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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 November 11, 2018


                 We have all, or at least most of us, have heard the song “Amazing Grace” and for many it is a comfort to them … “how sweet the sound.”  But in reality it is another one of those seemingly harmless religious references that condition the mind to believe that something outside of us is “going to save a wretch like me.”  No one can save us from anything but ourselves.  And this is the Truth.

There are those who believe that Life is a test.  To those people I would state that if Life is a test, then we create the test and we create the consciousness that either passes or fails the test.  There is nothing outside of our own consciousness that is "testing" us.  Whether we succeed or fail in the things that we pursue is determined by whether we control our fears or let our fears control us.

                  From Emmet Fo
x: "G-d intended us to have dominion over our lives, to be the captain of our souls...Now, if we are to be captain of our souls, then we must speak with authority, as Jesus did...The point is a subtle one because outwardly we may desire a certain thing, but inwardly we have a fear of demonstrating it."

               Emmet Fox tells us that we must "speak with authority," and this statement carries a great deal of significance in measuring our success in demonstrating whatever it is that we want to demonstrate.  If we are experiencing the appearance of illness ... we must never speak the words that give power and validity to the illness.  The more we discuss our illnesses and the more mention we make of the experience of diminished health, the more we are unlikely to succeed in moving into a greater experience of revitalized health.  The same holds true of our desire for any Good thing we want to experience more of.  We must "speak from the demonstration" even if this means all our conversations of perfect health in time of illness, prosperity in the time of financial lack, and loving companionship in the time of loneliness ... is limited to a conversation with G-d only.  Oftentimes, when we declare health in the midst of illness or the opposite of any discord we may be experiencing ... those around us may not understand that we are speaking from a "Higher Truth" that transcends our current condition or situation.  It is best to keep our declarations or affirmations between us and like-minded individuals or limit them to G-d.

            We know without a doubt that all that we speak with conviction ... comes from our thinking ... and our thinking generates the energy of healing and attracts to us opportunities and ideas that create the changes that we seek to see manifest in our lives.  Dr. Ernest Holmes in his book, "This Thing Called You," stated: 
"When you think with complete conviction, the Law of Mind will operate on your thought exactly as you think it, for the thing, condition, or person you are thinking about."

The mystical statements of the Bible have "power" to them only as we use them with "right judgment."  The Master Mind Jesus declared, "the kingdom of heaven is within you."  But whether it is or not doesn't matter if we don't believe it.  Spiritual metaphysics teaches that we are surrounded by this Infinite Power for Good ... but we must "know" that It Is Good ... in All-Ways and All-Things.  We must create within our own consciousness a belief that we are One with the Infinite Good ... that nothing about us is inferior or superior to anyone or anything.  We must not allow ourselves to be limited ... in any way.  Whatever it is that we believe is "between us and our Good" ... we must "see it and believe it to be nothingness."  We must be willing to sit in the Silence for hours at a time if necessary ... to get to a "conviction in consciousness" that we have the very thing we desire ... the very thing that we seek ... the very thing that we pray for.  We must "ask, knowing that It Is," in other words we must "think from the results .. not to them."  Anything less ... is day-dreaming!

As we cultivate and foster a conviction in the Law of Good, which is the Law of the Universe, we will bear witness to the marvelous and amazing power of Grace in our lives.  We will let go of ineffective words like luck, competition and coincidence and know that the Grace of G-d Is Present in our lives ... that the Law of Good is doing its perfect work with precision.  "Amazing Grace .... how sweet the sound" ... as we quietly and with conviction feel Its Presence in our consciousness ... as peace, love, joy and confidence.

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


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