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                      "A good treatment (affirmative prayer) is always filled with the recognition of the Presence of God, or Good.  This automatically wipes out any picture of undesirable conditions, for the Spirit of God is a law of elimination and obliteration to everything unlike Itself!  Even in what we term spiritual things, we are still dealing with the law of cause and effect, for God is Law.  The more exalted, the more heavenly, the more boundless, the more God-like or Christ-like the thought is, the more power it will have." - Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science Of Mind

"No matter what has happened in the past, you can change it now.  Fill your subconscious with life-giving patterns of thought and you will erase and crowd out everything unlike God." - Dr. Joseph Murphy, Think Yourself Rich

Whatever we desire to receive from the Great Un-Seen, we must know what it is and be as specific as possible.  We must direct our thoughts to focus on the specific good that we want to experience.  And we must keep faith with it ... in other words, we must always claim it as ours no matter what has happened in the past.  We can't change the past, but we can definitely bring into our experience more of what we want and less of what we don't.  Faith can be cultivated by consistently affirming that we have faith ... and as Dr. Murphy states, "you will erase and crowd out everything unlike God" ... or the good that fills your thoughts.

     Dr. Holmes states that "God is Law" ... and everything that we see in our world gives evidence to this Truth.  The law of cause and effect is a mental law as well as a physical law.  It is just as spiritual as it is material.  It works the same everywhere and for everyone in the same way.  But the law of cause and effect is not a curse ... it is for our Good ... and the Master Mind Jesus taught that the "grace of G-d" relieves us of karmic debt.  The great Unity minister, Eric Butterworth stated:  "There is no law of retribution in God. … God never stops loving us, but we stop loving ourselves. … No matter what the causes of the karmic debt, the effects can be dissolved by ‘knowing the truth,' by raising our consciousness above the level of sin.”

     And so we learn that as we understand that "G-d is Law" ... we know that the "grace of G-d" is a more powerful "cause" than anything unlike it.  But, in order to benefit from this "grace" ... we must embody the Truth that "G-d is Law" that "G-d is All."  And even though I have repeated this over and over again, I am going to repeat it one more time.  We must "be still and know that I Am G-d" ... we must do it.  It is the most important thing that we shall ever do ... and we must do it every day.  We must open our mind to the Infinite ... and we can only do this effectively in the silence of our mind.

     Recently, I was talking with someone who I have been communicating with for quite some time.  Her life was in shambles ... again.  Debt, unpaid taxes, ill health, anxiety, and more, were consuming her life and her thoughts.  And these were conditions that she has been experiencing for years ... just the appearances have been different.  But, I have been "suggesting" to her that she include a daily practice of sitting in the silence and thinking only of G-d and Good.  And as she has done numerous times in the past, she immediately gave me a list of reasons why she couldn't do this.  There were just too many distractions.  And so I asked her, "do you brush your teeth every day?" ... and she replied and said she did.  And then, I asked her, "why do you brush your teeth every day?"   And she replied, "because it is important."  And I said, "so what you are telling me, is that brushing your teeth is more important than your relationship with G-d."  Which she immediately denied.  Now, this little exercise wasn't about making anyone wrong, but about explaining that what we often see as important, are merely "effects" ... not "cause."  And I further explained that sitting in the "silence of our mind" does not require any more time than brushing our teeth.  But, we won't do it ... as long as we believe that it is unimportant.

     "The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life."
-  Job 33:4, The Holy Bible

     This "life" is in the Spirit and we cannot experience the "grace of G-d" unless we open our mind to G-d in the silence. And as Dr. Holmes reveals, " ... the Spirit of God is a law of elimination and obliteration to everything unlike Itself."  In other words, G-d is enough.  Do we want to eliminate illness in our lives ... G-d is enough to eliminate it.  Do we want to rise above lack and limitation .. G-d is enough to lift us out of it.  G-d is enough ... but we must be in tune with the Spirit of G-d consistently ... in the silence ... and in our thoughts as we are specific about what we want to experience; to do, to have, or to be.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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