desire for increase is inherent in all nature. It is the
fundamental impulse of the universe. All human activities are
based on the desire for increase. People are seeking more food,
more clothes, better shelter, more luxury, more beauty, more knowledge,
more pleasure - more life. ... Every living thing is under that
necessity for continuous advancement. Where increase of life
ceases, dissolution and death set in at once. ... People
instinctively know this, and hence they are forever seeking more.
This law of perpetual increase is set forth by Jesus in the parable of
the talents. Only those who gain more retain any. "From
him who hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." ...
The normal desire for increased wealth is not an evil or a reprehensible
thing. It is simply the desire for more abundant life. And,
because it is the deepest instinct of their natures, all men and women
are attracted to an individual who can give them more of the means of
life.” - Wallace D. Wattles, The
Science of Getting Rich
Just about everyone is
familiar with the Jackie DeShannon song, "what the world needs now
is love" ... and few will disagree that love is very important for
a healthy, balanced life. But, romantic love is only one element
of Love, and it is important that we have a greater understanding of the
Power of Love as it affects every aspect of our lives. Love is the
instinct within us to experience more of life, to increase our capacity
for giving and receiving. If we are not experiencing increase in
the measure of Love that we are experiencing in our lives, then we must
make the adjustment in our thinking to increase Love first.
We begin with the idea that "everything is
alright, right now" ... let's say this out loud. We must find
that which we feel is right about our life, first ... for as the Master
Mind Jesus stated, if we don't, we may lose that which we have.
Let us begin with what we think is right about our self. Do we
have the right attitude towards life? We can find out by looking
at the people and things in our life and honestly ask ourselves what we
think of them. In the scripture we can read, "love thy
neighbor, as thyself" ... but if we don't love our self first, then
it is difficult to truly love our neighbor, or to even be nice to them.
The radical Jesus wasn't just asking us to "play nice with our
neighbors" when he instructed his audience to "love thy
neighbor as thy self" ... he understood the Law of Mind and knew
that whenever we have the thought or feeling of love, whether for our
self or someone else, love is increased in our consciousness (soul).
Unfortunately for so many of us, we have been
taught to be humble. It is this false idea of humility that has
led so many to live a life of struggle and quiet desperation. The
radical Jesus declared, "the Father and I are One" ... and he
said this as an example for all of us. He didn't tell us to be
humble, or to think of ourselves as less than him. He further
stated that "all that the Father hath is mine" ... there is
nothing humble about this declaration either. Yet, so many of us
still find it difficult to see ourselves as more than our physical
circumstances give evidence to, and therefore we fail to receive the
increase of good that we desire. Once again, let's say out loud,
"everything is alright, right now" ... and let's begin to
expand our consciousness with right thinking.
And so we see that choosing to
"follow" the instructions of the radical Jesus is to be open
and receptive to a greater good. Our world will be a better place
for all of us, if we do. Let's give up the old thoughts of the
past; the hurts, the seeming failures, the disappointments, the negative
judgments against ourselves and others. "Let the dead bury
the dead," Jesus said. We are life, and we are to live it
abundantly. Turn from anything that brings the idea of poverty or
lack to your attention. Don't let the negative aspects of the
world be impressed on your mind. Impress your mind with ideas of
good, abundance, and all things that cause you to think of your life as
wonderful and marvelous. No matter where you go, turn from all
people, places and things that give you a depressed feeling about
life. If you attend a church, temple or spiritual center where you
are not lifted up into a high sense of self-esteem ... turn from it and
leave it, right now.
There is no devil but the be-deviled mind of
someone who accepts themselves as inferior or less than based on someone
else's opinions. We must consciously reject all that does not
'increase" the good in our mind and in all that we do. We
must consciously choose to treat everyone as worthy and deserving of our
attention and respect. We must be willing to be generous and to
share in that which is ours. A shared wealth is an increasing
wealth and a shared love is an increasing love too.
We shall find that as we follow these simple
instructions, we shall be happier, and realize more joy ... we shall
have peace of mind, and we shall see even more beauty in our world
... we are on our way to a wonderful life as we
affirm with love and conviction, "everything is alright, right now"
... this is what the world needs now.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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