We, in our everyday lives, may not look at gratitude as a “power!” Most of us see it as the EFFECT of things received, circumstances changed, and results of efforts which we had desired. What we fail to see is that GRATITUDE is the very magnet–originating in mind–that draws these desired things into our experience, in the first place! We forget that very first Law; that like produces like! “And God said, ‘Let us create man in our image.'” (–Gen. 1:26) When we focus our thoughts on gratitude and those things for which we are grateful, we are creating an energy which will, in turn, draw to us MORE and then MORE, again! Happiness doesn’t bring gratitude; gratitude brings happiness!! This week, we are invited to BE in the MOMENT, noticing those little things for which we can be grateful. We are invited to hold in mind the vision of our desire fulfilled. We are invited to make the DECISION to BE GRATEFUL, NOW!! Then, without expectations as to HOW, we are invited to allow Spirit to do its perfect work in bringing forth the fruit of that gratitude seed, which we have planted in consciousness!
Unity has taught us, since its inception, that thoughts are living things which produce each after its kind! This, in and of itself is a lot to think about! However, HAVING thought about it, what are we to DO about it? You see, we are in this world to BE and to DO! John 13:17 tells us, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Unity has given us five basic principles, from which we can launch; principles that will help us stay moving in the right direction and which will help us reach that wonderful goal of living in conscious union with the ONE, All in all! We are invited to take these principles into our daily lives! Live them! Act in harmony with the spiritual law in back of them! We are invited to “…live as an expression of God’s living, loving Truth,” that the fruits of His kingdom may be ours! The time is now! Come Church, ARISE! Love with His hands, See with His eyes. BE the Christ that you are in Truth!
In our oneness with God, we are one with ALL! This message permeates the scriptures! As such, the teachings, the miracles, the life and death and resurrection of the Christ, Jesus are also OURS! We need not suffer on the cross, as did He, but we DO, on our own individual level, have to go through our own trials and to allow our own mortal consciousness be buried in that tomb, if we are to emerge triumphant with Him! We have to pray, “Thy will be done!” in the knowing that Absolute Good IS the will of the Father, for each and every one of us. In so doing, we enable Spirit to do its perfect work in and through and as us, overcoming and eliminating those negative, errant, worldly beliefs to which we have clung, in ignorance, and raise us, triumphant, in TRUTH! Resurrection, then, is not just one incident in the life of Jesus, but happens every time we allow Spirit to raise us thusly. Happy, Joyous Easter! Happy, Blessed Resurrection!!
This coming week, which started with Palm Sunday is referred to as both Holy Week and Passion Week. We are invited, as we consider the events revealed in the Bible, to also remember that these stories are OUR stories!! Jesus entrance into Jerusalem was a definite “in your face” affront to the church elite! So, too, the Indwelling Christ Spirit goes against every one of our worldly beliefs! By our attachment to these beliefs, we daily “crucify” the TRUTH that Jesus taught! But, Truth cannot die; it IS! Even as Jesus demonstrated that death is not real, thereby nullifying the original sin of the belief in separation, our indwelling Christ WILL rise above all of our failures. We are invited to take up the “cross” (our responsibility) of nullification of error thought and resurrect our own conscious realization of our oneness with God; with absolute Good, Unconditional Love and Eternal Life! THIS is the TRUE passion inside of us that is waiting to reveal itself!
Ever asked yourself, “What am I doing here?!!” If so, do not feel like the Lone Ranger! To question is natural! Why ARE we–all of us–here? We each answer this question, to different degrees, based on what WE think the WORLD thinks we are!! Again! We each answer the question, to different degrees, based on what WE think the WORLD thinks we are!! Then, we go about trying to fill that role much as an actor onstage! Then, at some point, if we are lucky, we find Truth! We find that we really are sons and daughters of the most high!! And, the journey–the DASH–homeward begins!! And, where IS this illusive “home?” WITHIN!! Right where the Christ, Jesus, said it was! We are divine! We are sacred! We are here to do the work and BE the presence of the Most High!! We are to be the FRUITS of Spirit’s ideas of Self!! The masks fall off!! The stage and the script completely change!! We find ourselves standing in light!! Not speaking from a pre-written script, but from deep down in our hearts, Truth, as we know it!! And, behind the scenes, the One, I Am that I Am —smiles!
Ah, the luck o’ the Irish!! We celebrate it on St. Patrick’s Day, every year! We claim good luck with four-leaf clovers and rabbits’ feet and any number of other “good luck” charms. Our faith in these may, indeed, produce some form of luck. But, what–really–IS this thing we call luck? Chance? God doing us a favor? As Truth students we have learned that everything in the universe happens according to Divine Order and Divine Law! We have learned, also that everything must partake of the nature of its cause. In layman’s terms, our thoughts–those we hold, consistently, in mind–produce after their kind! OUR THOUGHTS PRODUCE OUR “LUCK!!” When we put our faith, our belief, in a luck based on happenstance or chance, we relinquish our power! This week, we are invited to reclaim that power and attract ALL the Good that we desire by being AWARE of and DISCIPLINING our thoughts! Others will look at us and call us lucky, but we will know the TRUTH!!
The Bible tells us that there is but ONE Life in ALL. In this knowing, we might ask ourselves, “What are we doing with our “share?” Do we truly know what we re, in Truth? Are we AWARE of the awesome power that is at our disposal at any moment in time? Are we aware of the monumental responsibility, to ourselves and to the world, to USE this Life, Love, Intelligence and Power that we ARE to the highest of our present capability? God can only do for us as we allow Him to do THROUGH us. The good news is that, as we become more self-aware, as we become more open and receptive to Spirit, our own Soul intelligence will lead us to higher, more loving, more joy-filled, fulfilling expressions of the Divinity that we are! However, this awareness does not come all at once, but, rather, in little bits and pieces, little “Aha’s!” according to our ability to process and use them to the higher good of all! We are ALL on an adventure into the greatest, most wonderful mystery!! This week, we are invited to enjoy the discoveries and the treasures that await us!
During Lent, we often “fast” from all forms of negativity, as we prepare for the risen Christ in our consciousness. As we are “fasting” from this negativity and error thought, we may find ourselves missing those familiar, albeit not-so-good favorites upon which we relied; “It’s HIS/HER/THEIR fault!” “I can’t STAND…(fill in the blank)” or, “Why should I have to forgive–do the work–be the one!” etc. Without these to fall back on, we may find ourselves groping, feeling lost. Welcome to the Divine Wilderness! It’s unfamiliar! It can be scary! But it’s right where we need to be!! God has put us here–and is guiding us through it!! Spirit is providing for us every step of the way! Let’s CELEBRATE this, our transformation period into a higher, sweeter, more peaceful, loving state of consciousness!
“It is what it is,” I said. I was immediately corrected, “It is what you make of it!” Herein starts my–and our–awareness of Divine Will, the executive power of the mind! What WILL I make of it? We’ve long heard, “As I give, so will I receive.” What is given is determined by what we WILL to give!! So, what WILL we give? We can give, do, be according to our own understanding, or we can turn our individual wills over to that universally perfect will of God! We can allow that perfect Love, Wisdom, Strength–all that God is–express in and through and as us, according to Divine Will! This week, we all are invited to take that leap of faith (again, our choice! According to our will!) and allow Divine Will to raise us high above anything we, of our own individual understanding could possibly achieve!! So, WILL we do it?