identify myself with abundance; I surrender all fear and doubt.
I let go of all uncertainty. I know there is
no lack of confidence. The Presence of God is with
me. The Mind of God is my mind. The
Freedom of God is my freedom. The Power of God is my
power. The Abundance of God fills my every good
desire right now.”
Holmes, The Science Of Mind
We can realize a true
identity with abundance as we follow the spiritual practices inherent in
the science of mind and the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus.
And, in stating this, I am not saying that we should follow a religion,
because neither the teachings of the science of mind or the teachings of
Jesus are to further religion, but instead to reveal to us a philosophy
of life that will provide for us a greater mental acceptance of the good
that is available to us. Both inspire us to become spiritual
seekers, willing to explore how we think and to discover how our
thoughts create the beliefs that lead us on a journey of
self-realization unlike any religion that I am aware of.
It is written that in his conversation with
Pontius Pilate, Jesus told him; "For this I have been born, and for
this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth ..." and
Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" In the Science of
Mind, Dr. Holmes writes that "truth known is truth
demonstrated." And for this reason, Dr. Holmes said he
believed that the healing work and other seeming miracles demonstrated
by Jesus, were actual and true. We can arrive at the same
conclusion as Dr. Holmes when we begin to become conscious of similar
demonstrations of a spiritual truth in our own lives. But, we will
only have a knowledge of spiritual truth and perhaps a belief in the
possibility of it, until we begin to seek to demonstrate something in
our own lives that is beyond what we have experienced before and beyond
what we once thought was possible.
From Ernest Holmes' affirmation we find the way
to opening our mind to more of the truth of the abundance that is
available to each of us. He clearly states that we are to
surrender all fear and doubt, to let go of uncertainty, and affirm that
we are confident of our personal relationship with G-d. As we do
these things, our mind is open and receptive to the Mind of G-d, we then
are free to choose that which we seek to experience in our life.
By letting go of doubt, we affirm that our power is G-d's Power
personalized to us. We realize from both the science of mind and
the teachings of the radical Jesus, that we can depend on and trust that
G-d is right where we are, always Present. In
other words, "there is no spot, where G-d is not!"
We prove our faith in
G-d, by proving that we can reveal the good in all things that concern
us. And we can only truly accomplish this by having faith in
our self, for G-d can only do for us, what G-d can do through us.
This never changes. We gain this faith in our self by asking the
simple question that Pontius Pilate asked of Jesus: "What is
truth?" Not what is someone else's truth, but what is truth
for us. And we can personalize this question to: "What
is the truth for me?" This question may lead us to a
religion, but it may also lead us out of one. Keep in mind that
Buddha wasn't a Buddhist and Jesus wasn't a Christian ... both had an
all-consuming desire to discover more and more of the truth, knowing
that truth is as infinite as the G-d it seeks to embody. Religion
causes us to "freeze-frame truth" according to someone else's
definition of truth. But the truth will set us free ... too free
to allow religion to contain our hunger and thirst for more of it.
Yet, religion is often a catalyst to further spiritual exploration and
discovery ... and so are the seeming challenges we encounter in life.
From Dr. Frank Richelieu (The Art Of Being
Yourself): "In order for us to
expand our capacity in any direction - mentally, physically, socially,
economically - we need to connect with the spiritual nature of our
being. We must know that we stem from Reality, the Truth, the All
That Is. This knowing opens the channels through which divine
inspiration flows into our stream of consciousness. When we try to
make it alone, whatever we accomplish is not lasting. When we
relate to the Source, we are tied in with an infinite power and become
powerful instruments for higher expression."
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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the Science of Mind