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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for June 11, 2017


          This week I was given a reminder of my first exposure to spiritual mind power.  My godson, Brian, found the book "The Silva Mind Control Method" in my library of hundreds of books and he was fascinated by the graphics in the book.  I studied the Silva method in the late 70s and attended the workshop in Portland, Oregon  and then again in Seattle a few years later.  Prior to attending the workshop for the second time in Seattle I had begun to study the writings of Dr. Joseph Murphy and Judge Thomas Troward.  These studies were in part the cause of why I left Catholicism and became an advocate of spiritual principles and the discovery of the science of mind philosophy.  In the study of the science of mind, my mind was opened up to a greater realization that spirituality gives us the freedom to consciously draw to us that which we need in order to feel free from the constraints of the duality of religion.  In this movement in mind that G-d does not do anything to us or for us, but only does what we accept for ourselves through us, gives us the assurance that we do have control over the conditions and circumstances in which we live.   

          Dr. Robert Bitzer who was my first teacher of the Law of Mind wrote:  "That which exists within our consciousness, invisible Mind or Intelligence, finds its perfect fulfillment on the outer plane.  Parallel action is always maintained between the inner plane of Mind and the outer plane of manifestation.  A Perfect Pattern exists within us for everything that takes place in our expression.  The inner determines the outer.
            ....   What we think about we gradually believe in.  In order to change our belief we have to change the thought pattern.  We change the idea that we are contemplating, put the new picture before the mind, even though at first we are skeptical about its attainment.  We keep bringing this new idea before the mind and meditating upon it - the first thing we know our belief is established.  We become convinced and the thought becomes the thing."

          For some this may seem too simple to be true for most minds have not been conditioned to realize G-d as Life and to know that we are part of this Life and therefore always present within this Life.  This is why the sages of the ancient wisdom could reveal "besides me there is none other" and we live and move and have our being in the Spirit of G-d.  Imagine that it is always the will of G-d that we have all that we accept for ourselves that takes nothing away from anyone else nor diminishes anyone in any way, shape or form, including ourselves and we have the foundation to demonstrate the answer to our prayers and the demonstration of our good desires.

These words from the mystical Ernest Holmes, author of The Science of Mind provides a wonderful illustration of our relationship to our Creator (modified): 
It is a beautiful and true thought to realize that every one of us stands in the shadow of a mighty Mind, a pure Intelligence, and a Divine giving-ness! Not alone unto the great comes the soft tread of the Unseen Guest. The arrogant have not perceived the simplicity of faith, but the pure in heart see G-d. The farmer has seen the Heavenly Host in his fields. The child has frolicked with Spirit at play. The mother has clasped Its Love to her breast, and the fond lover has seen the Divine in the eyes of his beloved. We look too far away for Reality.
           The intelligence by and through which we perceive that there is a Spiritual Presence and an Infinite Mind in the Universe, constitutes our receptivity to It, and decides Its flow through us. We have made a riddle out of simplicity; therefore, we have not read the sermons written in stones, nor interpreted the light of love running through life.

As we understand that "soul" is synonymous with "consciousness" we can know that we have the consciousness of health, the consciousness of prosperity, the consciousness of success and accomplishment.  We may not always be conscious that this is so, but it is always the truth for us.  The soul assurance that we seek is within us which is why the Master Mind Jesus could say in truth; "the kingdom of G-d is within you, not lo here or lo there." 

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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