Cause and Effect

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So what is cause and effect?

Here's what Ernest Holmes states in his book The Science of Mind:

    "Cause . . . Causation . . . First Cause Cause is that which occasions or produces an effect. The reason, motive or occasion. Causation, too, is the act or agency by which an effect is produced. FIRST CAUSE always means that from which everything comes. The Cause of all that is made manifest on any plane. That Which comes first. The first in any creative series. The Life back of things." (from The Science of Mind, glossary page 578, Penquin Putnam, Inc.)

    "Effect That which follows cause. Effect is that which did not make itself, but which must have a power back of it causing it to be. All manifestation is effect and all effect is subject to its cause. The Creator is greater that His Creation. Everything which we see, touch, taste, feel, hear or sense with the physical senses is an effect. 'things which are seen are not made of things which do appear.' This means that what we see comes from what we do not see. If all cause is existent in Spirit, and if the Law which executes the Will of the Spirit is subjective, and if the body is only an effect, it follows that both cause and effect are spiritual." (from The Science of Mind, glossary page 588, Penquin Putnam, Inc.)

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My Interpretation
Here's my interpretation of cause and effect. Cause is your thoughts, desires, and expectations. Effect is the result of those thoughts, desires, and expectations. My further reasoning is that if you want a certain result (effect) you need to be clear in your thoughts and desires and also expect them to happen.

Holmes also states:

    "ALWAYS EXPECT THE GOOD. Have enthusiasm and, above all, have a consciousness at all times. Treat yourself until you have an inner sense of unity with all Good." (from The Science of Mind, page 184, Penquin Putnam, Inc.)

Therefore, in order to create the effect you desire you must always consciously think of and meditate on the perfect desired out come. Create a perfect picture in your mind. Practice this everyday remember the saying "practice makes perfect." Eventually you will have erased the old outlook of imperfection and negativity and replaced with a more ideal image and positive thought pattern, which in turn will cause you to expect the desired effect without question. I cannot stress enough the need for positive self talk. The power of positive thinking along with the genuine expectation (the cause) will bring into to being your desires (the effect).

Holmes goes on to say:

    "The reason a man has difficulty in throwing off some weakness of character--while believing in Spirit implicitly and having faith that he is going to overcome his limitation--is because he has not induced the necessary images in mind. If he had, he would have overcome his trouble. Thinking of his weakness keeps the image of it before him." (from The Science of Mind, page 185, Penquin Putnam, Inc.)

    "This is true according to the law of cause and effect, for what we persist in recognizing we persist in holding in place. The which we refuse to recognize, we neutralize, and it is not longer there so far as we are concerned." (from The Science of Mind, page 303, Penquin Putnam, Inc.)

So become aware of your state of mind and make the effort to change it for the better, to make it work for you in body, mind, and spirit.

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