Would you say that I am a bit presumptuous disagreeing with a best selling Ph.D. in psychology?
Are you interested in the controversy I have chosen to create?
What, you might rightfully ask, fuels my need to disagree? My explanation begins with first presenting Shad Helmstetter’s idea:
Level V Self-Talk – The Level of Universal Affirmation (It is . . .)
This level of Self-Talk has been spoken for thousands of year. It is as old as the ancient religions which inspired it. It is the Self-Talk of “oneness” with God. This level of Self-Talk speaks of a unity of spirit, a divine and timeless cosmic affinity which transcends all worldly things and gives meaning to our being.¹
I used Helmstetter’s words to make sure that in my disagreement I don’t misrepresent.
Helmstetter says that Level V Self-Talk is characterized by the words, “It is” and sounds like this:
“I am one with the universe and it is one with me. I am of it, within it, and exist as a shining spark in a firmament of divine goodness.”¹¹¹
That thinking is at odds with my Faith in Jesus Christ who is the Creator of all that there is including me and the universe.
Genesis¹ clearly states that humans and only humans are created in the image of God.
I do need an affirmation from someone greater than me. But it isn’t the universe. It is a Person. A personal God who indwells me and has given me many great “affirmations” to empower victorious living.
Here are some of the affirmations that I suggest for those who share my Faith:
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31b
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
For me, there is infinitely greater power in invoking the God of the universe than identifying with the universe. I recognize and respect your choice to disagree with me because God has given you that choice. I hope that you will respect my choice as well.
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¹Helmstetter, Shad, Ph.D., What To Say When You Talk to Your Self, Pocket Books, 1986
²And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:25-26