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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for April 5, 2015

          It is with the great mysteries of life that we learn to expand our thinking and grow our spiritual awareness.  Both Passover and Easter offer the opportunity to realize a greater understanding of the relationship of mankind to G-d.  We won't get far in our seeking, however, if we rely on religion's story telling about the reason for these sacred holidays.  Yet, throughout religion's history there have been mystics who have seen through the veil and have received more spiritual insight than the average person from this all-powerful Intelligence that has created all and holds all in place in our world and in the worlds still unknown to us.

         In the book of Exodus we can read, "I am that I am" and this was the beginning of a higher truth being revealed to the mind of mankind.  Yet, mankind could only understand these words in the realm of their own individual consciousness.  As mankind progressed through the evolutionary process of not only mental but spiritual growth, these words became part of the collective consciousness of how mankind defined G-d.  Centuries passed before some few people began to understand that assuming the truth that we are created in the image and likeness of G-d, then we must be some part of this "I am that I am." 

      In the book of Isaiah we can read;
"I am the LORD, and there is none else" ... there is no life apart from the One Life that Is G-d.  And in these words we find the evidence that "I am" is our use of the Power and Intelligence of G-d, Infinite Spirit.  These simple words provide for us either a heaven or a hell for they direct the Intelligence of G-d to correspond to that which we give power to.  When the Master Mind Jesus stated; "I am the resurrection and the life" ... he was giving us a higher truth than mankind was prepared to understand.  He was referring to the Power and Intelligence of G-d available to everyone.  But the people weren't ready, and some still aren't, to realize that this is the truth for everyone.

       There are two things that we should be mindful of every day of our lives.  The first is that we are unique and we have the physical evidence to prove this.  And the second follows that we have our own unique ability to experience life as we empower our thoughts and our words with "I am."   This seems so simple to remember and yet so often we are more unconscious of this "image and likeness of G-d" as actively a part of us than we are conscious of it.

        Charles Fillmore, Co-Founder of Unity wrote this: 
"The Passover was used by Jesus to represent the freeing of the spiritual man from the dominion of sense. It is part of the regenerative process that goes on in the body under the inspiration of the Christ mind. It is the passing over or out of one state of consciousness into another."
And how do we identify with this "Christ mind" on an individual basis?  In truth it is the Spirit of G-d within us and embracing us.  The Apostle identified with this in the best words he had; "in Him, we live and move and have our being."  In other words, in the Omnipresent Spirit that we call G-d, for lack of a better word, we are in It and of It; in the Intelligence, the Power and the Mind that Is God, and It is within us as intelligence, power and mind.

          There have been countless numbers of books written and countless numbers of speakers have spoken about this "I am" consciousness that either consciously or unconsciously we seek to attain.  Our ability to elevate our mind and heart to this level of consciousness is determined by the spirit in which we live our life.  When the great Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote his book, "The Power of Positive Thinking" publishers rejected his book and the people almost threw him out of the church in which he was the Pastor.  There has always been a great resistance to the truth going all the way back to the Master Mind Jesus and beyond.  Our experience of life will always be determined by the spirit in which we live each day.  By the spirit of our thoughts and the spirit of the words in which we announce to the world our state of consciousness.  The Master Mind Jesus told us that we "are gods" ... that we are "the light of the world" ... but mankind was so resistant to this truth that it attempted to destroy him.  But no one or no-thing can destroy life ... for the "I am" within all living things is G-d.

        Promise yourself to be mindful each day of these words from the mystical Christian D. Larson: 
"To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me."  And the best that is in each of us is expressing as the "I am" through our heart, our mind and our soul.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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