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Sunday, July 29, 2001

"Prayer is not begging for handouts.  It is claiming your rightful inheritance.  Life is consciousness.  When you form the consciousness that makes the result inevitable,
your answer will manifest itself."  - from "The Universe is Calling" by Eric Butterworth
                                
                       As we turn to God, we automatically turn to the "Good."  Whatever we are experiencing, frustration, sickness, bad relationship, no relationship, family problems, money problems, or just being "stuck," prayer is the activity that we must begin first.  Many of us have pushed ourselves to excel, done everything we can possibly think of, tried our best to do and be the best we can be, but nothing seems to change.  Nothing will change, until we change our consciousness.  The change that is necessary is to realize that we have the power and the dominion over our lives.  No one and nothing else does.  As long as we are giving power to other people, to beliefs that don't work and to ideas that bind us to lack, restriction and ill health, nothing can change for the better.

                      We are entitled to the best, but we must know this within our own consciousness.  We must build within ourselves a new model for the life that we want to live.  We must let go of the ideas and beliefs that have created that which we now have that we no longer want.  Ideas like: there's never enough - money is hard to come by - life is hard - there's something wrong with me -  and worse still, heredity.  Many of these ideas reside in our subconscious mind and will manifest in our life, sometimes quite suddenly and in a myriad of ways.  So many of us think so little of ourselves that even when we turn to God, we grovel and whine with self-pity, begging God to do something for us.  Then we pray and say "let's see what happens."  So what do we get?  More of the same or even more confusion and frustration in our lives.  We forget that we are "created in the image and the likeness of God," and when we see ourselves as defective, broke, sick, hopeless and helpless, we are denying this truth.  These are not the image of God.  We are "created in the image and likeness of God."  God cannot be defective, broke, sick, hopeless and helpless.  We don't inherit disease from God and God is our true Father, it is God's image and likeness that we are created in.  We are not created in the image and likeness of our human parents.  They are but instruments or the avenues in which we moved into form.  So, we must let go of these ideas that hold us in bondage to our earthbound conditions.  We must stop kidding ourselves that other people or even God is responsible for our miseries.  We direct the Law - not other people and not God - the Law of our Mind is ours to direct and what we see in our experiences is a reflection of what we are believing and accepting about our life.  We must take control - we must become actively involved in both our prayers and our physical actions to expand and increase the Good that we already have.  Dr. Frank Richelieu, speaking at the City of Angels Church of Religious Science on Sunday, July 22nd, said "We don't sit behind the wheel of our cars and say "let's see what happens, do we?"  We are in the driver's seat of our life.

                     We must turn away from the need and to that which is God and see our "needs" fulfilled.  We have the resources within us to do it.  But, we must stop depending on our old beliefs and other people and totally depend on Spirit.  We must know that the "I Am" within us is our new model for our life IN ACTION.  WE MUST KNOW THAT THE NEED IS MET!  Remember always, that facts change the truth does not.  Eric Butterworth states that the "Universe is calling" us to CLAIM our Good, to accept success in all things that concern us.

                     We must deny everything that appears to be unlike that which we desire and consistently and persistently affirm that which we choose to see manifest in our lives.  We must create in our consciousness the evidence so strong that nothing can oppose that which we choose to have, to be or to do.  In scripture we read, "this too, shall pass."  And that is right.  Just like the light passes into darkness and then back to the light again, everything shall pass.  Affirm with me, "Everything - E-V-E-R-Y THING is Groovy!"
                                 
 And So It Is!           

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates