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The Game of Life and How to Play It
By Florence S. Shinn
I have mentioned before that we as human beings are made in the image of God, and have an ability to speak things into existence just as He did in Genesis. This book, The Game of Life and How to Play It, discusses how our thoughts encourage our tongues to speak life into either a positive experience full of prosperity and success, or a negative experience full of despair and failure, and uses biblical scriptures to support the claims. This book teaches one how to declare what is yours, prepare for what is yours, and finally to accept what is yours.
For example, when I found my house, I had only been working on my new job for 3 months. I was told that I would not be able to buy the house by the bank because I had not been on the job long enough; however I could literally see myself in this house. I felt at home when I stepped inside for the tour. I told everyone that they would have to come and see my new house. I claimed it before I even won the bid. I even started buying things for my house. Next thing you know, the bank told me that I had to be on this new job for at least 6 months before they would give me the loan. I gave the bank everything but my blood! I wrote letters, I dug up on tax paper work, I got bank statements from years ago, etc…I did everything without ever feeling like the option to not get the house would ever happen.
I had started my job in August 2011. I won the bid on the house in November 2011. I was due to close on my house January 30, 2012, exactly 6 months after having been on the job. Well, I was laid off from my job 2 days before I closed on my house and I was not affected emotionally not one bit. I smiled, packed my things, and left that office because in two days I was going to close on my house. I moved into my house one week after I was laid off! The power of declaring what is yours, preparing for what is yours, and then taking what is yours in a way that says, “I knew it was mines all along”.
Florence discusses in very plain English the 3 levels of consciousness. She describes the conscious as the “mortal or carnal mind” (Chapter 1, pp9) which effects how the mind interprets your life, experiences, and the things around you. The subconscious is the place in your mind where action is done without direction or thought. The conscious mind speaks things into existence through the subconscious. Then there is the super-conscious mind, the place where God works and usually presents images considered “something too good to be true” by the conscious mind (Chapter 1, pp9). The conscious mind has the ability to cast spoken burdens into the super-conscious or the place where God works, and fill the subconscious with positive affirmations that generally manifest into a reality.
Example: Florence writes (Chapter 6, pp. 53) “I knew a woman whose burden was resentment. She said, “I cast this burden of resentment on the Christ within, and I go free to be loving, harmonious, and happy. The Almighty super-conscious, flooded the subconscious with love, and her whole life was changed.”
Florence who was a metaphysics teacher in New York gives examples of the power of the tongue through experiences she had with helping people achieve success in all areas of life which she calls “treatments”. My favorite example that she gives is the one where she says a woman told her that she was poisoned after eating a bad oyster. She told the woman, “Oh no, the oyster was harmless, you poisoned the oyster. What’s the matter with you?” I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read her response to the woman! The problem with the woman was that she had gotten into an argument with nineteen people, and had become what Florence calls “inharmonious” and attracted the wrong oyster.
Many times, people do ugly things to others, or say ugly things about people, and wonder why they themselves are not successful or why bad things happen to them. People wonder how others could gossip and spread ugly rumors about them, yet they do the same to others. Florence talks about the law of Karma, but she also talks about how forgiveness can defy the law of Karma. Our God, who came in human form under the name Jesus Christ, has relieved us from having to deal with the law of cause and effect, a.k.a Karma. Forgiveness trumps Karma. By asking forgiveness for those you have trespassed against, you can forget all about the law of Karma. It has no power over God and his law unless you give it power. I love that Florence backs up her points with biblical references. I actually understood the Bible better after reading this book!
I learned so much about how I have given things an equal amount of power to God. I honestly used to believe in not opening umbrellas indoors, and being careful not to break mirrors until I read this book! This book helped me to think positive about everything which manifests positive speech. Many of us want to lose weight, want to improve our appearance, and become friendlier, dependable people, but is this dream something you feel is too good to actually come true? This book will teach you how your desires and dreams are nothing more than God’s way of showing you your purpose, and how he envisioned you when he created you eons ago.
Recommended by a friend who knew that I was going to be explaining how attitude and personality brings about inner beauty on my blog; I read this book and enjoyed every moment of it. I highly recommend everyone read this book. This book taught me how to speak life more positively in a way that makes sense. Speak and think positively and you will be an inspiration to the people around you. This will promote positive vibrations and bring out your true inner beauty.