With all the recent scientific research into the subconscious mind that has verified much of what Robert Collier wrote in “New Thought” literature, beginning over eighty years ago, I felt nudged to take a trip into “Google” and found this treasure trove of Robert Collier “stuff:”
I ran across this one:
“Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.”
After browsing through the link referenced above, I am reminded how important it is to choose our desires carefully and, for me, to make the declaration to our SPIRIT-PARENT that I want only HER/HIS/ITS will, no matter what the cost and unto the death of any desire or idea that doesn’t serve my purpose on this planet – which is only to maintain an intimate connection with HER/HIM/IT and let everything else flow from that connection.
I am being empowered to write a new book which is startling even to me – (and what I mean by that is simply that I tend to write some stuff that is pretty much “out there” …but this book is already proving to be WAY out there)!!!!
My tendency has been, with recent books that have been published, to share each chapter on the SHS website as it comes to me. This time I’m getting to share only the introduction and to announce in advance that a Foreword will be written by a rather surprising individual – (for now unnamed so that he will remain free to change his mind) …when considering that the title and the cover will say some rather outrageous (what else is new) things – see for yourself if “outrageous” isn’t fitting by clicking on the attached: My Jesus intro
Next up, as promised, Part Two of “The Wrong Standard.”
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I’m going through a transformational experience which permits me to examine my life and make some new choices. That’s one HUGE admission – after all, I’m in my eighties and I’m admitting to the need for change? YES! Now then should I bore you with what it was that I recognized in me that needed change? Maybe later.
We all agree that living in the past is, well, just plain stupid. It has taken me eighteen long, long, LONG years to wake up to something. I’m not beating myself up over the wasted time. In fact it has been time well spent, but either way, dwelling on either what I perceive to be the positive aspects or the not so positive …that’s just more living in the past, isn’t that right?
What I awakened to this morning was that many, many years ago, in fact almost seventy years ago, I had accepted the wrong, for me, standard and therefore was using a model for a part of my life that kept me from progressing; this even after I discovered the truth, for me, twenty-four years ago, I was still caught in the trap of this same false standard. Because, even though I knew what I was NOT supposed to be doing with that part of my life, the false standard, which in 1989 I had begun to call a “shadow of reality,” was the basis for a question I began asking then, and subconsciously, at least, have been asking ever since.
Here’s the thing: I knew clearly that I was NOT supposed to do something within that standard, but I was still asking the question, “How should we go about doing that? …When I’m not supposed to be having any part of that, again, for me, a shadow of reality.
What I’m suggesting is that if you have the same model, the same shadow of reality and, like me, you are locked, consciously or not into asking the same question – a question that will never be answered and because of continually asking it only keeps you locked in the same false standard …hmmm, perhaps there is such a thing as a stupid question after all (?) then, perhaps, you are missing out in the same way I’ve been missing out.
Because I live my life based on what I know is my purpose for being on this planet, I’m not complaining about the past eighteen years. They’ve been eventful and filled with what some people refer to as the supernatural and/or miraculous. I’m also extremely grateful …no regrets.
It’s simply that I woke up this morning and saw the question I could have been asking all this time and asked it …and it was answered almost immediately. I grinned, and said, “Oh, for crying out loud, I knew that!”
You see, there is more of that “supernatural” and “miraculous” stuff available, in fact, there is an inexhaustible supply – which I also already knew, it’s, well, just that I also realize that a change in me is in order.
Okay, I have no doubt about it, it’s The Wrong Standard, For Me …now then, how about you? Please don’t feel any pressure to answer that question; it just came to me that some of you may want to be asking a different question too, just in case you’ve been basing your question on a shadow of reality and thus you’ve been blocked from getting any meaningful answer.
All that behind us, let’s move on to what I was given to share for today – and will probably be referred to for years to come.
Insistently, this morning, I kept repeating, “What now?” As I mentioned above, for several days I’ve been having a transformational experience that I’ve wanted to share, but not been sure how to relate it.
