Unity Masters :
BY REV. THOMAS W. SHEPHERD, D.MIN.
Emmet Fox was born in Ireland, educated in England, came to prominence in the United States, and died on vacation in France. When he arrived
from England, Fox carried a six-month visa in his pocket.
Fortunately for the New Thought movement in America, he
stayed 20 years.
Fox was one of those rare, gifted preachers—like Eric
Butterworth and Billy Graham—whose books outlived
their voices and whose published words continue to
influence those from a wide range of religious traditions,
including nonwestern and nontheistic seekers of truth.
His power to captivate audiences cannot be overstated.
At the height of the Great Depression, Fox was
teaching about healing and prosperity. He sketched
a simple prayer technique to “get yourself or anyone
else out of any difficulty” in a booklet he aptly titled
The Golden Key. His message exploded like fireworks
over a nation that had given up celebrating. It was
delivered at a time when Franklin Delano Roosevelt
was warning Americans, “The only thing we have to
fear is fear itself.”
Like most great truths, Fox said, the Golden Key is
“simplicity itself.” Here is how he described the technique:
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.