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           "Commonsense" is defined as "sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts."  And in this simple definition we find validation for so much of the world's problems.  For this "simple perception of the situation or facts" keeps us fastened to the appearance of things, rather than the truth of things.  And by and large so many of us claim to have "commonsense" and we are generally glad that we do.  But, perhaps we shouldn't be so glad.  For our commonsense, for so many of us, has shackled us to knowledge based situations and facts.  If our faith is in situations and facts, then we are misdirecting our faith.  A simple statement clarifies what I am attempting to explain:  "facts change the truth does not."  In other words, facts and situations can distort the truth in our mind and this distortion of truth can diminish our faith and our confidence, of which both are absolutely necessary for us to go beyond both situations and facts that validate what we no longer want or desire.

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" ... "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." - The Master Mind Jesus, from the Gospels of John 4:24 and Matthew 6:28-29 

          The Master Mind Jesus' words are so filled with simplicity and what can be understood as a "childlike faith" in the givingness, forgivingness and lovingness of G-d.  He tells us to "observe"  how the lilies of the field grow ... they grow intelligently, not from "commonsense" but from the Divine-Intelligence that permeates all things in the universe.  And Jesus further explains, "they do not toil nor do they spin" ... in other words, the Intelligence that created them is depended upon to sustain them and maintain them in their rightful place in the universe.  But, we of the human species have created so many inventions and separations from this Intelligence that we suffer immense mental and emotional pain; depressions, anger, fear, worry, guilt, shame and remorse, etc.   We have made God-complicated because we have relied on religion and those who foster and perpetuate religious dogma to complicate not only our mind and heart, but our very soul as well.  

           All the great teachers:  Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Isaiah and Jesus, informed us of the simplicity of our relationship with G-d.  Moses gave the Ten Commandments to the people who were little more than primitive.  Isaiah informed us that G-d IS All-in-All.  Jesus took the Ten and broke it down to an even greater form of simplicity, "love your neighbor as yourself," echoing the words of Krishna and the Buddha.  This was human evolution ... the evolution of man's soul.  But, religion continues to foster and perpetuate religious dogma that separates us from both G-d and man, even denying man's Soul-Evolution.  Far too many religious sects continue to perpetuate hypocrisy rather than the truth, demonizing all those who do not believe in their man-made god of punishment and reward ... there is no G-d that fosters religious dogma ... that is the work of man's ego-mind.  G-d Is Consciousness ... and G-d Consciousness is man's liberty giving birth to man's inherent volition ... the freedom to choose and to live according to our choices.  God-complicated people do not feel this inherent freedom to express life fully, receptive to the guidance of the Spirit that is not dependent on conditions or circumstances, seeming facts, that can distract us from believing that we can realize so much more in life.  

          "There are no new truths.  Please believe me, in my entire experience I have never found a truth that I have not seen stated in ancient scripture.  I have never known a truth that cannot be found in ancient philosophy.  I have not yet come across anything that is new in any of the metaphysical teachings.  Everything that is, always has been; and everything that is now, always will be.  It is always available, but it touches consciousness - it comes into consciousness at some particular time - and then it spreads.  It is now spreading through the world.  Those who are unable to grasp it with the inner fiber of their consciousness will not understand it.  It is not sensible to the human mind; but nothing spiritual ever is.  If that which is spiritual and true were sensible to the human mind, every sensible person would have an understanding of spiritual truth, but we know that this is not the case, perhaps because the wisdom of the spiritual world is foolishness to men.  Spiritual truth is found only in the consciousness of those who have risen above common sense or mere human intelligence. ... The inspired revelation of spiritual truth is so practical that in three-quarters of a century, thousands, hundreds of thousands, have experienced healings of the body and of the mind and soul.  They have experienced physical, mental, and moral regeneration.  Would you not think, with this Christ visible in the world today, that the whole world would be followers of the Christ?  But there are very few who follow the Christ, who have learned to lean on the Infinite Invisible and trust It."  - Joel Goldsmith, The Master Speaks

         Our seeking the "new" oftentimes causes us to forget that which is truth.  Can we ever find anything that is greater than the realization that our faith in the good is powerful?  Or that there is something other than G-d omnipresent in the universe in which we live?  The Master Mind Jesus instructed us to look to Nature to find a greater realization of our relationship with G-d, Infinite Spirit.  He knew that we must learn to recognize and identify with this Intelligence, which is G-d, that permeates everything.  In other words, Jesus was telling us to realize the Source of our power, our spirit and our intelligence ... and then draw from it, through our faith and our attentiveness, to realize the abundant and joyful life.  This is G-d as simplicity, not God-Complicated.  This is removing from our mind and heart all separations between us and the Spirit in which we live and move and have our being, and is seeking to express through us, as us, for us ... our heart's desires, with grace and ease.


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. Henry Bates

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