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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for January 22, 2017
      
           More love, more joy, more peace, more happiness, greater prosperity and success are available for those who can take into their mind an absolute realization of the Spirit of G-d working through their soul to establish these things in their life experiences.  Yet, for some, the absolute is more of an ideal rather than something they can accept for themselves without wavering.  And I believe this has to do with the way in which we have cultivated faith in our consciousness.  Faith is not hope, although in the beginning hope may be that which increases our faith.  We read in the ancient wisdom of the New Testament of the Holy Bible that "faith is the evidence of things not seen."  This evidence must first be established in our mind and it must always be absolute.

         The American mystic Ernest Holmes defines the absolute in this way: "The Unconditioned - that which nothing can limit; that which forever transcends any conceivable limitation or determination.  Unconditioned perfection.  Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient.  Often used as a synonym for God.  Truth is absolute and remains unaffected by the opinions, desires or beliefs of mankind."  

        As we consider Ernest Holmes' definition of the absolute we can realize that it becomes to us as something real ... as the truth for us or the truth about the thing ... but it is up to us to condition our mind to accept it with absolute faith and to see the evidence in our mind, first.    

        Eric Butterworth in his essay "A New Look at Jesus" provides more insight that we would want to considerHe (Jesus) discovered something in himself, which he believed was fundamental to all persons. His teaching was that the Kingdom of God is within you – that this dynamic potential to achieve and to overcome is a level within yourself that the Apostle Paul called, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." [Corinthians. 1:27] Jesus said, and mind you, he said this: "...the works that I do shall he [you] do also; and greater works than these shall he [you] do...." [John 14:12] That is the key."

         I believe that Jesus' "Kingdom of God" is referring to the nature of G-d within each of us.  It is Intelligence most of all.  It was Jesus' focus on Intelligence that set him apart from all the other teachers of his time.  Yet, this focus on Intelligence was failed to be realized by those who followed him including those closest to him in favor of establishing religion and religious dogma, both of which he realized kept us separated not only from the Spirit of G-d Itself, but also separated us from each other.  This absolute faith in Infinite Intelligence to respond to us by corresponding to that which we believe to be true for us is lost when we loose our sense of self-reliance and look instead to religious leaders' or anyone else's approval for that which we seek to experience. 

           And once again I would like to stress that we keep the things we hold closest to our hearts in prayer to ourselves.  Our ability to hold something in our mind and heart as absolutely ours is between us and the Source of all creation, G-d.  Our absolute faith trumps anything un-like it and even this we must know within and not make known to the world which perpetuates doubt and worry and fear.  "And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" ... and so we must let go of fear and its step-children doubt and worry and believe absolutely that our good is guaranteed.

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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