is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already
know what you truly want to become."
been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder
than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make
it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you
can move mountains."
"We're here to put a dent in the universe."
Steve Jobs, Creative Genius, co-Founder Apple Computer -
Micah 7:8 "... when I fall, I
shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto
The Holy Bible
We learn in the Bible and in the
Science of Mind that G-d is no respecter of persons, and so we find that
practical mysticism indwells all of us and is revealed not only in what
we believe, but in what we accomplish as well. We can read in the
Bible, James 2:26 "For
as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead
also." And in this we realize that not everyone who
demonstrates success in their works, lives by a traditional faith in
G-d, but by the guidance of Spirit through their intuition ... revealing
a faith that produces works.
I have read reports that Steve Jobs
studied the Hindu religion, was Buddhist, and was Lutheran in his
younger years. But religion doesn't give us genuine faith, only
personal experience with G-d can do this and I believe that Steve Jobs'
faith in that Something Greater that will guide us, was powerful:
"Have the courage to follow your heart and
intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to
become." These are the words of someone who has
experienced the Spirit that indwells them and doesn't doubt Its
Presence, or Its ability to work through our mind to accomplish that
which we seek to accomplish.
I read a discussion piece on the Internet in
which people were advocating that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. Yet,
his philosophy as expressed in his own words, was not limited to any
particular religion, nor dependent on one. It is a philosophy in
tune with the best of Buddhism, Hinduism, the teachings of Jesus, and
metaphysical philosophy. The Infinite cannot be limited to
religion, and the Creative Spirit in the individual who is in tune with
the Infinite cannot be limited by religion either. "You
have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's
worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move
mountains" ... in
these words Steve Jobs is speaking to a profound truth, a truth that the
radical Jesus spoke of throughout his teachings and is a guiding
principle of the science of mind.
The world will feel the absence of Steve Jobs,
but the spirit in which he lived his life and the philosophy that guided
his creativity, is available to all of us. For those of us who see
his philosophy as just as important as his "works" his life
will be an inspiration and will motivate us to "think outside the
box" and let our lives become a greater expression of the Spirit
that forever seeks to express Itself through us, as us, and for us ... "Your time
is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life" ...
these are the words of a man who understood that we all have our own
individual role to play in the universe. In other words, G-d wants
You to be You" not a mirror of someone else's idea of life.
Some news reports state that Steve Jobs did not
give greatly to charitable organizations or to help others, but this is
misguided information. Through his creative genius and
accomplishments, Steve Jobs provided jobs and opportunities to hundreds
of thousands of people worldwide. The Infinite will always give us
enough to share and to spare, but
this is not always in the form of money, but in a myriad of forms both
material and spiritual. The best we can do for anyone is to give
them a "hand-up" ... that is to help them help themselves ...
and Apple Computer offered opportunities for people in all levels of
life to be successful, to be prospered and to be blessed. Some of
us were blessed by the products coming from the creative spirit of Steve
Jobs and others were blessed with jobs directly and indirectly linked to
Apple. We do know that Steve Jobs believed that it was a moral
issue to respect the dignity of all people. And he did this by
insuring that all his employees were treated equally and with respect,
without regards to gender, race, nationality, or sexual orientation.
It is almost unbelievable for many people that
Steve Jobs left Apple, the company that he co-founded, but it is true,
and it was disastrous for him, at first. Yet, this did not stop
his success or his passion to express the creative spirit within him.
Steve Jobs was just 30 years old, wildly successful, fabulously
wealthy and a global celebrity. And then it all came crashing down.
But, this seeming failure would be a triumph for Jobs as he was
compelled to stay with the work that he loved, started another company,
and eventually rejoined Apple as it was going through difficult times,
and transformed it to the great success that it is today.
By keeping faith with the Creative Spirit
within him, Jobs could not fail ... from
the Holy Scriptures, Micah 7:8 "...
when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall
be a light unto me." This "LORD" ... is the law of
our own mind as we establish it in alignment with the Power and
Intelligence of G-d ... 'there is no failure in G-d, and there is no
failure in me" ... if we establish this in our consciousness ...
and know that there is a Power within us that can lift us up to our
highest level ... we can transcend any seeming failure we may
experienced and gain the success and prosperity that we seek.
Let us be inspired by the Creative Spirit as
expressed through Steve Jobs. And let us
begin to establish within our own consciousness a vision for our own
life. Remember, if we have a pulse we have a purpose ... and as we
open our mind to this Creative Spirit, we will be compelled to do that
which will lead us to that which will reveal to us our purpose, our
success, our prosperity, our joy, and our bliss.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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