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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for August 9, 2015

          There have been visionaries throughout history who have called us to go beyond the materiality of religion and to lift our mind to the Spirit.  Although their teachings have been woven through religious theology, seldom has religion gone beyond a primitive understanding of the profound truths that the prophets revealed.  Before the Master Mind Jesus broke away from religion and religious dogma in his teachings, seven hundred years before him Isaiah did so similarly.  We can read the strength of Isaiah's conviction in these words:  "The Lord says:  These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." - Isaiah 29:13, The Holy Bible (NIV)

So much of what holds us to lack and limitation can be traced back to the man-made religious dogma that is assumed as truth in the collective consciousness (race mind).  There is no reward for false humility, poverty or giving of our services free, even to a church or temple, while we struggle with finances.  Tithing is a gift that we give from our abundance not from our lack and to give a tithe to a church or temple while the electric company cuts off your electricity is not going to be rewarded by the Intelligence of G-d.  There is no G-d of lack and limitation, G-d for lack of a better word, is Intelligence first, Power always and Spirit (Mind).  G-d is not concerned about who we have sex with or don't have sex with nor is G-d concerned about the color of our skin or the language that we speak or whether we are illegal or legal, in this world or the next: "For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."

            We know that the heart represents the soul; consciousness, which is everything. 
The judgments of appearances is the foolishness of an undeveloped consciousness.  The Master Mind Jesus taught this throughout his ministry to the multitudes that would listen to him, but like those who were present in Jesus' time, so many in religion have failed to grasp this simple spiritual principle.    

               "If we can become aware that, right now, we are living in a universe that is spiritual, with pure Consciousness at its center, and that such a universe would have to be governed by this Intelligence acting as Law; and if we can realize that we are individualized points of consciousness in this One Power, then we can see that each one has an intimate and personal relationship with both the infinite Presence which flows through all things and the universal Law through which all things are manifest.
                This is a basic idea which we are going to use.  It means that each of us may control our experience to a degree beyond all present expectations, and do so entirely in accord with law in the spiritual world.  For it is the action of thought in the spiritual or mental world which governs our experience in the physical world, whether it be our bodies or our affairs."
- Ernest Holmes, A New Design for Living

               Faith begins with a thought.  Thought puts faith into action. 
"He who floats with the current, who does not guide himself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no conviction - such man is a mere article of the world's furniture - a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being - an echo, not a voice.  The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings, as the barometer is the obedient servant of the air at rest, and the weathercock the humble servant of the air in motion." - Henri Frederic Amiel

               Thought provides the avenue in which ideals and conviction are given movement by faith.  Faith is a definite, positive, mental attitude that possesses the attracting power to strengthen our conviction and therefore our soul.  Faith is all that we will ever need for it will provide for us the means and the ways in which to obtain all that we will ever need to manifest our ideals.  Some will say, "no, what I need is money or health or friendship or creative ideas" ... faith in the good, in G-d, will provide all these and more.  We must put our faith in action in all that we do and all that we say and in all that we think.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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