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Weekly Message for Sunday, January 5, 2003
                                      

             THE THING ITSELF

        
From the Science of Mind:  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.

           There is only One Mind, that Mind Is God, and that Mind Is My Mind Now ... always and forever.  All Is God and All Is Mind.  That is why the Master Teacher Jesus stated, "it is done unto you as you believe."  Since we can only believe with our Mind, then Mind is the Doer Unto Us .. the Doer of the mundane and the Doer of the miraculous and marvelous.

(Science of Mind) It is necessary that we remember that we live in two worlds at the same time, the invisible world of cause where thoughts and ideas are the creators and the material world of effect where the results or manifestations of our thoughts and ideas come into being.

As we understand that we live in two worlds, we can understand that the Invisible world is Infinite.  My thoughts and my ideas are not limited unless I choose to "think" in a limited nature.  In my mind I can "think" myself into great success, prosperity and living a life of luxury.  There is no limit imposed on me ... my limits are self-imposed.

(Science of Mind)
What is the mind?  No man living knows.  We know a great deal about the mind, but not what it is.  By mind, we mean consciousness.  We are now using it.  We cannot locate mind in the body, for, while the body is a necessary vehicle for consciousness while we are here, it is not consciousness.  We cannot isolate mind.  All we know about it is not what it is, but what it does, and the greatest philosopher who ever lived knows no more than this ... except that he may tell us more of how it works.

How is Mind involved in Prayer? ...  was one of my first questions when I began my initial studies of the Science of Mind.  From the Science of Mind:  Since some people have been healed through prayer, while others have not, the answer is NOT that God has responded to some and not to others (Jesus said that God "maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth the rain on the just and the unjust."  Matthew 5:45) ... but that some have responded to God 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.

God, the One Mind, the Thing Itself ... that which Is Cause .. has seemingly appeared beyond our grasp ... something or someone that we must convince, must beg and supplicate to ....  but It is not beyond ... It Is this "Indwelling Spirit" or as Jesus stated so clearly, "the Father and I are One" ...  not two, not separate and apart ... One .... yet Infinite .... so as we Open Our Mind To The Infinite ... releasing all thoughts of limitation, we will find ourselves Standing At The Doorway Of Infinity .....Infinite Good, Infinite Abundance, Infinite Love ... infinitely more than we have experienced in the past. 

                     

 And So It Is! 
Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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