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                     "The Law of Life is a law of goodness and if you use It in any harmful way, your use of It will hurt you.  This is the only limitation the Law seems to have, and it is not a limitation at all.  Rather, it is complete protection.  But if there is no malice in your heart toward anyone; if you are permitting love to emanate from you, and good will toward all; if you sincerely desire the good of all, please remember you have every right to include yourself.  You are the one person living who is intimately acquainted with yourself.  You are the one to whom yourself is most important.  This is not self-conceit, it is logical self-justification. ... You exist that this Power may have another, a unique, outlet for Its expression.  The more life you express, the more of It flows through you.  Therefore, every legitimate desire you have is the pushing of this Power through you into Its own self-expression.  In this way you are in partnership with the Infinite."  - Dr. Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called Life

       As we study and work with spiritual principles and concepts, it is important that we don't lose sight of the fact that these principles are part of Spirit, G-d ... and so are we.  We are not separate and apart from the Spirit in any way, at any time.  This is a great Truth that we must always be conscious of.  This relationship is as natural to us as breathing ... we don't stop breathing because we make a mistake, and we don't lose the Presence of G-d in our lives when we do either.  We are always and eternally in the Presence of G-d, the Good, and in our recognition that this is so, we will always find our way to express a greater good every day.

     Every idea that comes to us, is coming to us from the One Mind, which is G-d.  This is why David declared, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."  The biblical word Lord, means Mind and in an expanded awareness ... Mind working through Law.  Dr. Holmes in writing that "every legitimate desire you have is the pushing of this Power through you" ... is merely another way of stating, "The Lord is my Shepherd" ... or, Mind shepherding an idea through our mentality, as desire.  And David goes further and states "I shall not want."  In other words, David's awareness that G-d works through him, as him, gave him the positive hope, hope being expectation ... that all things he needed would be his when he needed them.  "I shall not want" affirms that our every desire can be fulfilled, our every need, met.  These words activate the spiritual Law of Attraction drawing to us the people and resources necessary to accomplish and create the Good that we choose to experience.

     Why is it necessary that we desire the good for all? ... how does this affect the fulfillment of our own desires?  In this great mystery that we call Mind, all of us exist and every idea that we have exists in It as well.  To expect good for one self and deny the good of another cannot exist harmoniously in a Mind that is One for All.  And this causes disharmony in our experiences; i.e. we may be wealthy, but not healthy ... healthy, but not happy.  Since G-d Is All, In-All, this is a natural result.  Spiritually, when we do not desire good for all, it is like holding our breath so that no one else can share in the good air that is ours.  And we know what the result of this would be.  Emerson wrote that "G-d does not answer selfish prayer," and this statement is true to a point.  Through Law even our selfish prayers will demonstrate something ... just not the all-good that we would desire.  In other words, our demonstration will be incomplete.

     As we maintain a positive hope for ourselves and for all others, there is nothing in our consciousness to deny our good.  The more good we can conceive, the more good we can receive.  This is Law functioning without obstruction through Mind.  We never gain by thinking someone else must have less in order for us to have more.  This is selfish.  My business, my health, my wealth, my relationships, my career, will reflect my consciousness of abundance only when I willingly desire the same good in these things for all others.  We do not compete for our good ... we expect it.  Thoughts of competition disturb the flow of infinite good in our lives and can diminish even the good that we already have.

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" ... with positive hope creating a consistent expectation of my needs being met, my desires being fulfilled, and a sense of knowing that there is this same good for all ... opens our consciousness to accept a greater and greater good in all things to be experienced with happiness and great joy.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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