The question is often asked, “What should be done between the assumption of the wish fulfilled and its realization?” Nothing. It is a delusion that, other than assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled, you can do anything to aid the realization of your desire. You think that you can do something, you want to do something; but actually you can do nothing. The illusion of the free will to do is but ignorance of the law of assumption upon which all action is based. Everything happens automatically. All that befalls you, all that is done by you — happens. Your assumptions, conscious or unconscious, direct all thought and action to their fulfillment. To understand the law of assumption, to be convinced of its truth, means getting rid of all the illusions about free will to act.
Free will actually means freedom to select any idea you desire.
By assuming the idea already to be a fact, it is converted into reality. Beyond that, free will ends and everything happens in harmony with the concept assumed.
I can of mine own self do nothing . . . because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. God's will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
In this quotation the Father obviously refers to God. In an earlier chapter, God is defined as I AM. Since creation is finished, the Father is never in a position of saying “I will be.” In other words, everything exists, and the infinite I AM consciousness can speak only in the present tense.
Not my will but thine be done.
“I will be” is a confession that “I am not” The Father’s will is always “I AM.” Until you realize that YOU are the Father (there is only one I AM and your infinite self is that I AM), your will is always “I will be.”
In the law of assumption your consciousness of being is the Father’s will. The mere wish without this consciousness is the “my will.” This great quotation, so little understood, is a perfect statement of the law of assumption.
It is impossible to do anything. You must be in order to do.
If you had a different concept of yourself, everything would be different. You are what you are, so everything is as it is. The events which you observe are determined by the concept you have of yourself. If you change your concept of yourself, the events ahead of you in time are altered, but, thus altered, they form again a deterministic sequence starting from the moment of this changed concept. You are a being with powers of intervention, which enable you, by a change of consciousness, to alter the course of observed events — in fact, to change your future.
Deny the evidence of the senses and assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled. Inasmuch as your assumption is creative and forms an atmosphere, your assumption, if it be a noble one, increases your assurance and helps you to reach a higher level of being. If, on the other hand, your assumption be an unlovely one, it hinders you and makes your downward way swifter. Just as the lovely assumptions create a harmonious atmosphere, so the hard and bitter feelings create a hard and bitter atmosphere.
Whatsoever things are pure, just, lovely, of good report, think on these things.
This means to make your assumptions the highest, noblest, happiest concepts.
When is a GREAT time to begin? There is no better time to start than now.
The present moment is always the most opportune in which to eliminate all unlovely assumptions and to concentrate only on the good.
As well as yourself, claim for others their Divine inheritance. See only their good and the good in them. Stir the highest in others to confidence and self-assertion by your sincere assumption of their good, and you will be their prophet and their healer, for an inevitable fulfillment awaits all sustained assumptions.
You win by assumption what you can never win by force.
An assumption is a certain motion of consciousness. This motion, like all motion, exercises an influence on the surrounding substance, causing it to take the shape of, echo, and reflect the assumption.
A change of fortune is a new direction and outlook, merely a change in arrangement of the same mind substance — consciousness.
If you would change your life, you must begin at the very source with your own basic concept of self. Outer change, becoming part of organizations, political bodies, religious bodies, is not enough. The cause goes deeper.
The essential change must take place in yourself, in your own concept of self. You MUST assume that you are NOW what you want to be and continue therein, for the reality of your assumption has its being in complete independence of objective fact and will clothe itself in flesh if you persist in the feeling of the wish fulfilled.
When you know that assumptions, if persisted in, harden into facts, then events, which seem to the uninitiated mere accidents, will be understood by you to be the logical and inevitable effects of your assumption.
The important thing to bear in mind is that you have infinite free will in choosing your assumptions, but no power to determine conditions and events. You can create nothing, but your assumption determines what portion of creation you will experience.
And He said unto them, 'Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say. Trouble me not; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you. Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' Luke 11:5-9.
THERE ARE three principal characters in this quotation; you and the two friends mentioned.
Thus the scriptures tell you that you MUST persist in rising to (assuming) the consciousness of your wish already being fulfilled.
The promise is definite that if you are shameless in your impudence in assuming that you already have that which your senses deny, it shall be given unto you- your desire shall be attained.
The Bible teaches the necessity of persistence by the use of many stories. When Jacob sought a blessing from the Angel with whom he wrestled he said 'I will not let thee go, except thou bless me'.
When the Shunammite sought the help of Elisha she said.
'As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee', and he arose and followed her.
The same idea is expressed in another passage:
'And he spake a parable unto them that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man, and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying. Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself. Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she weary me by her continual coming.' Luke 18:1-5.
The basic truth underlying each of these stories is that desire springs from the awareness of ultimate attainment and that persistence in maintaining the consciousness of the desire already being fulfilled results in its fulfillment.
