"Our purpose for being on
the planet simply is to be an emanation or an expression of love.
Anyone who has made a breakthrough into fourth-dimensional living or has
had a near-death experience or a mystical realization will know
this. We're here to love, to perfect, amplify, and express the
unconditional divine love of God. That's our purpose. God's
vision for our life is the means or manner by which we bring forth that
love. It's our heart's desire, our own unique way of expressing
- Reverend Dr.
Michael Beckwith, Visioning, December 1996 Issue Science of Mind
here for article)
the Holy Bible, Proverbs 29:18
"Where there is
no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
As we begin this New Year, 2009,
many of us are looking to see dramatic changes in our lives. We
desire more health, wealth, happiness, love and joy. And many of
us have tried to gain these in various ways, through prayer, meditation,
visualization and affirmation. And most of us have had a measure
of success in these things but we still have not realized the
satisfaction with life that we desire. I believe this is because
we have not yet fully opened ourselves up to G-d's vision for us.
And the reason we haven't, is that we do not know what it is or know how
to align ourselves with a greater vision for our lives. Reverend
Dr. Michael Beckwith is an authority on "visioning" and Kathy
Juline's interview with him in the December, 1996 Issue of "Science
of Mind Magazine" gives us enough information to guide us into the
process. In this message, I am going to focus on what we must
begin with - unconditional love.
Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith tells
us: "Visioning always begins with a deep sense that we're
surrounded by unconditional love." And we can read in
scripture that, "in Him we live and move and have our
being." This "Him" is G-d ... and G-d loves us
unconditionally. Most of us can accept this intellectually, but
very often we lose sight of this eternal truth. We live "in
the world" and we have been conditioned, most of us, from early
childhood to believe in duality; good and evil, God and the Devil.
And even though many of us have abandoned traditional religions that
teach duality, we are still confronted with this belief in the Media and
the people we interact with.
The word "God" has been defined by
religion to be an image of a "big guy in the heavens" who both
rewards and punishes, with rules and moral restrictions that we must
adhere to or face Its wrath. The ultimate punishment being an
eternity in hell and the loss of heaven. In other words, the world
has created God in man's image, rather than seeing man in the image of
God. This has been a subtle manipulation, but a manipulation none
the less. As we have grown spiritually, we have had to
"double-think" whenever we see or hear the word
"God" being used. We must remind ourselves that the
"God" we know and believe in, is not the same "God' that
Rev. Billy Graham, the current Pope, or Rev. Rick Warren believes in or
most others in traditional religions.
In order for my readers and students to
immediately "shift" their thinking to "G-d Is Good"
- I have decided to adapt the spelling that I have learned from
Judaism. Judaism completely rejects the dualistic notion that evil
was created by Satan or some other deity. All comes from G-d.
Christianity maintains that G-d has one son; Judaism maintains that G-d
has billions of sons and daughters. And this belief is our belief
in the Science of Mind. Judaism teaches that G-d is Omnipresent,
and we share this belief as well. I believe that G-d is
Omnipresent Love and I believe that the mystical Jesus did too. "I have loved you with an ever-lasting
love," we can read this in scripture from the Book of
Jeremiah. And I believe this love is unconditional. And
whenever I write or say the word, G-d, I am defining G-d as
unconditional love. And my intention in using this spelling is so
that each and every one of us can develop a deep and abiding sense of
G-d's unconditional love for us ... and release that other idea of G-d
completely from our sub-conscious!
the Presence of G-d use us, which is what all the great mystics who have
walked the planet have done," states Reverend Dr. Michael
Beckwith. G-d uses us in so many ways that we are not always aware
of it. Everything good that we say, think, or do, is an expression of
G-d within us. This is why the Master Mind Jesus said, "don't
call me good, only the Father is good." He knew that the good
that he did, was G-d using him for a higher and more loving purpose ...
It was G-d working through him, as him. It was the Light of the Divine within him shining forth. And as we deeply sense G-d's unconditional love for us,
surrounding us, flowing through us, and pressing against us - we
have prepared ourselves for
G-d's vision for our life to be revealed to us, too. ... and we can
begin to Shine, Shine, Shine in 2009!
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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