purpose of life is to recognize the true source and nature of the self
and its power. You can learn to let your true nature assert
itself. In this higher awareness there is only good, and it can
bring only good to you. The infinite Mind includes us in its
well-being. If you do not interfere by blocking this life stream
with your negative thought, it will always express its complete right
action in everything that concerns you.” -
Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Collected Essays (pg.
D. Wattles in "The Science of Getting Rich," cautions us
against getting too involved in politics.
Political affiliations, like religion, are man-made institutions that
are by their nature, divisive. And in our current culture, they
have become competitive. Our unadulterated mind is not
competitive, it is creative, as there is no competition in Mind, in
which we are all One. I believe that Dr. Wattles knew that
politics can distract us from our own path of success and wealth.
And I believe wholeheartedly that no matter who is elected President,
Prime Minister, etc., our measure of success and wealth is independent
of these things. "You
must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to
compete for what is already created,"
Wattles. The "competitive mind" can feel a sense of
helplessness and despair when their competition seems to be winning ...
the "creative mind" instead is so involved in creating that it
is not concerned about what others are doing.
I will have to admit that I have a fascination
for politics ... not in a competitive way, but because like
spirituality, there is a certain "mystery" involved in
politics. Just as people are drawn to certain religions, people
are drawn to political affiliations and political candidates. The
"mystery" of it is interesting to me, as there are many
reasons given as to why people make their choices. The competitive
nature of politics is very visible in the United States ... but as
Oprah stated, "just because I am for someone, does not mean I am
against someone else." Oprah's statement is creative, not
competitive ... although it can easily be twisted otherwise by
unenlightened minds. And I believe that if more people would get
this idea of not being against someone, in their minds, our political
passions would change dramatically to something far more affirmative
rather than competitive. If our desire is to "defeat"
someone, we make "defeat" a part of our reality ... and we may
be the ones who end up defeated. Mind is impersonal ... and it is
important that we understand this.
This past week, I was very fascinated by a news
stories concerning Senator Hillary Clinton, our first woman candidate
for President in the United States. The news media was filled with
reports about her almost-tearful exchange with a woman questioner at a
political rally. And throughout the week there were many news
interviews questioning her about this. But, one interview in
particular caught my attention, and that was the first few words she
spoke about it with Katie Couric of CBS News ... Katie didn't get it and
went right past it ... but her words were something like, "there
was a moment when I just knew everything would be okay" ... now,
Senator Clinton did not say that she knew she would win ... after all
the polls showed she would not ... but that everything would be okay.
And I believe that she had what is referred to as the "brick
wall" experience that many of us have had, when we realize that
"I of mine own self can do nothing" ... it happens when we
finally give up our human efforts and our attachment to the results ...
and surrender everything over to Spirit, knowing that there is a Power
Greater than us that knows our highest and greatest Good. And when
this realization enters our mind, it can be a very soulful experience
touching us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. For many of us,
the realization of this experience does not always happen at the time of
the experience, but only upon reflection.
I believe that political passion should be a
part of every politician's mental make-up. But, I also believe
that unless we are in politics our passion should be reserved for our
own life's work. "
If you do not interfere by blocking this life stream with your negative
thought, it will always express its complete right action in everything
that concerns you," Dr. Bitzer wrote. If our political action
is based on being "against someone" or the desire to
"defeat someone" ... it takes on a negative quality that
insures discord in our own personal lives. There is only One Mind,
God ... and It is no respecter of persons. Its nature is
"impersonal" ... whatever we believe into It ... It will
reflect in our experience. It is a good thing to "be
for" a political candidate ... but let's keep our political
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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