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  • God 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 God, 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 God-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 July 15, 2018, 2018


            Once in a while I will read a Facebook post that causes me to remember it for several days.  That happened this week.  I read a post from a Facebook “Friend” with the following message: “Everything you do is based on the choices you make.  It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame.  You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make.”  It is hard not to agree with this. And as a matter of fact, other than the word “blame” which I would replace with “the cause”, I find it very motivating.  And other than a couple of people, all the other comments on the post were very positive.  One comment in particular caught my attention, “maybe so, maybe no” and this reminded me so much of what I have found to be the block to so many people not realizing their heart’s desires.

            Spiritual laws are universal and absolute.  No different than the laws that govern mathematics and science.  Ernest Holmes wrote
, “either we are believing that it is or we are believing that it is not.”  There is no room for “maybe” in either mathematics or metaphysics. Universal laws are absolute; you plant carrots; carrots are what you get.  All of this is so simple that our mind fails to be conscious of it until something doesn’t meet our expectations.  And the fact that we live in a world where blame and excuses are common at all levels of life, it is not surprising that “maybe” is considered a viable response.

          It is a mistake to blame ourselves solely on our mistakes of the past or our bad choices.  Words like blame and shame only diminish our power and block the feelings of joy and peace that are so necessary for us to realize the wonderful life that we desire.  Let’s look at these words from Dr. Frank Richelieu, "The Art Of Being Yourself": Realize that "I am that I am" and the power of that "I am" is your power also. It takes effort to convert your consciousness and turn in a new direction, but the effort is infinitely worthwhile. Life is a growing, unfolding process. Embrace the Truth and grow in beauty and compassion today and every day.”

           Dr. Richelieu has given us some profound wisdom.  Life indeed is a growing, unfolding process and it is also a great adventure if we look at it correctly.  We can take the “sting out” of our memories of bad decisions and choices by realizing that Life is a Teacher.  Due to our human ego our lessons may come through some very challenging times in our experience of it.  Dwelling in our thoughts on mistakes or disappoints from the past bring our spiritual growth to a halt.  Think on the words from the “possibility teacher” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale:  "Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize." And also these words from Dr. Peale
: “You can overcome any obstacle. You can achieve the most tremendous things by faith power. Have big faith - not any old watered-down faith, and the change in you and in your experience will be little short of miraculous."

            We don’t attain “big faith” by “maybe so, maybe no.”  We must condition our mind to register in our consciousness conviction and determination.  These are powerful words and the person who is determined is using the power that is innate within them … it is the “I Am” within us energized.  When we are determined “maybe” becomes “I may be rich beyond my wildest dreams” or “I may be realizing greater success than I ever dreamed of” or “I may be so happy and so in love with life that tears of joy fill my eyes.”  Let us reinforce these words from Dr. Peale in our mind: “We are all capable of greater things than we realize." This “we” includes you and me.

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

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