We are born into this world totally innocent of who and what we are…we simply are! We need a spiritual “incubator!” Much like that apparatus which keeps newborns alive, when they need a little something extra, we are given a physical body in a physical plane which keeps us, as we grow into our true awareness of SELF. In comes Metaphysics! Metaphysics teaches us, not how to avoid reality, but how to LIVE it successfully; to unlock the immense spiritual powers within us in ways that make of us a blessing to the world! Last, but not least, we are brought to the great realization of our ONENESS with GOD, and each other, at which time, we step forth that God, in and through and as us accomplishes His divine purpose!
DECORATION DAY 2023
None who have died for the cause of freedom have died in vain!! OURS is to be WORTHY of the sacrifices that they made! America was founded on the principles that were the building blocks of freedom! But freedom is not free–nor is it easy! It requires constant effort on our part: integrity, bravery, dedication, foresight and more! These are all qualities we receive directly from God! We are invited, this week, to take some time and turn within to that secret place where we are gifted, by God, with ALL we need! Let us, also, give thanks for and bless those how sacrificed their lives to give us the ability to live ours in this wonderful thing we call Freedom!
To many, the idea of being “yoked” means burdened, restricted and a number of other negative ideas. However, when, we look at the biblical meaning–even the literal one–we are reminded that their owners would often yoke young oxen with an older, more experienced one, which would TEACH the younger one all that it needed to know, aiding it with superior strength. Likewise, when we become–voluntarily–yoked with Christ, our burdens/challenges are, surprisingly, LIGHTENED, and we are given the strength and wisdom to “carry” them more effectively! Our way is made clear! The challenges actually turn into blessings, because we, through a change of mind, see them in a whole new light.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, this year as always, we are encouraged to honor those motherly characteristics–first in God and then in each other–of love, tenderness, caring, support, patience–all those things for which mothers are known! We are reminded that these things FIRST are expressed in God and then through ALL! As such, God’s will for us of health, happiness, success, beauty and joy, though honored, this day in Mothers, is in each and every one of us, just waiting to manifest in all that we think, say and do. Happy Mother’s Day to the Mother-God in you, through you and as you!
An old time song began, “I(s you is, or is you ain’t…” When it comes to the soul, the answer is “YES!” Or, perhaps, “N0!” AT THE SAME TIME!! Our Soul is ONE with God, Original Cause. AND, it is our individualization–that which separates and makes us unique, different from anybody else! What has been attributed to Jesus’ words, but is actually based on a prayer which he taught–“In the world, but not of it”–again, might explain our “Beingness” in a more easily understood way. We are here but for a time, yet, we are Eternal Beings! We are physical being, yet we are SPIRIT! We are invited to use our time here, to search deep within and bring that realization of what we are as limitless, timeless, ever-powerful sons and daughters of the most high, to the forefront of our thinking and act FROM THAT TRUTH, in all that we say and do!
Each of us, aware or unaware, is an artist, painting our consciousness on the canvass of our lives! As Jesus rose from the tomb, on Easter, He had a choice, before him, that being what would He do next; how would he use the experience to raise mankind to His knowingness of Truth–of SELF! Through His teachings, he had already painted a Spiritual canvass which has been passed down through the centuries. With his words, “Follow Me,” we were given the very same task; that of painting a canvass of Love, Truth, Harmony, Life! The thoughts we hold in mind will be the colors we will choose! And, the colors/thoughts we choose will, in turn, attract harmonizing, complimentary colors and thoughts! The choice is ours! Through our God-given power of Creativity, we WILL CREATE–and we WILL LIVE our own creation; the PERFECT PICTURE of our own individual consciousness.
Our Resurrection Guarantee
Romans 5;12 tells us how sin–and through it, death–entered the world by one sin of one man. Easter tells us how–again, through one man–the wages of sin were cancelled–for ALL mankind. This is because, in God, ALL is One!! Jesus KNEW this! He TAUGHT this! He WALKED and LIVED it! And, He told us to FOLLOW him! In Unity, we take this to mean that we are to adopt that same consciousness of God’s perfect Son, to walk the path of perfect love, harmony, peace, service and Eternal Life. However, to do this, we, too, MUST die–to those long-held beliefs in separation, fear, opposition, hatred and bitterness. As we do, we, too shall rise from our own self-made tombs of darkness and walk as a light unto the rest of world!! Happy Easter! This, too, is OUR resurrection day! Let us live it to the fullest!!
Sunday of Palms
When we interpret Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, metaphysically, we see ourselves! We think of Jesus, of Christianity as a “silver bullet” that will make everything OKAY–La-dee-dah! But, wait! There is much to be done on OUR part!! His words, “Follow me,” meant more than simply going to church on Sundays to praise Him and worshiping Him as our Savior! In following, WE are to discipline our thoughts and words and actions, accordingly! WE are to recognize our own divinity! WE become the guardians over our own consciousness! When we succumb to negativity, or anger, or judgement, we are actually crucifying our own indwelling Christ-consciousness. Then we are surprised when our world becomes dark. The Good News is that the Christ cannot be killed, and if we are willing to make those necessary changes of attitude, it WILL rise again from that dark tomb within us and raise US out of our own self-made misery! Even BETTER news is that our champion is ever waiting inside of us to HELP us–the Christ-Consciousness of Jesus; He who personified it!
Taking an inventory of self can be a most difficult thing to do! We don’t want to face the negative aspects, and are afraid to acknowledge the good ones. Lent is a time for renewal, but in order to accomplish this, we MUST do this inner work. The GOOD NEWS: this has ZERO to do with judging ourselves, rather it is to determine those things we wish to keep and those we wish to discard! The NEXT GOOD NEWS is that we have HELP! Our own souls, united with Divine Spirit, are always waiting to inform, guide, and give us the strength to follow through with any action needed. Through prayer and meditation, we can realize and acknowledge those God-given things that raise us ever higher–and how to strengthen them. Then, we can discern ANYTHING in consciousness or actions that does not support us in this aim and release those thoughts, which do not serve us. All thoughts are the starting point of all manifestation, be it wanted or not-so.
It’s the Law! Our inward attitude fills our aura and activates the Power of Attraction! (Like attracts like). The Biblical verse, “As a man thinketh, so is he” (Prov. 23:7) couldn’t put it more clearly! In light of this Truth, it would be ever so prudent for us to BE AWARE of those thoughts which we allow to run randomly through our minds, that we might learn to discipline our thinking, creating new habits thereof! The subconscious mind does not distinguish between you and me, him or her or us; it takes everything personally, and accepts it as TRUTH (whether it is or not) and sets to work manifesting our thoughts, creating our entire world; health, prosperity, happiness and freedom–or their opposites! “The kingdom of heaven is within” (Luke 17:21)! Ours is to be aware of our inward attitudes, and to guide them that we might MANIFEST the Truth of our Being, bringing Heaven into every area of our lives!