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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for July 10, 2016

            Two of the most confusing words we will come across in the study of spiritual principles are the words "Mind" and "Spirit" ... often the words are interchangeable as they are both the elements of transcendent principles.  Both Mind and Spirit are necessary to be understood for each of us to be aligned with the Power of Love and Law or Lord as they are referred to in most Holy scriptures.  Mind is the realm of ideas, concepts, faith, belief and imagination.  Spirit is the activity or degree of Energy in which we give power to these ideas, concepts, faith, beliefs and images that come to our awareness in mind.  Both are incarnated within all of Life and through our inherent intelligence we can master the experiences of our lives by the awareness of what can be accomplished by being conscious of our ability to make use of them in a greater way.  

         The American Mystic Ernest Holmes explains this as follows …
"Within this Infinite Mind each individual exists, not as a separated but as a separate entity. We are a point in Universal Consciousness, which is God, and God is our Life, Spirit, Mind and Intelligence. We are not separated from Life, neither is It separated from us, but we are separate entities in It — individualized centers of God Consciousness.
We came from Life and are in Life, so we are One with I Life; and we know that Instinctive Life within — which has brought us to the point of self-recognition — still knows in us the reason for all things, the purpose underlying all things; and we know that there is nothing in us of fear, doubt or confusion which can hinder the flow of Reality to the point of our recognition. We are guided daily by Divine Intelligence into paths of peace, wherein the soul recognizes its Source and meets It in joyful union, in complete At-One-ment.
The power of Jesus is understood when we study His method of procedure. Consider His raising of Lazarus from the dead. Standing at the tomb, He gave thanks; this was recognition. He next said: “I know that thou hearest me always;” this was unification. Then He said: “Lazarus, come forth;” this was command. The method is perfect and we shall do well to follow it. This method can be used in all (prayer) treatment. First, realize that Divine Power is; then unify with It; and then speak the word as “one having authority,” for the Law is “the servant of the Eternal Spirit throughout all the ages.

           It is in this recognition, unification and command that we realize our individual "point in Consciousness" and become aligned with the nature of the good that we desire to experience.  Is it necessary to speak the words, to write them down, to silently contemplate them ... yes, to all of these depending on how great is our desire to take possession of the good that we desire.  The mystics have taught that "in Him (Spirit, Mind) we live and move and have our being" and in this profound truth we may come to realize that we are more other-world than we are worldly for it is the un-Seen-individual-self of us that determines the good results of our thoughts and prayers.  

         Ernest Holmes takes us back to the mysticism of ancient wisdom when he writes:   
"All of the great mystics have taught practically the same thing. They have all agreed that the soul is on the pathway of experience, that is, of self-discovery; that it is on its way back to its Father’s House; and that every soul will ultimately reach its heavenly home.
They have taught the Divinity of Mankind.  “I have said, Ye are Gods; and all of you are children of the Most High.”  They have told us that mankind’s destiny is Divine and sure; and that creation is complete and perfect now.  The great mystics have all agreed that everyone’s life is theirs to do with as they choose, but that when we turn to the One, we will always receive inspiration from on High.

           Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016, Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor) is quoted as saying:  "Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life."  It is up to us to develop within our consciousness this recognition that we are a "point in consciousness" and find purposeful meaning in our lives.  Through "recognition" of the power within us and "unification" with G-d Consciousness we have the ability to "command" our good to be made manifest and experience the joy of doing so.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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