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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 8, 2016

             As we contemplate the title of this message we will discover that it has different meanings for different people.  For some, it points to discovering more wealth or prosperity in our lives and for others it points to discovering a life with more meaning and purpose.  Gregg Braden in his book, "The Isaiah Effect" writes of a survey that he took about what people pray for.  Topping the list was "more money" followed by "better jobs", "better health" and "better relationships".  When he asked participants in his seminar what they were thinking when they prayed they answered with "not enough", "need more" and "running out".  In other words, their thoughts when praying for money contradicted their prayer and so nothing changed.

            After reading this, I was reminded that Dr. Robert Bitzer of the Hollywood Church told of asking a young man what he was praying for and he young man stated that he was praying for money.  And so Dr. Bitzer asked why he was praying for money and the young man said "because I don't have any" and Dr. Bitzer replied and that is why you don't.  Imagine if you will how this young man's prayer would have been affected if his thought was "because I live in the midst of infinite abundance and there is money for me and I can have it."  His prayer and his thought would have been in agreement and when there is absolute agreement between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind definite results are experienced.

          Let's look at these words from the American mystic Ernest Holmes: 
"It is very characteristic of the human mind to consider that everything that is good, everything that is optimistic, either belongs to some future state or that it is withheld from us, or that we are not good enough to receive it, or that there is some reason why it should not come into our experience.  And yet, those whose faith is based on the thought and the philosophy and the experience of one whom we consider to have been the greatest spiritual genius who ever lived, are not reading his words very carefully, for he said:  "... as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee."
          I suggest that we forget all of the past, and not wonder too much if faith works, but accept; that we start to remake and remodel our thinking.  Here is an interesting thing that happens when we do this.  Out of the past comes a sort of repetition, like a monotonous song being sung:  "It can't be this way.  It is too good to be true.  I don't know how to do it. I am not good enough to do it.  Who said it's true?"  You know all the arguments.  Where do they come from?  It is a well recognized fact in psychology and psychiatry today that all the morbid and unhappy thought patterns which we have ever had repeat themselves, as they say, with monotonous regularity and that they actually resist any change of thought.  Well, let's recognize this as a law of our psychological nature and not be disturbed by it; but, by recognizing it, we then know what we are dealing with, and knowing what we are dealing with, we shall know how to deal with it.

         The way in which we deal with this part of our psychological nature is to resolve the contradictions between our conscious mind and our subconscious mind; in other words, to bring them into agreement by the force of intelligence within our mind.  Let's go back to Dr. Bitzer's conversation with the young man; what is the truth? ... that he has no money or that he lives in the midst of infinite abundance?  The New York Times Real Estate section listed a "top sale of the week" as a Park Avenue, century old apartment with dizzying views for $44.8 million dollars.  I think we can believe that we live in the "midst of infinite abundance" but we won't unless we take the time to discover the richer thought in our consciousness that will displace the "I don't have" or the "there's not enough" thought from our consciousness.  We can discover a richer life for what one can do all can do.  The person or persons who purchased the $44.8 million dollar apartment acted on an "idea" and that "idea" created for them a "richer thought" and this "thought" them to the discovery of a richer life.  And there is a "richer" idea for you and me too and our conscious awareness of the "richer thoughts" will bring it to our awareness.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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