“I am in the Father, and the Father in me.” (John 14:11) These words of Jesus had to have been mind-blowing for the disciples. But, when we realize that these very words are also true of US–when we REALIZE our Divinity–this realization also, as with Jesus, carries a responsibility–that of expressing it fully! Our Divinity is not something to be attained, but rather, it is born in us from the start! God has placed in us everything we need to live a wonderful, meaningful, purposeful life–EVERYTHING!! This morning, we are invited to take a closer look at what all of this means, to realize it, accept the ramifications of it and to put it to work in our daily lives–to LIVE IT!! As children of God, we are wonderful, creative beings! We are invited to celebrate this Truth! It is the key to a life of Divine blessings!
Freedom! God gave us free will! He did this for a purpose; that we might be able to CHOOSE to abide in His wisdom, love, strength, His ALLNESS! When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we do so in the realization that He endured the Crucifixion to SET US FREE from the BELIEF in DEATH! Freedom!! Through the ages, men have died for it. Here in America, we celebrate the bravery and dedication to freedom for which so many have given their lives! On an historic note, Memorial Day was started following the Civil War, when freed slaves found a mass grave of Union Soldiers, dug them up and gave each of them a proper burial!! Today, on Memorial Day, we continue celebrating this same Spirit of Freedom, on a national level! Let us never take this most precious gift from God for granted! Let us give thanks for those who have helped preserve it! Let us receive from them that courage and make it a part of our own consciousness!!
“God, help me!!” Three words! The universal prayer that has led addicts to being clean, alcoholics to sobriety; that has led countless people to new and higher walks in life! It has been said that willingness is in direct proportion to pain and/or discomfort! This place, however painful it may be, in the moment, is what God uses to bless us in countless ways. This is the place where we become OPEN and RECEPTIVE to His guidance and WILLING to do whatever it takes to follow Him! Rock bottom forms the solid foundation upon which a new life, a new way, a new consciousness can be built!! Embrace it! Call it good! Romans 12:2 tells us, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Rock bottom is both the foundation and the springboard!! New adventure awaits!!
Key to keeping our teachings practical is the idea of Holy Breath–or Holy Spirit. Biblically speaking, Spirit is female in nature, or that receptive aspect within us. To be noted: at the tomb, it was a WOMAN who saw Christ, first. By becoming more aware of, and in alignment with, our breath, we can become more aware of, and receptive to, the Life Force–the Divinity–within us, and, those Truth ideas with which Holy Spirit would enlighten us. This week, we are given steps to becoming more conscious of our breathing, thereby allowing us to awaken to each moment–the NOW–and the Divine Truths contained within it. We will hear steps to clear our thinking of limiting beliefs and open ourselves to the Universal LIFE that we ARE! We’ll learn how we can USE each breath to GROW in compassion, forgiveness, clarity, love and purpose. Every breath is a prayer; a prayer of LIFE!! Now…BREATHE!!
We are all Spiritual beings, having a human experience! All have walked different paths; absolutely, none alike. Our INDIVIDUAL paths have varied, immensely, from day to day; week to week! Our paths have had, and will continue to have, many ups and downs, twists and turns, obstacles and easy stretches. They cross and join the paths of others, sometimes only to separate, again! There is a Divine Purpose behind all of this; that being to RAISE US TO HIGHER UNDERSTANDING and SPIRITUAL STRENGTH! God has given us a little understood power of intuition; Spiritual GPS, one might call it to guide us on our individual journey. We can use the nudges it gives us to facilitate our journey; to make the MOST of it! Most important, we can APPRECIATE our individual paths, knowing that ALL roads–whether we see it in the moment or not–lead to the Light—the Light from which we came–Home. This week, we are invited, in the face of all seeming obstacles, to move onward and upward, to APPRECIATE, each step of the way, for it is a gift from God!
