One of my favorite inspirational books pre-Abraham was Emmet Fox's Power Through Constructive Thinking
. I highly recommend this insightful compilation of essays written from 1932-1940. Fox was a scientist, philosopher, and spiritual teacher who lectured widely about the power of the mind.
In Fox's own words: "This book shows that your destiny is really in your own hands, because it is impossible to think one thing and produce another, and that by selection of correct thought a harmonious and happy life is produced."
We Abers know, of course, that there is no "correct" or "incorrect" thoughts; the thoughts that serve us well FEEL GOOD when we think them. Conversely, the thoughts that don't serve us well FEEL BAD. Despite his terminology, Fox exhibited time and again how well he understood that "thought is the key to life," (as he states in the book's introduction).
Wow, it's easy to appreciate a guy like that.
I bought this book various times when I lived in Oregon. I would rave about it to friends, who then borrowed it and forgot to return it. No big deal. I was happy that others seemed to enjoy the essays as much as I did.
It so happens, a friend is currently leading a study of Power Through Constructive Thinking
at our weekly book group held at Barnes & Noble, so I happily bought the book once again. I enjoy revisiting Fox's words of wisdom, especially after now having eight years of Abraham-Hicks under my belt. I find that Fox and Honest Abe jibe in countless ways.
Fox finds a message about the power of thought to beckon from seemingly every page of the Bible. In spurts of creative and ecstatic analysis, he reveals the Bible to be a "vortex" through which spiritual truth and power flow. Whether his interpretations seem far-fetched or brilliant, he ever arrives at this place: the way out of every problem and the way into experiencing every conceivable form of "good" is by rebuilding our consciousness -- changing our habits of thought.
Wherever anyone can manage to find that message is a wondrous thing, in my estimation.
When I first encountered Fox's essay entitled "You Must Be Born Again," I wondered where he was going with that! How on earth was he going to interpret those famous words that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, the Jewish teacher who came to Jesus by night?
"This statement ['You must be born again']...is verily a textbook on metaphysics compressed into five words," Fox asserts. Then he proceeds to explain that in order to go from a life of frustration to a life of thriving, we must be willing to "revise every opinion, every habit of thought, every policy...without any exception whatever."
Fox clarifies: "This, of course, is something absolutely tremendous. It is no mere spring cleaning of the soul. It is nothing less than a wholesale tearing down and rebuilding of the entire house..." (p. 148)
"Whew, he knows the process!" I marveled, as I re-read these words.
Since learning, as Abraham says, it's all about mental focus, I have systematically dismantled and rebuilt huge portions of my belief structure.
--I used to think that germs or toxins could make me sick. Now I know that they might be precipitating factors, but it's all about my habits of thought.
--I once thought that calories or metabolism could make me pudgy. Now I know they might be catalysts, but it's really about thoughts.
--I used to believe that a faulty or flawed government could undermine my well-being. Now I know that I can be safe and secure no matter what administration is in office providing I maintain happy habits of thought.
--I once feared that I could rendezvous with a natural (or un-natural!) disaster if I were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now I know that nothing occurs randomly and that consistently upbeat patterns of thought protect me day and night.
--I used to overemphasize "hard work," thinking that it was through achievement that I could guarantee a sense of prosperity. Now I'm learning that I can accomplish SO much more with MUCH less effort if I simply take the time to "line up" my thoughts with the outcome I desire. (Hello, visualization.)
--I once felt like a perplexed victim of my own negative emotions. Now I understand that they are messages from my Inner Being concerning how I've been thinking, and I can move beyond any negative state by systematically choosing better-feeling thoughts.
I pause now to bask in appreciation of Emmet Fox. He held many pieces of life's proverbial puzzle, and he awakened countless people to the power within their own minds. For me, he paved the way to meet up with Abraham-Hicks. And Abe showed me the way to truly be born anew -- with every feel-good thought.
Feeling light, feeling colorful, feeling free...