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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (January 15, 2006)      

        "The spirit within humankind is God and only to the degree that we listen to and seek to obey this Spirit shall we really succeed." ... Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

This week's message contains the most powerful points in the 2nd Introductory Chapter of the Science of Mind, The Way It Works.  If you missed the 1st Chapter's power points you can find it in the 2006 Archives.  These chapters contain the essence of the Science of Mind philosophy, which I have stated many times is the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus and other great mystics throughout the ages.


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 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."

      We now know that this is what we are - because we could not be anything else - but we do not know how much of this we are!  When we see It as It is, then, we shall see ourselves as we are!  We can only see It by looking at It through our own eyes.  Hence, we shall find a better God when we shall have arrived at a higher standard for man.  If God is to interpret Himself to man, He must interpret Himself through man.  And the Spirit can make no gift that we do not accept.


The Original Life is Infinite.  It is good.  It is filled with peace.  It is of the essence of purity.  It is the ultimate of intelligence.  It is power.  It is Law.  It is Life.  It is in us.  In that inner sanctuary of our own nature, hidden, perhaps from objective gaze, "nestles the seed, perfection."

     In our ignorance of the truth, we have misused the highest power we possess.  And so great is this power - so complete is our freedom in it, so absolute the domain of law through it - that the misuse of this power has brought upon us the very conditions from which we suffer.  We are bound because we are first free; the power which appears to bind us is the only power in the universe that can free us.  This is why Jesus summed up His whole philosophy in this simple statement:  "It is done unto you as you believe."  The great Teacher looked so deeply into Nature, that She revealed Her fundamental simplicity to Him.  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 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."  (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.  If we can 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 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.


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 [we] think, or give a treatment, or make a prayer, we are 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 unfoldment of the word, or concept, into objective experience.

    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.  [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 we 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.


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 accept this concept, rather than continuing to think that 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.  [From the Book of Isaiah:  "I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is none other."]

     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. - Dr. Ernest Holmes

     The information above is filled with so much that if we can "fix" it in our mind, will change our lives so much for the better.  The Life that we hope for can be ours ... if we are willing to develop the consciousness that "accepts" greater and greater Good ... and we can do it.  Next week, the 3rd Chapter, "What It Does."

And So It Is!  

Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Rev. Bates

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