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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for February 18, 2007 

           "The Law of Attraction - Everything that comes to us comes through a law of attraction.  You could not draw anything to you until there was first an avenue for that thing, through which that thing could flow toward you.  You could not draw riches to you if you held the thought of poverty; you could only draw more of the same thing - more poverty.  That is why Jesus said, "When you pray, believe that you have and you shall receive."  They were to first provide within themselves the mental pattern of the thing prayed for.  That person who can provide the best mental pattern - that is what we call realizing - that one who can do it best, gets the best results."   Dr. Ernest Holmes, "Law and Love"

        Sometime during the year of 1990, I left 30 years of Catholicism and for the next few months I wandered spiritually.  I attended an Episcopal church for a few short months on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California ... but I was always very mindful that I was "seeking" ... and as we know, when we seek, we find.  During this time I found the writings of Dr. Joseph Murphy and I began to study his work, through his books, "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" and the powerful, "The Amazing Law of Cosmic Mind Power."  I also discovered Wallace D. Wattles, "The Science of Getting Rich," and I no longer had any desire to attend any formalized religious or spiritual teaching.  But, as time went on I found that I wanted to discuss what I had been reading with others.  And with precision the Law of Attraction brought me into a conversation with a secretary where I worked.  During this conversation we found that we were both studying metaphysics.  At that time she was attending Agape, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith's work in West Los Angeles.  Although she strongly encouraged me to attend Agape, I lived in Hollywood and I was not attracted to the idea of driving to West Los Angeles on Sundays.  As Divine Law and Order worked, she eventually told me there was a Religious Science church in Hollywood.  As a matter of fact, I drove past it every day and was not even aware of it!  Why, because it was not my time to be.

     When I walked into the Hollywood Church of Religious Science I was still not convinced that this was the place for me.  I still was uncertain if I was ready to break from traditional religion.  But after listening to Dr. Bitzer's message that day, I was healed of Catholicism for life!  Even though Dr. Bitzer was in his 90's at the time, he attracted my full attention throughout his entire service.  I felt like he was talking directly and personally to me.  I was not sure why the other people were there (kidding!).  His talks were direct and to the point.  Never did he bring in contradictory philosophies or other spiritual teachings to confuse his audience.  He left the teaching of Buddhism ... to the Buddhists ... and all the other trendy philosophies that claimed a "quick fix" for people's lives out of his teachings.  He taught an Absolute Principle which included the Law of Attraction and the Law of Reciprocity.  As he explained the Law of Mind, it totally fascinated me and gained my enthusiasm to know more.  Dr. Bitzer studied the writings of Emerson, and I did too with great enthusiasm.  I learned two important universal truths in doing so; "That which I am to do best only my Maker can teach me," and "no teacher can give you that which they do not have themselves."  Dr. Bitzer, even in his 90's, had a great enthusiasm for the Science of Mind.  And that enthusiasm touched me deeply and moved me to study for seven years and become a Religious Science minister ... to teach the Science of Mind and the Absolute Principle on which it is based:  "We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility.  It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason."

      The Science of Mind teaches that we attract conditions and people in our lives for a Good purpose.  What we may call good or bad, is merely an opinion formed by what we have learned in our lives and the level of our awareness of God's Presence in our life.  We don't feel guilt or shame about the so called, mistakes, that we have made in life.  Instead, we know that no matter what we may have done or failed to do, it will all work to our Good ... if we let it.  In other words, we accept the lessons from our experiences and use them to transcend the consciousness that created them ... and leave them to the past.  Students of the Science of Mind quickly learn that we cannot use the Law of Attraction to demonstrate (manifest) Good in our life, if our mind is turned to our past experiences.  Our work is to move onward and upward, in consciousness, and develop the awareness for Good and more Good than we have ever previously experienced.  And we attract this Good by giving it our full attention and enthusiasm.  Faith is built by seeing the results of it ... not by making excuses as to why things don't turn out the way we would like ... or worse yet, believing that our Good is not God's will for us.  God does not give us our struggles and challenges ... these are illusions of a mind that is not realizing its own power.  Struggling only brings forth more to struggle with.  When we realize that all the Power we will ever need comes forth through our mind, we begin to cease struggling and begin expecting our Good to show up!

      As we gain a greater understanding of our relationship to the Infinite, we realize that this life is a great adventure.  Developing a consciousness that is filled with enthusiasm, joy, love and strength ... we activate the Law of Attraction in our lives and begin to understand that God can only do for us, what It can do through us.  And as we begin to "live the Science of Mind" ... we find with absolute conviction ... that "God is in the midst-of-me ... and this realization is the way to a wonderful life!


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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