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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for June 28, 2015

                        “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Saint Augustine

This statement by Saint Augustine, like so much of philosophy, holds different meanings for different people.  Since he studied the philosophies of Socrates and Plato, we can realize that this statement was taking us out of the realm of religious conclusions to something more far-reaching.  It speaks to the universal nature of the Infinite without a doubt although I don't believe Saint Augustine himself was ready to cast off the limitations of religion entirely in order to fully realize the profound effects of this revelation of Truth that moved through his mind.

           The Master Mind Jesus' instruction to "look to Nature" to understand the nature of G-d tells us that he too, believed this to be the Truth.  Yet, here we are over a thousand-plus years after Saint Augustine and Jesus and the world is still wrapped up in religions that defy the Intelligence of G-d's perfect Law; the nature of which is universal.  In simple terms, G-d's love for all of us is the same no matter what we may do, what we may have or what we are being.  There are no saints and sinners, no one is favored and no one escapes the law or cause and effect, or sowing and reaping as the Master Mind Jesus explained it, without a full and complete realization of the Power of G-d to make all things good; even good out of evil.  Mankind is incapable of doing this without the grace of G-d.  As Saint Augustine stated with profound wisdom: 
"Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature."

          Socrates wrote:  "He that grieves much is a magnet for attracting waste of property."  In other words, negative and morbid thoughts "cause" loss as they are out-pictured in our experiences.  Self-pity, resentment, blame are all morbid thoughts that deny the Law that G-d works all things to our good.  We can't afford negative thoughts, morbid thoughts or to let our mind dwell on those things that create lack and loss and ill health.  Whatever we "join together" within our mind shall become the "cause" of our experiences and this no one can deny.

         And so we must consider what does all this mean to us as we seek to experience a greater state of health, of prosperity, of success, of creative expression, of loving and friendly relationships?  It means that we must learn to "condition" our mind to accept and believe that we have the power within us to receive these things without stress or struggle.  Far too many of us have allowed the world beliefs in material power to exploit our lack of understanding of the nature of G-d.  Religion has created "tribes" that are little different than the primitive tribal associations of centuries past causing people to believe in those things that separate us from G-d and from each other; and all too often to actually contradict the very teachings of those we profess to follow.  Politics has created blind loyalties that have caused people to support those whose political agendas actually diminish their good.  It is time not only for mankind to awaken to our true nature but to awaken to the true nature of G-d.  There are no saints and sinners, winners and losers, in the kingdom of G-d ... in the Spirit and in the spirit of mankind.

           Some final words from Saint Augustine;
"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."  We have the power to control what it is that we believe and we have the power to increase our faith in that which we believe through the control of our thoughts and our words and the images that we accept as the truth in our minds.  There is no forgiveness in G-d, we control what we "give up" and what we continue to hold in our mind and in our thoughts.  We have controlled our past, either consciously or unconsciously, we control our present and we control our future.  And our best method of control is to realize that G-d, Infinite Spirit, Power and Intelligence works all things to our good.  It is a universal truth ... true for you, true for me, true for everyone.

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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