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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, March 11, 2012 

          "What 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

            "Jesus 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.”" - Jesus, 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 to experience.

     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 them too!

      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.  

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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