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                                           "The starting point in spiritual realization is a right understanding of that One designated as the Almighty." - Charles Fillmore

             "Jesus had a unique concept of God.  To Him, God was not an object of worship but a Presence dwelling in us, a force surrounding us, and a Principle by which we live.  It is not too much to say that anyone who catches the idea of Jesus' concept will find himself caught up in a new consciousness that will change his whole life.  He will never be the same again.
Eric Butterworth, Discover The Power Within You

      Christmas brings us into a greater awareness of the consciousness revealed by the Master Mind Jesus, the Christ Consciousness.  A consciousness of not only our eternal One-ness with G-d, but also our inherent One-ness with each other.  His entire teaching emphasizes this great Truth.  G-d is All and All is G-d, is better understood when we realize that G-d is Spirit, or Mind.  Jesus' teachings emphasized that we live in Spirit; in the Mind of G-d.  And as we consciously seek to embody this Truth in a deeper and more profound understanding and awareness, our life experiences will take on a warmth and color that will appear within our mind as joy and happiness, hope and loving kindness.

     The Magi, also known as the Wise Men, discovered that a new, powerful consciousness had been given birth in the World.  They did not return to Herod because they were told not to in a dream, according to legend, and instead went back to their own country, Yemen.  This visit took place several years after the birth of Jesus, and symbolizes that the consciousness was growing and expanding.  Most likely the Magi could not explain what they had discovered.  There were no words in their language to describe it.  Tradition makes this consciousness unique to Jesus, however, this was not his understanding or his teaching.  Jesus knew that we could all benefit from this consciousness and persisted in teaching the people how to become more in tune with the Christ within.

     In hard, economic times, many people turn to religion thinking that in doing so they are turning to G-d.  But, this collective-thought is not necessarily true.  The Master Mind Jesus, as we can read in Matthew 6:6 taught something very different:  "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee."  Religion that teaches us to look outside ourselves for G-d, contradicts this most important practice that connects us with G-d within each of us.  This G-d within, is the Christ Consciousness that came alive in the mind of Jesus, but It was given to the World, not to a single individual.  Jesus knew this, which is why it is written in John 16:7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you."  He knew that as long as the people looked to him to help them, to heal them, to teach them ... that they would not "turn within" and find G-d within themselves.

     I believe that we all should celebrate the life of Jesus, but when we do, we should realize that our celebration is not about his birthday, or some other legend that has been passed along through the ages, but because he was willing to stand against the World and declare the "Truth that will set us free."  People who look for this Truth in the fragments of the historical Jesus won't find it.  Neither will the people who look for this Truth in the traditional teachings of Jesus.  "You must know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free," he said.  And the only way we can "know the Truth" as he knew it, is to "turn within to the Kingdom of G-d" and let it be known to us.  Jesus knew that each of us have a spark of the Divine within us, the Christ Consciousness ... "don't ye know that ye are gods?" he asked, knowing that none of us could be all of G-d, but that G-d had imparted a part of Itself within each of us.

     Much of what Jesus taught was not original to him.  It had already been revealed to the World from the One Mind.  But, what he did that no one else who understood this Truth had done, was to teach us that we all have the right to declare that "I am the light of the world."  For in Truth, his entire teaching was to bring the individual into a closer and more perfect relationship with the Infinite.  We can read in the Book of Isaiah 43:11 "I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no savior."  Yet, Isaiah, unlike the Master Mind Jesus, did not grasp the profound Truth that was revealed to him, that G-d Is All and All Is G-d.  As we seek to embody this Truth, we can celebrate Christmas in the consciousness that made it possible.  I celebrate Christmas in celebration of the life and teachings of the Master Mind Jesus, with great gratitude, great respect, and great love.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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