And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God .- Romans 12:2
The word ‘assume’ has a bad reputation with many people. In my early military training, instructors, one after another, told us do not assume, when you do, it makes an ‘ass’ of you and me. In my youth, I took this to heart and I admit that most of the time it served me well. I was very thoughtful regarding the premise of my thinking and sought facts and proof to validate my plans and recommendations. The idea served me well.
However, it created a peculiar prejudice within me that subtly limited my ability to appreciate the power of assumption. Neville Goddard, puts forth a creditable case for the efficacy of the power of assumption in his book The Power of Awareness. In essence, he states that we have the ability to make the images of the life we dream, become the content and circumstance of our physical reality by employing the power of assumption. In this context assumption is taking on responsibility, power and qualities of the person who is living the life you would love to live. In other words, we assume the life we love in the way a king would assume the throne. We can assume our place in living the Good Life!
I have observed that often rather than attempting to assume the Good Life, I am more inclined to consume the Good Life. Even my consideration of the Good Life is so colored by my orientation to consumption that it bears little resemblance to the Good Life perceived from the perspective of assumption. In this train of thought, consumption has the energy of ‘using up’, as in the consumption of oil reserves. This is reflected in the wide spread use of credit and the growing debt in our society. When we are enmeshed in the consumption of the Good Life, we may lose sight of sustaining it.
So, what is the Good Life for you in this moment? Is it to have so much stuff that you never have to worry about running out of anything you need or want? Could we ever have that much, is there a nation on earth that could have enough gasoline to never be concerned about running out? If you think there is, examine your orientation, is it toward assuming the Good Life or consuming it? What is the Good Life from the perspective of assumption? Is it living in a way that respects the earth and includes responsibility for sustainability? Would it include having in your life people with whom you can explore the depth and breadth of relationship and Love? How would you discover your life’s purpose or express your creativity as you live the Good Life? How would you feel? Do you imagine yourself healthy and fit, alive and vital?
The perception of the Good Life through the eyes of assumption is Life is what you make it. Make it a life you would love living. A life filled with opportunity, wonder, fellowship and every quality and value you can imagine that would contain a just, verdant and Life enhancing world. Imagine it! Assume it! And share its blessings with everyone you meet!
There will arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, - Genesis 41:30