Friday, March 23, 2012

Florence Scovel Shinn

March has proved to be an incredibly busy period; however, it has also been filled with tremendous blessings and abundance. In the course of my travels this month, I discovered Florence Scovel Shinn's The Game of Life and How to Play It. It was written in 1925 and very much reminded me of The Secret and Mike Dooley's TUT material.

Shinn's bottom line is: Nothing stands between man and his highest ideals and every desire of his heart, but doubt and fear. When man can "wish without worrying," every desire will be instantly fulfilled (p. 11)." She teaches that by changing your words, you can change the conditions of your life. Shinn tells us that our subconscious mind is always listening to what we tell ourselves, which is a pretty tremendous statement when you stop to consider its ramifications. 

The book reinforced many of the ways in which I think about life, and I was also delighted to hear old ideas put in a fresh way. Here are a few of my favorites:

"One should not visualize or force a mental picture. When he demands the Divine Design to come into his conscious mind, he will receive flashes of inspiration, and begin to see himself making some great accomplishment. This is the picture, or idea, he must hold without wavering. The thing man seeks is seeking him--the telephone was seeking Bell!" (p. 78). 

"In Divine Mind there is only completion, therefore, my demonstration is completed. My perfect work, my perfect home, my perfect health." Whatever he demands are perfect ideas registered in Divine Mind, and must manifest, "under grace in a perfect way." He gives thanks he has already received on the invisible, and makes active preparation for receiving on the visible." (p. 82). 

She also wrote some very powerful affirmations, many of which resonated with me:

"The decks are now cleared for Divine Action and my own comes to me under grace in a magical way."

"I now let go of worn-out conditions and worn-out things. Divine order is established in my mind, body, and affairs. Behold, I made all things new."

"My seeming impossible good now comes to pass, the unexpected now happens."

"I give thanks for my whirlwind success."

"I see clearly and act quickly and my greatest expectations come to pass in a miraculous way." 

"Unexpected doors fly open, unexpected channels are free, and endless avalanches of abundance are poured out upon me, under grace in perfect ways."

"I forgive everyone and everyone forgives me. The gates swing open for my good."

In other Shinn writings she talks about the instant help we can receive if we ask for some sort of lead before making a major life decision.

"Now it is necessary for you to make a decision, you face a fork in the road. Ask for a definite unmistakeable lead, and you will receive it...In Truth, we always ask for definite leads just what to do; you will always receive one if you ask for it. Sometimes it comes as intuition, sometimes from the external." (The Secret Door To Success)

I plan to practice these for a period of time and see what positive events and situations I can bring my way! Keep me posted if you choose to do the same.

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