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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (February 13, 2005)         

        "... asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. " 

In the statement given to us by the Master Mind Jesus, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," there is an assumption that we love our self.  How true is this for most of us ... and is it always true for us ... or do we waver in the face of comparisons or other's opinions of us?

       In metaphysics we learn that the "Law of Attraction" is a Universal Law ... meaning it works for everyone ... all the time.  No matter what comes to us ... either Good or seemingly not-so-good, we have drawn it into our experience ... at some level of Mind.  What we think ... and what we dwell on ... becomes an "attracting energy" to the Universe and It gives us exactly what we "give" unto It.  Our thinking, then, is our "praying without ceasing" ... and when we look at the conditions and experiences that we face in our lives ... we can see our "thinking" made manifest.  The scriptural statement, "there is nothing un-seen that will not be seen" ... cautions us to put our conscious thinking on surveillance ... for it is our "conscious" thinking that creates the pattern or imprint on our subconscious ... and these patterns or imprints, create the conditions and experiences in our lives.

       I can remember a time when I experienced a devastating financial situation and I felt humiliated by it ... I went through moments of fear, anxiety and shame ... and self-blame.  But, there was something within me that wanted to understand how this had happened to me.  As I turned to a book written by Dr. Joseph Murphy for guidance, I read that poverty was a "mental disease" ... at first I was offended ... and then I realized that I was offended because I was taking the statement as a "negative" rather than a "teaching" that I so desperately needed in order to "move to the other side" of this challenge.  Was this financial experience something necessary for me?  Yes, it was ... as it was less than a year or so after I began to move to the other side of the challenge that I became a "practitioner" ... and was called on to help other people move to the other side of financial challenges.  However, if I had listened to my ego and remained offended ... than I may have found agreement ... but I would not have found the solution.

      Modern metaphysics did not give us something new.  Nor did the Radical Jesus give us something new when He stated, "it is done unto you .. as you believe" ... for in the Book of Job in the Bible we can read, "that which I have feared has come upon me."  In other words, the imprint created by the thoughts of fear and loss ... created a devastating loss for Job.  Both Jesus and Job gave us a glimpse into a Universal Law ... but the Great Jesus went even further in His teaching and stated, "it rains on the Good and the bad alike" ... in other words, don't be offended ... don't get upset with yourself ... and don't start believing that somehow you are bad ... when negative experiences occur ... always remember that it is all an experience to "open us up" to something Greater that we are to do ... to Be or to Have ... in the midst of adversity, we must love ourselves ... even when our ego wants to beat us up with blame and shame.

       In scripture we can read, "I have loved you with an ever-lasting love" ... and in Truth, we must do likewise ... we must have an ever-lasting love for ourselves.  Love must become habitual with us ... for it is the Power of Love within and around us that heals our past and creates new and exceptional dimensions for higher living.

      The rewards are tremendous as we express love from within a consciousness of Love ... a consciousness developed with love of God and love of self ... and each and every one of us will, without taking thought, share this love with all those in our experience.  I am going to end this with words from Eric Clapton's song, "Lovin' You Lovin' Me -
"I'm lovin' you lovin' me lovin' you.
It's all the same; when loving, two together makes one.
Everybody sing la, la la la, la la la, la la la.
It's all the same, and we are one."

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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