thou my face forevermore." "Look unto me and be ye
saved, all the ends of the earth." That is, look up and not
down. The reason we have difficulty in throwing off some weakness
of character - while believing in Spirit implicitly and having faith
that we are going to overcome our limitation - is because we have not
induced the necessary images in mind. If we had, we would overcome
our troubles. Thinking of our weakness keeps the image of it
before us. We cannot be too insistent on this all-important point:
in spiritual-treatment, we must TURN ENTIRELY AWAY FROM THE CONDITION.
Disease and limitation are neither person, place, nor thing. Turn
entirely away from the condition, or limited situation, to its opposite,
to the realization of health, happiness and harmony." - The
Science of Mind, page 185
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever
shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
- attributed to the radical Jesus
day we wake up to a new beginning and even if we have unfinished
business with yesterday, today we will have a different perspective in
which to complete our unfinished business, if we are being consistent in
our spiritual practices; especially the daily practice of writing down
the good that we desire to experience. For those of us who are
serious about expanding the things of the Spirit in our lives, this is
one of the most important things we will do each day. Don't let
the simplicity of it deceive you, it is one of the most important things
we will do each day. And it is important that we give it the
attention that it deserves.
Writing down the good that we desire to
experience is both a thing of the spirit and of the material. We
all want material things; homes, cars, clothes, healthy bodies, money,
etc. But, many of us expend far too much effort in the direction
of the material and far too little contemplation of the Spirit that
created these desires. We shall find much greater success in
demonstrating both the material and the gifts of the Spirit that are
woven in them if we take the time to prepare our lists with the
awareness that there is always more to everything than what there
appears to be.
Before we include something on our daily list
we should affirm that it is a "good desire" ... and be
conscious of how we feel when we affirm it. And then we should
think about how it benefits us and how it makes us feel to have it.
Most importantly, what images come to our mind as we contemplate
"having it." Do we see ourselves happy, at peace, more
confident, having a good time? Identifying how this thing desired
affects our spirit and having the image of it in our mind, creates a
mental equivalent of it in our consciousness. It is this
"spirit filled" mental equivalent that provides an avenue for
the Infinite to respond to us.
Another benefit of making our daily list
is that we are being "specific" and "definite" about
what we choose to have, to do, or to be. We can be even more
specific and definite by also listing the date by which we desire the
thing to be made manifest in our experience. But, we must remember
that we are listing "today's desires" ... tomorrow we may have
totally different desires than we have today. As we write down our
desires daily, we will discover after a time that there is a thread of
similarity woven through each of our daily lists. When we are
fully aware of this thread, our purpose in life may shift dramatically.
We may value peace above all else, or we may find that being wealthy is
a normal and natural way of life for us. We will never discover
these things if we don't begin to write down our desires and be
consistent with this spiritual practice.
Someone may ask, "what happens if none of
these "images of good" become part of our experience"?
Don't worry, they will if we truly desire them. Within each desire
for good that we have there is a gift of the Spirit seeking to be
expressed in our experience in a greater way. This is why we know,
"that which I am seeking, is seeking me" ... but, it seeks its
expression through our mind and when our mind is focused on our good
desires, we are being guided and directed to that something that is far
greater than we can imagine when we first begin this very simple
spiritual practice. It takes faith and confidence to do this;
faith that what we are doing is leading us to something more wonderful
and satisfying, and confident that we are deserving and worthy of it.
We can find both in the science of mind and the
philosophy of the radical Jesus that we must look away from that which
we do not want ... "resist not evil" is the way Jesus put it.
But, we don't just want to look away from the conditions and limitations
that we no longer desire, but we want to change our mind about them
(turn the other cheek) and realize a greater good in our experience.
The Infinite has endowed us with the ability to think, to believe, and
to imagine things both seen and unseen. We have the power to
choose our thoughts, choose what we believe, and to choose the images of
good that fill our mind.
The images we see in the world in our daily
living, through television, newspapers, the Internet, etc. can often be
a predominance of negativity, by focusing on the images of good that we
desire each day, brings balance to our conscious awareness. Very
few of us choose to ignore the events in the world around us, and so this
becomes a very necessary spiritual practice. Dr. Holmes writes in
the science of mind: "To return to a sane simplicity is one
of the first and most important things to do. All people receive
some light, and this light is always the same light. There is one
nature diffused throughout all nature; One God incarnated in all
peoples." We can know within our mind that our images of good
shall be manifest as good in our experiences. We can know this,
because this is the truth.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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