the miracle of abundance is not the multiplication of loaves of bread,
nor the specific filling of a cruse of oil, not the drawing in of a
mammoth catch of fish. The miracle is the all-sufficiency and
ever-availability of Infinite substance. This was Jesus' great
idea: that the Kingdom of Heaven is an opulent kingdom of
substance, of creative ideas. And the supply to meet our demands
is right where we are - and what we need.
In the story of the miraculous feeding, Jesus told the people to sit
down and then He "looked up to heaven and gave thanks."
Right away we might find ourselves "straining out the gnat,"
for we return to the old concept that heaven is somewhere "out
there." It would seem that Jesus was looking up into the
skies and saying, "God, you have abundance up there. We need
some of it down here." But that isn't what is implied at all.
He looked away from the appearance of lack and emptiness, from the human
feeling that "you cannot possibly feed all these people with one
boy's lunch." He closed His eyes to the lack and opened His
spiritual eyes to abundance.
There is no absence of God in the Universe, and there is no shortage of
God. The only lack in life is the thought of lack. You are
always as rich as you think you are, and the only poverty is of the
spirit." - Eric Butterworth, Discover the Power Within You
So often people look for
something supernatural to happen in their lives to solve their problems;
even looking to God to do something supernatural that defies the Law of
the Spirit. And there are even people who lose their faith in G-d
when this doesn't happen. But, G-d can only do for us, what G-d
can do through us; through our thoughts and beliefs. As Eric
Butterworth writes, "There is no supernatural; there is only God's
great natural." And this great natural is Mind in action; the
Mind of G-d flowing through our mind.
Too often we are so focused on the
"effects" that we fail to consciously realize that power is
not in effects, but in the mind that recognizes them. Our feelings
are much stronger when we look at lack and limitation when we don't know
that these are just effects that are temporary, but as we realize the
temporary nature of all things, our mind becomes at ease. We don't
change effects, we change our consciousness and in this change in
consciousness, change is effected. A simple way to look at this is
to realize that we can pray over a bank statement with a negative
balance all day long and the negative balance appearing on the statement
will not change ... but, as we shift our consciousness to a greater
awareness of abundance and prosperity, a new bank statement we receive
shall reflect this realization of abundance. And in this
realization, we can know that we can choose what we recognize and
consciously dwell on that which we desire to experience and not let our
mind be impressed by the appearances that we don't want.
More and more people are learning that they can
use this power of the mind, or as the radical Jesus stated, "it
is done unto you as you believe" ...
and so we have learned that if we foster and nurture within our mind new
beliefs, amazing and wonderful things become part of our experience.
The miracle of abundance that the Master Mind Jesus demonstrated must
work through our consciousness. It can work no other way.
Our abundance or prosperity may come to us in various ways or from
various people, but it is always coming to us from a demand that we have
made in consciousness that it do so.
Thomas Troward, who was a master of
metaphysics, stated that we must "stir
up the spirit within us." And,
we can't stir up the spirit of opulence and abundance while our mind is
busied with the appearances of lack and debt. We can transcend
these appearances only by looking to the good, in our mind, that we
choose to experience instead. "In
actual practice," Troward wrote, "we must first form the ideal
conception of our object with the definite intention of impressing the
universal mind (G-d) - it is this intention which takes such thought out
of the region of mere causal fancies (wishful thinking) - and then
affirm that our knowledge of the Law (done according to our beliefs) is
sufficient reason for a calm expectation of a corresponding
result, and that therefore all necessary conditions will come to us in
due order." Troward discovered
this, demonstrated this, and taught it effectively beginning in 1904.
He was merely putting into practice the same Law of Mind (G-d) that the
radical Jesus demonstrated.
We each can begin to experience that which we
desire to experience if we are willing to use our mind rather than rely
on the things of the world. The Spirit is not moved by our level
of education, the country in which we live, our past experience, or
nationality, or whatever ... the Spirit is only seeking to move through
our faith to form the substance into the things we hope for ... for us
to enjoy, for us to share, and for us to feel the Presence of the Divine
as we transcend the appearances of that which we no longer desire to
Let us be
grateful, right now, as we know that our G-d is Good, always and forever
... as It shines Its ever-lasting Light of Love upon us and into our
experiences of Life.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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