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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (January 29, 2006)      

        "Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.  It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul.  It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good.  But prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness.  It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness.  As soon as a man is one with God, he will not beg." ... Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

This week's message contains the power points of the 4th and final Introductory Chapter of the Science of Mind, How To Use It.  If you missed the 1st, 2nd or 3rd 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.


      It has been proved that by thinking correctly and by a conscious mental use of the law of Mind, we can cause It to do definite things for us, through us.  By conscious thinking, we give conscious direction to It, and It, consciously or unconsciously, responds to our advance along the line of our conscious, or subjective, direction.

     It must and will respond to everyone, because It is Law and law is no respecter of persons.  We are surrounded by an intelligent force and substance, from which all things come - the ultimate Essence, in the invisible and subjective world, of all visible and objective forms and conditions.  It is around us in its original state, ready and willing to take form through the impulse of our creative belief.  It works for us by flowing through us.  This law we did not create; this law we cannot change.  We can use It correctly only as we understand and use It according to Its nature.

     We should learn to control our thought processes and bring them into line with Reality.  Though should tend more and more toward an affirmative attitude of mind that is positive, stable, and - above all else - toward a real unity with Spirit that is already complete and perfect.

     We should be able to look a discordant fact [illness, poverty] in the face and deny its reality, since we know its seeming reality is borrowed from illusion, from "chaos and old night."  Our standard is one of perfection.  "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:48)  We should be able to look at a wrong condition with the knowledge that we can change it.  The realization that we have this ability must be gained by the application of our knowledge.

     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," (Matt. 24:35) said the beautiful Jesus, as He strove to teach His disciples the immutability of the Law of Righteousness.

     Let us analyze this:  One finds himself impoverished.  He [desires] to change this condition.  He knows that it is not in accord with Ultimate Reality; that the Spirit imposes no limitations.  Therefore, he know that his apparent limited condition has no real law to support it; it is simply an "experience of consciousness."  He [desires] a definite result in the opposite direction.  First, he realizes that the Law of Life is a Law of Liberty, of Freedom.  He now states that this Law of Liberty is flowing through him and into all his affairs.  But the image of his limitation persists.  Here is a definite contradiction of his statements of freedom.

     Right here, he must stop and declare that these images of limitation are neither person, place nor thing; that they have no power, no personality nor presence and no real law to support them.  He does not believe in them and they cannot operate through him.  He is free from their influence, forever.  He then begins to fill his thought with the idea of faith, the expectancy of good and the realization of plenty.  He senses, and mentally sees, right action in his life.  He puts his whole trust in the Law of Good, and It becomes very real to him as he definitely speaks It into being - into his being and into the being of his affairs.  He denies anything and everything that contradicts his realization of this truth.

     At this point of realization, he meets a friend (?) who immediately begins a tale of woe about hard times, bad business conditions, etc., and, should he listen to this "tale of the serpent," he might reverse his previous affirmations and make negative his former mental and spiritual concept!  This does not mean that he should refuse to hold conversation with people, for fear they will neutralize the position which he has taken in his mind, but that he should refuse mentally to accept the false position.  Then he can talk with anyone and not be disturbed. - Dr. Ernest Holmes

     Continuing further with this chapter, you will learn the benefits of Spiritual Mind Treatment.  There is nothing mysterious about treatment ... it is merely a method of convincing ourselves that as we believe in the immutable Law of Good ... it responds to our belief and returns to us the Good result that we desire.  God does not punish ... but the Law returns to us an automatic consequence of our thought-action.  I highly suggest that you "study" the Science of Mind, beginning with these four Introductory Chapters.  And also read this page:  Effective Prayer.  Meditate on the ideas that are presented by Dr. Holmes.  Contemplate how they apply to the conditions and circumstances in your life.  Once you begin realizing that you can demonstrate the Law of Good through your very own consciousness ... you will find your life filled with a greater and greater measure of happiness, harmony, peace, success and prosperity.  I know you can do this ... for it is normal and natural that you do so

And So It Is!  

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

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