The Law of Acceptance
We all have those times when, after some unfortunate experience,
weíve cried out, "How could I have attracted that to me? What on earth
have I done to bring this kind of a situation into my life? There ought to be
a law!" Well, in the oversimplified approach to what we call "consciousness"
it is often said that we attract to ourselves everything that comes. This is
basically true, but not in the sense that we have consciously done or thought
something that was directly responsible. The experience has come because we
have, in some way, accepted the possibility in consciousness, maybe only
through fear and worry. We have accepted limited suggestions, thus we have made
for ourselves, or have accepted from others, certain limiting laws that hold
us in bondage to limitation. So, when we say, "There out to be a law,"
there is a Law. We are not always aware of what that Law is, but itís a Law
of Fundamental Life, Fundamental Mind Action that is always at work.
No matter what the experience, it could be said that there
is always one moment, leading up to the crisis, in which the suggestion of fear
or the imminence of danger comes to mindóa time when we give consent, but when
we could reject the negative, when we say, "No! No! I will not have this!
No!" And, hereís a very fundamental Principle: You will never experience
anything in the world of your body or affairs that you have not previously accepted,
in one form or another, into your mind and heart. Remember, thereís always
a time, whether itís catching a cold or having an accident, thereís always a
time prior to that, when something of the moment and the imminence of the experience
comes to you and you could say "No! No!"
This is closely related to Jesusí statement, "Agree
with thine adversary quickly." [Matt. 5:25] Whenever you face any
kind of obstacle, agree quickly. Now, this "agree" doesnít mean to
acknowledge or to admit it or to allow it to happen. It means to settle with
itósettle with it, immediately. One woman has a pet statement, "I
agree with God, only!" So, the "agreement" is the quick settling
of the situation by remembering the Truthóturning from fear to faith, from worry
to remembering Divine Law. If you are criticized, agree quickly. In other words,
settle with it. Turn your thoughts one-to-one, God in you to God in the other
person. Turn away from the thought of hostility and bitterness and self-pity,
to "The Divine in me salutes the Divine in you."
If you have a sudden thought of fear of illness or job insecurity
or lack of money, dispose of the thought quickly. Donít procrastinate. Donít
give in easily. Such acceptance will build for later problems. Just say "No!"
to it. Then, you may want to think or feel or say, "I agree with God, only!"
Say "No!" to the difficult situation and to all the negative thoughts
Every day of your life, youíre confronted by one thing or
another of a negative nature seeking entrance into your mind. It may be news
of war, economic predictions, personal feelings of inadequacy over some project
youíre facing, crime in the streets, and so forth. There are many, many, many
possible negative things that, you might say, are events that are waiting to
happen. But, these things cannot hurt you as long as you say "No!"
to them. Reject them! Agree with the adversary quickly. Get your thought into
a consciousness of the Positive Flow of Truth.
You may recall the Gospel account of Jesus stilling the
storm. Itís found in the 4th Chapter of Mark. Jesus was with his
disciples out on the sea. He was asleep in the bough of the boat. A great storm
arose, and the waves were beating on the boat. And the disciples were very fearful.
Now, remember, these were hearty seamen, so it must have been a pretty bad storm,
because they called out to Jesus, "Master, master, we perish." Jesus
awakened, "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace,
be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." Then, he turned
to the disciples, and he said, "Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?"
Well, the important thing is he spoke the Word of Peace to the storms of
Letís not try to resolve this in the thought that it was
a great miracle. It deals with the Power of Spirit within man to still the unruly
waves and winds of emotions and of thoughts. Basically, the problem was that
the disciples had accepted the storm as having the power to destroy them, and
this acceptance was the reason for their fears. So, if youíre fearful in a storm,
or any crisis, the fear is caused not by the condition, but by your acceptance
of the possibility that the condition can do harm to you.
Webster defines "accept" as, "to receive
with a consenting mind." The key to Jesusí poise and quiet power was a
consciousness that had been disciplined to accept only the good and the true.
His appraisal recognized a crisis, but not the limitation of it. The danger
in the crisis gave an opportunity to deal with the situation with Transcendent
Power, and Jesus was poised in the awareness of that Power and Potential within
him. He was not passive about the thing. Note, he didnít merely say to the disciples,
"Well now boys, letís not get excited. Things are not as bad as they seem.
Weíll pull through this somehow." He didnít do that at all. He did not
consent to let the storm a have place in his mind as something to be fearful
over. He simply spoke his strong word of Power, and the storm subsided.
The study of the New Insight In Truth, involves the realization
of a Whole Universe. A Universe that is totally supportive of you. It
involves the training of the eyes to see good everywhere, and the training of
the mind to refuse the suggestions of lack and limitation that, invariably,
arise around us. If we accept ourselves as limited, then we accept a limited
perspective of the Universe in which many limitations exist.
Can you ever recall announcing in the face of some situation
in your work or your home, "Oh, this is really gonna be tough! Oh, this
is a doozy!"? At that moment, even though the past experience or your hearsay
information will tend to justify it, you are accepting a strong limitationóand
usually, it will make a prophet of you. Sure enough, it will be a terrible situation,
so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But, itís simply because you have
accepted it as being that way to you. Thatís the way youíre going to
deal with it. Thatís where your attitude is.
Now you can see why Jesus says, "Agree with thine adversary
quickly." Donít procrastinate over or laugh about or acquiesce in the limitations
of any kind. Settle with them, immediately. Say "No!" And say "Yes!"
to the things that you desire to have expressed in your life in a good and perfect
way. You can say to others, "If you want to believe in that negative inevitability,
thatís your privilege. But for me, I choose to believe that there will be a
harmonious outworking. I say ĎNo!í to the difficulty. I say ĎYes!í to that which
is good." "Choose you this day whom ye will serve." [Joshua
24:15] Agree with God, only. Agree that there is but One Presence and One
Power, God the Good Omnipotent in all things, at all times.
This is a very important "slide rule" in prayer.
We need to check up on our attitudes. Whether weíre praying in the face of the
storm, praying in tension and fear and excitement, whatever it may be, such
prayer reveals that we have accepted the possibility of danger. Donít pray that
the storm wonít hurt you, but work out, in the Prayer Process, your fear of
being harmed by the storm, and know that, regardless of conditions, you are
in the Center of your own Oneness with God, and, therefore, you are at peace,
and you are protected. Get that inner sense of Oneness, and you can stand tranquil
in the storm of all circumstances. And, you will be an influence to still the
stormÖand you will be unharmed by it.
Prayer, you see, is acceptance. Remember, Jesus said
to pray, believing that you have received, and you shall receive. [Mark 11:24]
In other words, realize that it is already done, that you are now Whole.
Accept yourself and your total experience on a higher level. Accept yourself
as a winner, as an overcomer, as a master of fate and circumstance. Whatever
happens "out there" in your life, "out there" in the world,
whatever people say about it, or statistics prove about it, you will
decide what you accept for yourself. And, what you accept in consciousness
is that which is going to unfold in your life, relentlessly and inexorably.
© Eric Butterworth