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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for August 14, 2016
      

            [republished from August 14, 2011] "James 1:23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” - The Epistle Of James [James 1], Holy Bible

     As a child growing up on a farm in Missouri, I would look forward to the County Fair as the ending of a summer of hard work and isolation from most of the outside world.  The expectations of this annual event would fill my mind with a sense of enthusiasm for weeks in advance of the Fair.  The people who arrived in the county to set up the Ferris wheel, the merry-go-rounds and the different booths that offered prizes for throwing, dunking, etc. often were gypsies who had personalities that were as foreign to Paris, Missouri as the Eiffel Tower.  But, no matter what happened at the fair, the sense of doing something different and interacting with different people gave me a sense of the world being bigger and more exciting than the world in which I lived.  It is this sense of enthusiasm and excitement that I have continued to seek throughout my life.  It is in this spirit of enthusiasm, I believe, that most of us desire to experience in our lives.

     In metaphysics there is a statement, "change your thinking and change your life," but in reality everything is always changing, we are just not always conscious that this is so.  Change then, is not only the truth for us, but it is a mandatory requirement that we be conscious of it, to avoid depression and all the ills that follow it.  We cannot change the conditions in which we live without changing our consciousness and we cannot change our consciousness without changing our beliefs, thoughts, and actions.  This is a truth that was revealed thousands of years ago as we can read from the Epistle of James in the ancient scriptures.  James was warning the people not to let inaction dull their sense of being alive and being an active participant of Life.  

     Wallace D. Wattles in his book, "The Science of Getting Rich" tells us to develop an "advancing mind." He further writes that, "There is no such thing possible in this universe as a lack of opportunities for a person who is living the advancing life."  In this we must be conscious of change, conscious of what we are doing, conscious of what we are doing successfully, conscious of a universe filled with opportunities and possibilities for advancement and an increase of the good.  No matter what we may experience, we must not allow ourselves to admit to failure or disappointment for these carry with them an energy that negates our faith and confidence.  As we have chosen what it is that we desire to accomplish and act accordingly in all that we do, we shall find that whatever it is that appears to be a failure is just the selective process of our consciousness rejecting that which is not for us.  Our ability to discern consciously what is truth and what is not gives us the ability to continue along the line of advancement to that goal that we have set for ourselves.  We must always think from the assumption that Spirit always knows what is for our greater good and that Spirit will never fail us.  As we keep faith with ourselves, we will find that there is a greater ease in keeping faith with the Spirit that indwells us.

     We shall find the Spirit within our  soul as we speak the words of affirmation and live to the words that we speak.  The Spirit guides us through consciousness and the words we speak reveal our consciousness.  When we lose control of our words, we lose control of our lives for both are effects of consciousness unfolding.  For some of us, this has been a great challenge, but we have put that behind us as we move forward with our developed consciousness of knowing and accepting that the Intelligence that created us, must be revealed by us, from within.  As we go beyond religion and free our mind of ideas that bind us to the possibility of negativity, we can allow ourselves to get a sense of being free in the Spirit from obstructions and compromise.

     From Dr. Frank Richelieu, "The Art Of Being Yourself""The kingdom of heaven, of expanded awareness, is within you.  The kingdom of freedom is within you.  Life is ever unfolding and ever-growing, but we hold ourselves prisoners to our own thoughts, fears, habits and weaknesses.  As long as we are our own jailers, we can not experience freedom."
   Say to yourself:
      "I no longer imprison myself.  I look within to the creative life that is mine.  I know creative Intelligence keeps the whole universe operating in harmony and in perfect law and order.  I recognize that creative Intelligence knows what to do, how to do it and when to do it.  I feel my oneness with the Power, which is the only power there is.  There is no other.  I therefore give no power to things and situations.  I unify with Spirit and my life operates as the universe does, in perfect law and order."

     In the Book of Genesis, the first Book in the Holy Bible and the Torah, we can read that we are created in the image of G-d ... Spirit, Life and Truth ... this Truth is Intelligence ... and we must relate to the Life and the Spirit within us, intelligently, for all these are in unity.  Let us find the Spirit in our soul, our consciousness, and let us be conscious of the truth that we are always advancing towards a greater and more marvelous life experience, right now, right where we are.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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