Bible tells us that one time there were several thousand people out in
the desert, listening to Jesus preach all day. The time came when
they needed food, but the disciples could only find a little fish and
bread. They said to Jesus, "There's only a little fish and
bread, and it is not enough to feed this great multitude."
But the Mastermind Jesus said, "Bring it to me." He took
it in his hand, lifted up His faith and said, "Thank you
Father." Then Jesus said, "Now pass this out, and give
them to eat." They passed it out and there was more than
enough. There were several baskets of food left over after all had
eaten. So you see, God always gives a surplus! ... In your mind
and in your prayers you must know that you are dealing with the
generosity of the Lord. The Lord says, "I have come that they
might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
(John 10:10) ... It has been truly said: "Anyone can count
the seeds in an apple. But only God can count the apples in a
seed." ... When you believe that the Presence of God
within is your Infinite Source of all good, you will receive an
abundance of all the riches of life, of all the good you desire!"
- Rev. Ike (Dr. Frederick
Eikerenkoetter), Rev. Ike's Secrets For Health Happiness and
There is Something within each of us that knows
that we are part of an Infinite Life that is beyond anything our human
mind can conceive. Yet, when when we let our mind be still, we,
through the grace of G-d can realize a greater conviction that we are
not what we appear to be, but part of G-d. It was a glimpse into
this grace that compelled the Master Mind Jesus to declare, "the
meek shall inherit the earth." In the Aramaic language, which
was the language of Jesus, the word meek means "teachable."
As we begin this week of thanksgiving, let us give thanks for being
"teachable" ... with our mind open and receptive to the
urgings of the Spirit within us to be grateful,
It is normal and natural to
look to the physical, the material things, when we think about what we
are thankful for at Thanksgiving. What we see are the
"effects" of our consciousness, as Rev. Ike states, "the
Presence of God within is your Infinite Source of all good" ...
whatever it is that we see, our car, our home, our apartment, the city
or area in which we live, our clothing, the food that we have, our money
and investments, our friends, our spouses or significant others, and our
family, are the "effects" ... these are the sum total of our
thoughts about these people, places and things.
No matter how powerful, prosperous, or
aware we may be in consciousness, the Ultimate Source of our everything,
is G-d, Infinite Spirit. It is from Spirit, that is, Mind, that
imparts the ideas for good that come to our awareness. Yet, many
people will see a brand new car they absolutely love without recognizing
that in this moment of "feeling" they have experienced the
Spirit. And of course this is true about other things that appeal
to us, things that lift up the Spirit within us weaving a unity of the
material and spiritual. But often, when we declare that we are
grateful, we recognize only the material. Although I believe that
the material is the lesser of the spirit from which it out-pictured, I
know that everything is a reflection of mind. However, mind is
eternal, effects are temporary.
To get a greater awareness of the power of our
mind in tune with the Infinite, we can (1) make a list of the things,
physical and material, that we have or are a part of our life
experience; i.e. our car, our home, our apartment, our job, our food,
our clothing, our friends, and our family. Then (2) we should take
a few minutes to contemplate each thing or person on our list and become
aware of the spirit within us responding to them. What things of
the Spirit come to our awareness when we contemplate these people and
things? ... do we have thoughts of love, joy, peace, harmony, happiness,
beauty, prosperity, success, confidence ... as we contemplate them?
Next, (3) write down what you "feel" about these things rather
than what you think about them. Feelings are the truth of our
relationship to them. Then (4) realize that we can change our
feelings about these, and realize a greater good from them ... all of
them; persons, places and things. Feelings are controlled by our
spirit, not our emotions ... emotions can create illusions ... our
spirit or higher self can control our emotions, if we acquiesce to it.
After we have created our lists, written down
what we feel about them, then (5) we take into our mind a profound
truth ... we gave birth to these things ... they are birthed from our
consciousness ... they are a part of us and they are part of the Spirit
... formed of the Substance of which all things are made ... formed by
our thoughts and feelings about them ... and sometimes by our emotions,
both rational and irrational. Now, (6) let's take another look at
our list realizing that they are a part of our consciousness ... some
perhaps only fragments, but nonetheless a part. Get a sense of
feeling gratitude for these people and things ... they are a reflection
of who we are ... and just as it is the truth that we are always
changing, all of these people and things are changing too. Some
will increase into a greater good, others will diminish and others will
simply go away or be replaced, all of which is determined by our
feelings about them.
Let's call these contemplations our
"teachable moments" in this week of Thanksgiving ... and let's
remind ourselves that "the meek shall inherit the earth" ...
in other words, "the teachable" ... "All of us" ...
we shall expand and increase the good that we have and the good that is
unfolding through our consciousness. Let's do what the Master Mind
Jesus did, let us "lift up our faith" and let the Spirit
reveal to us the good and the increase. Our willingness to
complete this exercise in gratitude and thanksgiving and to be authentic
in our feelings about the people and things in our lives is akin to G-d
counting the apples in a seed.
As we lift up our faith to the Spirit, let us also
lift up our faith in ourselves. Let us realize that our
relationship with G-d is one of Unity, not separation, one of Love, not
fear of judgment or damnation, one of Joy, for the Spirit seeks to enjoy
Its Life through us and one of beauty, for it is a beautiful thing to
realize that we are at-one with the One. And as we affirm these
truths within our mind this will surely be a Thanksgiving to remember.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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