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!
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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!
Each person has his or her own special, individual path to walk. None is like any other. Yet, upon closer examination ALL have one purpose: to lead each soul home to the Truth of his/her Being; sons and daughters of the Most High God! Our individual part comes in determining HOW we will walk our path; we can do it the easy way, or the hard way–the short way or the long way–the high road or the low road–the straight and narrow or the bumpy, crooked way!! Spiritual law will not try to dissuade us from the latter, but rather always says, “Yes!” however we choose! This week, we are invited to KNOW our divinity, our sacred purpose for BEING; we are invited to LIVE the Christ Spirit that we are called to express. It’s there inside of us, we may as well shine it for all to see. As we do, we will also be lighting our own path!
“…If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35 gives us a glimpse into the futility of some of our own efforts to succeed–and the fallacies of our ideas of what success really IS! God is, always and forever, trying to act in and through and AS us! As we dedicate ourselves–our hearts and minds and works–to doing “God’s work,” we will draw to ourselves the power of God’s Will, God’s Law, God’s Order! God will have our back in every situation! Our path, whichever way it takes us, will, in the end, lead us to a success greater, more joy-filled and satisfying than we could have imagined at the outset of our journey! This week, we are invited to examine our motives for the presence of that most important desire to SERVE; to DO good, to BE the Christ in manifestation! Our success assured, we will KNOW peace, love and unspeakable joy!
Though not recognized as such, by many, Prosperity is a Divine Idea! It is of the same energy as healing, harmony–in other words, Divine Good! God is always, has always and always will be striving to express in and through and as us this, His highest; Absolute Good! It is more than money–more than possessions! It is peace, love, joy, freedom and more! It is His will for us! That we struggle in any way, in this life, is due to our own ignorance of God’s Law! It is often called the Law of Giving and Receiving, or, the Law of Attraction. This law is totally neutral, responding to US; to what we put out through our thoughts and words and actions! This week, we are invited to be constantly aware of how we are responding, the thoughts we are thinking and the feelings we are ALLOWING to inhabit us! These things WILL attract according to their nature. We are invited to maintain a perpetual attitude of wonder and gratitude, for the simplest things; to avoid negative judgements and to embody and shine forth that peace and harmony that indwells us! We will reap the blessings!!
We see and hear a lot about “auras,” today. Most of us have thought it something the the body emits, whereas the AURA actually emits the BODY! We are pure energy! The aura, then is the REAL of us; the body being an out-picturing of our consciousness. So, how are we to use this information? We go to our real SELF, for EVERYTHING we need! For expediency purposes, we will talk of the aura AS IF it were something “separate,” but must remember that it never has been never will be. Our “aura,” from the beginning, has been a shield, protecting us from inharmonious energies of negativity, fear, anger, etc.! It protects us from accidents and trauma. It guides us to ever higher expressions of the good, the love, the strength and wisdom that we are! However, we MUST be LISTENING! We must stay in tune with it in order to ascertain its still small voice, to follow its nudges to go this way or that, to HONOR its position as our SHIELD–as our oneness with the ONE. This takes us, once again, back to basics: prayer and meditation–prayer and meditation!
1 Thessalonians 5:16 tells us, “pray without ceasing.” This is a wonderful admonition! However, it can also be taken, metaphysically, as a “Statement of Truth!” We ARE always praying! Spirit hears every word, every thought, and always answers “Yes,” to the extent of our “investment” in and repetition of said thoughts/words/ideas. This week, we are invited to be aware of our thoughts and the energy we place behind them. We are invited to keep positive, Truth ideas in the forefront of our minds. We are NOT trying to change the world around us, but rather to raise our own energy to those levels where the world around us has less and less impact upon our serenity, our sense of security, our natural, spiritual predisposition to JOY! As we keep these Truth ideas in mind, we can allow ourselves to surrender to them! In so doing, we are actually surrendering to a higher, greater good which already exists in in Divine Mind! A Good which is SO desiring to express in and through and as US!!
There is an old saying; “God can only do FOR us that which He can do THROUGH us.” Everything of value requires effort to obtain! This applies to both worldly and spiritual things. As we honor the American Worker, this Labor Day, we are honoring the SPIRIT of Labor, itself; the willingness to faithfully do whatever is required, for the attainment of a worthy and honorable goal! This is an inborn capacity we can and SHOULD be using all the time!! Examples of it, physically, are the constant beating of our hearts, our lungs which repeatedly throughout the day and night bring the breath of life into our bodies. So, how do we CONSCIOUSLY apply this Spirit of Labor to our everyday lives? Have you heard the term; “Hold that thought!” Holding the thought of some desired manifestation, takes effort! Maintaining a prayer/meditation practice takes effort–and discipline (another form of effort). Then, we take PHYSICAL steps to make ready for the receipt of this manifestation, moving in the worldly realm: We get up every morning to go to work, or to get the kids off to school, we shop for food, help a neighbor, etc. But, we can SPIRITUALIZE even the most common of these activities, when we realize that we ARE SPIRIT and that everything we do has a metaphysical counterpart in the Mind of God. As we do this, we are blessing these activities, thereby blessing ourselves and our world. Happy Spiritual Labor Day!!
A recent, hugely popular hit song, “I Believe I Can Fly,” contained the lyric; “If I can see it, then I can do it! If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it!” The composer knew a Universal Truth: Our capacity to visualize is CREATIVE!! We can use it to create health, prosperity, peace, freedom, whatever we desire! However, we must learn to direct it, so that it doesn’t wander to those things which we would rather NOT experience; disharmony, lack and limitation!! Created in the image and likeness of First Cause, WE become first cause of everything we experience! Let us, starting now, be aware that we are constantly creating, and set our aim ever higher! As we do, we also light the way for others!! Enjoy the flight!