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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 11, 2015

              "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

           Pythagoras lived approximately 600 years before the Master Mind Jesus.  His influence is still visible today in Freemasonry and the Rosicrucian Orders.  He is credited for being the first to announce that the Earth is spherical even though the masses would deny it as so.  His was a philosophy that we must be "creators and doers" rather than remain comfortable and satisfied.  This quote illustrates his philosophy best:  “In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on."  Like the Master Mind Jesus, he understood that life was for living and that it is inherent within us to desire to do the greater things still and to realize the abundant life; for these things are of the nature of G-d, Infinite Spirit/Life/Intelligence.

         It is a wonderful and beautiful thing to feel the unique-ness of our soul and to be willing to express all that It seeks to experience without limitation.  In a world that is constantly attempting to dictate how we should live our lives very few have found true freedom in this seeming un-free world.  We have all been taught to "conform" ... sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes in not so subtle ways.  Business organizations, churches and social organizations all make demands on us to "fit in" to conform to the mission of the organization or the moral codes of the church or the consistency of behavior in social organizations.  The so-called "free spirits" among us are limited for the most part to the creative arts; acting, dancing, singing, music.  Yet, our soul is always seeking to express a genuine freedom and our unwillingness or seeming inability to let this creative expression come through us may be the cause of those feelings that we experience which block our enthusiasm for living.

         For those who choose to live and to live fully and freely express the creatively unique spirit within them there will always be opportunities to do so.  G-d is always with us, always seeking to express through us uniquely, lovingly, joyfully and creatively.  Even when we sometimes feel that everything we do is so much of the same there will come that moment when a spark of the Divine will surge through our mind and soul and create something that will cause us to look with wonder at what we have accomplished.  Will the people around us notice this?  Not necessarily.  No one but the person who has the experience can fully understand what happens when the Spirit has moved through our mind fully and freely.  Will these experiences change us?  Undoubtedly.  In the ancient wisdom we can read of the "transforming of the mind" and the "renewing of a right spirit within" ... to say this experience is mystical would be an understatement ... it is G-d being G-d in you!


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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