by John Price
While thumbing through some
Ageless Wisdom texts recently, I was surprised to see that one
of the exercises taught by the Masters was to act as if to bring
firmness to the mental and emotional bodies and insure
manifestation. It made me think of the old adage to "fake
it until you make it," which I hadn't considered a
As I contemplated the
instruction I began to see how it worked. Yes, of course. Energy
follows thought. Therefore, this wasn't a make-believe game.
It was developing a self-fulfilling prophecy-a way of
conditioning consciousness to the activity of Truth.
I should mention here that
acting as if will produce results only if you are alert
and enthusiastic about the process. A tired, uninspired couch
potato probably won't be able to get into the firmness groove.
To continue, whether it's
financial, physical, creative success or a loved and loving
relationship, we're working with the same principle. When we
choose a certain aspect of life and living, and accept it in our
feeling nature, we should move into a consciousness of HAVE. But
this may be difficult to maintain while the form or experience
is still in the invisible stage. We inflate the Have balloon, so
to speak, only to find it empty again after a nick of concern.
So what happens when we act as
if following the acceptance step? The imaging power of
Consciousness is released to enable us to see more clearly from
a higher vision. Remember that Jesus, in the Gnostic Gospels,
said, "What you see, you shall become." To act as
if the abundance is fully manifest brings forth images of
stability and security. The mind and body are more poised, and
we feel the image of fulfillment and completion. We see the
money in the bank, an all-sufficiency always available for a
life more abundant.
Same thing for physical
wholeness. To act as z/we are radiantly healthy produces
corresponding images with dynamic healing power. As Charles
Fillmore wrote in The Twelve Powers of Man, "...we
know that through the imagination we can produce wonderful
changes in the body." And from The Alchemist's Handbook:
"I see myself with a
magnificently healthy body in perfect order, where every cell is
in the image of the perfect pattern, and I am whole and
complete. I see myself as vibrant, energetic, and filled with a
new zest for life. I feel wonderful!" This is seeing as
And when we act as if in the
fulfillment of creative endeavors, right livelihood intentions,
or a fulfilling loving relationship, we are opening the door to
divine images that show us the reality, the truth, that it is
NOW THE ENERGY OF FAITH COMES FORTH.
As if releases the
imaging power which activates the energy of faith. This is the
faith of unfailing assurance that will continue to remove the
mountains of fear and doubt. In The Superbeings I wrote:
What does faith mean to you?
Define it. Hold it in your mind and examine every detail of it.
Faith! It is the power that can make you whole...it is the
"substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen." Literally you can do all things through faith
because faith is the connecting link between heaven and earth,
between cause and effect. The powerful energy of faith will
break down the middle wall of partition. The incredibly awesome
force of this power will penetrate into the depths of
consciousness and burn away the hardened strata of error
thoughts. Faith is the foundation upon which the realization of
Truth must be built.
And the process continues. As
if produces imaging power which activates faith which in
turn energizes the power of will.
WELL IS PURPOSE,
DETERMINATION, RESOLUTION, THE THIRD ASPECT OF AS IF.
In essence, will-power is the
one pointed focus to hold in firmness the
consciousness-conditioning of as is, the images of
completion and fulfillment, and the unfailing assurance of
faith. It is not something we try to bring forth from a personal
sense. Rather, it is the natural result of the first two
aspects. And at this point we move into a full measure of HAVE.
Now..."he that hath, to him shall be given." This is
when Spirit takes over to complete the self-fulfilling prophecy.
I act AS IF I am rich, whole, successful,
loved and loving because I AM. And it is so!
John Randolph Price is an
internationally known lecturer and bestselling author. of
eighteen nonfiction books: The Angels Within Us, Angel Energy,
Living a Life of Joy, The Superbeings published by
Ballantine/Random House. Published byHay House are The Abundance
Book, The Alchemist's Handbook, Empowerment, The Jesus Code, The
Love Book, The Meditation Book, Practical Spirituality, A
Spiritual Philosophy for the New World, The Success Book, The
Superbeings (trade edition), The Wellness Book, With Wings As
Eagles, The Workbook for Self-Mastery (formerly titled The
Planetary Commission), Removing the Masks That Bind Us, and
Nothing Is Too Good To Be True. His books, published in many
languages, have sold in the millions. Visit his website:
This article is republished from the
Quartus Report, a monthly newsletter. John and his wife started
the Quartus Foundation in 1981. The Word "Quartus"
denotes the four-square aspect of each individual: Spiritual,
Mental, Emotional, and Physical. The foundation is a research
and communications organization with the stated purpose of
probing the mysteries of Ageless Wisdom and integrating those
interminable truths with spiritual metaphysics. By combining the
dynamics of mind with the unlimited potential of universal laws,
the ancient principle of energy follows thought is confirmed.
With this understanding as a key, a door opens to a new
philosophy of life that is both practical and rewarding.
John and Jan Price are also the founders
of World Healing Day which originated on December 31, 1986 (His
prayer for World Peace in reprinted in Suzanne Harrill’s
affirmation book, Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself: Cultivating
the Garden of Your Mind Day by Day).
To Learn more about Quartus visit their
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