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Weekly Message for May 19, 2018
     

 

           Prior to studying the science of mind I had never thought much about “Mind” although I had discovered that Spirit is the Life within all things from the teachings of the great mystics.  Being someone who wants “proof” of the truth, it didn’t take too much research and observation to realize the truth that there is a spirit within all living things.  Life Itself gives us evidence of this as we tune out perceptions based on knowledge alone.

                When we think of the spirit of the thing we realize that each individual life expression as a unique character and personality; true for plants and animals as well.  This truth gives new meaning to the words in the Book of Isaiah “besides Him (Spirit) there is none other, there is no thing.”  So, we know that Spirit is Life in infinitely individualized expressions.  Yet, though we may know that Spirit is Life; not only Life but our own individual life can we not eliminate the fear of death?  For many, the answer is not so much.

                In reading one of Robert Monroe’s books on “out of body” experiences, I came across the statement that once someone has an out of body experience that lose the fear of death as they have experienced life outside of the physical body.  It would be terrific if this were so but I am skeptical.  We live in a world, that is, we live in the Collective Consciousness that accepts “duality” as a reality.  In our conscious mind we may be able to declare that there is no duality; not G-d and something else, no devil, no hell, etc.  The Power of the Subjective Mind, that is the part of our mind that is conditioned by the Collective Consciousness will too often cause us doubt; which is low-level-fear.

               From the writings of H. Emile Cady:
“When we say there is but one Mind in the entire universe, and that this Mind is God, some persons, having followed understandingly the second lesson and recognized God as the one Life, one Spirit, one Power, pushing Himself out into various degrees of manifestation through people and things, will at once say, "Yes, that is all plain."
               But someone else will say, "If all the mind there is, is God, then how can I think wrong thoughts or have any but God thoughts?"
              The connection between universal Mind and our own individual minds is one of the most difficult things to put into words, but when it once dawns on one, it is easily seen.
             There is in reality only one Mind (or Spirit, which is life, intelligence, and so forth) in the universe; and yet there is a sense in which we are individual, or separate, a sense in which we are free wills and not puppets.  Man is made up of Spirit, soul, and body. Spirit is the central unchanging "I" of us, the part that since infancy has never changed, and to all eternity never will change. soul, or what metaphysical Christians call "mortal mind," is the region of the intellect where we do conscious thinking and are free wills. This part of our being is in constant process of changing.
             In our out-springing from God into the material world, Spirit is inner --- one with God; soul or mortal mind or intellect is the clothing, as it were, of the Spirit; body is the external clothing of the soul. Yet all are in reality one, the composite man --- as steam, water, and ice are one, only in different degrees of condensation. In thinking of ourselves, we must not separate Spirit, soul, and body but rather hold all as one, if we would be strong and powerful.
            Mortal mind, the term so much used and so distracting to many, is the intellect, which gathers its information from the outside world through the five senses. This mortal mind has no way of knowing truth from falsehood. It is what Paul calls "the mind on the flesh" in contra-distinction to spiritual mind, and he flatly says: "The mind on the flesh [believing what the carnal mind says] is death [sorrow, trouble, sickness], but to set the mind on the Spirit [ability to still the carnal mind and let the Spirit speak within us] is life and peace." (ancient scriptures).
           The Spirit within you is Divine Mind, the real mind. Without it, the human mind would disappear, just as a shadow disappears when the real thing that casts it is removed. Man then, is Spiritual Mind, mortal mind, and body.”

              Ms. Cady does an excellent illustration of the One Mind/Spirit as it is expressed in mankind.  This is the “cause” of instinct in both humans and animals.  Instinct varies with the individual just as consciousness varies.  It is not that we don’t all have the same instincts or consciousness but that we filter both our instincts and consciousness with our thoughts and beliefs.  Some will tell us that we all arrive in this world with the same perfection of Spirit in our consciousness but this can hardly be true as this is not our first incarnation and our instincts and consciousness must have been shaped in part by experiences in prior incarnations.  This is why individuals in the same family with similar environmental experiences react to Life so differently.  This, unfortunately, comes to our attention with some of the most horrible actions of people in our society.

               The great Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud.  You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit.  Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” 

               Just as the “shadow disappears when the real thing that casts it is removed” is truth.  The thing that casts the shadows of doubt and fear on our mind, our spirit, is our willingness to accept the opinions, concepts, ideas and beliefs of the Collective Consciousness, as the truth about us and our relationship to that which we call G-d; that which is imposed upon us as a reality that is simply too often as false as the belief that the Earth is flat.

Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
(Reverend Dr.)


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