Notes on Clips 24-45
024 Note that in declarations 7 and 8 Martha uses the word “release.” Release is a more modern term for a denial.
025 Poverty is a sickness of the mind. Martha quotes Charles Fillmore as saying that “poverty is a sin.” The exact quote is in Prosperity, chapter four, p.60, ‘We cannot be very happy if we are poor, and nobody needs to be poor. It is a sin to be poor. You may ask whether Jesus cited any example of poverty's being a sin? Yes. You will find it in the story of the prodigal son. That is often used as a text to preach to moral sinners, but a close study of it shows that Jesus was teaching the sin of lack and how to gain plenty. It is a wonderful prosperity lesson.’ She will return to the topic in clip 55. Why is poverty a sin? Because we are not aligning our mind with God mind.
026 Poverty and prosperity as two ends of a magnet. One repels, the other attracts.
027 The word ‘refuse’ can be pronounced two ways. That which ‘refuses to let the Spirit of God flow through us’ as well as ‘refuse,’ like garbage.
028 Quotes Catherine Ponder, “if you put off elimination, you put off results.” Martha stresses the importance of elimination.
029 Martha stresses the importance freeing up congestion with cleansing to get the flow, or circulation, going.
We need to “release things in the without” as a way to start the cleansing within. Start with drawers and closets. It is not “accumulated good” but rather “accumulated clutter.”
031 When we clean out the drawers, we might find the forgotten good.
032 Put things back into circulation. There is a lot of good that we have outgrown. Quotes Ernest Wilson, “if you haven’t used something in the past year, unless it’s a special purpose item, you ought to put it into circulation, to let it go and let it become somebody else’s good, for your old good is someone’s new good.” She is probably referring to Ernest Wilson’s Master Class Lessons, Lesson 2 - The Master’s Way of Giving.
033 Release inner accumulation of thought. Quotes a Chinese proverb: “You cannot lose that which belongs to you by right of consciousness, even if you throw it away.” As in mind, so in manifestation. Refers to Emmet Fox’s “Mental Equivalent.”
034 Attic thoughts. We have an attic in our mind where we have accumulated old concepts and messages that are blocking the flow of our good today.
035 One of the messages is that “we only get one, so we better take care of it.” So we hoard things. The truth is that God created an abundant universe.
036 Another old message is that we must “save for a rainy day.” If we save for a rainy day, it will rain.
037 Another message is that money is evil. Martha reminds us that it is the ‘love of money.’ Here is the full quote from I Timothy 6:6-12: “Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” She also reminds us that the word ‘evil’ means ‘immature,’ a ‘not fully developed attitude toward God’s good.”
038 When we go to the attic and find false messages, write them out and then throw away the list.
039 We will also find hidden talents and beautiful memories in the attic as well.
040 The basement of the mind is the subconscious, the place we hold on to old hurts, old feelings of guilt, resentment, fear. These are things we have pushed down into the subconscious and they continue to do their work.
041 One of the fears in subconscious is the fear of poverty. Martha tells a story about money stored in a tin can that was buried and rusted. She then quotes Matthew 6:20, where Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
042 We clean the subconscious by forgiveness. The best way to do this is a ‘good burning process by the fire of Spirit.’ She quotes Charles Fillmore ‘we should make a nightly practice before retiring to forgive ourselves and others for offenses of the day.’ The focus of chapter eight in Prosperity is the forgiveness of debts.
043 The garage is where we keep our car, our freedom symbol. We have an imagined shortage of freedom that causes us to have a sense of lack and to begin to hoard. Lack is a bottomless pit that we cannot fill. If we become a miser, we become miserable. Benjamin Franklin quote, “blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall not be disappointed.’
044 The best way to clean up consciousness is to begin with the outer, cleaning up the closet, attic, basement and garage. 045 After cleansing, we need to follow up with an affirmation. Fill the mind with rich images. If we don’t like what we are experiencing, we must change the image. A ‘miracle’ is a ‘higher working of the law of mind action, or cause and effect.’ A miracle is when we let God become the cause and then the effect is the rich good that is far beyond what we expect.
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