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                                           "When we lean on the spirituality of our being we lean on the wonderful truth that divine perfection in us, as us, expresses itself through us.  The next time you get caught in something which appears to be absolutely terrible, when confusion is all around you, become very quiet and declare that peace permeates the situation.  You have the power within you to bring forth a new experience as you declare peace in the midst of chaos."  - Dr. Frank Richelieu, The Art Of Being Yourself

       This week we finish with our annual review of the first four Introductory Chapters of "The Science of Mind" with Introductory Chapter 4, "How To Use It."   All references to SOM, are from "The Science of Mind." 

       (SOM) "One of the great difficulties in the new order of thought is that we are likely to indulge in too much theory and too little practice.  As a matter of fact, we only know as much as we can prove by actual demonstration.  That which we cannot prove may, or may not, be true but that which we can prove certainly must be, and is, the truth."

     It is greatly significant that Dr. Holmes wrote the above first, to begin the chapter on "How To Use It."  So many people have an "intellectual" understanding of metaphysics, but fail to receive the full value of this greatest of philosophies, because they do not put it into daily practice.  Too often we wait for the crisis, or the emergency, to pray or to use spiritual mind treatment.  But, the value of the teaching is not crisis-intervention, it is crisis-prevention.  Using the spiritual practices taught in the Science of Mind will not insure that we will never endure storms in our lives, but it does prepare us to be calm during the storms until they have passed.

     (SOM)  "The practice of the Science of Mind calls for a positive understanding of the Spirit of Truth; a willingness to let this inner Spirit guide us, with the conscious knowledge that "The Law of the Lord is perfect." (Psalms 19:7)  And we must believe this to be a fact.  In so far as our thought is in accord with this perfect Law, it will accomplish and nothing can hinder it.  "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away," (Matthew 24:35) said the beautiful Jesus, as he strove to teach his disciples the immutability of the Law of Righteousness."

     The "Law of Righteousness" that Dr. Holmes is referring to above, is the "Law of Right Thinking."  When our first thought is always that, "G-d is All, and All is Good," we are consciously "double-thinking" ... in other words, we mentally translate the "appearance" that we see as good, no matter what may appear, knowing that, "right where I am, good is, because right where I am, G-d is."  This is always the Truth.

     (SOM)  "The time will come when we will let our "conversation be in heaven," and refuse to talk about, read or think about, those things that ought not to be.  But, someone will say, "Should we refuse to look at sickness, poverty and unhappiness?"  This is not what we are discussing.  We will not refuse to help the helpless or lift up the fallen, but we will refuse to wallow in the mud because of our sympathies.  "And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14) ... Of all the people in the world, the ones who have come the nearest to touching the seamless garment of Truth have been the most sympathetic and the greatest lovers of the race.  Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up, ... (not dragged down) will draw all men unto me." (John 12:32) ... We are in the world and of it and it is good that it is so.  The world is all right when we view it correctly.  ... Healing and demonstration take place as our minds become attuned to the truth of Being.  There is no process of healing, but there is generally a process in healing.  This process is the time and effort which we undergo in our realization of Truth."

     Anyone can learn to work scientifically to move through their problems, find solutions, or to increase the good that they already have.  The methods are simple; silent meditation, contemplation, affirmative prayer and knowing the Truth.  Each of these are done in mind and as we practice them daily, they become natural to us.  In doing these things we develop a greater awareness of the Power of G-d within us.  In scripture we can read:  John 3:30: "He must increase, but I must decrease."  This "He" is the spark of the Divine within each of us ... our divinity.  We must move from the distractions of our human ego, and let this spark of the Divine within us be expressed more fully and completely.

The purpose of spiritual mind treatment (affirmative prayer) is not to "convince" G-d of anything, but to lift our awareness to the level of acceptance and receptivity of the Good that we desire (choose) to experience.  We do this by:  1) Recognizing there is a Power greater than us that desires only Good for us.  2) By consciously turning our mind towards G-d, we are unified in Mind with It. 3) We realize or accept the Good that we desire (we name it and we claim it) knowing that it is available and ours as we accept it as being ours now ... as within, so without .. what we accept in mind will manifest in due time providing we remain faithful to it. 4) We give thanks that it is ours, knowing that sincere gratitude confirms our belief that it is so.  5) We release these words into the Law knowing that what we have declared as so, is so, and we let G-d do Its Perfect work for us.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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