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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, April 22, 2012 

          "A girl said to me that all she desired was to be "spiritual."  That is the overall desire of everyone, but our terminology is not the same.  When you are really spiritually minded, you are expressing yourself fully here and now.  You realize that an automobile is a spiritual idea in front of your door.  A sandwich, when you are hungry, is an answer to your prayer and is spiritual, also.  If you sing well on stage, it is just as spiritual as a man singing the 23rd Psalm in the choir.  The man who repairs the roof of your house is performing spiritual labor just as well as a minister, priest, or rabbi who may be reading a text from the Bible or broadcasting a sermon.  Realize that the spirit and body are one.  Cease looking down on your nose at material things; stop once and for all separating the Spirit of God from the flesh and blood of the world.  Every physical act, no matter how base you may consider it, is the Living Spirit within you animating material form.  You are not degraded or demeaned when you scrub a dirty floor or clean stables.  If you are condemning anything in this world, you are demoting and depreciating yourself." - Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics

      
I used this excerpt from Dr. Murphy's book as this statement has come to me very often during the past decade of responding to prayer requests on the Internet.  Too often, as Dr. Murphy explains, there is confusion in just what "being spiritual" means.  I believe, to be "spiritual" is to "reflect the Spirit" in our life experiences.  The things of the Spirit are happiness, love, joy, peace, harmony, beauty, intelligence and wisdom, and strength.  We realize all of these within us; within our heart, our mind and our soul. Yet, we know that most often these are experienced through the stimulation of things that are material ... or are not realized due to conditions, circumstances and situations in the material or physical world.

     It is impossible for the human mind to fully conceive of Spirit as Omnipresence, and so let us think about Infinite Presence; everywhere Present, just like the air that we breathe.  There are people who are so consumed with the thought of allergens, dust, etc. that they can't breathe without effort.  And there are people who say that they are "spiritual" who live in poverty and lack.  Why is this?  I think it has a lot to do with how we have been "mesmerized" into accepting false ideas about our relationship to G-d and Life Itself.  Buddhism teaches that "desire" is the root of all suffering and problems, and therefore teaches that we are to "repress desire" so that we can realize peace and harmony within.  But, how long does our peace and harmony last when we can't pay the rent or when we realize that the world is filled with abundance while we experience a stark life of lack and limitation?  Spirit is creative and this means to do, to be or to have something, and in order to live spiritually, we must "get in the spirit of the thing" that we choose to experience.  Lack of desire can "cause" dullness, and for us to "resign" ourselves to lack and financial struggle, or at best living with "less" than we are capable of experiencing.  Spirit is "Abundant Life" ... and the more of this abundance we experience, the more fuller expression of the Spirit we are reflecting in our lives.

     Christianity has perpetuated a false teaching that leads many to believe that they are to reject material possessions and seek to be of service to others instead.  This false idea is derived from the Gospel of Luke 18:18-25 "And a ruler asked him [Jesus], “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except G-d alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of G-d! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of G-d.”

     Knowing that the Master Mind Jesus gave us the "key" to "increase" what we have, we know that we can't fully understand the words from Luke 18:18-25, without considering the "whole" of his teachings regarding wealth and abundance.  Jesus said, "I have come [to teach you] that you may have life, and you may have it abundantly" and we can find in Matthew 25: 29 
"For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."   And so we realize that this lesson is not about rejecting wealth and material possessions, but instead is about our willingness to "depend on G-d and G-d alone" for our everything.  The Master Mind Jesus was simply testing the rich, young man who professed to have great faith, if indeed he had the faith that G-d would "restore to him" the material possessions he would give up in order to follow Jesus.  In reality, Jesus was asking him to "follow his teachings" ... to believe that what he had came to him from G-d, and that in this realization, he can have it all again, if he chooses to do so.  And in his statement, "for it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of G-d” ... we can realize that just as the person who wants to "be spiritual" eschews material wealth and possessions, people with wealth, Jesus believed, pretty much accepted the same false idea that there is a "separation" of Omnipresent Good ... which can never be true.  G-d Is All and All Is G-d; Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscience ... G-d in and through everything that is. 

     The "kingdom of G-d is within you, not lo here or lo there" Jesus said, and this means that we are not to give power to anything or anyone but G-d, and in this knowing that All-Power is in the Spirit, we never need lack for any good thing ... it is the "consciousness" that accepts "all that the Father hath is mine" ... and we can have all that we accept for ourselves that does not take anything away from anyone else nor diminishes anyone, including ourselves, in any way.  It is the realization that the "abundant life" is the "good life" that is available to all of us.

       Let us say these words from the mystical Ernest Holmes' meditation for "Supply" with confidence and faith:  "I always have an abundance of money and an abundance of whatever it takes to make life happy and opulent.  There is a continuous movement toward me of supply, of money, of all that I need to express the fullest life, happiness and action." And in this realization, we shall be living a spiritual life filled with happiness and joy, love and peace, harmony and confidence, faith and wisdom; enjoying the best of times and the best of everything that the Creative Spirit of G-d has made available to us.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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