Lessons In Truth - Lesson 4 - Annotation 10
Explain the two ways in which denials may be spoken.
There are situations where an audible denial would not be feasible, when to do so might cause antagonism, or even offend or hurt others. At such times we take recourse to speaking the word of denial silently. However, when we have set aside certain designated times to discipline our thinking and feeling, we may find it much wiser to speak the denials aloud; sometimes in moments of great stress a strong, audible denial establishes us more quickly in courage and strength.
As was brought out in annotation 1 of this lesson, it is the idea back of the words that does the work. It is a mental law that any idea held in mind seeks to express itself. In some cases it may require audible words to bring the idea forth, but at other times the silent word may be more potent. In the handling of denials each of us must seek inner guidance as to how they are to be used, The goal is removal from the consciousness of limiting error beliefs that have produced undesirable conditions in our life. We must learn, therefore, to use denials under the inspiration of Spirit as the occasion demands.
"Denials may be made in many ways. It is not always necessary to say specifically 'I deny so and so.' The conscious acknowledgment that you have been incorrect in your conclusion is denial" (Keep a True Lent 64).
When we are convinced that we have a right to good conditions in all phases of our life, we will want to begin to deny all error beliefs that are hindering our progress. When there is a desire for a change in mind, body, or affairs, we begin to search for that which will bring about the change. Sometimes through lack of understanding we seek only in the outer, trying to make changes by sheer force or will power. However, when we turn to God, He reveals to us our true relation to Him as sons with a divine inheritance. This assures us of our capacity and ability to demonstrate peace of mind, health of body, abundance, harmony, happiness, and success in our affairs. We are then able to speak our denials (silently or audibly) with deep conviction. The denial prepares our consciousness to receive the inflow (by affirmation) of the good we wish to demonstrate. Using denial statements without understanding why we do so is merely mental gymnastics and does not accomplish the spiritual transformation which we really are seeking.
Preceding Entry: Why is it necessary for us to realize our oneness with the Father?
Following Entry: What is an affirmation?