This Sunday Unity Way Church celebrates its 65th anniversary, on property that once was a fig farm! Metaphysically, fig trees represent a living, thriving church and its teachings; the approximately 750 seeds within each fig being divine ideas. However, we are to remember that a church is not a building, but a people, each practicing and living Truth. Charles Fillmore, one of Unity’s co-founders is quoted as saying: Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ; our objective is to discern the truth in Christianity and prove it. The truth that we teach is not new; neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles. Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal Truth taught by the Master.”
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Unity teachings are based on a metaphysical or transcendent interpretation of Truths we learn in the Bible. This morning, we are invited to take some of these higher ideas, higher ideals and make them part of our daily lives – make them ALL of our daily lives. There will be obstacles, but past them, there will be wonderful rewards. These obstacles are an important part of our path, if we learn to see them for what they are; stepping stones to even greater awareness of our divinity. We are here to BE the very presence of God, made manifest. But, we have to know it and we have to live it. Nobody can do it for us, nor should they. We have within us everything we need.
A spiritual/scientific theory, introduced by Teilhard De Chardin, the Omega Point is a speculation that everything in the universe is fated to spiral towards a final point of “divine” unification. In metaphysics, we already acknowledge oneness with the One, All-In-All. However, unless we are EXPERIENCING this oneness, as peace and harmony, health and prosperity, love and freedom, it is not “our truth.” Practical Christianity is where the rubber meets the road. If we wish to experience and enjoy the fruits of Spirit, we must live in harmony with its laws, consciously put our faith in It in the knowingness that Its Will is to live in and through an as us. Spirit is waiting only for us to say, “Yes!”
Jesus taught, “The kingdom of God is within you.” He promised that we would do the works that He did and even greater ones. He was speaking of Law! Shouldn’t we, then, be devoting our focus and our energies toward learning this Law and living in harmony with it? Charles Fillmore stated that “Man is I Am identified, charged by creative Mind with infinite potentiality but ‘unconscious’ of it.” Our job is to attain that consciousness, that we might remember our divinity, our perfection, our power as sons of the Most High. Otherwise, these things remain only potentialities within us. Jesus said, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10) OUR purpose is to LIVE life in all its fullness, which we are invited to do, this week!
Some people – even Christians – have doubts about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. There is nothing to prove or disprove it. However, when taken on a metaphysical level it is OUR story; and not just for one day during the year. EVERY time we release some part of the old race consciousness (good and evil), some painful memory, some resentment or regret, and remember our divinity as children of God, we are resurrecting, spiritually. We came into this world “fully loaded!” Then, somehow, we forgot. Every time we rise above our present understanding, we are resurrecting that Christ Idea within each and every one of us! Jesus gave us the pattern, a template if you will, of what it means to live fully the Truth of our being! As we go forth into this week, may we be awake to that Truth in every area of our lives! Risen anew! Happy Easter!
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. As we read the accounts of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we are to remind ourselves that each and every story in the Bible is OUR story. We have done our Lenten work, releasing the negative, accepting the gifts of Spirit, acknowledging our divinity and putting this new understanding into ACTION! We have triumphed over our human/good-and-evil ways of thinking and feeling. If we have done our Lenten work, we now have the tools to face one last test of our consciousness; that of trusting God, COMPLETELY, in the knowingness that there is no other power – not even in what we term death. We look forward with joy and anticipation to our resurrected consciousness, as represented in Jesus’ resurrection, on Easter Morning!
For centuries, dance has been used as a medium of expression of a myriad of emotions; praise being but one! On a spiritual level, dance represents movement! Where there is movement, there is always and must always be, change! This movement bridges between the finite and the infinite! The activity of God – in and through and as us – uniting body and soul with the Allness in which we live and move and have our being – is a dance! This week, we are invited to surrender to that dance of Spirit, within, allowing it to change us, to raise us to new heights, to open us to new understanding and move us to new expressions of our divinity!
Enthusiasm puts the LIFE into life; into everything we do. If we are not doing our inner work, during this time of Lent, in a spirit of enthusiasm, we are cheating ourselves out of its many gifts for us. We can generate all of the enthusiasm we need – it exists, already, right inside of us, waiting to come forth as zeal, joy, tenacity, excitement, passion and a feeling of purpose. When we release it into whatever we are doing that very thing takes on a new, higher meaning and a greater importance! The universe is here to support and sustain us, in accordance with our willingness to live in harmony with it. Our enthusiasm opens that door through which the Universe–God pours all the good we desire, in overflowing abundance. The level of our enthusiasm determines how widely we are opening that door! This week, we are invited to declare, as did Charles Fillmore, at age 94, “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.”
On this, our second Sunday in Lent, we are invited to become aware of our attitudes. The word Lent can be used as an acronym for Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking! For most people, attitudes are based on past life experiences. However, when we learn to be consciously aware that there is One Life, One Power and One Substance, we find life taking on a whole new meaning; a freshness and a freedom of which we had been unaware — and ALL of it right inside of us! Just as the seed, buried in the ground, leaves its shell, and sprouts up through the earth, turning toward the sunlight, we too, can leave behind the old stories; wrongs, hurts, failures, and turn towards the light that forever indwells us! Then, we will know spring and its newness of life throughout the whole the year! Let’s take this time to awaken from our winter slumber, to rise and blossom!
Lent means spring! Spring means new life, springing forth from the seemingly dead that appeared as real throughout the winter. The 40 days of Lent are based on the belief in the power of certain numbers; 40 being representative of foursquare, or a firm foundation. What does this all mean? It means that we are, during this season – and always, actually – being given the invitation to rise above former limitations, to spring forth as the flower does through the melting snow, into new life, new consciousness! So, how are we to do this? Prayer! As we align ourselves, through prayer, with the Truth of our being, we are giving God in us a way to bless us in every area of our lives. Then, just as helium raises a balloon off the ground or the blades lift a helicopter, we will be raised above our present conditions to new heights of health, prosperity, love, wisdom, and all good. We are invited this morning to use the tools we have at hand to realign our thinking, reconnect with our own indwelling Christ Self, and remember the Truth of our Being: We are each the perfect child of God.