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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for September 7,  2014

           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 devil."

         By 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.  

       Let's 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."

      It 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. 


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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