Man's Part

Mentors - Bennie Harris

"The storehouse of nature is filled with infinite good awaiting the touch of our awakened thought to spring forth into manifestation in our life; but the awakening must be on our part..." ~ Ernest Holmes

Recently I'd read something written by Oprah Winfrey in her "O" magazine that I've posted on my Face-book page and also written about in a previous article.

In this particular article Ms. Winfrey noted that: "I wanted to help people think differently about themselves and pursue ideas about spirit and balance and the possibility of a better life." She goes on to further state that: "This was a decision that was bigger than money or material interest. It was a paradigm shift—to use TV instead of being used by TV. To use it as a tool for good."

Further stated in the article is that this was the; "shift that led to the creation of this magazine. And Oprah Radio. And OWN."

Now, this particular article has remained opened on my desktop for the last few days as I continue to go back to it again and again to explore Universal principle applied. Surely we've all wondered how this world icon of "Day-time Talk Television", soared from the sorted depths of "Confrontational, Tabloid Talk Television" to the heights of consciousness and favor, "using her voice as a force for good; knowing it's what she was meant to do", haven't we?

The answer to her success was so clearly articulated in a handful of words; "what has made me successful is the ability to surrender my plans, dreams, and goals to a power that's greater than other people and greater than myself."

Wow, what a powerful, succinct thought! A truth principle applied that can be easily grasped and put to work by any of us looking to achieve anything lasting in our lives.

As I've contemplated this Truth Principle and my desire to re-dedicate myself daily to its conscious application in my every endeavor, I was drawn back to Ernest Holmes and something that he'd written in his book Creative Mind in 1923. I've included it below.

As we each give conscious consideration to whatever our hopes, dreams, desires and goals may be, let's take a bit of a hint from this woman who went from potential obscurity in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to the pinnacle of success with a nationally syndicated, multi-award winning talk show, which had become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Is there a corner of the globe that doesn't yet know the name "Oprah"?

Maybe, just maybe, "What Oprah Knows for Sure" might be something that we'd also benefit from knowing. Enough said!!!

Bennie Harris July 19, 2011


CREATIVE MIND cannot force itself upon us because we have the power of self-choice. It recognizes us when we recognize it. When we think that we are limited or have not been heard, it must take that thought and bring it into manifestation for us.

When we look about us and see nature so beautiful, so lavish and so limitless, when we realize that something, some power, is behind all, and sees to it that plenty obtains everywhere, so that in all things manifest there is more than could be used; and when on the other hand we see man appearing so limited, sick, sad and needy, we are disposed to ask this question; "Is God good after all? Does God really care for the people of Its Creation? Why am I sick? Why am I poor?" Little do we realize that the answer is in our own mouths, in the creative power of our own thought. The average person when told the Truth will still seek some other way.

God has already done for us –in a mechanical way –all that God can do; and having been given the ability, we will have to do for ourselves the rest. Yet, this Great Power is always near, ready at any time to heal, but we must use it according to its own nature in harmony with its laws. We should learn that we ourselves are the center of this Divine activity. Realizing this, we must seek to more and more to utilize our own Divine nature, and by doing so, we will come more fully under the protection of the great laws that govern all life, manifest and unmanifest. Whatever we are in God, we must find that because we made out of God, we must be of the same nature. This Infinite One cannot know anything outside of itself; anything that would be a contradiction of its Divine nature; our ignorance of our real nature binds us with our own freedom, until we come to see things as they really are, and not as they appear to be.

In the Infinity of mind, which is the principle of all metaphysics and all of life, there is nothing but mind, and that which mind does. That is all there is in the Universe. That is all there ever was or ever will be. This mind is acted upon by our thought, and so our thought becomes the law of our lives. It is just as much a law in our individual lives as God's thought is in the larger life of the Universe.

For the sake of clarity, think of yourself as in this Mind, think of yourself as a center in it. This is our principle. We think and Mind produces the thing. One of the big points to remember is that we do not have to create; all that we have to do is to think and then act. Mind, the only Mind that there is, creates.

Few people seem to understand the nature of the law and so think that they have got to do something, even if it is only holding a thought; thinking or knowing is what does the thing. It will make it much easier for us when we realize that we do not have to make anything, just to know; that there is something back of the knowing which does the work for us.

The person that gets the best results is the one that realizes that they can use this divine principle. Whoever can get the clearest concept of their idea, and who can rely on Mind to do for them, must keep everything out of their thought that might contradict the supremacy of Spirit or Mind.

By simply holding a thought, we can never make anything; but by knowing in God Mind, what can we not do?

~ Ernest Holmes, Excerpted from "Creative Mind" 1923 ~



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