It has mistakenly been said, many times, that our brains are like computers. WRONG! Computers were designed after our brains! The many programs that they hold are much like those which have been programmed into our own subconscious minds (hard drive). Computers operate on a binary language, just as our brains! (In metaphysical terms, denials and affirmations!) The good news is that, by deleting some and simply overriding others, we can CHANGE how we think and how we feel, our expectations and experiences! MORE GOOD NEWS! This Sunday, we receive some specific instructions as to HOW to download this wonderful Love Software! EVEN BETTER NEWS!! It’s already right inside of us!!
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As we enter this New Year, in everything that we have, that we do, that we experience, we can ask Spirit to reveal to us, THROUGH these things, the Truth of our being and our PURPOSE in life, going forward. We can write this inner revelation on the white stone, which we have been given, in the form of a new name! Then, we can LIVE the CHARACTERISTICS of this new name–be they peace, order or harmony, or strength, courage and willingness–to the best of our ability, remembering ALWAYS, that it is the Father, within, that does the work in and through and as us!
“JOY!” We sing of it, we talk about it; too often, we seek it in outer things! We tell ourselves it rests in the achievement of this or that goal, in the receipt of this or that material thing. Teilhard de Chardin tells us that “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” And, where is God? Everywhere, at all times, in each and every one of us!! Ours, then is not to SEEK joy, but to #1. ACKNOWLEDGE it’s constant presence within and as us, to #2 ALLOW it to flow forth from within and to #3 CELEBRATE it always and everywhere, in everything we do, in spite of outer appearances! As sons and daughters of the Most High, Joy is our very nature! Let’s LIVE IT!!
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 3:18) that they would go from glory to glory, so also, we can go from love to love when we use it as the lens through which we behold the world around us! The Unconditional Love of God is not a feeling, but rather a way of life; in Truth, what we are as children of the Most High! As we grow in LIVING love and BEING love, we find our lives healed and harmonized, transformed and expanded in power and understanding, health and freedom! As we go from Love to Love, we truly go from “glory to glory!”
Advent is the lens through which we can look at the “birth” of Christ in us! In Truth, we are actually looking at the birth of OUR AWARENESS of that Holy Presence–IN US, AS US–from the beginning! The word, “shalom,” appearing some 400+ times in the old testament, has different meanings; one of which is simply “Hello,” or “Good bye.” This Sunday, we will look at its meaning of Peace! When we are aware of the Christ Presence, in and through and as us, we can go through ANY challenge with a sense of strength and calm. Rather than asking “Why ME?” we can claim its inherent blessing and/or lesson in a spirit of gratitude and a certainty that God-Good is ALWAYS ours!!
A woman once said, “I wish I had your faith!” What she did not realize is that she had all the faith she could ever need or use–right inside of her. We ALL have that same faith, from the beginning, as children of the Most High. Ours is to learn to USE it rightly! This first Sunday of Advent, we start that time of readying ourselves to celebrate that gift of God’s presence within us, from the beginning, but made visible with the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus! We are called to weave this, and the succeeding gifts of Advent, into our everyday lives; to make this season a time of re-awakening to the Truth of our being: In the world, but not of it, we DO go from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18) as we ready ourselves to celebrate God in us, through us, as us!!
The people who settled our country were a strong, determined lot, who carried a vision that could not be denied! They had the courage to blaze trails where none had gone! They dedicated–and risked–their lives to the accomplishment of this cause! There was absolutely NOTHING lukewarm about them! They had a faith in God’s purpose, in and through and as them, that burned hotter than the noonday sun or the campfires at night! These same qualities live within us, today! We can reach within and draw them up to accomplish any God-ordained thing to which we set our minds and hearts! Rather than discovering new lands in the world, we are, this week, invited to discover them within! They are waiting! They are rich in beauty and all the bounty of Spirit! Forward ho!!
Sometimes, the world can seem too big, too powerful, too dangerous, scary, daunting and on and on! The operative word, here, is “SEEM!” When we look at the world from a “world view” it does, indeed, appear more than we can handle, and we are tempted to retreat, rather than forging ahead with whatever plan or purpose we have in our hearts! Let us, however, take a look at it from a GOD perspective! David, the small-in-stature-but BIG-in-FAITH lad who slew the giant carried five stones in his bag! These five stones represent ideas–statements of Truth–with which we can slay those fears that would conquer our hearts and enslave us! We are invited, this, week to take these five ideas, familiarize ourselves with them and make them PART of us, to be used whenever needed! We are invited to remember that there are BOTH a David AND a Goliath within each of us; and to choose wisely how we will respond!
What a fun time we have at Halloween! It’s that one day of the year when it is PERFECTLY OKAY to be a KID again–and many of us take full advantage of that opportunity!! We dress up as ghosts and goblins, or super heroes; the choices are limitless! What we may fail to realize is how often we wear masks and costumes during our everyday life! Sadly, some may, in error, choose costumes and masks that represent something LESS than what we ALL are in Truth; perfect, whole, glorious emanations of Divine Mind! So, let us frolic on this day! Laughter and make-believe are good! But let us remember, tomorrow and the rest of the year, to present the TRUTH of what we are, too–it is, we’ll fid EVERY BIT as magical!! And, whether or not you have already discovered it; just as FUN!
Spirit teaches us so many things through nature! Take the tree, for instance; what we see is but a small part! The roots can be every bit as big in size, as that part which we see, and certainly as important! There is a tree that grows in the South that APPEARS to be a whole forest, yet has ONE root system–it is actually one tree! Trees were used in the Bible as symbols of life and creativity. Not to be forgotten are the two trees in the center of the Garden of Eden. Trees are also that perfect example of giving: “You will know the tree by its fruit!” This week we are invited to bear the fruit of loving hearts, minds stayed on Truth and that Indwelling Christ Spirit in each of us!