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Weekly Message for March 11, 2018


            I have used the title of this message before back in August of 2002, but this is not a repeat of that message.  It is a simple statement, yet it has profound implications.  There are a myriad of opinions regarding this statement and philosophers and psychologists all offer their own ideas about it.  It is also a quote attributed to Elvis Presley which surprised me.

               There are those who believe that “pain” helps us grow.  I would say that a belief held in mind of this or something similar will bring pain into our life experience.  We can grow without pain, without suffering, without struggle or any other negative experiences.  Growth is a personal choice.  Believing that pain helps us grow could end up giving us lots of painful experiences to grow through.  Too many people believe that life is a “test” but it is not ... it is a gift.  There is no human discovery yet that can validate that we are here to be tested.  

            The thought about growth that seems closes to the truth to me comes from Ernest Holmes.  In Ernest Holmes’ book, Creative Mind and Success, he shares this wisdom on enlarging our thought (slightly modified):
We can never stand still in our thought. Either we will be growing or else we will be going back. As we can attract to ourselves only what we first have a mental likeness of, it follows that if we wish to attract larger things we provide larger thoughts. This enlarging of consciousness is so necessary that too much cannot be said about it.
                Most people get only a short way and then stop; they cannot seem to get beyond a certain point; they can do so much and no more. Why is it that a person in business does just about so much each year? We see people in all walks of life, getting so far, never going beyond a certain point. There must be a reason for everything; nothing happens by chance, if all is governed by law, and we can come to no other conclusion.
               When we look into the mental reason for things we find out why things happen. The person who gets so far and never seems to go beyond that point is still governed by law, when they allow their thoughts to take out into larger fields of action, their conditions come up to their thought; when they stop enlarging their thought they stop growing. If they would keep on in thought, realizing more and still more, they would find that in the outer form of things they would be doing greater things.
               There are many reasons why a person stops thinking larger things. One of them is lack of imagination. Many people cannot conceive of anything more to follow than that which has already happened. Another thought works like this: "This is as far as anyone can go in my business." right here they sign their own death warrant. Often a person will say, "I am too old to do bigger things." There they stop. Someone else will say, "Competition is too great"; and here is where this person stops; they can go no further than their thought will carry them.
                All this is unnecessary when we realize that life is first of all Consciousness, and then conditions follow. We see no reason why a person should not go on and on and never stop growing. No matter what age or what circumstance, if life is thought, we can keep thinking bigger things. There is no reason why a person who is already doing well should not be able mentally to conceive of a better condition. What if we are active? There is always a greater activity possible. We can still see a little beyond what has come before. This is just what we should do, see, even though it be but a little beyond our former thought. If we always practice this, we will find that every year we shall be growing, every month we shall be advancing; and as time goes on we shall become really great. As there is no stopping in that power which is Infinite, as the Limitless is without bounds, so should we keep on trying to see more and greater possibilities in life.
               We should definitely work every day for the expansion of thought. If we have fifty customers a day we should endeavor to believe that we have sixty. When we have sixty we should mentally see seventy. This should never stop; there is no stopping place in mind or Spirit.
              Let go of everything else, drop everything else from your thought, and mentally see more coming to you than has ever come before; believe that Mind/Spirit is establishing this unto you, and then go about your business in the regular way. Never see the limitation; never dwell upon it, and above all things never talk limitation to any one; this is the only way, and there is no other way to grow a larger thought. The person with the big thought is always the person who does big things in life. Get hold of the biggest thing that you can think of and claim it for your own; mentally see it and hold it as a thing already done, and you will prove to yourself that life is without bounds.”

               Dr. Robert H. Bitzer who was a master Metaphysician shared Ernest Holmes’ idea of the power of thinking big.  Here we find an intelligent approach to growth: “If you create something you do not like, you can change it.  What you create you can un-create.
       If conditions do not loosen their grip on you, perhaps you are not in your effective place.  Consciousness establishes its own conditions.  If things in your outer world are not moving fast enough, you need to clear your consciousness.  Perhaps you are not doing what you really want to do and are trying to use willpower to make things happen.  Don't try to go through the stone wall.  Go back in consciousness.  Change your idea, change your evaluation.  Resistance, obstructions, and opposition could mean you are off your path.
         Get still and let the new idea come through.  Find yourself on your right path.  Here things work smoothly, joyously, and powerfully.  Stop struggling and forcing.  "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit" (from the ancient wisdom).  Let God be you.”

          When things go wrong it is the most important time to use our mind and think of the biggest and best thing that we can imagine for ourselves.  Think great wealth when confronted with financial lack or struggle.  Think exceptional health when the appearance of illness or physical weakness comes to mind.  Our mind is powerful and we are unlimited in our power to use it. Always go to your own consciousness.  There is where your answers are.  There is where your solutions are.  In the realization that the only person responsible for your life and your livelihood is you will empower your consciousness to expand to the greatest good you can see for yourself.

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


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