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MASTER MIND JESUS
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move-through teaching ... we teach people how-to, move-through whatever it
is that they desire to move through."
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"The Art Of Being Yourself"
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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, April 6, 2014
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idea for this message came to me after I was approached by a man asking
me for money on my way to the church here in Palm Springs. It was
his initial words that caught my attention as he called out to me.
He said, "hey, are you afraid of me?" To which I replied
that I was not. Then he said, "you are the only person I have
met today that was not afraid of an old black preacher with an Alabama
accent." Then he proceeded to tell me that he had driven his
car to Compton to preach in a church service (he showed me the Bible in
his satchel and his words seemed to imply this was the truth) and was on
his way back home when he had car trouble going through the Coachella
Valley. He caught a bus to Palm Springs but then found out that the
repairs on his car were going to be more than the car was worth and so
he needed money in order to get a Greyhound bus ticket back to Alabama
as he had already given the auto shop all the money he had for the trip.
Now, this story had a familiar ring to it but his coloring the familiar
story with the race issue, I thought was clever, and probably very
effective here in Palm Springs ... and so I gave him money not that I
believed his entire story but it felt right to do so.|
It came to me after this that the reason
for the race issue probably being effective for him is that it rings of
truth. To hear that someone feels a sense of fear based on the
race of another person has been part of our culture and fragments of it
continue. Even though the most populated areas of our country have
become a melting pot of different races, cultures and ethnicities, these
surface differences still continue to separate us. And perhaps
this has always been this way for we find in the ancient writings of the
Holy Bible and The Torah similar ideas of separation among the people.
And perhaps this is why the Master Mind Jesus came to the conclusion
that only through the Power of Love would we ever come to realize that
we are all part of One G-d, One Spirit, One Intelligence and One Power.
His teachings regarding Love are perhaps his most idealistic
instructions, yet few can deny the intelligence and the spirituality
that they represent.
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have
loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will
know that you follow me, if you love one another."
When the Master Mind Jesus gave his "new
commandment" to "love one another" he was speaking to a
divided people who were already in the consciousness of hating and
distrusting anyone unlike themselves. The Jewish people were
divided into primarily two tribes, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and
then there were the Gentiles, the non-Jewish and the non-believers.
We find Jesus making a passionate plea for the people to understand this
new commandment to foster love in the Gospel of Matthew 5:43-48, "43You
have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate
your enemy. 44But I
say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you; 45That
you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes
his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just
and on the unjust. 46For
if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the
tax collectors do the same? 47And
if you salute your brothers and sisters only, what do you more than
others? do not even the tax collectors do so? 48Be
you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven [Spirit]
I believe that Jesus knew he was only planting
a "seed" of a better idea into the minds of the people that he
was talking to. Unlike so many other mystics and philosophers
before and after him, it is important to realize that he was looking to
the world to "evolve" this idea of "love for one
another" and did not expect it to be immediately accepted or the
importance of it understood. He knew that if we believe the way in
which the world believed, we would never realize lasting peace on earth.
We are not born with hate or all the ways in which hate surfaces in our
world. We learn hate from the world and the "cause" of
hate is fear. We hate what we fear and in this state of mind we
are no less primitive than the people that Jesus was talking to over
2,000 years ago.
A couple of years ago a 23 year old Muslim
murdered a Rabbi and three children in France because they were Jewish.
He didn't murder them because they were threatening his life or anyone
else's life, he murdered them because hate had twisted his mind into a
compulsion for revenge. A 19 year old man in Starkville,
Mississippi admitted to murdering a Black man, James Craig Anderson,
because of his race. The 19 year old, Deryl Dedmon said, "I
was young, I was dumb, I was ignorant" and "I was full of
hatred." The death of Trayvon Martin, a young black man
who was only 17 years old, in Sanford, Florida, whose life was ended in
suspect circumstances gained worldwide attention as did the shooting by
Nidal Hasan the Muslim American who killed 13 people and wounded several
others. And so we can see that both race and religion can be
twisted justifications for hate.
