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         John 8:42 - Jesus said unto them, "If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me."

         This statement from the Master Mind Jesus challenges us to transcend our human experience and seek the level of our consciousness that unifies with the Divine.  As we transcend the image of the physical, we will realize that we are, in Truth, Spirit and Life Expressed ... that our human identity is but the veil that covers the Divine Self that God imaged into Its own likeness ... Spirit.  To paraphrase a statement from the Bhagavad Gita written in the 5th century B.C. ... "He whose self is established in Oneness, sees the self in all beings, and all beings in the self."  This is the same statement just written differently.  It is calling us to a greater understanding of Life Itself ... it is to know that we are One with All of Life ... that we are connected to each other in the same way that the continents are connected at the bottom of the oceans ... One Life Expressing Itself in individualized forms ... but always connected.  

        This is why Jesus stated that whatever you do to anyone, you are doing it to yourself ... because at the level of Spirit we are connected to each other.  Dr. Joseph Murphy stated that to bless someone is really a very selfish thing ... because in Truth, you are really blessing yourself.  Imagine how different our lives might be if we blessed everyone ... refrained from harsh judgments, resentments and jealousies and instead blessed everybody and everything.  Yes, Dr. Murphy is correct, at some level it would be a selfish act ... but the benefits would be tremendously gratifying!

        There are people who live their lives reacting to people based on "conditions" ... and if certain people do not meet their "conditions" ... then they shut them out of their lives ... and often, don't even show them the commonest of courtesies such as gratitude and respect.  And for many of these people ... this has become a life-long habit ... and they never realize that all that they do ... or in most cases, don't do ... they are doing to themselves.  And many of these people consider themselves to be religious or spiritual ... and they may even "talk about" unconditional love like they actually knew what it was.  But ... unconditional love can only be a part of someone who understands and practices what Jesus taught as recorded in the Book of John and what Vyasa wrote in the Bhagavad Gita before Him.

       Everything and everyone in our experience is coming to us from God ... and we are One with them.  This is why every religion states, "Our Father."  One Father, One Life ... ONE.  We attract every person ... every experience ... from our consciousness ... "Our Father Within" ... "the Father and I are One" ... this Infinite "I" is God in All of us.  "Our Father Within" ... will bring into our experience people who will fill the empty gaps caused by our human experiences ... so that we can experience our "Divine self" to a greater and more satisfying degree.  Whatever is in our consciousness that we are afraid of or whatever is in our consciousness that makes us uncomfortable ... we must eliminate it ... and often we do not ... because it is much easier to ignore or isolate ourselves from the people who are the very ones that are so necessary for us to realize the Greater Potential that lies within us.  The people who make us comfortable and at ease very seldom create opportunities for us to grow spiritually ... if anything, they will cause us to ease into a life of passivity or worse still, depressions.  

      There is That within us that is constantly seeking Wholeness ... and this Wholeness can only be attained by shedding the limitations, fears and seeming separation from each other ... we cannot experience our Divine self as long as we cling to concepts of separation from each other ... as we separate ourselves from each other ... we separate ourselves from God ... as Jesus stated, "If God were your Father, ye would love me ... for He sent me." 


And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
,
Rev. Hank Bates
                        

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