“Retell the story.”
It has taken me two hours to realize what story and to absorb all the reasons for retelling it and to understand where I am to start. Now I know …and, without further adieu, here goes.
It was 1970 and I called my good friend, associate, and partner in a business and a non-profit organization, Jim ______, M.D., Psychiatrist, with an idea.
Jim’s psychiatric practice was primarily dedicated to emotionally disturbed people who had been referred to him by church pastors, of a wide variety of different Christian churches and whose pastoral counseling had proved to be ineffective for the referred patient.
Jim believed deeply that the Christian Bible was a vital source of truth. He kept a copy of “Phillips Student Edition of The New Testament” on his desk and during his initial interview with a patient would point to it, saying something to the effect, “Your therapy will involve this book and if you are not comfortable with that you will probably want to see someone else.”
Our relationship had begun about eight years previously when we were both officers in a small Evangelical church in Northern California. Jim was in the final year of his psychiatric residency at a large (3,000 in-patient), State operated, Mental Hospital nearby and I was managing a trucking company. At that time he was thirty-five and I thirty.
Jim had been a high school math teacher, doubling also as a basketball coach. After serving in the army during the U.S./Korean war in the early 1950s, Jim entered university as a pre-med student, intending to become a pharmacist. He subsequently changed his career goal to public high school-level teaching.
During his sixth year as a teacher, he became convinced that societal pressures on teen-agers were making teaching more than a little difficult. As he told the story about his reasons for his career change, he felt ill-equipped to be a teacher because he didn’t understand himself, emotionally, let alone what high school age young people were going through.
Now married with three children, he and his wife decided he would go back to school to complete a medical degree with the specific intent of becoming a psychiatrist. His wife would go back to clerical work to support the family while he went to the University of Oregon, Medical School.
1962, having already been armed for over two years with an M.D. and two additional children later, Jim is not only in his final year of his psychiatric residency, he is also overseeing the county Mental Health Clinic, which included supervising work rehab counselors; plus he already had a growing private practice.
One of the primary dynamics that set the stage for our close relationship, which spanned over forty years, was something we had begun as a spiritual experiment. Jim had a unique gift of “knowing,” in advance, that a patient was going to commit suicide, not just potentially, but “knew,” without a doubt, the patient would commit the act and that there was nothing anyone could do to prevent it!
At the time he had thought that everybody who had the same psychiatric training as he, also had the same knowledge – but found out with a shock that nobody else in the field knew what he was even talking about!
As part of the final year of residency training, provided by the State of California, a rather well-known professor and author, a psychiatrist, from Stanford University, performed as a visiting consultant and, once a month, would go over all Jim’s (and the other psychiatric residents in their final year) in-patient cases for whom Jim was personally and professionally responsible.
Jim had shared with the professor, the fact that he had known, again, in advance, that fifty-four of his patients, who had committed suicide over the previous year and that it seemed so ridiculous that the profession had nothing of substance to offer to stop the patient from going through with it.
He told the professor on one of his visits to the hospital that he wanted to know how other psychiatrists dealt with the issue, particularly the emotional “fall-out.”
As Jim was relating the conversation to me, he mentioned that the professor’s eyes had narrowed and that he had said something to the effect, that Jim had a unique “gift” and that his advisor knew of no medical or scientific publications or training that would prepare anyone for such a thing.
As I recall how Jim relayed the conversation it went something like: “Young man, I believe you, but I suggest you keep such information to yourself; and I must warn you that you are carrying a heavy emotional burden; and if you do come across anything published about any other psychiatrist having the gift, please forward it to me. We all know that a patient who is determined to kill him/herself will do it, but I have never met anyone who had the prescience you have just described.”
When Jim told me about it, he was quite troubled because he had just “lost” another patient the previous week – a local community college student, a girl of twenty-one, had slashed her wrists. Her parents had come home after spending a week in San Francisco to find her lying in pool of blood on their kitchen floor.
