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New Year – New Intentions: Creating New Good

New Intentions for New YearThis blog post, New Year – New Intentions, is taken from a 5 minute talk or Creative Thought by Reverend Kathy Lyons, given at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills during one of the services. Her creative thought is followed by her Affirmative Prayer Treatment for New Year’s Intentions

“We have been given the ability to initiate a new chain of causation. There is but One mind and we use It. The laws of nature are universal, but our use of them is individual and personal.”

Ernest Holmes, 365 Science of Mind, thought for January 1

Here it is a brand new year – 2016. Although I enjoy the holiday celebrations, I also like it when the year closes; I put away the holiday decorations and return to a normal routine.

The New Year is starting out fresh and is a promise of new beginnings and a time to set new intentions. December 21 is the darkest day of the year. In the new year, the days gradually become longer. In the winter when I’m driving to work, the sun is just starting to rise. I think, “It’s the dawn of a new day.” In January, it is the dawn of a new year – a time to release what no longer serves me, and set new intentions for 2016.

Letting Go of the Old

The first step in a new year is to release anything that no longer serves us. Catherine Ponder calls this the Vacuum Law of Prosperity. Nature abhors a vacuum, so once we release what we don’t need; something new will fill in the space.

The vacuum law presented itself to me over a year ago with my computer. My email box got so full that I could no longer receive new emails. I had to delete hundreds of messages – most of which were of no interest to me. Most were advertisements or spam mail. Once I cleaned out the message box, I was able to receive new messages. The same principle exists not only for material possession, but with outworn beliefs, feelings, or habits.

If we desire to make a change in our life, we must release the belief that it is not possible, or that we are not worthy. To make room for love in our life, it may be necessary let go of any anger or resentment we may be harboring. For better health, it would be releasing a habit such as snacking in front of the television.

Set an Intention for What You Desire

“Thou shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee and the light shall shine on thy ways.”

–Job 22:28

Now that you have released what you don’t want, it’s important to focus you what you do desire. You can begin by asking yourself, “What are your values?” A value is something is that is important to us and to our life. From values, we set our intentions. Deepak Chopra said “Intent is a single-minded purpose. It is not countermanded by any other conflicting desires or interests.”

Usually, goals come from the following areas of life – health, relationships, finances, and career. Determine your values in these areas, which will help decipher what you desire. For example, for me, a comfortable home is an important value. Thus, I set the intention to pay for double pane windows for my home this year.

Write down your desires, and not only envision them, but feel what it would be like when you accomplish your goals. Three years ago, when I was recovering from hip replacement surgery, I imagined what it would feel like to be walking comfortably. I’m sure that contributed to my speedy recovery. To quote Stephen Covey, “Begin with the end in mind.” For additional support in setting a new intention for a new goal, hire a licensed Center for Spiritual Practitioner for support. Practitioners are also available at the conclusion of our Sunday service for a free, “1-Minute Miracle.”

Moving Forward

What next? Of course, moving your feet! In prayer and meditation, be open to guidance for a plan of action. Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone, and do it! As Mary Morrissey says, “Vision without action is merely entertainment.”

Blessings for a Wonderful New Year!

Reverend Kathy Lyons

Treatment for New Year’s Intentions

Affirmative Prayer Treatment is a form of prayer used by Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science and author of The Science of Mind as well as many other metaphysical works. A treatment is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation. If you want to manifest a certain condition (perfect health, wealth, or relationships for example), say the treatment out loud as the truth, knowing that it is so!

“I recognize that there is One Power, One Universal Intelligence, and I choose to call that God. God is love and companionship; health and vitality; financial wealth and abundance; creativity and right livelihood. I am One with this Intelligence; therefore I am health and vitality; financial wealth and abundance; creativity and right livelihood.

This is the dawning of a New Year, and I am open to new, exciting good in my life. I am free from outworn beliefs, ideas, things, or activities that no longer serve me. This year is a clean slate, a blank canvas, where I set new intentions on my highest values. Now, I am living in the present moment, creating my highest and best in all areas of my life – loving relationships and companions; optimum health and vitality; financial freedom, wisdom, and wealth; and creative fulfillment. Also, my decisions are not only in my highest good, but for the highest good of all. I support others and others support me.

My Divine Plan is now unfolding. As I set my intention, I am guided on taking the perfect plan of action, and I do it with ease. My confidence soars as I move forward with my purpose.

I give thanks that all my intentions that are demonstrating in my life right now. I am so happy and grateful to be experiencing perfect health, loving relationships, financial abundance, and creative expression right now. I release my word into the Law, knowing it is so. And so it is.”

Reverend Kathy Lyons

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Don’t Pray for Rain, Pray Rain, the Thing Itself.

Rain 6565065011_7d3988bef0_oIt is said that Ernest Holmes summarized the science of consciousness in three short sentences:

1. “Life is one perfect Wholeness.”

2. “The Universe is a Unit.”

3. “God is one.”

There is nothing outside of God. There is not God and something. In other words, there is never anything separate from God. Any experience of separation is the result of distorted perception. Science of Mind teaches that all distortion of perception can be healed. “Change your thinking, Change your life.”

Because our perceptions determine the nature and quality of our experience, we cannot experience what we do not perceive.  So we do our Spiritual Mind Treatment from the consciousness that we already have what we want – we just need to realize it.

It’s kind of like that phenomena when a person goes to the bank for a loan saying they lack money, the bank will turn them down but turn around and throw all sorts of credit cards at another person who doesn’t ask because that person has all the money they need.

Why You Must Pray From The Thing Itself

That contrast of praying for something and praying from the thing itself is Ernest Holmes’ distinction between having faith in God and having the faith of God. We can begin to pray from prosperity, pray from health, pray from right relationships, and pray from perfect creativity.

This is the great mystery of life. When I started reading Ernest Holmes’ book Science of Mind I felt all tangled up in my perceived paradox. I was praying for enlightenment, which I couldn’t be, until I prayed from already being enlightenment!

I know we’re all clear on the ultimate truth that we are living the life of God, as God.

How to Pray Rain for the California Drought

I invite all of us to take on a condition to be healed, for example, the drought in California.

We can’t dismiss the drought as if it did not exist in our experience.

Holmes acknowledged such conditions to be real – “as real as they are supposed to be.” Rather than proclaim that the drought or any condition is unreal, Holmes says that we must “turn from the condition” and instead know that wholeness is always right here, even where the condition is. The faith of God blesses the drought for the gift of truth that it obscures, and which the blessing reveals.

The native Americans do not pray for rain; they pray rain; they pray from rain.

Let’s do this! Close your eyes and know rain,

smell rain,

hear rain,

breathe rain,

taste rain,

feel the water filling up our reservoirs, know the truth of having enough water to share and spare.

Be water,

drink water,

let water shower over you,

float luxuriously supported in water.

Be water.

We are all expressing God-consciousness into form.

Keep breathing in and out and allow J.D Martin’s musical inspiration in the video below to wash over you.

The above post is from a Five Minute Talk presented on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night at the Granada Hills Center for Spiritual Living. Talks are given by Licensed CSL Practitioners who invest at least four years in learning and applying these concepts and ideas in their daily life. For more talk topics like this one, please join us at our Center for one of our Sunday services or for our Wednesday evening service at 7 PM.


Photo by Dee Ashley on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.