THRIVING INTO YOUR FUTURE
Today we close our series on moving from -- Surviving to Striving to Thriving, using the book The Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss.a This has been an extremely powerful series for me -- I hope it has been the same for you!
Thriving is: Being the vehicle through which God fully expresses on this earth plain, and the vehicle through which the impossible becomes possible.
Today, we THRIVE INTO OUR FUTURE! Today we are going to look at the idea that (tweaking the scripture): AS GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.b
Remember Henry Ford's statement I shared last week? "I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to NOT know what CAN'T be done."c
We've laid the foundation all month for thriving, and last week we looked at the importance of making three declarations:
Declaration No. 1: I declare the possibility that "what is possible" is "what I say is possible."
Declaration No. 2: Who I am is the stand I take. Edwene Gaines said: "I have 100% commitment to change the prosperity consciousness of the planet -- and I haven't the foggiest notion how to do that -- but I didn't know how to do puberty either!"d
Declaration No. 3: There is no fixed way that things should or should not be. They just are.
The complete letting go of control -- here's where we really give it to God!
BE THE CREATOR
So, today we take a stand to THRIVE INTO OUR FUTURE -- to be the vehicle through which the impossible becomes the possible, to be the creator, to be the inventor of our future -- not just a setter of goals.
Tracy Goss: "An invented future is a place to "come from" "into the present," rather than a goal which is a "place to get to" from the present. An invented future is unrelated to the past."e
One of my favorite statements of Ernest Holmes from The Science of Mind: "Because we fail to realize that Principle is not bound by precedent, we limit our faith to that which has already been accomplished, and few "miracles" result. When faith finds its proper place under Divine Law, there are no limitations, and what are called miraculous results follow."f
And when we decide to take a stand to THRIVE INTO OUR FUTURE, when we choose to have our "faith find its proper place under Divine Law," there are two things we then must do:
1. We must make Bold Promises; and
2. We must make a Commitment to Action
1. MAKING BOLD PROMISES
It's time to THRIVE INTO YOUR FUTURE by making a series of bold promises. When you make a promise, you bring forth a particular future.
Tracy Goss in The Last Word On Power writes: "Instead of your word fitting the world, you design your promise as a "world to word" fit. Said another way, you have the world line up to fit the promise you have made."g
Ernest Holmes in The Science of Mind: "Until we realize that our own word has the power of life, we will not see clearly. The Bible points out that we have the same power, in our own life and in our own world, that it claims for God: "The Word was with God and the Word was God,"h is an oft-repeated but little understood statement. The promise to us is equality positive: "The word is nigh thee, even in thine own mouth that thou shouldst know it and do it."i If any word has power, it follows that all words have power!"j
The promise is the tool you use to put your words into action. If you promise something, you are saying that you will do everything you need to do to live into your promise.
The boldness of a promise is important. A bold promise is a promise that you do not know how to fulfill and that, predictably, you could not fulfill within the specified time frame.
In fact, in this context, if you are keeping all your promises, then your promises aren't big enough! But by making a promise, you create an urgency and make fulfilling the possibility an immediate priority.
These promises must be made despite the fear you may feel. You construct them before you know the obstacles you will encounter. There is no question that you will encounter obstacles. The obstacles are all an opportunity for you to develop your muscle of transforming an impossibility to a possibility and a possibility into a reality.
Promises have a specific time commitment. Some bold promises are five-year promises, some are ten-year promises, others are of a shorter duration.
And remember how it's different from a goal: Your Bold Promises creates a place to "come from" "into the present," rather than a goal which is a "place to get to" from the present.
This practice is best managed on a day-to-day basis, rather than simply on "big" occasions for "serious" declarations. Most of the time, when we think about declaring what's possible, we think in terms of a large future. Well and good, but we need practice; so begin the practice by making smaller promises.
Become like the White Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. When Alice said that there was no use trying, because "One can't do impossible things," the White Queen retorted: I daresay you haven't had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for a half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!k
In THRIVING INTO OUR FUTURE, we don't just "believe" impossible things, we DECLARE them, PROMISE them, passionately and enthusiastically and we do everything we can to fulfill them.
When you make a promise, there are three possible outcomes:
You keep it --- that is, you can fulfill the conditions of the promise on time.
You don't keep it -- When the due date for the promise is past, the promise has not been fulfilled.
You revoke it. Revoking a promise is taking an action, at the moment you recognize that the promise will not be fulfilled by the specified date. You declare that your original promise will not be fulfilled, giving the person you made the promise to as much notice as possible so that he/she can deal with any consequences or inconveniences your revocation may cause.
In all three cases, no meaning is added to what happened. It's just what happened. What follows are three simple questions:
"What's missing?" and
2. MAKING A COMMITMENT TO ACTION
When you take a stand to thrive, when you make your bold promises, then there must be a commitment to move the declared possibility to a reality, regardless of the circumstances. There is a passage in W. H. Murray's book The Scottish Himalayan Expedition that talks about the powers of the Universe that are called forth when we commit: "Until one is committed there is the chance to draw back; always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which one would never have dreamed would come one's way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it."l
Without this commitment to act, the possibility you declared, the BOLD PROMISE you proclaimed, will never be transformed from a possibility to a reality.
And remember, very important to remember -- the possibility of surprise and the lack of control do not lessen your commitment.
Terry Cole-Whittaker's Commitment Medicine (To be taken as often as needed and to be said with conviction):
"I know that I have what it takes to achieve my objectives, ideas and my mission in life. Now I demand of myself total commitment and continuous action toward their attainment. I now promise to dedicate myself, without reservation, to the attainment of my objectives, ideas, and mission. Because the dominating thoughts in my mind will produce themselves outwardly into physical action and results, I keep my mind positive and focused on my ideas and the image of my vision attained. There is no turning back or alternative, as the past no longer exists. The only way for me to go is forward, full speed ahead toward the attainment of my objectives. I am confident, strong, and able. I am victorious!"m
One of the commitments to action that we really must take if we are going to THRIVE is to ask for help. Make requests NOT DEMANDS. Edwene Gaines goes around the country enrolling co-equal laborers in her mission of transforming the prosperity consciousness of planet earth. She's asking for help!
When you make a request, you are not trying to persuade, convince or enroll others into doing what you want them to do. You are taking an action to move a declared possibility to a reality. You add velocity in moving the action forward by making requests and not reacting to the response.
If you don't think you need to make requests -- ask for help -- your promises are too small! And, if you only make the requests that you think will be accepted, rather than what you actually want or need, you are playing too small!
Your request should be very clear, very specific and have a time element involved.
So, what about you? What impossible future would you like to THRIVE INTO? What Bold Impossible Promise are you willing to make today? You have an opportunity to do just that! Refer to insert in bulletin. Get out a pen.
Let's just close our eyes and relax into our seats. Allow your breathing to slow down a bit. Put your hand over your heart and just imagine breathing in and out through your heart. Now think of a time when something amazing happened that just took your breath away. Feel the gratitude for that event, for that miracle.
Now let these words be your words: "I know that I have what it takes to achieve my objectives, ideas and my mission in life. Now I demand of myself total commitment and continuous action toward their attainment. I now promise to dedicate myself, without reservation, to the attainment of my objectives, ideas, and mission." I now let go of control -- and give it to God!"
Now I invite you to write down a few impossible ideas for yourself.
aThe Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss
eThe Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss
fErnest Holmes The Science of Mind p 162
gThe Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss
jErnest Holmes The Science of Mind p 145
kLewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass
lW. H. Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
mTerry Cole-Whittaker's Commitment Medicine