The Golden Key
by Emmet Fox
Scientific prayer will enable you to get yourself or anyone else, out of any difficulty. It is the golden key to harmony and happiness.
To those who have no acquaintance with the Mightiest Power in existence, this may appear to be a rash claim, but it needs only a fair trial to prove that, without a shadow of a doubt, it is a just one.
You need to take no one’s word for it, and you should not. Simply try it for yourself.
God* is omnipotent, and we are God’s image and likeness and have dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. The ability to draw on this power is not the special prerogative of the mystic or the saint, as is so often supposed, or even of the highly trained practitioner.
Everyone has this ability.
Whoever you are, wherever. you may be, the golden key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in scientific prayer it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in the process. You are only the channel through which the divine action takes place, and your treatment will be just the getting of yourself out of the way.
Beginners often get startling results the first time, for all that is essential is to have an open mind and sufficient faith to try the experiment. Apart from that, you may hold any views on religion – or none.
As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing: it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable: but whatever it is, stop thinking about it and think of God instead–that is all you have to do. It could not be simpler, could it?
God could scarcely have made it simpler, and yet it never fails to work when given a fair trial.
Do not try to form a picture of God, which is impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything that you know about God. God is wisdom, truth, and inconceivable love. God is present everywhere, has infinite power, knows everything, and so on.
It matters not how well you may think you understand these things: go over them repeatedly. But you must stop thinking of the trouble, whatever it is.
The rule is, to think about God.
If you are thinking about your difficulty, you are not thinking about God. To be continually glancing over your shoulder in order to see how matters are progressing is fatal, because it is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of God and nothing else.
Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God. This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you forget for a while about the difficulty, you will find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty–that your demonstration is made.
In order to “golden key” a troublesome person or a difficult situation, think. “Now I am going to ‘golden key’ John, or Mary, or that threatened danger”: then proceed to drive all thought of John, or Mary, or the danger out of your mind, replacing it with the thought of God. By working in this way with a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoying you, and you do him nothing but good. Thereafter, he is certain to be to some degree a better, wiser, and more spiritual person, just because you have “golden keyed” him. A pending lawsuit or other difficulties would probably fade out harmlessly without coming to a crisis, justice being done to all parties concerned.
If you find that you can do this very quickly, you may repeat the operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however, each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time. This is important.
We have said that the golden key is simple, and so it is, but of course, it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried, at first it may be difficult to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating a statement of absolute Truth, such as; There is no power but God: I am the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect harmony of God: God is love; God is guiding me now; or, perhaps best and simplest of all. God is with me–however mechanical or trite it may seem — you will soon find that the treatment has begun to “take.” and that your mind is clearing.
Do not struggle violently; be quiet, but insistent. Each time you find your attention wandering, switch it back to God.
Do not try to think in advance about what the solution to your difficulty will be. This is called “outlining” and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means to God. You want to get out of your difficulty that is sufficient.
You do your half, and God will never fail to do God’s.
“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).
*Note: It’s absolutely possible to use the Golden Key and omit the word God entirely and use the words Nature or Spirit or The Universe, they all refer to the same energy as God. The choice is yours use the word that best resonates with you.
The God we speak of here is not the man in the sky that many of us were bought up to believe in, God is Divine Power, Pure Unadulterated Energy, Spirit, Unconditional Love, and Principle of Life.
Faith in God is built into us all and just because it was repressed does not mean it’s gone forever, like all inborn qualities it cannot go away entirely.
This Spirit has been given many names by many cultures including, God, Creator, Prana, Ki, Chi, Collective Consciousness, Subconscious Mind, Ether, Ra, Krishna, Buddha, and probably a thousand others.
No matter what anyone chooses to call it, it is everywhere evenly present, both within and without. We breathe it, live in a sea of it, and are made of it, as is everything that exists. Your thoughts and words are energy and when you think or speak or listen to or absorb anything from “outside” of you it is interpreted by your mind into mind pictures. These mind pictures, like movies, create feelings and emotions, and the pictures and the emotions are acted upon by the Spirit that is all around you.
Our fear** obstruct the full actualization of the Divine Essense in us and the pain we experience is forged by suppression of this innate flow through us!
**flawed evidence appears real