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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for February 22, 2015

          At one time I was acquainted with two women who were very different from each other.  One woman, which I will call Cynthia (not her real name), was very stylish and very slim and was very much in touch with the idea that what she believed for herself she could accomplish.  She was attracted to jewelry.  Gold and diamonds were attractive to her and she attracted men in her life who could give her both.  She was not one to concern herself with what other people thought of her nor did she waste any time thinking that she didn't deserve the things that she loved to have for her own.  Yet, she expressed an innate kindness that often surprised the people who knew her only on a surface level.  Her deeply felt empathy and kindness became apparent to me as I observed her relationship with the other woman.

         The other woman, who I will call Donna (not her real name), was in an abusive marriage, both mentally and physically and was going through a divorce during this time of my observation.  She was overweight and wore clothes that were second-hand gifts from her sister none of which suited her.  To say she was frumpy looking would sadly have been a compliment.  She displayed all the personality traits of someone with a deep-seated inferiority complex, indecisive and emotional, she could not or would not make decisions for herself.  Why she and Cynthia became friends was never clear to me but I knew that on a subconscious level there was unconsciously a healer and someone desiring to be healed.  

         Cynthia gave Donna the gift of kindness.  She never spoke to her or about her in a negative way.  When Donna would cry or express her feelings of unworthiness, Cynthia would quietly listen.  As Donna began to realize that Cynthia wasn't put off by her emotional outbursts or self-depreciations, she began to listen to what Cynthia would tell her.  Cynthia told her in simple terms that she could only have what she wanted the most.

         The three of us went to dinner one evening at an upscale restaurant and Donna couldn't decide what to order.  Cynthia gently said to her, order what will get you what you want the most and I will give you an example.  Cynthia said she was going to order one of the salads on the menu and a glass of wine.  To which Donna asked, "you are only having a salad?"  "Yes," Cynthia said and then she directed Donna's attention to an attractive man at a table across the room.  Cynthia caught his eye and boldly smiled at him ... the man smiled back and with a twinkling in his eye he winked at her.  And that, Cynthia said is what she wants the most ... "to be attractive to handsome men."  And, she said, in order to have what she wants the most, everything that she does must be done with what she wants most in mind.

        Let's think about these words from José Silva and Philip Miele's classic book, "The Silva Mind Control Method":  "When the will and the imagination are in conflict, it is always the imagination that wins," wrote Emile Coué. 
     If you think you want to give up a bad habit, chances are you are deceiving yourself.  If you really wanted to give it up, it would fade away on its own.  What you should want more than the habit itself is the benefit of giving it up.  Once you learn to want that benefit strongly enough, you will become free f the "unwanted" habit.
      Thinking about your habit and firmly resolving to give it up may bind you more tightly to it.  It is a little like firmly resolving to go to sleep; the very firmness of your resolve can keep you awake.

Through meditation, contemplation and visualization, we can realize what it is that we want the most.  For some people they will know quickly, others may require more time and consistent practice in order to reach that deeper level of mind that already knows what we want the most.  What we are seeking, is Intelligence.  And that which we want the most must be aligned with Intelligence and when it is, we get it.  Whatever it may be it must never be at someone else's expense ... Intelligence, which is derived from G-d, Infinite Spirit, is always for the good for everyone.  This is a universal, eternal and immutable truth.  It is simple to understand but for some people the ego-emotional aspect of their thoughts and wishes will not let Intelligence be dominant in their mind.  

       We cannot manipulate Intelligence no matter how determined our emotional demands may be.  Just the thought of taking something that is not ours or hurting someone in some way will obstruct the very power that we are seeking to work for us, through us.   St. Augustine stated this so simply when he said,
"G-d loves each of us as if there were only one of us."  This is an illustration of universal law ... the law of Intelligence.  And we can align our mind with this Intelligence by rejecting the world's concepts of comparisons and competition. 

        Let's study these words from the great metaphysician, Thomas Troward: 
"My mind is a center of Divine operation. The Divine operation is always for expansion and fuller expression, and this means the production of something beyond what has gone before, something entirely new, not included in past experiences, though proceeding out of it. Therefore, since the Divine cannot change it's inherit nature, it must operate in the same manner with me; consequently, in my own special world, of which I am the center, it will move forward to produce new conditions, always in advance of any that have gone before."

        What we want the most ... we get ... because the fact that we want it the most causes it to be ours.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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