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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for June 12, 2016

            Perhaps the greatest gift our Creator has endowed us with is our imagination.  Using our imagination we can tap into the future, relive the past and to draw into our awareness a greater degree of peace and happiness and joy.  We can imagine a life of luxury and opulence while moving through a temporary condition of lack and or loss.  There has been much written about the power of imagination and visioning yet so much of what is written fails to take into consideration the truth that everything that is imagined or envisioned is dependent upon the consciousness in which it is done.  Consciousness is everything and there are no shortcuts to developing the ability to connect with that greater consciousness in Mind or Spirit that creates through the thoughts, beliefs and words that hold for us the truth that we hold in consciousness about those things that concern us.

          Building on the revelations of truth given to us by the great Thomas Troward and Ralph Waldo Emerson and the legitimate spiritual writings from the Holy Books, the American Mystic Ernest Holmes wrote of a practical spirituality that works for everyone when our words, our imagination and our  feeling of the acceptance of the power available to us are in agreement.  In his book "Creative Mind and Success" originally published in 1919 we can read the following: 
"SUPPOSE that you are doing a mail order business and sending out cards to the whole country. Take the cards into your hands, or simply think of them and declare into the only Mind that they will accomplish that for which they are sent out; know that every word written on them is truth and carries its own conviction with it; see them each reaching that place where it will be received with gladness and read with interest; declare this to be so now; feel it to be the truth; mentally assert that each card will find its way to the exact place where it will be wanted and where it will benefit the receiver; feel that each card is cared for by the Spirit; that it is a messenger of truth and power and that it will carry conviction and realization with it. When the word is spoken always feel that Mind at once takes it up and never fails to act upon it. Our place in the creative order is to know this and to be willing to do all that we can without hurry or worry, and, above all else, to trust absolutely in the Spirit to do the rest. He who sees most clearly and believes most implicitly will make the greatest demonstration. This one should be you, and will be you as soon as the false thought is gone and the realization that there is one power and the one presence comes. We are wrapped in Infinite Love and Intelligence and we should cover ourselves with it and claim its protection from all evil. Declare that your word is the presence and the activity of the Power of all that is and wait for the perfect concept to unfold."  

Probably the most important words we can read from this paragraph of Ernest Holmes' book is "be willing to do all that we can without hurry or worry" and to "trust absolutely in the Spirit to do the rest."  And in these words he is restating what the Master Mind Jesus and all the great prophets and mystics of the ancient wisdom writings have told us and that is to trust in G-d; that is the Intelligence that knows what to do and how and when to do it and to realize with joy that "I of mine own self can do nothing" ... that there is an Intelligence greater than the human mind can conceive of that is working with us, through us to give us with grace and ease the good that we can accept for ourselves and perhaps even something better.

          Let us consider these words (gender modified) from Ernest Holmes' book "It's Up To You":  "In everyone there is a unique possibility, ready to take the stamp of our individuality, and if one has not yet discovered their particular niche in the scheme of things, they should work more for direction and guidance than for the demonstration of prosperity. We rob no one who takes their place in the rightful scheme of creation, and, fulfilling our own destiny, become a beacon light that others — seeing our flight—may find the way again, out there in the dark. To believe in competition is altogether false and untrue. There is plenty to go around, with an abundance left over. As Emerson said: "Men and women suffer all their life long under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a person to be cheated by anyone but themselves, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time." When the mental gate which is now obstructing the flow of Spirit through the uniqueness of our individuality is lifted, there will be an out-push which nothing can resist. Every person should be willing and happy to be who they are, remembering that "imitation is suicide."
              If we act in accordance with Law (spiritual), there is nothing that can withhold our good from us. If we fail—well, that is our affair. The universe knows nothing about negation, and God does not know about our failure. The secret of getting what we want lies in obeying the law governing what we want." 

We must understand the term "act in accordance with Law" and know that the Law is the Spiritual Law and Principle of "sowing and reaping"  ... of which the right use of the Law is to affirm the All-ness and the All-Givingness and the unconditional Love of G-d working for the good for everyone.  Our use of our creative imagination to affirm this to the degree that it conditions our mind as the truth for us shall draw into our experience the good that the Infinite has prepared for all of us.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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