Saturday, November 8, 2014

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

For most of my adult life, I’ve wanted to read a book I’d been hearing about, The Magic of Believing, by Claude M. Bristol. For some reason, I waited over 40 years to read it. Amazon’s description reads: “In this bestselling self-help book, a successful businessman reveals the secrets behind harnessing the unlimited energies of the subconscious. Millions have benefited from these visualization techniques, which show how to turn your thoughts and dreams into effective actions that can lead to enhanced income, happier relationships, increased effectiveness, heightened influence and improved peace of mind.”

I could have saved myself a lot of money on “New Age” books that provided exactly the same information. The basis of the book deals with faith, in BELIEVING that what you visualize will manifest. I absolutely believe and have faith in the power – and magic – of believing.

Have you heard about how having faith, even just a tiny bit, produces miraculous results? If you look out into the Universe and imagine the depth and breadth of everything around you and then move beyond your imagination, going out and out and out past the point where any telescope could take you, you get an inkling of how vast our Universe really is. None of us will ever really know, though, because we can’t fathom “infinity.” Despite our inability to understand what an infinite Universe looks like, we can understand its vastness. Compare that image of the Universe to the size of the period at the end of this sentence. 

That tiny period compares to the size of a mustard seed. What does it mean to have faith the size of a mustard seed? It means that if you have just the tiniest bit of faith in ANYTHING you do, in ANYTHING you need or desire, all you need is just that much faith – and that’s it! That’s all the faith you’ll ever need, because having faith the size of a mustard seed means that some part of you, even the smallest part of you in the remotest recesses of your mind, BELIEVES. And that very tiny, almost imperceptible bit of faith is all you need to set the wheels of your desires in motion.

You know how synchronicity works, don’t you? Seeming coincidences work a kind of magic that causes you to pause momentarily, gape a little, and hold your breath. You speak someone’s name and he calls, you think a thought and it becomes tangible. Just recently I had been thinking about the book, The Secret. I’ve written about it before, too (The Secret and the Secret - More Than One: Listen, Do You Want to Know Two Secrets?), I have been reading other posts about it (randomly – I didn’t purposely look for them), and suddenly I’m inundated with reminders about The Secret – I flip on Netflix, for example, and there it is – The Secret – in movie form.

Until recently I hadn’t thought about The Secret in a long time. I used its powers when I needed to move, but I want and need so little, I don’t use it very often. I wanted and needed to sell my home and I firmly believed that somebody would buy it soon after I put it up for sale. One of the first people who looked at my home eventually bought it. If they had purchased it when I initially put it up for sale, I wouldn’t be living in the home where I now reside, because it wasn’t available then. I firmly believe I was meant to sell it at just the right time.

Just recently I broke probably my tenth vacuum cleaner. It doesn’t matter if I buy expensive vacuums or cheap vacuums – they always break on me. This one didn’t break, though. I accidentally broke it. So I decided to use The Secret and wished for a new one. I looked online for “best inexpensive vacuums” and I even went shopping for one, but I couldn’t justify buying a new one, so I just kept affixing tape to the filter panel to hold it in place every time it fell off (often). Because I suffer from allergies, dust blowing around causes lots of problems, so the filter is necessary. Since I was the one who broke it, I just keep applying and reapplying the tape as I vacuum. 

After watching The Secret on Netflix, I thought about a vacuum cleaner just magically appearing in my life. (I know – other people dream of cruises and beautiful new designer clothes – I wish for practical items.) A couple of days ago I was talking to my mother who knew nothing about my vacuum problem. And what did she say to me? “Do you know anybody who needs a vacuum?”

I paused, I gaped, and I momentarily held my breath. One tiny bit of faith manifested so quickly after I put that thought out into the Universe and now I’m getting a new vacuum! 

If you don’t believe that something so simple can work for you, it won’t. The only difference between you wanting something and manifesting it and me wanting something and manifesting it is that I believe I will get what I want or need and you quite possibility might not – IF you don’t believe you will.

Granted my needs and wants are simple. I don’t want to win any lotteries or live in a mansion or drive a fancy car. I just want to experience joy in my life and, in case I make a mess, be able to vacuum it all up ;)

If you feel you’re missing something in your life, I highly recommend either picking up the book or watching The Secret on Netflix. To fully experience the Law of Attraction (a main component of The Secret) and put its suggestions into practice, all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. And if you own a Kindle, The Magic of Believing is worthy of your time.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the books, just click on the links above and if you would prefer the Kindle edition, here are those links:

“Men devoid of the power of spiritual perception are unable to recognize anything that cannot be seen externally.” Paracelsus 

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