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How to Recreate Your Life

Apr 2, 2008
"School days, school days, wonderful golden rule days. Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic''"

Remember those infamous Three R's? There is another set of three R's which can help you recreate your life:" Recognize, Refute, and Reprogram.

Recognize: If we want to recreate our life, we have to start by becoming aware of what we aren't happy with. And sometimes, it is hard to recognize. For example, think about the phrase "yeah, but?"

"Yeah, buts" are strong negative affirmations. (I am filled with glorious heath and energy yeah, but why do I feel so bad? OR yeah, but I've just been given a horrible diagnosis. I magnetize money, and have plenty to share and spare yeah, but I don't really know where the money is going to come from to buy groceries this week! I am one with God and all is well yeah, but I sure don't think God is doing His part!)

"When, then games" are words we use to procrastinate. (For example, I believe that what we give comes back to us multiplied -- and when I get that new job, then I'll start really tithing! I believe that God is my source, and when I start getting my retirement income, then I'll be able to have fun!)

Mismatching words and actions occurs when we say one thing, but our actions don't live up to or model what we say. (In dance, when we count steps - triple step, triple step, rock step - but our feet are doing all kinds of weird steps that have nothing to do with our words!

Refute: To refute means to refuse to give any power to the attitudes and comments of other people. Essentially, it means not allowing other people to control our life experience. (For example, we can make statements such as: There is no way your attitude will change my attitude!) We can also refuse to give power to the world of appearance in terms of lack, or illness, or fear. (For example, we can say, "I refuse to give power to this situation" OR "This perceived health challenge has no power over me.")

These statements are called denials -- which means to declare to be not true; to declare as utterly false. We use denials to put our error thoughts where they belong. Denials are a way of talking back, refusing to give power to something 'outside' of us that seems controlling or restrictive.

Reprogram : If we deny power to something without also adding a strong affirmation, we are in a danger zone! We must fill the void created by denials with powerful statements of Truth. In the Gospel of Luke 11:24-26, we read a story about a man who was cleansed of an evil spirit. However, when the spirit returned, finding the "house" swept clean, it moved back in, and brought along seven of its buddies, more evil than he. This reminds us of how critical it is to reaffirm our beliefs and reprogram our thinking, by following up denials with powerful affirmations!

According to Emilie Cady, in Lessons in Truth, "to affirm anything is to assert positively that it is so, even in the face of all contrary evidence Deny the appearance of evil; affirm good. Deny weakness; affirm strength. Deny any undesirable condition, and affirm the good you desire."

The secret is to claim your affirmations with power -- with faith! When you use a "sort of - kind of " approach, you are simply wishing. When you affirm "Absolutely Positively," from the strength of your Christ consciousness, you are speaking with a voice of power and Truth!

Our granddaughter graduated from Daisies - the pre-Brownies group. As a graduation gift, the leaders gave each girl a little book filled with pictures capturing the events they had participated in. We were struck by one of the pictures. The girls were lying on the ground, in front of a fire truck. The words above the photo were "Stop, Drop, Roll." Our granddaughter explained that it was a phrase the firefighters used to tell us how to handle ourselves if we ever get caught in fire.

It connected with us as a reminder of our 3 R's. STOP -- Recognize the habits you have that block your spiritual growth and happiness; DROP -- Release thoughts and actions that are inconsistent with Truth by denying their power; and ROLL -- Reaffirm the power of recreation you possess, through putting Truth principles into action! Turn the 3 R's into a daily routine, so you recreate your life!
About the Author
Drs. Bil & Cher Holton are Spiritual Leaders at Unity Spiritual Life Center in Durham, NC, where they practice positive, practical, progressive Christianity. Visit their website at Unity Spiritual Life Center and register to receive a free 4-week e-course.
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