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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for January 14, 2007 

      "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture ... do not build up obstacles in your imagination." - 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.  This week I will focus on Introductory Chapter II, The Way It Works.  (Chapter I, The Thing Itself, is posted on the 2007 Archives page.)

       The Law of Life is a Law of Belief and what we believe is a choice.  But, not all of the beliefs that we hold in our consciousness have been consciously chosen.  The Science of Mind gives us the knowledge to choose our beliefs based on Universal Principles ... beliefs that are in alignment with the Nature of God, Infinite Spirit. 

     [The Science of Mind] ... UNIVERSAL MIND, OR SPIRIT, IS GOD ... There is a Universal Mind, Spirit, Intelligence, that is the origin of everything:  It is First Cause.  It is God.  This Universal Life and Energy finds an outlet in and through all that is energized, and through everything that lives.  There is One Life back of everything that lives.  There is One Energy back of all that is energized.  This Energy is in everything.  There is One Spirit back of all expression.  That is the meaning of that mystical saying:  "In Him we live, and move, and have our being." (ACTS 17:28)

     [The Science of Mind] ... The life which we live is the Universal Life expressing through us, else how could we live.  Our thought and emotion is the use we make - consciously or unconsciously - of this original creative Thing that is the Cause of everything.  Therefore, we shall say that the mind, spirit, and intelligence which we find in ourselves is as much of this original, creative God as we understand.  That this is not robbing God is a self-evident fact.  Since we are, then we are real and actual and have existence; and since we can reduce all that is to a fundamental unit, we find that we have this proposition:

           There is Spirit - or this Invisible Cause - and nothing, out of which all things are to be made.  Now, Spirit plus nothing leaves Spirit only.  Hence there is One Original Cause and nothing, out of which we are made.  In other words, we are made from this Thing.  That is why we are called the "son of God." (note:  the image and likeness of God)

     [The Science of Mind] ... We (have been) bound because we are first free; the power which appears to bind us is the only power in the universe which can free us.  This is why (the Master Mind) Jesus summed up His whole philosophy in this simple statement:  "It is done unto you as you believe."  ... That "believe" and that "as" symbolize heaven and hell.  And so we suffer, not because suffering is imposed upon us, but because we are ignorant of our true nature.

     [The Science of Mind] ... 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.

     [The Science of Mind] ... 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." (Hebrews 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.  It 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 not great or small to the soul that maketh all," then we may experience a greater good because we have conceived it.

     [The Science of Mind] ... 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, or of Its ability.  It is entirely a question of our own receptivity.

     [The Science of Mind] ... 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.

     [The Science of Mind] ... How much can one demonstrate?  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?  What that is, THAT MUCH WE CAN HAVE.

     [The Science of Mind] ... We must instill into the mind the fundamental proposition that good is without bounds.  Only good and loving-kindness shall "follow me all the days of my life." (Psalms 23)  We must get this concept, rather than continuing to think there is a power of evil as opposed to the power of Good.  We experience good and evil because we perceive a presence of duality rather than unity. ... Let us realize and work with this sound knowledge and perfect faith:  That as high as we shall make our mark in Mind and Spirit, so high shall be Its outward manifestation in our material world.

      Simply stated, the way It works is through our belief ... our belief in God ... and our belief and confidence that God works through us.  We must know and realize within our minds that the Good desires that we carry in our hearts ... that take nothing from anyone else ... is God's desires for us ... and that much we can have.
   

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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