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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, November 18, 2012 

        "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath."  -  The Master Mind Jesus, Gospel of Matthew 13:12, Holy Bible, King James Version (Cambridge Ed.)

      The Master Mind Jesus gave us the "key" to increasing the good that we desire to experience; "believe that we have it."  And the attitude that breaks through the mesmerizing effects of the material world to truly believe that we have something in the Un-Seen that is ours, is the feeling of gratitude that comes when we believe it to be true for us.  To believe that which we cannot see, hear, feel, taste, or touch is true for us, takes faith, imagination and something more ... and this something more is genuine gratitude.  And we don't arrive at this point of genuine gratitude with wishful thinking, repetitive words, or intellectual conclusions.  We arrive at it by cultivating and fostering gratitude until it becomes so habitual to us, that we become genuinely grateful.

     To believe that we don't have becomes like a seed that we plant in consciousness.  And it grows in proportion ... negating our good ... until we have the fullest realization of not having.  To believe that we have works in the same exact way.  And it grows in proportion ... increasing our good ... until we have the fullness of our desires realized in our life experience.  Most people do not realize the benefit of this spiritual principle because they have habitually negated their good unconsciously and fail to see that their lack or what they don't have, sprang into life from their own consciousness.  And rather than taking the time to do a little "soul searching" they rely on the inventions of the world to justify the cause; blame, competition, world economy, injustice, etc, etc, etc.

     From the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson we can read: 
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  Emerson was a mystic, an American mystic, and he had a depth of consciousness that few could understand in his era.  Emerson knew that Jesus was absolutely correct when he stated that "It shall be done to you according to your faith."  And cultivating gratitude opens our mind to believe and receive even more to be grateful for.

      We can find even more encouragement to cultivate gratitude: 
“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance" ... instructed the Prophet Kahlil Gibran.  And in this instruction we find a call to cultivate gratitude consciously.  Let us "express our gratitude" daily for life itself, for the joy of having a new day to experience the wonders of the world in which we live.  Let us express gratitude consciously for our ability to affirm and experience greater health, greater happiness, greater success, and a greater realization of our ability to love and be loved.  Let's not allow the negatives or the disappointments and hurts of the past take away the "gift of this day" to renew our mind and transform our consciousness in a greater awareness of the availability of love of the Divine as It seeks to correspond to that which we think about, dwell on in our mind, and imagine for ourselves.  Let our imagination be filled with the hope, faith and love of the Spirit as we live in this present moment called today.  Let us not worry about the tomorrows or the months ahead, but give genuine thanks for all that we have in our experience today.

     From Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's book, "You Can If You Think You Can" ... we can read: 
"Forget yourself!  Think courage.  Believe that all the resources you need are in your mind.  That is a formula that works, really works.  ... When we say that all the resources you need are in your mind we are not suggesting that the dependence is solely upon mechanical mentality.  The Divine force is in the mind, and it is only in mind that a human being can have contact with God.  A drawing upon spiritual power takes place through the intellect, through the ability to think and believe.  Therefore the greatest of all resources, that of God power, is available through a spiritually controlled operation of the thought processes. ... When the Bible says, "The kingdom of God is within you," it is asserting that in essence all of God's power and truth are built into you.  And just where in you?  Where else but in your mind!  Obviously, then, the principle that all resources you need are in your mind profoundly takes account of spiritual resources. ... When anyone can be persuaded to think spiritually, to have faith and to believe, then the mind, being motivated to a higher level, opens to maximum strength and the amazing powers it possesses go to work on situations to bring about good results."

     Let us make this Thanksgiving Day the "template" for every day for the rest of our life ... to give thanks throughout each day until we are always BEING very grateful ... and good things will be added unto us.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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