Our INDIVIDUAL MINDS, combined with our awareness and will, might be compared, loosely, to an automobile’s transmission; transferring the POWER OF DIVINE MIND TO THE “WHEELS” OF OUR EXPERIENCE. We, in the use of our will, choose which gear—including reverse—in which we wish to drive! Many have become so used to today’s automatic transmissions—doing the deciding FOR us, as we climb hills, slow for turns or speed up to make that light—that we couldn’t BEGIN to drive yesterday’s manual transmissions, which require constant awareness and split-second decision-making. The same might apply to our use of the power behind our thoughts! This week, we are invited to be AWARE of our chosen thoughts; their character and their intensity, and where they are leading us! It is in our CHOICE of thoughts, that we POWER our experiences. One would not drive a Maserati the same as a VW; likewise, we are invited, this week, to HONOR the MATCHLESS POWER behind our chosen thoughts; choose them wisely, and THEN, gently engage that accelerator to enjoy an exciting, happy journey, to wherever our thoughts take us!.
Why are we here, in this world? This question has puzzled mankind through the ages. The simplest answer might be, “To BE!” “But,” we say, “There HAS to be MORE!” Our own souls are constantly urging us for this mysterious “more!” To reach any goal, we must know our starting point! This involves self-reflection! We must know the tools at our disposal. We must have a vision of our goal. And, we must be WILLING to WORK toward our envisioned goal! This week, we are given some tools with the invitation to use them The greatest tool, of course, is the example that Jesus gave of the CHRIST consciousness! As we hold this model in mind, and work to make it a part of our own being, we will grow in its direction! This Sunday, Rev. Michael gives us ten steps we can use in our growth toward emotional — and spiritual — maturity! Invite these steps into your consciousness, as you would invite a friend into your own home!! Make them welcome on a day-to-day basis! Stay, always, in contact with them! And, as any true friend, they will support you in your journey toward Self-Maturity!!
We, in our everyday lives, may not look at gratitude as a “power!” Most of us see it as the EFFECT of things received, circumstances changed, and results of efforts which we had desired. What we fail to see is that GRATITUDE is the very magnet–originating in mind–that draws these desired things into our experience, in the first place! We forget that very first Law; that like produces like! “And God said, ‘Let us create man in our image.'” (–Gen. 1:26) When we focus our thoughts on gratitude and those things for which we are grateful, we are creating an energy which will, in turn, draw to us MORE and then MORE, again! Happiness doesn’t bring gratitude; gratitude brings happiness!! This week, we are invited to BE in the MOMENT, noticing those little things for which we can be grateful. We are invited to hold in mind the vision of our desire fulfilled. We are invited to make the DECISION to BE GRATEFUL, NOW!! Then, without expectations as to HOW, we are invited to allow Spirit to do its perfect work in bringing forth the fruit of that gratitude seed, which we have planted in consciousness!
Unity has taught us, since its inception, that thoughts are living things which produce each after its kind! This, in and of itself is a lot to think about! However, HAVING thought about it, what are we to DO about it? You see, we are in this world to BE and to DO! John 13:17 tells us, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Unity has given us five basic principles, from which we can launch; principles that will help us stay moving in the right direction and which will help us reach that wonderful goal of living in conscious union with the ONE, All in all! We are invited to take these principles into our daily lives! Live them! Act in harmony with the spiritual law in back of them! We are invited to “…live as an expression of God’s living, loving Truth,” that the fruits of His kingdom may be ours! The time is now! Come Church, ARISE! Love with His hands, See with His eyes. BE the Christ that you are in Truth!
In our oneness with God, we are one with ALL! This message permeates the scriptures! As such, the teachings, the miracles, the life and death and resurrection of the Christ, Jesus are also OURS! We need not suffer on the cross, as did He, but we DO, on our own individual level, have to go through our own trials and to allow our own mortal consciousness be buried in that tomb, if we are to emerge triumphant with Him! We have to pray, “Thy will be done!” in the knowing that Absolute Good IS the will of the Father, for each and every one of us. In so doing, we enable Spirit to do its perfect work in and through and as us, overcoming and eliminating those negative, errant, worldly beliefs to which we have clung, in ignorance, and raise us, triumphant, in TRUTH! Resurrection, then, is not just one incident in the life of Jesus, but happens every time we allow Spirit to raise us thusly. Happy, Joyous Easter! Happy, Blessed Resurrection!!