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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for February 1, 2015

        It would be difficult not to know that this is Super Bowl Sunday here in the U.S. and probably much-watched across the globe.  For some people football has become their religion.  There are few churches that can match the turn-out at a professional football game and for that matter for some college football games.  And when it comes to financial support, the price of a ticket at a professional football game, especially the Super Bowl game, causes the tithes received in most churches to pale in comparison.  As the Master Mind Jesus so wisely put it, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

       There are people who believe that watching football is not spiritual but as Dr. Joseph Murphy (author of "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind") stated, everything is spiritual.  I believe that the enthusiasm and the spiritedness of the sport takes people away from the routines of life and adds a spark to their spirit.  Few football fans think about the possible concussions or other injuries in this rough sport but everyone knows these things are possible.  Much like the people in churches who rarely think about the religious dogma fed to them and the consequences of its action in their minds.

      In American football the end zone refers to the scoring area on the field, according to gridiron-based codes of football. It is the area between the end line and goal line bounded by the sidelines. There are two end zones, each being on an opposite side of the field.  A player in possession of the football scores a touchdown when the ball crosses the goal line and enters the end zone.  This goal line and end zone represent the limitations of the game.  No matter how great a team may play, without scoring the game cannot be won.

      Many people feel the same constraints in their personal lives that rules in a football game causes ... after all, who would have thought an ounce and a half less air in a ball would ever make a difference in a game.  The great quarterback Joe Montana says it makes no difference ... but then, he doesn't have to play within the constraints of the game anymore.  And this is the way it is in the "game of life" ... we can play within the constraints of the culture and society or we can seek to experience that which gives us infinite possibilities for our lives.  

        Please study these words from the mystical Ernest Holmes:  "The Power of Life within you is a spiritual power, able to bring to you permanent peace, increasing happiness and joy, and greater material abundance.  Those things which have made man miserable and unhappy can be eliminated through the conscious use of this Power.  God could not visit fear or hate or impoverishment upon us, because God must be just the opposite to all of these things.  It is, then, really necessary that the world should have a new concept of God; a new idea must be born in the minds of men about the nature of God and their relationship to this Divine Creative Spirit."

       We begin to think more expansively when we realize true self-confidence.  As the great teacher Emerson stated:  "Every heart vibrates to that iron string."  We must trust ourselves in order to move through the constraints imposed on us by the pervasive culture of conformity.  As we realize that we can draw on the Power and Intelligence of G-d and are confident in doing so, we will begin to find expansive ideas come to our awareness.  Confidence is synonymous with faith.  We must foster the idea in our mind that when we affirm that G-d Intelligence responds to us, we can expect the corresponding action to our faith.

       Dr. Joseph Murphy gives us this wonderful meditation for the riches of faith.  He reminds us of the words of the Master Mind Jesus said to those who came to him for healing; "Thy faith hath made thee whole."  Let's let these words become personal to us: 
"I positively believe in the Healing Power of God within me.  My conscious and subconscious mind are in perfect agreement.  I accept the statement of truth, which I positively affirm.  The words I speak are words of spirit and they are truth.
          I now decree that the Healing Power of God is transforming my whole body, making me whole, pure, and perfect.  I believe with a deep, inner certitude that my prayer of faith is being manifested now.  I am guided by the Wisdom of God in all matters.  The Love of God flows in transcendent beauty and loveliness into my mind and body; transforming, restoring, and energizing every atom of my being.  I sense the peace that passeth understanding.  God's Glory surrounds me, and I rest forever in the Everlasting arms."

       Dr. Murphy's meditation speaks to the infinite Good that exists for everyone.  Intelligence, Power, Spirit, Life are all infinite and we are a part of this infinity.  We must insist in our mind on the best in life and know that the best will be drawn to us.  When our desires are in tune with the nature of the Infinite they cannot fail but be made manifest for us.  As we demonstrate our faith in our self and in G-d, we shall truly realize the joy that is ours to experience.  

         We must never worry about the small stuff ... especially how many ounces of air are in a football ... and keep our focus and our faith directed towards the good and more good that is ours to experience.  Our only constraints are in our mind ... and we can displace them by knowing that the end zone in the Spirit is infinite.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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