This week contains the story of Frederick Elias Andrews and the power of an affirming mind.
In the opinion of everyone else, his fate was set. From my limited, human standpoint, I’d have to say the odds were against him. I have to ask myself, were I in a similar dire circumstance, would I have the mental grit?
For most people, hearing their doctor say ‘there is no possible chance for him to get well, I lost my son the same way’ is enough to believe there is no way out.
Except for Frederick and his mother. They decided to ‘fight as long as there was a breath of life to fight for.’
It was a long, drawn-out battle fought with his words and the power of his subconscious mind.
‘I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.‘ Simple words? Perhaps, but they’re no passing fancy. Haanel states in 9:11 that ‘this affirmation is in strict accordance with the Truth. When Truth appears, every form of error or discord must necessarily disappear.’
The young Mr. Andrews immersed himself in these words, affirming them day and night. At last, the victory came. Not only did he live, but he ‘grew from a cripple going about on his hands and knees to a straight, well-formed man.’
In true ‘give more, get more’ fashion, he held them for others that he knew were in need. ‘Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both.’
My loved ones are whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.
My friends are whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.
My country is whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.
The world is whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.