image of an impending calamity is no doubt odious, but its very
odiousness (we say) makes it haunt the mind all the more pertinacious,
and it is useless to expel it. Yet this is an absurd position for
us, the heirs of all the ages, to be in: Hag-ridden by the flimsy
creatures of our own brain. If a pebble in our boots torment us,
we expel it. We take off the boot and shake it out. And once
the matter is fairly understood, it is just as easy to expel an
intruding and obnoxious thought from the mind."
Collier, The Law of Higher Potential
external to me has any power over me."
It is Spirit that
rules the world, and it is when we align ourselves in our thoughts and
beliefs that this is the truth, that we loosen the shackles of the
seeming powers of the world. We may find ourselves broke,
unemployed, heartbroken, and sick, but the spirit that dwells
within us is not affected by any of these things. And for the
masses of us, this is beyond our comprehension because we have let our
minds be conditioned to judge by appearances. And as we can easily
discern from the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus, this
"conditioned thinking" has been with us throughout the ages.
This is why Jesus called the people to eliminate from their thinking
judgments based on the material or visible alone, as we can read in the
Gospel of John: "Do
not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous
Unfortunately for far too many of us, we look
to people and things outside of us for the "cause" of our
problems and challenges in life as well as for our prosperity and the
good we want to experience ... and so we give "power" to that
which has no power over us except in our false belief that it does.
All that we can see, hear, feel, taste and touch, is temporary and
unreliable as the source of our security. Many of us look to our
jobs as the source of our wealth, but all too often, jobs end and so
does the temporary feeling of security. We may think of our
savings and investments as "security" but as we all found out
within the past few years, these can shrink rapidly and our sense of
security shaken and for some, lost completely. We weren't born
with these false ideas, we learned these from the world in which we
live. Our consciousness is impressed daily with "obnoxious
thoughts" that deny the strength, guidance, and intelligence of the
spirit within us.
Robert Collier writes in "The Law of the
Higher Potential" ... "When I worry, I
am not trusting God. When I trust God, I have nothing to worry
about." And the mystical Ernest Holmes writes, "learning
to trust will make you happy" ... trust in the infinite
Good because as we do we are trusting in the Spirit, Life and Truth that
is the only Presence, Intelligence and Power there is ... there is none
other, we can read in the ancient scriptures and this is the ABSOLUTE
TRUTH now and forever.
In the Holy Scriptures we can read that Jesus
called his "disciples" to go forth and announce that the "kingdom
of heaven is at hand" ... and in this instruction we
understand this to mean that they were to go forth to "heal,
prosper and bless" ... yet, there was much bias and
racial prejudice surrounding this instruction as the scripture reads
that Jesus instructed the disciples to not go to the Samaritans and the
Gentiles. Since Jesus was bilingual, speaking both Aramaic and
Greek, as did most of his disciples, we can know that this had nothing
to do with their ability to communicate with the Samaritans and
Gentiles, but everything to do with racial and religious bigotry.
What a contradiction this is to Jesus' instruction to "love
thy neighbor as thyself" and to "love
one another" and so we realize that "obnoxious"
thoughts have been held in the collective consciousness throughout
history as the authors of the Gospels wrote from their
"understanding" based on "culture" rather than from
the profound insight and wisdom of the Truth that Jesus revealed
to the world that "G-d is for All and In All ...
and this is true of everyone. This is why we must glean the Truth
from the Holy Scriptures, that is, that which is universal and eternal,
and drop those things that are man-made either to forward religion or
the seeming-power of those in the world.
Every one of us is of the Spirit. No one
can argue against this intelligently, neither scientists nor
theologians. Yet, it is always up to us to "consciously
choose" to "recognize" this as the truth about us and
everyone else. Just as the religious and the political powers in
the time of Jesus divided the people based on race and religious-dogma,
so we find this same mind-set in our world today. It is this
"obnoxious" thinking that is caused by our unwillingness to
understand the truth, that creates so many problems in our world and in
our personal life experiences. G-d does not see our race, our
religion, our nationality, our legal status, the language we speak, our
gender, or our sexual orientation ... and G-d is not blind ... those who
judge others negatively based on these things are the ones who are blind
to the truth.
The Master Mind Jesus said, "when
you see me, you see the Father." This
"Father" that Jesus was referring to is the Spirit of G-d that
dwells within us. It is Intelligence, Spirit and Power ... It
cannot be "divided against Itself" for It to be fully realized
and experienced by us. In other words, if we believe that It
dwells within us and not someone else ... we establish a lie in our
consciousness that will be revealed as something less than the good that
most of us seek to experience. The radical Jesus said, "you
will know the truth and the truth will set you free" ... but we
won't realize this freedom as long as we allow the dogma of religion and
divisiveness of politics to blind us to the truth.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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