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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 15, 2015

             Life Itself is still a great mystery for those of us who don't accept black and white versions of religious opinions.  But like all good mysteries it gives us a multitude of opportunities to consider all the different ideas, concepts and opinions including religious, spiritual and scientific.  And let us not exclude our own intuitive thoughts about life.  We love life; we mourn the loss of physical life and we seek within our philosophies and religions what is revealed beyond this life.

           Life eternal is a conceptual idea woven throughout the ancient wisdom.  For those who rely on their religion for the right concept for them they will find in most religions a caveat to gaining eternal life. Yet, in the highest concepts of spirituality derived from the Holy books throughout history we find no true reasoning for this but only man-made concepts derived from a sense of separation from G-d.  This separation is the cause of a conclusion that life is subject to mortality.

           " I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it; and God hath done it, that men should recognize him. - Ecclesiastes 3:14, Ancient Wisdom

             If we read "God" as Intelligence, Power and Mind, then we shall find within these words from Ecclesiastes a guide to a greater realization of the  nature of Life.  We each must find within our own soul (consciousness) what we can accept as true for us and this is why no one else can make this conclusion for us.  I personally believe that any concept about Life that takes on a morbid or exclusionary concept is a false one.  I arrived at this conclusion based on my belief that we are a “part of” G-d and therefore I reject the idea that G-d would destroy a part of Itself based on human understanding or man-made concepts of morality.

              In Buddhism we find a fascinating idea of the afterlife:  "Based on his no-soul (anatta) doctrine, the Buddha described reincarnation, or the taking on of a new body in the next life, in a different way than the traditional Indian understanding. He compared it to lighting successive candles using the flame of the preceding candle. Although each flame is causally connected to the one that came before it, is it not the same flame. Thus, in Buddhism, reincarnation is usually referred to as "transmigration."  

            I have found that several religions, including Hinduism, believe that the human spirit returns to Earth in different forms again and again as it strives for perfection.  I have not found this personally to be credible when we realize the impact this would make on the world’s population.  What I do find fascinating is the Master Mind Jesus’ statement, “in my Father’s House are many mansions”  I take the word “mansions” to mean “dimensions” and since physicists are discovering more and  more dimensions in the universes that make up the world I find this to be very credible and worthy of further attention.  Concluding his statement Jesus tells us that he goes to “prepare a place for you” speaking from his subjective mind or consciousness.  And in this I conclude that he is telling us that there is a place for all of us determined by the level of consciousness of the individual or the degree to which our soul has journeyed along its path.

           We can find an even more provocative statement in Ecclesiastes 12:7; "…  then man's dust (body) will go back to the earth, returning to what it was, and the spirit will return to the God who gave it. Now, this is just as mysterious as the universe in which we live and the Intelligence that created it.  It provokes us to think and perhaps to re-think what we have believed about Eternal Life and mortality.  The Book of Ecclesiastes, according to conventional wisdom was authored by King Solomon in approximately 935 B.C. although not put into its current form until several hundred years later.  The statement is patterned after the nature of G-d and Life that is present throughout all legitimate religious and spiritual writings.  It speaks to the “universal” relationship that we all have with our Creator; in other words, this will be the same for everyone contradicting most religions emphatically.

           In conclusion, the mystical James Dillet Freeman gives us great food for thought in his poetic revelation of his truth in the poem “I Am There”
Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine.”
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be, because I am.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law's fulfilling. I am assurance. I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by. I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance. I am your peace. I am one with you. I am.
Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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