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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for April 19, 2015

          We can read in the Book of Proverbs 4:"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."  And the Master Mind Jesus followed with, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  And so the question throughout the ages has been, "What is Truth?"  

           The mystics have told us as they reflected the Intelligence that Is G-d through their thoughts and words, that Truth is immutable, changeless and eternal and most importantly universal.  Cultural laws are temporary.  Moral laws momentary at best.  But the Truth that can set us free from the limitations and lack of mankind's own making is universal; in other words, it works for all in the same way without exception.  

        This is what the American mystic Ernest Holmes wrote about Truth: 
"Our conscious intelligence is as much of Life as we under­stand. We have stopped looking for the Spirit, because we have found It. It is what you are and It is what I am; we could not be anything else if we tried. The thing that we look with is the thing we have been looking for. That is why it is written: “I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalms 82:6) We have stopped looking for the Law. We have found It. In the Universe, we call It Universal Subjectivity or Soul. In our own experience, we call It the subjective state of our thought, which is our individual use of Universal Law. We have found the Law and demonstrated It. We find that both the Law and the Spirit are Limitless. What is it we need for greater freedom? Nothing but a greater realization of what we already know.
         We should never hesitate to say that we know the Truth, because we do, for the realization of the Unity of God and man
is the Truth. We simply need a greater realization of this. How are we to get it? Only by penetrating deeper and yet deeper into our own Divine Nature — pushing further and further back into the Infinite. Where are we to do this? THERE IS NO PLACE EXCEPT WITHIN THAT WE CAN DO IT. Who is to do it for us? NO ONE. No one can. Others can "pray for us"; they can set the Law in motion for us and help us to become prosperous. This is both good and helpful, but the evolution of the individual — the unfoldment of personality, the enlightenment of the soul, the illumination of the spirit — can come only to the degree that the individual himself purposes to let Life operate through him, “Let this Mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 2:5) This is the Mind of God — the only Mind — the Supreme Intelligence of the Universe.
           The answer to every question is within man, because man is within Spirit, and Spirit is an Indivisible Whole! The solution to every problem is within man; the healing of all disease is within man; the forgiveness of all sin is within man; the raising of the dead is within man; Heaven is within man. This is why Jesus prayed to this indwelling “I am” and said: “Our Father (I AM) which art in Heaven,” and again he said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you."

         It is an eternal Truth that what one can do all can do.  When we allow the concepts of superior and inferior cloud our mind we lose sight of this Truth.  When we look to people rather than to the Spirit for our guidance and direction we are "being of the world" and at some point in time we shall find ourselves without.  It is up to us to accept and believe for ourselves that all that we will ever need to know is within our own mind.  In no other way can we realize the reflection of G-d's image and likeness within and in and through all people, places and things in our world.  

         Here are some words from Charles Fillmore to meditate upon: 
"As the principle of music moves through tones, so does the principle of mind (Spirit) move through ideas.  Therefore God, as Principle, moves through the expressed thought of Divine Mind."
Our purpose in life is to reflect the nature of G-d.  To think Intelligence ... not intelligently, but to know that we have available to us all the Intelligence in the universe.  The Intelligence that guarantees us success, prosperity, happiness and peace of mind.  This is the Truth that we must know in order to fulfill our desires for the greater things still.  The enlightened mind is not passive but actively focused on seeing the reflection of G-d/Good in all people and in all things.  And the more we "recognize" and "identify" with this Divine reflection the more good we shall experience in our lives.  Why?  Because that which we are seeking is seeking us.  Principle moves through our mind just as it does Divine Mind out-picturing in our experience that which we recognize as the Truth.  We already know this on the subjective level of our mind ... all we must do is elevate the Truth to our conscious mind ... and we shall be free of anything that obstructs our good desires from being made manifest with grace and ease.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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