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                   "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."  Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, Introductory Chapter 2

      As we understand that the Spirit is living in and through us, we need not look any further than what we see around us to gain the awareness that G-d can only do for us, what G-d can do through us.  We each are living to the sum total of what we choose to believe and what we choose to accept for ourselves.  Now, this is not to say that we are to blame for the calamities that appear in our lives.  Blame or self-denigration, are self defeating.  All things come to our awareness for us to examine our beliefs in the light of Truth.  It is as simple as that.  Dr Holmes writes in The Science of Mind:  "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."  .... 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."

       I believe that we suffer because we are unaware of the Truth that all things work to our good.  I have great certainty that a positive faith is more powerful than positive thinking, because faith depends on belief.  The Master Mind Jesus did not say, "it is done unto as you think" but instead used the word "believe" ... belief is G-d because "belief" is what determines what we receive and accept for ourselves.  Someone with a positive faith in the good may experience adversity, but will transcend it.  And, often, will have an even greater faith still.  There is nothing complex about this.  It is simple and easily understood.  Yet, it is not easily accepted because we see so much that appears to contradict this in the world, that we let the appearances deny our faith, because we believe in what we see ... more than in what we believe.

     In The Science of Mind we are engaged in understanding that faith based on Principle or Universal Intelligence, can be depended on ... and can be demonstrated.  We can state this simply as "there is a Power in the universe and we can use it" ... but, first, we must "recognize" It as Power ... and then we must foster and nurture a positive faith that It will work for us, through us, for in Truth, It is us.  At first our mind may find it difficult to accept that this Infinite Presence we call G-d, is in us, as us.  To contemplate the Infinite, infinitely individualized is easier to grasp when we realize that we all have unique fingerprints and unique voices.  DNA researchers have found that we are unique in multiple ways ... some beyond our imagination.

     Back to 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.  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."

     The kingdom of Heaven is within us, but how may times do we disturb this Heaven by dwelling on thoughts that are not so heavenly?  Doubt and worry are just step-children of fear.  We cannot waver in our belief that good is without limitation ... that there is only good, not good and evil.  We must be willing to discard duality ... release it from our consciousness ... and most of all never dwell on fear in our mental household.  Dr. O. C. Smith stated, "fear is the child of an undeveloped consciousness." And so we must develop our consciousness with a positive faith in the good ... good for us, and good for everyone without limitation.

     Let's begin to develop our faith in a greater good, right now using these words given to us by Dr. Ernest Holmes in his book, "Living The Science Of Mind."  Please say this to yourself:  "Good and more good is mine.  There is no limit to the good that is mine.  Everywhere I go I see this good, I feel it, I experience it.  It presses itself against me, flows through me, expresses itself in me, and multiplies itself around me."


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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