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  Treat Yourself To Life

by Raymond Charles Barker

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Book Description

Dr Baker explains clearly and engagingly how one can improve one's life by changing your subconscious pattern through the spiritual technique called treatment. The essence of treatment is this: When the conscious mind of the individual deliberately selects a creative idea and delivers that idea to the subconscious, the subconscious mind acts as a law and proceeds to produce the equivalent of that idea in the individual's experience. The subconscious mind is the producer of one's experience, while the conscious mind is the decider of experience. Both phases of mind are spiritual processes working together - they are the God process in the individual. This wonderful work provides a spiritual technique for richer living. Chapters deal with, inter alia, Happiness, Wealth, Love, Success and Freedom, and includes helpful affirmations and prayers. On a par with the work of Joseph Murphy, Catherine ponder and Florence Scovel-Shinn, this book should be read repeatedly to provide the maximum benefit.

Treat Yourself to Happiness

"WILL I EVER be happy again?" is the cry which comes from the hearts of thousands.

For twenty years I have been talking with hundreds of these people and have proved to them that their happiness can be regained and expanded IF they follow a few simple rules.

Wherever you are, in an apartment in New York or San Francisco, a farm in Iowa, a house in Texas or a bungalow in Florida, there is an inner you which is craving love, self-expression, permanence in your health and security in money.

If not actually fearful of the future, you are at best suffering mild anxiety, the number one mental symptom of the twentieth century.

Elizabeth Andrews in a great New York City hospital looked up at me from her bed and said:
"I have just been told by the doctors that I have Padgett's Disease, a malignant disease, and that I will never walk again without heavy braces and crutches. I don't want to accept this verdict. Need I?"

Knowing that this woman was capable of making drastic changes in her thinking and feeling, I answered: "While the factual evidence of bone disease is true— your need to believe it permanent is not. You can treat yourself out of this, and I know it can be done."

Eight months later, without a brace or a crutch, Elizabeth Andrews walked into her church on a Sunday morning and joined others in the acknowledgment of a Power which knows no incurability!

How could this happen? Life limits no one, offers itself freely to all. If you can accept this new viewpoint as Elizabeth did, you can treat yourself to greater living. Elizabeth had learned that what man, with his material science, could not do for her, creative thinking could, provided she directed it herself.

Standing at her bedside on the day of her sentence to a life of invalidism, I saw her faint hope that I would agree she would walk again. Knowing her sincerity, and her capacity in the past to control her thinking, I immediately said:

"You certainly can walk again, and I will help you every step of the way."

Every day for months, she and I knew certain basic truths together. She, in her hospital bed, and I, in my home or office, replaced in her subconscious the verdict of an incurable disease with a sure knowledge of a woman walking through life with ease.

One cold autumnal day when Elizabeth was walking down Fifth Avenue, she suddenly fell. The ambulance intern told her she had broken her leg. Her fall, however, had not been the usual kind, no broken pavement, no icy sidewalk, nothing to trip over. The bones in her right leg had simply given way!

At the hospital the X-rays showed the disease. The doctor anxiously made his way to her room, carrying the pictures with him, hoping that as her own eyes saw the condition, the blow would be softened as he told her:

"You have Padgett's Disease."

She had faith in her doctor and obeyed his orders. She knew that his diagnosis was accurate and factual.

For a single moment the news terrified her, tears came to her eyes and panic clutched her heart. But she instantly turned in thought to her greater, faith in God and affirmed that the Creative Power was equal to this situation. The calm came, the faith returned, and I came to her bedside in answer to her call.

Her recovery was not miraculous. For four months she never left the bed. I was there the day they brought to her the heavy massive brace, to cover her from hip to toe. She looked at it and had a momentary cry. Then, catching herself, she turned to me and said:

"We'll fool them yet, won't we?" My agreement with her faith was instantaneous.

Four months later she walked into church without that brace or even a crutch!

The key to Elizabeth's victory was in her own ability to keep her thinking clear and to waver not in her knowledge of her own self as a creative channel for an unlimited intelligence. She knew that life would respond to her as she responded to it.

This reciprocal action between your patterns of thought and feeling, and the universal life has determined every experience which you have ever had, are having or will ever have.

You can learn how to treat yourself to greater living. Your mind is no different than Elizabeth's, mine or anyone's else. The greatest sages, saints and messiahs had minds no greater and no finer than yours. Only, they knew how to use them. They knew how to keep their minds directed to creative ends. This book is not written to give you faith, that your church will give you. It is written to show you how to translate your faith into right subconscious action, to produce the results you want.

Treat Yourself to Wealth

MONEY is WONDERFUL! One day I told a man this and he had the usual reaction of rejecting my suggestion. Ned Robertson sat in my office and told me frankly he did not want any spiritual help.

"I have come only to please my wife," he said. "And the sooner I can get out of your office the more pleased I will be." He was ill at ease, nervous, and to me as the observer, he was a tragic figure.

Let me tell you about Ned. He fitted the pattern of the hard driving American business man. He had worked his way through college. He was then forced to take a mediocre office job, since he had to earn money to support his widowed mother. A few years later he married an ambitious wife. As each of his three children was born his financial pressures increased. The usual family illnesses, the death of his mother and the question of whether the children, who were now ready for college could or could not go, had brought him to my office.

"What is the one thing you have always wanted to do?" was the first question I threw at him.

It took ten minutes of conversation to make him take an honest look back through the years. Finally he said:

"I've always wanted to be a sports fisherman."

"Well, why not do what you want to do?" I asked. "The universal will answer any demand made upon it. You can make money and be healthy only when you are doing what you want to do. You may make money doing what you don't want to do, but you lose out somewhere along the line."

"Man, I'm forty-five years old and in debt up to my ears, and you talk about my doing what I want to do?"

Three years later Ned Robertson was earning $30,000 a year as owner of a fleet of fishing boats in a Florida Keys resort. He was happy and in better health than he had ever known. His oldest son was in his third year of college, and his two other children were ready to enter.

I'll never forget his final remark as he left my office that first grim day:

"Your whole idea is preposterous, but I know you are sincere. I also know that you have helped many people to greater prosperity. What you've just told me is the craziest thing I've ever heard, but people tell me you've got something. I will come back next week and try it." As the door closed, I knew that Ned was on the road to solving his problem. Gradually he learned to see that life is not a struggle, but that it is a cooperative process. After six sessions he was even willing to believe that a creative power could act through him, and would do so as he gave it direction. He started attending my church, and actually enjoyed it and profited by it. As his inner tensions were replaced by confidence that his own creative power was a spiritual potential present in everyone, he planned how to get out of his humdrum work and into the sporting life he loved.

The moment Ned Robertson changed from the man who knew what he could not do, into the man planning to do what he wanted to do, and knowing that he could do it, his demonstration began to appear. That same key is in your hands. Cease the endless contemplation of where you are and start contemplating where you want to go. It will work every time. It is the ancient teaching of every religion, and it is a demonstrable method.

Ned erased the pattern of poverty in his subconscious mind and replaced it with the pattern of prosperity. He realized that the money problem was in his thinking, and not his situation. He came to the subconscious conviction that God did not create him to live under the tension of financial difficulties. He erased the pattern of lack out of himself, once and for all, through daily treatment.
You can do the same thing. If you have a poverty pattern and you are unwilling to do anything about it, all right; then adjust to it and live that way, but don't complain. Relax and adjust. But if you want to do something about it, begin treating yourself today. You don't treat your sources of income. You treat only yourself.

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