mind is the Mind of God functioning at the level of man's understanding
of his place in the Universe. Man contacts the Mind of God at the
center of his own being. It is useless to seek elsewhere.
"The Highest God and the inner-most God is One God."
Through the medium of Mind man unifies with the Universe and contacts a
Power that can do anything for him that he is able to conceive of Its
doing. Of course, this Power will never deny Its own Nature."
- Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
As Dr. Holmes
states in his writings above, we contact God at the center of our being
... through our mind. And the medium which connects us with the
Power of God, is the Law of Mind. It is no different than
mathematics ... two times two equals four, no matter who you are or what
you are dealing with. The Law of Mind is similar ... we make a
decision in mind to have something, do something or be something ... and
to the degree that we give the power of faith to this decision ... we
get the result ... and everyone who uses this method gets the same
result ... the result of their decision.
I am often asked about the "feeling"
we experience in treatment or prayer. There is a feeling that
comes to us while we are praying or treating ... it is the feeling of
"acceptance" of the thing we are praying or treating for.
But this feeling is not as important as the feelings that come to us as
we move forward into the world. Do we still have this
"feeling" of acceptance when things happen that
"appear" to hinder us from our demonstration? Most of us
have "moments" when we have to "decide" where our
power is ... in the situations that confront us ... or in the faith in
the Power that "moved" us to choose the thing that we have
declared to accept for ourselves. The degree that we have faith in
this Power working through our Law of Mind, and the intensity of it,
will effectively influence the demonstration that we receive.
As I mentioned above, the Law of Mind is
similar to mathematics ... it is definite and specific. In order
to use It effectively, we must make a definite decision ... It does not
respond to either/or scenarios ... It works towards that which is
specific only ... and we must be definite about what we want. If
we are indecisive, then we are not ready to work with the Law.
Instead we should pray for guidance and direction until we are certain
as to what we want to accomplish.
Often, prayer-treatment is not effective
because we are "resisting" something rather than
"increasing" that which we have. If we are embarrassed
by the state of our financial affairs, or anything else for that matter,
we must "heal" this by realizing that what we have at this
moment is the result of past thinking, and as we "lift" our
thoughts higher and accept more Good in our experience, the Good will
appear. If our past relationships have not been successful and we
desire to demonstrate a successful, loving relationship or marriage ...
we must turn from the thoughts and memories of the past and focus our
energy on that which we want ... that which is already available to us
the moment we make the decision to turn from the past and give our
attention entirely to the new. We must realize that happiness and
joy are part of God ... and as our mind takes in the idea of
experiencing more happiness and joy ... the Infinite responds to us
through the Law of Mind ... for we are aligning our thoughts and images
with Its nature. It is normal and natural to be happy and to enjoy
life ... and the Universe supports us in our happiness and joy.
As we work with the Law of Mind it is incumbent
upon us to mentally refuse to dabble with "self-depreciation"
... even in a humorous way. The Law does not recognize a joke ...
It takes the words and thoughts that we give It and responds to them.
And, all too often, self-deprecating humor touches on thoughts about
ourselves that we truly believe unconsciously ... and if we want to
demonstrate our Good ... we don't want to spend our time healing all the
old stuff ... "let the dead bury the dead" ... the Master Mind
Too many people believe that
they must heal every momentary thought or action that they have
experienced in the past. Life is not for healing but for revealing
our perfection and wholeness. As we work to demonstrate the Good
that we desire the old stuff will take care of itself. There is
nothing quite like great success, prosperity, love and happiness to
diminish the memories of yesterday's seeming troubles. Let's not
concern ourselves about the past or the future ... but work in this
present moment to enrich our capacity to conceive of a greater Life
experience than we have even imagined for ourselves in the past.
"Let not your heart be troubled ..." ... the Universe is
holding nothing against us ... and let's not do it either. Our
steadfast faith ... is more than a feeling ... it is power.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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