and to lose it now would be his undoing, for there was nothing else he was skilled at.
Said the Master, "If you fear the owner of the chain store, you will hate him. And it is hatred that will be your undoing."
"What shall I do?" said the distraught grocer.
"Each morning walk out of your shop onto the sidewalk, give thanks for and bless your shop, accepting for it prosperity. Then turn to face the chain store and do the same for it."
"What? Be grateful for and bless my competitor and destroyer? Are you crazy?"
"The gratitude and blessings that you give him will rebound as your good. Any evil you wish him will destroy you."
After six months the grocer returned to report that he had had to close down his shop after all. But he was now in charge of the chain store and his life was in better shape than ever before.
So, what's up for you right now? What needs a blessing so that your expanded good can be called forth? Can you look at it and bless it?
So there are your Words of Completion and with these words we complete our series on Living in the Land of Milk and Honey. If there is something in your life you wish to call forth and it seems to be stubborn, remember this formula:
* Literally, speak the words of completion.
* Be willing to let go of the good, so you can experience the greater.
* Bless and accept only the highest good for that which might be troubling you.
As you do these things, and all the things we have spoken of this month, you will walk into your Promised Land; the land of milk and honey. My prayer, my hope, my affirmation for you is that you take what we have done here this month and really, really apply it in your life. This is good, good stuff.
For now, let's speak our final words of affirmation - with your particular situation in mind, let us pray . . .God, I place myself and this situation lovingly in the hands of Divine Spirit. God's work is finished and my good manifests now. This is a time of Divine Completion. Miracles now follow miracles and wonders never cease. I release that which is good so that I might experience that which is greater. I look upon every ending as a new beginning. My good changes, grows and expands and I embrace this change, this growth, this expansion. I now fully and freely bless everything and everybody in my past or present, including myself, This blessing brings completion between us now and forever. The work of my hands and the plans of my life are moving toward a sure and perfect completion. I am ready for my new good now. I am so happy and grateful now that my good is at hand and manifests quickly and in peace. In God's right action, I place my full trust. I relax in the knowing that it is done. And so it is and so it shall ever be! Amen.
bCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses
cCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses p. 201
dCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses p. 203
eCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses
fCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses p. 209