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Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 14, 2017


            It seems so much of the Media and U.S. Government is filled with talk of “Health Insurance.”  Deductibles and co-pays are too costly and for some the insurance itself is beyond their financial means.  It is a reflection, once again, of how important it is to put our faith in Something greater than government and insurance companies.  If we don’t have a “health consciousness” then we need to develop a “wealth consciousness.”  The Law of Mind works the same for both, but in our “human-ness” one may be more easily realized than the other.

        As we develop the “consciousness of wealth” through our faith in this Something greater we must find the time in our lives to “impress” our consciousness with wealth; not just an abundant universe, and not the wealth that exists in the possession of mankind, but the wealth that we can draw into our lives from the ideas that the Intelligence that is the Source of All Creation, will bring to our conscious mind so that we can realize “personal wealth.”  

       Dr. Joseph Murphy wrote in this best-selling book, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”:  There is no such thing as a free lunch. You must give to receive. If you give mental attention to your goals, ideas, and enterprises, your deeper mind will back you up. The key to wealth is to apply the laws of the subconscious mind by implanting it with the idea of wealth with conviction.
         …. what you consciously affirm, you must not mentally deny a few moments later as this will neutralize the good you have affirmed.  Keep in mind that you have a fundamental right to be rich. You are here in this world to lead the abundant life and be happy, radiant and free. You should, therefore, have all the money you need to lead a fulfilling, happy and prosperous life.
Wealth and poverty have their origins in your own mind. You must come to a clear-cut decision that you intend to be wealthy and successful. Wealth is not a matter of chance, luck, or coincidence. The only chance you have is the chance you make yourself.

               Too often people lack the conviction that they can be wealthy, but if we were to read the histories of many wealthy people we will realize that the majority of them received their wealth by acting on an idea, an intuitive thought, or an inner whisper of guidance from the Spirit of Intelligence that knows “the way to wealth” for them.  Too often, people allow themselves to be convinced that they have “low-self-esteem” which is just another way of saying that they don’t really know who they are.  We are not what “the world” has taught us to believe we are and the image we see in the mirror is only the smallest part of what we are.  We are “of G-d”; that is, Spirit, Life, Intelligence, Power.  This is the truth that we must guard in our mind against all things that contradict it.

        Daniel Boone Herring writes in his book, "Mind Surgery" (1931) .... "Man's effort to frighten us into being "good" has made him lie tremendously about the whole thing for we have been taught that God punishes us for infractions of man's moral code.  This is too silly to need further comment.  Does electricity punish you if you get crossed up with it or does electricity merely express its nature?  Answer this and you answer all moral questions. ... This shows us the power of our own minds to forgive ourselves for all past condemnation.  Jesus said:  "But, to prove that the son of man (that is you) has the power to forgive sins on earth I say unto you, arise and go into thy house"; and the man arose and went into his house - healed of palsy.  This man was simply paralyzed with self-pity and self-condemnation and this mental action had reacted into his motor nervous system and paralyzed his nerve centers. ... In freeing yourself from bondage, you are to understand at once that every time you think backward you are trying to get water into the jug - and what you are seeking to accomplish is to get some water out of the jug. ... Self-condemnation plays no part in the life toward mastery.  Create new conditions - you cannot, by any conceivable possibility, redeem past conditions.  This is why Jesus said: "Let the dead bury the dead." ... This total non-recognition of the past is what blots our so-called sins (self-inflicted-nonsense)
and makes us whiter than snow."  

              Now, there are those who “relish the idea of Hell” … that is, for other people.  Ministers with large churches have lost their congregations because they finally had the realization of the truth that Hell is a man-made-false-idea and is in effect a mockery of G-d’s ever-lasting Love for mankind.  If we hold this idea of a hell or a punishing god in our mind, we must loose it from our mind or face the personal effects of this belief in our life experiences.  A belief in Hell or a punishing god is an obstruction to both a wealth consciousness and a health consciousness.

           Ralph Waldo Trine wrote “In Tune with the Infinite” in 1897; in his words:  " It is through the instrumentality of the mind that we are enabled to connect the real soul life with the physical life, and so enable the soul life to manifest and work through the physical. The thought life needs continually to be illumined from within. This illumination can come in just the degree that through the agency of the mind we recognize our oneness with the Divine, of which each soul is an individual form of expression.
          In the degree that we come into the recognition of our own true selves, into the realization of the oneness of our life with the
Infinite Life, and in the degree that we open ourselves to this divine inflow, does this voice of intuition, this voice of the soul, this voice of God, speak clearly, and in the degree that we recognize, listen to, and obey it, does it speak ever more clearly, until by-and-by there comes the time when it is unerring, absolutely unerring, in its guidance.
           GOD is the Spirit of Infinite Life. If we are partakers of this life and have the power of opening ourselves fully to its divine inflow, it means more, so far to its divine inflow, it means more, so far as even the physical life is concerned, then we may at first think. For very clearly, the life of this Infinite Spirit, from its very nature, can admit of no disease, and if this is true, no disease can exist in the body where it freely enters, through which it freely flows.
         Let us recognize at the outset that, so far as the physical life is concerned, all life is from within outwards. There is an immutable law which says: 'As within, so without, cause, effect.' In other words, the thought forces, the various mental states and the emotions, all have in time their effects upon the physical body.
  And, I would add, our body of affairs; finances, career success, relationships, etc.

           Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the famous American minister and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking” followed the technique of affirmation in “displacing” from our mind those thoughts and ideas that no longer benefit us or support us in our good.  He gives us this wonderful affirmation:  “I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord's hands. There is no harm in the Lord's hands, only good. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord's hands it is the Lord's will and it is good.” 

           Let us be reminded that the word “Lord” refers to our mind in tune with the Infinite Intelligence of G-d.  And in this state of mind, we begin the development of our “wealth insurance.”

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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