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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 13, 2011 

           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 him hear." - attributed to Jesus, Holy Bible

           "Lay 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 experiencing.

     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 them.

     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, G-d.

     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.
 

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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