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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for November 12, 2006 

       "I have noticed that the Universe loves gratitude. The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get. When I say ‘goodies’ I don’t mean only material things. I mean all the people, places and experiences that make life so wonderfully worth living. You know how great you feel when your life is filled with love and joy and health and creativity, and you get the green lights and the parking spaces. This is how our lives are meant to be lived. The Universe is a generous, abundant giver and it likes to be appreciated." - Louise Hay, "Gratitude, A Way Of Life"

The past is for archaeologists ... and we must release it in order to live fully in the present.  And in order to do so, we must "present" our mind with new images and ideas of happiness and joy ... and we do this with gratitude.  Gratitude gives us the sense of "having" ... and as we remind ourselves that we "have" ... our mind turns from thinking about what we don't have and the Good that we have begins to increase.

     I believe that the most important thing to be grateful for is Life.  No matter what we may be currently experiencing, as long as we are alive ... our experiences can change.  And being grateful for Life, we put a demand upon our consciousness to give us more to live for ... and it will.  Life is for living, not merely existing from day to day ... and it is within us to know that this is true.

     Now, I know there are people who are living in what appears to be, challenging circumstances.  But how many of these "challenges" have we hung onto for too long?  How many of us are experiencing unhappy relationships ... but continue to refuse to pray about our relationships?  It is so easy to fall into the trap of complaining about our relationships then it is to constructively pray about them.  And for some of us, this may mean that these relationships will end ... but, even that oftentimes is something to be grateful for as that which is "new and greater" cannot enter into our life when that which is "finished" continues to remain.

     And for others, illness is challenging them to not feel grateful for Life.  And once again ... we must be willing to stop talking about our illnesses to other people ... and talk to God about them in prayer.  As we begin our prayer with a heartfelt statement of gratitude for Life, we align ourselves with the Infinite Healing Presence of God.  And as we continue to pray, with gratitude for Life, we will find that "over-coming" our illnesses becomes our expectation ... and what we expect ... we accept ... and as we do ... we receive.

     There are also many of us who don't feel any great amount of gratitude for Life because we are facing financial challenges, debt and a lack of hope in any positive changes in our financial affairs.  No one feels gratitude for debt or financial lack ... but, we sometimes bury ourselves in debt and financial struggle because we do not feel grateful for Life.  Life is not one moment in time ... and Life can change quickly as our mind is "changed about it."  We can be grateful to know that God never gives us more than we can handle.  And as we take this idea into consciousness ... and stir up the spirit of hope and expectation within our minds ... be grateful for knowing this is so ... and we will find that ways that we know not of begin to open up in our lives to meet our financial responsibilities and debts.  But ... as we know ... if our mind is focused on the debts or the lack of money ... we will never "stir up the spirit" of hope and expectation within us ... so we must take the time each day to change the focus of our thoughts by turning within to "the kingdom of God" ... the spirit within us ... and begin to "expect" that we meet all demands in our life for money ... and this we will do.

    A lifetime of happiness begins right where we are ... right in the circumstances and conditions that we are currently dealing with.  It can be no other way ... and the solutions; the better relationships, the health, the money and all of whatever we desire to experience in Life ... is ours to unfold in our lives.  Gratitude is the key.  GRATITUDE IS A STATE OF MIND THAT KNOWS THAT WE HAVE ... AND THIS KNOWING THAT WE HAVE ... AUTOMATICALLY CREATES THE CHANNEL WITHIN OUR MINDS TO ACCEPT MORE AND MORE OF EVERY GOOD THING WE CAN IMAGINE ... GUARANTEED!


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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