the mystics have recognized the absolute unity of God and man.
Within the Infinite Mind each individual exists, not as a separated, but
as a separate and distinct entity. We are a point in Universal
Consciousness, which is God. We are not separated from Life,
neither is It separated from us, but we are separate entities in It,
individualized centers of God Consciousness." -
Dr. Ernest Holmes, "The Science of Mind"
To imagine that the Good that we seek for
ourselves does not arise in the Infinite Mind, first, is to lose sight
of our immutable and eternal relationship with God, Infinite Spirit.
Everything originates in Mind, and we accept whatever Good we desire
through our awareness that this Good is for us. Whatever ideas
come to us for a greater enjoyment and expression of life, is always the
Infinite nudging us to accept something greater. Living a larger
life puts us in alignment with the "life more abundant" that
the Master Mind Jesus spoke of.
"Learning to trust will make us
happy," Dr. Holmes writes in "The Science of Mind", and
he goes on to write that "there is a Power in the Universe that
honors our faith in It." Our "spiritual work" then
is to maintain and sustain this trust and faith in our consciousness.
"The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand," we have been told, and we
can realize it through our trust and faith in the Infinite.
"At hand" means that our Good is available to us waiting for
us to accept it.
Our trust in the Infinite can overcome every
obstacle. And we can realize the Truth of this as we give our
attention always to what we want and turn from that which we do not
want. Thinking about how little money we have will never show up
as an increase in our bank account. Thinking about our seeming
failures of the past, will never give us success in the present.
We must "consciously" direct our mind daily to that which we
desire to experience or to have. God is always God and is
available to us no matter what we may be experiencing, but it is up to
us to choose to think towards the Good, to God.
Most of us have had experiences where we have
doubted the Presence of God in the conditions in which we find
ourselves. But, we have learned that this was not the truth at
all, for even those things which we thought were desperate, did not
defeat us. And we have realized that this thing that could not be
defeated, is this spark of the Divine within us that cannot fail.
It is a glorious and wonderful thing to be able
to say, "I rejoice and give thanks for the best of times and the
best of everything" ... especially during the times when our only
hope lies in that "something hidden" that has not yet come
forth into our physical experience. To look through conditions
that may at first appear troublesome, and to know, in faith, that there
is something greater than the condition, strengthens and increases our
faith in our relationship to the Infinite. "Closer to us than
breathing," the mystics have stated, and this is an eternal Truth
that we can always depend on and know that our trust in It will never be
betrayed. As we affirm that we live in right action and our daily
affairs are Divinely guided and directed our lives become prosperous,
successful and filled with happiness.
Each day we must consciously deny anything that
contradicts our Good, and instead develop a sense of everything
"working towards our Good" and feel a unity with Spirit in all
things. We must learn to imagine what our lives look like as
prosperous, successful, affluent, healthy, happy and filled with love.
Do the images in our mind reflect these things? If not, then we
can begin to fill our mind with these images at any time by choosing to
do so. Let us never argue against our Good ... for those who
"argue for their limitations" increase their limitations.
We have been created with a Divine Imagination that we can use to
develop within our mind any experience that we choose for ourselves.
But, we must take the time and consciously use our imagination to bring
these images of that which is more wonderful and more Good into our mind
daily and often.
Let us begin in
this very moment to dwell on the things that we love, the things that
make us feel a greater joy in living. Let's know together that in
due time we can say, "that which I have greatly loved has come upon
me." God, Infinite Spirit, always lets us choose what Good we
accept into our experience. Our spiritual work will fulfill its
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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