mind is Godís Mind in you, as you.
Your spirit is the Spirit of God in you, as you.
This you did not make. It
is, and will not be changed. This
is the great secret that Jesus taught, as have all of the other great
teachers of man. ... God
is our life now. It
is not a life that we are going to attain some day. It is our life. We
are not gradually becoming unified with God; we cannot be separated from
God! We shall never have to
unify with God, but we shall have to recognize that we are not separated
from God. Then, that in our
experience which appears to be separated will flow together; it will
rush together, as the mountain torrent rushes across the valley to join
the ocean of its infinitude."
- Ernest Holmes,
Discover a Richer Life
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many
kinds, 3 because you
know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Perseverance must
finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking
anything. 5 If any
of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all
without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts
is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7
That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."
- James 1:2-8,
Every time I
hear the words, "There is a Power within You" I am
reminded of the bold authors of the ancient scriptures who spoke the
truth for all of us to know and understand. Throughout history
there have been those who have revealed that radical thinking is
essential to realizing a greater experience of life. The words of
these people have filled the pages of philosophical and spiritual books.
Emerson was just as radical as Jesus and the Buddha in urging us to
examine the beliefs and concepts that we hold to be true. The
spiritual principles that have been demonstrated throughout the ages
have been demonstrated by those who could not allow the passion for
truth within them to be repressed.
Ernest Holmes tells us that our mind is G-d's
Mind in us, as us, yet so few of us seek to fully realize this fully.
James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that "a double-minded man is
unstable in all he does" ... and this double-mindedness comes from
our unwillingness to embrace radical thinking. So many of us want
to "fit in" or to be "acceptable" to those around
us, even when it means that we must contradict the very truth that we
have gained an awareness of. And then we wonder why we are not
unfolding a greater experience of prosperity and success, happiness and
We only have one life to enjoy at a time, and
radical thinking will enlarge our capacity to live to that which makes
us feel enthusiastic and excited to be alive. But, in doing so, we
may find that our friends, our family, and those around us, may not
support us as we do. Many people are not comfortable with living
"outside the box" or are comfortable around those who do.
Radical thinkers throughout history have been met with scorn and
rejection, but we know who they are, while their critics remain
unidentifiable, for the most part.
All that is
seen, comes from the un-seen, that is, consciousness. It is our
consciousness of success in the face of the appearances of failure that
leads us to that which provides us with success. It is our
consciousness of prosperity that guides us to that which will prosper us
even when the evidence of things seen, shows us lack and limitation.
must believe and not doubt"
... James was
bold and spoke with authority ... his radical thinking inspired
countless numbers of people to foster and nurture faith and hope in the
Good. Bold statements of truth establish in our consciousness a
determination and conviction to demonstrate, that is, to realize the
good that we can claim as ours in our experience.
shall never have to unify with God, but we shall have to recognize that
we are not separated from God,"
wrote. And in these profound words of truth, we find something
that will provide for us a way to manifest the desires of our heart ...
"recognition" ... we must "recognize" that we are
part of G-d, that our desires are coming from the Mind of G-d to instill
within us an impulse to seek a greater good, a greater joy, a greater
success, and a greater measure of prosperity to experience.
must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking
great mystic James wrote so long ago. But, while we persevere, it
is essential that we get into the spirit of radical thinking,
recognizing G-d within us, within our mind, and use our imagination to
think the thoughts and create the images that thrill us with the joy of
life. We must eliminate thoughts and images of lack completely,
eliminate thoughts of failure and doubt, thoughts that separate us from
G-d, from the Good. "Not lacking anything" means not
lacking in our ability to have, to do, and to be, that which we choose
to have, to do, and to be, no matter how very radical it may appear to
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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