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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, January 26, 2014 

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          It is my usual practice to read everything that comes to my attention in the print Media, especially online newspapers, regarding religious or spiritual news or articles.  This week I read an article in Slate Magazine that stated that several thousand school children in Texas Charter Schools are being taught that evolution is "dogma" and an "unproved theory" the organization that runs the Charter Schools, Responsive Ed has a secular veneer and is funded by public money, but it has been connected from its inception to the creationist movement and to far-right fundamentalists who seek to undermine the separation of church and state. ... Outright creationism appears in Responsive Ed’s section on the origins of life. It’s not subtle. The opening line of the workbook section, just as the opening line of the Bible, declares, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.”  It is beyond any sense of reason for something like this to be taught in 2014, and most importantly it is a gross disservice to the young children who are going to be studying these books.  The process of Creation is far more involved than the simple words of the scripture imply.  While this was the best that was understood at the time the Bible was written, our advances in science and research have given us evidence that has evolved our understanding and increased our knowledge of the existence of the earth and the heavens which was created far more than a few thousand years ago.

          The Master Mind Jesus stressed the importance of understanding that there is no separation of truth from science and that all the laws of Nature are part of the Intelligence that we sense G-d to be.  In other words, Jesus and all the great mystics, discovered G-d to be Intelligence ... all Intelligence, both science and spiritual.  As revealed in the book of Isaiah, "G-d is All and besides G-d there is nothing" ... not G-d and science but science as part of G-d Intelligence.

         As we understand that all is ruled through Intelligence, and as Jesus instructed the people to look to Nature, we can use what we know about natural and physical laws to discern spiritual law.  Intelligence, Power and Spirit are not separate aspects of G-d but "adjectives" which describe the knowledge that we have of G-d ... this is not "dogma" but science and truth.  To "look at Nature" as the Master Mind Jesus called us to do, is no simple task.  There is an infinite amount of knowledge that can be gained from observing and studying Nature and the natural laws that govern the universe and the life-forms that exist, have existed and those coming into existence.  To truly understand how "infinite" the Infinite Intelligence Is, we can find this understanding in Nature where science and G-d are inseparable.

        This acceptance of G-d as All-Intelligence gives power to our prayers, our affirmations and our silent meditations ... these are the "practice of the Presence of G-d" as we draw into our mind that the Intelligence of G-d responds by corresponding to that which we have formed and shaped in our mind ... provided that it is aligned with Intelligence ... that which is for an expansion of the good.

         From the mystical Ernest Holmes: "The "practice" 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 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."

       For our prayers, affirmations and meditations to be effective we must first understand what spiritual "healing" means.  For most people it is the process of "displacing" accepted ideas and beliefs learned from the world, that are not the truth at all, and in many ways diminish the spirit within us.  The world continues to teach us that there are "saints and sinners" ... "superiors and inferiors" ... and for some people a belief that we are all born in sin.  Why the world continues to accept superstitions and duality when the evidence of these beliefs is so negative is beyond understanding.  It is childish to believe that "heaven and hell" exist somewhere as a destination.  This is especially so for Christians who know that the Master Mind Jesus stated that the "kingdom of G-d is within not lo here or lo there."  And even those who are non-Christian and non-religious must pause at the thought that this same statement was included as an Egyptian Proverb:  "The kingdom of heaven is within you; and whosoever shall know himself shall find it. This statement is both science and spiritual truth; science in that it defines the nature of the Living Spirit within us and truth because what we think and believe consistently creates our world of experience.  This understanding, if accepted as truth, can be the beginning of the healing process, whether it be spiritual, physical or material ... we must know that the power to transform our lives is already within us, waiting to be revealed.  We become more powerful as we realize that Intelligence resides within us ... the All-Mighty-ness of Intelligence ... all the Intelligence we will ever require to realize the good desires of our hearts.

        From Dr. Frank Richelieu, "The Art Of Being Yourself":  Realize that "I am that I am" and the power of that "I am" is your power also. It takes effort to convert your consciousness and turn in a new direction, but the effort is infinitely worthwhile. Life is a growing, unfolding process. Embrace the Truth and grow in beauty and compassion today and every day.
Say to yourself:
"I am unlimited in my spiritual power. Right now, this moment, I relate to the perfect pattern, the Christ consciousness within me. I increase in love, in wisdom, and in strength. I am now in harmony with all that I do and undertake, for perfect love makes everything clear and beautiful to me."

The "I am" Is Intelligence and Infinite Life ... the All-Mighty-ness of Intelligence creates infinitely and precisely, always creating perfection in All that It creates ... and this perfection is at the center of our spirit ... not our physical, mental or emotional nature, but at the center of our soul, consciousness.  This is the Truth of you and me and the Truth of our Creator.  As Ernest Holmes reveals in the Science of Mind and Spirit; "the veil between Spirit and matter is very thin.  The invisible passes into visibility through our faith in it.  ... This is in line with the evolution of the great Presence and nothing can hinder its progress."


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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