We began praying together for every patient about whom he had this “special knowledge” …never again did he have a patient commit suicide.
This background is relevant to the story, if only because it demonstrates some of the reasons for our mutual spiritual trust in one another. Jim felt that, although untrained formally, I was a gifted counselor and teacher and he had suggested that I go back to school and get a degree in psychology so that I would have a credential which would contribute to an idea he had for a “counseling center” in which he wanted me involved with him.
I knew that he had spiritual insights that went far beyond his psychiatric training so I was very excited about his idea of us being involved together in such an endeavor.
We both decided later that further education for me was not necessarily a good choice for our plans, so I didn’t pursue getting a degree.
Fast-forward to my call to Jim in 1970 …I told him that I had stumbled onto a passage in “the Phillips” that translated Paul as saying “Whenever you meet let everyone be prepared” and I had done a word search in a Greek New Testament from which I became convinced that Paul was actually saying that when people came together for spiritual meetings they should do so only after being prepared by the Spirit, no matter what it was they did, whether singing, or praying or speaking or any other function within the assembly, no matter how seemingly mundane.
In a flash, I had seen that it was no wonder why church meetings were so dull and lifeless, to me; people were just going about the business of “ministry” absent of any power from SPIRIT and it was just human effort and not enlivened by being “prepared by the Spirit” …and even those assemblies which I attended which had a semblance of “life” were largely a contrived show, including and often I felt this was especially true with “worship leaders” and “music ministry” and animated speakers.
This passage, I was convinced, provided a clue to the problem and was the only Scriptural formula for gathering together or “having church” that I had seen …and that if Jim would get eight or ten of his most disturbed patients to volunteer for having church with me, I’d bet we’d have the most powerful gathering he could imagine.
His response was fairly typical to some idea I had that he thought was outrageous, “Yeah, right!” I pretty much figured that the idea was dead as far as he was concerned.
A week later he called me, “Hey I’ve got six patients and their spouses all lined up for your church service,” is how he put it, “and I scheduled it in the meeting room for this coming Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. …I should be finished with my last patient by nine and we can go out to the Beef and Brew for a bite and you can tell me how it went.” Typically, he didn’t wait for a response; he just said “gotta go” and ended the connection.
Everyone showed up on time. I’d arranged thirteen chairs in a circle and had intended to introduce everyone to my newly found, “Whenever you meet” subject- passage-of-Scripture in First Corinthians 14 …with my, ahem scholarly, notes from the Greek and soon realized the wheels were falling off that plan very quickly. . .
When they first began filing in, I couldn’t tell which one of each of the couples was the patient and who was the spouse …that is, until my first clue:
About the third couple to enter the room was a very attractive lady in her thirties attired in a summery, light colored, flowered print dress; she greeted me warmly with a big smile and a gentle hug.
Her husband, about the same age, shrank back from any physical contact – this when I had held my hand out to shake his; he was wearing a red and black plaid, mackinaw wool jacket with a hat to match that had fur earmuffs. He didn’t take either the jacket or the hat off during the entire session …the other men, including me, were all dressed in short sleeved shirts – the building was heated to at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
The second clue, came just about the time we were all seated and I felt settled and was about to begin some introductory remarks, a small woman, perhaps in her early sixties, rather prim looking, attired in a plain, dark, long skirt with somewhat conservative looking shoes, long black stockings and a high necked white blouse, practically screamed, “I have beautiful feet!”
Thoroughly shaken out of any feelings of confidence (okay, so I admit to a bit of arrogance) about my anticipated outcome for this gathering – I began to pray silently, “HELP …what am I supposed to do now?”
As the melt-down continued I prayed even more desperately – discarding any theology I had to the contrary, I began saying, over and over, still silently, mind you, “I want more of Your Spirit.”