It is not enough to feel yourself into the state of the answered prayer; you MUST persist in that state. That is the reason for the injunction
Man ought always to pray and not to faint.
Here, to pray means to give thanks for already having what you desire.
Only persistency in the assumption of the wish fulfilled can cause those subtle changes in your mind which result in the desired change in your life. It matters not whether they be “Angels,” “Elisha,” or “reluctant judges”; all MUST respond in harmony with your persistent assumption. When it appears that people other than yourself in your world do not act toward you as you would like, it is not due to reluctance on their part but a lack of persistence in your assumption of your life already being as you want it to be.
Your assumption, to be effective, cannot be a single isolated act; it MUST be a maintained attitude of the wish fulfilled. [And that maintained attitude that gets you there, so that you think from your wish fulfilled instead of thinking about your wish, is aided by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled frequently. It is the frequency, not the length of time, that makes it natural. That to which you constantly return constitutes your truest self. Frequent occupancy of the feeling of the wish fulfilled is the secret of success.]
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This book would not be complete without some discussion of failure in the attempted use of the law of assumption. It is entirely possible that you either have had or will have a number of failures in this respect – many of them in really important matters. If, having read this book, having a thorough knowledge of the application and working of the law of assumption, you faithfully apply it in an effort to attain some intense desire and fail, what is the reason?
If to the question “Did you persist enough?” you can answer Yes – and still the attainment of your desire was not realized, what is the reason for failure?
The answer to this is the MOST important factor in the successful use of the law of assumption. The time it takes your assumption to become fact, your desire to be fulfilled, is directly proportionate to the naturalness of your feeling of already being what you want to be – of already having what you desire.
The fact that it does not feel natural to you to be what you imagine yourself to be is the secret of your failure.
Regardless of your desire, regardless of how faithfully and intelligently you follow the law, if you do not feel natural about what you want to be, you will not be it. If it does not feel natural to you to get a better job, you will not get a better job. The whole principle is vividly expressed by the Bible phrase “you die in your sins” — you do not transcend from your present level to the state desired.
How can this feeling of naturalness be achieved? The secret lies in one word — imagination.
For example, this is a very simple illustration: Assume that you are securely chained to a large heavy iron bench. You could not possibly run, in fact you could not even walk. In these circumstances it would not be natural for you to run. You could not even feel that it was natural for you to run. Yet you could easily imagine yourself running. In that instant, while your consciousness is filled with your imagined running, you have forgotten that you are bound. In imagination your running was completely natural.
The essential feeling of naturalness can be achieved by persistently filling your consciousness with imagination- imagining yourself being what you want to be or having what you desire.
Progress can spring only from your imagination, from your desire to transcend your present level. What you truly and literally must feel is that with your imagination, all things are possible. You MUST realize that changes are not caused by caprice, but by a change of consciousness.
You may fail to achieve or sustain the particular state of consciousness necessary to produce the effect you desire. Yet, once you know that consciousness is the only reality and is the sole creator of your particular world and have burnt this truth into your whole being, then you know that success or failure is entirely in your own hands.
Whether or not you are disciplined enough to sustain the required state of consciousness in specific instances has no bearing on the truth of the law itself— that an assumption, if persisted in, will harden into fact. The certainty of the truth of this law must remain despite great disappointment and tragedy — even when you “see the light of life go out and all the world go on as though it were still day.”
You must not believe that because your assumption failed to materialize, the truth that assumptions do materialize is a lie. If your assumptions are not fulfilled, it is because of some error or weakness in your consciousness. However, these errors and weaknesses can be overcome. Therefore, press on to the attainment of ever higher levels by feeling that you already are the person you want to be.
And remember that the time it takes your assumption to become reality is proportionate to the naturalness of being it.
Man surrounds himself with the true image of himself.
Every spirit builds itself a house and beyond its house a world, and beyond its world a heaven. Know then that the world exists for you. For you the phenomenon is perfect. What we are, that only can we see.
All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth.
Caesar called his house, Rome. You perhaps call yours a cobbler’s trade; a hundred acres of land, or a scholar’s garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine name.
'Build therefore your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportion.' --Emerson
A miracle is the name given, by those who have no faith, to the works of faith.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1.
The very reason for the law of assumption is contained in this quotation. If there were not a deep-seated awareness that that which you hope for had substance and was possible of attainment, it would be impossible to assume the consciousness of being or having it. It is the fact that creation is finished and everything exists that stirs you to hope — and hope, in turn, implies expectation, and without expectation of success it would be impossible to use consciously the law of assumption.
“Evidence” is a sign of actuality. Thus, this quotation means that faith is the awareness of the reality of that which you assume, [a conviction of the reality of things which you do not see, the mental perception of the reality of the invisible]. Consequently, it is obvious that a lack of faith means disbelief in the existence of that which you desire.
