Because of moving, and moving on, I have been doing a drastic 'sort and pitch'. Amongst some old files I found the following article which I thought needed to be repeated. The only identification is that it is by a Janie which I thought, to begin with might be Janie Paulson, but it is titled The Practical Practitioner so it must have been from someone in Religious Science. If you recognize it I will be happy to credit this great analogy in my next 'Pulse'. Even a search on the internet did not turn up the title of the book.
Swimming in Circles . . . I finished writing my 4th book, entitled "I was a Fish Hatchery wife". In one of the beginning chapters, I explained how fish are planted, and as I explained the procedure, it occurred to me how like fish we are . . . The fingerlings are reared from eggs to baby fish, in large circular ponds. Which means since birth they have been swimming in a constant endless circle. When the time comes for them to be planted in the rivers and streams, they are taken from the ponds and put into a tank-truck full of water and transported to their final destination. Reaching their destination, they are taken by bucket and poured into the streams, they continue to swim in circles, keeping close together. They literally, manually have to be made to scatter and be on their way. They do not see nor are they even aware of the huge expanse and limitless body of water that surrounds them. We are like that! We get locked into our little molds of habits and patterns of thinking and living, and unless something or someone comes along to "shake-us-up", we stay stuck in the monotonous circles of habit of false thinking. There is a limitless Universe out there that surrounds and is forever beckoning for us to move out and on, without fear; and experience more good, which of course is GOD. Swimming in circles is endless monotony. It's also living in the false security of the only thing we know and are familiar with, THE PAST, and its experiences. We feel safe in the sameness and that which is familiar to us. It's scary to even think if living life spontaneously. The ego absolutely doesn't like the "new". Blessed is he that swims away from the past and the group, with all its false beliefs and delusions of grandeur. and ventures out into the unknown, in search of the GREATER, the NEW, the TRUTH, leaving the group of conformists to each find their own way in their own time. We all know when it's time to make a change and move on; for suddenly, the things we thought were fun and important to us, are now dull, boring, and not serving us anymore or giving us a "happy mind." Staleness and boredom are all signals to us to move on with our spiritual Quest in a new place with new people. Don't ever be afraid to let go of the old, for God's gifts of eternal and everlasting happiness, health, wealth, joy and peace of mind is everywhere present. I LOVE you… Janie
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Here is another article that came via email with the appellation author unknown - I would love to know who might claim it, as I have taught this concept for years. PJR
We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If he didn't close the wrong door, we would never find the right door. God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. Once a door closes, it forces you to change your course. Another door closes, it forces you to change your course again. Then, finally, you find the open door and you walk right into your blessing. The Lord directs our paths through the opening and closing of doors, but instead of praising him for the closed door (which keeps us out of trouble); we get upset because we "judge by the appearances." You have an ever-present help in the time of trouble that is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of you, He can spot trouble down the road and set up a roadblock or detour accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom, we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour sign. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying, "Lord, how could You have done this to me?" We have got to realize that the closed door can be a blessing. Didn't He say that no good thing would He withhold from them that love Him? If you get terminated from your job, praise God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves: it might be another job, it might be school. If that man or woman won't return your call, it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go). One time, a person had a bank they had been in business with for many years tell them "No!" to a $10,000 loan. The Lord put in their spirit to call another bank. That bank gave them $40,000 at a lower interest rate than the first bank was offering. We can sometimes trap ourselves in doubt and discouragement through judging by appearances. Be grateful for the many times our Father has closed doors to us just to open them in the most unexpected places. The Lord won't always say in spoken words: "Go to the left, now to the right" some-times He will just close the doors that are wrong for you. God Bless You Always! * Author Unknown