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Affirmative Prayer

Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for August 6, 2017


            Life is always prodding us to think beyond our current circumstances and conditions.  Life Is G-d and the nature of G-d being infinite is an absolute truth.  This nature of Infinite Life is within each of us and will be, I am certain, both here and in the hereafter.  This Life within us is never going to be satisfied with same-ness or redundancy.  It is Intelligence and It is always bringing to our awareness desires for more and more good to be experienced.  We can, of course, ignore this tapping on our consciousness of the Spirit to realize the greater things still, but there is a consequence of our resistance to our good.   

           The great science of mind teacher and author, Dr. Frank Richelieu, had this to say about the Spirit within us:  "Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."  You are the way, the truth and the life unto your own happiness, your own abundance.  That which is yours by divine right must come to you by way of your own consciousness.  It is already within you awaiting your recognition. ... How do you recognize this?  How do you bring it into your experience?  By looking at your thoughts and your feelings.  You cannot demonstrate the opposite of what you think and feel.  If you feel you are a pauper, you will not draw abundance to you.  Life will respond in like manner to your thoughts and feelings. ... If, on the other hand, you begin to feel that you are rich in ideas, rich in love, rich in creativity, rich in expression, beautiful good will begin to manifest in your life."

            Negative thoughts and words of self-depreciation are ways in which we resist our good.  They are contradictions to our inherent nature that temporarily obstruct us from realizing that we are designed for the greater things still.  This is no new discovery but a truth that was revealed thousands of years ago.  We can read in The Talmud; "The Divine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart.”  In other words, only when we feel the joy of Life in our heart are we in tune with the Infinite and the infinite good.  We are designed to be an outlet and an inlet of the Spirit of Life, Intelligence and Power; enthusiasm, confidence and hope reflect an intelligent outlook on Life and draw to us those things that validate this truth.  

We can find in the New Testament of the Holy Bible some of the most misunderstood and widely miss-interpreted passages attributed to the Master Mind Jesus:  John 14:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do ..."  In these few words we see the results of the religious movement that used the wisdom of the Master Mind Jesus to fit their own agenda.  Are these the words of a Master Mind?  Perhaps a few of them are.  Let us look at this keeping in mind that the Master Mind Jesus taught from an absolute, changeless and immutable Principle of Life:  "What one can do all can do for G-d is no respecter of persons."  Would Jesus have said that "only" those who believe in him can use the "laws of gravity? of mathematics?"  No!  He was a Master Mind that fully understood that "religious dogma" was foolishness.  He followed Judaism's cultural traditions but made note and taught against ...  religious dogma that denied the universal spiritual laws that are immutable and eternal and for all.  Rather than these words which were most likely changed and rearranged he was teaching that we all can do the greater things still ... greater than we have done or experienced before.  We are designed for the greater things still!

          Lastly, let us think on these words from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance":  “With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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