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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, February 19, 2012 

          "We 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

            Jesus: "From 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."   He knew 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 unconsciously.

     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.  Jesus: "From 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 the world.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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