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  • G-d is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
  • Every human being is an expression of the divine; the Christ Spirit, by whatever name, indwells all people. Their very essence is of G-d, and therefore they are also inherently good.

  • Human beings create their experience by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.

  • Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with G-d-mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.

  • Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he or she knows.

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Weekly Message for January 13, 2019

 

            This Week's Message is Part 2 of a 4-Part Series on the "Essentials" of the Science of Mind and Spirit; evolutionary spiritual metaphysics.  Part 1 can be read by clicking on this link:  01/06/2019   In last Week's Message we covered "The Thing Itself" which gives us insight into the "cause" back of all things.  Each lesson, if studied, will bring a realization within of that part of the Power, Intelligence and Spirit of the Infinite that is resident within each of us.

4 – ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW:
The Thing Itself
How It Works
What It Does
How To Use It


THE WAY IT WORKS

             From Dr. Ernest Holmes -  The Science of Mind and Spirit is not a special revelation of any individual; it is, rather, the culmination of all revelations.  We take the good wherever we find it, making it our own in so far as we understand it.  The realization that Good is Universal, and that as much good as any individual is able to incorporate in his life is his to use, is what constitutes the Science of Mind and Spirit.

THE SEED OF PERFECTION IS HIDDEN WITHIN

        This Original Life is Infinite.  It is good.  It is filled with peace. It is of the essence of purity.  It is the ultimate of intelligence.  It is power.  It is Law.  It is Life.  It is in us.  In that inner sanctuary of our own nature, hidden perhaps from objective gaze, "nestles the seed, perfection."

         In our ignorance of the truth, we have misused the highest power we possess ( the power of choice).  And so great is this power - so complete is our freedom in it, so absolute the domain of law through it - that the misuse of this power has brought upon us the very conditions from which we suffer.  We are bound because we are first free; the power which appears to bind us is the only power in the universe which can free us.  This is why the Master Mind Jesus summed up his whole philosophy in this simple statement:  "It is done unto you as you believe."  The Great Teacher looked so deeply into Nature, that She revealed Her fundamental simplicity to him.  That "believe" and that "as" symbolize heaven and hell.  And so we suffer, not because suffering is imposed upon us, but because we are ignorant of our true nature.

SPIRIT (G-d) WORKS FOR US BY WORKING THROUGH US

        The Thing, then, works for us by working through us and is us, always.  It cannot work for us in any other way.  It spreads Itself over the whole universe and shouts at us from every angle, but It can become power to us ONLY WHEN WE RECOGNIZE IT AS POWER.

         We cannot recognize that It is, while we are believing that It is not.  Hence, it is written in the ancient wisdom:  "they ... entered not in because of unbelief."  We may enter in because of our belief, but we cannot enter while there is unbelief.  Here we come to a house divided against itself.  It we say we can only experience a little good, then we shall experience but a little good.  But, if we say, with Emerson, "There is no great and no small to the soul that maketh all," then we may experience a greater good because we have conceived of it.

          Therefore, our belief sets the limit to our demonstration of a Principle which, of Itself, is without limit.  It is ready to fill everything, because It is Infinite.  So, it is not a question of Its willingness, nor of Its ability.  It is entirely a question of our own receptivity. -
The Science of Mind and Spirit

           As we go back to the statement of Truth from the Master Mind Jesus,
"all that the Father hath is mine," we can understand that we can have AS MUCH AS WE CAN BELIEVE ... in other words, our belief in this statement becomes our acceptance of a greater measure of Good in our experiences.  But we must become aware of the infinite Good that is available.

         Anytime we accept something less than we want we begin to condition our consciousness with a pattern of non-acceptance.  I will relate a story that gives us an easily understood example of this.  A woman friend who traveled frequently to Seattle from Jackson, Mississippi, would always take her meals in the dining room of the hotel in which she stayed.  Frequently her stay in the city would be for several days.  She told a friend that the hostess in the restaurant would always seat her to the back of the restaurant rather than near the windows where she could enjoy the view.  She said there was at least one smaller table near the windows and so she didn't understand why she was never seated there although the hostess was very friendly to her. Her friend responded to her by saying, "did you ever ask to be seated by the windows?"  To which she replied, "No.  I assume those are reserved for their important customers."  Her friend was amazed.  Here was a woman of grace and poise and of the best of education and was nevertheless insecure about herself.  Her friend, who is well acquainted with spiritual principles said to her, "please, next time you go into the restaurant, ask for a seat by the windows."  To which she replied, "I will try."  When she went next to the restaurant and met the hostess, she said, "may I please have a seat by the windows."  To which the hostess replied, "certainly, follow me."  Ask and you shall receive is such a simple concept but one that has for many people been overlooked for a myriad of reasons.  We should never be shy about asking for that which we choose to have as long as it takes nothing away from anyone else.  
 
       
We must permeate our consciousness with the fundamental proposition that Good is without bounds.  G-d is Infinite Presence ... there is no point in the Universe where G-d ends and evil lives ... this is a fear-based concept that we must release.  Dr. O. C. Smith stated, "fear is the child of an undeveloped consciousness."  This is the Truth ... we fear that there is not going to be enough ... we fear that something is too good to be true ... and we fear that we will lose what we have ... and fear is the antithesis of faith ... fear is in truth ... the only evil we will ever face.  Knowing that G-d only works through us ... we must also accept that G-d does not work through fear ... fear denies G-d ... and denies that our Good is available.  The Master Mind Jesus gave us the Truth:  "It is the Father's (Spirit) Good pleasure, to give you the kingdom."  It is up to us to accept how expansive, how grand, and how wonderfully marvelous this kingdom is to be ... perfection within ... perfection without - that's The Way It Works.

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

                            

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