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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (July 25, 2004)         

         We can find in scripture, "as a man thinketh, so is he" ... the same applies to women, of course.  But, many of us walk around with our mind filled with ... what we think are the opinions of others.  We are so concerned about what other people "think" of us ... what their opinion is of us ... and for many of us, this results in hurt feelings, resentment and oftentimes bitterness towards other people ... BUT NONE OF THIS IS TRUE.

            There was a popular little book out a few years ago that many people read titled, "The Four Agreements."  Agreement #2 states: Donít Take Anything Personally - "Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wonít be the victim of needless suffering."  Sounds good in theory ... BUT NONE OF THIS IS TRUE.

            The theories above represent the "human view" of Life ... and for many of us this is the only part of Life that we understand so we stay fixated to these concepts and ideas and become so emotionally charged-up that we run out and buy books ... go to self-help seminars and worse yet, psychologists  or psychoanalysts  ... to solve our problems.  It may make us feel better to think that "what others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream" ... but this is "illusion" thinking that leads to "delusion" thinking.  Like so much of what we find in self-help books and quasi-spiritual books ... so much is written that "protects the ego" rather than teaches us to transcend our problems and move into a greater experience of the Good Life.

             Dr. Holmes wrote in the 1926 Original Science of Mind: "As the belief in duality has robbed theology of its greater message, so it has robbed much of the philosophy of the ages of a greater truth; for in philosophy the belief in duality has created a confusion that is almost as great as that in theology.  It has made a philosophy of good and evil in which men have come to believe.  True philosophy in every age, however, has perceived that the Power back of all things must be One Power; and the clearer the thought of Unity, the greater has been the philosophy."

             In other words, our belief that someone else can be negative or attempt to hurt us in some way, comes from a belief in duality ... good and evil.  It is evil-ness in someone that would "cause" them to say something hurtful or do something negative to me ... to cause me to suffer??? .... this is what most of us have spent our lives believing.  And the quasi-spiritual book authors will hold us to this false-belief if we are not careful.  As Jesus stated, "the blind leading the blind."  Whenever we have an experience of someone stating something negative to us or attempting to do something seemingly harmful to us ... it is not them ... it is the Universe reflecting back to us what we "feel about ourselves" at a sub-conscious level ... a level that we are not aware of consciously ... but the negative is "within" us ... and must demonstrate until it is eliminated from our consciousness.  If someone calls me "stupid" ... I must look honestly at my life and figure out what it is that I am being "foolish" about ... the other person doesn't know ... they are merely the "mouth-piece" for the Universe.  Rather than react with hurt feelings, resentment or bitterness, we must bring the situation or condition into the Light of Understanding.  The person is merely the messenger ... neither good or evil ... just the messenger.  And just like Jesus needed Judas ... we need these messengers sometimes to bring the reflection to our attention so that we can heal it and eliminate it from our consciousness before it gets out of control.  We must always keep in mind the Principle, "I have loved thee with an ever-lasting Love" ... would a God who loves us with an ever-lasting Love allow seeming negatives to manifest in our experiences if it were not a "loving" thing to do?  Of course not.  We have the dominion over our conditions and experiences ... and we can heal whatever it is that comes to us ... no matter what is said about us ... or what negatives appear in the conditions of our lives ... but we cannot heal what we do not know ... we can only heal it ... if we realize that it must be healed.  And as we begin the process of healing, God's ever-lasting Love Is with us all the way.

         One of the slogans of metaphysical teachings is "change your thinking and change your life" ... but we have learned so many foolish things and created so many inventions that separate us from the Truth of Life ... that merely changing our thinking is not enough ... we must look at our beliefs  ... look at the concepts which guide our lives ... look back at our life and see if we are repeating the same experiences over and over again ... WE MUST... RELEASE THE FALSE IDEAS NO MATTER WHO TOLD US THEY WERE THE TRUTH ... FORGET THE FALSE IDOLS OF SELF-HELP BOOK AUTHORS AND SPIRITUAL GUIDES ... FORGET OUR PSYCHIC FRIENDS ... AND LEARN TO LIVE FROM OUR CONSCIOUSNESS EVEN IF IT MEANS WE MUST DO AN EXTREME MAKEOVER OF EVERYTHING WE HAVE EVER BELIEVED AND BREAK EVERY SINGLE HABITUAL THOUGHT WE THINK!  ... AND THEN ... WE CAN BEGIN TO TRULY LIVE POWERFULLY, JOYFULLY AND WITH UNINHIBITED ENTHUSIASM!!!!!!!!!!!

And So It Is!

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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