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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, January 13, 2013 

       "This week's message will not be broadcast on the radio.  Instead, the radio broadcast will be a "repeat" of last week's broadcast and message.  This week, I want to pay tribute to the mystical Ernest Holmes and his classic book, "The Science of Mind" which is emblazoned with the wisdom of the ancients from the Torah, The Holy Bible, The Eastern Philosophies, and the 19th and 20th Century teachers of Truth; Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, Christian D. Larson and Ralph Waldo Trine. The science of mind is faith-based spirituality; absolute faith in G-d, in our divinity and faith in our ability to choose and control our destiny through meditation, spiritual mind treatment, prayer and the realization of our One-ness with G-d, Infinite Spirit.  The foundation principles are synonymous with the teachings of Jesus and the ancient mystics before him, minus the dogma of religion and the cultural attitudes of the era in which they were written.  It is a respectful way in which to truly worship G-d, and to better understand how the simple instructions of the Master Mind Jesus can cleanse our mind of the things we have learned from the world so that we may evolve naturally through our own intellect and soul a greater realization and experience of G-d and Life Itself." - Rev. Bates

       Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the 4-Introductory Chapters of "The Science of Mind" by Ernest Holmes:

Learning To Trust Will Make Us Happy:  When we learn to trust the Universe, we shall be happy, prosperous and well. We must learn to come under that Divine Government, and accept the fact that Nature’s table is ever filled. Never was there a Cosmic famine. “The finite alone has wrought and suffered, the Infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.” God is always God. 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.

Divine Nature Is in Every Man:  This is The Thing Itself. Briefly, let us recapitulate. 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 use of the least among us; no respecter of persons, It cannot be bound. Our Soul will never change or violate its own nature; all the denying of it will never change it; all the affirming of it will never make it any more than it is. 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.
        We will say, then, that in spirit, man is One with God. But what of the great Law of the Universe? If we are really One with the Whole, we must be One with the Law of the Whole, as well as One with the Spirit of the Whole.
        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.

Spirit Works for Us by Working Through Us:  The Thing, then, works for us by working through us and is us, always. It cannot work for us in any other way. It spreads Itself over the whole universe and shouts at us from every angle, but It can become power to us ONLY WHEN WE RECOGNIZE IT AS POWER.
        We cannot recognize that It is, while we are believing that It is not. Hence, it is written: “they . . . entered not in because of unbelief.” (Heb. 4:6) We may enter in because of our belief, but we cannot enter while there is unbelief. Here we come to a house divided against itself. If we say we can only experience a little good, then we shall experience but a little good. But, if we say, with Emerson, “There is no great and no small to the soul that maketh all,” then we may experience a greater good because we have conceived it.
          Therefore, our belief sets the limit to our demonstration of a Principle which, of Itself, is without limit. It is ready to fill everything, because It is Infinite. So, it is not a question of Its willingness, nor of Its ability. It is entirely a question of our own receptivity.

How Much Can We Believe? That we must go the way of the Law, is a fundamental tenet of this Science, because Nature obeys us as we first obey It, and our obedience to It is our acceptance of It. How much can we believe? AS MUCH AS WE CAN BELIEVE will be done unto us.
        When the consciousness speaks, the law receives and exe­cutes. When a farmer plants a seed, he invokes the law. That which follows is done by the mechanical side of Nature, which has no volition of Its own. Involution is the cause and evolu­tion is the effect. When a person (modification) thinks, or gives a treat­ment, or makes a prayer, he/she is dealing with involution - the first step of the creative order. This is what the Bible calls the Word. That which follows is evolution, or the enfold­ment of the word, or concept, into objective existence.
       We are thinking, willing, knowing, conscious centers of Life. We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flow­ing through us, a creative Something ... call It what you will. The sum total of all our thought, will, purpose, and belief, creates a tendency in this Law that causes It to react to us according to the sum total of that belief.
       Ignorance of the law excuses no one from its effects. If, then, certain specific ways of thought and belief have pro­duced limitations, other beliefs will change them. We must learn to believe. The approach should be direct, and it should be specific.
      Suppose one is laboring under the idea of limitation. His whole thought is a picture of limitation. Where is he placing himself in Mind? Is he not, in substance, saying: “I cannot have and enjoy good things”? And he is demonstrating that he cannot have, or accomplish, good. It may take time to reshape the basis of his thought; he must commence by saying, “I perceive that because I am what I am – because of this Infinite Thing that over-shadows eternity and finds Its abiding place in me, I know that good is now mine – all good.” There is no mental coercion in this. We do not will things to be done; things are brought into being, not by will, but by the power of the self-assertive Truth.
       How much can one demonstrate (or receive)? Just what one can be­lieve. How much can we see, how much can we accept, how much can we find in our consciousness that is no longer repudiated by our own denials? Whatever that is, THAT MUCH WE CAN HAVE.

