BROOKE SNOW CHRISTIAN MEDITATION – Week 5
“The Lord used words to create the world – ‘and God said…’, and we are going to use words to create our lives.”
Let’s look at and talk about those creative words, in our SUNDAY SABBATH STUDY.
In creating our present reality, and in creating our future, there are weak words we could use, and there are strong words.
Weak words include “not”. I just do not want to be in this situation any more. I just do not want to feel this way anymore. There is a lack of a picture of what I am hoping for, when I am saying what it is that I am NOT wanting.
What about in our relationships with others? I just do not want to feel this way around her. I just do not want to see her right now. I just do not trust him. There is absolutely no picture of what it is I want to create in that relationships. Right? The words are creating an obscure void, rather than a creating specific reality.
Strong words, on the other hand, include “be”. Please help me to be happy. Please help me to be more confident. Please help me to remember this.
Then I am not meditating or praying about who I don’t want to be in the future, but rather who I am. I am creating a picture in my mind of what my relationships are, not what they are not. I am creating a relationship rather than a lack of a relationship.
Strong words are also words of gratitude.
“With thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God .”Philippians 4:6
Am I able to make a request of the Lord, having gratitude already for what has not yet happened? Using strong words, can I create an unseen desired reality, with gratitude in my heart?
“Gratitude is a powerful language to use in meditation and prayer.”
Let’s look back at my I AM meditation, the one that I wrote just this week. I want to talk more about this.
I am a peacemaker.
I am a child of God.
I am wise.
I am inspired.
I am in control of myself.
I am trustworthy.
I am intentional.
I am a safe place for others.
I am a magnificent being of grace and light.
I wrote my I AM meditation with a few things in mind. First, I think that who I am and who I am becoming are, at my very very core, the same woman. As a literal daughter of God, I inherited every one of these qualities. I am already these things.
Let me use an example. Brooke Snow, the hostess, after her last child, gained a lot of weight. She didn’t say how much. but for my purposes, let’s say she gained 60 extra pounds. She knew that her ideal weight – the weight at which she had the most energy and was the healthiest – was 150 pounds. So her meditation became – her I AM meditation became “I am 150 pounds”. Because she WAS 150 pounds. The extra 60 pounds weren’t part of her. It was just extra weight she was carrying around.
Spoiler alert. She lost the 60 pounds. It took a year. But her body reacted to her I AM meditation.
What about me? I am kind. When I am not kind, when I am resentful or jealous or petty, that isn’t me. That is just extra weight I’m carrying around. The truth is, I AM kind.
And I do think that I need to be reminded, though, of these characteristics. And learn to live these characteristics. Reminded, first thing in the morning, before I start my day. Reminded every time I speak to another person. Reminded every time I need to handle a situation. Reminded every time I think a thought. Can you imagine how it would change my thoughts, and thus my feelings and my actions and my results, if I remembered who I am?
Let’s use the creation as an example. Before God said the words and created each day physically, the day was already what it was, spiritually. He only needed to say the word to reveal it, or to “create” it.
I am gracious.
I am meek.
I am mighty in the Lord’s hands.
Affirmations are I AM statements.
But, be careful, my friends. Affirmations could be positive or negative, and we use them, every day. I am not very creative. I am so overwhelmed. I am clumsy. I am not good at remembering things. Remember, words create!
When we use an I AM statement, we are seeing ourselves in a certain way, we are saying it to ourselves, and then we are feeling that about ourselves.
And what if I am not feeling strong? Am I lying in telling myself this I AM statement? Remember, we say TO create!
I am strong.
I am calm.
I am safe.
I can create something new with my words – that is a power within me.
Today was our first attempt at church at home. Bry dressed up to bless that Sacrament, and Liam dressed up to pass the Sacrament. They were both sober, respectful, and their demeanor brought the Spirit into our meeting – even while the rest of us were in pajamas and accepting the Sacrament bread and water from our places on the family room couch.
Each member of our family gave a formal Sacrament Meeting talk. This is important to Bryant, and to me. When we use our words to testify of the Lord, we are creating a relationship with the Lord, we are creating a sure testimony of the Lord. Yes – words create!
“Oh, if I could teach you this one principle. A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it! Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that ‘leap of faith’, as the philosophers call it. It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and stepped into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two. ‘The spirit of man,’ is as the scripture says, indeed ‘the candle of the Lord.'”https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1983/01/the-candle-of-the-lord?lang=eng