Florence Scovel Shinn (1871 – 1940), was an incredible New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer who wrote many powerful and life changing books: The Game of Life & How to Play It, The Magic Path of Intuition, Power of the Spoken Word, to name a few, that are still relevant today.
Her powerful words are living proof that Truth withstands the test of time. And that when the student is ready, the Master appears.
In my humble opinion, we need her teachings now more than ever. For they can help us take back our power and start creating a life we love and are proud of.
Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Florence Scovel Shinn
1. You must live fully in the now to make your dreams come true.
“This is a day of completion.” ~ Florence Scovel Shin
2. Gratitude is the law of increase.
“Gratitude is the law of increase, and complaint is the law of decrease.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
3. Bless the past, and forget it.
“The robbers of time are the past and the future. Man should bless the past, and forget it, if it keeps him in bondage, and bless the future, knowing it has in store for him endless joys, but live fully in the now.”
4. Nothing on earth can resist an absolutely non-resistant person. ~ Florence Scovel Shin
5. If you keep on bragging of your troubles, you will always have something to brag about.
“I knew a woman who went about bragging of her troubles, so, of course, she always had something to brag about.”
6. If you run away your problems will run after you.
“If you run away your problems will run after you. Be undisturbed by a situation, and it will fall away of its own weight.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“So long a man resists a situation, he will have it with him.”
7. There is no separation in Divine Mind.
“There is no separation in Divine Mind, therefore, I cannot be separated from the love and companionship which are mine by divine right.” ~ Florence Scovel Shin
8. When you send out real love, real love will return to you. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
9. Unforgiveness is the most prolific cause of disease.
“Unforgiveness is the most prolific cause of disease. It will harden arteries or liver, and affect the eye-sight. In its train are endless ills.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
10. What you condemn in others, you attracts to yourself.
“What man condemns in others, he attracts to himself.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
11. Let Infinite Intelligence solve the problem in its own way.
“We must stop planning, plotting and scheming, and let Infinite Intelligence solve the problem in its own way.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
12. Bless your enemy and you will rob him of his ammunition. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Bless your enemy and you will rob him of his ammunition. His arrows will be transmuted into blessings. This law is true of nations as well as individuals. Bless a nation, send love and good-will to every inhabitant, and it is robbed of its power to harm.”
“There is an old saying: “No man is your enemy, no man is your friend, every man is your teacher.”
13. Never do today what intuition says to do tomorrow. ~ Florence Scovel Shin
14. Make an affirmation immediately upon waking.
“Make an affirmation immediately upon waking. For example: “Thy will be done this day! Today is a day of completion, I give thanks for this perfect day, miracle shall follow miracle and wonders shall never cease.” Make this a habit, and one will see wonders and miracles come into his life.”
15. All power is given to you to bring your heaven upon your earth.
16. There are no lost opportunities in Divine Mind. ~ Florence Scovel Shin
“There are no lost opportunities in Divine Mind, as one door shuts another door is opened.”
17. All that you require is already on your pathway.
“All that you require is already on your pathway, but you must be wide-awake to your good to bring it into your manifestation.” Florence Scovel Shinn
18. Fear and impatience demagnetize. Poise magnetizes.
19. With God and yourself all things are possible.
“I do not limit God by seeing limitation in myself. With God and myself all things are possible.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Man’s word is his wand filled with magic and power! Man comes into the world financed by God, with all that he desires or requires already on his pathway. This supply is released through faith and the Spoken Word. If thou canst believe, all things are possible.”
“All power is given man (through right thinking) to bring his heaven upon his earth, and this is the goal of the game of life.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
20. You can change your conditions by changing your words.
“A man can change his conditions by changing his words. Any man who does not know the power of the word is behind the times.”
21. Prayer is telephoning to God and intuition is God telephoning to you.
22. A harmonious person is never vibrating at the same rate as a germ.
“Words and thoughts are a tremendous vibratory force, ever moulding man’s body and affairs.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
23. Change your thoughts, and in the twinkling of an eye, all your conditions change.
“Change your thoughts, and in the twinkling of an eye, all your conditions change. Your world is a world of crystallized ideas, crystallized words. Sooner or later, you reap the fruits of your words and thoughts.”
“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”
24. It is man’s divine right to have plenty more than enough. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Man must prepare for the thing he has asked for, when there isn’t the slightest sign of it in sight.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
25. The first start toward success is to be glad you are yourself. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
26. Life is not a battle, it is a game.
“Most people consider life a battle, but it is not a battle, it is a game.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinngiving
27. The subconscious mind has no sense of humor.
“The subconscious mind has no sense of humor and people often joke themselves into unhappy experiences.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
28. There is no there—there is only here.
29. Little beginnings have big endings.
“Do not neglect the day of small things, for little beginnings have big endings.”
30. Giving opens the way for receiving. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
31. Bills should be paid cheerfully.
“Bills should be paid cheerfully, all money should be sent forth fearlessly and with a blessing.”