The Universe Impersonal:  The Universe is impersonal. It gives alike to all. It is no respecter of persons. It values each alike. Its nature is to impart, ours to receive. When we stand in the light, we cast a shadow across the pathway of our own experience.  Emerson advises that we get our bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine-circuits.

A Riddle of Simplicity:  It is a beautiful and true thought to realize that every man stands in the shadow of a mighty Mind, a pure Intelligence, and a Divine givingness!  Not alone unto the great comes the soft tread of the Unseen Guest. The arrogant have not perceived the simplicity of faith, but the pure in heart see God. The farmer has seen the Heavenly Host in his fields. The child frolicked with Him at play. The mother has clasped Him to her breast and the fond lover has seen Him in the eyes of his beloved. We look too far away for Reality.
       The intelligence by and through which we perceive that there is a Spiritual Presence and an Infinite Mind in the Universe, constitutes our receptivity to It, and decides Its flow through us. We have made a riddle out of simplicity; therefore, we have not read the sermons written in stones, nor interpreted the light of love running through life.
       To return to a sane simplicity is one of the first and most important things to do. All men receive some light, and this light is always the same light. There is one nature dif­fused throughout all nature; One God incarnated in all peoples.
        The Divine Incarnation is inherent in our nature. We are immersed in an Infinite Knowingness. The question is, how much of this Reality are we going to express in our own lives? The direct approach is always the best and the most effective. In so far as any man has spoken the truth, he has proclaimed God — it matters not what his particular ap­proach may have been. The scientist and the philosopher, the priest and the professor, the humanitarian and the em­pire builder, all have caught some gleam of the eternal glory and each has spoken, in his own tongue, that language which is of itself Universal.
            Let us do away with a ponderosity of thought and approach the thing simply and quietly. It is the nature of the Universe to give us what we are able to take. It cannot give us more. It has given all, we have not yet accepted the greater gift.

        When we are dealing with real Life — with thoughts, im­pulses, emotions, etc. — we are dealing with Causation, with original Cause, and we should be most careful how we deal with such powers and forces. In dealing with this subtle power of Mind and Spirit, we are dealing with a fluent force. It is forever taking form and forever deserting the form which it has taken. Thus a practitioner of this Science should not be confused over any given form, but should know that any form which is not of the original harmony is subject to change. The Original Spirit is Harmony. It is Beauty and Truth and everything that goes with Ultimate Reality. The Universe is not divided against Itself.
       We should learn to control our thought processes and bring them into line with Reality. Thought should tend more and more toward an affirmative attitude of mind that is positive, stable, and — above all else — toward a real unity with Spirit that is already complete and perfect.
        We should be able to look a discordant fact in the face and deny its reality, since we know its seeming reality is borrowed from illusion, from “chaos and old night.” Our standard is one of perfection. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) We should be able to look at a wrong condition with the knowledge that we can change it. The realization that we have this ability must be gained by the application of our knowledge.
The practices of the Science of Mind calls for a positive understanding of the Spirit of Truth; a willingness to let this inner Spirit guide us, with the conscious knowledge that “The law of the Lord is perfect.” (Psalms 19:7) And we must believe this to be a fact. IN SO FAR AS OUR THOUGHT IS IN ACCORD WITH THIS PERFECT LAW, IT WILL ACCOMPLISH AND NOTHING CAN HINDER IT. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away,” (Matt. 24:35) said the beautiful Jesus, as he strove to teach his disciples the immutability of the Law of Righteousness.
        As a person (modification) uses thought definitely and for specific pur­poses, and the more definitely he/she uses the Law, the more directly will It respond to her/him. <>


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. Henry Bates

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