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I remember the first time I heard Dr. Kennedy Shultz refer to God as IT.
It made complete sense to me, though I was raised quite differently about God. I shared my enlightenment, but conversing was difficult to translate, with so many others believing God was a person in the far distances with control and anger management issues, or happy when “His” commands were obeyed.

The more I heard about IT, the more I wanted to know. I began to practice IT in a greater way. My life became greater because now I knew that what I believe happens. Now I had a greater idea of what I wanted.

Greatness happens because of our thoughts; “not so great” happens for the same reason. It works both ways. Why not allow the greater side of self to dominate your life? If you’re not living in the fullness of life, you are the cause. If your life is robust, creating the joys you want out of life, you are the cause. IT does not choose for you. We are the masters of our fate, as well as the means to our demise…IT works both ways!

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Fear doesn’t always show up in the same way. Sometimes it shows up as anger or self-righteousness. Sometimes it shows up as “just retribution,” as “an eye for an eye,” or as self-defense. This is true on the international level, but it’s also true at the personal level, whether it’s with a divorce, or a family problem, or a business conflict. Whenever we’re afraid, we respond in a variety of different ways. We attack. We blame. We criticize. We stop communicating. We start telling lies about each other. That gives rise to suspicion, revenge and resentment. When we get that far along, it’s very difficult for us to remember the Truth about each other, that we’re all connected at the God level, because by then we’re in such pain, we feel like we have to blame someone, whether it’s the other person or the other country for all of our suffering.

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I am the One Power, always creating my life anew.  Our life’s choices are shaped by our experiences and our perception of those experiences.  And even though we are always free to choose, in most cases we continue to choose what is familiar to us.  For things to change, we must change.  Who we were in the past has influenced who we are today and who we are today will influence who we become.  When we are willing to heal and release the past, to practice awareness in the present, it opens us to the possibility of living the life we desire and deserve

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The image of a woman carrying a child to term is, when you think about it, a picture-perfect physical analogy of something we all do many, many times during our lives. I’m referring to the way we give birth to ideas that change the way we live. In one respect, we’re all mothers, in the way that we conceive, nurture, and give birth to ideas that have the potential to grow and grow and grow, first inside of us and then outside of us, until they become so completely intertwined with our physical experience that they make our life almost unrecognizable from what it was before.

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When we sleep, our mind seems to work differently. That’s because we aren’t letting our logical brain get in the way of the Infinite Intelligence that works through us as the power of Mind. The past and the present and the future can get mixed up, because time and space don’t mean anything to God. Our inner consciousness can focus on any time or any place, at the speed of thought. Our subconscious mind can bring in any person, living or dead. It can give us different tools that we didn’t think were available to us. As a result, it can cause us to look at our problem from an entirely new perspective.

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The truth is, mental and spiritual healing is nothing new. It’s been around as long as people have been getting sick or injured and have been able to connect with the Power and the Wisdom of Life that flows through us all. There have been many different ideas about what it is, and what it is not. It isn’t magic. It has nothing to do with miracles. It is not dependent upon traditional religious ideas, on some unseen God that we beg to fix our broken or ailing bodies. It’s based on scientific AND spiritual principles (the two are NOT exclusive) with lots of anecdotal evidence behind it. And it works

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Each of us has the Power within to do great things or do harm. Each of us has the ability to retreat from life or to live a mundane life, never wanting nor accepting change even in the midst of chaos, despair or abuse, simply because it's familiar. Others live life constantly adapting to an ever changing world, becoming the change they wish to see, as Gandhi demonstrated.

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The resurrection story isn’t a literal story about God overcoming death. A story about a God who overcomes death isn’t that big a deal anyway. Any real God should be able to do that with one hand tied behind its back. If we see Easter as the story of a god who rolled back a big stone and walked out of a tomb, that may be very impressive, but it doesn’t do anything for our spiritual growth. There has to be something there we can learn or use. If we see this story as showing us the ability of the world, and the ability of you and me, to renew our spirit in the face of any obstacle, to transform ourselves from despair and limitation into a consciousness of joy and possibility, no matter what happened in the past, that’s definitely something to get excited about.

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We need to take more time to laugh at ourselves. I don’t mean making fun of ourselves, or laughing at what we call our failures or our stupidity (of which we all have an abundance). I mean we should be laughing at how seriously we take things, and laughing with joy at our ability to live and love and play and create. We should be laughing at all the different avenues open to us to enjoy ourselves. We should be laughing with joy at how much we have to offer the world, and how much the world is always offering us.

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In the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, it says, “Every word we say has in back of it an idea, and the power of the word is primarily in that idea. We give that word additional power according to our oneness with that idea and the force of our thought.” In other words, the faith and conviction we have ABOUT our belief, in whatever area of our life it happens to be, amplifies the power of our word when we finally speak it. You can see this power at work in the speeches of Dr. King, or Winston Churchill, or even in the quiet words of Mother Theresa. Their words are powerful, not just because they’re eloquent and wise and passionate, but because of the consciousness behind those words.

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