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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for July 26, 2015

           The term “easy money” has been used so often in a negative way that I am cautiously using it in this Week’s Message.  I remember several years back, over a decade for sure, that Dr. Harry Morgan Moses wrote a book titled, “It’s So Easy” and I believe that by planting this thought into our mind about almost anything can open the doorways of our consciousness to receive that which we desire to receive with a greater ease.  Several years ago, at the church here in Palm Springs, I taught an ESL class mostly to people who had Spanish as their native language.  At the top of the bulletin board I wrote in bold letters “IT’S SO EASY” and we would say this before each class.  The students in the class excelled in their comprehension of the English taught in the class and were able to stand up and read and speak before the class in English without correction.  I believe to this day that these simple words were effective in building the confidence in the students to realize their goal of reading, writing and speaking English.

               Too often, we read that our faith requires struggle in order to be strengthened and the world belief that struggle is a part of life has increased to the point that there are people all over the world experiencing struggle in their lives in some form or another.  This “mental pattern” of thought has created a strong belief that for so many must be overcome and displaced.  To mentally assert that whatever it is that we desire to experience can come to us with ease is to go against the “world belief” yet it is possible for all of us.

               "Troward says, "I am that which I contemplate."  You become what you claim and feel yourself to be.  Except you now believe and accept as true that you now are what you long to be, you will remain as you are.  In other words, you will die in your sins, meaning you will fail to reach your mark in life.  If a man who is poverty-stricken refuses to enter into the mood of opulence and the belief in a God of abundance forever supplying all his needs, he will remain poor regardless of the church he joins or what creed he adopts." - Dr. Joseph Murphy, "Peace Within Yourself:  The Meaning Of The Book Of John"

                What we believe about money and about peace, for many of us, has been our belief for a long time.  And this is why many of us do not demonstrate the good things that we desire to experience because we give power to money, rather than power to our mind; our thoughts and beliefs.  As we can read from Troward's statement above,
"I am that which I contemplate."  So, we must think about what to contemplate, because so often what we think we want, is not a true desire of our heart, but a whim of the moment.  To work in mind for something we must be absolutely certain that it is something that we truly want.  And to be certain that we truly want something, we must contemplate our life with it, being it, or doing it.  What we truly want, we will contemplate to the point that it is as real to us as if it were already manifest in the physical ... and any thoughts that would distract us from it will not enter our mental household.  "The knowing of the truth is simply a movement of our mind whereby we identify with our desire, accepting it completely," writes Dr. Murphy.

               It is without a doubt that so many of us have felt frustrated and confused about the experiences of our life, especially those who have fostered the faith that “with G-d all good things are possible” … yet the good just doesn’t seem to show up in any great measure.  The American Mystic Ernest Holmes wrote: 
"It is a great mistake to say:  "Take what you wish, for you can have anything you like."  We do not take what we wish, but we do attract to ourselves that which is like our thought.  WE MUST BECOME MORE IF WE WISH TO DRAW A GREATER GOOD INTO OUR LIFE.  We need not labor under the delusion that all we have to do is to say that everything is ours.  This is true in Reality, but in fact it is only as true as we make it.  We provide the mold for the Creative Law, and unless the mold we provide is increased, wealth cannot increase in our experience; for Mental Science does not promise anything that will do away with the necessity for complying with the law."

           And so the question is, how do we cultivate the mental equivalent of the power and intelligence and the spirit in which we can achieve that which we desire?  Neale Donald Walsch in his new book, “GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD – You’ve Got Me All Wrong.” … tells us that we will need to have the courage to take five huge steps:
            Step 1:
Acknowledge that some of our old beliefs about God and about life are no longer working.
             Step 2:
Acknowledge that there is something we do not understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which will change everything.
              Step 3:
Be willing for a new understanding of God and Life to now be brought forth, an understanding that could produce a new way of life on this planet.
               Step 4:
Be courageous enough to explore and examine this new understanding, and, if it aligns with our inner truth and knowing, to enlarge our belief system to include it.
                Step 5:
Choose to live our lives as a demonstration of our highest and grandest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.

            I believe that these are good first steps for almost all of us as our mind must be “lifted up” in the awareness of the greater and the understanding of the truth that we have access to a Power that is unobstructed, an Intelligence from which all ideas and creations are drawn into the mind of mankind, and a Spirit that is always seeking to express and expanded good through us.

             The great “Science of Mind” teacher/minister/author, Dr. Robert H. Bitzer gave us the following wisdom: 
 "Be ready for your demonstration.  You create your opportunity in consciousness.  Your design or pattern must be clear, and your direction must be unmistakable as you envision yourself fulfilling this design.  Your visual power keeps your imagination constantly working until it becomes so real that you could almost reach out and touch it. ... You prepare yourself to move into this new expression.  When you have prepared yourself in consciousness and accepted your idea with your entire being, then you are ready.  It is an inevitable consequence that consciousness makes itself manifest. ... Your acceptance is a state of inner consciousness.  Any delay would indicate your lack of acceptance; any opposition, interfering beliefs.  You work on yourself.  It is your awareness that must be ready.  You do not look to outside conditions, influences, or people.  You ready yourself.  Your inner acceptance knows when you are ready.  Like the fruit falling from the tree when it is ripe, so your maturity or ripeness precipitates your opportunity."

      It will be very helpful, as you study this message, if you hold the thought in your mind that “it is so easy” … like easy money that comes to us always right on time.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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