One rule I like to apply in life is to stay one step ahead of error, rather than playing catch-up all the time.
For instance, rather than waiting for lack to appear in one’s experience, we can be proactive with demonstrating abundance so that lack never has a chance to become part of our experience.
The same rule applies to health. Rather than waiting for illness to appear, and then praying to get well, we can be proactive with Truth and stay well, and develop such a strong immunity to illness through our spiritual understanding, that illness seldom occurs for us to fight in the first place.
As in olden times, a city that is strongly fortressed and garrisoned with high and impenetrable walls, is difficult for enemies to invade. When our thinking is strongly garrisoned with Truth, and overflowing with Love, there is no room for error-suggestions to enter and cause havoc.
To stay one step ahead of error, be alert to any signs of heaviness, darkness or suggestions of illness trying to enter consciousness. Don’t ignore forebodings of evil. Deal with them promptly by applying spiritual truth and making them go away.
For me, if I’m feeling a bit down, I stop what I’m doing, and remember that Life is Good—all the time, and I’m living it right now. Enjoy it! If I worry about the future, I stop what I’m doing and remember that the future is now, and it’s all good, filled with God’s love and care. Be grateful! If I sense symptoms of illness coming on, I don’t ignore them. I stop what I’m doing, and argue the unreality of those symptoms and the reality of God’s health until I’m confident that I’m well.
The more one practices at staying ahead of error and metaphysically on top with Truth, the easier it gets. It becomes a way of life. Suggestions of evil can be quickly put down and God’s peace can be quickly found when the heart is committed to knowing nothing less than complete freedom all the time.
It’s a lot easier to stay on top of the mountain of Truth, then to descend into the valley and keep hiking up the steep slopes again and again.
Stay ahead of error. Be proactive with understanding Truth, and thrive!