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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for July 31, 2016

            Throughout history people have created gods in the image of mankind; even goddesses.  Throughout all the great religious and spiritual literature there has been this idea of G-d in the image of mankind influencing our cultures and religions.  It is comforting to many people to have an image of G-d that they can relate to.  If you do a simple Google image search of images of Jesus you will find that in these images he is depicted with physical attributes that would never be true of someone in the region of the world in which he was born.  And nowhere in the Gospels is there a definitive description of Jesus that would give us any idea of his physical appearance other than that he had long hair and lightning eyes.  What we do know is that he was born in Judea and that he was a Jew and most likely didn't look starkly different than those around him.  Now, when it comes to images of Krishna and Buddha we find most images are of a similar nature throughout history.  It seems the Europeans and Westerners didn't feel any necessity to give either blonde hair and blue eyes as some have given Jesus.  

           The G-d that is so infinite in Its nature that mankind cannot conceive of an image for portrayal is beyond religion.  This Intelligence, Power and Spirit woven into Love and Law must be sensed in the heart and the soul without description.  Can we make an image of either Love or Law that encompasses all that they represent?  Of course not.  But this is the reality that we must come to terms with in order to align our mind to be in tune with the consciousness that is at the source of all things.  Even the great teachers of metaphysics have struggled with G-d as Intelligence rather than G-d as the Father-Mother. 

       The mystical teacher/healer Joel Goldsmith wrote: 
"You are called upon to place your hope, your faith, your reliance, your confidence, and your allness in the Spirit, in the Infinite Invisible, instead of in the many forms in which the Invisible appears.  As you learn to withdraw your faith and your fear from the external world and place your entire confidence in the Infinite Invisible, you are sowing to the Spirit and you  truly will reap life everlasting. ... As you ponder the idea of God as Law, you will see that there is no way of appealing to God or praying to God, expecting some benefit from God.  That would be a violation of spiritual law, and even God cannot violate His own law."

And so we see that what we think about life determines what we realize in our experience.  This thought about life and age and illness and all things becomes a law operating in our mentality and our soul (consciousness).  In other words, it is G-d as the law we create for ourselves in operation.  If we want to experience life fully at any age or from any day forward from the date on our birth certificate we must condition our mind to the law of life as gifted to us by G-d ... not the Father-Mother God ... but the Intelligence, Power and Spirit  of G-d that responds to us by corresponding/operating accordingly to the law of our mind. 


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. Henry Bates

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