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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 4, 2015

           "Fretting and stewing and conniving do not draw us closer to our good, to greater wholeness of body, illumination of mind, harmony of affairs. Such attitudes only delay and hinder the good results we seek, while willingness, cooperativeness, and expectation hasten our receiving of the blessings desired. When we add to this willingness and co-operative-ness, faith in the infinitely wise Father (Spirit), there is no limit to the good we may claim and receive." - Mary Kupferle. God Never Fails

           Imagine what it would be like if everyone had the willingness to solve the issues of our world without first thinking about how it affects them personally.  Politicians and religious leaders cannot be counted on to lead the way to solutions but so many people continue to look to them.  After the gun violence in Oregon this week a GOP politician said we don't have a gun problem and don't need more gun regulations.  He said instead we have a mental illness problem in this country.  I couldn't agree more and it is centered in the Congress.  It seems the majority of the people in Congress believe that you can do the same thing over and over again and get a different result.  And this is what will continue to be as long as politicians continue to connive and think only of what benefits their own personal agenda with little concern or cooperation with that which will benefit the entire country.

         When we turn to G-d we must realize that we are turning to Intelligence.  But, not just intelligence, but an Intelligence far beyond the ability of the human mind to embody.  It is this Intelligence that permeates everything visible and invisible in the universes that we are aware of.  And then we must realize the nature of this Intelligence which is always universal, always for the expansion of that which is good for all.  Emerson tells us that "the selfish man suffers more from his selfishness then from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit."  In other words, a selfish attitude or prayer constricts the very Intelligence necessary for us to receive the good that we desire.  Selfishness, then is another sign of insanity, that is, that which is lacking in intelligence.

         This is what the American Mystic, Ernest Holmes, has to say about "Insanity":  "A temporary or permanent control of the conscious mind by the unconscious or subjective.  This control may be complete or in degrees.  Psychologists find it difficult to distinguish between sanity and insanity, since we are all insane in such degree as we entertain wrong conclusions about life; but in its broader sense, insanity means a temporary or permanent loss of the objective faculties.  The throne of reason is usurped, while the subjective, emotional reaction to life controls the thought.  The real mind, of course, cannot be deranged, and a complete mental treatment for insanity is to know there is but One Mind, which is now functioning, and perfectly functioning, in the individual who appears to be insane."

          We can conclude from the words of Ernest Holmes that even though we may all "appear" to have lost our sanity at times the truth is that this is never the condition of the "real mind" which draws its intelligence from the Spirit of G-d Itself.  And the "good news" is that these conditions are always temporary.  There is a statement in the ancient wisdom that illustrates this human condition, "whereas I was blind, now I see" ... blind to the truth that Universal Intelligence can ever be limited for it would be against Its nature to be so.  And in this we can find ourselves rejecting and denying the signs of insanity that appear in our thoughts and in our observances of others.  As we know that this Supreme Intelligence is always available, always corresponding to our faith in It, we can know that even those lucid moments of sanity can be overcome.

        Let us think about these words from Walt Whitman:  "What do you suppose Creation is?  What do you suppose will satisfy the Soul, except to walk free and own no superior?  What do you suppose I have intimated to you in a hundred ways, but that man or woman is as good as God?  And that there is no God any more divine than Yourself?  And that that is what the oldest and newest myths finally mean?  And that you or any one must approach Creations through such laws?"

We must always remember and never forget that we are an "expression" of Intelligence; clothed in human form, our divinity is inherent for the nature of G-d is always and forever being expressed through us ... through our mind, body and spirit ... and in this awareness we can know this for everyone and everything.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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