“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” – Job 12:13
“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.”
“Man’s freedom comes through fulfilling his destiny, bringing into manifestation the Divine Design of his life…There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do.”
“Man must prepare for the thing he has asked for when there isn’t the slightest sign of it in sight.”
“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.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn
I am a big fan and appreciator of Florence Scovel Shinn’s work. I came across her work back in 2015 during some tough times. “The Game of Life and How to Play It” was a book she had written in 1925! But it was the inspiration I had been seeking to find. It lifted me up spiritually and mentally. Florence was wise beyond her years and ahead of her time. The wisdom she offers teaches that times may change but the “Game of life” and its lessons repeat throughout time. It’s a testament and tribute in how we deal with situations and people. In return, our life reflects our reactions. We can win life and control how we attract abundance and prosperity through our divine thoughts and actions; or lose life with our negative thoughts and destructive reactions.
One movie I’m very fond of and portray’s Florence Scovel Shinn teachings so well is “The Pursuit of Happiness” Starring Will Smith; based on a true story. It was a common theme of a “catch 22” situation. For example, Will Smith needed money to get the clamp off of his car tire but not having the financial funds to do so; because he was banking on selling at least 2 of his bone density scanner machines a month; but he wasn’t meeting the goal. So Will smith is behind on rent and needs to find another source of means; for the meantime, and experiences all types of inconveniences in between everything.
All the while, his life is seemingly falling apart; centered around an entrepreneurs dream and unwavering belief in his “Bone density scanner” machine. Will Smith had every reason to fail but something in him would not let him. He made a mark on his superconscious (God within every man, and is the realm of perfect ideas). It feels and looks unattainable but this is our divine design. We drive ourselves crazy for all the wrong reasons; holding on to one right reason why things will work out. We create these perfect storms indeed… Ah, yes. It’s our pursuit of happiness!
As long as we see it, so it shall be. But the truth lies in the eyes. The eyes are the windows of the soul, and through that window, we can see a hidden story of all it took to win that one moment of joy and happiness.
“Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.”
“If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn
Writing has really become its own form of divine answers for me. It cracks the codes I seek. From seeing life’s scattered images across my mind, to orchestrating these thoughts on my mental piano; being confirmed with my eyes and silently read. The process of thinking an idea, to creating it is so intriguing to me. Thoughts really are powerful and you’re the engineer of their power. You are ultimately the Divine engineer of your life.
How can you truly know if you’re using your time correctly when each day feels like it’s passing by to no avail? Why does the goal feel so hard to reach but so easy to see? Is there a surface that can be scratched? Or will my efforts stay under the surface and overlooked?
Those countless hours of hard work, physical, emotional, and mental pains; the late nights racking your brain; battling back and forth with your thoughts, thinking “what’s the next move?” Enduring it all, you show up the next day and the next day, and the day after that; then you finally get it.
Without any assurance or promises on how it would come about; persistence wins its day and catches up with you. You played your part; despite uncertain inconveniences, your movements were certain. You stood tall on your coldest nights; now you can stand still with gratitude and rejoice. You showed up every day; every day was counted.
You had to live through it before having a rite of passage; God rights you in the direction, you control how you write the story of your passage. It’s God’s signal to move even when you can’t see the way by sight. Your journey left a faithful imprint; now there’s the imprint left by divine design. No divine work is ever done in vain; the work speaks for itself!
“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision; and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” – Florence Scovel Shinn
“Whatever you do homie, give your heart to it; and stay strong.” – Nipsey Hussle
“I know who I am, I know what I believe, and that’s all I need to know.” – Will Smith