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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for July 17, 2016
      

            Sometimes we come across books or movies or other written materials that we just can’t wait to share with others.  After reading more of the writings of Mary Kupferle, a Unity minister and author, I immediately wanted to share what I had read.  The beauty of her writings are the simplicity in which she explains profound spiritual truths. 

           
This is taken from her article “God Never Fails” (she refers to G-d in the traditional masculine vernacular) …
"All that we desire, all that we can ever envision or hope to attain is already provided for us; it is already available and will ever be awaiting our acceptance. This is true whether it concerns the body, home, or business; whether conditions and situations seem desperate and difficult; whether circumstances seem to be hopelessly entangled and confused; or whether the attainment of the desires and visions of our hearts seem impossible, beyond hope of realization. 
         The only condition on which this manifest good is dependent for complete outer expression is the condition of consciousness. As explained by one Truth teacher and writer, "The Spirit can do for us only what it can do through us. Unless we are able to provide the consciousness, Spirit cannot make the gift." If the consciousness is filled with impressions of negative appearances, it is not the kind of consciousness that can receive the good gifts that the Giver desires to offer to His beloved sons. If the consciousness is full of doubt and permeated by anxiety and fear, it is not the kind of consciousness that provides a free channel for the overflowing Christ heritage of goodness. 
            There is something we can do, however, to provide the right kind of consciousness, the receiving consciousness.  ... The Spirit itself will form this receiving consciousness within us, as we give it free access to our minds and hearts. The Spirit is more than eager and more than abundantly ready to remold, transform, and renew our consciousness if we will simply let it do so without any human forcing of the will! 
             Help yourself to become receptive right now by giving yourself wholeheartedly to the presence of Spirit, our Father-Mother God.
...  be still, let go, and let God. Strive no longer to imagine what the results may be. Loose all, leave all, and let God move within your consciousness. He will remold, refashion, and re-create in you the perfect receiving consciousness for life, peace, love, joy, beauty, wisdom, and abundance of good. 
                   Jesus is the perfect example of the perfect receiving consciousness. His manner, His attitude, His words, and His teachings never bespoke strain, strife, personal power, or human willfulness. His life is an expression of a perfect continual receiving from God. He was the perfect channel, the perfect vessel, the perfect embodiment through which God could move and have His being. 
             Most of us want to be good givers. We are eager to share all the fine and lovely things of life with others, but we sometimes forget that we must take the time and thought for receiving. Being a good receiver is not a complicated task, but a matter of simple application. As one Truth student puts it: "Take time, every day, quietly to let God give to you. Be still, sit quiet, and simply say to the loving Father,
I am ready to receive, dear Father. I am ready to receive all the good You wish to give to me. I am receiving, now." 
               Learn to be a good receiver. Become open and receptive to your good through prayer, through affirming, "I am receiving. I am receiving now." As you do so, you open the gates of your mind and heart, you open the long closed passages of the soul, you enlarge and expand the cramped quarters of your being until they are amply ready to receive the bounty of God's goodness, prepared, and ready for overflowing. Do not let yourself become concerned about whether you have previously spoken, acted, lived in a manner worthy of receiving God's good. Do not be anxious if you feel you may have taken many wrong steps or perhaps misunderstood God's guidance or misinterpreted His leadings, for nothing, absolutely nothing in the outer world, can prevent your acceptance of God's good which is ever at hand, awaiting your claim. 
               No place that we may go or be is beyond the reach of the ever-present One and His goodness. No complication of outer circumstances can prevent this all-present good from reaching you, from lifting and sustaining and helping you. No human mistake can separate you from the constantly present goodness of God, once you acknowledge its presence and accept its reality. 
             
Do not become discouraged if the results of your affirmations and prayers do not appear to take the shape and form you think is right and advantageous. ...
 There is nothing that God cannot make right, nothing He cannot heal, restore, renew, supply, or provide if we will but become open, receptive, and obedient to His workings. As we become quiet and still, as we persistently and faithfully relax and let go and let God, we present ourselves in an acceptable way to the Holy Spirit's anointing of our consciousness.

       It is the truth for everyone that G-d never fails the ready-set-grow consciousness.  We must prepare ourselves in consciousness to receive, to accept and to expect.  It is no simple statement that we don't get what we want ... we get what we expect! 

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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