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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for February 25, 2007 

           "Ask, and you will receive.  Seek, and you will find.  Knock, and it will be opened to you.  For the one who asks, receives.  The one who seeks, finds.  The one who knocks, enters."   The Master Mind Jesus, The Holy Bible, Matthew 7:7

        Many people are asking me, "what is the Secret?" ... and I know many people have bought either the book or the DVD titled, "The Secret" ... and they are asking me what I think of it.  My answer to this question is that I think that it is a wonderful idea that has appeared because there are so many people in our world who are searching within their souls for greater evidence of God in their lives.  And, for many, religion is not attractive to them ... so they do not look to religion.  "The Secret" comes packaged in a unique and attractive media ... a DVD.  And for people in our current culture this is a media that they are comfortable with.  I believe that "The Secret" maintains an inspirational tone throughout and I believe this will appeal to many people.  I was interested in it, primarily, because Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith was part of it and his training and ordination is from Religious Science.  But ... "The Secret" doesn't give us the "how-to" and this is the next step.  The "how-to" can be found in the books of several metaphysical teachers; Wallace D. Wattles, Ernest Holmes, Joseph Murphy and Dr. Robert Bitzer.  Each of these teachers have written extensively about the Principle discussed in "The Secret."  And for those who are familiar with ancient wisdom, the Bible and the Bagavadgita also contain writings that outline the Principle.  And in the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus, we can find the same "how-to" throughout the parables He used, that have survived the ages.  "The Secret" team acknowledges that the "secret" came from ancient wisdom ... but the "how-to" is there as well.  We just have to "seek it" in order to find it.

     Let's look at a couple of statements from "The Secret":  

       1) "The law of attraction is a law of nature. It is impersonal and it does not see good things or bad things. It is receiving your thoughts and reflecting back to you those thoughts as your life experience. The law of attraction simply gives you whatever it is you are thinking about." - From the book

      The Law of Attraction, is a law of Spirit.  It is activated in our mind, and our mind is our connection to Spirit.  And most importantly, the power of our thoughts is from our aligning our thoughts with Spirit, God.  Thoughts have power because repetitive, sustained thoughts, create our beliefs.  And it is our beliefs that create our experiences.  Spirit is impersonal and It does not see good or bad things ... It only reflects back to us what we believe.  In "The Science of Getting Rich" ... Wallace D. Wattles instructs us to develop our consciousness right where we are.  Even if we are in a job that we want to get out of, we must do everything that we are to do "successfully" ... even the most minor things, because our "belief" in success must be reinforced daily by "successful accomplishment" in order for us to find the greater success that we seek.  If we are "thinking" of how much we dislike the job we have and we look forward to the day that we leave it ... then our mind is "stuck" and frustrated ...
and the Law can only reflect back to us this frustration ... It does not make a determination of good or bad ... only what Is.

      2) "This is really fun. It's like having the Universe as your catalogue. You flip through it and say, `I'd like to have this experience and I'd like to have that product and I'd like to have a person like that.' It is You placing your order with the Universe. It's really that easy." - Dr. Joe Vitale

       Dr. Joe Vitale is one of the top five marketing specialists in the world, according to his website, mrfire.com ... and he has numerous marketing sites that support his work.  I believe his statements above are not appropriate for a spiritual audience or for a spiritual teaching.  Metaphysics is simple ... but not easy.  It is not easy to look beyond the experience of cancer and see a healthy body.  Or to forget the experience of poverty while believing in prosperity.  Our mind just does not work that way.  We want to "see it before we believe it" ... but to activate the Law of Attraction, we must "believe it before we see it."  And it can become great fun ... but first we must cease our attachment to the physical and begin to "seek and find" that which we desire "in the Spirit."  It is in the realm of our mind that we must first develop our consciousness of success, health, wealth, and loving companionship.  Thoughts do have power ... and we can have that which we think about ... but only trained thought will manifest what we want ... un-trained thought lacks specificity and definiteness ... and both are necessary in order to use the Law effectively.  And in this, we find our work ... and according to Wallace D. Wattles, the greatest effort we will ever make ... to train our thoughts toward that which we want and away from that which we do not want.

      New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a "tongue-in-cheek" piece on the Oprah show presentation of "The Secret" ... click here for it ... and although it was amusing, it was also evidence of the confusion that can be found when we don't continue to "seek" beyond the material presented.  Spiritual Laws are precise but we must know the "how-to" for them to be effective in our lives.  "The Secret" like the once Oprah touted, "Four Agreements" can inspire us to "seek" ... but we won't find that which we are seeking if we just rely on them.  Another question people ask me is, "should I buy "The Secret?" ... and my answer is, yes ... after you buy "The Science of Mind."


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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