Florence Scovel Shinn :The Power Of The Spoken Word
Weapons Ye Know Not of
‘I have weapons ye know not of!; I have ways ye know not of! I have
channels ye know not of! Mysterious weapons, mysterious ways, mysterious
channels! For God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.’ The
trouble with most people is that they want to know the way and the channels
beforehand. They want to tell Supreme Intelligence just how they prayers
should be answered. They do not trust the wisdom and ingenuity of God.
They pray, giving Infinite Intelligence definite directions how to work, thereby
limiting the Holy One of Israel.
Jesus Christ said: “When ye pray, believe ye have it.” What could be
more simple or direct?
“Become as a little child if you would enter the kingdom.” We might
paraphrase the scriptures and say, have, have the expectancy of a little child
and your prayers will be answered. A child waits with joyful expectancy for
his toys at Christmas. The child does not lie awake at night agonizing over
his drum wondering whether he will get it. He goes to bed and sleeps like a
top. He jumps out of bed in the morning ready for the happy day before him.
He looks with wonder at that which is before him.
The grown-up person spends sleepless nights agonizing over his
problem. Instead of a drum, he has spoken for a large sum of money. He
can’t think of any way it can come, and will it come on time? He will tell you
he has perfect faith in God, but, he would like to know more about the
channel and how it is to be done. The answer comes, “I have weapons ye
know not of.” “My ways are ingenious, my methods are sure.”
“Trust in me, commit your ways unto me.” Committing your ways unto
the Lord seems very difficult to most ways unto the Lord seems very difficult
to most people. It means, of course, to follow intuition, for intuition is the
magical path, the beeline for your demonstration. Intuition is a Spiritual
faculty above the intellect. It is the “still small voice” commonly called a
hunch, which says, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” I refer to intuition very
often for it is the most important part of Spiritual development. It is Divine
Guidance. It is the God within, it is the eye which watches over Israel and
never slumbers or sleeps. With it, nothing is unimportant. Acknowledge me
in all your ways and I will make plain your path. Remember – despise not the
day of small things (or seemingly unimportant events).
It is very difficult for a person who has always followed the reasoning
mind, to suddenly follow intuition, especially people who have, what they
call, regular habits. They are accustomed to do the same things every day at
the same time.
Meals like clockwork. They get up at certain time and go to bed at certain
time and go to bed at a certain time. Any deviation upsets them.
We have the power of choice – we may follow the magic path of
intuition, or the long and hard road of experience, by following the reasoning
mind. By following the superconscious we attain the heights. In the intuition,
are the pictures of eternal life, where death itself is overcome. We have the
power to impress the subconscious mind with the picture of Eternal life. The
subconscious, being simply power without direction, carriers out the idea,
and we have our bodies transmuted into the body which can never die. We
see this idea partly expressed in the moving picture “The Lost horizon.”
Shangrila was a symbolic picture of the “World of the Wondrous,” where all
conditions are perfect.
There is a Spiritual prototype of your body and affairs. I call it the
Divine Design and this Divine Design is a Perfect Idea in your superconscious
mind. Most people are far from expressing the Divine Idea of their bodies
and affairs. They have stamped the contrary pictures of disease, old age and
death upon the subconscious, and it has carefully carried out their orders.
Now we must give a new order; “ Let me know express the Divine Idea in
mind, body and affairs.”If you will impress the subconscious by repeating this
statement you will be amazed at the changes which soon take place. You will
be bombarded by new ideas and new ideals. A chemical change will take
place in your body. Your environment will change for the better, for you are
expanding rapidly into the Divine Plan, where all conditions are permanently
“Lift up your heads, ye gates , and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting
doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The
Lord (or Law) strong and mighty. The Lord mighty in battle.”
Now remember, the Bible is talking about thoughts and states of
consciousness. Here is a picture of the Perfect Ideas of the superconscious
mind, rushing into your conscious mind. Gates and doors are lifted up, and
“The King of Glory comes in.”
“Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty. The Lord
mighty in battle.” This King of Glory has weapons ye know not of and puts to
flight the army of the aliens (the negative thoughts entrenched in your
consciousness for countless ages). These negative thoughts have always
defeated manifestation of your heart’s desire. They are the thought forms
which you have built up in your subconscious by constantly thinking the
same thoughts. You have built up a fixed idea that “Life is hard and filled
with disappointments.” You will meet these thoughts as concrete
experiences in life, for “out of the imaginations of the heart comes the issues
“My ways are ways of pleasantness.” We should all build up in
consciousness a picture of peace, harmony and beauty and some day it will
push itself into visibility. The Divine Idea of your life often flushes across your
consciousness as something too good to be true. Very few people fulfill their
destinies. Destiny means the place you were destined to fill. We are fully
equipped for the Divine Plan of our lives. We are more than equal to every
situation. If we could get the realization back of these words, doors would fly
open and channels be cleared. We could hear the hum of the Divine activity,
for we would be linked with Infinite Intelligence which knows no defeat.
Opportunities would come to us from unexpected quarters. Divine activity
would operate in and through all our affairs and the Divine Idea would come
God id love but God is Law, “If ye love me, keep my commandments”
(or laws). Dr. Ernest Wilson that his first knowledge of Truth come through
reading Emerson’s “Concentration.” Concentration means loving absorption.
We see children lovingly absorbed in their play. We can only be a success in
a line which interests us greatly. Great inventors are never bored with their
work, or they would not bring forth great inventions. Never force a child to be
something he does not want to be. He will only prove a failure. The first start
toward success is to be glad you are yourself. So many people are bored by
themselves. They have no self-reliance, and are always wishing they were
When I was in London I saw a man on the streets selling a new song, it
was called, “I am tickled to dead I am me.” I thought that was a wonderful
idea- start out by being glad you are yourself. Then you can expand rapidly
in to the Divine Plan of your life where you fulfill your destiny. You may be
sure that the Divine Plan of your life will give you perfect satisfaction. You
will no longer envy anyone. People often become impatient and discouraged.
I was inspired by reading in the paper about Omaha, the famous racehorse.
The article said, “Omaha, has to run a mile before he gets into his stride.”
There are, no doubt, a lot of Omahas in the world, but they can get into their
Spiritual stride, and win the race, in the twinkling of an eye.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of
thine heart.” Delight thyself in the law and it will give to thee the desires of
thine heart. “Delight yourself in the law” means to enjoy making a
demonstration. To enjoy trusting God, means to be happy in following your
intuitive leads. Most people say, “Oh dear; I’ve got to demonstrate money
again;” or “Oh dear; my hunches make me so nervous, I haven’t the nerve to
follow them.” People enjoy playing golf and tennis, why can’t we enjoy
playing the game of life? It is because we are playing with unseen forces.
With golf and tennis they have balls they can see and a goal which is visible
to the naked eye; but how much more important is the game of life? The
goal is the Divine Plan of your life where all conditions are permanently
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will make plain thy paths.”
Every moment we can link with intuition, will give us a definite a lead as
signpost. So many people are leasing such complicated lives because they
are trying to think things out instead of ‘intuiting’ they way out.
I know a woman who says she has a thorough knowledge of Truth and
its application but the minute she has a problem she reasons and weighs and
measures the situation. It is never solved. Intuition flies out the window when
reason comes to the door. Intuition is a Spiritual faculty, the Superconscious,
and never explains itself. There came a voice before me, saying, “This is the
way, walk ye in it.” Someone asked me if the reasoning mind was ever any
good. The reasoning mind must me redeemed. Trust in Spiritual law and “it
will be given you.”
Your part is to be a good receiver, prepare for your blessing, rejoice
and give thanks and it will come to pass.