Jul. 15, 2024 – MY OWN COMMUNION

JULY 15

MY OWN COMMUNION

My delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

Psalm 1:2

There is always a silent communion going on between the individual soul and the invisible Presence.  This communion should become a conscious union of the self with the Over-Self, of the mind with the Spirit, of the personal with the Universal.  As the artist communes with the essence of beauty and gives birth to form so our minds should commune with the Divine Presence.

Today I commune with the Spirit.  I see the Spirit manifest.  In everyone I meet I shall commune with the Living Christ, the Divine Presence in him, sensing Its perfection, realizing Its beauty, and being consciously aware of its love.  Today I hold silent communion with that invisible Presence which peoples the world with the manifestations of its light and its love.

I declare the Presence of Spirit; I worship the God within me. Knowing that the Lord is in His holy temple, and that everything on earth is subject to His will, I bless the place where I now stand.  This attitude of blessing sheds a new light on my environment and I see beauties hitherto hidden. Even the commonplace takes on a new glow, and I hear “… a voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacles of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people.” 

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 14, 2024 – I HAVE FAITH

JULY 14 

I HAVE FAITH

The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God. 

Galatians 2:20

Faith is more than an objective statement.  We do not have perfect faith while any subjective contradictions deny the affirmation of our lips.  This is what the Bible means when it says we must know in our heart. Heart symbolizes the innermost center of the being.  When the intellect is no longer contradicted by our emotional reactions, by unconscious doubts and fears, then the word of our mouth will immediately bear fruit.

Today I have faith that my word shall not return unto me void.  Today I surrender myself completely to this faith, for I know that there is a creative Spirit which gives substance to this faith and which will provide the evidence of this substance in actual fact.  I expect, then, to meet my good, and I rejoice in the anticipation of this good.  I know that my faith operates through an immutable Law and that there is no possibility whatsoever of its failing.

My faith leads me into complete self-expression.  It awakens inner spiritual forces that have the power to do anything.  My faith transcends the limitations of fear, of physical pain, and of mental depression.  My faith leads me into the pathway of righteousness.  My faith unites every experience I have with the Eternal.  My faith in God reflects itself unto everyone I meet, thereby making practical my faith in man.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 13, 2024 – I HAVE DIVINE GUIDANCE

JULY 13

I HAVE DIVINE GUIDANCE

Be strong and have good courage … for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 

Deuteronomy 31:6

We all wish to know that the Divine Presence goes before us and we all have a right to feel this assurance.  Every man is a unique presentation of the Divine Mind, a separate, without being a separated, entity in the universal Spirit.  Every man is, as Emerson said, “dear to the heart of God.”  We should all develop an increasing consciousness that we are protected and guided in everything we do, say or think.

I know that new and wonderful ideas will come into my consciousness today and that I shall be compelled to act upon them intelligently.  I am assured of Divine Guidance; I feel that it will be impossible for me to make any mistake; that even though I should start to move falsely, my movement will be corrected.  I feel as though I am being constantly watched over and protected.

Today I know that the Spirit goes before me, making plain my way.  I feel that everything I do shall be prospered and I fully accept that I am in partnership with the Infinite.  It is my desire that only good shall go from me, therefore I have a right to expect that only good shall return to me.  I live under the government of Good and am guided by the Spirit of God.  This I affirm; this I accept.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul 12, 2024 – I AM SUCCESS

JULY 12

I AM SUCCESS

They that seek the lord shall not want any good thing. 

Psalm 34:10

Success does not mean the accumulation of wealth, the maintenance of position, nor supremacy of power.  Success means a life free from the burden of anxiety and liberated from the thralldom of fear.  There is no successful life without peace or without that inner spiritual certainty which knows that the soul is on the pathway of good, forever expanding into the conscious union of God with man.

Today I expect every good thing to come to me.  Everything that is worthy of the soul, I anticipate. Everything that belongs to the Spirit, I accept.  Everything that partakes of the nature of the Divine Reality, I claim as my own. Today I identify myself with abundance and success.  I know that my destiny is divine, that my destination is certain, that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  I know that this Kingdom contains everything necessary to my well-being.  In gratitude and with joy, I receive this Kingdom into myself.

I live in the consciousness of success.  I awaken its greater possibility within my imagination.  I feel it at the center of my being.  My whole consciousness expands, and my enthusiasm glows with the heat of Divine Fire.  There can be no obstruction to my success.  Every path is open before me, and “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 11, 2024 – GOD IS MY IDENTITY

JULY 11          

GOD IS MY IDENTITY

Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. 

Matthew 5:48

There is a pattern of perfection at the center of everything.  This the saints and sages of the ages have told us.  There is, as the Platonists taught, a prototype of perfection at the center of every form.  It is this spiritual prototype with which the mind should identify itself, for this is the Father in heaven within us.  Nothing has ever violated the integrity of this inner kingdom.  It exists forever in the bosom of God and we are in Him even as He is in us.

The most High is enthroned in my soul; the Divine Spirit exists at the center of my being.  Knowing that Divine Power can accomplish anything and realizing that faith in this Divine Power draws it forth into my experience, today I exercise complete confidence in the Invisible.  I permit that mind to be in me which was also in Christ Jesus.

Today I consciously identify myself with the Supreme Presence which inhabits eternity, and finds a dwelling place at the center of my own soul.  By some deep inner spiritualization, I penetrate the mask of separation and discover the unity of all life.  I identify myself with this unity, finding Christ within and knowing that “Christ is God’s.”  I recognize my union with all the Power, all the Presence and all the Life that there is. 

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 10, 2024 – I AM SPIRIT

JULY 10     

I AM SPIRIT

Now there are diversities of things, but the same Spirit … It is the Spirit that quickeneth. 

