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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for June 10, 2007 

           "Man, coming from Unity, is both male and female, and has, within himself, both attributes of reality. In some the male predominates; in others the female. We have two distinct types in man and woman; but they are types of one fundamental principle. There is also an intermediate sex; that is, one in which the two attributes seem to be almost equally balanced. The greatest men and women of the ages have belonged to this type, for it is a more complete balance between the two which are really one. But this is too great a topic to discuss in the course of these lessons." - Dr. Ernest Holmes, from the Original 1926 Science of Mind

     The month of June is "Gay Pride Month" in most civilized countries in the world.  The celebrations this month will be as diverse as the community that is being celebrated.  But in some parts of the world there is still much ignorance and hatred directed at gay and lesbian people ... and religion is the basis for this hatred.  I believe that the paragraph above written by Dr. Holmes was an attempt to open up this aspect of Life to a more enlightened understanding.  His "intermediate sex"  was a reference to gay and lesbian people.  This was a bold statement in 1926 ... an era in which the words "gay and lesbian" were not used in books or newspapers.  However, this paragraph was edited out of the 1938 version of the Science of Mind which is in use today.  I have read every book written by Dr. Holmes that is in print and some no longer in print ... and I have never seen anything written on this topic in any of his writings.  I have come to the conclusion that Dr. Holmes perhaps believed that the evolution of intelligence in man/woman would make the exploration of this topic unnecessary ... for he understood that we are All One ... and we are All Intelligent.

     To greater understand One-ness, this basic analogy can explain it fairly well:  just like the waves are one with the ocean ... and one with each other as they are part of the ocean ... but infinitely differentiated ... so are we One in our relationship with each other and the Infinite.  And it is in this differentiation that we "appear" to be separate and apart ... but we are not "of the physical" ... we are "of the Spirit" ... and this Spirit dwells within us ... as One ... expressing Itself through all of Life.  As Jesus declared "I and the Father are One" ...  and this "I" is within each of us ... heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual ... whatever our sexual orientation may be ... it is the "Infinite I" expressing through us, as us.

                "Happiness is someone to love, something to do, 
                                and something to hope for." - Chinese Proverb

     As we look at the Chinese Proverb above, we can know that happiness is something that everyone wants ... no matter what their sexual orientation may be.  And in this "collective desire" for happiness, we realize that we are all more alike than we are different.  Happiness is of the Spirit ... and this desire for happiness is within all of us ... it is inherent within our nature ... our spiritual nature.  It is part of the "likeness of God" in which we have been created.  It is also greater evidence that we are all of the "same stuff." 

    It is time we all realized that we are Spirit ... that words like heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual ... gay, lesbian, straight ... are just "labels."  In and of themselves there is nothing wrong with "labels" ... they can be very useful.  If I were to date someone, I definitely would like to know if they identify as "gay, straight or bi" ... but, at the same time, I am aware that "labels" can be very limiting.  Being expressions of the Infinite Spirit, we cannot be "limited" ... and no matter how well we may think a "label" defines someone or something ... it is still an "effect" ... and therefore limited.  Here is a good example:  I have a can in my kitchen labeled "Mixed Nuts" ... but I know that within this can there is more than just "mixed nuts" ... there is salt, cottonseed oil ... calories and cholesterol.  The same is true of the "labels" that we use to define each other; for we are not just male and female ... we are many things ... fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts ... and even more.  Labels can be limited ... but the Spirit cannot be.  We are all so much more than any label could ever define and that, I believe, is what Dr. Holmes intended to explain. 

     As we realize the limitations of labels, we get closer, in mind, to our realization of One-ness with each other.  "Gay Pride Month" is not just for gay and lesbian people ... when anyone realizes their self-worth and value to the Universe ... we are all lifted up to a greater realization of our own self-worth and value in the collective consciousness.  Whenever we celebrate the self-worth and value in others, we celebrate our own self-worth and value.  The Universe is a Unity ... we are part of this Unity ... and it is a beautiful and wonderful thing to realize that this is so.  And so for the entire month of June, let us celebrate "Gay Pride" ... let's lift up our brothers and sisters who the world defines as gay, lesbian and bi-sexual ... knowing that as we do ... we too are lifted up ... for "I and the Father (The Creator and the Created) are One!"


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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