This week we were asked to practise the Law of Substitution, and we were also asked to focus on the Law of Forgiveness.
The Master Key course is incremental, which means each step builds on the ones before. At first I wondered why we were to focus on TWO laws, when we hadn’t focused on either one before. But then I took a closer look at these two laws from “Seven Laws of the Mind”…
Law of Forgiveness
To access the Divine and connect the subconscious to the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Creator we must forgive everyone and anyone to clear the channel. There can be no connection to the Divine mind where anger or resentment against a brother or sister, justified or not, exists.
Forgiveness is a tough concept for many people who have been seriously hurt and damaged by others in their past. But forgiveness is the only way one can ever get past the hurt, overcome the damage, and move forward in glorious freedom and growth. Forgiveness does not mean that what the other person did is okay — nor does it mean that person ever has to be a part of one’s life again. Forgiveness means letting go of what happened in the past, and not allow the event or the person to have any power over today.
What is the only way to get rid of negative thoughts that persist in popping up? Substitution!
Law of Substitution
We cannot think about two things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind ~ try to think about God instead. If that is too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought. Jesus, the Master Teacher, said, “Resist not evil” ~ meaning turn from it and think about something else instead.
We are coming up to the five year mark since the day we lost our son James. Every time we go to town, we drive through the spot where the accident occurred. Today, there’s another reminder, because the world outside my living room window is pure, pristine, beautiful white — a winter wonderland of snow and hoar frost. The night James died, the world looked like that. There were pockets of dense ice fog, so thick he probably didn’t even see the stop sign or realize he had reached the highway. Death was instant.
Fog and hoar frost are fairly common during the winter in northern Alberta. And we take regular trips into town. I had to find a way of not becoming unglued every time. One day as we neared the crossroads where the accident occurred, it struck me that I didn’t have to think of what happened that night. Instead of seeing the accident site, I could see it as James’ Portal to Heaven — the place where he met the Lord He loved, and went Home to be with Him.
Such a small thing, yet what a huge shift for me! It made all the difference for me. Every time I do it, I can feel the tension, the fear, and the sorrow drain from me, and love and gratitude flood in and buoy me up.
That’s what the Law of Substitution is all about. It works hand in hand with the Law of Forgiveness, because in many cases you can’t have one without the other.