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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (November 13, 2005)      

          "Love points the way ... and Law makes the way possible." ... Dr. Ernest Holmes

          Very often in this work I run across people who are confused about the difference between "spiritual" teachings and metaphysics.  I have even had some enlightened souls tell me that Jesus was spiritual not religious.  This is close but not entirely the truth ... Jesus was a metaphysician.  Now a lot of the literature and several books in the Bible written about him are spiritual ... but He was indeed the greatest metaphysician in history.  I am knowing that this message will clarify this statement.

         Spiritual people will tell you that God Is Good; God Is Love; God Is Divine Joy .... and, God Is All there Is.   And all of this is true ... but knowing all this does not demonstrate the Truth of these statements.  Metaphysics teaches us how to demonstrate the Truth ... as the Master Mind Jesus taught us how to do.  Spiritual people are by and large very loving people ... and generally they have a great understanding of Love ... but Love without Law is like a pretty orange tree that can't produce oranges ... it is only living half of its potential.  The purpose of metaphysics is to align Law with Love and demonstrate ... or experience the Good that we desire to have, to be, or to do.

          Love, being God, brings into our awareness the desire for more Good to be experienced in our Life.  This desire may be in the form of more peace, more joy, more love, companionship, success in our creative expression and even the desire for more money.  All that Is, Is Good ... so we must never dismiss any desire to experience more Good in whatever form may come to our awareness ... for our every Good desire emanates from the Mind of God ... Infinite Love.

         Far too many people spend far too much time chasing gurus ... reading the currently popular spiritual books on the "best seller" lists or the Oprah "book" of the month.  There is nothing wrong with any of these ... but we will not discover the healing of the discord in our lives this way.  The study of metaphysics demands that we consent to "repetition" ... reading, studying and practicing the basics of metaphysics.  It is not glamorous ... and probably you won't read about too many celebrities doing it ... but it is the study and the repetition that will change our "old consciousness" ... or patterns of thinking, beliefs and imaginings ... to the Higher Thought Life that creates greater and more expansive experiences of love, joy, peace, happiness, harmony, success and prosperity.  But far too many people will never demonstrate the "effortless" Life ... because they are too busy trying to find someone to "fix" them ... or find a "way" to "fix" them that is more exciting ... then just doing "the work."

       "In It we live and move and have our Being" ... an intelligent person must come to the conclusion that "It" Is Mind ... we all live in It ... and we are all living to the awareness of It to the degree that we "recognize" It.  We must become "aware" that we are an expression of God, and that God is a deeper dimension of us expressing It "as" us.  This is why our prayers must affirm that the "result" that we desire to demonstrate, already "is" ... for the nature of God is responsiveness.  This is using the Law effectively.  We cannot bargain with God or coax God into working a miracle for us ... this is just nonsense.  God knows our needs ... and God "is" the answer.  But we must approach God in the language of Spirit ... the Truth.  But so many of us are distracted from the Truth by religious and political leaders. 
Millions of people in churches every week become blinded to the true Love of God by saying "amen" after a silly minister, who is only parroting what someone else parroted to him/her ... tells them they are sinners and born in sin.  The word "amen" means agreement.  

        This past week a Catholic League called for a boycott of Wal-Mart (later called off) ... not because of Wal-Mart's worker policies ... but because Wal-Mart uses the "inclusive" "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas" ... as a holiday greeting.  An ex-employee of Wal-Mart replied to an email regarding the "greeting" and informed a customer that Christmas resulted from traditions ranging from Siberian shamanism to Visigoth calendars.  "Santa is also borrowed from the Caucauses, mistletoe from the Celts, Yule log from the Goths, the time from the Visigoth and the tree from the worship of Baal.  It is a wide wide world, " he wrote.  This grossly offended the Catholic League.  But it is the truth ... and takes nothing away from spirituality or metaphysics ... and neither does it take anything away from Catholicism or Christianity.  A Wal-Mart spokesman said employees will continue to wish people "Happy Holidays" because the greeting is more inclusive.  And I say amen to that!

And So It Is!  

Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Rev. Bates

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