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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for May 1, 2011 

                       "Your 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

                       2 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, Holy Bible

    
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 joy.  

     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.  "He 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.

     "We shall never have to unify with God, but we shall have to recognize that we are not separated from God,"
Ernest Holmes 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.

    
"Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything," the 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 be.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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