32. No man can fail, if some one person sees him successful.
“A keen observer of life once said, “no man can fail, if some one person sees him successful.” Such is the power of the vision, and many a great man owed his success to a wife, or sister, or a friend who “believed in him” and held without wavering to the perfect pattern!” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
33. Often just before the big achievement, come apparent failure and discouragement.
“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, come apparent failure and discouragement.”
“When man can wish without worrying, every desire will be instantly fulfilled.”
34. You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success.
“You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which clicks.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
35. If you ask for success and prepare for failure, you will get the situation you have prepared for.
“If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.”
36. There is something you are to do, which no one else can do.
“There is a place that you are to fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do.”
37. The simple rules are fearless faith, nonresistance and love. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” This means that whatever man sends out in word or deed, will return to him; what he gives, he will receive.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Many people are without vital interests and are hungry to hear what other people are doing. They are usually the ones who keep the radio turned on from early morning till late at night. They must be entertained every minute. Their own affairs do not hold enough interest. A woman once said to me: “I love other people’s affairs.”
She lived on gossip. Her conversation consisted of, “I was told,” “I was given to understand,” or “I heard.” It is needless to say she is now paying her Karmic debt. A great unhappiness has overtaken her and everyone knows about her affairs. It is dangerous to neglect your own affairs and to take an idle curiosity in what others are doing. We should all be busily engaged in perfecting ourselves, but take a kindly interest in others.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“A person who is low-spirited or inharmonious will contract a cold; a happy, fearless person will be immune to germs. For example, a woman goes out in cold weather in evening clothes – lightly clad – but is quite comfortable, for she feels she is looking well and is filled with anticipation for a happy evening.
If the same woman is dressed in an unbecoming gown or in a bad humor, she will come back complaining of a cold and discomfort and have a cough the next day. A harmonious person is never vibrating at the same rate as a germ.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Every thought, every word is impressed upon it and carried out in amazing detail. It is like a singer making a record on the sensitive disc of the phonographic plate. Every note and tone of the singer’s voice is registered. If he coughs or hesitates, it is registered also. So let us break all the old bad records in the subconscious mind, the records of our lives which we do not wish to keep, and make new and beautiful ones. Speak”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“People think by running away from a negative situation, they will be rid of it, but the same situation confronts them wherever they go. They will meet the same experiences until they have learned their lessons.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“You must form the habit of living in the fourth dimension, “The World of the Wondrous.” It is the world where you do not judge by appearances. You have trained your inner eye to see through failure into success, to see through sickness into health, to see through limitation into plenty. I will give to you the land which your inner eye sees. “I will give to you the land which thou seeth.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Only be strong and very courageous to observe to do according to all the law which Moses, my servant, commanded thee: turn not from it to the right nor to the left, that thou mayest have good success whithersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart from thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein, for then shalt thou make thy way prosperous and thou shalt have good success. Turn not to the right nor to the left.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Be strong! Fear not; Fear is man’s only adversary. You face defeat whenever you are fearful! Fear of lack! Fear of failure! Fear of loss! Fear of personality! Fear of criticism! Fear robs you of all power, for you have lost your contact with the Universal Power House.
“Why are ye fearful, Oh ye of little faith?” Fear is inverted faith. It is faith turned upside down. When you are fearful you begin to attract the thing you fear: you are magnetizing it. You are hypnotized by the race thought when you are afraid.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“The lion draws his fierceness from your fear, his roar is in the tremors of your heart. Stand still like Daniel, and you too shall hear the rush of angels sent to take your part.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“We will talk now about your wall of Jericho: the wall separating you from success. Nearly everyone has built a wall around his own Jericho. This city you are not able to enter, contains great treasures; your divinely designed success, your heart’s desire!
What kind of wall have you built around your Jericho? Often, it is a wall of resentment—(resenting someone, or resenting a situation) shuts off your good. If you are a failure and resent the success of someone else, you are keeping away your own success”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Each one of you has a Promised Land, a heart’s desire, but you have been so enslaved by the Egyptians (your negative thoughts), it seems very far away, and too good to be true. You consider trusting God a very risky proposition.
The wilderness might prove worse than the Egyptians. And how do you know your Promised Land really exists? The reasoning mind will always back up the Egyptians. But sooner or later, something says, “Go forward!” It is usually circumstances—you are driven to it.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“You cannot always control your thought but you can control your word, and eventually the word impresses the subconscious and wins out.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Ask, believing, thou shalt receive!” We know that our beliefs or expectancies are impressed upon the subconscious and carried out. We might say, if you ask, not believing, you will not receive. Faith creates expectancy.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“So let us break all the old bad records in the subconscious mind, the records of our lives which we do not wish to keep, and make new and beautiful ones.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Every thought, every word is impressed upon it and carried out in amazing detail. It is like a singer making a record on the sensitive disc of the phonographic plate.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“We can learn to control our thoughts in the same way, by gentle determination, not force. We take an affirmation and repeat it continually, while our thoughts are on the rampage. We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“Someone has said that courage contains genius and magic. Face a situation fearlessly, and there is no situation to face; it falls away of its own weight.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
“There is always plenty on man’s pathway; but it can only be brought into manifestation through desire, faith or the spoken word. Jesus Christ brought out clearly that man must make the first move.”~ Florence Scovel Shinn
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