people think the Science of Mind is a very self-centered approach to
life because it puts the attention on me, myself, and I.
It is self-centered only because it deals with the center. It is centered on the inner you.
It is centered on that point within yourself from which all your
knowledge, your life and your guidance flow, and until you know your
real self and live your real self, you cannot know and love others.
In this manner only is the Science of Mind self-centered.
It is not the little self we are interested in, but the big Self,
that spark of the divinity which has been implanted within each and
every one of us."
Frank Richelieu, "The Art Of Being Yourself"
For many of us, it
is difficult if not impossible to focus on that which is unseen for any
great length of time. But, we come by it honestly.
Throughout history religious and spiritual literature has taught us to
keep our mind "stayed on G-d." But, for the most part this
didn't work out too well, so religions created deities that we could
relate to visually. It is much easier to focus on the Buddha,
Krishna, or Jesus, than it is to focus on the Infinite. To imagine
the finite individual consciousness encompassing the Infinite is
impossible. It is so much easier to look at statues or pictures of
Buddha, Krishna and Jesus and identify with them from a human
standpoint. When we see them we see images that resemble us;
faces, arms, feet, hair, etc. ... just like us. Deepak Chopra made
a statement something like: Buddha was not a Buddhist, Krishna was not a
Hindu, and Jesus was not a Christian. And Chopra, of course, is
right. But, he is more than right, not only were they not of these
religions, I would venture to say, neither would they have ever allowed
themselves to live within the restrictions and limitations of any
Buddha, Krishna and Jesus, were focused on God, Infinite Spirit, within
them, surrounding them, and pressing against them ... they went within
to the "kingdom of God." They did not
look for an image of G-d that they could relate to on a human level, but
rather the Spirit of G-d that they could relate to in spirit. They
were focused on the "things unseen" rather than judging the
"appearances" in the material world. Each
of them is known to us thousands of years after they lived their life on
this Earth, because they lived their lives expressing the attributes of
G-d more so than the masses of us. But, they were not G-d, they
were a part of G-d, just like you and me.
From the Holy Bible, Jeremiah 29:13 "And
ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all
your heart." It is a profound Truth that the "things of
G-d are God" ... peace, love, happiness, joy, harmony, beauty,
intelligence and strength are what G-d is, and each of us has these
attributes within us. Like G-d, these are the "things
unseen." This is why the Master Mind Jesus stated, "when
you see me, you see the Father" ... in other words, you see peace,
love, joy, harmony, etc. Whatever it is that we seek to demonstrate in
the material, it is but a symbol that increases some part of G-d in our
mind and heart. For example, we seek money to pay our bills, and
in so doing gain a greater sense of peace in our mind and a greater
sense of strength (confidence). We seek relationships in order to
receive love, affection, and friendship, and in turn, we feel a greater
sense of love and harmony within our mind. This greater sense of
peace and greater sense of love, nurtures us and lifts up our spirits,
for these are of G-d.
As we identify with the "things
unseen" within ourselves, as God-within us, we gain a realization
of our greater Self, that spark of divinity within us ... which was once
referred to as the "Christ within." This
"God-in-the-midst of us" is our connection to the Divine, it
is the very Life of us. It is the perfection, wholeness, and
completeness of G-d, waiting to unfold more gloriously in our lives as
we eliminate the layers of our human conditioning that denies It.
"Don't you know that ye are gods?" Jesus asked. Deep
within our consciousness, we do. And each of us have had glimpses
of this greater Self at times when we know that G-d is with us, that our
Good is guaranteed.
we connect with our greater Self, and "stir up the spirit"
within us, we bring forth in our conscious mind the "things
unseen" that we need at any given moment; peace, wisdom, harmony,
strength. Within us is the power to live more fully, to express
who we truly are to a greater degree. As we recognize these
"things unseen" we can more fully understand the scriptural
statement, "I can do all things through Christ (God-within-me),
which strengthens me." Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, and so many
others have attained this realization ... and so can we!
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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the Science of Mind