I Corinthians 12:4 and John 6:63

Out of unity comes variety.  All things are made from one formless Substance.  The invisible essence of everything is pure Spirit.  It is a realization of this Spirit at the center of everything that enables us to see God in everyone.  “It is the Spirit that Quickenth.”  When we recognize the Spirit in anything or anyone, there is an equal reaction from the Spirit back to us, and we are made more alive through the divine influx which follows our recognition.

I believe there is but One Presence in the universe, which is God, the living Spirit Almighty.  Therefore, disregarding any appearance which seems to contradict this divine fact, I press forward with the certain knowledge that I am forever one with the invisible Presence which is able, ready and willing to direct all my ways.  I know that “her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.”  Today I walk in these ways of pleasantness and “no wind can blow my bark astray.”

Today I am resolved to see the Spirit in everything therefore; today I know that my own spirit is quickened.  I know that there is an inner Presence in everything I shall contact which will respond to me.  I know that everything is alive, awake and aware with this Presence; that in all the changing scenes of my experience I shall be contacting this one Presence.  Therefore, I go forth to meet the Divine, to enjoy His bounty and consciously to live in His house forevermore. 

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 09, 2024 – I AM MIND

JULY 9

I AM MIND

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.  

Philippians 2:5

This means that we should recognize the Divine Incarnation, universal in essence but individualized in personal experience.  The spiritual genius of Jesus enabled him to see that each is a unique representation, an individualized expression of One Mind.  The Mind of God in us is the Mind of Christ.  At the center of every man’s being the Eternal Christ waits, knocking at the door of his intellect for admission.  This is not a faraway Presence, nor a future advent.  The recognition of Christ can come to anyone at any time and under any circumstance.  The consciousness that walked over the troubled waters of human experience, the inner calm that stilled the tempest, is accessible to everyone.

The indwelling Christ tells me that the words which I speak are Spirit and Life.  There is a Divine Authority at the center of my being which announces Itself in every act.  I have implicit confidence in that invisible part of me which is my share in the God nature, my partnership with the Infinite, my oneness with all that is.  Therefore, I shall not doubt nor fear, for my salvation is from on High and the time of its appearing is today.

I know that the Christ in me is always triumphant.  I know that Christ in me is one with God; there is no separation, no isolation, no aloneness.  There is a Divine Companion who walks with me and in whose Light I see the Light.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 08, 2024 – MY SPIRITUAL BODY

JULY 8          

MY SPIRITUAL BODY

Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you? 

I Corinthians 6: 19

Emerson said that “God builds His temple in the heart,” and Seneca that “He (God) is to be consecrated in the breast of each.”  St. Augustine said that ‘the pure mind is a holy temple of God.”  To realize that God is in us, with us and for us, is the first step toward understanding that we are the temple of the Holy Ghost.  Bishop Wilberforce tells us that “the conscious mind … is the temple of the Christ Mind.”  We must so control the conscious mind that the Christ Mind may function through it.  We must permit the Spirit to control the intellect.

“This is none other but the house of God …” “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the living God?”  Then this body of mine is none other but the house of God.  Therefore, Infinite Power, let me know only Thy perfect life flowing into and through me.

Today I realize that my body is the temple of God; that there is the divine pattern of perfection at the center of my being.  I shall not think of my physical body as being separated from this spiritual Presence.  The Presence is the Cause, the body is the effect, and the two are one.  Therefore, I too shall exclaim: “In my Flesh shall I see God.”

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 07, 2024 – I AM THE TRUTH

JULY 7

I AM THE TRUTH

Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. 

John 8:32

Jesus implies that there is a truth which known automatically will demonstrate itself in our experience.  What could this truth be other than a consciousness of our union with life?  It is wonderful to contemplate this spiritual and exalted idea of truth, that truth which frees us from the tyranny of fear and the thralldom of fate.  It is not in our stars, nor in our environment, that we should look to discover this pattern of truth.  The truth that Jesus proclaimed would make us free, lies only in the conscious union of man with God, the conscious union of the heart’s desire with the Source of its being.

“Be yourself today regardless of what happened yesterday.”  We are in bondage only to a false sense of the self.  We are in bondage because we judge the possibility of the future by the limitations of the past.  We are in bondage because we do not realize that “He maketh all things new.”

Today I commune with the spiritual truth in everything.  Today I know that the truth makes me free from fear, doubt or uncertainty.  Today there is a song in my heart as I gladly proclaim that truth which is the revelation of Divinity through humanity.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Jul. 06, 2024 – I HAVE PROTECTION

JULY 6     

I HAVE PROTECTION

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

Psalm 91:1

This is a song of hope, a psalm of praise, the acknowledgement of an overshadowing Presence, the Most High Good, to which Jesus gave the name, “Our Father which art in heaven.”  We have a right to know that in so far as we live in accord with the Divine we are protected by Its omnipotent Law.  “His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”  The knowledge of truth will ward off the darts of evil, for evil is as night before the onrushing day; it is as darkness dissipated by the rising sun; it is as a fire extinguished by the waters of Spirit.

“Fear thou not for I am with thee … I will strengthen thee … I will uphold thee.”  “For I, the Lord thy God, will hold thy right hand.”  It is when we turn from all belief in separateness that we find the indwelling Spirit.  When we have dismissed all fear, then we know that God is Love.  When we have turned away from every sense of weakness we know that God is Strength.  Jesus said we cannot serve both God and Mammon, and the Gita tells us that we must do away with the Pairs of Opposites before we can enter into peace.

Today I put on the whole armor of faith.  I place before me the shield of Divine Wisdom.  I surround myself with the conscious knowledge of the overshadowing Presence.  Therefore, I fear no evil, for thou art with me.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker