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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, May 6, 2012 

          "Do you know what prayer is?  Just an earnest desire that we take to God - to Universal Mind - for fulfillment.  As Montgomery puts it - "Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed."  It is our Heart's Desire.  At least, the only prayer that is worth anything is the prayer that asks for our real desires.  That kind of prayer is heard.  That kind of prayer is answered. ... Mere lip prayer gets you nowhere.  It doesn't matter what your lips may say.  The thing that counts is what your heart desires, what your mind images on your subconscious thought, and through it on Divine Mind.  "And when thou prayest, be not as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogue and at the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.  Verily I say unto you, they have their reward." - Matthew 6:5." - Robert Collier, The Coming of The Spirit/The Life Magnet

"To become responsive, I had to move my awareness off the surface, to move deeper.  This was not limited to baseball, but applied to my life off the field as well.  Like many of us, I had falsely believed that the superficial dramas of my daily life defined who I was.  Lost in my own story, I was like an actor who thought the character he was playing was reality.  However, as I disconnected my awareness from my mind and emotions, the surface of my being, things changed." - Shawn Green, The Way Of Baseball

Shawn Green states that his book, "The Way Of Baseball" is a metaphor for life, yet I found in the book, an unconscious blend of prayer and meditation that perhaps even the author was not fully aware of.  As Robert Collier states, "prayer is our Heart's Desire" ... and in this he is stating that our prayer that receives a response from the Intelligence of G-d, is that which is most desired in our heart.  This desire may appear to be something insignificant to our conscious mind, but at a deeper level, it is a heart-felt desire that seeks to be fully expressed.  We could perhaps even say it is at the soul-level, something that is so deeply desired that we aren't even fully conscious of how vey much we desire it.  And, for those who meditate or sit in the silence ... our soul is open and receptive to the Spirit to respond to our deepest heart's desires both those that we are conscious of and those that we are not fully aware of.

     Too often prayer is an unintentional manipulation, of G-d and of other people, and this will never get us the results that we desire to experience.  Our prayers must consciously lack any thought of manipulation or the taking away of anyone's free choice, or liberty.  When we disconnect from the "surface stuff" ... emotions and negative feelings ... as Shawn Green realized, we shall find a greater trust and confidence that our good desires shall be made manifest in our experience with grace and ease.  We do not need to resist anything, but instead seek only to go deeper within our mind believing that this Intelligence that brought this desire to our awareness, is supporting us in having it, being it or doing it, whatever good thing it may be, as the fact that it has come to our awareness, and we desire it, makes it available to us.

     This is the time of year when two of my favorite things are available in abundance; baseball games and watermelon.  I look forward to this time of year so that I can enjoy these simple pleasures.  It is in gratitude for the simple pleasures in life that we can gain a greater sense of what is important to us and realize a greater trust and ease in dealing with the issues that confront us in life.  I believe it is especially important for us when dealing with issues that disturb our mind and bring worry, doubts and fear into our mind.  As we understand more fully the instruction of the Master Mind Jesus that "it is done unto you as you believe" ... we realize that we cannot solve a problem at the level of the problem.  Our mind must be free of doubt, worry and negative emotions in order for the Spirit to bring to our awareness the solutions and ideas that we require.  Jesus called us to "let not your heart be troubled" for he knew that infinite Intelligence is always responding to what we are believing and accepting as true.  Robert Collier's statement; "the thing that counts is what your heart desires, what your mind images on your subconscious thought" and in this we gain a greater understanding of how G-d Intelligence responds to that which we dwell on in our mind.

     Each and every one of us has the ability to change our thoughts and to use our imagination to impress upon our subconscious mind that which we claim to be ours to have, to do, and to be.  As we find that something that brings us into a state of calm relaxation, we can affirm the good that we desire with confidence and faith and know that the thoughts that we think, the images we bring into our mind, and the words that define this good desire in a specific and definite way, shall find the perfect response from the Spirit as It corresponds to that which we think, imagine and declare for ourselves, just as immediately as gravity responds to us in the physical.

     Let's take these words from Dr. Frank Richelieu into our mind as the truth for us:  "Today I expand my idea of myself.  Today I expand my concept of myself.  Today I expand my belief in myself.  What I believed yesterday belongs to yesterday.  What is important is what I believe today."  Let us be joyously radiant as we expect to receive all that which we believe to be ours through the awareness of our good desires.  Let's know that the "home run spirit" is within us, waiting for us to "stir it up" as we move forward knowing that more and more good is available to us, right now, right where we are.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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