"To suppose that the
Creative Intelligence of the Universe would create us in bondage and
leave us bound, would be to dishonor the Creative Power we call
G-d. To suppose that G-d could make man/woman as an individual,
without leaving her/him to discover her/him-self, would be to suppose an
impossibility. Individuality must be spontaneous; it can never be
automatic. The seed of freedom must be planted in the innermost
being of man/woman, but, like the Prodigal Son, we must make the great
discovery for our self."
- Dr. Ernest Holmes,
The Science Of Mind (modified)
week we begin an "annual review" of the first four
Introductory Chapters to The Science of Mind. These four chapters
give us the "basics" of the science of mind philosophy.
Our goal in this study is to develop a greater trust and understanding
of our relationship to the Infinite. As Dr. Holmes states,
"learning to trust will make you happy." All of the
sentences below within quotation marks are from The Science of Mind.
"The study of the Science of Mind is a
study of First Cause, Spirit, Mind, or that invisible Essence, that
ultimate Stuff and Intelligence from which everything comes, the Power
back of creation - the Thing Itself." Most of us already
accept that G-d exists, we just need to become more aware of our
relationship with It. And as we become more aware of our
relationship with It, we shall learn that G-d is not just Power, there
is no power other than G-d. If we begin to dismiss all ideas in
our mind that "appear" to oppose this Power of Good ... we
will begin to experience more of It immediately in our lives.
We have been told that G-d Is
Love, but most of us have not always been aware that G-d is also
Law. "As the love of G-d is perfect, so the law of G-d also
is perfect. We must understand both." ...
"Principles (laws) are forever hidden from our eyes. We
accept the deductions of science in so far as they are proved, and we
recognize that they are built upon immutable, but invisible
principles." ... "Universal principles are never
respecters of persons; the Universe has no favorites. Therefore,
it is written, "And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." We
all understand the Law of Gravity. It is a universal principle
that is not visible to us, but nonetheless we are acted upon, and
activate the Law of Gravity every day. And the Law of Gravity
never plays favorites. It works the same for everybody and every
thing, 24/7. Spiritual principles share the same attributes as
scientific principles like the Law of Gravity. This is why the
Master Mind Jesus stated, "it rains on the good and the bad
alike." The Universe NEVER plays favorites.
"Since some people have been healed
through prayer, while others have not, the answer is NOT that G-d has
responded to some and not to others, but that some have responded to G-d
more than others. Their prayer (their thought) has responded by
corresponding. The answer to prayer is in the prayer. But
what is prayer? A prayer is a movement of thought, within the mind
of the one praying, along a definite line of meditation; that is, for a
specific purpose." Jesus taught "affirmative"
prayer and prayer that affirms that what we desire is ours, brings us a
There is only One Mind, that Mind is G-d.
It is First Cause, Spirit or Mind. In the past few centuries, Mind
has been put into "classifications" ... conscious,
subconscious, subjective, unconscious ... all describing states of
consciousness. No matter what "classification" we may be
attuned to, we are always making "use" of the One Mind.
"Within us, then, there is a creative field, which we call the
subjective mind; around us there is a creative field which we call
Subjective. One is universal and the other is individual, but in
reality they are one. THERE IS ONE MENTAL LAW IN THE UNIVERSE, AND
WHERE WE USE IT, IT BECOMES OUR LAW BECAUSE WE HAVE INDIVIDUALIZED
IT. It is impossible to plumb the depths of the individual mind,
because the individual mind is really not individual but is
individualized. Behind the individual is the Universal, which has
no limits." We are always using Infinite Mind, but we
individualize it. In other words, both Bill Gates and Madonna are
using the same Mind, but each are using It in their own individualized
creative expression. "Everyone is Universal on the subjective
side of life, and individual only at the point of conscious
perception. The riddle is solved, and we all use the creative
power of the Universal Mind every time we use our own mind."
"G-d is always G-d. No matter what
our emotional storm, or what our objective situation, may be, there is
always a Something hidden in the inner being that has never been
violated. We may stumble, but always there is that Eternal Voice,
forever whispering within our ear, that thing which causes the eternal
quest, that thing which forever sings and sings." ... "We will
say then, that in spirit, man/woman is One with God. ... If we try to
find something difficult to grasp, then we shall never grasp it, because
we shall always think of It as being incomprehensible. The mind
which we discover within us is the Mind that governs everything.
This is The Thing Itself, and we should recognize Its simplicity."
a great adventure it is to study the Science of Mind. This study offers
healing, spiritual understanding, affirmative prayer and an intelligent
awareness of the Truth of Being. Most importantly, it offers us
the opportunity to live in tune with the Infinite Good and to always be
assured of our eternal, personal relationship with Infinite Spirit.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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