I can hardly believe my own cheek…A world famous author writes a best selling book and I don’t like a paragraph so I have rewritten it and glued mine into his book over his paragraph. Well I paid for the book so really its mine and I don’t suppose he will mind too much since he went to meet his maker 20 years ago…but why would I do such a thing? I love books, I have thousands of them in my home library… I get heated if someone even turns a corner over as a bookmark and now this…I have been blacking words out with children pencils…altering the odd word here and there and now I have taken to sticking in whole paragraphs.
But the fact is it’s my subconscious mind we are dealing with here and I have a duty to feed it with the right stuff. The Wise King said, “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it come the issues of life” So that means the conscious mind calling the shots on what is allowed to get through to the subconscious.
The deceased writer is Og Mandino and the book is called “The Greatest Salesman in the World” I have, in obedience to the instructions, established the habit of reading a particular chapter three times each day for 30 days… and it is a very good habit too, because I have gleaned more than I could have imagined was in there as each month has gone on. We so often read a book, enjoy it, learn new things from it but then never take action. It’s not long before we forget what we learned and really that means we may as well have never bothered in the first place.
Certain chapters of The Greatest Salesman , the ones called scrolls, are designed to be repeated daily in order to turn the apprentice or the seasoned professional into the best salesman he can possibly be. It is only a little book but it has huge potential to unlock greatness in those who will follow its instructions. I highly recommend it not just to salesmen but to everybody who seeks self development. So having said all that why have I dared to alter it?
I have been used to a certain metaphor for half of my life, when I was 30 years old I first met the Good Shepherd. He has said “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow Me.” I am not ashamed to follow Him or to be called His sheep and that does not condemn me to the slaughterhouse as Og suggests but rather it keeps me safe from it. So I can’t allow my subconsciouses mind to hear my own voice repeating daily words that belittle and condemn the sheep as the originals do.
So here is my replacement paragraph.
I was not delivered into this world in defeat, nor do I tolerate failure. I care for the sheep entrusted into my care. Some weep and complain but I am immune to their negativity because the Good Shepherd protects me, I follow Him and listen to His voice. I give without expectation of reciprocity from the channel I enrich because I know I am in the dynamic flow and will receive compensation from another source.
That is the fourth law of Giving and it allows me the freedom to trust completely as do the doctors and nurses who minister in the midst of plague and pestilence. I hear the Master’s voice saying, “A thousand may fall at your side but it will not come near you.
Some things are difficult to understand and some things we may not want to even try to understand because of fear that we might be straying from the path.
But as Haanel says in Master Key 11:23 All truth is the same. (Morris Cerullo has often said it another way, “all truth is parallel” which I think is a clearer definition.) but the same, whether stated in modern scientific terms or in the language of apostolic times.
I believe the Bible is the truth but even the most serious contender for the faith must admit that it has not revealed all of the truth to us, many mysteries remain though the curtain has been pulled back time and again through the centuries. True science has revealed much truth but even the most staunch scientist will admit the limitations even as they continually push at the envelope seeing ever new and more exciting discoveries. One thing I do know, where there is serious effort to know the truth there will be no contradictions, science will only support the scripture and the Spirit of Truth will open doors for the listening scientists; there can only be continual unfolding revelation.
Religious traditions that have bound us, deceptions that have been used to control us, scientific slight of hand that has been used to ‘prove’ false theories will all fail. But the truth is being revealed as the Master Teacher promised it would and it will set free those men who desire to know it.
To quote Haanel one more time. 11:27 A new faith has been born, a faith which demands a new form of expression, and this faith is talking form in a deep consciousness of power which is being manifested, in the present spiritual activity found on every hand.
And that is why I feel empowered to re-write the paragraphs that do not edify my subconscious. Why I will re-write whole chapters if I need to. Those authors are respected far more than those whose books I will discard completely and the contributions they have made are greatly appreciated. I am in a state of gratitude for all they have done and for the continued unfolding after they were finished.