greatest demonstrations are always made with the most perfect ease.
When I say ease I mean we must recognize that everything is right and so
long as anything comes up in our consciousness which says that these
things are all wrong, then we may know that we are still dis-eased about
that particular thing. If we take with us that realization that
everybody is our friend, everything is lovely, everything is perfect, we
will find right there the very thing we take with us and there is
nothing beyond the bounds of our concept. Mrs. Eddy said:
"Mind sees what it believes as clearly as it believes what it sees."
- Dr. Ernest Holmes
nothing in our life that cannot be improved or changed, if we are
willing to change our mind about it. At first glance, this seems
simple enough. But, for many of us, it is not always as simple as
it appears, as the mind that is convinced of one thing ... must be
convinced of something different. And in this convincing ourselves
of something different, we must realize our responsibility for the
thoughts that perpetuate the condition or situation. Oftentimes,
our thoughts are coming from past "conditioning" and we are
not quickly aware of their impact on our current experiences.
However, even if we do not know what these thoughts are, we can still
"think the new thought" that brings about the change that we
I believe that it is a wonderful thing to
realize that Life gives us what we believe about it. And the
evidence of this is so apparent if we are willing to take the time to
observe this Universal Law in action. Our difficulty lies in the
fact that it isn't always immediately apparent to us. The Law is
automatic and immediate, but It's action is always in Mind first.
And to have this realization is to understand the process of Creation
... and to trust in it. I remember reading the words of a minister
regarding prayer-treatment where she stated that she "didn't have
time to wait on the Law of Cause and Effect" ... but what are the
options? ... everything is Cause and Effect ... and in reality they are
the same. The important thing for us to remember is that which we
"choose" to "believe and accept" is
"cause" ... and leave the rest to Infinite Intelligence to
work out into our experiences in the right and perfect time and the
right and perfect way.
But, for many of us, we are intimidated by
other people. So many times we actually put ourselves in
situations because we are worried about what people will think ... or we
don't want to hurt someone's feelings. But, we can never master
our lives if our mind is on the thoughts and feelings of other people.
This is self-manipulation. We are not responsible for the thoughts
and feelings of others and as long as we are acting with integrity to
what we believe and accept for ourselves, we will rarely find ourselves
in a position to be concerned about these things. It is spiritual
weakness to rely on the opinions and assumptions of other people when
forming judgments in our mind. Spiritually strong people are
"self-reliant" ... not dependent on anyone else's opinions ...
especially gossip. To rely on opinions or gossip rather than
having a healthy reliance on truth is mental dis-ease. For unless
we know the truth ... we will always be acting from confusion ... and
confusion will appear in our lives, sometimes where we least expect it
Life does not manipulate us ... and neither
should we allow ourselves to be manipulated. We must always define
truth in our mind as that which we personally have found to be the
truth. Anything less will keep us from demonstrating " the
Truth" in our lives in any consistent way. God, Infinite
Spirit, always upholds us in what we believe about our life.
"The Father works, and then I work," the Master Mind Jesus
stated. As we fill our mind with thoughts of health and happiness,
love and prosperity, we are thinking in agreement with God's abundant
Good. And even if we don't see an immediate change we can know
that the change has been effected ... and in due time will manifest
according to our belief ... providing we keep faith with It.
As we affirm,
"what a wonderful thing Life is" ... we open our mind to
greater experiences that reflect more of the Good that we choose for
ourselves. We open ourselves to unexpected blessings in our
lives. This affirmation is not only a declaration of Truth but is
also a statement of gratitude. And I assure you, that as you
affirm "what a wonderful think Life is" and experience the
increased Good in your life ... your gratitude will be felt
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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