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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for June 29, 2008 

               "If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up -- lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.” Maya Angelou, GALA Festival V, Opening Ceremonies. 7/7/1996 Tampa FL
             
"Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book and dismiss whatever insults your own soul."  - Walt Whitman

      From the American Heritage Dictionary, Pride is defined as:  "A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect."  Each year in June throughout the world gay and lesbian people celebrate "Gay Pride" ... and for anyone who has witnessed one of these celebration parades and festivities, I don't have to tell you about how marvelously diverse they are.  The participants reflect the diversity of the world we live in; all races, genders, nationalities and economic classes.  The celebrations are inclusive of the religious and the non-religious.  For some, aspects of these celebrations may appear bizarre ... but for most of us they are an expression of the uniqueness of Spirit as reflected through Creative Mind.

     These celebrations began as a demand for "self-respect" ... and as an end to abuse and blatant discrimination.  In metaphysics, we would call this a "shift in consciousness" ... a "shift" in a group of people who collectively shared a consciousness of being "outside of the kingdom of God" ... or to state this more simply, people who had been taught to believe that they were "less-than" and possessed something to "hide" because they did not conform to the ideals and social norms of the greater culture.

    To understand the futility of this thinking we can turn to the great Ralph Waldo Emerson:  "Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist,” he asserts a radical, even extreme, position on the matter. Responding to the objection that devotedly following one’s inner voice is wrong because the intuition may be evil, he writes, “No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature . . . the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it.” In other words, it is better to be true to an evil nature than to behave “correctly” because of society’s demands or conventions.  Outlining his reasons for objecting to conformity, Emerson asserts that acquiescing to public opinion wastes a person’s life. Those around you never get to know your real personality. Even worse, the time spent maintaining allegiances to “communities of opinion” saps the energy needed in the vital act of creation—the most important activity in our lives—and distracts us from making any unique contribution to society. Conformity corrupts with a falseness that pervades our lives and our every action: “. . . every truth is not quite true.”

     "Every truth is not quite true" ... and this simple statement may be the "cause" behind the demand on the consciousness of gay and lesbian peoples to walk in celebratory protest to the unpleasant scorn of the masses of people who did not understand nor want to understand a life-style that shook the foundation of "social norms."  This "shift in consciousness" created a demand within many gay and lesbian people to live their lives authentically and honestly.  "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" ... asked the Master Mind Jesus.  We must live to our truth ... whatever that may be ... and realize that all that we are Is God ... expressing through us, as us and for us.  No one has been created to live in limitation ... or to live a lie.  Every negative thought we have about who we are ... or what we are ... is a denial of our soul.  In metaphysics we know that "soul" is synonymous with consciousness.  We cannot demonstrate success, happiness, joy, peace and love ... and deny our own soul's expression in this life for this denial saps the very dynamic quality of Spirit within us that seeks to express Itself.

     Every person who stands firm in their respect for themselves and their respect for all people contributes to the vibration in "cosmic consciousness" that creates change in the collective consciousness.  In California we have just witnessed this shift in the collective consciousness when the California Supreme Court, a conservative court by and large appointed by conservative republican governors, made a decision that legalized same-sex marriage.  This decision, although by appearance came from the California Supreme Court, was "caused" by a shift in the collective consciousness.  Polls taken after the Court decision clearly showed a shift in favor of this decision.  In other words, it is "an idea whose time has come" ... and when this happens either in our individual consciousness or the collective consciousness ... it is unstoppable!

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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