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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, December 22, 2013 

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           "And so it is Christmas" and from all appearances there seems to be a great shift in the minds of many people about what Christmas means to them.  For some it is a time of giving and joy and remembering all those who have been a part of their lives.  And this spirit that seems to touch the lives of so many, is that part of Spirit that moves through our hearts with a feeling of love and generosity.  What better way to imitate the givingness of the Spirit than to give with joy to those who share our life experience.  Not everyone celebrates the revealing of "the Christ" at Christmas and not everyone truly embraces Jesus at Christmas either.  Yet, that spirit of love and givingness that fills the atmosphere is the Spirit that Jesus told us was within us and omnipresent ... all Presence, everywhere.

             "Abiding in [God] means having no consciousness separate from [God's]
consciousness - nothing in our thought which denies the power and
presence of Spirit [*in all people and all living things]." -
Ernest Holmes , The Science of Mind & Spirit

The stories in the Bible are wonderful ... and most of them have been expanded throughout the ages.  The baby born in a manger, arouses our sentimentality.  And it is an effective allegory to explain the birth of a "higher consciousness" into the world, as embodied by Jesus of Nazareth.  This simple story has been depicted throughout the ages in art, religion, theatre and film, beautifully.  However, the story contains a great deal of embellishment from the original allegory.

      If you don't think the stories in the Bible were embellished ... think about it ... is anyone on Earth capable of living a spiritual life 100% of the time?  I don't think so.  These were people just like you and me; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ... all men, with the same mentality, emotionality, and physicality as you and me.  Each of them, just like you and me, had the capability to actualize Truth in their experiences ... and they did ... but not 100% of the time, I assure you.

        I celebrate the Mystical Jesus, because He revealed to us that G-d has imparted a "finite" part of Its "Infinite" Spirit in each of us.  He demonstrated what He taught and gave us evidence of the Truth of Absolute Principle.  And so we can say as did the early mystics, "in the Spirit, I live and move and have my being" ... and "in me, Spirit lives and seeks to express Itself through me, as me, and for me."  Like no other before Him or after Him, the Master Mind Jesus demonstrated this as the Truth of our Being.  His teaching through the use of simple yet profound parables, made the Law of G-d, so simple that even children could understand it.  He taught the world that G-d's Infinite Love is for everyone ... "no respecter of persons."  We are all part of G-d's Infinite Life ... expressing through all living things.  

     The Mystical Jesus' question,
"don't ye know that ye are gods?" ... has yet to be fully answered, for our quest to find G-d within has been hindered by religion's quest to keep G-d separate and apart from us.  And in so doing, have separated us from each other.  Religious intolerance continues to permeate the race consciousness as religions use fear to gain faith for religion at the expense of our faith in G-d and G-d alone.  Jesus taught, "you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free."  By and large, religions don't want us to worship G-d in freedom ... but according to their man-made doctrines, dogmas and opinions.  "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you." Jesus stated this to an ancient culture ... but His words in Matthew 21:31 are just as true of many of our religious leaders today throughout the world.

     For most of us this is the darkest and coldest time of the year and what a great time to celebrate the
"Light of the World" ... that "spark of the Divine" within each of us as revealed by the Glorious Jesus.  It is a time for gift giving and exchanging, singing of songs, Holiday parties and bright lights and Santa Claus.  Many of the things that we do to celebrate Christmas have little to do with the birth of Jesus, but have been added to the celebration throughout history.  Decorating a tree with ornaments and bright lights, gift giving, Santa Claus, Elves and reindeer ... had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.  But for most of us, these activities and Holiday Characters, bring a greater sense of joy and love into our lives.   All of these ideas originated in Creative Mind, and as they were accepted and created in the physical, each of them serve a purpose aligned with Infinite Love ... the giving-ness of Itself through Its Creation to Its Creation. 

     The Spirit of Christmas ... is the
"Christ" within us ... the In-Dwelling Presence of Infinite Love, expressing through our hearts and minds as we give and are given to.  This spirit of joy and love is authentic within us .... for It is the "likeness" of G-d within us.  The Mystical Jesus embodied this awareness and evidenced it when He declared, "The Father and I are One" ... and this "I" within you and me are One with the Father too ... and also One with each other.  This "infinite I" binds us to G-d and to each other.  Although this is the Truth, it was a very bold statement for Jesus to make ... but He knew that the "Power of Love was greater than those who worshiped the love of power" and filled with the Power of Love, He was fearless ... and stood steadfast for the Truth.

        It is a disturbing reality that the persona of Jesus is becoming more important than His message in our current times.  And yes, He has been highly misunderstood, but then Greatness has almost always been misunderstood throughout history.  His language was that of a mystic, subjective ... and in its subjectivity ... it is open to interpretation.  In metaphysics, we understand that His language was affirmative ... and evolutionary.  His goal was not that His teachings be the basis for a religion ... but to expand on the philosophy of Judaism.  Judaism is a monotheistic religion which believes that the world was created by a single, all-knowing divinity, and that all things within that world were designed to have meaning and purpose as part of a divine order.  Jesus realized that religious dogma defied that Truth that G-d is the All-ness; Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient ... always Present, all Power, Intelligence.  And this is the consciousness that He was seeking to have realized in the minds of those who He was teaching.

From the Gospel of Matthew 6:21 we can read:  "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  This is one of the greatest psychological truths espoused by the Master Mind Jesus.  We do not become accomplished by doing something that we do not love.  Our relationships are not attractive to us if we do not love those with whom we are involved with.  Everything is guided by the heart ... and the heart is the center of the Sub-conscious Mind.  The guiding force of Power in our lives.  Jesus ...  "Love is your true self, which springs forth from God, the indefinable everlasting fountain of existence."

      "And so it is Christmas" ... what better time to seek to know more about the Mystical Jesus and the triumph of His spirit here on earth.  His life was no fairytale and although there are those who believe they can speak for Him, they can only speak about Him.  He was one of a kind ... a unique infinitely individualized spirit of G-d ... just like you and me.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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