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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, June 24, 2012 

         "Therefore hearken to me, O you men of understanding; far be it from G-d that he should do wickedness; and far be it from him that he should commit iniquity. ... For he compensates a man according to his works, and causes every man to be rewarded according to his ways." - Job 35:10-11, Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text, George M. Lamsa's Translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta

          
"A man may arrange his thoughts, but what he says depends on the LORD.  All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the LORD probes motives.  Entrust your affairs to the LORD, and your plans will succeed." - Kethuvim Proverbs 16:1-3, Tanakh The Holy Scriptures [The Jewish Bible]

      
"LORD" in the ancient texts is one of the most important concepts that we must understand if we are to realize our hopes and dreams.  It is without exception that this word means "that which we believe and accept to be true for ourselves and for others" ... "it is the G-d that we worship within" ... it is the Law of Mind and it is formed from that which we hold to be true.  This Law of Mind rules that "within us" and out-pictures in our experiences automatically according to what we believe ... as within, so without.  In the ancient scriptures this power and law of G-d is referred to as "he" or "him" as it was considered to be the "dominant" force in our lives and the masculine gender, according to the culture of the ancients, was accepted as being masculine.  But, as we know and realize that this dominant force is that part of G-d within us; It is the spirit and the intelligence that moves through power within us, it is not "he" or "him" but The Thing Itself; G-d, Infinite Spirit individualized as us, within us.

     Sigmund Freud believed that "dreams" revealed "hidden desires" but I think we have enough "desires" that we are conscious of that once realized will make our dreams come true so we don't need to attempt to analyze our dreams and try to figure out what we are desiring that we are not consciously aware of.  As we realize that "desires" that come to our awareness is the Holy Spirit guiding us to something, it is a good idea to write down our desires as they come to our awareness and so we can see if there is a pattern of desire.  As we identify the pattern of desire, then we can choose more effectively the specific and definite results that we seek to take into our prayers and spiritual practices.  We cannot use our imaging faculties of mind without being specific and we must have some image and likeness of the "end result" that we desire to have, to do, or to be.

       As we realize that "desire" is like a "seed" that inherently grows and expands according to its nature, we realize that we must "choose" to have our desires realized in our experience.  "We do not put the self-expansive vitality into the seed" Troward tells us, "but we must sow it, and we may also, so to speak, water it by quiet concentrated contemplation of our desire as an actually accomplished fact.  But we must carefully remove from such contemplation any idea of a strenuous effort on our part to make the seed grow."  Combining this quiet concentrated contemplation with imagination, we can begin to see in our mind what we believe to be true for us before it is made manifest in the physical.

      Our dreams, like our thoughts, are the spirit of us and we must keep our mind free and clear of morbidity and anything unlike the "dreams" that we pray become true.  Our mind must be free of harsh judgment and the ugliness of jealousy and anger.  This is not always easy to do for our ego-mind is fastened to the world and can be resistant to that which is "not of the world" ... those things of the Spirit that align our mind in at-one-ment with our good desires.  Just this afternoon I received a quote from Desmond Tutu that reads:  "A jealous person is doubly unhappy - over what he has, which is judged inferior, and over what he does not have, which is judged superior."

     Jealousy takes us into the void of nothingness ... no peace and no satisfaction.  It is most often anger based on past experiences and an ingrained prejudice towards others.  Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, or anti-anyone will poison our mind with jealousy and anger.  We realize that anger and jealousy are motives that cannot bring forth good results except perhaps on a very temporary basis.  

    I was listening to the radio yesterday on the Internet, to a Christian station, when a Pastor came on and started going on about President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage and how homosexuality was an abomination and on and on for over 10 minutes with this ... and I thought, "what was the Pastor's motive in doing this program?"  For as we read in the scriptures, "for the LORD probes motives" and so we must realize that so much of what we hear that is of a negative nature is truly someone speaking from the anger and pain within themselves.  And as this Pastor's audience accepted this negativity into their own mind, they too become subject to the out-picturing in their lives of what they are accepting as true about someone else.  There is no escaping the consequences of hateful words unless we firmly deny them in our mind as the truth and take into our mind more of that which is of the Spirit ... the love, and beauty and peace and harmony, that sustains our conscious relationship with the good.  The Master Mind Jesus said, "let not your heart be troubled" but he could also have said, "let not your mind be troubled" for the heart feeds the mind and the mind feeds the thought and the thought feeds the word ... and if we don't disconnect the negative somewhere along this chain-reaction, then we shall sow what we reap.

     Let us realize together that "where our dreams come true" is first in our mind.  We can let our mind be consumed with more joy and more love and focus on the good that we dream about and imagine for ourselves.  Never let a negative thought find a place in our mind, but instead "deny" it as a false idea and a lie, and drop it from our mind.  As we build up in our consciousness an expanded understanding and awareness of the power of the truth, then we shall find that which we believe truly does provide for us the way in which our dreams come true.  Let's follow Dr. Frank Richelieu and  Say:  "I prepare the soil in mind, plant the right seed and reap a bountiful harvest of good in my life today.  I know Infinite Intelligence and I are one."  ... And in this consciousness we shall dream the good dream and realize the good experiences we desire today and always.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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