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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 29, 2016

             The Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Jung, stated that "what you resist, persists" and the spiritual genius Jesus of Nazareth stated "resist not evil" and so we realize that both are speaking to the power of the mind within all of us.  We may deny the thing that we dislike or that makes us uncomfortable but with each denial we are creating a place in our mind for it to be present with us.  And for those who are not fully aware of the power of thought and beliefs and their effects on our life experiences they are unconsciously giving themselves a negative treatment.

            In the 20th Century there were many teachers of spiritual practices who taught that denials could eliminate deep negative beliefs that caused a negation of good in our lives; i.e. poverty, failure, lack of good health, shame and guilt just to name some of the most common effects.  Their intentions were good and sincere but erroneous.  That which negates our good is our own attention to the seeming problem or negative condition.  When we take our attention away from the problem; i.e. the Master Mind Jesus said to
"look up and not down" ... in other words, look up from the problem or negative condition and see the powerlessness of it as you accept in your mind that the condition changes as your attention changes.

         In the ancient wisdom of Isaiah 26:3 we can read: 
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee ; because he trusteth in thee."  And if our mind is stayed on G-d and the Good, we have no time to think of the negative or the evil (condition) for we can't think of two things at the same time.  Does this mean our mind must be focused on G-d or the Good 24/7? No, but it does mean that we must take the time every day, and for some more than once a day, to mentally see beyond the physical or material condition to the good results that we desire to experience.

             The term "prayer warrior" is only about 100 years old.  It was certainly not the practice of the Master Mind Jesus, the Buddha or Krishna.  It contradicts affirmation and is in reality an affirmation of the negative.  It does not affirm peace or satisfaction but draws into the mind the very negative condition that must be "displaced" in order for a healing or a blessing to be realized.    

             The American mystic Ernest Holmes explains in his book "This Thing Called You": 
Through the manifestation of the power that is within you, you can project any objective experience which you may legitimately desire.  Be certain that you are accepting this, that you are living in joyous expectation of good, that you are accepting abundance.  Be sure that you are animating your experience with thoughts of plenty, that you are affirming that Divine Substance is forever flowing to you as supply.  Did not the wise one say, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them"?"


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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