Patterns of false thinking can create much unhappiness in our lives. But with denials we can empower ourselves once more, bringing back health & peace.
Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (MAT 16:24)
Unity’s foundational thinker, Emilie Cady, describes in LESSONS IN TRUTH how patterns of false thinking can create much trouble and unhappiness in our lives. But through DENIALS we can empower ourselves once more, bringing back health, comfort, strength, joy, and inner peace.
In today’s usage, the psychological meaning of denial, that of refusing to face up to the truth, so predominates that use of this term causes considerable confusion. Whether to accept the reality of something or to deny it is an issue of great delicacy and the reader is encouraged to proceed prayerfully. It seems important to acknowledge the appearance of a circumstance but deny its power over us.
Denial statements, in this way, bring us back into our power, as expressions of God, to speak and know the good that is here for us.
Emilie Cady describes four fundamental areas where we can practise denials:
There are four common error thoughts to which nearly everyone grants great power. Persons who have grown out of sickness and trouble through prayer have found it good to deny these thoughts in order to cleanse the mind of the direful effects of believing them. They can be denied like this:
(1) THERE IS NO EVIL
There is but one power in the universe, and that is God – Good. God is good, God is ominipresent. Apparent evils are not entities or things of themselves. They are simply apparent absence of the good, just as darkness is an absence of light. But God, or good, is ominipresent, so the apparent absence of good (evil) is unreal. It is only an appearance of evil, just as the moving sun was an appearance. You need not wait to discuss this matter of evil or to understand fully all about why you deny it, but begin to practise the denials in an unprejudiced way and see how marvellously they will, after a while, deliver you from some of the so-called evils of your daily life.
(2) THERE IS NO ABSENCE OF LIFE, SUBSTANCE, OR INTELLIGENCE ANYWHERE
We have seen that the real is the spiritual. “What can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2. COR 4:18) By using this denial, you will soon break your bondage to matter and to material conditions. You will know that you are free.
(3) PAIN, SICKNESS, POVERTY, OLD AGE, AND DEATH CANNOT MASTER ME, FOR THEY ARE NOT REAL.
(4) THERE IS NOTHING IN THE UNIVERSE FOR ME TO FEAR, FOR GREATER IS HE THAT IS WITHIN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD
God says, “I will contend with those who contend with you” (IS 49:25). He says it to every living child of His, and every person is His child.
Emilie Cady concludes by suggesting we repeat these Denials to ourselves regularly in our daily life, just as we use affirmations. So that they become a deep and powerful part of our existence. In this way we empower ourselves, claim health, strength, comfort, joy and peace.