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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for March 8, 2015

          I was driving through Cathedral City, California this week and I saw a young, healthy looking, not badly dressed man holding a sign at one of the intersections asking people for money.  His sign read:  "Homeless.  Need $money$  WWJD?" (what would Jesus do?)  And I thought, well, the Jesus I know would say "pick up your bed and walk" ... for if Jesus would say this to a man who was an invalid for thirty-eight years I cannot imagine that he wouldn't say the same to this young man.  In other words, Jesus was telling the man who was an invalid to get a better image of himself ... to believe in himself ... to have faith that G-d has a better purpose for him ... for only in elevating his mind to be receptive to G-d would he have been healed.  The young man at the intersection asking for money "caused" me to think about how the world has given us so many contradictions about the Master Mind Jesus.  Yet, even with all the contradictions and outright ignorance of his philosophy that has been taught throughout the ages ... his consciousness of our One-ness with the Spirit (Mother/Father G-d) has never been surpassed by any one yet.

"Without a doubt, the most important individual figure in the history of the world is Jesus Christ. For two thousand years many millions of lives have been influenced by his teachings, as variously interpreted by many divisions and schisms that have sprung up in his name. (Note:  there are over 38,000 different Christian sects) If you happen to be a Christian, reared in either the Catholic or the Protestant tradition, or if you are part of one of the Jewish orders, or even if you consider yourself to be a non-believer, an agnostic, or even a practicing atheist, without question, you have formed attitudes or perhaps strong prejudices about Jesus. This is because the whole flow of western civilization has been so completely involved with the organized Christian church and the outreach of the Christian ideals.
He discovered something in himself, which he believed was fundamental to all persons. His teaching was that the Kingdom of God is within you – that this dynamic potential to achieve and to overcome is a level within yourself that the Apostle Paul called, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." [Corinthians. 1:27] Jesus said, and mind you, he said this: "...the works that I do shall he [you] do also; and greater works than these shall he [you] do...." [John 14:12] That is the key.
       Surely, Jesus has a message for us today. But we must see the difference between what I call the religion about Jesus and the religion of Jesus. Theology, the religion about Jesus, talks of the Divinity of Jesus and that we must believe in him to be saved. On the other hand, the religion of Jesus, as found in his teachings, emphasizes the Divinity of man, and that if you believe in your innate unity with God, you contact a Dynamic Power, then you are one with the flow of the means by which you can change your life. This is the fundamental that I think has been grossly understated, if not lost. I believe that this is what Jesus was all about
." - Eric Butterworth, A New Look at Jesus

       It seems almost too incredible to most peo
ple that G-d thinks through us, yet if we look at the way in which ideas and communications are shared, we realize that there truly is only One Intelligence that permeates Life.  Humans communicate with each other even when we don't speak each other's language.  Humans communicate with animals and birds and other forms of life as well.  This is because this Intelligence that permeates all of Life makes this possible.  Even though humans communicate with all these forms of Life, most people only believe that certain saints, mystics and deities can communicate with the One that makes all this possible ... G-d.

     "We are individual points in the Consciousness of God, or the original Creative Spirit of the Universe.  We are points where It thinks through us, as us, or, as we say, God as man in man is man. ... But the God that is in man is the same God that is Universal.  There is no wall of separation, no barrier, no place where one begins and the other leaves off.  All is One and One is All.  The creativity of thought is not dependent upon the thinker.  Only the choice of thinking is dependent on the thinker.  The creative activity of thought belongs to the Universe. ... If we had to make things happen, or push our thought out, or influence or dominate and beat down the opposition, we should be faced with an impossible task.  We never try to coerce anything in dealing with the laws of nature.  .... One of the things we must come to understand in dealing with the Laws of Spirit is that we are still operating in a realm of Law and Order."
- Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind

The Master Mind Jesus' communication with G-d gave us an open invitation to do the same.  We can all communicate with G-d, we just must be open to it and believe in ourselves.  As the Master Mind Jesus stated:  "you believe in God, believe also in me."  And he wasn't referring to himself personally but speaking to the universal "me" in all of us.  Now, most theologians will disagree with me, but like the architect of most of the New Testament, they too want to foster religion while the Master Mind Jesus was instead teaching us to "develop consciousness" and gain a greater understanding and awareness of our relationship to the Infinite.  Each of us can say, "I believe in me" ... and this will be the truth for us soon enough as we impress this upon our consciousness.  But, to say that someone who does not believe in Jesus cannot use the same spiritual laws that Jesus used would be nonsense.  These laws are available to All and to All alike.  "G-d is no respecter of persons" we can read in the science of mind and, as I often say, the Master Mind Jesus stated that "it rains on the good and the bad alike" ... the pious and the pagan the saints and the so called sinners the just and the unjust.

     It does not take much study in metaphysics or legitimate spiritual writings to understand what made Jesus so outstanding.  He believed in himself more than others and this belief in himself translated into a greater belief in G-d than others.  He accepted what he believed his purpose to be and never wavered in that which he was called to do to demonstrate it.  And this too, sets him apart from those of us who still are influenced by the race-mind.  Most importantly, Jesus rarely ever forgot that he was totally dependent on Principle ... that G-d is All-in-All; all Power, all Intelligence, all Presence.  We must always remember and never forget that those of "lesser faith than Jesus" authored the scriptures that detail his life experiences.  And, unless "the mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus" ... there is always going to be "interpretation" rather than "translation" ... and besides that, Jesus spoke Aramaic, a language that was foreign to those who wrote the scriptures, which provided an even greater opportunity to interpret rather than translate the words attributed to him.  I believe that when the Master Mind Jesus broke the Sabbath, it was a significant event that was evidence of his break with religion and religious dogma, and from that point on, to use a contemporary phrase, he was
"spiritual but not religious."  He realized and identified with the truth that G-d's Love and Law is available to everyone ... and that means you and me ... and that these laws are universal, eternal and immutable.

Let's let these words ring true for ourselves as never before:  "I believe in me."  We must believe in ourselves.  We must believe in our ability to choose rightly, to be decisive, specific and definite.  In no other way can the Infinite respond to us affirmatively.  As we study the way in which Jesus demonstrated the Truth, we will find that he was always specific and definite.  He always knew the point at which he expected and believed that G-d would be revealed and realized, and we can do this too.  "You may know all things by a little persistence. Therefore, cultivate persistence. Get a good idea of what you can do and carry it out. Keep this word: "I am satisfied with myself," wrote the mystical Emma Curtis Hopkins

Let us "identify" with the Power of G-d in our mind, just as the Master Mind Jesus did and in this "identification" let us know that G-d sees each of us in Its image and likeness ... so let us not only declare without doubting, "I believe in me" ... let's go even further and declare, "I am satisfied with myself!"  


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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