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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (January 22, 2006)      

        "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.  With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.  He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall." ... Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

          
Powerful points in the 3rd Introductory Chapter of the Science of Mind, What It Does, is the message this week.  If you missed the 1st and 2nd Chapter's power points you can find then in the 2006 Archives.  These chapters contain the essence of the Science of Mind philosophy.  I strongly urge you to read these chapters in full and study them until you are satisfied with your understanding of the principles presented in them.

THE UNIVERSE IMPERSONAL

     
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.  When we stand in the light, we cast a shadow across the pathway of our own experience.  Emerson advises that we get our bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuits.

A RIDDLE OF SIMPLICITY

      
It is a beautiful and true thought to realize that every one 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 [teachable] see God.  The intelligence by and through which we perceive that there is a Spiritual Presence and an Infinite Mind in the Universe, constitutes our receptivity to It, and decides Its flow through us.  We have made a riddle of simplicity; therefore, we have not read the sermons written in stones, nor interpreted the light of love running through life.

     Spiritual wisdom says that God manifests through everything and is incarnated in everyone; that all is Divinity and that Nature herself is the body of God.  The mechanical laws of nature are set and immutable, but the spontaneous recognition of these laws gives us the power to bring them into practical use in everyday life and experience.

     Here we have a dual unity; law and order, spontaneous choice, volition, conscious action, and automatic reaction.  The laws of the universe are to be trusted but we must come to understand them before we can use them.  Once understood, any law is available and is impersonally responsive to each and all alike.

LOVE RULES THROUGH LAW [PRINCIPLE]

      
In an intelligent study of the teachings of the Science of Mind, we come to understand that all is Love and yet all is Law.  Love rules through Law.  Love is the Divine Giving-ness; Law is the Way.  Love is spontaneous; Law is impersonal.  We should study the nature of Reality with this in mind, and in this way we shall avoid two grave mistakes:  either viewing life as made up only of mechanical laws, or viewing it as made up only of spontaneous actions, irrespective of law and order.

      As we gain the broader viewpoint, we shall see that Life must contain two fundamental characteristics.  We shall see that there is an Infinite Spirit, operating through an Infinite and Immutable Law.  In this, Cosmos, and not chaos, finds an eternal existence in Reality.  Love points the way and Law makes the way possible.

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

    
[We] should not overlook the significant fact that it is the MIND which discovers and makes use of the mechanical law.  Is not the mind the Spirit in us?  We can never completely fathom the Infinite Mind:  we shall always be discovering [something new].  Consequently, evolution is an eternal unfoldment of the more yet to be.

     Since it is the mind which must first come to see, know and understand - and since all future possibility for the race must first find an avenue of outlet through someone's mind - we shall do well to look to the mind for the answer to all our problems.

     Undoubtedly we are surrounded by, and immersed in, a perfect Life:  a complete, normal, happy, sane, harmonious and peaceful existence.  But only as much of this Life as we can embody will really become ours to use.  As much of this Life as we understand and embody will react as immutable law - the reaction of the mechanical to the volitional.  The concept is wonderful and fraught with tremendous significance.  It it is bound up our hopes and fears, our expectations, and our future and present realizations.

     Since an understanding of any law must pass first through our conscious mind before we can make use of it, it follows that with all our getting, we should get understanding [Solomon].  Should we wish to know a certain truth, we should state that this truth is already known in Mind and this statement will be true, but the Over-Mind must be accepted into our mind before we can understand It.  How, then, are we to accomplish the desired result?  By stating and feeling that our mind knows the truth about the thing we desire to know.  In this way we draw the Infinite Mind into our mentalities, for definite knowledge of some particular good.

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 they wish to experience it.  Therefore, we must make our mind receptive to it and we must do this consciously.  There is no hocus-pocus in a mental treatment [scientific prayer].  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 treatments [prayer].  It is just the reverse.  Simplicity should mark our every effort and positive-ness should accompany all statements that we make into the law of Good.

THE SECRET ALREADY KNOWN

    
A treatment [scientific prayer] 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.

     Undoubtedly, each of us is now demonstrating their concept of life, but trained thought is far more powerful that un-trained, and the one who gives conscious power to their thought should be more careful what they think that the one who does not.  The more power one gives to their thought - the more completely they believe that their thought has power - the more power will it have. - Dr. Ernest Holmes

     Next week we will review the fourth and final Introductory Chapter of the Science of Mind, "How To Use It" ... and we shall learn to use It for the highest and the best experience that Life has for us.

And So It Is!  

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

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