All cultures, worldwide, have some celebration of gratitude. Of all the differences that would seem to separate us, this is one of the things that we commonly share! We can look around us at the world, and be grateful for many things; family, friends, health, prosperity. However, whether we know it or not, gratitude is a choice. It is not dependent upon circumstances. We can be grateful, even in times of challenge — and yes, even grateful for the challenge, itself! Gratitude opens us up to ever expanding Good — the more we express it, the more the universe will give us for which to be grateful!
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Change is inevitable. The only question is HOW will we change? The mind operates very much, like a computer, on “default programs;” certain sets of ideas, beliefs and reactions to which we repeatedly turn, in the face of differing situations. This week, we are invited to “reprogram” our minds from the programs on which we are operating; to change from the ego consciousness program (anger, fear, regret) to that of the Christ Consciousness (faith, joy, health & prosperity). We are invited to act not in response to the world of effects, but from the knowingness of our oneness with God! And, As we do, we can be sure, CHANGE will come! It will be INEVITABLE!!
Chaos is defined as a state of confusion, disorder, lack of organization, etc. By any other name, it is a sure sign that change is on the horizon! We can run from it in fear! Or, we can face it and see that, within it, lie limitless opportunities; it is the Law of Creation in progress! We can know that the same intelligence that guides the sun and moon and stars is intimately involved with and guiding our lives! This week, we are invited to USE chaos for what it is; potential, knocking at the door! We can accept and work with the Law of Creation! We best do this through the use of prayer, thereby giving direction to, and creating a mold into which, Divine Substance pours itself. Affirming Good in the face of appearances, we give it the door through which it can come into our experience!
Halloween, for many children, is a time of make-believe; donning costumes, play-acting different parts, and YES, trick-or-treating! Then, we grow up. Many of us, however, forget to take off the masks we wore as children. We continue to live and act from those ghost-goblin ego-driven selves, allowing past ghost-goblin events; hurts, betrayals, injustices to haunt us and keep us in a state of doubt, anger and/or fear! We waste our God-given energy! This week, we are invited to see through the appearances of things past and present; to see from the consciousness of Truth. We are invited to shine our own indwelling light. And, in that light of Truth, all appearances of lack and limitation, hurts and wrongs – those dark shadows – will fade into nothingness! We are invited, in celebration of Halloween, to be NOT Jack O’Lanterns, but Christ O’Lanterns!
Each of us has two voices inside of us. One is the ego speaking; complaining, criticizing, fear-mongering and condemning. The other is our Inner Christ Self, the Truth of our Being. It is always encouraging approving, loving, eager to raise us to an ever higher, more expansive awareness of our divinity. This is the divinity, which Jesus taught, when he said, “Is it not written…Ye are Gods….” Question is: to which voice shall we listen? We can go from day to day, “business as usual.” Or, we can make each day special; a day in which we pursue God-sized dreams! If we choose the latter, we will be infused with God-sized abilities to accomplish that for which we have come into this world.
What would it be worth to live a life of health, happiness, prosperity, joy and freedom? Are we conscious of our own Self-worth? If not, why? We come into this world endowed with gifts sweeter than honey, more precious than gold! However, if we are to access and live them we must live by certain spiritual laws! The universe always says, “Yes!” to whatever we are thinking, feeling and saying. If we want the above noted blessings, we have the power to create them in our lives; to allow TRUTH to manifest! This week, we are invited to reexamine our thoughts, words and feelings, our inner picture of SELF. We are invited to reexamine our prayer practices, and our daily habits, that we might keep them in alignment with our highest good.
Remember the Knights of the Round Table of old? That table was round to signify the equality of all of the knights. Our consciousness is much the same. Each thought and feeling is accepted equally by our subconscious mind. So, WHICH thoughts and feelings are we allowing at our Spiritual Round Table? Are we aware of them? “I’m tired” will soon express in our bodies! “I don’t have enough (fill in the blank)” will soon express in our finances or other areas of our lives! We are invited, today, to populate our mental round table with positive thoughts of harmony, peace, health and plenty! Those, too, will express in our lives! Again, the choice is ours!
Everybody needs to find his or her own way to awakening. We are all on separate paths, each traveling at the speed our own consciousness can take us. While evangelical-type churches teach proselytizing, Unity teaches a slightly different mode of helping others along their path; that of allowing the light of Truth to shine in and through and as us! To do this, however, we must be willing to LIVE the Truth that we know, to our highest understanding and ability! This involves work: prayer, meditation, willingness to release old negative self-talk or resentments, and willingness to heal and CHANGE! As WE learn to allow the Christ to inhabit our thoughts and shine through our words and actions, Spirit will draw all to Itself! For this are we born; for this purpose have we come!
Today’s technology is all about connections. We have cell phones, the internet, and a host of social media from which to choose. Yet we find ourselves even more isolated, somehow. Perhaps this is because we are failing to utilize that perfect connection within each and every one of us. As we become more and more captivated by the world of effects we allow our own energy to become depleted by the illusion. However, turning within we become connected with that One which is All in all; all good, all peace and harmony, all health and wealth. We are told that it is God’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. However we must make ourselves available and receptive; we must CONNECT with SOURCE.
The Bible tells us that, when a people have no vision, they perish. We, too, need a vision on a personal level. Are we willing? Remember! Growth can be painful! However, the consequences of NOT growing can be worse. SO…are we willing to do the work; confront our error thinking, challenge those long-held beliefs, forgive others and ourselves, too? Are we willing to invite the Truth of Perfection, in ourselves and in others, into our experience? Are we willing to awaken to our True Purpose: that of being expressions of the Most High in all we think, say and do? It’s quite a task, but we are supported, every step of the way, by that One Presence which wishes nothing other than to live Itself, in all beauty, love harmony and glory, in and through and as us! THIS is the vision we are invited to SEE, this week and always.