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."
35:10-11, Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text, George M. Lamsa's
Translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta
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."
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
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
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.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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