Hatred overwhelms the reasoning power of the
mind and its ability to distinguish between good and evil and the
consequences that result from it. This 23 year old Muslim in
France and this 19 year old white man in Mississippi are just two
examples of how hate can poison the mind with an insane logic.
This is not the life that G-d gave them, but the life that the world
gave them as they accepted the twisted ideas of the people around them.
These are the consequences that Jesus implied when he said, "be in
the world, but not of the world" for he knew even over 2,000 years
ago that hate can dull our senses and blind us to the Life of the Spirit
within all of us.
This "new" commandment that Jesus
taught appears to be simple on the surface, but it is not. More
than just a commandment it is a "challenge" ... or we could
even say a "test" ... and if we meet the challenge or pass the
test, it takes us into the realm of "being in
the world, but not of the world." But, as we read in
the scripture, Matthew 7:14, "For narrow is
the gate, and straight the way, that leads unto life, and few are they
that find it." It is easy for us to love the Jewish
children and the Rabbi in France and to pray for them as they transition
into new life in the Spirit. And it is easy for us to love James
Craig Anderson the Black man who was murdered in Jackson, Mississippi,
and know peace for him as his spirit returns to G-d. It is easy
too, to love Trayvon Martin even as we feel a sense of the pain that we
know is felt by those who loved him most. We have an infinite
capacity for love for we draw it from the Love of G-d. And Jesus
knew this. And that is why he called us to seek within our own
heart, our own mind, and our own soul, this infinite capacity to love
... not just those who touch our hearts, but to love the Muslim who
murdered the three Jewish children and the Rabbi, to love Deryl Dedmon
who murdered James Craig Anderson because of his race, and to love the
two men who murdered so many others at Fort Hood. Each of these
men lived because of the grace of G-d. Each one is part of the
spirit of G-d, even though they may never have recognized this truth.
Our ability to reason tells us that we must do this if we are to see an
end to the chaos that hate continues to create in our world. But
many will look to their religion for justification to continue to hate,
rather than to identify with the Love of G-d that is seeking to be
expressed through them. And others will turn to their political
affiliation to continue to foster hate and separation from others.
And, there will be others who "just don't get it" ... and they
may never will. There will be those who denounce racism while
still holding onto their homophobia. And there will be those who
denounce racism and homophobia while holding onto their negative
feelings about illegal immigrants, Muslims, Catholics and Jews.
The world will always supply us with a twisted justification to hate,
but if we find it acceptable it will be at the expense of G-d's love
within us and G-d's good for us. There are those of us who will
find this deeper love for those who committed these heinous crimes even
while we are committed to justice being served. We do this not
because it is easy or because we feel we are superior to those who
don't, but we do this for we know that the Master Mind Jesus was giving
us the only way in which we can make our world a better place for all of
us ... and the world has never found a another way.
Ernest Holmes writes that "G-d is
all there is" and in this we can substitute the word
"Love" ... "Love is all there is" ... and this truth
permeates the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus. And for us this
means that Love is more powerful than anything unlike it ... but, we
must give rise to it in our own heart, our own mind and our own soul, in
order to experience the truth that this is so.
From the mystical
Ernest Holmes we can read: "As
a matter of fact, Jesus taught three great truths. And you will
see them running through everything He said. The first is, of
course, that G-d is all there is. Whether it is here or
hereafter, G-d is life. G-d is good. That is the first great
truth that Jesus sets before us. Next, He told us about a divine
power greater than we are and about the law of good, which we all may
use. And we are all using it, whether or not we are aware of the
fact. He told us exactly what this law is and how to use it.
And He said it will never fail us, because
is done unto us as we believe. And this was the second great
teaching of Jesus. And perhaps the third is even more important
than the other two. Jesus taught that the divine giver is also the
great forgiver. And that Love finally will heal every wound,
somewhere, sometime, somehow, either here or in the hereafter.''
Love of G-d is seeking you; that is, seeking an inlet and outlet to
express the healing power of love through you.
SO IT IS!
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