Joy is the fruit of Spirit!! We sometimes, however, seek joy from the world, from circumstances. However, it is not to be found in the world, which is constantly changing! Happiness, yes! When things go “our way;” we get the promotion or the raise, we find that great deal on whatever, or the Doctor says, “Good news!” No, if we are to experience joy we must go within to find it–and it is there, just waiting to burst into our consciousness; yea, into every area of our lives. But, we must do the “footwork” to access it–Prayer and Meditation, Prayer and Meditation, and yes, Prayer and Meditation! And, the GOOD NEWS is that this prayer and meditation, in and of themselves, will BECOME A JOY to us!! Spirit is forever–and when we seek and find its wonderful, eternal fruit of joy, and claim it, there is nothing in the world that can take it away!!
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How many of us have said–or heard–at some time, “I just wish I had his/her faith!!” Truth is; we already have all the faith we will EVER NEED. The question is: In what, in whom are we putting our faith, our TRUST? When we analyze ourselves, we realize: 1. We trust gravity to keep us on the ground, or put us there, if we fall, and several other “natural” laws. 2. We trust God, however only in SOME things; to some degree! God’s first law is of order! When we realize that ALL of life is based upon LAW, we start that process of learning to trust. When we realize that God is all in all and therefore all that WE are, the ability to trust ourselves is born!! In the remembrance of our Divinity, we are learning to seek not in the world, but within for everything! We are learning to relax into a NEW KIND of Trust–a CERTAINTY–that Christ, indwelling, our TRUE I AM is always present, always available, always aware, and ALWAYS eager to heal, prosper and bless us!!
We have sometimes used the phrase “Right! It’s all about you!” as an insult!! Surprise!! It is a statement of FACT!! Everything we see, hear, feel is not so much about what is happening, as how we are REACTING!! And, our reactions originate inside of us, born of our deepest subconscious beliefs; some of which are good and others, not-so-good–all of which we can change! We have that power. Unity, since its inception, has taught a metaphysical interpretation of scripture. If we will learn to interpret daily life thusly, seemingly insignificant occurrences can bear wonderful lessons; lessons that will lift us and give us a higher understanding of the truth of our being, our oneness with The One! And, in that wonderful, Christ consciousness, it IS all about us, because it is all inside of us; the power, the love, the intelligence EVERYTHING WE NEED, NOW! Time to LIVE the Truth!!
How many of us has, at some time, thought, “What am I doing here?” Seems we all are searching for the answer to that question on one level or another. Jesus, in John 12:32 gave His answer; and, perhaps, the answer for us ALL: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” This doesn’t mean that we have to suffer the cross, as He did, but we WILL, each and every one, be called to carry our own! We each have a calling to be “lifted up” in some way; to shine a light to help others, to BE that perfect image and likeness that God created us to be!! The good news is that God, indwelling, is constantly, forever loving us, supporting us, giving us HIS guidance, strength and endurance–EVERYTHING we need–to do that perfect work: Our Calling!
We’re familiar with all of the sayings! There are probably more about Karma than any other law; “As you give”…”Do unto others”…or more from slang language; “You asked for it!!” What we may fail to realize is that Karma–both good and bad–is not something that happens TO us, but rather, THROUGH us! It is part of the law of attraction, the law of giving and receiving and the Truth that ALL is ONE! We cannot do unto others, give unto others or take from others without doing to, giving to or taking from Self! This brings us home to the questions: “Do I love myself, respect myself, forgive myself?” For it is in answering these questions that we will determine our Karma; the fruit of our seeds of self-love, self-respect, self-forgiveness or lack thereof! The law is totally impersonal!! This week, we are invited to do some self-analysis. Karma will be waiting for our answers!!
There is an old saying, used by people who have already been “there:” that goes like this: Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell; Spirituality is for those who have already been there and back.” Unity, though Bible-based, teaches from the spiritual aspect. It acknowledges Universal God Presence, God Love and God Intelligence AND God’s Universal Law in place from the beginning, and how they are alive and active IN US! Unity teaches how, in addition to our denials, affirmations and requests of God, our thoughts, words and actions are also ALL forms of “prayer” and that these prayers we pray, sometimes unwittingly, WILL be answered in our experience! Herein lies our power! We have learned that God, hearing all, answers THROUGH all; if we will only be watching and listening! A bird in flight or a horse grazing in some field–if we are in tune–may be the perfect answer to some question which we have presented. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind WILL manifest, if we nourish it with repetition and faith!! Let us plant seeds of peace, love, harmony, joy and ALL that we would have God manifest in and through and as us!
“LIBERTY!” A divine idea—and a messy idea!! With it comes responsibility!! Often represented by “Lady Liberty;” a figure that represents receptivity. Liberty is a gift we receive from God! As we celebrate the birth of our nation, we are reminded that the freedom we share is a Sacred Idea in the Mind of God! Created in the image and likeness, man MUST be free to choose. We are invited, this week to choose, not according to how the world does, but according to how Spirit leads. We are invited to access that lead through prayer and meditation; to follow its principles in our everyday lives. In so doing, we shine the light of True Freedom for all to see and to follow. Indeed, our freedom will be a magnet, drawing all to Itself; the Indwelling Christ!
Since Biblical times, and before, man has set up alters to worship, according to his understanding of God. Then, Jesus told us to worship neither here nor there, but “in Spirit and in Truth.” What mankind had failed to realize until this time, was that his TRUE ALTER was his own consciousness–not made of material stone, but of those non-destructible “stones” of Love, Higher Realizations of his oneness with God, Faith, Strength and ALL that God IS! The TRUE church is within us, and by our thoughts and words, we are constantly holding a service! We are invited, this week, to be AWARE of this; of the enormity of blessings it can bring upon us; those of peace, prosperity, health, love, joy and freedom! We are invited to gather these stones of faith, willingness, surrender, love and forgiveness and more–and to pile them high in our consciousness! Thus will we truly build a worthy Alter to the Most High God!!
Every year, on this day, we celebrate Father’s Day!! We gather the family together and, perhaps, have a big barbecue! What a wonderful time! However, there is a higher, more serious aspect to father’s day; one of joy that surpasses that of gatherings and food and fun and laughter! It is that of remembering and celebrating the love, guidance and protection of our Heavenly Father!! We are Spirit, born of Spirit!! We are Life from Life! To some, our earthly fathers were our only example of Father God; imperfect at times, unpredictable at others, whereas our Heavenly Father is ALWAYS perfect in every way, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! Where our earthly fathers, truly loved us, God’s love is so much greater, more steadfast, and ever-present! So, let us CELEBRATE our earthly fathers!! Let us THANK them for all their sacrifices on our behalf! Let us LOVE them with all our hearts! But let us do this in the knowingness that they are but a tiny “fraction” of the ALLNESS of the One who CREATED and LOVES us, UNCONDITIONALLY, FOREVER!!
The 23rd Psalm has been recited by Christian, Jew and non-Christian alike! It is our assurance–an all times–of the Father’s constant support, guidance and love for us.Attributed to King David, by some, it details the many ways in which God cares for us, heals us, keeps us from harm and fear! We are invited, this Sunday to reaffirm each of its messages for us. Then, in turn, we are invited to be the Good Shepherd of our own thoughts, guiding them, assuring them, keeping them at peace! As God has done for us, we are to do for our “thought sheep.”