I Release and I Let Go

It is Sunday morning and our wonderful Pastor, Rev. Debby O’Donnell, has just completed her talk so our wonderful singer, Leslie Alexander, leads us in, “I Release and I Let Go,” by Ricky Byers Beckwith. We are all jumping for joy as we leave the sanctuary, even if we are too dignified to let it show. I say to my companion, “I should play that song at least once a day” and I am right about that.


No one person has done more for New Thought church music than Ricky Beyers Beckworth and of all her great songs, none is as instructive and uplifting as the Release song.

The point of the song is that you can let The One Power For Good that we call God help you with your life. You don’t have to do it all alone. There is help all around us when we open up to accept it.

Most humans seem to have some belief about a transcendental operation that can help out there, (or up there). Throughout the ages, getting the Gods to help, whether they lived in volcanoes and required virgins for tithes, or on top of Mount Olympus in dysfunctional families, was the tricky part. How could we persuade them?

In New Thought spirituality, we skip over the small stuff and identify God as the Creative Energy of the Universe. We say there is One God and it is present everywhere, and that it lives in every one of us. We say we are in constant contact with God through our thoughts, emotions and beliefs. There is a Power for Good, greater than we are, and we can use it.

We learn in classes that we must make a picture in our mind of what we want and claim it as ours. Then we must release any ideas or beliefs that are standing in our way and let the Power for Good bring it to us. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle and we don’t have to do it all alone.

We use affirmative prayers as the first action step in our business plans but then we must take action for the second. The old saying, “Treat and move your feet”, is another version of, “God helps those that help themselves”. Sometimes we refer to God as a co-creator.

But when do you know if you have helped yourself too much? Or not enough? Once again, we must balance our thoughts and activities. I would suggest that you might take your emotional pulse and see how much of your energy is going to the positive and creative and how much is going to worry, self-doubt, denial or distraction. It requires paying attention to how you are spending your time and gently self-correcting so you can attract and hold on to your dreams.

My book, Science of Mind Skills is all about how to get what you want in life. When you begin to notice, you will see that help is available many places. The best idea is to take a class at your local Center For Spiritual Living (Religious Science church).

God really will help us if we give God a chance. We must release the struggle  and trust in God.  Gandhi is supposed to have said that when he had a lot to do, he liked to begin his morning with twice as much meditation. I’m no Ghandi and I’m no Rickie Byers Beckwith but I can learn from both of them. I trust that God sent them to help me understand.


Ask Yourself

Who can I learn from?

Anything I want to release today?


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