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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for December 9, 2007 

              "What we demonstrate today, tomorrow and the next day, is not as important a s the TENDENCY WHICH OUR THOUGHT IS TAKING ... the dominant attitude of our mind.  If every day things are a little better, a little happier, a little more harmonious, a little more health-giving and joyous; if each day we are expressing more life, we are going in the right direction." - Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

Let us all be very clear on this, CONSCIOUSNESS IS EVERYTHING.  Everything that happens to us and everything that comes to us, has come first through our consciousness.  This is the Truth and it is the truth for everyone.  And no matter what our current experience may be, this is good news, as when we recognize that we have created what we have and who we are, we realize that we can create something different.

     This time of year our thoughts are focused on what we are going to give other people.  Giving to others gives us a great sense of joy and just simply makes us feel good.  Our gifts are a physical acknowledgement that someone is important to us and a valued part of our life.  When we give we are expressing the nature of God within us.  God is giving-ness ... always giving.  But, we must understand that God also receives ... our praise, our gratitude, our faith.  And this giving and receiving must be accepted within our consciousness as well.

      It is important to be conscious of what we are giving ourselves.  And I don't mean something we purchase for ourselves, but the "gifts of the spirit" that we give to ourselves.  What do we think of ourselves?  Do we affirm our self-worth by acknowledging to ourselves the good that we do?  How often do we tell ourselves that we did a good job, or that we are a wonderful person?  Many of us have been taught to be "humble' ... to speak grandly about ourselves, to us, may seem arrogant or vain.  But, this is a false idea and only serves to lead us to self-depreciation.  As I stated above, consciousness is everything ... what we think of ourselves will in due time be what others think of us as well.  If we are continually self-criticizing we create a "thought atmosphere" that is felt by all those in our experience.  Often, I have had people tell me, "I can't believe that so-and-so said that about me" ... but, the truth is, what others say to us is what we say about ourselves ... in a more subtle way.  There is power in our thoughts, both negative and positive, and this thought-energy is always creating something.

     The Master Mind Jesus stated, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself" ... but the key to this statement is to understand, "who lifts us up first?"  And as we look at this statement, we must realize that we must lift ourselves up ... first ... before we can lift up anyone else.  We cannot lift up others if our mind is filled with ingratitude for the things in our life or thoughts of self-depreciation.  As we give praise, gratitude and faith to God, we must give these things to ourselves as well.

     We must have faith in ourselves ... the same measure of faith that we have in God ... for God can only do for us, what It can do through us.  As we realize a greater measure of faith in ourselves, we will find that our faith in God and in Life increases tremendously.  It is up to us to "give" ourselves this faith by affirming that we have the confidence and self-assurance to do that which we choose to do.

      As we take the time each day to recognize the Good that we do and the Good that we have given to others, we give praise to who we are and what we are ... a living expression of Infinite Spirit.  Most of us do so many wonderful things for others, that we oftentimes forget to recognize this as so.  Our recognition of our self-worth is necessary in order for us to build a foundation in our consciousness that we are worthy and capable of being the person we choose to be.

      Genuine gratitude is a spontaneous impulse within us.  As we foster and nurture a deep gratitude for the life that we have been given and our acceptance of it, our sense of well-being is lifted up automatically.  Gratitude affects our health, our self-esteem, and most importantly our relationship to Life.  Having the awareness that both giving and receiving are within our consciousness, creates a deeper sense of gratitude that can only increase the Good that we give and receive.

This is the season of gift giving and also for receiving gifts ... and it is an especially good time for us to be more mindful of our relationship to the Greater Life within us, our God-Consciousness ... let's praise this Life that lives as us and for us ... let's be grateful for It ... and let's keep faith with It ... for this is the Gift that we give to everything and everyone in our experience, especially our self.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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