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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for January 3, 2016
      

             In his 1910 classic "The Science of Getting Rich" Wallace D. Wattles made this bold statement:  "The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two; but inspiration will cause them to rise out of their misery. If you want to
help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself." 
 

            To the surface mind this may seem harsh or cold-hearted but I believe Mr. Wattles meant it to be just the opposite.  He is speaking to the development of consciousness.  The person who relies on charity or the kindness of others is surely to habituate a weakness in their consciousness that will perpetuate dependency in their lives.  This is especially important, I believe when it comes to children for "charity" imposes upon their minds a sense of helplessness and the beginning of the development of a poverty consciousness.  And by "charity" Mr. Wattles and I both mean the giving of something to someone without an expectation of any effort or action on their part other than to accept that which is given to them.  

           None of us would want to give to unworthy causes or to people who use what we give to abuse themselves or others.  Mr. Wattles also wrote this:  "Do not spend your time in charitable work, or charity movements; all charity only tends to perpetuate the wretchedness it aims to eradicate."  And this we can see in the world today just as he saw it in 1910.  Charities have expanded dramatically in our world.  And in many cases instead of promoting even a sense of gratitude it has fostered a sense of false-entitlement. There are ways to help people without diminishing their consciousness or inherent dignity.  An excellent example is Goodwill, which was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.  It is this "hand up" philosophy that has inspired countless numbers of people to rise above their circumstances into something greater.  Organizations that provide education or healthcare follow this "hand up" philosophy.

           
Dr. Robert Bitzer who founded the Hollywood Church of R.S. stressed to his congregation that giving to a church was not a "charitable contribution" as the church is a "non-profit" not a charity.  His church was paid for, including the remodeling and additions, within eight years and when he passed from this life his church was one of the most prosperous of all churches in Hollywood.  The word "charity" carries with it an atmosphere of diminished good and the inability to be self-reliant, both which contradict the teachings of the science of mind and the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus.  The person who gives with the thought of "charity" may feel a boost to their own ego but there is no principle involved that increases the permanency of good for both the giver and the receiver.

             Money and wealth have been falsely identified by religious dogma as something far different than that which was stated in the ancient wisdom, including the Gospels.  The Master Mind Jesus gave us the principle of prosperity in his "parable of the talents" and the mystics before him gave us their insight into the value of prosperity thinking:  from the ancient wisdom Ecclesiastes 10:19-20 
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything. Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” King Solomon who is considered to be the author of Ecclesiastes is telling us to not only see money as something good to be enjoyed and necessary but also tells us not to talk against wealth and prestige.  This is a teaching of consciousness for what we accept in consciousness manifests in our experience whether we believe it about ourselves or someone else.  There are people who live their entire lives believing that other people have money and they don't ... and so they don't.  A prosperity consciousness is not inherited.  It is developed through thought, belief and action.  We can control all three with the power of our mind.

          Let us bring into our mind that money and happiness go hand-in-hand, two sides of the same coin so to speak.  We have all heard the expression "money doesn't buy happiness" ... well, poverty doesn't either ... and let us keep this straight in our mind every day in all things that concern us ... "dinero, money, felicidad, happiness" in every language, let's see money and happiness as ours!  Please read and re-read this spiritual affirmation gifted to us by the American Mystic Ernest Holmes until the thought of financial lack is loosed from your mind:  "My knowledge that the great I Am is ever available gives me an increasing capacity to draw upon It and to become inwardly aware of the presence of the Spirit.
      Through the quiet contemplation of the omni-action of Spirit, I learn to look quietly and calmly upon every false condition, seeing through it to the other side of the invisible Reality which molds conditions and recreates all of my affairs after a more nearly Divine pattern.
      With a penetrating spiritual vision I can dissipate the obstruction, remove the obstacle, dissolve the wrong condition.
       Standing still, I can watch the sure salvation of the Law.
        I now claim health instead of sickness, wealth instead of poverty, happiness instead of misery.
        Every thought of fear or limitation is removed from my consciousness.
        I know that my word transmutes every energy into constructive action, producing health, harmony, happiness and success.
        I know there is something at the center of my being which is absolutely certain of itself.
        It has complete assurance and it gives me complete assurance that all is well.
        I maintain my position as a Divine Being here and now.
        I know that in this consciousness of Reality is the supply for my every need - physical, mental or spiritual - and I accept that supply in deepest gratitude.
         I am thankful that this is the way Life fulfills my needs, through the doorway of my inner self, and I am thankful that I know how to use this perfect Law.
          I come to this great Fountain of Supply, in the very center of my being, to absorb that for which I have need, mentally and physically, and I am filled with the sense of the Reality of that which I desire.
          As I am filled with Reality I permit It to flow into my world of thought and action, knowing that It brings peace, harmony and order all around me.
          There arises within me limitless faith in the unconquerable Presence, the perfect Law, and Divine Action."


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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