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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, April 14, 2013 

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          We have faith and we believe.  We pray.  We pray and we believe.  We pray again ... and we believe.  Yet, we do not see evidence of any change in our life.  We pray and we begin to have doubts.  We pray again but the doubts don't go away.  We pray and resist feeling depressed.  But, the depression overwhelms us and we feel defenseless against it.  We pray even though our faith has diminished.  We want to believe but the doubts seem overwhelming.  We pray again, silently, seeking the feeling of being in the Presence of Something that can eliminate the darkness.  We don't feel It at first, but we know our silence is the pathway to experiencing It.  So we pray again, silently, remaining in the silence until our mind becomes still.  We don't feel the Presence, but we know It is beckoning to us ... drawing us deeper into the silence.  And then, suddenly, we begin to feel the Presence.  We are in It and It is within us ... within our soul ... in our seeking we have found It, right where we are.  And so we listen, inclining our ear within, for that still small voice that begins to thunder through our intuitive mind.  We feel the Presence in our heart, we feel It in our mind, and we feel It in our soul.  We realize that the truth is, as we seek, we find.  And so this begins our path to a heightened awareness of our eternal unity with the Spirit.  The Light begins to shine through our mind.  Ideas become desires to be fulfilled.  Our way is opened up.  Our faith gives us evidence of things not seen, things that are ours to have, to do, and to be.

     Most of us have heard the expression, "the light at the end of the tunnel" and in these simple words, there is a great truth.  There is always a way, always a solution to every seeming problem.  But first we must know that we are not our circumstances or the conditions that we find ourselves in.  We are so much more than any circumstance or any condition.  Our capacity to transcend conditions and circumstances is unlimited.  But, our thoughts must be directed to the end of the tunnel, so to speak.  

      "To get good results we must properly understand our relation to the great impersonal power we are using.  It is intelligent and we are intelligent, and the two intelligences must cooperate.  We must not fly in the face of the Law by expecting it to do for us what it can only do through us; and we must therefore use our intelligence with the knowledge that it is acting as the instrument of a greater intelligence; and because we have this knowledge we may, and should, cease from all anxiety as to the final result."  Thomas Troward, The Edinburgh & Dore Lectures on Mental Science

     It is the anxiety that creates within us the doubts and the forthcoming depressions.  It is in the silence as we turn to that within, knowing that there is Something to turn within to, that we heal the anxiety and begin to foster faith and an expectation of a good result. 

      Thomas Troward explains this process clearly: "In actual practice we must first form the ideal conception of our object with the definite intention of impressing it upon the universal mind - it is this intention which takes such thought out of the region of mere casual fancies - and then affirm that our knowledge of the Law is sufficient reason for a calm expectation of a corresponding result, and there therefore all necessary conditions will come to us in due order.  We can then turn to the affairs of our daily life with the calm assurance that the initial conditions are either there already or will soon come into view.  If we do not see them, let us rest content with the knowledge that the spiritual prototype is already in existence and wait till some circumstance pointing in the desired direction begins to show itself.  It may be a very small circumstance, but it is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.  As soon as we see it we should regard it as the first sprouting of the seed we have sown in the Absolute, and do calmly and without excitement, whatever the circumstances may seem to require, and then later on we shall see that this doing will in turn lead to further circumstances in the same direction until we find ourselves conducted step by step to the accomplishment of our object.  In this way the understanding of the great principle of the Law of Supply will, by repeated experiences, deliver us more and more completely out of the region of anxious thought and toilsome labor and bring us into a new world where the useful employment of all our powers, whether mental or physical, will only be an unfolding of our individuality upon the lines of its own nature, and therefore a perpetual source of health and happiness; a sufficient inducement, surely, to the careful study of the laws governing the relation between the individual and the Universal Mind."  

     Far too many of us have allowed ourselves to hold in our consciousness feelings of selfishness, lack of ease, and fear.  We feel a sense of selfishness when we seek personal gain, whether it be wealth, success in our work or personal relationships.  We have been taught that we are to be "self-less" and to "serve others" but in reality our acceptance of these concepts creates contradictions to the truth of our being.  We give when we prosper and realize success in our work and creative expressions.  We serve others best by buying their goods and services, their artistic works and sharing with those we love.  We are all aware that we must "love our neighbor as our self" ... but first, we must love our self.  We must love our self enough to realize the prosperity that is ours to have.  We must love our self enough to enjoy success in our work and our creative endeavors.  When we prosper and succeed, we have the capacity to give to others.  Most importantly, we have the capacity to inspire others to find their own way in which to succeed and prosper.  Intellectually, we know this.  Yet, if we are experiencing doubts and depressions, we haven't eliminated those false concepts of the world that obstruct our good, resident in the deeper recesses of our mind.

      Think about these words from the mystical W. Frederic Keeler:  "There is no disappointment in heaven [Spirit] and the heavenly life can be lived here on earth.  Do something that benefits both you and others; give yourself unreservedly in your own heart to something higher, God.  Any life can be transmuted into a gloriously beautiful one; filled with peace; love; rest; faith." 


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. Henry Bates

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