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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, March 23, 2014 

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           The title of this message was the title of an article listed on the Home Page of The Washington Post online edition on Thursday, March 20th.  It is an attention getting headline for many reasons and the reasons would vary according to the consciousness of the person reading it.  It is just five simple words filled with a tremendous amount of assumption and I was happy to see that it was properly designated as an "Opinion" piece ... because that is what it is, an opinion.  And one that sadly is weaving its way through the collective consciousness.  Let's look at a part of this "Opinion" piece:
              From a Washington Post article by Catherine Rampell, Opinion Writer: Income inequality isn’t about the rich — it’s about the rest of us
"People don’t hate you because you’re beautiful. People hate you because they are getting uglier.
           Use that logic, substituting income for attractiveness, and you’ll have a better grasp of why the 99.9 percent really resent the 0.1 percent.
            Populist rhetoric is leaving U.S. billionaires feeling persecuted, vilified and begrudged their hard-won fortunes. Quoth Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, in Politico: “[I]f you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”
            His comment echoes the reductio-ad-Hitlerum arguments venture capitalist Tom Perkins made in a recent Wall Street Journal letter to the editor, portending a “progressive Kristallnacht.” (Was there a special session at Davos about Third Reich talking points?)
            Yes, anti-inequality rhetoric has grown in recent years. But it’s not the growing wealth of the wealthy that Americans are angry about, at least not in isolation. It’s the growing wealth of the wealthy set against the stagnation or deterioration of living standards for everyone else. Polls show that Americans pretty much always want income to be distributed more equitably than it currently is, but they’re more willing to tolerate inequality if they are still plugging ahead. That is, they care less about Lloyd Blankfein's gigantic bonus if they got even a tiny raise this year.

             In the years since the Great Recession, hostility toward inequality has again rebounded, probably also driven by concerns that the rich are moving onward and upward while everyone else is left behind."

       The first statement in the article also got my attention;  "People don't hate you because you're beautiful.  People hate you because they are getting uglier" ... and then she writes, "use that logic" ... what logic?  Although he has since apologized for his reference to Hitler, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, Ken Langone made the statement that "you don't survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy."  And he is right and this is the truth for all of us.  We cannot keep faith with our personal success and financial increase when our mind is filled with contradictions.  The best we will cause to happen in our experience is confusion.  Dr. Joseph Murphy cautions us in his spiritual classic, "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" that what we don't reject our subconscious accepts as true.

      When the Master Mind Jesus instructed his followers to "be in the world but not of the world" he was speaking to just this type of nonsense that we are hearing so much of in the world today.  These types of "opinion pieces" spread by the Mass Media is part of the problem that the writers of these articles are decrying.  To cause people to believe that someone else is responsible for our living standards or financial struggle only increases our struggle rather than offering real solutions.  If we foster the idea in our mind that someone else being wealthy and successful prevents us from realizing our own success and wealth then we are believing in limitation and we shall find ourselves limiting the Spirit that is always seeking to give to us.  This is a hard truth.  Ralph Waldo Trine writes of this in his book, In Tune With the Infinite.  I am paraphrasing here: "Know that the Lord (Principle) will provide.  He giveth liberally to all who put themselves in the right attitude to receive from Him.  He forces no good things upon anyone."  In other words, if our mind is filled with thoughts of what others have and what we don't have, then even the Spirit that has an ever-lasting love for all us ... and infinite giving-ness, cannot give to us.  That is, provide for us in our mind an awareness of the right ideas, the right guidance, the right direction, that will reveal to us the open door to opportunity or the right idea for us to increase our success and living standard.

      It is this "looking out" at the world at what others have or may not have that increases the separation in our mind from our Good.  And this is true whether it relates to our wealth, our health, our success or our image of ourselves.  The Washington Post "Opinion" piece is filled with strong language that seeks to get us to accept what is written as the truth; i.e.
"you’ll have a better grasp of why the 99.9 percent really resent the 0.1 percent."  There is almost an implied thought here that if we don't grasp this nonsense that there is something inferior in our thinking.  I can't even imagine that someone could truly believe that 99.9 percent of the people resent those who are wealthy and successful.  It is a statement of such exaggeration that one would think it came from a politician's "sound-bite" ad rather than from a journalist and published on a reputable newspaper's web site.  

        Jeffery Bezos, founder of Amazon.com purchased The Washington Post for $250-million dollars.  He is #18 on Forbes Magazine's list of billionnaires.  His Amazon.com was founded in 1994 and began in 1995 selling books on the Internet.  It was an "idea" ... and the idea was so appealing to him that he left his job on Wall Street, moved to Seattle and started the business in the garage of his home in Bellevue, Washington.  It is kind of a perfect irony that this billionaire is paying the salary of this Opinion writer who is fostering the idea that we should feel justified in resenting him.

        Dr. Joseph Murphy in his widely popular book, "Think Yourself Rich" wrote:  "Your thought is the most powerful instrument you have to work with, infinitely more powerful than the latest computer.  It pays fabulous dividends to learn to direct your thoughts wisely, constructively, and judiciously.  Your thought works with mathematical exactitude:  It creates limitation and lack if you dwell on ideas of poverty, and it brings expansion, growth, and prosperity when you think along these lines. ... Begin to think of the untold riches all around you waiting for the intelligence of humankind to reveal them.  There is a guiding principle within you that, when called upon, will reveal to you the riches you are seeking."   

          To think that because someone else is tremendously wealthy limits our ability and potential for wealth and success is limited thinking that will lead to financial disaster.  When it comes to your attention that someone is wealthy; i.e. a multi-millionaire or a billionaire ... a Jeffrey Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, any one of the Wal-Mart Walton family, Ken Langone or a Tom Perkins, bless them and go even one step further in your mind as Reverend Ike did ... Reverend Ike, the well-known evangelist from New York City, remembered that as a poor preacher he used to walk by good restaurants and homes and automobiles and clothing establishments and say out loud, "That's for me, that's for me."  Allow fancy homes and banks and fine stores and showrooms of all sorts - and yachts - to give you pleasure.  Recognize that all this is part of YOUR abundance, and you are increasing your consciousness to partake of these things if you desire.  If you see well-dressed people, think, "Isn't it wonderful that they have so much abundance?  There is plenty for all of us." ... and keep on keeping on until that right idea for you is revealed to you!


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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