I watched a 1934 movie where Katherine Hepburn played a hillbilly faith healer. The writer made Hepburn’s character absolutely grounded in the idea that you must believe it is done even as you pray for it. The character could barely read and was truly ignorant but she had the consciousness of a great spiritual teacher.
As I watched the movie, I wondered if the writer knew Science of Mind. Her ideas about how prayer worked seemed totally on the mark and Dr. Holmes was right down the street in those days. Who knows?
I am fascinated by old movies and this one, Spitfire is sort of famous for being the flick that began Hepburn’s slide into her years as “box office poison”.
It was quite a bad movie but I watched it because I am interested in faith healing and hillbilly culture. Not that I learned anything but it is fun to see how things were portrayed in those days .
In real life, Katherine Hepburn was a classy New Englander who graduated from Bryn Mawr and she was startlingly miscast. Bryn Mawr girls have their own very special weird accents so Hepburn’s attempt at Ozark lingo was incredibly wrong. My relatives came out of those hills and I never heard anyone talk like that. They were peculiar and superstitious people in some ways, but not nearly as ignorant as the characters in this turkey.
What truly amazed me was how definitely the writer gave the instructions for successful prayer. Hepburn has all that wonderful electric energy and when she prayed, she put her star power into believing it was so. Between the romantic back lighting and Hepburn’s ethereal expression, I thought I was watching Song of Bernadette in some places.
However, the story was a romance, not a saintly saga. During the first half of the movie, she raised an old lady from the dead and healed just about everyone in the town, then in the last half she dodged violent villagers and decided whether to love Robert Montgomery or Ralph Bellamy. I think it’s the only movie I ever saw where Bellamy got the girl.
Anyway, Spitfire was kind of fun and it reinforced the idea that we must really, really believe our good is happening even while we pray for it. Anyone who has ever learned about affirmative prayer knows it is important to have faith that it is working even as we pray. That was so when the Master Teacher Jesus spoke, it was true in 1934, and it is true now.
We have trust in the process of prayer because that is how Universal Mind works. That’s why we always pray in the present tense. God is always in the Now and always responding to our deepest beliefs.
On the next day, my conversation group talked about the necessity of “feeling” the result of prayer as we prayed and building our trust that God can and does do the work. The emotional component of consciousness is very important. Not only must we understand the way things work but we must believe it. Belief is emotional so when we pray, we should “feel” the result as we realize the prayer is done.
We had a marvelous group discussion and I think we all understood how to pray more effectively. All the great teachers, including Dr. Holmes tell us that we must be involved emotionally as well as logically to make prayer work. We have to believe it, see it, taste it, and enjoy it, as we are working in mind for it.
There are many things we can do to make it real as we are working toward our goal. One way is to spend some meditation time enjoying the feeling that you expect to have when you attain your goal. For example, if you pray to lose weight, you might follow that up with fifteen minutes imagining how you feel and what you will look like with the weight off.
Some teachers suggest that if you want more prosperity in your life, you should spend some time wandering through expensive department stores getting the “feel” of being wealthy. Of course, as you walk through the store, you must be careful to feel good about being surrounded by luxury, not wistful because you can’t afford things.
The process of praying for any goal is really a process of changing your consciousness so that you can attract and keep the desired experience. We are aiming to change our minds significantly. It is not enough to attract a new car, we must also have the consciousness to safely enjoy it and be able to pay for the insurance and gas .
There are many ways to build a strong emotional element in your prayer work. Perhaps the best is to linger a few moments during the part of the prayer when you realize that you have spoken your word. Before you give it to God to do the work, take a pause and seriously feel how thankful you are to attain whatever result you’ve prayed for. Let that good, grateful feeling sink in and deepen the experience you desire.
Another way to create a deeper emotional acceptance for good in your life is to behave as though you love yourself more. If you speak well of yourself, dress well and take good care of yourself physically, you are expressing your self-love. Healthy self-love is a declaration of worth and a way of saying to yourself and to God that you deserve the best. The more you can believe in your self-worth, the more you can accept from Universal Mind.
You do deserve the best. You have star power that lights up your world. When you pray, you are in touch with Universal Power and Love. You don’t need other special powers or two boyfriends or romantic back lighting to be a star when you pray. You are already the star of your own life and you are also the director and writer of your own script. Believe it!
Do I expect the best when I pray?
What can I do to bring up my belief level?
How well do I treat myself?
I’m amazed! I thought we won these battles a long time ago, yet I see on the evening news that state after state is closing in on women’s freedom to choose. A woman should have a choice about what to do with her own body. Is this a time warp and it is 1960?…Otherwise there is no excuse for this nonsense.
