Unity’s White Stone Ceremony is based on Revelation 2:17, in the Bible, which states: “To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone, with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” As we start this New Year, we each receive a white stone, on which we will write our OWN “new name.” To be noted: In Biblical times the “NAME” of anybody/anything also represented their/its character, or nature. As you “name” yourself, anew, you are setting in motion new ideas, new states of consciousness–a NEW YOU!
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While most of us may think of freedom as having come THROUGH the flames, in truth, it CAN be the flames, themselves, which GIVE us our freedom! One of the Twelve Powers, taught by the Fillmores, is RUNUNCIATION! The most FREEING use of RENUNCIATION is FORGIVENESS! True forgiveness, does not make “okay” the actions of another–one of the biggest mistaken beliefs we hold, as we hold onto resentments. Rather, forgiveness DENIES that the actions of others has ANY power over us! Another act–and a most important one–is to forgive OURSELVES! We did the best we could do at the level of consciousness we had at the time. Our Burning Bowl Ceremony gives us a physical example of the COMPLETENESS of Renunciation, as we watch our denials, written on a piece of paper, be dissolved into nothing in the fire! We are FREE, to move ahead in the consciousness of our Oneness, with The Most High!
Christmas is more than just a holiday! It is a way of life, wherein we LIVE those things that Jesus taught, throughout the year! Yes, we celebrate His birth! It represents that recognition within mankind of our divinity, as children of God, and our oneness with Him! But what we DO with this knowingness; how we express it in our everyday affairs; generosity, patience, forgiveness and seeing the Christ in others, to name a few ways, is how we LIVE Christmas! WE carry the Christmas Heart INSIDE! May we receive and BE the Christmas Heart to all!
Joy is one of the innate God-qualities within us, from the beginning; before we were born, or even conceived! We, as God’s own awareness, and emanation, of SELF, ARE joy!! Metaphysically, the birth of Jesus, which we celebrate on Christmas, is the birth of this recognition into our own consciousness, on the human plain! To KNOW that we are DIVINE, SACRED, HOLY and FOREVER MUST bring joy!! Our part is to CHOOSE to acknowledge accept and celebrate this absolute Truth, to live it in our daily lives and to radiate it out to all, unconditionally!! Wishing all a joy-filled Christmas that will last all year long and every year, going forward!
You cannot love another, without loving Self, first. AND, you cannot love Self, without loving all! So, what IS this “Love,” of which we speak? It is the recognizing, the realization and the acceptance of the ONENESS of ALL! Charles Fillmore, one of the co-founders of Unity, wrote: “Divine love is impersonal; it loves for the sake of loving. It is not concerned with what or who it loves, nor with a return of love.” When we reach that realization that, as God’s own emanation of SELF, WE ARE THAT LOVE, our whole universe changes! Love becomes the lens through which we see, the mind with which we think, and the very air that we breathe; it is the indwelling I AM in each of us!
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you…” –John 14:27
Peace is the basis for all other blessings! We can be the richest, most successful, person in the world, but without peace, our riches and success cannot truly be enjoyed; we can’t even have–much less enjoy–real health, without it! So, where do we find this better-than-gold treasure? Don’t look to the world! Fifteen minutes of the news will eradicate that idea! No, REAL peace is ALREADY WITHIN each and every one of us! Ours is to turn towards it, to acknowledge and accept it, and then to CELEBRATE it in our daily lives!
As we approach the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, on Christmas, we prepare ourselves for the reawakening in US of His everywhere available presence–IN us, AS us, through the celebration of Advent! This week, we acknowledge and celebrate Hope and Faith–again, already in us–for they are that first step in RECEIVING ALL GOOD, the desire which God has placed in us from the beginning. the desire to be His Holy Emanation, as was Jesus.
With much of the media leaning toward negativity, today, how do we stay on the path of positivity, keeping our spirits up and our attention focused where it should be? It is a decision–yes, we have the authority! But, “HOW?” you may ask. We can do it by taking those little moments, throughout the day, to count our many blessings! Those little things which we take for granted; “Thank you God that I have running water,” as we begin to do the dishes. Or, “Thank you God for the beautiful sunlight,” as we take out the trash. Just start, and you will find THOUSANDS of things for which to give thanks. Gratitude begets Blessings! Happy Thanksgiving–every MOMENT every DAY of the year!!
In this world, where it seems that someone or something “out there” is always setting the “rules”–how we should walk, talk, act, etc., there is one place where WE remain the sole authority: that place is within our own minds! WE are the executive power over what we think and feel! WE are the rulers over our own inner kingdom! Unity teaches that the material world is not causative, but rather our own thoughts, which WILL APPEAR as those conditions we experience and how we experience them. We need to remember that there is only one door to the Indwelling God–“I AM” whenever we speak it, whatever we attach to it will BE; that we are ONE with this Holy Presence and, as such, WE are the High Priests of our own, individual states of consciousness!
Sometimes, as we rush through this season of–yes–RUSHING; here and there, as fast as we can, we need to stop and ask ourselves, “Am I moving in the direction that I WANT; the direction that will take me higher to more health, happiness and prosperity?!! Or, am I just sitting, waiting for SOMETHING–ANYTHING to happen?” We have within us a power, known as “Zeal” (one of the 12 Spiritual Powers of man) which will act as the ignition switch, the engine, the accelerator and the fuel that will move us physically and spiritually to that higher experience of all life has to offer! Hold on to your hat! You are in for the ride of your life!