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                     "Within you is the power to be yourself.  Jesus dared to live his own life, to be himself.  He kept contact with his Source.  He did not try to copy anyone else.  He was not here to imitate.  He was here to take leadership in life.  He was showing by example that each of us is unique and endowed with the creative power of Life to express our uniqueness - as long as we keep a conscious contact with our Source intact. - Dr. Frank Richelieu, The Art Of Being Yourself

       To imagine the Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and Omniscience, of the Infinite is impossible for the human mind, for the finite cannot embody the infinite.  This would be like imagining a wave can embody the entire ocean.  It is not possible.  And for us to embody the idea that the Infinite is "infinitely individualized" as all forms of Life, may at first seem impossible, yet, in degree, it is possible through a greater understanding of what is known about Life.  We have known for decades that every man, woman and child has unique fingerprints.  This discovery was just part of a greater discovery to come.  Today, scientists are discovering aspects of DNA that can trace our ancestry back centuries and beyond.  From Wikipedia:  "Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and some viruses. The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information."

    Through the mental action of faith, the mystics have believed that we are each uniquely created, centuries before it was discovered.  Looking at nature, it is apparent that there is an Intelligence that permeates the Universe as we know it, always expanding ... uniquely, infinitely individualized.  Always seeking that which is new, that which is for this moment in time.  And often there have been instances where this "new-ness" has impacted the collective consciousness spiritually.  The teachings of the Tipitaka, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Torah, and the Bible ... all made a dynamic impact on consciousness, along with the personas of Buddha, Krishna, Moses, Isaiah and Jesus.  Each teaching a revelation from G-d Mind that was unique, yet their teachings contained threads of the same Truth that revealed even a greater Truth to be discovered.  

     The Master Mind Jesus had the awareness of this when he stated, "These things I do and greater things, still, shall you do."  He was telling us not to see his teaching as an end-all, but an expansion of that which had already been revealed.  This is why he shunned traditions and symbols because each in their own way prevent us from discovering our own revelations from infinite Intelligence.  If we rely on someone else's ideas, we will never reveal the right ideas for ourselves.  Jesus practiced silent meditation which was unheard of in the Jewish culture.  His affirmative method of prayer was not practiced by anyone before him ... yet, it was revealed to him and he demonstrated it by healing, prospering, and blessing all those who came to him.  Had he followed only the spiritual and religious practices of the culture, he would not have discovered these things.

     Now, what does this have to do with us?  Just about everything, for it shows that not only are we "infinite-individualizations" of the One Spirit, G-d, but that we are here to express this individualization in our own unique way.  We are not to look for "role models" ... or to aspire to be "just like" so-and-so ... but to let G-d be G-d in me!  Doing so, will affect every aspect of our lives, including our prayer life.  Since G-d has created us uniquely, then we must find our own unique way to relate to G-d.  This does not mean that we totally ignore ancient wisdom or even contemporary teachers, but that we must find our own unique way of spiritualizing our communion with G-d and our demonstration of spiritual laws.  No one can think for us, and no one has the same relationship with G-d as we do.  All things are created by thought for we live in a mental universe.  This is why Emerson wrote, "Imitation is suicide."  At some point we all have the realization within ourselves that in order to be free, to be happy, and to be satisfied, we must express and live to that essence of the Divine that is uniquely a part of who we are.

    
G-d doesn't Xerox and there are no carbon copies of any one of us.  This Infinite Presence that breathes Life through us, has gifted each of us with a unique expression of Itself.  And Its only desire is that we express this life uniquely as beauty, as joy, as happiness, as harmony, as peace, as strength, and as love ... in all that we do.  No one can do it for us, and no one can teach us how to do it, but G-d, Infinite Spirit.  This is why Emerson wrote:  "That which I am to do best, only my Maker can teach me."

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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