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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for January 18, 2015

        When I piece together the words and phrases and statements for these weekly messages I rely on what ideas come to my awareness.  Oftentimes the ideas come from something that has come to my awareness or one of the hundreds of books that I have in my home or it may be just the name of an author that comes into my mind and stays for a day or two.  This week I kept thinking of William James and his genius in understanding religion, psychology and philosophy.  William James: (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician.  His work and his writings caused him to be considered one of the leading thinkers in American history. 

         Here is an example of his genius: 
“Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.”  This statement speaks to what the mystical Ernest Holmes referred to as "thought atmosphere" ... that which is beyond personality and is the substance of everyone's consciousness or soul.  James is also taking us beyond conscious awareness to the subjective mind which is always causing impressions not only on our own body, mind and spirit, but also the spirit (mind) of those we come in contact with.  It is a preface to our understanding our true self. 

        I believe that need and desire are the drivers of life experience.  Both create within us an awakening of our imagination and inner strength.  We all have more needs than we realize at any given point and so we are driven to fulfill them only to then realize that we have need of more.  Far few people truly investigate in their minds what causes them to desire a thing, a person or a feeling.  We have all heard people say, "I desire to feel good" ... and in this statement we have to wonder what "feel good" feels like.  Is feeling good fulfilling a need or a desire?  Do we have greater confidence in fulfilling our needs than we do our desires?  This is a question that begs for a genuinely honest answer.  Do we habitually think of what is possible or do we dare to contemplate accomplishing the seeming impossible?  These are questions that reveal our measure of faith in ourselves.  William James tells us;  
"There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self." 

William James gives us also this sage advice:  “Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”

         Few are those who have really come into a complete awareness of who the "real me" is.  The reason for this is that most people fail to go beyond the possible and only the reasonably possible at that.  Yet, the Spirit that is within us, surrounding us, pressing against us ... our mind, body and spirit ... is always seeking for us to go beyond the possible and use the Power and Intelligence that is always available to us to accomplish the seemingly impossible.  The Master Mind Jesus said "that which seems impossible to mankind is possible with G-d" ... and he went on to say that if we had but the "faith the size of a mustard seed, we could say to a mountain to be moved into the sea" ... in other words he was telling us to seek to demonstrate the seemingly impossible and know that G-d will work for us, through us.  But how often do we realize that we have the Power and Intelligence of G-d as ours to use?  As we seek and identify with our "true self" we shall find ourselves seeking to do, to be and to have that which has seemed impossible for us in the past.  Most of us live in the false truth that only that which we can see, hear, feel, taste and touch is real ... but these are only objective facts not reality.  That which is "real" is eternal, changeless and universal ... in and through all.

We can accomplish the seemingly impossible for G-d Intelligence has incarnated within us the ability to do so.  Our Creator has gifted us with a creative mind and imagination ... both of which are critical to our realizing our best and greatest in life.  Our imagination is powerful taught the great Neville and William James before him:  “Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.”  This is a statement often used by both James and Neville. It is a truth which takes us beyond the physical to the metaphysical or spiritual and beyond the possible to accomplishing the impossible. 


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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