Russell: God Works Through The Law

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the fifth of these eight methods of God.

God Works Through The Law


Prayer isn’t just reciting a formula. (Photo credit: Boofalo Blues)

The law spoken of in Russell’s fifth chapter is what he calls the Law of Mind. It is knowing that God is the source and creator of everything, and that we are one with God through Christ. Jesus said, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20) Through this oneness with God we can have happiness, true peace, and joy. We can also ask what we will and it will be given to us.

Russell points out five elements of effective asking, or prayer;

  1. Intent: A specific desire. Not a vague, general longing but a very specific picture of what we want.
  2. Belief: knowing that we are one with God and that He is the source and creator of all and both able and willing to provide. This also encompasses a love of God and each other, and a sense of forgiveness and lack of resentment toward anyone.
  3. Knowledge: Knowing that whatever you ask for is already granted, and therefore feeling gratitude for it.
  4. Emotion: There must be emotion behind the desire. Not one of lack or want, but a sincere desire for whatever we are asking for.
  5. Surrender: Willingness to surrender to Divine will. Knowing that, just as a parent would not give a child anything that would harm them no matter how much the child begged, God sees from a higher viewpoint than we do and will not give us anything that will harm us. Whatever happens will be for the ultimate good.

Old movie projector

He also uses a powerful illustration to show how the thoughts impressed upon our subconscious manifest in our reality. He talks about a movie projector (remember the good old days when movies came on film instead of on a disk or down a network cable?) and how when the operator wants to change the picture on the screen, he doesn’t go down and try to deal with the picture itself, he changes the film that is in the projector.

In this illustration, the screen is our reality. The projector, or more specifically the light shining through it, is the Law or the creative power of God flowing to us and through our subconscious. The film is our beliefs, the thoughts, desires, fears and worries we hold in our mind. Whatever film we feed in front of the light is what is projected and appears in our lives. If you don’t like the way the movie is going, beating on the screen all day long will not help anything. You must change the film to one you want to see.

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