Affirming Our Choice “Pay Forward” # 23

I greet The Indwelling Presence.

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Affirming Our Choice.  Quite simply, the Spiritual Ideal is the understanding of the basic fact that good is permanent, omnipresent, and all-powerful; and evil, a temporary, insubstantial belief, without character of its own, which is destroyed by prayer.  Thus, what may be called the secret of spiritual treatment is not to wrestle with the error, which only gives it further life and power, but to destroy it by withdrawing from it just that very energy of belief that gives it its body.  The only existence it has, is that which we give it by temporarily ensouling it with our though.  Withdraw this-and it fades into nothingness.  We have thought the error into existence, consciously or, more often, unconsciously.  Now un-think it.  It is our thinking that matters.  Indeed, as Shakespeare says.  “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  Now, fear, hatred, and resentment are ideas heavily charged with emotion, and these, when added to any difficulty, recharge it with fresh and vigorous life and make it all the more difficulty to overcome.  Again, the mere rehearsing in thought of any difficulty endows it with new life.  Going over old grievances mentally; thinking how badly someone acted at some time, for instance, and recalling the details, has the effect of revivifying that which was quietly expiring of neglect.  With any new experience, it is the reception that we give it that matters.  Our Choice.  Thy Love, Thy Will be done.