cannot compare the philosophy of Jesus with others. We cannot say
he was this or that or something else. We can only say: here
was a man who found himself inseparable from God, eternal with God,
forever in God. Conscious of his divinity, yet humble as he
contemplated the infinite life around him, he spoke from the height of
spiritual perception, proclaiming the deathless reality of the personal
life, the continuity of the individual soul, the unity of the universal
spirit. ... Jesus made heaven and earth meet. ...
Jesus believed in a spiritual truth which gives power over evil.
He affirmed that God's Kingdom is here and now. His thoughts were
so simple that we can easily overlook their profoundness."
- Ernest Holmes, Words That Heal Today
Master Mind Jesus instructed his disciples to go forth to heal, to
prosper, and to bless all who came to them for healing. The
ancient scriptures give examples of the Radical Jesus living his faith
and his philosophy; that there is good for all and this good is
unlimited. And most importantly, as he learned himself, the
Kingdom of Heaven is within, but we must let go of all that appears to
limit us or separate us from this eternal Truth.
When we study the life experiences
attributed to the Master Mind Jesus, we learn that the first person he
healed, was himself. There is no other way to "know the
truth" except to experience it personally. Does this mean
that Jesus was "perfect" when he first began his work to heal
others? No, but he had "perfected" the truth that he
knew intellectually to the point of embodying it in his consciousness.
We know this because he demonstrated it through his work. Before
he spoke the words; "for the one who has will
be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does
not have, even what he has will be taken from him" ... he
knew this was a principle and he had proven it to be the truth. In
other words, it is a scientific statement of "cause and
effect" and the "law of mind." It is also the
"key" to a wealth consciousness.
As I wrote previously, Jesus was not
"perfect" when he began his healing work, and these words from
the Gospel of Matthew reveal this to be true: Matthew 15:22-28 - "A
Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord,
Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly
from demon-possession." Jesus did not answer a word. So
his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she
keeps crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to
the lost sheep of Israel." The woman came and knelt before
him, "Lord, help me!" she said. He replied, "It is
not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."
"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs
that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered,
"Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted."
And her daughter was healed from that very hour."
Although Jesus had embodied his One-ness with G-d, until this moment he
had not had the realization that everyone was part of G-d, Infinite
Although Jesus identified as a Jew, he broke
the Jewish Sabbath more than once. This was significant in that it
symbolized his break with "man-made religion" in favor of
absolute dependence on G-d, Absolute Principle. He knew that our
mind must be free of restrictions to fully express the Spirit and not
hindered by man-made religious dogma: "How
can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek
the glory that comes only from God?" In other words,
we can learn only so much from religion ... what we "must
know" we can only learn from G-d. As Emerson stated: "That
which I am to do best, only my Maker can teach me."
The Master Mind Jesus may not have said what Emerson did, but he proved
it to be true through his philosophy and work.
Jesus did not limit the Spirit's
expression of healing through him. He healed with the power of his
mind in tune with the Mind of the Infinite, but it was expressed in
various ways; through faith and belief, through the laying on of hands,
and in the Gospel of Mark it is written that he "spit in the blind
man's eyes" ... and then laid his hands on his eyes. In one
instance the Centurion's servant was healed even though Jesus
never met him. This healing in absentia, or distance healing, was
considered miraculous, but in truth, the spiritual Jesus was using the
science of mind knowing that truth known, anywhere, is truth known
everywhere. Jesus didn't have to be present with the Centurion's
servant to know that the Presence of G-d was right where he was.
This is why Jesus knew that if he spoke the "word of truth"
for anyone who was "receptive" to the truth, that healing
would be the result. These healing methods used by Jesus are still
being used today by people of faith and healing practitioners, but it is
important to realize that first, the healer must heal themselves, in
order for the Spirit to work through them effectively and consistently.
And now we look at how this is personal of each
of us, for the Master Mind Jesus stated, "these
things I do and greater things still shall you do."
Can we believe him, or are we intimidated by these words? If we
think clearly we shall see that "these things
I do" can be summed up as "Love
G-d and love our neighbor as our self" ... our neighbor
being everyone that we come into contact with, and don't forget our
self. The Master Mind Jesus loved G-d and loved the Intelligence
that he saw reigning Supreme in the Universe, knowing that It Is All
G-d. He said, "see the lilies how they
grow" ... they are free of comparisons, free of judgment,
free of guilt, free of shame and blame ... free to be what they are.
We can be free too, but we must tune out the noise that surrounds us
sometimes, that is, the negative chatter, the comparisons, the guilt,
shame and blame nonsense ... and just "BE"
who we are. And "greater things shall
you do" ... may really leave us puzzled, unless we remind
ourselves that the Radical Jesus' teachings were simple ... so simple
that a child could understand them ... but too many of us will look at
this statement and think "I can't do greater things than
Jesus" ... but, he wasn't telling us to compare our life to his,
but to "follow him" ... that is, do
as I do ... seek and find, ask and receive ... G-d will guide us
just as G-d guided Jesus. What is it that we want to overcome, or
heal, or increase? ... seek the way through silent communion with G-d
... just as Jesus did. G-d will respond ... if we are serious
about getting the answer.
This is worth repeating: "That
which I am to do best, only my Maker can teach me." The Mind
of G-d revealed spiritual principles and profound truths to some of the
most unlikely people; Isaiah was a great mystic, but had to preach naked
in the street ... Moses stuttered and felt unworthy ... Peter denied
Jesus ... the Disciples fell asleep while praying ... Elijah was
suicidal ... Job went broke ... and I could go on with this but I won't.
What we want to get from this is that there is no
G-d looking for the "perfect man or woman" but through our
mind, G-d is seeking to "perfect" that something within us
that needs to be made perfect ... because we choose it to be ... and by
choosing, as the Master Mind Jesus did, we can do all things and greater
things still shall we do. It is the science of healing and it is
available to everyone.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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