Per Dan Gable, “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” So, what is this Gold Medal for which athletes devote their strength, determination, dreams – their very lives – to attain? “Why?” one would ask, when it will most likely simply be framed and displayed, but other than that, will have no use! What, in OUR lives, do WE consider so valuable as to devote the totality of our being to attain? Will it be something to display on a shelf, for a few to see? Or something to radiate, on a daily basis, for the whole world to see; something which will benefit not only us, but all whom we touch! We are invited, this week to reexamine our priorities and, if appropriate, make some self-nurturing changes. Gold is obtained by washing/burning away all that is not Gold. When we release all that does not support our highest good, we are going for the GOLD standard of God Ordained Life Demonstrated!
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Each and every one of us has, within, a guidance system, known by different names: gut-feeling, little nudge, conscience or intuition. We can use it to lead us to our goal, or goals, whether they be worldly or spiritual. Our job is to acquaint ourselves with this inner “system” and learn how to properly use it! This week, we are invited to use it as a navigator; to let us know WHERE we are in relation to our goal, the DIRECTION in which we need to proceed and the POSSIBLE HAZARDS in our path! We are given, today, some tools–some words of wisdom–to keep in mind. Let us remember always that this guide is WITHIN, always ready, always eager and always holding our highest good as the ultimate goal.
Mount Olympus, in Greek Mythology, was where the Gods lived. This week, we’re looking at how everybody has, within them, their own Mount Olympus; where their own indwelling Christ consciousness resides. But, how do we get there from this world of illusion which tries, constantly, to divert our attention? Every journey begins with that first step, to be followed by another and another, each going in the direction of our goal! We have, within us, tools that we can take along to make that journey easier; that will help keep us on the path! The first of these is desire! When we combine it with our other God-given gifts, and apply them faithfully, never giving up, then as stated in the Science of mind Textbook: “Man’s destiny is divine and sure!” Happy mountain climbing!!
Our nation was founded on the idea of freedom; of liberty. However, as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” Freedom is an idea in Divine Mind that we must access through prayer and meditation, if we are to make it a sustaining part of our consciousness. It is an idea which we must choose, on a moment to moment basis. As we so choose, we are freed, not just politically, but we are freed from the everyday circumstances and occurrences that might otherwise bind us to victim-hood, resentments, or fear of things to come! This week, we are invited to abide in the Christ realization that we are set free from all belief in bondage and limitation by the renewing of our minds!!
As we honor our earthly fathers, this Sunday, let us remember that we are all created in the image and likeness of our Heavenly Father! We are all born into this world with both the Father/Mother image; the male/female in each and every one. Biblically speaking, Father-God represents protection, wisdom, strength, steadfastness, courage, support, patience and unconditional love. If some of us grew up with fathers who were, perhaps, less than this “perfect image” we can bring forth that Heavenly Father idea, within, to fill us with those qualities we may not have learned from “Dad.” We do this through prayer and meditation. We can rise above that personal father image to the Universal Image and Likeness to bring forth, in our own lives, higher more expansive expressions of the Divine Father. Happy Father’s Day!!
In this life experience, we all have a destination; a work that we are to do. It is born in us from the beginning. We can look to nature to find some of the tools that might help us along this path; take, for instance, the salmon. They hatch high in fresh water rivers, swim downstream and enter the ocean, where they live their lives. When the time comes for them to reproduce, they return to the SAME spot from which they came. So it is that we, coming from Spirit, enter this physical world to live and experience, to learn and grow and then to return to that from which we came, more mature, more compassionate, more loving, of a higher consciousness! This week, we are invited to use those “tools,” learned from the Salmon to make our journey more successful; 1. Be flexible and adapt. 2. Stay observant and hone your senses. 3. Fuel up beforehand. 4. DON’T give up! 5. Make the most of your time. And 6. Keep growing and thriving. Happy swimming!!
Happiness is a choice! Surprised? In case you didn’t know, it’s an inside job! If we attach our happiness to outside situations or other people, our happiness becomes fragile, because outside circumstances change. True happiness is of God and does not change with worldly events. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving.” This tells us that gratitude for God’s blessings is the KEY! When we pray, in alignment with TRUTH, (and, we are always praying, with every thought we think), we are OPENING those gates to our highest good! Those gates are INSIDE of us! We are invited, this week, to see beyond appearances to the Absolute Good that is always present, never changing, and forever ours! Standing on Truth, we CAN get back to happy!
Affirmations and denials can be likened to matches! They can spark light into those darkened corners of our lives; those unseen places where we are afraid, angry, weary or where we lack self-confidence or courage to carry on! In order to light a match, we must strike it against a course surface; in life, those things that trigger our negative thoughts or emotions. So, through denials and affirmations, we can strike the appropriate “Truth Matches,” against whatever challenges we are facing! However, WE, individually, are the only ones who can light those matches! No one else can do it for us. EACH of us must access those spiritual powers already WITHIN! Nobody else can do it for us! From our Wings of Song book: “We search and search in outer ways to find our happiness. But when we turn to power within we turn from ‘No’ to ‘Yes!'” The match is in OUR hands! We are invited to strike it and start that inner fire which will illumine our whole world!
Our happiness, our peace, our sense of well being are not dependent upon outer circumstances; they depend solely on our thoughts and expectations. At times, we may fail to realize that these are totally in our control; WE DECIDE those thoughts upon which we will focus and to which we will lend our energy. A “Cavalry Mindset” is one in which we face and overcome whichever mental “enemy(s)” we face! The cavalry is not a single soldier, but rather an army. Spiritually, we have, indwelling, an army of tools! We refer to this state as Christ Consciousness! It is there for us, wherever we are, whatever we are facing, ready to come to our rescue. We call it into action through prayer, denials and affirmations, meditation, through our focus on Truth and through our decision to command and control the thoughts we hold.
We are all here for a purpose! Some of us struggle, for years, trying to discern that purpose, while others may go through life not giving it a thought. Today’s world draws us back to this age-old question: “What am I doing here??!!” The answer, as always lies inside. Ultimately, we are here to BE! We are here to express all that God is, and can do, in and through and as us! Today’s lesson sheds some light on what that means and tools that will empower us to attain our purpose: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken!