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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 8, 2017


             There are so many wisdom teachers throughout history that we sometimes are surprised when we realize that all that we consider to be "new thought" or a "secret" has been widely available to the world for centuries.  And yet, these teachings have by and large been ignored by the masses of people.  Imagine if all the people of the world could understand the truth that "I and the Father are one."  But first, they have to understand "Father" ... which the Master Mind Jesus told us is Spirit ... not a spirit, but Spirit Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient ... in all and through all, awaiting our recognition of It.  There have been moments when each of us have realized this truth, even if for a moment and through a glance into the great beyond.  Yet, the world of effects pulls us back to that which "knowledge" rather than Spirit, tells us what is true and what is not.

This past week I began a study of the writings of Mildred Mann.  Wikipedia notes: Mildred Mann was active in the New Thought Movement and taught metaphysics in New York City. She founded the Society of Religious Pragmatism, which was later reorganized as the Society of Pragmatic Mysticism in Vermont.  She was a pragmatist.  In other words, she was someone who was an advocate of the approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.  Or as the mystical Ernest Holmes would say, "truth known is truth demonstrated."  Without the demonstration, that is the "results" ... what we believe to be the truth needs an adjustment.

              The foundation of what Mildred Mann taught is not new, but each of us will be well-served by impressing our mind with this wisdom once again.  Just a note; she uses the masculine (He, Him) in reference to G-d which was usual for the era in which she lived.  The following is from her writings: 
"Let us say, for the sake of illustration, that you have a definite problem, and you are going to use what you have today in trying to solve it.  The problem, whatever it may be is pressing.
              The first thing to do is get very still for a few minutes.  Then realize that at some time or other you thought the problem into existence.  Don't try to figure out when.  Just dismiss the how or why, and reason that since you thought it into existence, you certainly can think it out of existence.
               Now, when you are really quiet, you turn to the Presence of God within you.  God is waiting for you to come to Him.  Accept the Presence of God, even at this point it is merely an intellectual idea.  Reflect on such thoughts as 'God is perfect good, perfect freedom, perfect Truth, Life, Love and Law.'  Realize that God is handling this through you and with you.   Give thanks for the demonstration.
              Dwell on these thoughts for a few minutes, and then forget about it.  Forget about the treatment and forget about the problem.  And then, after that you will find as we all do, that your mind comes back to the problem.  When this happens, and every time it happens, say to yourself:  "It is in the hands of God, not in mine.
               Keep your thought off the problem.  It couldn't be simpler.  It is pure magic, but not as we understand the term magic.  It is simply the God-given power of thought, plus the belief, the faith, that we put into it.  You may be thinking "I don't believe this will work."
                Well, there is only one way to find out.  Try it.  You need only two things to try it with:  the first is an open mind; the second is integrity of purpose - a sincere desire to try."  

              And so we may now understand the ancient wisdom:
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Our thoughts are powerful, right thinking is the key to life ... "The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord (The Law of Our Mind)  delivers us from them all."

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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