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Sunday, May 20, 2001

1 Chronicles 4:10 - And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge  my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that  thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!   And God granted him that which he requested.
                                
                      There is a Power and Presence within us that sustains us, maintains us and protects us.  This is the "Father Within," according to the Master Mind, Jesus, or the "Christ."  This "Christ" within us is Perfect, Whole and Complete.  No mistake can touch it and no experience can diminish Its Perfection, Wholeness and Completeness.  Only the mind of man in his wrong thinking can act against this Perfection within.  Only the mind of man attempts to diminish this Perfection in others.  In other words, the mind of man can and often does act as the anti-Christ.

                       Why does man do it?  He does it in ignorance of the Law, ignorance of the reality of the true nature of himself and others. Only man looks at himself and others as evil or good, neither of which can ever be true.  The Rabbi Jesus stated, "why doest thou call me good, only the Father is good."  Likewise, how can we call anyone evil, when it is only confused behavior that could ever possibly be evil and not man himself who is created in the image and likeness of God.  

                       This "Christ" within, is within every man, every woman and every child.  When we make judgments of good and evil or belittle each other because of the color of our skin, our nationality, our religion, our gender, our sexual orientation, our height, weight or whatever, we are crucifying the "Christ" within ourselves and the "Christ" within our fellow man.  All the evil known to the world begins at the heart of this crucifixion of the "Christ" within ourselves and others.  This judgment of good and evil is but a low-level of hate that accumulates in the "race consciousness" of man, and creates diseases, war, murder, hatred, child abuse, spousal abuse, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, gang violence and more.  Each of us is affected by this "race consciousness" at the level of our acceptance or the level of our inability to eradicate it from our own consciousness.  It causes mothers and fathers to destroy the perfection in their children and it separates us from each other to the level that our ignorance becomes a fearful difference.  There is no "rest for the wicked" because as we sow, so shall we reap and each of us knows this on a subjective level at all times.

                         How do we heal our consciousness of the effects of this "race consciousness?"  We can only eliminate it from our consciousness by turning to the "Christ" within through meditation and prayer.  The "Christ" at the center of us is untouched by the "race mind" and remains Perfect, Whole and Complete.  But many of us have layers and layers of negativity gained from accepting the false beliefs of our parents, our friends, our neighbors and the garbage hurled at us from our television sets and radios.  We have believed wrongly and have accepted the judgments of good and evil and we have judged not only others wrongly, but we continue to judge ourselves wrongly.  

                       This belief in duality, that there can be both good and evil, has destroyed so many throughout history and we continue to declare it as truth over and over again as we judge ourselves as less than perfect, less than whole and less than complete.  How many of us can look in the mirror and tell ourselves we are beautiful without feeling immodest?  Can we tell another person how beautiful "we are" without feeling uncomfortable?  Most of us cannot - but it is the truth.  We are beautiful, we are glorious, we are magnificent, because we are only expressing that which Is, the "Christ" within us, and when we deny this truth, we are crucifying It."

                                  
 And So It Is!           

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates