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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for March 27, 2016

         The unfolding of Spring and the observance of Good Friday and Easter give us the opportunity to give greater thought to our relationship to G-d, Infinite Spirit.  Spring gives us evidence of renewal, growth and the expectation of new-ness and change.  Good Friday reminds us that death of the physical is a reality for all living things and even the healthiest among us know that death will find us someday.  And then Easter follows with the "resurrection and the life" and so we realize that death is not fatal but a transitioning of our life in physical form back to the spirit which is our true nature.  I am certain most of you have heard or read something similar to this, perhaps even many times.  But as we elevate our human-consciousness to divine-consciousness, death becomes the realization of a "new beginning" rather than an ending.  And perhaps there are those still uncertain that the Master Mind Jesus was man-becoming-God but his transcendence in Spirit and his highly developed consciousness that gave him the ability to not only speak from the Great Beyond but to allow himself to be made visible was not unique to him but that "greater thing still shall you do" that he tried his best to get those still living in a flat-earth-human-consciousness to understand.  

         The truth of life after death did not originate with the authors of the New Testament of the Holy Bible.  In the Book of Job we can read: Job 19:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." 
And in Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."  This truth entered human consciousness even though there were few who could accept it at the time it was revealed.  And the human-consciousness that continues to believe in a heaven and a hell as a destination still has not gained the awareness of this powerful eternal truth.

       The Master Mind Jesus gave us the the absolute truth when he said, "I am the resurrection and the life."  And this eternal, infinite "I am" is G-d Spirit, Power and Intelligence within mankind and he knew it for he dwelled in God-consciousness until he had the supreme realization of the Truth.  "Don't ye know that ye are gods?" he said with a sense of frustration at the inability of those around him to know what he knew so absolutely.  These were not words of a ranting mystic or revolutionary but the words spoken from the highest level of Truth known to mankind.  These were words that defied most of what the religious were teaching in his time and most of what is taught by the religions that identifies him as their savior still today.  And what did he mean "ye are gods" but that we are of the nature of the One; Eternal Spirit, Life and Intelligence.

       The enlightened mind of Christian D. Larson revealed the intelligent response to the question of life after death:  "
When we ask "If a man die, shall he live again?" we prove to those who understand that we are still living in the person, and that we still think of ourselves as being persons. The person passes away, and therefore so long as we think that we are persons we think that we shall also pass away; but we are not certain whether we shall pass into nothingness or into another life; we do not know because we are not awakened into that consciousness of eternal life that does know.
     We doubt no more, however, when we discover the real life of the soul, and find that we are not persons but spiritual entities. If you wish to convince yourself that you are to live after you have removed the physical body, do not seek after mysterious signs in the without; seek rather the real life in the within.
          The more deeply you enter into real life the more fully you realize that there is no end to your own life. The outer consciousness informs you that you have life; the inner consciousness informs you that there is no end to your life, and the one is as convincing to the mind as the other."

I believe that each of us have the ability to touch that part of our soul that knows in truth we are spirit having a human experience and that this is but one incarnation of our spirit-life that shall live throughout eternity.  This is an eternal truth that we must re-claim even though our human-consciousness may find a myriad of ways in which to deny that it is so.  To accept the reality that there is only One Life and that Life is G-d expressing through us as birth and death and resurrection does not deny our human experience which is a gift but allows us to transcend all the morbidity that the world has assigned to death.  The Spirit co-mingles our mind with the truth known at the level of our soul and that is why the primitive man of the Old Testament and The Torah and the ever-evolving enlightened souls of the New Testament have been an inlet and an outlet for Spirit-Intelligence to reveal the truth to mankind throughout the ages.  There is only one Truth just as there is only One Mind, One Intelligence, One Spirit, One Power ... The One ... through you and me and everyone.  This is why we can believe in the eternality, the immortality and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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