lie in the lap of immense intelligence which makes us organs of its
activity and receivers of its truth. When we discern justice, when
we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves but "allow" a
passage to its beams." –
Ralph Waldo Emerson
within man the spirit of G-d flows forth like rivers of Living water.
If any man willeth to do his will he will know of the teaching, whether
it is of G-d or whether I speak of myself."
the law with which he worked would yield the same result no matter who
used it. - H. Rhodes Wallace, How To Enter The Silence
I know that there is not one
person who is listening to or reading these words who is not interested
in increasing the good in their lives. It is normal and natural to
do so for it is the spirit of G-d within us seeking to experience more
through us. But for so many of us, our focus is on
"overcoming" our problems, and as long as our mind is focused
on our problem, our problems will remain with us. This is not a
punishment, but a natural consequence of the activity of the law of
sowing and reaping, or cause and effect. We are always
"causing" something to be done unto us, either consciously or
Few of us, very few ... are aware of that which
we believe and accept unconsciously. We don't become aware of it
until it is revealed in our experience; it may be a health issue, money
issue, career issue or relationship issue. And when it shows
up, it may surprise the hell out of us. But, it won't if we pay
attention to our thoughts and to the conversations that we have with
others. When we are riddled with negative thoughts or when we
encounter conversations with people of a negative nature, we can discern
that these are coming to our awareness to reveal to us something that
needs to be healed within us. We may not be conscious of what it
is. And, oftentimes, we may never know what it is.
What we do know, is that it is coming to us to re-direct our thoughts
and our beliefs toward that which is good. This is why the Master
Mind Jesus said, "seek first the kingdom of G-d, and all that you
need shall be added unto you." He didn't say "think
about your problems until they are imprisoned in your mind."
Yet, if we don't turn our mind towards the good, we shall do just that.
The mystical Neville wrote in his book,
"The Search": "To attempt to
change the world before we change our concept of ourselves is to
struggle against the nature of things. There can be no outer
change until there is first an inner change. As within, so
without. I am not advocating philosophical indifference when I
suggest that we should imagine ourselves as already that which we want
to be, living in a mental atmosphere of greatness, rather than using
physical means and arguments to bring about the desired change.
Everything we do, unaccompanied by a change in consciousness, is but
futile readjustment of surfaces. However, we toil or struggle, we
can receive no more than our subconscious assumptions affirm. To
protest against anything which happens to us is to protest against the
law of our own being and our rulership over our own destiny."
Neville was deep, profoundly so, but we are
too. We too "lie in the lap of immense intelligence" and
we too have the power to "allow" the Spirit to heal that
within our own consciousness which causes us dis-ease in no matter what
form it may take. Neville is merely restating the instruction of
Jesus to "seek first the kingdom of G-d" ... and we must seek
it within our very own mind; through our thoughts, our imaginings and
contemplation of that which we hold to be true, no matter what the facts
may imply. I have said this before, but I will restate it once
again; "facts change the truth does not." We are part of
the Living Spirit of G-d; we are intelligence, power and spirit.
We have within us a power greater than any condition or circumstance
that may confront us. We must just convince ourselves that we do.
This convincing may be the effect of spiritual prayer, affirmation,
contemplation, or silent meditation ... it is a tapping on the door of
consciousness ... and this door is the entry into that which will bring
both transformation and transcendence. This will "cause"
us to be free from the limitations that formerly appeared to bind us to
the problems and dis-ease that our "unconscious acceptances"
previously brought forth into our experience. The radical Jesus
said "do not put new wine into old wineskins" and in this he
was telling us that without a change in consciousness, whatever good may
appear in our life, will be lost.
Let's remind ourselves of the law that Jesus
taught, we are to "ask, in other words, claim the good we
desire to experience; seek it in our mind and find what appeals to us
and is a natural expansion of our life, and then we must knock on the
door of our consciousness until we have the awareness that not only can
we obtain it through the Law of G-d, which is a law of mind, but that
our only responsibility is to have faith and believe that we "have
it" ... not to say how it shall be made manifest ... but to
continue tapping on the door of our consciousness until it appears.
within man the spirit of G-d flows forth like rivers of Living
water." Our tapping on the door of our consciousness with the
desire to live a more wonderful life, allows the spirit of G-d to flow
through us unobstructed; free of the limitations we have learned from
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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