They were having a discussion among themselves and asking one another and me questions – talk about OUT OF CONTROL! This and the intermittent scream every two or three minutes, “I have beautiful feet!” …frankly I was scared out of my wits!
The first congruent thought that struck me was to ask what they had understood the doctor’s explanation for the purpose of our getting together. One of the spouses who had introduced himself to me as an attorney said:
“Dr. ______ said that you didn’t have any training, but that you had a new idea for group therapy that he wanted us to volunteer for and help evaluate.”
I, of course had deep feelings of wanting to do bodily harm to the “good doctor” – since I had made no such suggestion. “What can I do?” …my silent plea which by then I wanted to yell.
Almost with an immediate calm and peace, what came out of my mouth was: “You are all familiar with Jesus’ words, ‘Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am in the midst of them,’ aren’t you?” All twelve nodded in obvious agreement.
With a sense of it not being my show and all my great ideas for a gathering, based on my interpretation of what Paul had said almost 2,000 years ago, having already gone up in smoke, I continued:
“As Dr. ______ already informed you, I have no training whatsoever to be a leader or facilitator of any group …therapy or otherwise, can we agree, from this point on, that we are meeting here in the name of Jesus together and he is right here with us” …I pointed to a place in the middle of the circle; again, all twelve nodded their assent, so I continued with a boldness I certainly wasn’t feeling and was already preparing myself for giving an unfavorable report to my friend and partner – and to give him a piece of my mind for helping set the stage for this disaster:
“Can we agree that we won’t ask each other questions or make any comments to each other, but that anything and everything we say we will say to Jesus?” I again pointed to a place at the center of the floor in front of us.
They all, again, either nodded their quiet assent or vocalized their agreement.
From then on, whenever anyone would break this “rule,” the lawyer among us would call attention to the contract we had to talk only to Jesus. The first time he established his role as enforcer, was when one of the patients had asked me a question somewhat deferentially.
The lawyer interrupted abruptly and abrasively, “Hey, he isn’t our leader and we’ve all agreed to talk to Jesus, not him or one another.”
About an hour and forty minutes later, after fully accepting the fact that my little experiment was a failure, I felt comfortable about ending the time together and was ready to accept defeat that my idea of a powerful gathering had really been crazy – when the first miracle occurred.
The patient in the red plaid jacket and earmuffs said, “Can we do this again next week?”
“Do you want to?” I asked tentatively.
They answered, one and all, with an enthusiastic and definitive, “Yes” almost in unison.
I simply said, “Okay, next week right here at seven p.m., sharp.”
My psychiatrist buddy was waiting in his office for me and he tersely said, “Let’s go, I’m hungry.” I stifled my irritation that, in typical fashion, he just dictated anything and everything around him and could be an inconsiderate ass! With the knowledge that he, after all, did have a lot on his mind besides what I wanted to discuss …so, per usual, I just waited until he was ready to talk. After being seated at our favorite restaurant, our first words since we had left the building came from him: “How did it go?”
“You set me up, you lousy buzzard, telling them I had an idea for group therapy – you knew I wanted to have an experimental church and you even agreed to that concept. Having the one guy who wore a coat and hat with earmuffs and practically recoiled when I stuck my hand out to shake his …and then getting to hear, ‘I HAVE BEAUTIFUL FEET’ every thirty seconds or so …I wanted to strangle you.” Having felt bottled up I let all this out in one long rush of words.
“Me, what did I do?” he replied with a lopsided grin, “so she did her thing, per usual, eh?”
“That proves it, you knew exactly what you were doing,” I said, with a laugh, relieved and realizing it had worked out perfectly, albeit in a most unexpected way. I then gave him the details of that first session.
“So, what did you learn?”
My answer to his question comes next, plus the unexpected miracle produced by the presence of the living Jesus and how all thirteen of us in the ongoing gathering would be radically changed – and how the lives and direction of the psychiatrist and mine would be altered forever …and now, I would wake up this morning realizing I not only needed to retell the story, but use it as the basis to change the “shadow of reality” into the miracle-working power of the presence of the living Jesus in all those who were ready for it.
