ancient Hebrew mystics who wrote the Bible said that the devil is God
upside-down. In other words, the devil is God as He [God] is
misunderstood by ignorant and primitive people. The devil of
theologians does not exist; it was created by them to account for the
evil in the world. Evil, however, comes from our misunderstanding
or misuse and misapplication of the One Power. ... "The essence of
hell," says Swedenborg, " is the desire to control
another." The devils are negative, destructive thought-forms,
which result in negative, destructive emotions compelling the person to
act them out. Negative, destructive emotions hidden in the
subconscious must have an outlet resulting in all manner of chaos and
- Dr. Joseph Murphy,
How To Use The Laws Of Mind
Several years ago I was
sitting in a church service and was enjoying the message that was being
presented; it was interesting, developed around a spiritual principle,
and all in all, very inspiring. But, after the collection was
taken the minister instructed the audience that there were people
available to pray for all of those in need of a healing prayer.
The minister told the audience that working with someone to pray for you
was something they personally recommended and something they personally
did. By this time I was oblivious to whatever was being said after
that. I thought, now why does this minister think this audience
requires healing rather than see them in the way that G-d sees them;
perfect just the way they are? I believe that our consciousness
will lead us to the right and perfect spiritual
healer/counselor/minister/practitioner, if we are in need of their
services. But, for a minister to see people in need of healing
rather than seeing G-d being revealed in the beautiful souls in front of
them ... tells me someone needs a healing ... and it is not necessarily
the ones listening to the sermon!
A few years back I attended a service at a Baptist Church and the
preacher "yelled at the audience" ... "you are all
sinners, all of you!" ... "but Jesus can save you!"
Yet, the radical Jesus told us, "you will know the Truth and the
Truth will set you free." Why? Because there is
Something within us that already knows the Truth, and when we read it,
hear it, or think it, we agree with it. This Something within us
is Intelligence which is the attribute of G-d often overlooked by
religion. And it will serve us well if each day we take the time
to affirm this Intelligence is within us ... guiding us and directing us
to discern what is Truth and what is not.
As I wrote a few weeks back, negativity has
been imposed upon us by a universal belief in good and evil. This,
to me, is a fact and the truth. Yet, each and every one of us has
the power within us to choose to live with the negative impositions or
not. We can be influenced by many negative things and many
negative people in our world, but our power to choose is greater than
anyone else's ideas and beliefs about us.
Most of us do not believe in what the theologians call the
"devil" ... but we do believe in obstructions, delay, lack and
limitation, so whether we call these the "devil" or not, we
have some work to do in our mind. We cannot allow our mind to see
anything less than the good as "reality" for if we do believe
that the negativity is real, for ourselves or for others, we will find
that once entertained and accepted in our mind, it will be revealed as
such in our experience. Our true reality is a reflection of the
qualities of G-d, Infinite Spirit, in our experience. As we ponder
the nature of G-d in prayer and meditation, it is impossible to believe
that G-d can be anything other than good, infinite good.
Dr. Ernest Holmes writes in his book,
"Discover a Richer Life" ... "Let
us believe in that Something bigger than we are, and come to trust It.
It had intelligence enough to make everything, including ourselves; It
governs by Law which controls everything, including ourselves. Why
shouldn't we have an unlimited faith in It?"
The radical Jesus' teachings were so simple and what he said for himself
he was saying for all of us. How do we know this, because he said,
"Our Father" ... not "my father"
... and so we know he understood that we are all "One with the
Father" ... One with this infinite Intelligence that created all
that we see and all that we can imagine for ourselves. "Let
not your heart be troubled," the mystical Jesus said, and let us
not let anyone tell us that we have a "troubled heart" ...
but, instead, be steadfast in our faith that this Something Greater,
this Our Father, is always seeking to live through us, as us and for us,
as joy and happiness, as love and peace, as beauty and harmony, and as
success and prosperity.
Just as "evil" is the word
"live" spelled backwards; negativity, illness, poverty and
lack, is G-d upside-down ... G-d is the Good ... all the good that we
can think for ourselves. Let us not misunderstand G-d's Love for
us and lose our faith in that which sustains us and maintains us in the
highest idea we can think of for ourselves. Who
we are is important, not only to the people in our lives, but important
to the Spirit that moves through our heart, our mind, and our soul,
throughout eternity ... we are here, because G-d "caused" us
to be ... we are happy, healthy, loved, and prosperous ... because we
see G-d as our Good ... our All-In-All.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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