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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, February 5, 2012 

          "The Mystic Way to Love is that step taken after the mind has been transcended; after the cries of the personality have ceased and the soul has become stilled.  Then, and then only, does he enter into free union with God. ... The difference between the mystic and the man on the street is that one walks in conscious realization of the enfolding Presence of Love and the other walks in the world.  One is awakened and the other is asleep.  But the cry unto all is, "Awake thou that sleepest ... and Christ shall give you light."  Rev. Richard F. Kingsley, He That Hath Love, 1954

              “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.” - Job 10:12, Holy Bible

      
It has been in the "collective consciousness" for centuries that somehow, if we choose love, we must sacrifice money.  And for far too many people, love has been the justification to tolerate drama even to the point of violence in their intimate relationships.  In a world that believes in suffering and struggle both love and money have taken on the attributes of both.  We see this throughout the Media, popular films and movies and best-selling novels.  There are a myriad of books, love gurus, financial gurus and psychics, that have attempted to both help and take advantage of this duality.  Yet, as Dr. Joseph Murphy often used the quote from Shakespeare, "nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so."  And so whatever it is that we have made of love and money, it is our thoughts about both that have caused them to be what they are for us. 

      The truth about love is that it is synonymous with God.  It is a power for good and that whenever we allow the love of God to express through us, good is guaranteed to follow.  Perhaps not from the object of our love, but love will not deny us no matter what we may experience in the physical.  Love will always give us something to love, whether it is someone or something.  Love is the door that always opens when a door is closed to us.  It is the thing that inspires us to believe not only in the good, but also in our self.  We don't have to compromise our values to realize love and we don't have to struggle or fight for it.  Most of all, we must realize the difference between the power of love and emotional and sexual attraction; love is neither emotional or sexual.  Yet, love is both the "cause" of positive emotion and sexual intimacy.  Genuine love does not contain duality; both good and bad, only good.  We can't have it, unless we give it ... to any great degree.

     The truth about money is that it is God in action; expressing in and as Divine Circulation.  It is the circulation of good and whenever we "recognize" that God is the Source of our Supply and "realize" that money, like all things good, is coming to us to share it with the world, then we shall have an abundance of it to share.  We don't have to sacrifice money for love and so often lack of money is the "cause" of divorce and turbulence in relationships.  The emotional aspect of not having money can disturb the mind and create depression, jealousy, blame, shame, envy and self-depreciation.  A right attitude towards money is not dependent on whether we have a little or a lot, but on our faith in our ability to be in the flow of Divine Circulation; that is, open and receptive to "have" all that is necessary to meet our requirements for it, and not afraid to spend and share that which we have with wisdom.

     We realize that right-thinking can bring love and money together as complements to each other, and we can make choices with greater wisdom and less emotionality; choices in regards to both love and money.  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's No. 2 Executive, and a remarkably successful wife and mother besides, and soon to be a multi-billionaire, has this advice for women:  "The most important career choice you'll make is who you marry."  I think this is excellent advice for men too.  Who we marry must not just be someone we "fall in love with" but someone who shares our ideals, supports us in that which is important to us and is a spiritual match [nothing to do with religion].  Our ideals about money, marriage, careers and family, all are centered in love, to differing degrees.  To contemplate marriage with someone with grossly differing ideals, especially in regards to money, is courting disaster.

     Before we make the most important decisions in our life regarding both love and money, let's begin to understand these words from Job:  “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.”  In these words we realize that we don't have to sacrifice money or compromise love; our steadfast choices in regards to using both wisdom and clarity of thought rather than admitting emotionality and duality, will grant us a life of steadfast love and support for all things good that we desire to experience.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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