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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, March 16, 2014 

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           Jesus gave us the Law in its simplest form; as you sow so shall you reap.  Yet the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians do not understand that this "sowing and reaping" is an action within the mind of mankind.  Even the ancient wisdom of the Old Testament and The Torah caution us that "as within so without" ... we must go within our mind and find the images and thoughts that provide for us a positive hope for our desires and aspirations.  And as we use words to form the decision to have, to do and to be that which we desire and aspire to, we shall realize evidence of the fulfillment of the spiritual law.  But, if we don't go within ... we will go without ... and sometimes the evidence of things seen can be quite disturbing and disquieting.

        Let's look at some simple wisdom from Florence Scovel Shinn:  "If you ask for success and prepare for failure, you will receive the thing you have prepared for.  I tell in my book, "The Game of Life and How to Play It," of a man who asked me to speak the word that all his debts be wiped out.  After the treatment, he said, "Now I'm thinking what I'll say to the people when I haven't the money to pay them." A treatment won't help you if you haven't faith in it, for faith and expectancy impresses the subconscious mind with the picture of fulfillment.
            In the 23rd Psalm we read, "He restoreth my soul." Your soul is your subconscious mind and must be re-stored with the right ideas.  Whatever you feel deeply is impressed upon the subconscious, and manifests in your affairs.  If you are convinced that you are a failure, you will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success.  This is done by making an affirmation which "clicks."
       A friend in a meeting said that I had given her the statement as she was leaving the room, "The ground you are on is harvest ground." Things with her had been very dull, but this statement clicked.  "Harvest Ground, Harvest Ground", rang in her ears. Good things immediately commenced to come to her, and happy surprises.  The reason it is necessary to make an affirmation is because repetition impresses the subconscious. 
        You cannot control your thoughts at first, but you can control your words, and Jesus Christ said, "By your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned."
  Every day choose the right words, the right thoughts!  The Imaging faculty is the creative faculty, "Out of the imaginations of the heart come the issues of life."  We have all a bank we can draw upon, the Bank of the Imagination.  Let us imagine ourselves rich, well and happy. Imagine all our affairs are in divine order, but leave the way of fulfillment to Infinite Intelligence.  "He has weapons ye know not of." He has channels which will surprise you.  One of the most important passages in the 23rd Psalm is, "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies."  This means that even in the presence of the enemy situation, brought on by your doubts, fears or resentments, a way out is prepared for you. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall never want."  

       I would like for everyone who hears or reads this message to pay special attention to these words:  "Out of the imaginations of the heart come the issues of life."   It is from the "use" of our imagination that the right ideas for us will come to our awareness.  The only thing that separates us from the good that we desire to experience is the "ideas" that we hold in our mind.  If we take a look at the lives of those who have attained wealth and success in life we shall see that it was an idea that advanced them forward to their wealth and success.  And for some it was a single idea that expanded way beyond the original idea that they acted upon.  Spirit is contacted through mind and the Spirit is always flowing through our mind seeking a receptivity for the ideas that will transcend the conditions and circumstances in our lives in order to manifest an expansion or enlargement of the good that we have already received and experienced.  This is why the Master Mind Jesus declared, "the Father is Spirit" ... not "a Spirit" but omnipresent in nature, omnipotent in power, and omniscient in intelligence.

      By our words we form the mold of receptivity in our mind for the greater good, the expanded experiences of joy and happiness, success and harmony.  Like the man in Florence Scovel Shinn's book, we have the freedom to choose our words.  But, unlike him, we want to use our mind, our intelligence, to choose words that will strengthen our faith ... words that speak to the activity of Spirit working through us ... even though the evidence is unseen still.  As Florence Scovel Shinn writes, "this mean
s that even in the presence of the enemy situation, brought on by your doubts, fears or resentments, a way out is prepared for you" and this we must accept in faith.

        The great American healer/teacher Joel Goldsmith said this in one of his lectures:  "Abundance is now, and abundance there will be, even in the days of the next so-called depression (downturn), but that next depression will not come nigh your dwelling place if only you can begin now with the realization that you will demonstrate what you have in consciousness, nothing more and nothing less.  You will not demonstrate something separate and apart from your own being; you will not demonstrate something you are praying to have come to you.  You must understand the omnipresence of God and all good wherever you are, and then begin to live from it as if it were tangibly true.  Begin to live out as if you could spend that nickel, dime, or dollar in the realization that you are making room for the unfoldment of more from within.
          You begin this with the realization that God is omnipresent.  I know that to many there is no feeling, no awareness, or no sense of God's presence.  Many, many people in the human world are living as if they were completely cut off from God, as if they were getting along wholly by their own efforts.  Many are praying for God's help, God's love, or God's presence, not knowing how to find it, because they are seeking it where it is not to be found - whereas it could be so easily realized by quiet, peaceful contemplation of the Master [Mind Jesus]' great truth, "The kingdom of God is within you."

        Joel Goldsmith tells us to "live from it" and Florence Scovel Shinn gives us an example of a man who just received a dynamic spiritual treatment and then spoke his word against it.  What we say to others is not as important as what we say to ourselves and this is where so many people lose sight of the power of their word.  Goldsmith stresses meditation and Shinn stresses the spoken word.  But, we can and will do both if we truly desire to expand the good in our lives and to live from the realization of our heart's desires.  Whatever it is that we do, we must never verbalize a contradiction to that which we have focused on with our faith.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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