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Sunday, January 21, 2001

  WHAT IT DOES

 
        Religious Science churches and centers all over the world begin each New Year by presenting the first four chapters from the Science of Mind, the Philosophy we teach.  These
chapters are the heart and soul of Religious Science.

Chapter
3
- What It Does 
               


                    We should approach the study of this Science rationally, never expecting to derive any benefits from it that its Principle does not contain.  For while it is true that we are immersed in an Infinite Intelligence, a Mind that knows all things, it is also true that this Intelligence can acquaint us with Its ideas only as we are able and willing to receive them.  The Divine Mind is Infinite.  It contains all knowledge and wisdom, but, before It can reveal Its secrets, It must have an outlet.  This outlet we shall be compelled to supply through our own receptive mentalities.

                  All invention, art, literature, government, law and wisdom that has come to the race has been given to it through those who have deeply penetrated the secrets of nature and the mind of God.

                  Perhaps the simplest way to state the proposition is to say that we are surrounded by a Mind, or Intelligence, that knows everything; that the potential knowledge of all things exists in this Mind; that the abstract essence of beauty, truth and wisdom co-exist in the Mind of the Universe; that we also exist in It and may draw from It.  BUT WHAT WE DRAW FROM IT WE MUST DRAW THROUGH THE CHANNEL OF OUR OWN MINDS.  A unity must be established, and a conscious connection must be made, before we can derive the benefits which the greater Mind is willing to reveal or impart to us.

                   The Spirit can give us only what we can take; It imparts of Itself only as we partake of Its nature.  It can tell us only what we can understand.  The Infinite Knowingness becomes our wisdom only in such degree as we embody Its Intelligence.  It has been said that we can know God only in so far as we can become God.  This is a far-reaching thought and should be carefully scrutinized.  It is to be taken figuratively and not too literally, for we cannot really become God, but we can and do partake of the Divine Nature, and the Universal does personify Itself through man in varying degrees, according to man's receptivity to it.  [Science of Mind by Dr. Ernest Holmes]

                    The most important thing we must do is to return in mind to simplicity.  The Master Mind, Jesus, stated that we must approach God as little children.  We must rid our minds of all things that keep us from a "child-like trust" in God.  Everyone receives a measure of light [understanding], and this measure is their "light of truth."  It is all the same light, but many of us shadow this light with distrust and the darkness of the "world belief" in separation - separation from each other and separation from God.

                     We must create in our consciousness a change in our concept of God - God was not made in man's image - we cannot approach God as a "big human" with likes and dislikes, rewards and punishments - if we do, we will never attain that "child-like trust" that allows the light to shine brightly in our hearts, minds and affairs.  Without this "child-like trust" our choices will be made from our "human understanding" based on our human experiences and the world's influence.  We may get along fairly well for awhile this way, but, Spirit, through the magnetizing Power and Presence of Love, will bring us back to God.  The Reality Is, we are surrounded by an Infinite Goodness, It Is Life, Law and Reason.  We have been created by It to express Itself through us and It will, if we allow It to do so.

                      We allow It to do so by eliminating all things unlike It in our words and thoughts, thereby, dissolving in our subconscious the habitual turning to our human understanding and acting on it, rather than our Divine Realization.  God Is Love.  As we allow this Love to fully express Itself, It will shatter our entire human concepts of Life - COMPLETELY
                       
                       From the Science of Mind:  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 giving-ness!  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 has 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.
     
 And So It Is!           

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates
ity of Angels Church