of the most significant phrases in the Bible is "wait on the
Lord" (several references in Proverbs and Psalms). It comes
from the Hebrew word qavah, which means "to bind
together." Thus to
wait on the Lord does not mean to sit down and fold our hands in the
faith that God will do it all for you. The fact is, God can do no
more for you than God can do through you. It is not inaction or
procrastination. "Wait on the Lord" means to get
yourself integrated in consciousness with the divine flow. It is
so very important, before undertaking any project, to wait on the Lord
in a conscious prayer experience in which you turn your thoughts inward
and establish yourself in the flow of the creative process. It is
an important moment, "God's moment," before you go to work or
before you set out to find a job. Just become very still and
centered, sense the creative energy of Spirit tingling in your
fingertips, guiding your hands, directing your footsteps, putting words
in your mouth, helping you to do the things that need to be done, to do
them easily and to do them well." –
Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics
anyone who doubts that our Creator is the ultimate of unconditional Love
and Intelligence, the fact that we have been inherently created with the
freedom of choice is proof enough that this is so. Yet, this is
one of the most difficult aspects of G-d for the human ego to come to
terms with. We have been taught to fear G-d, rather than to love
G-d and find comfort, guidance and security in our relationship with
G-d. To "un-learn" this, we must come into a closer,
more intimate relationship with G-d. The words of Eric Butterworth
above show us the way to do this ... he is simply re-stating the Master
Mind Jesus' instruction: "But thou, when thou prayest, enter
into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father
who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense
thee." This is simply turning within to the silence of our
mind and consciously communing with the Presence of G-d. This is
the most sacred thing we will ever do, but it is also the most practical
thing we can do to bring the Power and the Intelligence of the Infinite
consciously to our awareness, letting It guide us, direct us, and
Why do we resist our Good? I believe it
has a lot to do with our confidence in our relationship with G-d.
We have been taught to believe that God answers some prayers but not
others. And many people still believe that we only get what we
want if it is God's Will. The "collective consciousness"
or "race mind" supports both of these false ideas of the truth
of our relationship with G-d. This is because too many of us cling
to the idea of a God created in man's image. A God that counts our
mistakes and is all too willing to dish out punishment for them, or a
God that favors some and not others. This is a fairy tale God.
can read in the ancient scriptures that G-d is no respecter of persons.
G-d is Intelligence, Presence and Power ... "He knows no
iniquities" the ancient mystic revealed to us. G-d knows our
feelings, our intentions and our purpose ... how we bring these to pass
in our experience is by a definite choosing ... not from the
intervention of G-d. We can understand this when we go back to the
words: "our Creator is the ultimate of unconditional Love and
Intelligence." This unconditional Love of G-d is universal.
The Master Mind Jesus attempted to explain it by stating:
"For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends
rain on the just and on the unjust." But,
the judgment of who is evil or good, just and unjust, is ours, not
G-d's. Our Creator has provided for us universal Love and Law ...
cause and effect ... reaping and sowing ... we suffer the consequences
of our own mistakes, just as we receive the good that we accept by the
choices we make.
The only thing that can keep our good away from
us is our lack of confidence in our freedom to choose. This lack
of confidence creates doubt and worry in our mind. "Hope for
the best but prepare for the worst," is a common statement in our
culture. It creates confusion in our mind and negates the good
that we hope for, pray for, and choose for ourselves. Yet, it is
widely accepted as "wisdom." Our conscious and
subconscious must agree. We have learned that our subconscious
accepts what we feel to be true. We cannot feel that our best can
be ours and at the same time prepare for the worst ... we must choose
one or the other. Our thoughts are reproduced in our experiences.
We can ask ourselves what does "hope for the best but prepare for
the worst" look like in mind, in other words, what image does it
create? What does it look like when reproduced? Our choosing
and our prayers must be definite and reproducible.
Using our thoughts, beliefs, and images we
create in our mind, we are always choosing, even if we are not conscious
of doing so. But, "conscious choosing" is far more
effective than unconscious choosing. Our
concept of G-d is the most important thing in our life ... next is our
concept of our personal relationship with G-d. G-d is Love and G-d
is Good ... Love and Good never punish or hold us in bondage to our
seeming mistakes. We are free to choose and this is definitely
G-d's Love in action through us ... yet, all choosing has consequences.
We can make G-d, in the silence of our mind, part of our choosing and
receive the good we desire ... or we are free to choose not to. It
is always our choice.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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