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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for September 23, 2007 

                                   "Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls aren't there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want things." - Randy Pausch, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Randy Pausch was given a diagnosis of only 3-6 months to live, but instead of spending his time focusing on his illness, he is spending his time teaching people how to "live life to its fullest."  I was gifted with watching Professor Pausch on "Good Morning America" and I was filled with respect and admiration for him and for what he is doing.  Although he does not see his lectures as religious or spiritual, there is a definite spiritual message in them.

     As we think about the symbolism of the "brick walls" we can understand that these bricks are but the ideas and thoughts that we have about life.  And as a brick wall is built one brick at a time, we can know that we have learned the things that "appear" to block us, one belief at a time.  So, in knowing that all is in mind, we can begin to examine out thoughts about the "brick walls" that seem to be between us and the thing we desire to have, to do, or to be.  And as we begin to examine the beliefs, "one brick at a time" ... we can realize that simply by taking "one brick" out of the wall ... we let in the Light.  In other words, we let in the "possibility" therefore opening our mind to solutions and guidance.

     The most definite way in which we remove these "bricks" is in the Absolute.  We replace the belief that tells us that we can't, with the Truth that we can ... for when we align ourselves with the Truth, we are aligning ourselves with the Absolute.  And we get this Truth from many sources ... but most definitely from the work of the Master Mind Jesus.  Jesus taught that "all things are possible for one who believes" ... and as we believe that there is a Power and Presence available to us ... we can connect with the Power that does the work through us, as us, and for us.  "The Father works, and then I work," stated the Great Metaphysician Jesus.  His teaching, "in theory" was not original to him ... but his great gift to us was that he taught us how to believe in the Absolute ... and it is in the Absolute that we make the demonstration ... and this was how he made the demonstrations that are attributed to him.  When the man with the withered arm came to him, Jesus could not have healed him if he saw a "brick wall" ... instead, he knew that in the Absolute, if he saw the arm healed, the Infinite Intelligence that created the arm would follow the pattern of his thought ... and see it healed as well ... and it was healed.  This was Absolute ... All God, All Good ... perfect, whole, and complete!

     Dr. Holmes in the Science of Mind, defines the "Absolute" as "Self-Existent and Self-Sufficient" ... unconditioned perfection, God.  Truth is absolute and remains unaffected by the opinions, desires or beliefs of people.  It is no respecter of persons, religions, or cultures.  It is similar to gravity and the laws that govern gravity ... but more powerful, for it includes gravity and All that Is.  It works with precision, similar to the laws of mathematics, but can never be limited to our human understanding.  We can define It as Truth, Life and Spirit ... and in this definition we can know that It is always "First Cause" ... and all other laws and "causes" are subject to it.  I may believe that I am less than perfect, whole and complete ... but, in the Absolute, this is never the Truth of me.  And as we accept this Higher Truth about ourselves in our mind, and have the realization that we are a part of God ... miracles become normal and natural.

[ from ABCnews.com ] Pausch says he's not afraid of death, but does worry about the process of dying. ... "Well the particular way I'm going to die is not going to be particularly pleasant. It will probably be physically uncomfortable and it won't be an easy thing for my wife and kids to watch," Pausch told Sawyer. "I think it will be a real challenge to see if I can squeeze the lemons hard enough to still get lemonade the last few weeks."  ... But Pausch said in the face of adversity, don't complain, just work harder. Your patience, he says, will eventually be rewarded. ... "You know, life is a gift," Pausch told Sawyer. "Again, it sounds trite, but if you wait long enough, other people will show you their good side. If there's anything I've [learned] that is absolutely true. Sometimes it takes a lot longer than you might like. But the onus is on you to keep the hope and keep waiting." 


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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