Inasmuch as that which you experience is the faithful reproduction of your state of consciousness, lack of faith will mean perpetual failure in any conscious use of the law of assumption.
In all the ages of history, faith has played a major role. It permeates all the great religions of the world, it is woven all through mythology, and yet today it is almost universally misunderstood.
Contrary to popular opinion, the efficacy of faith is not due to the work of any outside agency. It is from first to last an activity of your own consciousness.
The Bible is full of many statements about faith, of the true meaning of which few are aware. Here are some typical examples:
Unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Heb. 4:2.
In this quotation the “us” and “them” make clear that all of us hear the gospel. “Gospel” means good news. Very obviously good news for you would be that you had attained your desire. This is always being “preached” to you by your infinite self. To hear that which you desire does exist and you need only to accept it in consciousness is good news.
Not “mixing with faith” means to deny the reality of that which you desire.
Hence there is no “profit” (attainment) possible.
O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? Matt. 17:17.
The meaning of “faithless” has been made clear.
“Perverse” means turned the wrong way, in other words, the consciousness of not being what you want to be. To be faithless, that is, to disbelieve in the reality of that which you assume, is to be perverse.
“How long shall I be with you?” means that the fulfillment of your desire is predicated upon your change to the right state of consciousness. It is just as though that which you desire is telling you it will not be yours until you turn from being faithless and perverse to righteousness. As already stated,
Righteousness is the consciousness of already being what you want to be.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Heb. 11:27.
“Egypt” means darkness, belief in many gods (causes). The “king” symbolizes the power of outside conditions or circumstances. “He” is your concept of yourself as already being what you want to be. “Enduring as seeing him who is invisible” means persisting in the assumption that your desire is already fulfilled. Thus this quotation means that by persisting in the assumption that you already are the person you want to be, you rise above all doubt, fear, and belief in the power of outside conditions or circumstances; and your world inevitably conforms to your assumption.
The dictionary definitions of faith:
“the ascent of the mind or understanding to the truth” — “unwavering adherence to principle” are so pertinent that they might well have been written with the law of assumption in mind.
Faith does not question – Faith knows.
Your destiny is that which you must inevitably experience. Really it is an infinite number of individual destinies, each of which when attained is the starting place for a new destiny.
Since life is infinite, the concept of an ultimate destiny is inconceivable. When we understand that consciousness is the only reality, we know that it is the only creator. This means that your consciousness is the creator of your destiny.
The fact is, you are creating your destiny every moment, whether you know it or not.
Much that is good and even wonderful has come into your life without your having any inkling that you were the creator of it. However, the understanding of the causes of your experience, and the knowledge that you are the sole creator of the contents of your life, both good and bad, not only make you a much keener observer of all phenomena, but through the awareness of the power of your own consciousness, intensify your appreciation of the richness and grandeur of life.
Regardless of occasional experiences to the contrary, it is your destiny to rise to higher and higher states of consciousness, and to bring into manifestation more and more of creation’s infinite wonders.
Actually, you are destined to reach the point where you realize that through your own desire you can consciously create your successive destinies.
The study of this book, with its detailed exposition of consciousness and the operation of the law of assumption, is the master key to the conscious attainment of your highest destiny.
This very day start your new life. Approach every experience in a new frame of mind — with a new state of consciousness. Assume the noblest and the best for yourself in every respect and continue therein.
Make-believe — great wonders are possible.
Never wouldst Thou have made anything if Thou hadst not loved it. Wisdom 11:24.
IN ALL creation, in all eternity, in all the realms of your infinite being the most wonderful fact is that which is stressed in the first chapter of this book. You are God. You are the “I am that I am.” You are consciousness. You are the creator. This is the mystery, this is the great secret known by the seers, prophets, and mystics throughout the ages. This is the truth that you can never know intellectually.
Who is this you? That it is you, John Jones or Mary Smith, is absurd. It is the consciousness which knows that you are John Jones or Mary Smith. It is your greater self, your deeper self, your infinite being. Call it what you will. The important thing is that it is within you, it is you, it is your world. It is this fact that underlies the immutable law of assumption. It is upon this fact that your very existence is built. It is this fact that is the foundation of every chapter of this book. No, you cannot know this intellectually, you cannot debate it, you cannot substantiate it. You can only feel it. You can only be aware of it.
Becoming aware of it, one great emotion permeates your being. You live with a perpetual feeling of reverence.
The knowledge that your creator is the very self of yourself and never would have made you had he not loved you MUST fill your heart with devotion, yes, with adoration.
One knowing glimpse of the world about you at any single instant of time is sufficient to fill you with profound awe and a feeling of worship.
It is when your feeling of reverence is most intense that you are closest to God, and when you are closest to God, your life is richest.
Our deepest feelings are precisely those we are least able to express, and even in the act of adoration, silence is our highest praise.
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