Had a weird anxiety dream last night co-starring a character I’m calling swamp monster. Most of the night, he bludgeoned me with a litany of personal failures and shortcomings. So in my morning meditation, I gave thanks that these subconscious error-thoughts had been revealed and affirmed they were healed.
“Blah, blah, blah,” says swamp monster, worming his way into my meditative state. “I never attack when you’re ready for me, anyway. I wait 'til your boat’s sinking faster than you’re bailing.”
So I zapped him with a brilliant denial – a prayerful statement declaring untruth has no power over me: “Go away, creep.”
“Fine, for now,” he hissed, retreating, “but if you want to sleep tonight, you’d better have another plan.”
He makes a good point. If we’re intent on changing subconscious beliefs, the conscious work has to be deep. Unity co-founders Myrtle and Charles Fillmore taught denials should be followed by affirmations (prayerful statements declaring truth). Their premise is affirmations, stated with great conviction and frequent repetition, reprogram the subconscious mind.
So in this case, we’re looking for a denial to deal with panic and anxiety. Here’s a winner: “Nothing disturbs the calm peace of my soul.” That should be followed with an affirmation dealing with passion and exhilaration. Here’s one of Charles’ most memorable, written when in his 90s: ““I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me today!”
Both are classic Unity prayers, used by Truth students with great effect for generations. If stress and anxiety are issues for you, my prescription is 10-20 repetitions of these prayers, two to three times a day.