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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?
As we enter the Lenten Season, we are preparing for the resurrection, within, of “the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 2:5) To do this, we release old, mortal beliefs, that Truth might fill our consciousness, and our lives, in every area.
We each have a “face” that everybody sees! Smiling, happy, strong and at peace!! People see and love this “self” that we allow to show. We take care of it, groom it and treat to special goodies, at times. But, there is another “self” that we seldom feel comfortable allowing others to see; that inner, wounded child is much too vulnerable to be exposed! Part of the time, we, ourselves, try to ignore, and other times we actively try to reject it. We regard it as an “enemy.” There is another option!! We can LOVE it!! After all it is part of US and if we are to love God, or anybody else in the word, we must learn to love and care for ourselves–ALL of ourselves! This is the unconditional love we are taught to have, in Scripture: we are admonished to love our enemies–to pray for them. This “enemy” WITHIN us, is our past wounds, negative experiences, fears and resentments–and is there FOR us! As we learn to love it and heal it, we become truer expressions of the God-presence and glory that we ARE! We free ourselves–to love ALL–on a higher level; to BE emanations of Love, itself!!
So much of our lives is spent on proving ourselves to the world. We have to drive “that” car or live in “that” neighborhood to feel worthy! Why? We are all emanations of Christ!! We are enough, just as we are! Always have been, always will be. That we don’t see OURSELVES as such is because we don’t see the WORLD as such! This produces fear! And that which we fear draws to us more of the same and our false-beliefs become our experience. This week we are invited to re-establish ourselves in the knowing that, as children of the Most High, we already have everything we need to have; already ARE everything we need to BE! The book of Isaiah tells us, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” We are invited to rid ourselves, through denials, of the negative self-image thoughts we have been harboring, to base our self-worth on TRUTH, which does its own work–and sets us free!