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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.

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Weekly Message for June 17, 2018, 2018
     

 

            No matter what subject we may bring up to a group of individuals their reactions will always be based on what they habitually give their attention to.  Here in the United States we have clear choices in how we receive and absorb “News” through the Media.  The more we give singular attention to certain media the more our reactions and responses to “News” will be based on habitual individual sensation.  People who set their television channel on Fox News will react very differently to “News” than the people who set their television channel to MSNBC, CBS, ABC or CNN.  Each of these networks present the same “News” more often than not, but the “sensations” that they “cause” through their presentation of the “News” differs greatly.

               Sensations are “caused” by the effects of attention.  In “The Principles of Psychology” authored by William James we can find the following conclusions:  The immediate effects of attention are to make us:
a)    perceive –
b)    conceive –
c)    distinguish –
d)    remember –
better than otherwise we could – both more successive things and each thing more clearly.  It also
e)    shortens “reaction time.”

           This we want to understand as we choose to create through the power of our mind the ability to make our best better.  Why?  Because what we give our attention to and how we react to the things that get our attention determines the quality of the development of our consciousness.  Consider the sensations both emotional and physical that go through your mind as you perceive, conceive, distinguish, remember and react to your thoughts.  Do you experience joy, happiness, peace of mind, sadness, anxiety, depression or do you find yourself in the state of being mindful of your quiet mind?

           Some time ago someone told me that people’s perceptions of me were very important.  The person who said this stated it with a straight face.  None of us are responsible for other people’s perceptions of us.  The person who holds the perception in their mind is responsible for their perceptions of us and the consequences that follow when they speak about us based on their perceptions which may have nothing to do with the truth of us.  The ability to perceive is useful and beneficial as these are used to develop our own consciousness and anything else is a malpractice.  I remember when I opened the church in Palm Springs someone said to me; “congratulations – this is like your dream come true!”  The reality is that this was not the case at all.  I never had ever dreamed of opening a church, but my great desire was to be a teacher who could motivate those who did desire to realize the manifestation of their dreams.  After eleven and a half years I closed the church; I am just not the “Pastor of a Church” type personality and so I went back to my intention to be a teaching minister sans church services.  But my desire to motivate and teach others to learn how to manifest their dreams and desires continues to burn brightly in my heart and mind.

            In Wayne Dyer’s book “The Sky’s The Limit” he writes that we are to “trust your animal instincts.”  The great William James would agree with him.  Wayne Dyer writes: “The adult in you, when it excludes the child’s abilities to enjoy the present, is your enemy.  Remember, those children you admire so much for their ability to enjoy life are not foreign creatures to you.  You have one of those children inside you.  The question is whether you are going to let him out or be threatened so much by him that you insist on trying to change the real children around you to be more like you, to postpone their gratification, to feel as incomplete as you may feel.  In fact, becoming a No-Limit person means precisely what it says – which is that you rid yourself of the self-imposed limits which are inherent in postponing your gratification.  Living fully now means No-Limits, while endlessly postponing your enjoyment is a severe limitation to your fullest humanity.”

          Too often our mind is in “postpone” mode.  We postpone making the decisions that will bring greater happiness or prosperity into our life experiences.  We postpone taking the vacation to the place we would love to visit and instead go to where others would like for us to go or even more likely go to some familiar place.  We postpone losing weight, loosing unhealthy habits, loosing negative people from our lives, letting go of the job we don’t want and finding the work that we love.  We all are postponing something even if we are not conscious of it.  It is something we have learned as we have appeared to have grown up.  Far too many of us are still in “tribal” consciousness.  We want to “fit in” more than we want to “bene-fit” by making the choices and decisions that will create for us a wonderful life.  But, we don’t have to stay in this mind-set.  Everything begins to change as we perceive of ourselves differently and as we conceive of the right ideas for us.  As we distinguish from what we remember our life to be as a child who expected instant gratification and begin to react to the thought that the “sky’s the limit” and loose the disappointing thought of postponement, the effects of the sensations that will fill our mind will loosen the imprisoned splendor of intelligence and power within us … and we shall begin to conceive of even greater things that we shall do.

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


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