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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 December 9, 2018


             “We are always specializing the Law of cause and effect for some purpose. Mostly we are doing this unconsciously. Now we must learn to bring our thoughts and purposes into line with the original harmony. In doing this we should not be afraid that we are usurping the Divine Will any more than a farmer would be afraid that he is going contrary to the laws of nature or the will of G-d when he decides to plant corn instead of cotton. The necessity of choosing is ordained by the very nature of our being, and we cannot escape it.
              We are at liberty to choose what manner of life we shall live. We should feel that in this choice we are backed by all the will, all the purpose and all the law in the universe. Our reliance is on this law and order. It is the creative agency of all life and at the same time our use of it is personal and individual.
             Here is all the freedom one could ask for and all the freedom that the Infinite Spirit itself could possibly have given us — the freedom to act as an individual, the freedom to give full rein to our creative imagination, the freedom to do this, at least temporarily, in such a way as to produce discord instead of harmony; and more important, the freedom to produce harmony instead of discord.
               If we couple with this the idea that no one can harm another without ultimately hurting themselves, that good alone can finally win, we shall see that when any individual’s consciousness is in tune with the Infinite they need no longer ask, “Does G-d wish me to be happy or whole?” or, “Does the Law of Good desire me to have this thing which I desire?” They need merely ask, “Can I conceive of this as being done? Am I certain that my desire is in line with good? If it is, nothing is against me and everything is for me.
      from How to Use the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes (slightly modified)

               We can read in the ancient wisdom of the Holy Bible that “as you sow, so shall you reap” and these words are synonymous with the definition of cause and effect and Karma.  The Master Mind Jesus, however, took this law of cause and effect and the Hindu and Buddhist law of Karma to a deeper more profound level of consciousness; he said, “it is done unto you as you believe.”  In other words, it is not just what we do or say but what we believe about ourselves and what we believe about others, and what we believe about just about everything, that scores a karmic hit either for or against us.  Our way then is to rid our consciousness of negative beliefs.  If we know someone is a crook, let them be a crook to the world but in our mind hold them as consciousness expressing at the level at which they presently exist in their mind.  For it is their consciousness, not ours, that is expressing as a crook, so we can leave them right where they are and hold nothing in our mind as negative about them.  This is not always easy to do but we can lessen the negativity in our mind by not dwelling on the negative qualities of people and by definitely not speaking out loud the word crook. If we burn our finger on a hot stove we don’t think of the stove as evil or hateful, we know that the stove is doing what a stove does; nothing more.  

              William James wrote:
“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working.  To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.”  This fear in our minds takes our liberty away.  It creates limitations through worry, anxiety and repetitive thinking of past disappointments.  As we dissolve fear in our mind and learn to resist not evil as the Master Mind Jesus stated we should do, we shall at the same time loose the limitations that bind us to that which we seek to eliminate from our life experience.

               We are all “held in Mind” … as we have learned from the ancient wisdom, “in Him (Spirit/Mind) we live and move and have our being” … and so we are “subject” to the collective consciousness or race mind as some will refer to it.  Nonetheless, this being “subject” does not make us a “victim” but instead gives us a strengthened faith in the Good.  Why?  Because we know as William James points out “the world we see that seems so insane” is not of our making and we have the liberty to change our own personal belief system.  This is what the Master Mind Jesus realized when he said, “be in the world but not of the world.”  We are of the One; Infinite Spirit, Intelligence and Power. 

                Lastly, let’s think on these words from the
New World Encyclopedia:  William James was not interested in studying religious institutions or doctrines. He focused instead on "the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual people in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine." For example, James compared two different types of religion according to the feelings and emotions that they instilled in people—the “Religion of Healthy-Mindedness” versus the “Sick Soul.” Healthy-minded religious people like Mary Baker Eddy and Walt Whitman hold firmly to their belief in the “goodness of life” while the “sick souls,” like Leo Tolstoy and Saint Augustine, constantly feel the dark dread of evil invading their lives.

             We shall always have the Liberty to choose to either join the sick souls or maintain a firm belief in the goodness of life.  Let’s choose the wonderful life every day in all circumstances that we may find ourselves in.  And in this consciousness, we can have liberty without limitations.

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


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