WHAT DO YOU WANT?
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” — Psalm 23
I don’t often quote the Bible, but this one struck me today as I was reading my copy of the 365 Science of Mind as part of my morning contemplation.
One of the most famous prayers in the Christian faith is Psalm 23 which begins with this phrase.
It’s an interesting phrase from a Science of Mind point of view because it appears to contradict what we so often hear in this philosophy – that in order to have a beautiful life, we need to get clear on what we want.
I’ve had many rambling sessions with practitioners in my life where the question was asked: yes, I hear all that, but what do you want? What do you really want?
When I’m not clear, this stupefies me into silence. The only way back from there is to get curious. Why the silence? What am I avoiding? Before I go down into that rabbit hole, the question returns like a boomerang: what do I want?
So, if I have what I want, then I shall not want. Right?
The secret lies in the trusting. When I trust that Spirit / God / Universal Wholeness is already at hand, that it’s right here in my grasp, then there is nothing to “want”. Abundance is already mine in Divine Truth. In other words, if I’m feeling impoverished, what will help shift me out of that is not focusing on what I don’t have, but rather focusing on the good that is already in my grasp, blessing it, and moving on from there.
Ernest Holmes paid close attention to this prayer, and he shifted the focus from the “I shall not want” piece in the first paragraph, to the line in the third paragraph of the Psalm which says: “He [“It”] restoreth my soul”.
This is that part when we reconnect with the Truth of who we are. What we see before us is actually a reflection of what came before. The truth isn’t out there, the real Truth lies within. When we put our mind to this, we can feel an expansion already underway, and the larger thing – the bigger idea – becomes possible. Holmes puts it this way: “I lay aside every doubt or fear and gladly enter into the newness of Life.”
So, what do you want?
If we want peace, we are asked to be peace ourselves. If we want love, we are asked to be love ourselves. If we want joy, we are asked to be joy.
When we find it from within, when we “lay aside every doubt or fear”, then we move our feet in alignment with this truth, and whatever comes next is both a surprise and a blessing. We are living in the flow of life, expressing ourselves in our own unique way, which can only add goodness to this planet.
As you become aware of the Divine Life within, you become unified with this wondrous Shepherd that lovingly guides you into your next perfect expression of you.
There is no want. There is only Love.
Peace and blessings,
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