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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for December 27, 2015

             As we look forward to the new year many of us will be looking to make changes in our lives.  Some of us will be looking to expand on the good that we are experiencing with the hope of increasing and sharing the more good that we expect to receive.  And for some, this decision for change is a result of being disappointed if not totally frustrated at the conditions in which we find ourselves.  This may take the form of a bad relationship or marriage, disappointing career, lack of success, health issues, money issues or just that blah blah feeling that reeks of lack of enthusiasm for life.  Nothing can be more detrimental to our mind, body and spirit than a lack of enthusiasm for life.  And many people attempt to resolve this by fighting their way out of it; mentally and emotionally.

             Let's look at these words of wisdom from noted philosopher, William James: 
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working.  To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” 

           Our wanting to fi
ght the circumstances or conditions that we find ourselves comes from a deeper thought that maybe things will not change and if they do, perhaps they will become even more difficult to experience.  We fear the repetitive negativity.  We may not acknowledge this and we may have never consciously admitted it to be true for us, but in order to have an "effect" there must be a "cause" and if the effect is a negation of our enthusiasm and hope, then the cause is a belief in something morbid.   

Are we responsible for the circumstances and conditions we find ourselves in?  Absolutely we are.  However, this does not mean that shame, self-blame or self-doubt is desirable or acceptable.  We cannot go back in time to the consciousness that caused our conditions and circumstances.  Nor can we be responsible for a consciousness that is no longer ours.  Our only responsibility is to begin today to cultivate and develop the consciousness that empowers us to move forward with confidence knowing and accepting that the right ideas, the right opportunities, the right conditions will be revealed to us.  William James wrote that"Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”  And he also wrote:  "We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it a falsehood.”

          In truth, our fight is against "effects" as it is impossible to fight the causes of the yesterdays.  Can we even remember or recognize that which caused our conditions?  What thought?  What belief?  What hurt or disappointment or fear that triggered the thought or the belief that negated the joy and confidence that we feel?  I don't think so and to attempt to identify a negative is far more complex than to identify the "cause" that will create the positive changes we desire.

          Take these words from the American mystic Ernest Holmes into your mind and choose to believe they are truth about you:
The Spirit within me makes all things new.  Every negative thought or condition is erased from my experience.  I am aware of my union with Good.  I am conscious of my oneness with Life.  I expect more prosperity, more happiness,  more harmony than ever before.  I walk in the joy of ever-increasing good.

I often think of the words from the Master Mind Jesus when he cautioned us to "resist not evil" ... in other words, don't try to solve a problem at the level of the problem for if you do, the problem will multiply ... or as Reverend Ike would say, "what you fight you ignite" ... and this is the truth for all of us ... and thoughts filled with aspirations of achievement and fulfilled desires will also multiply ... and this is the truth for all of us too.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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