is no difference between you who have little in life and those who have
it all, for rich and poor alike get sick, make enemies, find themselves
alone. But the potential for you gaining more ... is enormous.
And when it is all accomplished, you will know that the opportunities,
the ability, the inspiration all came from the 'Father' within, because
you will know you could never have done such things if you had not asked
the 'Father' within you to help you use all your talents, to put plenty
of food in your cupboards, and clothes on your back and happiness and a
good life for your children.." - Christ's Letters,
"We need have no sense of
unworthiness, nor should we fall under the illusion that it is spiritual
to be poor, or the equally wrong thought that people who happen to
possess enough of this world's goods to make life comfortable are
thereby unholy." - Ernest Holmes, Living The Science
It is difficult to imagine that anyone could
find something within themselves that would want to escape this world or
to see it destroyed. Whenever I look out into the world around me
I see great beauty and often I will find delight in observing Nature and
all of its elements. To believe that there is something so very
wrong with this world in which we live that we can imagine that our
Creator would destroy it and most of us in it, compels me to believe
that the sense of unworthiness resident in the minds of those who
believe such things, makes them a danger to themselves and even perhaps
I see the "NOTW"
stickers on cars and lots of trucks throughout the area in which I
travel daily, and from what I have seen, I think very few people who
proudly display these letters on their vehicles have any real sense of
what "not of this world means."
The full statement attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John is: "If
you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because
you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore
the world hates you." I don't believe this
statement was made by the radical Jesus. I don't think a spiritual
genius such as Jesus would state that "the
world hates you." Instead, I believe that John, or
whoever wrote this, misunderstood what he was attempting to explain.
And do these people who plaster this "NOTW" sticker on
their car and truck windows and bumpers really believe that the "world
hates you"? If they do, what a sad, sad state of mind
to live with. They may not believe in yesterday's "May
21, 2011 Rapture" prediction, but this state of mind is very
similar to those who do. It would make little difference in our
lives if "G-d chooses us" ... but it makes a great difference
that "we choose G-d" ... Jesus knew this. And, on the
remote possibility that Jesus would have made this statement, he would,
at that time, have been talking to Jewish people only.
I believe that as we read the Bible we must
read it based on the Principle that G-d Is All and All Is Good.
This statement speaks to that which transcends our human understanding
and provides for a higher thought for us to discover within our mind,
our heart and our soul. This is the way in which Intelligence
would create the world. Anything else would be destructive, rather
than Creative. Humans are the only species that seek to destroy
the world in which we live. It is incredible to even imagine that
our Creator would destroy Its Creation. And I believe that those
who see a destructive quality of G-d, believe this through the filter of
unworthiness in their mind.
Unworthiness is a poison to the mind and must
be healed. It separates us from the Good in the world and from
G-d. It blinds us to the Beauty in the world and the beauty within
our own soul. Unworthiness can attract to us abusive relationships
and strained relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
But, most importantly, it denies the Divinity that is within us.
Unworthiness accepts "duality" in the world and projects this
duality in our relationships in a myriad of ways; as divisiveness,
jealousy, hate, lack, limitation, loss. It prevents us from
enjoying the abundance and the success that is available to us;
prosperity, friendships, loving family relationships, success in our
work, financial ease. Financial lack and loss are directly linked
to "feeling always abused" ... "non-acceptance" ...
"quarrel with self" ... and "desperation."
These feelings arise from unworthiness and feelings of both inferiority
As we read from the words
in the "Christ's Letters" ... we can seek G-d within our mind
to help us discover our healing. And in this seeking, we can find
faith in the universe; abundance; gratitude; acceptance; love. Our
rapture then will be our delight in G-d's Presence in all things that
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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