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  • God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
  • Every human being is an expression of the divine; the Christ Spirit, by whatever name, indwells all people. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.

  • Human beings create their experience by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.

  • Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.

  • Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he or she knows.

    
 
  
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Weekly Message for April 15, 2018
     

 

            It is always amazing to me that people become offended when I write about demonstrating money through spiritual affirmation and prayer.  There is a mind-set that believes that money is somehow anti-spiritual.  Yet, spirituality is truly about living in the spirit of harmony, peace and grace.  If we can't pay our bills or have enough money for the things that bring us happiness, then very few of us will feel at peace.  We live in a universe of abundance and infinite supply and there is absolutely no spiritual law or reason why we should not prosper and feel good about being prosperous.  We don't take anything away from anyone by having that which is ours by divine right; that is, by right of consciousness. This doesn't just apply to money but to all things good that we can imagine for ourselves.  Our mind filled with the Spirit looses limitation; limited thinking.  And this is the truth for everyone.

          Ernest Holmes writes about this mingling of our spirit with the Spirit of Life Itself in his book "Creative Mind and Success":  "Spirit responds to us by corresponding to our states of thought. We enter into Spirit in such degree as we comprehend It. It enters into us through correspondence in such degree as we comprehend It. Prayer, communion with Spirit, and meditation or contemplation are for the purpose of unifying our minds with the Universal Mind, opening up the avenues of our thought to a greater influx.
            Spirit is ever ready, ever waiting, because Its nature is to incarnate. The greater our receptivity and comprehension, the more complete Its flow. The Universe is not only a spiritual system, it is an orderly system. We are living under a government of law, always, whether we deal with the soul, the body, or Spirit, whether we are dealing with physics or with metaphysics. The law is subject to Spirit, which does not mean that Spirit is capricious and may create a law only to break it, but does mean that law is subject to Spirit, in that the law is Spirit’s servant, just as all the laws of nature are our servants and obey us insofar as we understand them and properly use them. Spirit, being Omniscient, understands and properly uses all law. Hence, Spirit never contradicts Its own nature, is always harmonious, is complete within Itself; It exists in a state of perpetual bliss and always acts in accord with the law of Its own being."

           It follows that if our soul brings to the surface of our conscious mind the desire for something or for an experience different than what we are currently having, then it is the Spirit that is impelling us to accept the thing that we desire.  It is important, always, that we remember, "to whom much is given much is required" and to develop the consciousness of having is required no matter what it is that we desire to experience.

          Let us think on these words from Ernest Holmes:  "Naturally our first thought is that we would like to demonstrate health of body, peace of mind, prosperity in our affairs, to neutralize a circumstance which is unhappy, or to attract to our self some good which we have not been enjoying. Such a desire is natural and in every way normal, and the possibility of such demonstration already exists within the mind of every living soul. Every one of us has within our self the power to consciously cooperate with the spiritual side of our existence in such a way that it will create for us a new body and a new environment and a greater happiness. But the greatest good which this philosophy of life brings to us is a sense of certainty, a sense of the reality of our own soul, of the continuity of our own individualized being, and the relationship of this self to the great Whole."

        By the grace of G-d we have self-choice and through the activity of our thoughts and words and feelings we can choose the good life, the joyful life and a wonderful life.  This is the truth for everyone but not everyone is mentally disposed to accept it because they have allowed the "world belief" in duality to obstruct the development of their consciousness.  There is no "withholding" G-d or a G-d that seeks to test us or challenge us with struggle or pain; physical or emotional.  This is the god of superstition and of primitive people.  As we open our mind to receive our good let us daily without exception, affirm not only the goodness of Life but the eternal goodness and giving-ness of the Spirit to all. 

Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
(Reverend Dr.)


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