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              "Spiritual perception reveals to us that we are not persons, but factors in the cosmic mind.  Reveal yourself to yourself by affirming, "I am the Christ, son [daughter] of the living God."  Look at yourself not as flesh and blood, but as Spirit.  Jesus Christ affirmed His true self and the Father acknowledged Him.  The reason for the limited comprehension and power of the ordinary person is found in the fact that we see the world about us as under material law, and agreeing with it we make ourselves part of it." - Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

     
The Jesus that we know from history and tradition is but fragments of what He represented.  His greatest accomplishment was not turning water into wine, walking on water, or healing the sick and infirmed.  His greatest accomplishment was in revealing "consciousness" ... often referred to as "Christ Consciousness."  I believe "Christ" was attached to the word "consciousness" as by and large, it was mistakenly attributed solely to Jesus.  Early metaphysicians such as Charles Fillmore and Ernest Holmes saw it as something that we strive for, "have the same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus" ... is not referring to just the mind of Jesus, but the consciousness of Jesus. 

     These early metaphysicians studied the work of Judge Thomas Troward, who many would say gave the 20th Century a fresh look at "consciousness" through his lectures and writings on the "Mental Sciences."  Judge Troward taught that
" mind is the center of Divine operation ... the Divine operation is always for expansion and fuller expression, and this means the production of something beyond what has gone before, something entirely new, not included in the past experience, though proceeding out of it by orderly sequence of growth." 

     From this awareness of "mind" we can better understand how the man, Jesus, revealed "God-Consciousness" by looking at his basic beliefs as a Jew:  Judaism is a monotheistic religion. Jews believe there is one God who created and rules the world. This God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing) and omnipresent (in all places at all times). God is also just and merciful.  It is believed that each person is created in the image of one God. Therefore, all people are created equal.  Furthermore, our likeness to God is in our intellectual ability to understand. Judaism believes that people have freewill and are responsible for the choices made.

      Knowing that God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent, Jesus realized that at the point where we "recognize" God, the Presence, the Power, and the Intelligence of God is there.  And knowing this we can actually "use" the Power of God to do that which is in alignment with Its nature.  And since God is always for expansion and fuller expression, this means that in this realization of Divine operation the sick are healed by the realization that a fuller expression of health is available.  And this Divine operation works for all ... as Jesus stated, "it rains on the good and the bad alike."  In other words, this Divine operation "is no respecter of persons" ... saint or sinner, It does Its Perfect work if we align ourselves with Its nature in consciousness.

     And this is where "religion" has "watered down" the revelation of consciousness that Jesus realized.  Religion teaches us that God punishes and God rewards ... which is antithesis to the teachings of Jesus and the master metaphysician, Judge Troward.  Both Troward and Jesus realized that since God is no respecter of persons, what one can do, everyone can do. Although Jesus referred to this Presence as "Father" ... the word in His language, meant "provider" ... and had nothing to do with gender for Spirit is infinite and gender is a term that can only be applied to the finite.  It was not a new idea for Jesus to believe that we can all do what He did, for this is one of the basic beliefs of Judaism, His childhood religion.  However, as Jesus grew to understand consciousness, His teachings went beyond religion.  And of course, this is why the religious leaders of His day wanted to stop Him from teaching ... for He knew that as we understood our relationship to the Infinite, religious dogma would no longer hold any seeming power over us, for All Power is in realizing that we are in the "image and likeness" of God ... irrespective of whether the world calls us a saint or a sinner.

     
And so we know that first Noel, was the revelation of consciousness, of our eternal Oneness with the Infinite.  That God is within us, surrounds us, and is for us ... in all ways and in all things that are aligned with Its nature ... which is for expansion and fuller expression.  That first Noel revealed something far greater through the man Jesus than any religion could possibly explain ... for the finite can only explain that which is limited ... only Infinite Spirit can reveal to us our relationship to the Limitless Potential of God within us.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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