Even though I have read these words from the wise Eric
Butterworth many times, taken from his book, "Discover the Power
Within You" they never fail to inspire me: "Look
up and live! This is a dimension of life that man
(mankind) has lost sight of. This is the thing we need more than
anything else. Not so much to find the way to change people or
even to change ourselves, but to lift up our eyes and see deeply - to
see the immortal, to see the divine. This is the way from
"here to eternity," the gateway to the kingdom and the
practical technique for demonstrating "life more
abundant." Suddenly, the former things - too late, too old,
too little, too big - are passed away. They are now
irrelevant. "All things are become new." We are
resurrected into a new consciousness of peace and power and plenty."
In these simple inspiring words,
we find a way that is available to everyone to connect deeply in our
mind with the Infinite. The Master Mind Jesus told the people to
"look up and not down" ... to elevate our vision of our life
and our relationship with our Creator. As we look up with our
eyes closed, we no longer feel the tension of pressing problems or a
schedule that prevents us from having the time to still our mind and
think about what we are doing and why we are doing it. These few
seconds of lifting up our mind and our awareness to be in tune with
the Infinite can make all the difference in the quality of our life
experiences. We feel greater sense of the radiance of the
Life that dwells within us; an infinite source of joy and peace and
love and beauty that can flow through our mind and heart and soul
renewing and refreshing us spontaneously.
Let us think about
these words from Eric Butterworth:
"Jesus' message of the Kingdom is the message of wholeness.
We are forever seeing only part of life and concluding that the part
is the whole. This is a great problem in formulating religious
views. Shelley says that religion is the perception of the
relation in which man stands to the universe. But that
perception is an individual experience. Someone communicates his
perception to another and we are on the way toward the creation of
dogma. In time whole bodies of people accept a
"perception" that is given to them secondhand. They
might even insist there is no individual perception, or think of such
an inner awareness, or firsthand experience, as a "work of the
accepting someone else's "perceptions" as truth denies our
own capacity to realize our own individual relationship to life and to
our Creator. Religion has throughout the ages conditioned people
to believe that the people expressing through the written words of
what is traditionally considered the "Holy Books" were
somehow endowed with a greater wisdom and perception than
others. Jesus' words that we are capable of the "greater
things still" should convince those who are aware of his teaching
that we are to seek our own awareness of the "truth that can set
us free." Instead, we see people clinging to that "old
time religion" and idolizing those who seek to condition their
mind to inferiority ... to believe that someone else knows better than
them how to live and what to believe.
look at what Eric Butterworth realized from the teachings of Jesus: "Jesus recognized that the greatest
foe of the great idea of the Kingdom of Heaven as an inner potential
in man was Pharisaism. He was merciless in His denunciation of
the Pharisees, for they symbolized the crystallized preoccupation with
externals, with custom-made convictions. He said, "Woe unto
you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut out the
kingdom of heaven against men (mankind)" (Matthew 23:13).
Today Pharisaism is the greatest obstacle in man (mankind) and in the
world to the full realization of the Truth."
was in reading words similar to those of Eric Butterworth that led me
to believe that Jesus was a Master Mind. Not because he was
superior to us, but because he realized that what he discovered within
himself, we too can discover within our own soul. And when we
do, all things become new.
SO IT IS!
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