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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (July 2, 2006)      

               "Real freedom means that every person is created in the image of perfection and let alone and allowed to make the discovery for themselves.  Freedom of will means the ability to do, day and think as one wishes; to express life as one personally desires.  "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free," Jesus taught.  The understanding of Truth - Infinite Principle - is the emancipator.  We are bound by our very freedom; our free will binds us.  The Universe, being deductive only, cannot refuse us anything.  The very force that makes us sick can heal us.  As we realize our One-ness with Creative Mind, we are released from the bondage of false thinking.  We see, too, that freedom means liberty but not license." - Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

         Freedom does not come to us from governments or through legislation of laws, true freedom comes from understanding our relationship to the Infinite.  This month we celebrate Canada Day in Canada and Independence Day in the United States, both celebrations are important and vital to our realization of the value of freedom and dominion over our lives.  However, in both countries there are many people who do not "feel free" ... people who are bound to circumstances and conditions that zap them of their love for life and the joy of living.  Freedom and Liberty are the essential ingredients for happiness, however, we cannot express freedom in life, unless we understand what it is.  Freedom is a state of complete well-being resulting from the level of our understanding of Principle.

     Page 46 of the Science of Mind:  Let us restate our Principle.  We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility.  It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason.  In expressing Itself through us, It become more fully conscious of Its own being.  Therefore, It wishes to express through us.  As It passes into our being, It automatically becomes the law of our lives.  It can pass into expression through us only as we consciously allow It to do so.  Therefore, we should have faith in It, and Its desires and
Its ability to do for us all that we ever need to have done.  Since It must pass through our consciousness to operate for us, we must be conscious that It is doing so.

     As long as we believe that something prevents us from allowing the Infinite to express Its Goodness through us and into our experiences ... we prevent the Good from being realized.  Within each of us is the power to change our life and circumstances ... and we activate this power through our decisions and choices.  We can move through any condition or situation to better conditions and more harmonious situations by rising higher in consciousness ... by choosing to do so.

     From the "Metaphysics of Independence Day" ... The eagle symbolizes victory and raising higher in consciousness.  But it is much more.  When a storm occurs, all other birds do one of two things, either they hide from the storm or they fight it as long as their strength holds out.  The eagle, however, does neither - he soars above it.  This was the teaching of Dr. Emmet Fox, it is the spiritual teaching we learn, neither to run away from our troubles nor fight them, but turn to God and soar above them into the spiritual plane where there is peace, harmony, freedom and happiness.

     Many people will say that they do not "fight" their troubles ... but self-pity, resentment, blame, shame and guilt ... are ways in which we fight our troubles.  And it is a futile battle.  We do not have to "fight" for our Good ... we must only learn to rise to the level of consciousness where it is.  "Look up!" ... the Master Mind Jesus instructed ... and we can "look up" in our Mind and realize that there is only one Presence and Power ... One ... this Presence diversifies Itself in the Universe, and individualizes Itself in the individual ... without ceasing to be One ... It is our very soul!

Let us "stop in the name of Love [God]" ... stop and love ourselves enough to stop the fight ... and stop the flight ... from our troubles ... and rise above them in consciousness ... as we trust in the Principle of Infinite Goodness ... Infinite Love ... and know that when we turn our thoughts to God ... we are dwelling on the spiritual plane ... feeling the peace, the harmony, the happiness ... and the freedom.  And we can know as Emerson did that the "soul refuses all limits."

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love,
Rev. Bates

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