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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 16, 2016

                   Throughout my years of spiritual counseling I have found that so many of us live with self-esteem issues.  Self-depreciation is seldom recognized by the person who is living a life diminished by words and thoughts that diminish their joy and happiness and success and prosperity and even their health.  These words and thoughts of self-depreciation are the foundation of our self-image and no matter where we go or what we are doing it is being reflected in our experiences.

I have always been firm in my conviction that it never matters what someone else says about us or even thinks about us as what is most important is what we think about ourselves.  This is something that we need to remind ourselves of often.  It has been said that the ones we love hurt us the most, but I would say the one that should love us the most, our self ... is the one who hurts us the most and the most often.  And this is why so many people struggle in manifesting the changes in their lives that they desire to experience.  As I stated before self-depreciation is seldom recognized by the person but as Carl Jung discovered
"until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” and this is the truth for all of us.

              Our feelings ass
ociated with our little and large self-depreciations are always weaving their way through our mind and heart to be made manifest.  And so many of these self-depreciations have been caused by our religious beliefs; born in sin, a belief in a heaven and a hell, a belief that Jesus or Buddha or Krishna was perfect therefore we must be perfect.  It is this seeming lack of perfection associated with the religious dogmas that falsely teach that we are to be perfect according to their "opinions" of perfect that have affected so many people in the world.  Yet, the greatest sages and teachers of spiritual enlightenment have told us to be free from the "opinions" of the world and to realize and live to our own divine unique self.  Buddha taught that
"what we think we become" and so if we think that we are "imperfect" which can never be the truth about us, then we will experience imperfections which will be effected as dis-ease in our life experiences.  

      These words attributed to the Master Mind Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 5:20 give us insight into his thoughts regarding our relationship to Life:  "For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.As we realize that the word righteousness in this statement is "right thinking" and that the scribes and Pharisees refers to "religious dogma" we find that the great teacher was telling us to form our own ideas and shape our own beliefs about life and our relationship to G-d.  

                  We are not to be molded in thought and belief to anyone else's opinions or ideas about us or our life experiences.  We are to love our divine self and develop the consciousness that knows that we have within us the ability to make the right choices and decisions that will provide for us the good life and the abundant life.  We have within us the power to loose the thought of comparisons from our mind that lead to feelings and thoughts and words of self-deprec

                 Let us contemplate these words from the mystic sage and philosopher Lao Tzu, "
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."  As we consciously realize that loving our divine self brings us the discovery of this truth at the center of our being we shall realize as Jesus did that the "kingdom of heaven is at hand."    


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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