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:
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
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
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
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
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