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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for April 17, 2016

         In his classic book, The Science of Mind, the American mystic Ernest Holmes writes about "thought atmosphere" and the effect that our thoughts create in our experience.  Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, "who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you are saying" in referring to this same thought atmosphere that is dominantly expressed as our "presence."  We realize the truth of this when someone with a sparkling personality comes into a room or when someone with a negative, borderline morbid personality comes into a room.  We can read that "thoughts are things" but most importantly thoughts create our personality or at least others perceptions of our personality.  And so we understand this is why the Master Mind Jesus, the Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda and others make such a powerful impression on people.  It is not just the wisdom that they teach or the things that they have done that aroused the attention of people but their dominant thought atmosphere.

        The great Thomas Troward writes in the "Dore Lectures": 
"One of the great axioms in the new order of ideas, .... is that our Thought possesses creative power, and since the whole superstructure depends on this foundation, it is well to examine it carefully. Now the starting point is to see that Thought, or purely mental action, is the only possible source from which the existing creation could ever have come into manifestation at all, and it is on this account that ... I have laid stress on the origin of the cosmos. It is therefore not necessary to go over this ground again, and we will start this morning's enquiry on the assumption that every manifestation is in essence the expression of a Divine Thought. This being so, our own mind is the expression of a Divine Thought. The Divine Thought has produced something which itself is capable of thinking; but the question is whether its thinking has the same creative quality as that of the Parent Mind (G-d Mind)."  

         Troward is pointing us to the origin of our thoughts and this is the Intelligence of the Infinite that brings to our awareness ideas, desires and contemplations that not only motivate and inspire us but also gives us the inherent ability to evolve and expand upon these ideas, desires and contemplations.  The simplest example is Alexander Graham Bell's idea for the telephone; primitive in its origin our smart phones today are an evolution or expansion of his idea.

Troward expands on this idea:  "Now by the very hypothesis of the case the whole Creative Process consists in the continual pressing forward of the Universal Spirit for expression through the individual and particular, and Spirit in its different modes is therefore the Life and Substance of the universe. Hence it follows that if there is to be an expression of thinking power it can only be by expressing the same thinking power which subsists latent in the Originating Spirit. If it were less than this it would only be some sort of mechanism and would not be thinking power, so that to be thinking power at all it must be identical in kind with that of the Originating Spirit. It is for this reason that mankind is said to be created in the image and likeness of God; and if we realize that it is impossible for us to be otherwise, we shall find a firm foundation from which to draw many important deductions.
       But if our thought possesses this creative power, why are we hampered by adverse conditions? The answer is, because hitherto we have used our power invertedly. We have taken the starting point of our thought from external facts and consequently created a repetition of facts of a similar nature, and so long as we do this we must needs go on perpetuating the old circle of limitation. And, owing to the sensitiveness of the subconscious mind to suggestion we are subject to a very powerful negative influence from those who are unacquainted with affirmative principles, and thus race-beliefs and the thought-currents of our more immediate environment tend to consolidate our own inverted thinking. It is therefore not surprising that the creative power of our thought, thus used in a wrong direction, has produced the limitations of which we complain. The remedy, then, is by reversing our method of thinking, and instead of taking external facts as our starting point, taking the inherent nature of mental power as our starting point. We have already gained two great steps in this direction, first by seeing that the whole manifested cosmos could have had its origin nowhere but in mental power, and secondly by realizing that our own mental power must be the same in kind with that of the Originating Mind. ... If, then, our thought is habitually concentrated upon principles rather than on particular things, realizing that principles are nothing else than the Divine Mind in operation, we shall find that they will necessarily germinate to produce their own expression in corresponding facts, thus verifying the words of the Great Teacher, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."

       And so it is up to us, you and me, to take the time to realize what thoughts are dominant in our mind; how we express these thoughts as personality, and how we can expand or evolve the ideas that come to us that relate to our desire for greater health, wealth, happiness, joy and love.  "Knock and it shall be opened unto you" the Master Mind Jesus taught and this means for you and me that we shall realize in our awareness the right and perfect ideas for us and the guidance and direction to realize the greater things still that are ours to experience as we tap on our consciousness for a greater awareness of the Intelligence of G-d present within us utilizing the creative power of thought.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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