What is Spiritual Mind Treatment?
In Centers for Spiritual Living, we practice a form of affirmative prayer called “Spiritual Mind Treatment.” According to our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, “…treatment is not willing things to happen; it is to provide within ourselves an avenue through which they may happen.” Treatment is a tool that aligns our thoughts with the all good of God. Affirmative Prayer is a powerful process that shifts our consciousness so that we are open and available to accept the good that is already present in our life.
Based on the principle that "It is done unto you as you believe," Spiritual Mind Treatment is the time process and method necessary to the changing of our belief.
We teach specific steps to treatment, each step builds logical support in ourselves for the shift to happen.
The Steps of Treatment:
This is the main ingredient in affirmative prayer: recognition. You must know what the nature of God is before going further. If, for example, you used to believe that God was an angry, vengeful God, now is the time to remind yourself of the greater Truth. Remind yourself of the lawful and loving nature of God.
If God exists and is everything good and wonderful, but you're on the outside looking in, why even bother to pray? Remind yourself that God is the source and the creator of everything. Including you. Including your desire. This is another crucial ingredient in affirmative prayer.
If you can desire it, imagine it, picture it, it must exist in Mind. Otherwise, where did you get the idea? Remember, the first premise of Science of Mind is that a fundamental Unity exists. There's no place other than Mind to get your idea. For a truly effective prayer, you want to keep contemplating Spirit's nature as your own; when you have an inner feeling of "YES!"…that's when the realization arrives. When you open your eyes, your desire may not be sitting on the floor in front of you, but don't be fooled...Mind is already at work unfolding it.
If doubts arise...
Don't just turn away. Face them. Speak the truth about what you are fearing will or will not happen...for example, if you feel that you could never afford a new car, you might say, "Infinite Mind has given me this desire and along with it everything I need to let the Power of Law flow through me, manifesting my desire in perfection and joy. God IS supply; God IS wealth, so there is nothing to fear...because God is right where I am."
It is important to give thanks, because it acknowledges already having received the thing you desire. This is the "already having received" or “acting as if” attitude that adds fuel to the fire of your affirmative prayer treatment. This is why you have to know how you would feel if you had what you want right now.
Letting go is a crucial step. When you're done, your mind should be at peace, clear…unafraid, and watchful for signs of your desire showing up without becoming obsessive about it! LET the Law work through you and make your desire a physical reality!
Of special note: While there are steps to follow, or ingredients to include in any affirmative prayer, they don't have to come in any particular order; there's no need for you to follow a rigid pattern. The point is to build a consciousness that is whole, that automatically creates the experience you desire. This is all about engaging your mind, heart, and being with the creative power of the universe. How you get there is not all that important. This method does work, but it's only the means to the end. Science of Mind is less about method and more about profound connection with Spirit.