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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for January 7, 2007 

       "Religious faith may very well be considered a science, for it responds invariably to certain formulae. Perform the technique of faith according to the laws which have been proved workable in human experience and you will always get a result of power." - Norman Vincent Peale

        "The Science of Mind" written by Dr. Ernest Holmes, begins with the "Introduction" which contains four chapters; I The Thing Itself, II The Way It Works, III What It Does, and IV How to Use It ... the first four weeks of January, 2007, I will focus on these Introductory Chapters, beginning with "The Thing Itself."

       In this first introductory chapter, Dr. Holmes, takes us out of the realm of religion to a more enlightened awareness of God and our relationship to God ... in truth, religion has separated us from the great teachings of Buddha, Krishna, and Jesus ... by creating religions from their teachings ... religions which separate us from each other, and ultimately separate us from God (in our belief).  

     [The Science of Mind] ... We think of metaphysics, perhaps, as something that only the most profound thinkers have known about, but we should remember that we are also thinkers.  The profound thought of all ages has stood in awe of Life itself, realizing there here is a power and potentiality, the highest possibilities of which the human intellect cannot fathom.

     [The Science of Mind] ... Universal principles are never respecters of persons; the Universe has no favorites.  There, it is written:  "And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."  (Rev. 22:17)

     [The Science of Mind] ... This is the simple meaning of true metaphysical teaching, the study of Life and the nature of the Law, governed and directed by thought; always conscious that we live in a spiritual Universe; that God is in, through, around and for us.  There is nothing supernatural about the study of Life from the metaphysical viewpoint.  That which today seems to us supernatural, after it is thoroughly understood, will be found spontaneously natural.

     [The Science of Mind] ... We all know that many have been healed of physical disease through prayer.  Let us analyze this.  Why are some healed through prayer while others are not?  Can we believe that there is a God who picks out some man and says, "I will honor your prayer, but I do not think so much of Mr. So and So?"  It is superstitious to believe that God will answer the prayer of one above another.  Jesus said that God "maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matt. 5:45)

     [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, 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.

     [The 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.

     [The Science of Mind] ... Mind - the Thing, Spirit, Causation - is beyond, and yet not beyond, our grasp.  Beyond, in that It is so big; within, in that wherever we grasp at It, we are It to the extent that we grasp It; but, since It is Infinite, we can never encompass It.  We shall never encompass God, and yet we shall always be in God and of God!

     [The Science of Mind] ... We need not ask why these things are so.  There can be no reason given as to why the Truth is true.  We do not create laws and principles, but discover and make use of them (i.e. gravity, electricity).  Let us accept this position relative to the laws of Mind and Spirit, and see what we can do with them - rather than how we may contradict the inevitable.  Our mind and spirit is our echo of the "Eternal Thing" Itself, and the sooner we discover this fact, the sooner we shall be made free and happy.  The Universe is filled with Spirit and filled with Law.  One reacts to the other.  We are Spirit and we are Law.  The law of our life reacts to our spiritual or material concepts, and builds and re-builds according to our beliefs and faith.

     [The Science of Mind] ... There is a Power in the Universe that honors our faith in It; there is a Law in the Universe which exacts the "utter-most farthing."  We all wish to feel that the power behind everything is good .... This is the Thing Itself.  .... There is that within every individual which partakes of the nature of the Universal Wholeness and - in so far as it operates - is God.  That is the meaning of the word Emmanuel, the meaning of the word Christ.  There is that within us which partakes of the nature of the Divine Being, and since it partakes of the nature of the Divine Being, we are divine.  It reacts to us according to our belief in It; and it is an immutable Law, subject to the least among us; no respecter of persons, It cannot be bound.  Our Soul will never change or violate its own nature .... But since it is what it is, and works in the way that it works, it appears to each through his belief.  It is done unto each one of us as we believe .... The mind which we discover within us, is the Mind that governs everything.  This is The Thing Itself, and we should recognize its simplicity.

      And so now we understand why the Master Mind Jesus could declare in absolute faith, "I, and the Father are One."  And this "I" ... is the infinite "I" within all of us; It is our strength, our love, our health, our light, and our joy.  And so we can declare with absolute faith and confidence, "God-in-the-Midst-of-Me Is Mighty!"  
   

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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