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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, May 11, 2014 

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          The great Albert Einstein stated that, "Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world."  And most of us are aware of this statement even those who do not realize the power of our imagination.  Einstein draws upon our imagination to understand these words.  Who but someone willing to imagine could understand the words "encircles the world"?  With our imagination we can enjoy the evening at a sidewalk cafe in Paris and still not leave where we are.  We can enjoy wearing the finest of clothes without going shopping.  In these imaginings we are using our mind not in a sense of fantasy but as a way to enlarge our capacity to be conscious of the abundance in the world.  Often words are spoken from the imagination in order to get our attention.  Jesus made use of this technique when he said, "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him."  Take his words into your mind and imagine it ... and if you do, you have defied reason and in turn have expanded your power of imagination.

       The great teacher/minister Dr. Joseph Murphy wrote this about imagination:  "The faculty of image-making is called imagination.  It is one of the primal faculties of mind and has the power to project and clothe our ideas, giving them visibility on the screen of space.  We can discipline, control, and direct our imagination constructively and get what we want in life, or we can use it negatively and imagine what we don't want in life.  The mental images which we contemplate and consciously accept as true are impressed on our subconscious mind (soul) and made manifest in our life. ... Imagination is the mighty instrument used by famous scientist
s, artists, poets, physicists, inventors, architects, and mystics.  When the world says, "It is impossible, it can't be done," the person with vivid imagination says, "It is done!"

       The Barbados born teacher, Neville, taught that the "Imagination" is our "Christ within" ... that it is creative and powerful.  I believe that our imagination can be very useful in "stirring up the spirit within" and enabling us to "transcend" the conditions and circumstances that we want to move-through.  And for many of us, these conditions and circumstances have been effects of our acceptance of the struggle and limitation that we have learned form the world.  We are all influenced by the collective consciousness to some degree but let us focus on potentials and possibilities.  And we can do this with ease by understanding the creative power of the imagination.

       Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher and considered a central figure in modern philosophy, said "Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination."  And this opens us up to a new ideal for many of us and that is to "express" the nature of G-d more in our life through the use of our imagination.  We know that the nature of G-d is living-ness, giving-ness and forgiving-ness.  As we use our imagination to imitate the nature of G-d we can find that by doing so we "stir up the Spirit within" and begin attracting to ourselves more and more good.  We can use our imagination to give to others those things that we desire for ourselves ... that is, give money, give cars, give vacations, give whatever it is that we desire for ourselves.  As we make it so vivid in our mind that we almost feel like it is true then we shall be in tune with the Infinite in a greater way.  And in the doing of this our mind is "stayed on the good" and this can only draw more and more good into our own life in amazing ways.  As we express, through our imagination, more of the nature of G-d then we shall find ourselves confident of more power, more love and more joy in our own lives.

The Master Mind Jesus taught in parables because he was aware that these simple stories could arouse the imagination of those who listened to them.  Once our imagination becomes alive with the images of good and wonderful experiences we are realizing that Life is more than just what we see with our physical eyes.  So much of it, the most important aspects of it, are beyond the physical senses.  This realization we must have to achieve the level of awareness to receive all the good that is ours to receive.  Jesus declared, All that the Father hath is mine.  Just imagine this is true for you too!


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. Henry Bates

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