A Light in the Darkness
by Owen Waters
The 1920’s, the Roaring Twenties, ushered in the technologies of radio entertainment
and movies with sound tracks. Before that, ‘the movies’ had been silent moving picture dramas with subtitles.
Now, with the addition of sound, they became ‘the talkies.’
The new media of radio, as well as the newsreels that played before each movie, began
providing people with new sources of information and entertainment. Henry Ford’s mass production of motor cars was creating
a demand for the dirt roads of the day to be hard-covered with tarmac. Progressive towns began boasting that, as well as a
hard-covered main street, they also had a traffic light!
TV was still twenty years into the future, but the telephone was becoming a fashion statement,
especially when its use was demonstrated by glamorous starlets in the movies. With the separate earpiece held up to one ear,
they would loudly and clearly intone the magic words, “Hello, calling long distance!” in order to be connected
with their intended person through a relay of human telephone operators. In the movies, if not in real life, they always succeeded
in getting through on the first attempt.
Meanwhile, the young adults of the day, such as the fashionable flappers, showed their
newfound freedom from tradition by dancing ina style that reflected their sense of lightness and fun.
By 1931, however, storm clouds were gathering over America. On the one hand, construction
of the Empire State building in New York City, the tallest building in the world to date, had just been completed. On the
other hand, the economy was being dragged relentlessly down into ever-deeper depths. Bank failures were snowballing at a frightening
pace as the economy collapsed inward upon itself, leading to unemployment rates in excess of 25%.
People became deeply anxious and were desperately searching for answers. Angry mobs began
to listen to even angrier speakers, who sought political scapegoats to blame for their woes. Others, meanwhile, turned in
the opposite direction, seeking solace from God.
It was into this economic and societal darkness that Emmet Fox (1886-1951) began speaking
in the United States about a technique that he called The Golden Key to harmony and happiness.
Emmet Fox was a New Thought author who proclaimed that the Golden Key technique would
get you, or anyone else, out of any difficulty. The technique was simplicity itself:
Stop thinking about the difficulty and, instead, think about God.
To achieve this, people were told to make a mental list of everything that they knew about
God and to repeat those sentences in their heads until their attention had shifted entirely away from the difficulty and onto
a focus upon God. They would repeat lists of statements, such as: God is omnipotent; God is love; God knows all; I am a child
of God; God is present everywhere; God is truth; God is with me now; and so on.
Then, the person had to put the difficulty out of their mind until the next time that
they saw fit to use the technique. Some difficulties were harder than others to resolve and required several Golden Key sessions.
From extensive experience, Emmet Fox knew, without a doubt, that if the Golden Key technique
were done correctly, it would work every time. The problem was, back in those days, no one really understood exactly why it
After all, people asked, how can you solve a problem by turning your back on it and thinking
about something else? And, they wondered, why would it only work if you raised your consciousness high enough? Couldn’t
God fix the problem regardless of how high you reached in your spiritual awareness? These were just some of the unanswered
questions surrounding the mystery of the powerful and effective Golden Key technique.
Now, fast-forward to our current time period, and we find that the answers to such mysteries
have become available. Better yet, we also have the knowledge and resources to greatly improve upon this original idea. The
main lesson learned from this technique was this:
When you enter a higher state of consciousness, life’s challenges become transformed.
Problems become solved, almost as if by magic. Looking closer, you see that there are
two ways that this magic happens.
1. Problem situations are energetically healed by the higher consciousness, or;
2. Solutions are seen and these solutions are energetically created in the superconscious
mind. As you will see later, one of the functions of the superconscious mind or soul is to create new realities as intentional
energy fields which will then unfold and manifest in your life.
Later, we will be discussing ways of reaching higher consciousness which are particularly
effective, especially in today’s level of human awareness, which is far in advance of the general spiritual awareness
of the 1930’s.
First, let’s examine why our spiritual possibilities are so much greater today...
This was a sample chapter from Owen Waters' e-book, "Freedom of the Spirit: Four
Powerful Steps to Spiritual Freedom." This deeply insightful e-book combines some of today's most proven and time-tested spiritual
practices into one powerful and effective package.