For a while, I was a home teacher and one of my students was a shy, lovely young woman who had been told she couldn’t come to school because she was pregnant and might “contaminate” other girls.
She got caught in an unwanted pregnancy and chose to carry the child to full term. No matter what her choices were after the child was born, this was a setback for her and her life plans. It was a long time ago.
We all face setbacks in life and she had the intelligence to manage better than most unwed mothers. If it was her decision to keep her child, she was headed toward poverty, according to the statistics. If she chose to have her child adopted, that was fine although there could be psychological issues. She had some difficult choices to make.
I didn’t know her well and we didn’t talk personally. She was a good student and I tried to teach her well. I remember I thought it was very unfair to kick her out of school but life was very unfair for women. It’s a sure bet that the baby’s father didn’t have to leave.
Abortions were still not legal and I have no idea if she would have wanted one but the point is, she didn’t have a safe choice. Every woman deserves a choice!
That was a long time ago and times have changed. Teens now are usually allowed to finish school and some of the girls are allowed to choose a special school where they also get parenting classes.
I wrote a book called Young Parents once and I learned from the research. If the girls choose to keep their kids, they were statistically doomed to poverty for the remainder of their lives. Of course there are exceptions but most teen parents struggle for years. Almost none have a baby’s father who stays in the picture.
When I taught high school, back in the Sixties, I heard kids say you couldn’t get pregnant the first time. Some of those kids also believed that you had to “really enjoy it” before you could get pregnant.
Those kids were sixteen years old and it was more than fifty years ago. United States Congressmen and State Representatives are a long way from high school. Some of them spouted ideas on the news that were more nonsensical ideas than any I have ever heard from a teenager.
Why are they really against Planned Parenthood? Why are they attempting to whittle away at abortion clinics? I can’t believe they are motivated by religion or they’d be more religious about helping the children who are already here. I think they must believe that their views will bring them more votes from people who fear change.
These fearful voters are the same ones who are routinely trying to keep poor people from voting. They also want more guns and they are anti-immigration and the list goes on. If dinosaurs ran for office, the change-adverse voters would rush to vote for them. Oops! Dinosaurs do run.
Resistance to change concerns me but I really get hot about the shutting down of abortion centers and the persecution of Planned Parenthood organizations because I have a great long term memory.
In my day, girls were routinely blamed for getting pregnant. We were supposed to know better and understand that boys had “needs” that would drive them to distraction. It was up to us girls, when we went on a date, to keep our wits about us and our knees shut.
During this last election, I heard several political figures spouting the same nonsense. I even heard one candidate claiming that women cannot get pregnant if they are “legitimately” raped. That is probably based on my 1960’s students’ belief that you had to enjoy it before it worked to make babies.
If my news station is to be believed, that is a fairly common belief today. I had never heard that particular canard until recently, but apparently it has been around a long time in the right-to-life circles. Do they old guys still chuckle and say, “If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it?”
All of this is just another alarming sign of the age-old prejudice against women. Whether it is a judge who blames the rape victim because she wear the wrong clothes or the neighbor who blames the teenage girl for going out with that wild boy, it always centers on the idea that it is all her fault.
How about your family? If you have children and grandchildren, what are you teaching them? Do you tell the girls to be careful and the boys to have fun? I hope not.
As a retired Religious Science minister, I’m supposed to look on the positive side and I usually do. The positive side here is that it will all change despite some people’s attempts to block progress. And I’m positively glad to know that New Thought arose, to make progress and accepting women as equals was part of that forward movement.
Many feminists deny all the traditional teachings as being anti-female and patriarchal. Their interest is in ancient teachings featuring goddesses and that is an interesting development. I’m glad they are doing it but I’m happy to see there are other attempts to the nonsense in the dominant religions.
Some people see the Bible as an old fashioned book that promotes men into leadership positions of power. They say blaming the woman is a common theme in the Old Testament.
True – there are a lot of stories about women enticing men to sin, probably because men wrote the book. Whether it is Eve, Delilah or Jezabel, these Biblical characters are nasty ladies. Some of the traditional churches seem to hang on to those attitudes, stating that women cannot be priests or ministers and the man is head of the household.
But most of the traditional churches are moving away from those beliefs based on stories written thousands of years ago. Protestant seminaries are crammed with women studying to be ministers. We are living in more enlightened times.
I don’t worry so much about what the churches say anyway. If someone chooses to believe that sex without a desire to conceive is a sin and not use birth control, that is personal business. It becomes impersonal when freedom of choice for every woman is threatened.
I think this is a good time to take a good look at the issue of women’s rights in general and check out your own attitudes about sexual behavior. Is it all the woman’s fault in your world?
Do I want to change any of my personal attitudes?
Do I want to investigate this issue?
Do I want to tell my legislators how I feel?