Because I had been asking the wrong question based on a false standard, I had missed something I am now prepared to introduce with the knowledge that it will change many lives of people who are looking for a dramatic shift in consciousness, spiritual healing for them and acquiring healing power for others.
I’m going to bet that some of you will be excited to hear what happened to those six patients and the relationship between each of them and their spouses, that even the psychiatrist thought were “miraculous” …and how two guys who thought they knew a lot about a lot of things were brought to a whole different level of understanding and a huge dose of humility.
All coming up in:
The Wrong Standard, For Me . . .
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Almost no sooner did the above words cross my mind – than I sat up and wrote them down on a pad on the nightstand, that I also felt an urgency to get out of bed and check my e-mail.
Four different e-mail marketers saying the same thing with somewhat different words – I’ll stick to the words I’ve used in the above title.
I’m sure that this is not a new thought for me or anyone else and I’m also just as sure that I’ve seen it probably hundreds of times previously, but the words have just never hit me like this before.
One of the referenced marketers also said something, in his little introductory blurb, which is the essence of what the CEO of the publishing company which produces Brad Cullen books, Ryan Bruce, said to me during a telephone conversation yesterday.
“Listen to me,” he said, almost urgently, “what you are all about and what you continually do is urge people to quit following anyone, including you, and get their own connection to our SPIRIT-PARENT. You insult, you cajole, and you preach. Sometimes you say things lovingly, sometimes you come off like you are filled with hostility – the fact is that people get changed because you wake them up.”
Now, the foregoing is a paraphrase of what Ryan said to me …and if I’ve misstated the essence of what he said, I’ll leave it to him to insert an editorial comment – but that is what I walked away with after our conversation.
“I can only share my perspective, but your experience is your own” are the words the referenced marketer used. From this guy’s picture he is far less than half my age – how dare he demonstrate and reiterate the very same wisdom with an assurance about which I am still marveling! (Grin) . . .
Moving on …there are three other people, one a woman, all saying the same thing and selling their own spin of it with “transformational” programs. Here, I’m giving it away. I applaud their work; each and every one of them and not a bit jealous of what I hope are the millions of dollars they make from selling their wares.
Let’s get right to it: When Will You Learn? Everything You Have Already Learned is a DAMNABLE LIE!
If the foregoing abrasive statement isn’t true, then why aren’t you already living the way you want to live? I have the absolute joy of shaking a few (very few) people awake every now and then (rarely).
From the very open admission in the foregoing paragraph, by any account I am a failure – a failure of enormous proportion.
If I could get this one idea across to you, YES YOU, I would feel enormously successful. I have only one purpose, albeit with multiple subsets, in my life on this planet and I am already living within this purpose totally and completely; that purpose is to be connected to and living and operating in the presence and power of the SOURCE of everything (period).
I have no degrees, no certificate that says I’m anything except exactly what I appear to be in the picture on my driver’s license and that Ryan also sprinkles on the website from time to time – a guy in his eighties, just as you would expect any guy in his eighties to look.
I have no education or special qualifications or licensing from any esteemed Board of whatever in whatever state or country – I have only one thing going for me: a few witnesses that can attest to the evidence that somebody received their healing (again, VERY few who have awakened to come into the same presence and power that I enjoy for spiritual healing and healing power to facilitate on behalf of others – period).
That, you see, is not a lie, but a fact and you can have the same thing –and much more than what I have– if you will give up all your preconceived notions about what is important. What, you say, give up what is important to me to adopt Brad Cullen’s preconceived notions about what is important to him? NO, NO, NO, NO!
Upon what basis am I blasting away this time, pray tell?
As I mentioned above, yesterday, my long time friend, publisher of Brad Cullen books and webmaster of the Spiritual Healing Source website, Ryan Bruce, called and at the end of that conversation he admonished me to ask our SPIRIT-PARENT if I shouldn’t take a different approach to some training for a business association in which we are involved.
