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Weekly Message for Sunday, November 24, 2002

              Thanksgiving will be celebrated in the United States in a few days and many of us we have so much to be grateful for.  Personally, it would be impossible for me to count the infinite blessings that I have received this past year and the numbers of people that have come into my life that have blessed me tremendously.  As a Practitioner/Minister of a Healing Teaching, I get plenty of opportunities to practice my Practice.  Each and every person who comes to me for help and each and every person who sends me a prayer request or asks me to pray for someone ... is a blessing to me.  Why? .... you might ask.  Because everything is consciousness .... everything.

             Even when I am feeling excited and enthusiastic about Life and all that It Is .... there is always something in my consciousness that requires "correction."  This will always be the case as long as I am living "in the world."  The Master Mind Jesus stated that we are to "be in the world but not of the world."  In other words, the "collective consciousness" that believes in poverty, illness, guilt, shame, inferior and superior .... is always "pushing against my individual consciousness."  As long as we are "in the world" this will be the case and we may as well face up to the reality of it and know that we must do our "spiritual work" daily.  "Pray without ceasing" the scriptures instruct us because that is the only way to not "be of the world" that believes in God and something else .... Good and Its opposite.

           People are not attracted to Practitioners because their lives are wonderful, beautiful, healthy and filled with success, prosperity and happiness.  People contact Practitioners because they are looking to be healed ... or looking to have someone they love experience a healing.  Many of these people understand the Law of Mind (It is done unto you as you believe), many do not and many who do ..... find great exception to it when it makes a demand on them to take responsibility for their experiences and the conditions in their lives.

          Many Practitioners do not fully understand the Law of Mind either ... Why? .... because it makes a demand on us to "give up our own stuff" and accept the fact that everyone who comes to us for healing ... no matter what it is ... we have the very same thing in our consciousness that must be healed ... it may be taking a different form or manifesting as a different experience ... but ... it is there and must be corrected.  In Truth whenever we pray or "treat" for anyone, we are always healing ourselves and if we do not heal whatever it is within our own consciousness ..... our clients/friends will not be healed.  Healing (not a cure) occurs when the Practitioner "reveals the Truth" in their own consciousness.  This "revelation of Truth" is revealed to the client in consciousness.  Healing is not a process, Dr. Holmes states, it is a revelation.

        Practitioners are not psychologists ... nor are they spiritual psychologists.  The term "spiritual psychologist" is an oxymoron.  Healing has nothing to do with psychology ... but with a revealing of the Truth in the consciousness of the Practitioner and the client.  If the Truth is steadfast and immovable in the consciousness of the Practitioner .... the client is healed instantaneously.  If the client is not healed ... the Practitioner has to transcend the un-truth in their own consciousness.  If the client is not healed within a few days ... the Practitioner is "hanging-on" to their stuff.  Why?  Because spiritual Truth oftentimes defies human understanding and our human willingness to transcend our firmly held beliefs, ideas and concepts that we have accepted as truth.  

      Many times what we believe is "truth" to us ... but not "the Truth."  For instance, it is easy to "blame" the economy for why we do not have a job.  And, yes, it may be true that the economy does not appear to be good and employment opportunities may appear to be limited .... but that is not "the Truth."  The "Truth" is that we are not dependent on the economy or the lack or abundance of employment opportunities ... we depend on Principle (Infinite Good) and Principle alone.  Persons, places and things ... may deceive us ... but Principle never does.

      The biggest issue that blocks healing is anger.  Rather than be thankful for the opportunities that come along to "heal our consciousness" many people will get angry.  Anger may take the form of shame, blame, resentment, envy, self-pity .... but it is anger nonetheless.  Anger denies God (Omnipresence) and therefore blocks healing.   But ..... we can change anger into "thankful-ness" and the opportunity for healing is fully open.  Anger is not receptive .... thankful-ness is ... receptive to more Good and more of every Good thing.

             "Healing is not creating a perfect body or a perfect idea; it is revealing an idea which is already perfect.  Healing is not a Process.  It is a revelation."
- Ernest Holmes - The Science of Mind

 And So It Is! 
Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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