we imagine, that we are. By our imagination we have created this
dream of life and by our imagination we will re-enter that eternal world
of light, becoming that which we were before we imagined the world.
In the divine economy nothing is lost. We cannot lose anything
save by descent from the sphere where the thing has its natural life.
There is no transforming power in death and, whether we are here or
there, we fashion the world that surrounds us by the intensity of our
imagination and feeling, and we illuminate or darken our lives by the
concepts we hold of ourselves. Nothing is more important to us
than our conception of ourselves, and especially is this true of our
concept of the deep, hidden One within us."
Neville, The Search
answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law,
‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’? If he called them
gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent
into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the
Son of God’? If I do not do the works of My
Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them,
though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know
and understand that the Father is in "Me", and "I"
in the Father.”"
John 10:34-38, The Holy Bible
At first glance it is not readily apparent that Neville is saying
the same thing as the radical Jesus, but he is. At a deep level of
our mind we are always choosing that which we are and that which we
experience. Neville tells us that nothing is more important to us
than our conception of ourselves, and Jesus is asking us to transcend
the physical and realize that we are gods ... in other words, what we
have believed ourselves, is not true ... we are more than mere humans.
Jesus is attempting to get the people to
realize that we are a part of G-d, that we have been sanctified as the
image and likeness of G-d. Not our physical being, but our heart,
mind and soul; our intelligence, our spirit and our power. We have
the power to choose, the intelligence to go beyond the knowledge of the
world and the spirit to seek and find within our own mind that which is
ours to experience. Neville connects these attributes of the
Spirit within us as imagination and feeling. And I would say that
it is a combination of imagination, feeling and faith, that gets us into
the state of consciousness that Jesus tells us we must embody in order
to receive ... "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in
prayer, believing, ye shall receive." [Matthew 21:22] ... and
as we hold this mental equivalent within our mind, it is ours ...
whatever it may be.
Just what we can believe for ourselves only we
can know. Yet, by making use of our G-d given imagination, we can
believe so much more for ourselves. The power, "I am" is
within us to choose and so we have the freedom to choose what we will
do, what we will be and what we will have ... but what is it? What
do we have faith in for ourselves? Dr. Wayne Dyer tells us
in his new book, "Wishes Fulfilled" that this "what"
must "feel natural" to us. And often it is an expansion
of what we already are, what we already have, or what we are already
being ... we just haven't connected the dots yet. Shawn Green, the
outstanding ex-Dodger baseball player writes about this in his book,
"The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH" and
his experience is evidence that this power within us must be recognized
and identified with in order for us to realize the results that we seek
Neville writes that "we
fashion the world that surrounds us by the intensity of our imagination
and feeling" ...
and so in this god-like state of imagination and feeling, and realizing
the image and likeness of ourselves "being" free to choose,
our imagination comes alive with the spirit and the intelligence that
gives us the opportunity to find whatever it is that "feels
natural" for us to experience. Do we have the faith to be
rich? How rich do we want to be? And, how much more can we
imagine for ourselves and have it continue to "feel natural"
for us? The only limits that we set, are set by us. When
Jesus stated that he was the "Son of G-d" it was such a
tremendously greater image of himself than anyone around him could
understand or conceive of. Yet, his conviction and faith in what
he said felt so natural to him that even those whom his words seemed
totally off the wall, believed this about him even though they failed to
believe it about themselves even when he told them it was true about
We each get to choose whether we will develop the faith necessary
to feel rich in our imagination and to what extent we are willing to
drop the limitations we have learned from the world in order to see our
faith materialized. It takes persistence and conviction to develop
the faith to feel rich, yet it is possible for everyone. We all
have the ability to energize our imagination and to realize the
intensity of our feelings as we discover within that which we choose to
experience on the without. As Jesus stated with absolute
certainty, the "I" and the "Me" within us is our
gift from G-d to make use of the power, intelligence and spirit
available to us, but we must stand firm in our conviction and not let
the world convince us otherwise.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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