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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for January 21, 2007 

      "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." - 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 III, What It Does.  (Chapter I & 2 are posted on the 2007 Archives page of this site.)

As we go through this study of Introductory Chapter III, "What It Does," we will find that we are "immersed" in an Infinite Intelligence; a Mind that knows all things ... BUT WHAT WE DRAW FROM IT WE MUST DRAW THROUGH THE CHANNEL OF OUR OWN MINDS.  In other words, we must "choose" It.  Dr. Holmes states that 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 Science of Mind]  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. ... Emerson advises that we get our bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuits. [our doubts, our fears, our inferiorities]

As we understand the Bible statement, "in Him we live and move and have our being" ... we understand that this "Him" ... is Infinite Mind.  And as we know this Mind as Infinite Intelligence, then we know that It imparts to us through our mind ... INTELLIGENTLY.  It is the Source of our ideas and imagination, our intuition and our intelligence.  It is the Thing back of each idea that we have for our life ... and It is back of each thought that we think.  Our mind is the channel in which Infinite Mind communicates with us and through us.  Our state of mind is the "filter" of receptivity to the One Mind.  Our awareness of this relationship of our finite mind to the Infinite Mind determines the ideas and thoughts that our mind is conscious of.  If our state of mind is filled with limitation and limited concepts of life, then we become unconsciousness to ideas that can free us from limitation.

[The Science of Mind]  Life always becomes to us the particular thing we need when we believe that It becomes to us that particular thing.  The understanding of this is the essence of simplicity.  As all numbers proceed from the fundamental unit, as all material forms are but different manifestations of one formless stuff, so all things proceed from that which is neither person, place nor thing, but is of the essence of all things. [our consciousness differentiates the results]

[The Science of Mind]
  MENTAL WORK IS DEFINITE ... Each state of thought taps the same Principle, each uses the same Law, is inspired by the same Spirit, but each draws forth a different result.  Here is multiplicity proceeding from Unity.  This is what Emerson meant when he said that Unity passes into variety. ... But, someone will ask, can we bring out both good and evil from the One Source?  Of course not.  The First Principle is goodness, and only in so far as our thought and action tend toward a constructive program, will it eventually succeed. ... We cannot fight the Universe.  It refuses to be budged from Its course.  We can only go with It.

[The Science of Mind]  THE PRINCIPLE RE-STATED ... Let us restate our Principle.  We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility.  It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason.  In expressing Itself through us, It becomes more fully conscious of Its own being.  Therefore, It wishes to express through us.  As It passes into our being, It automatically becomes the law of our lives.  It can pass into expression through us only as we consciously allow It to do so.  Therefore, we should have faith in It, and Its desires and Its ability to do for us all that we shall ever need to have done.  Since It must pass through our consciousness to operate for us, we must be conscious that It is doing so. ... The one who wishes to demonstrate some particular good must become conscious of this particular good, if he wishes to experience it.  Therefore, he must make his mind receptive to it and he must do this consciously.  There is no hocus-pocus in a mental [prayer-]treatment.  It is always definite, conscious, concrete and explicit.  We are dealing with Intelligence, and should deal with It intelligently.  ... There is no occult trick in giving scientific [prayer-]treatments.  It is just the reverse.  Simplicity should mark our every effort and positivity should accompany all statements that we make into the Law of Good.

[The Science of Mind]  THE SECRET ALREADY KNOWN .. A [prayer-]treatment is a statement in the Law, embodying the concrete idea of our desires and accompanied by an unqualified faith that the Law works for us, as we work with It.  Let us waste no further time looking for the secret of success or the key to happiness.  Already the door is open and whosoever will may enter. 

     As we study "What It Does," we are preparing ourselves for "How To Use It" the fourth and final Introductory Chapter of the Science of Mind.   And in this final Introductory Chapter we will focus on spiritual mind-treatment or prayer-treatment. 
Radical religious science is spiritual mind-treatment and spiritual mind-treatment is radical religious science.  Prayer-treatment is consciously using our thoughts and words in a definite way to "choose" the desires and ideas that we want to see made manifest in our lives.  It is the manner in which we lift our thoughts to the Infinite in a definite way.  With God all things are possible, but what It does, It must do through us ... and It can ... as we study and practice ... prayer-treatment daily.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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