I first encountered New Thought in a small Center where the ministers taught what is known as the 7-step Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) process. I can recall thinking that those prayers were more complex than the Latin prayers of the Catholic church in the last century.
I eventually learned the rationale for the various steps, and see the wisdom in laying out the process as it has been designed by various corners of the New Thought movement. Of course there are multiple and divergent views on how to apply that wisdom which can leave the casual observer scratching their head and wondering why something that seems to be aimed at making God more accessible needs so many rules and steps.
Ernest Holmes wrote about 2 different approaches – argumentative and realization in a more streamlined (about 3-step) process. Today there are churches and centers that teach 7-step, 6-step and 5-step which is the “official” form recognized and taught by the CSL parent organization.
Here’s the deal, though. In formal settings, like on Sunday morning or before a Board meeting or even as a part of a regularly scheduled daily routine, there’s ample time to run through 5, 6 or 7 steps, ensuring that all are in order, and appropriately addressed; but how often do we turn to the Divine in a time of stress, in the middle of the night or when thinking logically isn’t working so well? Unless we are well-schooled in this form, it can be a challenge to stay focused: does this render this form of prayer moot for all but the most practiced?
No, but it does require an understanding and some prep. The understanding comes in knowing the difference between traditional prayer (supplication) where we ask for something and the power of speaking our word (affirmative prayer).
The prep comes in finding mini versions of affirmative prayer that are easy to remember and apply, and the good news is that these abound in the music of spiritual artists. The lyrics that comprise many if not most of the spiritually-uplifting music we are most likely to hear on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening in a metaphysical or New Thought center are prayers in songs. Here are just a few examples:
- Karen Drucker
- Thank You for This Day
- I Am So Blessed
- Michael Gott
- I Release and I Let Go
- Shine Through Me
- Faith Rivera
- Called to Be
- God Is
- Eddie Watkins, Jr.
- God is, I Am
And there are many, many more.
One of my favorites is Karen Drucker’s All is Well – it doesn’t get much simpler or more profound:
All is well, I can rest, I am safe, all is well.
Most of us can recall song lyrics from our childhood with precision and ease, no matter how long it’s been since we last heard the song. Music seems to make detailed memories more resilient, and we can use that fact to give ourselves some easily-accessible options.
Browse through your favorite New Thought (or other) artists, and find a few lines that resonate with you; write them down and the next time you need a little spiritual first aid, pull out one of these mini-treatments.
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