In 1931 Divine Science minister and teacher, Emmet Fox, wrote The Golden Key and gave it to his friend, Unity founder Charles Fillmore. Fox described it as “a practical guide for getting out of trouble” – and many who have applied it to some issue in their lives would agree.
Written as it was during the Great Depression, and at a time when religious practice was common in the United States, the language is formal and can make the modern spiritual seeker feel a bit queasy with all the traditional language and references.
But we are foolish if we cast it aside for this reason, as the functionality of this practice is as appropriate today as it was at the time it was penned.
Like the language used in the early 20th century, keys are quickly falling out of use in the digital age, and we find ourselves using remote access, cell phone codes and other apps to get into places once unlocked with a key. For this reason, I wonder if it’s time to revise the original Golden Key and think of it as a Life App.
Apps are designed for many reasons, including entertainment and business purposes – but most of them are designed simply to make our lives easier. It is this that makes the Golden Key a perfect candidate for evolving into The Golden App.
However, we don’t need to wait for some tech whiz to create this. We need only think about the concept in the context of a cell phone app. When we need to send a message, check our bank balance, or find out if it’s going to rain later today; we take out our phones, open the home screen and tap on an app.
“Turning the Golden Key” as Emmet Fox would advise, is even simpler than that.
How do we turn the Golden Key? Here’s a summary of what Emmet Fox initially wrote:
All that you have to do is this: stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule. If you do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing; it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable; but whatever it is, just stop thinking about it, and think of God instead — that is all you have to do.Emmet Fox
For some people this may seem a bit vague. What does it mean to “think about God“?
If we accept that God/Spirit/the Universe (how ever you describe the Infinite) is a Power for Good, and transcendent beyond what we can do and control; we can shift our thinking to what spiritual metaphysics calls the “qualities” of Spirit. These include:
- (and more!)
In other words – all the GOOD we can imagine in our lives. So to “turn the Golden Key” we simply need to pivot our thinking – away from the negative and toward the Truth of Spirit. Here are some examples.
Instead of thinking about how much money we DON’T have, how many bills we have to pay, what things we want or need that we cannot afford, we can STOP and shift to:
The Universe is abundance and provides for me always and in all ways. I know that I always have whatever I need in the perfect space and time.
Instead of thinking about the difficulty and misunderstanding in our relationships, we can STOP and shift to:
Spirit is LOVE, HARMONY and PEACE. Spirit constantly and continually expresses as LOVE, HARMONY and PEACE in every circumstance and situation. And I know that all is well in this relationship.
Instead of thinking about how much difficulty and misunderstanding there may be around our jobs or careers, we can STOP and shift to:
Spirit is Divine Wisdom and constantly expresses as this Wisdom in every circumstance and situation, including mine. I know that all is well in my job/career.
And as we look past our own personal experiences and into the world at large and notice some scary things, we can apply the same principles and tap the Golden App!
Instead of thinking about how much difficulty and misunderstanding there is in the world, we can STOP and shift to:
Spirit is Infinite Intelligence; constantly and persistently expressing in, as and through every circumstance and situation, including this national one. I know, regardless how things appear, that all is well.
No, there’s not really a Golden App that we can download for our phones. But there *is* a Golden App we can commit to our memories. We can get into the habit of knowing that regardless of the trouble that appears in our lives, the only Truth is Infinite perfection. And as we shift our ATTENTION to this Truth, the magic of the Golden Key kicks in.
Yes, the language of the original Golden Key is old school, but the process is sound enough that other teachers have stated the same thing in a different way.
Energy flows where our attention goes.Michael Beckwith, The Secret
The truth (or the “secret”) to life is that this simple shift works, and it’s free to you and to me. It can’t be used up or worn out, and we can apply it over and over and over with no negative side-effects.
No matter what life brings our way, we have the key to a better tomorrow – thanks to Emmet Fox and his gift of The Golden Key.
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