How many times does the word, “joy” enter into our daily conversations? More importantly, how many times do we FEEL it? There is no reason it cannot be a normal part of our everyday lives, for joy comes from within!! It is not dependent on outside circumstances; you need not wait for them to change to experience its expression in and through and as you! There ARE certain things you can do to support your ability to claim and experience it! A few of them are, living in the present, gratitude, selflessness/giving and, of course, spending time in the silence! YOU can stir up that wonderful joy inside of your own inner self; it takes only your decision to do so! We are all invited to live this coming week in pure, unadulterated JOY!!
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As we look at some of the qualities of water, this week, we can gain greater insight into our own spiritual nature! Any builder will tell you, “Water cannot be stopped. The best you can do is direct it!” HOW we direct it will determine whether it powers an electric plant or wipes out an entire village. Water is the first thing space scientists look for when trying to determine if a foreign planet will sustain life! Water has no agenda, it seeks, according to its nature, it’s own level–and THAT can be raised or lowered according to the phase of the moon. So, too, we seek our own level; however, unknowingly, we often aim too low! That level that we seek can sometimes be influenced by outside forces, too! Looking back at the unstop-ability of water, let us, too, be unstop-able in our goal of reaching that level of Christhood, available to us all! The TRUE source of all life!
How many times have we wondered, “Why am I here?” Or, even, for some of us, “Where did I come from?” The answer is that we came from One; from One-ness. We all have a sense of this, though not necessarily on a conscious level. We do all have a sense, though false, of separation (from this One). We are all seeking that One-ness from which we came! How are we to get there? We have to go through the GATE; our consciousness. A Gateway Consciousness is one which opens us to the remembrance of our oneness with the One, and through that, with each other and the universe. Our willingness opens the gate, allowing us passage. However, there are some things which cannot pass through. We must leave them on this side. A small price to pay for the wonders that await us on the other side.
Some spend their days either planning for or worrying about tomorrow OR, fretting, regretting those things that yesterday holds! Our whole personal universe is but a picture of our thoughts up to this very moment — a history lesson, if we will read it correctly! We can do nothing to change the past. So, what DO we do about that scary future? The answer is in the NOW! This very moment is the ONLY one with any power to change our experience. We are invited, this week, to practice the presence of the Now Moment through the six following suggestions: 1. Focus on the now. 2. Give attention to small things. 3. Smile! 4. Do acts of kindness. 5. Give thanks and, last but not least, 6. Don’t worry!! This NOW moment is the greatest gift you can give to yourself; it holds the power of growth, healing and all change!! Enjoy it! Savor it! Give thanks for it! Happy Now Moment!!
How many times, in our daily conversations, does the subject turn to Truth? We KNOW the principles! We often SPEAK them. How do we LIVE them? By BEING them!! We are to BE faith, BE love, BE the divinity that we are, in Truth! We must teach our thoughts; discipline our minds, to follow the path in the direction of our divine goal of expressing, fully, the indwelling Christ, in our lives!! We must be OPEN to Truth, as it presents itself! We must learn to love ourselves, as children of the Most High! Then, in our conversations, we can speak words of peace, harmony, encouragement and faith, when we are talking with others; words that lift them up and encourage them to shine their OWN Divine Light.
Some of us work our whole lives for the “almighty dollar” not knowing that there is something of so very much more value! This “something” can change everything about how we go about our daily 9 to 5 duties! It can’t be bought in a store, or even online. The truth is, we already HAVE it — right inside of us! That something is Love! When we do whatever work we do with a sense of a higher cause, with a sense of Love, we imbue our jobs with meaning beyond that of a weekly or bi-monthly paycheck. We come away with a sense of satisfaction, at the end of the day, that we have made the world a better place! We lift those around us, in the recognition that they, too, are playing a part in this! Whether we are a computer engineer or a janitor, the realization of our importance in the scheme of Life becomes a thing of beauty, to which there is no comparison. And to think that it all started — with a simple, yet unsurpassable thing — called Love!!
We have no control over what is happening around us; only over that which is happening INSIDE us! Our level of integrity will determine how we manage our inner lives; those thoughts and feelings we harbor and feed with our attention. Through integrity, we take responsibility for these thoughts we are holding, and how we choose to express them. We become more willing to serve, we become honest to a tee, with ourselves and others and we become more reliable, doing that which we have said we would do. True Integrity is based in Spiritual wisdom; that knowingness that guides us from within – that still small voice of Holy Spirit. When we consider that our lives may be the only “scriptures” that some will ever read, integrity urges and HELPS us to BE the highest and best we can be in every moment!
Question: Are you living this “game of life” as a spectator or as a player? Do you sit on the sidelines or do you get into the “game” and become a force, striving for the goal? Another question! What IS your goal, and how do you plan to achieve it? To achieve any goal, one must have a direction in which to move, a willingness to put forth the effort and the belief that the goal is attainable and worthwhile! Yogi Bhajan tells us, “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” How will we use this power? Spirit — Holy I Am, indwelling — is persistently calling us to come higher, to experience life more fully; to be a greater expression of the Divinity that we are, in Truth! Today’s the day!! Are you ready? Game on!!
How many children have prayed, “God, pleeeeeeze get me that pony for Christmas!!” Perhaps, you were even one of them!! In Unity, we do not “beg!” Rather we remember Mark11:24: “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Prayer puts aside temporary appearances and affirms the highest good – according to our ability to imagine it. We are also reminded that our deeply held beliefs are also prayers and we are advised to become aware of them and how they are affecting us. This week, Rev. Michael outlines a basic five-step process to help us pray more effectively for our highest good — or even that pony!!
Through the ages, people have sought gurus–spiritual teachers–to help them understand life and the meaning thereof. These spiritually wise people can only give of their wisdom, however, as it comes through their own “filters.” We – when we earnestly desire it and are willing to do the inner work – can avail ourselves of the One-All-in-All Guru; the indwelling Christ! Jesus gave us a path to that Presence, through His words, and through His life! He said, “I and the Father are one,” among other spiritually revealing statements. Then he told us to KEEP his words — to ADOPT them; make them OURS — and to follow Him — to live as He did. In so doing, we will come to realize our OWN Christhood, and the Truth will, indeed, raise us above the travails of life and set us free!