you kept the "words" of Jesus? Have you said to yourself in
silence and aloud until the very ethers vibrated with its truth, "I
and the Father are one"? Have you opened your mind by mentally
repeating the one solvent of crystallized conditions, "Even as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee"? This means mental
discipline day after day and night after night until the inertia of the
mind is overcome and the way opened for the descent of Spirit.
Jesus laid great
stress on faith. He always tried to direct the attention of the people
to the invisible, the spiritual, by statements like these: "Believe
ye that I am able to do this?" "According to your faith be it
done unto you." "Thy faith hath made thee whole." All
through His works there runs a golden thread of faith. Jesus did not
advocate faith in material forces of any character. Through faith He
healed thousands. His command was "Have faith in God."
- Charles Fillmore, Jesus Christ Heals
People sometimes forget that Jesus taught us by
his works. He walked among so-called sinners and tax collectors,
knowing that these were the people who needed to understand their
relationship with G-d the most. And he set us straight about who
he was: "Why do you call me
good? No one is good except God alone" he
stated emphatically. And from this statement we can
clearly understand that Jesus did not set himself apart from the rest of
us. He knew that whatever good we did, thought and talked about,
was coming through us from G-d. It is this willingness to suppress
the human ego and give genuine credit to G-d for all things, that lifted
the spirit of Jesus into a realization of One-ness with G-d.
When we believe, as Jesus did, that G-d is good
and all that G-d created is good ... then we have a positive faith in
the world in which we live to support us in our good. We don't
think about failure but success. We spend no time dwelling on past
mistakes, but instead, focus our thoughts on the present good that is
ours to expand. We realize that our faith too, can make us whole,
and so we devote time to spiritual practices that align us with a
greater livingness with faith. As we turn in faith to G-d rather
than to people and things in the physical for our comfort, our help, and
our healing, we shall find that this faith is increased and we are
strengthened by it.
A healthy self-esteem comes from knowing who we
are and what we are about. The Master Mind Jesus stated with
definite clarity for all to hear who he believed himself to be: "I
and the Father are one." And yet, though this is
true for all of us, few of us declare it as so for ourselves with the
same authority and confidence as Jesus. We have been taught to be
humble to the degree that it has made us doubt the truth about
ourselves. For many of us our mind just cannot loose the
attachment to the physical, that is, our human-ness, to realize the
reality that we are a spirit having a human experience. The Master
Mind Jesus had no doubts about this at all. He knew it was the
truth for himself and for you and me. The difference between Jesus
and most of us, is CHOICE. He chose to believe the truth about
himself rather than accept what the world told him about himself.
In his book, "Christian Victory
Instruction," W. Frederic Keeler, writes: "Everything
in life can be accomplished silently. And it can be done with an
effortless Knowing and Understanding. We are to keep this
song-lilt attitude as our ideal and aim, as the manner in which we do
our Silent Work. ... Masterful living and doing is the great,
all-inclusive art of living. It is the acme of fine arts, the fine
art of living. ... The result of doing a few moments of real Silent Work
a day according to the Heavenly Law (be still and know that I am G-d)
will not only show forth in actual demonstrations of Power in times of
need, but will lift one's entire life to new levels. We bring all
things into our consciousness by the familiar but extraordinary powers
of mind, and then subject them to the one harmonious Law."
And so we understand why the Master Mind Jesus
arrived at the enlightened state of "knowing" that "I
and the Father are One" and chose to declare it as so to all
who would listen. His teaching was so radical that only a few
truly understood what he was teaching. And because it was so
little understood, both then and even now, much of what he taught has
been widely ignored and even misinterpreted into religious dogma.
No one as of yet, has fully understood Jesus' philosophy, but if we
follow his example we shall understand his philosophy far more than many
of those who worship him as their savior. This afternoon I passed
by "Our Savior's Lutheran Church" in Palm Springs and on their
reader-board I read: "Jesus loves the
hell out of you." Although it definitely got my
attention, it is a little weird to think that Jesus' teachings could be
reduced to this. The Radical Jesus' life was no fairytale, but too
much that is both taught and believed about him is exactly that.
It is no secret that the Master Mind Jesus spent great
periods of time in the silence and in solitude. And he invited us
to do so too: "But thou, when thou
prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray
to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret
shall reward thee openly." When we turn within in the
silence of our mind, we must turn within in faith that we are turning
within to G-d ... and that G-d is aware of us and will respond to us.
As we practice our faith
persistently in the silence and CHOOSE to keep believin' as did Jesus,
we too shall arrive at a greater truth about our relationship to G-d
that in our human thinking alone we can never realize.
"Follow me," the Master Mind Jesus said ... in other words,
"do as I do" ... "don't stop believin' ... just don't ...
not for any reason.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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