Matthew 13:3 And he told them many things in parables,
saying: "A sower went out to sow. 4And
as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and
devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky
ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang
up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but
when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they
withered away. 7Other seeds fell among
thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other
seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some
sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let
- attributed to Jesus, Holy Bible
aside all sense of unworthiness. Do not say, "I wonder if I
am good enough to use this Power." You are using It anyway.
Since It is you, you cannot stop using It. It is not only the Mind
into which you think, It is the Mind by which you think.
This is why your thought is creative. ... Any thought, word or
statement, any affirmation or denial, any inspirational idea which helps
you to rise above the confusion of outward circumstances, is good.
Many persons have risen above confusion by repeating the Lord's Prayer
or the Twenty-third Psalm, or by saying, "The Power [God] is all
there is." However, there is no magic in any of these
statements. The magic, which seems to be in them, is not in the
statements themselves but in the state of thought they induce."
- Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called Life
As we understand the unity of the
philosophy of Jesus and the evolutionary science of mind philosophy, we
realize that both are teaching us about consciousness. As we
become familiar with the both teachings, we realize that both are
teaching us to develop consciousness. But first, we must know what
we want to develop the consciousness of. We have the ability to
develop the consciousness of "wholeness" ... that is the
consciousness that eliminates all discord from our life. It is up
to us to decide what we must focus on by objectively looking at the
conditions and circumstances of our lives. What is most important
for us, right now, in which to realize wholeness; is it financial,
health, career success, peace of mind or relationships. No one
knows what our focus needs to be for us because no one else knows how we
"feel" about the circumstances and conditions we are
Dr. Holmes tells us to "lay aside all
sense of unworthiness" but this is not always easy for someone who
has experienced years of "feeling" unworthy, to believe
possible for themselves. The "feeling" of unworthiness
can be very subtle and the more habitual it is, oftentimes, the more
subtle it is. Yet, we can see in our experiences and our
relationships when something is less than whole ... if, we ask ourselves
how do we honestly feel about the things that concern us. Many
times we face depression or confusion but these things are simply our
"inner spirit" trying to get our attention so that we can heal
these things and be blessed.
The Master Mind Jesus approaches our
development of this "inner spirit" or
"consciousness" by revealing it to us in a parable that looks
to nature for an explanation. "A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path" ...
the "sower" symbolizes our "word" and our
"thoughts" ... the words we use without thinking, that is
unconscious of their consequences. Consciousness
is revealed by our thoughts and words. No one else can know what
we are thinking, but if we pay attention to the words that we use and
those used by others, consciousness will be revealed. Whatever our
state of mind, our words will reveal it to those who have ears to hear.
Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote a book titled, "Excuses Begone!" ... I
haven't read the book, but I do know that "excuses" reveal our
consciousness like a siren going off and if we will treat them like a
siren going off ... and stop and listen to ourselves, we can eliminate
In his payable of the "sower" Jesus
is telling us how consciousness responds to "truth" ... and
perhaps spiritual ideas. The radical Jesus was making a point that
we don't have to divorce ourselves from reason or intelligence in order
to have faith ... but we do have to "pay attention" to our
words and the words that we hear from others. Many people,
including some very otherwise intelligent people, see Jesus' parables as
"fairytales" rather than "profound truths" explained
in their simplest form. The "prodigal son" is another
parable in which Jesus explains consciousness but many ministers and
preachers will teach it as though it is a real story. The story of
"Jonah and the Whale" in the Bible is an allegory.
Several years ago I visited a Christian church and the minister was
talking about Jonah being inside the belly of a whale. At first I
was not aware that he was telling it as though it was an actual event,
but after he rambled on about it for about twenty minutes, I realized
that to him, it actually happened. The Bible is filled with
allegories, but Jesus taught in parables which always contain a point
that can lift our consciousness and open our mind to a greater
realization of our personal and eternal relationship with the Infinite,
As we gain an awareness of the process of
"hearing the word" from the parable of Jesus and the wisdom of
Ernest Holmes, we can become more in tune with our inner spirit and
therefore more in tune with the Infinite. Our word is our
consciousness expressed and our power expressed. It is a
reflection of our "inner spirit" and our faith and beliefs.
Let's use our word consciously and purposefully and be aware of what we
are creating. We can create a wonderful life for ourselves, an
abundant life, a life filled with happiness and joy, love and beauty ...
we can reveal these things and more from our inner spirit.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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