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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 6, 2016

            The Presidential election in the United States is being watched by people all over the world.  Some are incredulous and appalled. Others merely find it fascinating.  No matter what anyone thinks of it the outcome will "reflect" the consciousness of America as it stands in 2016.  There is no other way to look at it and there is no injustice in this being true.  Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told people to "follow your conscience."  Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said something similar; "vote your conscience."  Both have flip-flopped on their "conscience" from a few months ago which is not unusual for politicians.  In reality conscience is "consciousness" and everyone who votes ... votes their consciousness and whatever a politician may say or not say this is what happens without exception. 

           Politicians seek to change the consciousness of voters often; i.e. Primary Elections differ sometimes to a great degree from General Elections.  In Primary Elections politicians are speaking to those in their own political party; which may be why Senator Bernie Sanders being an Independent running in the Democrat Primary didn't fare so well ... Independents don't always get to vote in either the Republican or Democratic Primaries.  However, we don't want to trust the definition of "conscience" to politicians so let's look to a higher authority: 
This is how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "conscience":
a :  the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good 
b :  a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts 
:  the part of the superego in psychoanalysis that transmits commands and admonitions to the ego

We know that consciousness is everything and everything is consciousness.  The American Mystic Ernest Holmes defined consciousness as "mental awareness ... Consciousness is both objective and subjective.  Objective consciousness is a state of conscious awareness, equipped with will, decision, and discrimination.  Its reasoning is both inductive and deductive, therefore it has self-choice.  The subjective consciousness is entirely a reaction to this objective volition.  It is creative but not discriminative.  It is, of course, conscious, but it is not self-conscious.  It is conscious in the same sense that the soil is conscious of the seed.  It know how to produce a plant, but it is not conscious that it is producing it.  It has no reflective, deductive, or discriminating factors.  It is compelled by its very nature to accept and create.  When we speak of mind in its self-conscious state we mean Spirit, whether we think of it in God or mankind.  When we speak of consciousness in a subjective state, we refer to the mental medium, the Universal Subjectivity, which is also the subjectivity of mankind.  In referring to the subjective state, the Bible uses the word "soul", the psycho-analyst uses the term "the consciousness", the psychologist, "subjective" or "subject consciousness."  All have the same meaning."

         To bring together the definitions given to us by Merriam-Webster and Ernest Holmes we can simply say in all truth that we "choose" and we choose from the consciousness that we have developed to this point in our life experience.  I had a conversation recently with someone who told me that they were discussing the Presidential Election with a friend who was going to vote differently than they were but at the end of the conversation the friend told her that she had changed her mind and was going to vote for the same candidate as the person I was having the conversation with.  The person I had the conversation with said that she had changed this person's mind.  In truth, if this person's mind was changed by a mere conversation she had not really made a committed choice at all.  

         I believe our choice should be based on both the objective and subjective; that which is known and that which is unknown.  Both have consequences and both take a great deal of thought and contemplation to realize that which does not cause us to regret or doubt our decision.  To vote against someone, in my opinion, is to offend our soul.  It is a negative and carries with it an energy that negates some aspect of our expression of life.  This is not something dire necessarily but it is something to think about.  And thinking is the most powerful thing we do for it is our thoughts that draw forth our conscience to our surface mind from our consciousness (soul).   


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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