James B. Conant once said, “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” Throughout our lives we will be confronted with opportunities to choose; this road or that, speak or maintain silence, strive for a goal or sit back doing nothing. Again, we are reminded that we come into this world fully loaded. But all the arrows in the world will do nothing unless they are put against the bow, aimed and pulled. This leaves us with yet another question; WHERE do we aim? If we are uncertain we can, through our times of meditation ascertain our souls’ true intention in any situation. Then, in the certainty that we have everything given to us to accomplish Spirit’s goal in and through and as us, we can step forward and JUST DO IT!
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Every word for God, in the Biblical Jewish writings, was always male AND female in nature; male being the thinking/intellectual and female being the feeling nature. This male/female pattern is exhibited throughout nature. This Sunday, we celebrate the feminine in all of us, in its many aspects and expressions! The most common expression that we attribute to the Divine Feminine is that of Love. Not the romantic kind of movies and novels, but the unconditional Love that is part of God’s nature in and through us and as us: it heals, guides, prospers, forgives – and it holds the whole universe together from the biggest galaxy to the tiniest atom. Love without intellect is foolish and easily led astray. Intellect without love is cold and lifeless. They are the perfect pair, you might say. Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers, and to the Divine Feminine in all Fathers.
Every thought we think is like a seed, or a kernel on an ear of corn. Our minds are like the field in which we plant our seeds. Depending on how we nurture our “seeds” or “kernels” (devote attention and feeling to them) they will, in time produce a crop; our life experiences of health or sickness, prosperity or want, etc. We are also affected by the “fields” of those with whom we associate! This week, we are invited to be aware of the types of seeds we are planting and to also be aware of how our “fields” and those of close associates become intermingled (cross-pollinated). Think peace! Think love! Think life! Think health and prosperity! Think those kernels/seeds you wish to harvest!
The universe might be described as a giant web – each part connected in some way to another. Though not physical, these connections are energetic, and herein we realize the law of Attraction. Love is the power or energy that holds galaxies, planets, all matter, down to the atomic level, together. It is what we ARE! We are invited, this week to express this Divine Love of which we are made and in which we live and move and have our being. We are invited to become conscious of it and live FROM it; to BE the Holy I AM, made manifest; one with the One which is ALL IN ALL.
The story of Jesus’ resurrection is the center point of Christianity – more so, even, than that of His birth. Metaphysically, it is the story of our own resurrection from the tomb of error thought! For Jesus, it took three days. For us, who haven’t attained His state of consciousness, it is a continuing process. However, the end result, Jesus showed us, is to be the same! Life! Life as we were truly created to be, filled with, and expressing, the glory with which God created us.
As we celebrate Holy Week, let’s remember that, though this is Jesus’ story, historically, it is also OUR story, metaphysically! Jesus represents the Indwelling Christ Spirit in us; the donkey is our ego, on which we must ride, controlling where it goes; the crowd represents our higher “thought children,” recognizing and praising the Truth of our Being, and the pharisees, that part of ourselves which does not want to give up our old erroneous ways. Our mission here in this life is to recognize and LIVE this Truth in everything we think, say and do! We ARE Walking (talking, living, etc.) Divinity!
There is a seed which was planted within us from the beginning; the Christ seed. This seed, when we become aware of its presence within; when we take the time and exert the effort to nurture it, will grow into health, abundance, freedom, love and joy! However, we must be willing to release the old negative thinking habits and CHANGE! This week we are invited to do just that! We are invited to have the COURAGE to change, the WILLINGNESS to change and the FORTITUDE to KEEP changing until we get it right; until we taste the sweet fruits of that Divine Christ seed within each and every one of us!!
Remember that last pair of slippers you bought? At first they just didn’t feel right. Then, slowly, they became SO wonderfully comfortable. Now, they’re showing some wear; maybe it’s time to replace them! Habits are like those slippers! To be noted: Not all habits are bad, however some can yield to even BETTER ones! This Lenten season, we are focusing on creating some new habits; ones that will manifest richer, more meaningful experiences in life. We are invited to release those habits that no longer serve us: resentment, self-condemnation, judgement or whatever falls short of the Truth of our being. These new habits-in-the-making may seem strange, at first, and not all that comfortable. However, if we will steadfastly work at establishing ourselves in their practice, we will enjoy an Easter awakening/rebirth beyond our expectations!
Everything we need for a satisfying, fulfilling, abundant life awaits right inside of us! That we look outside of ourselves says that we really don’t know who and what we are, or our relationship with the All-In-All; I AM! We will experience life, according to our habitual mental choices; thoughts, words, feelings – and those memories we choose to relive! We can change these habits, replacing the not-so-pleasant ones with others that will enable us to experience the health, joy, freedom peace and love that we brought into this world, within us. The way is clear! No need to wait! Seek first the Kingdom! Here! Now! Inside!
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” Actor John Wayne gave us this bit of truth! There are so many wonderful things waiting to be discovered, to be experienced by those with the courage to step into the unknown! What stops us from living the health, abundance, freedom and joy which are all part of who and what we are? One thing: Fear! Fear has been described as “False Evidence Appearing Real.” This week we are invited to hear and heed our own souls’ urging to, “Go forth! Live! Be! Rejoice in your oneness with the All In All!” It’s waiting for everybody! Why not you?