That precipitated my telling him one of the few stories from my past that he hadn’t heard before.
I was selling swimming pools in Southern California and quite successful at it; making several thousands of dollars in commissions in the season which ran from late May into mid August, just a bit less than three months.
The owner asked if he could count on me to return the next season. He offered to set me up as a manager of his long established operation in the Phoenix area …the season there started, traditionally, in April and extended through September. He basically made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse.
I’d have a crew of eight seasoned salespeople, he told me, and what he suggested is that I would start the season selling with them, so that they would see just how good I was (his words) and that would make them more amenable to listen to my tips and thus improve the sales-to-appointment ratio.
He met me and the other salespeople at the office/warehouse in the Phoenix area the following April and he introduced me telling the other guys that I had broken all records the season before for all of California and, therefore, he had persuaded me to come and manage the Phoenix operation, but, he emphasized, “I’ve told him that I want him to keep his hand in sales, personally, as well as service and installation. I have even learned stuff from this guy,” he said pointedly – “and as you all know, I’m the greatest.”
He meant it; and until I came along, he told them nobody had ever broken his closing record in twenty-five years in the business.
I told them quickly that I was nothing special; I didn’t believe in “bosses” and I would share with them the reasons that I had been successful the previous year in Southern California …I told them that my background was in the sales training business, but that I had sold my business and my copyrights to a large corporation and so on …and I emphasized, again, that anyone could do what I did …that it was purely technique and I would share it with each of them.
Toward the end of June, the owner paid us a visit in Phoenix and, in the sales meeting, asked openly why it was that I had an almost 90% closing ratio and the rest of the sales people were still in the 25 – 35 percent range.
One of the fellows who had been at the Phoenix branch for nine years said, “Nobody can do what this guy does. It isn’t that we’re not teachable, he just does things that are unbelievable.” He repeated the remark emphatically, and went into details how “he doesn’t even answer objections or follow company sales presentation” and then he made a special point that I never dropped the price to get a sale, he said, ”because he doesn’t have to …it’s like people just want to buy from him.”
At this point in the story I told Ryan that this is what made me realize I was glad I was no longer in the business of training salespeople, because it is true, “…I do things that cannot be taught.”
“That’s baloney,” Ryan immediately responded, “they just needed a coach and you refused to coach them. Ask SPIRIT if you shouldn’t find a different way to train people.”
“Oops, you nailed me. I will ask” I said meekly and sincerely, knowing that I needed to hear what he said …and I did ask …and you get to hear yet another story.
I went for a jog this evening during which I did ask the question – should I take Ryan’s admonition seriously? I was shocked by the answer and the answer I received is also the answer to my rather brash opening remarks to this article, along with the abrasive caption at the end of those few paragraphs – SO PAY ATTENTION as I repeat the caption and listen to what I heard from our SPIRIT-PARENT.
When Will You Learn? Everything You Have Already Learned is a DAMNABLE LIE! Frankly I had thought when I wrote that opening that it was just for me …not to upload for an article. When I did ask what Ryan asked me to ask – here was the startling answer:
“The truth is that nobody can do what you do, neither are they supposed to and that is the point they need to get.”
The truth came tumbling in and if you are now ready to be transformed, this truth is for you. The only reason you need to compare yourself to me is not to become anything like me – HEAVEN FORBID and nobody in her or his right mind wants to be like me anyway, right? RIGHT!
BUT, here’s the thing: If you cannot do what you perceive me as doing and want to have the ability to do it, I can give you the steps to getting that ability (period).
The fact is that some salespeople have learned the most important clue from me and have gone on to duplicate and even surpass the results I have gotten, most prefer to think they can’t do it. Wait a minute; this treatise is not about selling or salespeople. You don’t want to be a salesperson, anyway, isn’t that correct? – But you come to this website, because you are drawn by SPIRIT to be here, if not, I suggest you ask SPIRIT if you shouldn’t go elsewhere!
Ryan named this website Spiritual Healing Source for one purpose – to signal that is what it is about – CONNECTING WITH OUR SPIRIT-PARENT for spiritual healing for YOU and to access healing power to facilitate on behalf of others …and if you will apply the one simple lesson in the following story undergirded by SPIRIT’s words above, YOUR transformation shall begin!
How do I know this? Because others before you have finally come to the realization they didn’t need me or anyone else, but needed only to be connected directly to SPIRIT.
Let’s get something out of the way right now! As one who believes in the incredible power of the subconscious within these body-bags we occupy; I hope the following provides some illumination for those of you who feel the need to argue about whether there is also a power beyond the subconscious.
There are those who continually argue with me that they are already connected – that’s nice, but where is the evidence? In other words, to put it as bluntly as possible – how come you don’t feel like it? How come the seemingly miraculous doesn’t follow you around?
Are you ready for the story? Because, in this story, is the answer for YOU – not to be like me (good grief), but to be YOU …energized with your own direct connection with I AM!
Yep, I AM, by that same voice that spoke to that old Jew, Moses, out of a burning bush in the middle of the desert which began all this hassle we still have today in the Middle East. Don’t believe that old story? YOU DON’T HAVE TO!
Neither do you have to believe that the following story about a couple of Jewish prophets is literally true, I’m merely sharing it because I caught the essence of truth in it when I stumbled across it many years ago.
Whether it is a Jewish fairy tale, or historical fact, as many Muslims, Jews and Christians all believe, is not an argument in which I am willing to engage, neither will winning such an argument provide transformation for anyone!
IF, however, you are willing to remove your head from the sand and begin APPLYING the truth contained in the story, literal or no, you will experience transformation, but I have to tell you that you will experience it, only AFTER IT IS ALREADY BEGUN HAPPENING TO YOU.
If you continue believing, doing and saying what you’ve always believed, said and done – lots of luck in the transformational arena. It ain’t gonna happen!
All the knowledge you have gained from whatever human source, including, if anything, from this one, is USELESS unless and until it is applied and is getting RESULTS!
By applying what I got out of the story …it changed me and that is the only reason I share it, if it doesn’t change you I have a simple solution for YOU, which I will share at the end of the story – here goes, both the story and how I applied it – and the solution for YOU if you don’t think you can apply what I applied – AND THAT IS PERFECTLY OKAY – you don’t want to be like Brad Cullen anyway, correct?
Elijah, a man you can read about in I Kings in both the Christian and in the Jewish versions of the Bible – and please remember that the Qur’an refers to the Jewish prophet Elijah as a “great and holy man” – just one of the many things upon which all three religions agree.
This particular story is only about what Elijah said to a young man who was to receive Elijah’s “mantle” and when he did receive it …BANG! He produced as many miracles as the “great” one before him had.
Why we still hear more about Elijah than his protégé should be amazing to us. Perhaps the reason is that not everyone can agree how to pronounce his name Elisha (?) The “proper” pronunciation is hardly germane to YOUR transformation.
Elisha took it upon himself to become Elijah’s personal assistant – a valet and aide of sorts. That he was a nuisance to the “great one” is evidenced in the story by Elijah basically and continually telling the kid to “get lost.”
Finally, in obvious exasperation, he asked Elisha, “Look, just what is it that you want from me?”
Without hesitation, Elisha answered: “I want twice as much of the same Spirit as is within you!”
Elijah’s answer puzzled me at first, he told the young man, “You have asked for a hard thing, but listen carefully to what I have to tell you and if you do what I tell you to do, you can get what you asked.”
What I saw in the story, however, was that Elisha could tell that there was no way in the world he could duplicate what Elijah did in his own power. Elisha recognized that Elijah had something greater in him than merely being a “great man” …not only that, but Elisha also realized that in order to do what Elijah did he would need to have twice as much of that power.
