by Ernest Holmes
Did you ever stop to think that you are a spiritual and mental broadcasting station, and that messages are going out from you in all directions, perhaps even while you are asleep—messages which have an influence on your environment and the people around you? And since everything moves in circles, the messages you broadcast will come back to you.
We are told that the mental atmosphere of a home can influence a dog, a cat, or a canary to the extent that they become neurotic when surrounded by unhappiness or criticism. There is a place where our physical bodies begin and leave off, but the mind has no such limitations, and our thoughts penetrate everything around us.
We are all broadcasting stations, whether or not we know it. Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, our faith and fears, tend to make an imprint on our environment. We are also receiving sets, but it does not follow that we must tune in to every program being broadcast. When we want to listen to a certain program, we tune our radios to its wavelength. The program already is within the ether in the room, but it does not affect our instrument until we tune in to it.
It is fascinating to think that we are both mental broadcasting stations and receiving sets. And it will be even more wonderful when we learn to broadcast only the kind of messages that we wish to have return.
If a person’s mind is filled with animosity and resentment people will feel it, whether or not he says a word. This animosity arouses within others who have resentment and animosity a feeling like his own. His thoughts tune in to theirs, and theirs immediately respond by flowing back into him. One accentuates the other.
On the other hand, if you are surrounded by people who have resentment and animosity, but you have none, you will not tune in. Their vibration bypasses you, and their antagonism does not arouse an equal antagonism in you because you are not broadcasting on the same mental wavelength.
It is the same with everything in life. A person whose thought is filled with fear of failure tunes in to and picks up vibrations of failure when ever he contacts them; to his own negative thought there is added a great mass of negative thoughts, until finally it seems that the only thing he can think about is failure. In a way both his will and his imagination become hypnotized, because he is tuning in to so much negation. When a person’s mind is upset, disturbed, and unhappy, all he mentally hears is discord because his inner ear is listening to a continuous turmoil.
Conversely, a person whose thought is filled with the idea of success, who has faith and confidence in himself and what he is doing, will tune in to the successful thoughts around him, the thoughts of faith and optimism and happy expectancy.
A person who confidently expects good things to happen, who expects everyone to like him, and who expects to find happiness in life wherever he goes, will not only be broadcasting these thoughts which will make other people happy; he will be receiving them in return. Because he feels friendly, people will respond with friendliness.
We all wish to be like this. We not only want to be whole ourselves, because no one can be happy unless he is whole, but we want to help others. We not only wish to broad cast good news; good news is what we want to receive.
We should decide to think on the affirmative side of life, or accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. In doing this we must make up our minds that we are not going to receive the criticism or the negative state or the animosity of anyone. And let us not forget the importance of keeping our minds in a state of good-natured flexibility. If a tree did not bend with the breeze, it would break under a strong wind.
We have to be flexible and tolerant as well as positive and affirmative. And even if someone throws a brick at us, we need not catch it. It is far better just to step aside. When we catch the bricks that are thrown at us, it is generally for one purpose only—to throw them right back. And the first thing we know, the air is full of bricks, and what a mess that makes. It will help if we decide to play the game of life in a happy way.
All of us are rooted in the Mind of God. We did not plan it this way; this is the way it is. God is still the Supreme Power, and the Divine Spirit is still present with us no matter where we are. We must learn to tune in to the Mind of God, for when we do we are tuning in to the most dynamic Reality in the Universe.
Do not be afraid to talk to God, always remembering that God speaks a certain kind of language and there is nothing negative in it. We believe in actually talking to God and then letting God answer. But perhaps in our confusion we talked at God rather than to Him. We have told him how terrible everything is, how unhappy we are.
Tell God how wonderful He is and how glad you are, how grateful. It is at times like these that we are really tuning in to the Divine, and the Divine will always respond to us. We shall always receive the comfort and consolation we need, the inward sense of security and well being that everyone must have to be happy and whole.
Let us find a new wavelength for our mental instruments, and as surely as we do this, we shall begin to broadcast on this wavelength. We shall discover that we are not only helping ourselves, but are helping everyone around us. Let us tune our mental instruments to success and happiness, to the idea of physical wholeness, and above everything else to the comforting thought that there is a Love in the Universe which by Its very presence dissolves all hate; there is a faith that neutralizes all fear; there is a confidence that brushes aside every doubt.
God never deserts us, and we shall never have to convince God to be Good. All we have to do is reverse our whole mental and spiritual out look on life and then a miracle will take place, because what goes out must return. So it is with the reaction of the Law of Good from a Power greater than we are. It always tends to bring back to us exactly what goes out. But we are always the broadcasters, and we can always change the pictures if we will.
Excerpted from Living the Science of Mind, published by DeVorss and Company.