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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, October 21, 2012 

         From an Essay written by Ralph Waldo Trine:  "The Way that the Master [Jesus] taught is more a Way of Life than a religion. At the same time it is the very essence of religion, for the essence of all religion is the conscious- ness of God in the mind and the soul of man. It was this that he so clearly taught."

Ralph Waldo Trine was in the forefront of refining and discovering the spiritual principles contained in the Bible and other spiritual writings of the ancients.  His writings regarding the Master Mind Jesus can open our mind to a greater discovery within ourselves of being in tune with the power, the spirit and the intelligence that is that part of G-d within all of us ... an awareness that Jesus demonstrated in both his words and his works.  Trine wrote the following in 1936, a time when many people in the world were beginning their spiritual search outside of the limitations of traditional religions.  

          Trine -
Does my religion or what I term my religion depending upon whether or not it becomes a real vital creative force in my life--find its basis in the teaching of the Master [Jesus] that he so continually repeated, 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you' ? That there be no mistaking his meaning he likewise often said, 'Say not Lo here! or Lo there! for behold the Kingdom of God is within you.'
It is that Divine Centre within, from which every thought and every act in life must spring. It is the 'I am' of every man.
           'Of myself I can do nothing,' he so often said. 'It is the Father that worketh in me; my Father works and I work.' Here undoubtedly is the truth of his teaching in regard to prayer that he so continually made use of, and so continually advised all others to make use of. <>

         Contemporary spiritual teachers have too often lost sight of the most essential truth that we must accept as true and that is "I of mine own self can do nothing" ... we don't depend on anything outside of us; neither person, place or thing ... but we are totally dependent on the "I am" within us to sustain our success, our loving companionships, our health and our joy.  It is the part of G-d's power that is ours to use to take "dominion and authority" over the things that are personal to us.  Too often it is used to negate our good rather than to increase or affirm our good.  But, we each have the opportunity at all times to identify it as a force for good and good only in our lives.

        Trine -   Advising against public prayer, for show or for its rhetorical effects, he enjoined: 'But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet [that is, a place apart], and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Here undoubtedly lies the significance of his statement that he repeated so often in one form or another: 'According to your faith be it unto you.
           Seek this Divine Centre of light, of truth, of illumination, and power--the God within you; Love and reverence and live in this realization and then, do not worry about your life. <>

        We have all heard the profound statement, "that which I am seeking is seeking me"  ... but how often do we realize that for anything else to be possible is a contradiction to a universal law.  In other words, our frustrations, depressions and confusion come to us because we are "fighting Life" rather than living it with love and power.  Jesus' great discovery was not only that there is but One Power, but also that there is but One Love that flows through all of life and when this Power is unified with Love, all things are possible for it activates a force of faith within us towards the Good, towards G-d, and nothing can obstruct It.

        Trine -  God is Spirit, he taught, and Spirit is life. It is the One life, the universal source and spirit of life, manifesting in all individual expressions of life, in love, and direction, and power, and supply, in the degree that the individual rises to the consciousness, and lives in the consciousness, of that which is his life.
           This again is unquestionably what Jesus meant when he said: 'I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.'
           Each has life, but it is this more abundant life, this living in the vital consciousness of the life of God within, which is the thing that counts. It is this that culminates in a life lived to its full possibilities, and the joy that results from it. That the joy of life might be greater, might be full -- he speaks of this so many times in one form or another. <>

          Even the ancient Apostle realized that "in Him we live and move and have our being" ... this Him, being Spirit, Power and Intelligence.  But, Trine takes us to the next level, as did the Master Mind Jesus; we must discover and live from the life of G-d within us.  It is this recognition and identification with the Living Spirit of G-d within us that sustains and maintains our health, our confidence, and our body of affairs in harmony and abundance.

         Trine - The realization that this Divine Source, this Divine Centre of life, is within, cannot bring other than joy in life, but it must be realized and lived in. It must be the dominating love, and force, and guide. To long for it, to invite it, to believe and live in it, brings automatically, that more abundant and more joyous life.
          He was always in dead earnest to help his fellow men, and went right down among those who needed help the most. No pious phrases, no institutionalism, no dogma, no peddling of any system -- but help, real God-given human help.
          With that wonderful inheritance, that wonderful and almost absolute aptitude for discerning the things of the mind and the spirit, with that keen but simple mind and heart, fired finally to the point of evangelism through an undoubtedly long and devoted period of preparation, he begins his memorable mission as a wandering teacher, by proclaiming to a little group out in the open in his own native Galilee: 'The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. This and its amplification, often in simple, homely parable form, which all who heard him might understand, constituted the essence of his entire teaching.<>

       I believe that if we follow the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus and give-up the restraints of religion and religious dogma,  that we each will find that realization that Jesus' ministry wasn't about him, but about all of us.  His truth is our truth.  His self-realization can be our self-realization.  But, we must be willing to "repent" of the noise and the nonsense of the world that we have learned and let ourselves be free to discover that part of G-d within us that is our spirit, our life and our truth.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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