Those who get their own breakthrough or “transformation” by listening to me finally get this: It isn’t “me” that does what I do – when somebody gets healed they receive it directly from the SOURCE. I often reference something else Jesus said, “It was your faith that healed you.”
If you are in need of healing (aren’t we all, at some level or another?) and if you are willing to see something differently than your current religious perspective dictates, you will understand something else Jesus said: “Physician, heal yourself.” He said that in obvious relationship to something that was going on within him that needed to be “fixed.”
About twenty years ago the revelation came upon me quite clearly that Jesus told his disciples, and the rest of us by extension, that we are to get the same faith he employed and which he referred to in the original language as “God-faith” or “the faith of God” and thereby be enabled to do the very same things that he did.
Further, I was shown clearly that he said he didn’t do any of these things for which he was noted. It was the “Father” (I supplant this term with SPIRIT-PARENT, because Jesus said that there is no male or female in the “kingdom of God”), in him who did these things and that the words Jesus spoke were not his words, but, again, the words of our SPIRIT-PARENT.
Now then, what the story of Elijah/Elisha revealed to me is an ancient template (again, historical fact or myth, the “truth” can still be gleaned from it) of how I could, be, do and say the same things Jesus was, did and said BECAUSE HE DIDN’T DO OR SAY THEM AND neither would “I” have to… the very same SOURCE, our SPIRIT-PARENT does, says and IS them.
The point is that it is BOTH the power resident within us and just as with Jesus and the power BEYOND us. Please don’t write me with your arguments – if you don’t have the ability to do what Jesus did, it simply means that you haven’t received God-faith as yet – and you can argue until you are blue in the face and your argument will not produce that kind of faith.
I’m being instructed to hammer this point home: People mess up this simple message Jesus brought us with religious nonsense that “he was the only perfect man” and so forth, when he said: “Any individual who believes in me will do the very same things you have seen me do.” Apparently Jesus was lying through his teeth, is one simple answer to the obvious riddle, or as one writer put it, or he had a brain we could liken to scrambled eggs.
Here is what I saw from the example of Elijah and Elisha. If I wanted to take Jesus’ words seriously I would have to do what Jesus said. If, like Elisha, I wanted to be able to do what Jesus was recorded by some followers as having done, I would have to have a lot more than twice the amount of the same Spirit that was in him.
Here is my simple application – I began declaring, “I want more of Your Spirit.” I still say it when I don’t feel adequate to whatever task, including writing this. “I want more of YOUR SPIRIT!” Daily, several times a day, I say this STILL today.
I don’t know squat, I cannot do squat, but the SOURCE of everything BY WHATEVER OTHER TITLE OR NAME = BWOTON …can and does. The stories I tell are true, but they aren’t about “me” …it isn’t “my” ministry.
Now then, I promised a solution for those of you who simply cannot “buy into” what I have written here – it is perfectly okay, really!
However, back to one of those four e-mail marketers that were using a variation of the same words I was given, said: “Don’t think you can go into the familiar to expect change.”
There’s the solution …stop arguing for your limitations which come from your religious programming. You can go, oh so much further than I have, but you’re going to have to hurry because I get better and better every day, because it isn’t “me” …get it? …the point of my favorite book I was given to write …Leapfrog – I expect you to soar way beyond what I can do, because, between BOTH the power within you and the power beyond you …harnessed together, you will be YOU energized for spiritual healing and healing power – as Ryan says, that’s what we’re all about.
P.S. Just in case you want to know what the one secret that a few salespeople have gotten and with which they went on to do far better than I – I prayed the following before I ever walked into a prospect’s home or office: “Help me to think more in terms of their interests than my own.” I don’t know if that is beyond you, but it certainly is beyond me …but I do believe that it is the “will” of my perfect Daddy/Mommy SOURCE.Share on Facebook