It’s the Law! Our inward attitude fills our aura and activates the Power of Attraction! (Like attracts like). The Biblical verse, “As a man thinketh, so is he” (Prov. 23:7) couldn’t put it more clearly! In light of this Truth, it would be ever so prudent for us to BE AWARE of those thoughts which we allow to run randomly through our minds, that we might learn to discipline our thinking, creating new habits thereof! The subconscious mind does not distinguish between you and me, him or her or us; it takes everything personally, and accepts it as TRUTH (whether it is or not) and sets to work manifesting our thoughts, creating our entire world; health, prosperity, happiness and freedom–or their opposites! “The kingdom of heaven is within” (Luke 17:21)! Ours is to be aware of our inward attitudes, and to guide them that we might MANIFEST the Truth of our Being, bringing Heaven into every area of our lives!
When we don’t acknowledge what’s inside, we are not escaping it, or it’s consequences. We are but delaying them–and in so doing, we are putting our own selves in danger of that which happens when things are left to ferment and/or spoil; pressure builds and sooner or later, there is an “explosion!” Our souls, in their efforts to protect us, will give us wake up calls, but it is up to us to acknowledge (there’s that word, again) them. The “trick” is NOT to avoid this confrontation with SELF, but to be willing to DEAL with whatever is triggering us–if we had no triggers, this wouldn’t be happening, in the first place. ONLY in dealing with our issues, can we heal them! This week, we are invited to be on the lookout for those wake-up calls that our souls gently give us, so that we don’t have to face that proverbial “DON’T MAKE ME COME OUT THERE!” that we used to hear from our earthly parents.
“First you say you do, and then you don’t. Then you say you will, and then you won’t…” These words from an old Standard song called, “Undecided,” can describe many of us, when it comes to our LIVING the truth principles we learn in Unity! Could it be that we are simply FORGETTING, at times–because our attention has been drawn so to some experience–that God is our source of EVERY good, God is our peace, harmony, protection, strength, wisdom….The list is endless, because God is boundless! We forget that WE are the governors of what we are thinking at all times! WE decide, in good times and in those we interpret as not-so-good! So, to help ourselves re-center in Truth, we are encouraged to step up our prayer practices–to remind ourselves, throughout the day, that we are one with the ONE–and that all the good that is, is right inside us, NOW. The choice is ours–let’s say, “I AM!” God’s name in us, as we affirm Truth, and it WILL MANIFEST!
Jonah’s Big Fish
As with all Biblical stories, that of Jonah is to teach us Truths about ourselves, and our relationship with God and Life. Jonah is–or represents something–in US! The ship & it’s crew are something in US, as is the storm! The “whale” is, again, something in US! When we ignore or run from a calling, and try to play small–there WILL BE a consequence! When we allow fear to be our motivating factor, rather than our understanding of Truth, or try to run from a lesson which we need to learn, or whatever is ours to do, it WILL come back to us–at a different time, in a different form, repeatedly, if need be–until God’s purpose, in and through and as us, prevails! When we climb that mountain, swim that river–or however the lesson or task appears–without hesitation, God’s strength, wisdom and courage in us grows, and we become even greater emanations of His allness!
Adventures in Forgiveness
“…but, but, he/she…_____________(fill in the blank). To some, forgiveness means making an injury “okay,” giving the other person a ‘free ride,” or “letting them off the hook!” In Truth, forgiveness lets US off the hook; a hook that continues to cause us pain, long after the offense was committed, that colors our future experiences with skepticism, negativity, and ATTRACTS more of the same unwanted experiences into our lives! Sound like a good reason to forgive? A fishing hook has a barb on it that KEEPS the fish from escaping! Non-forgiveness is much the same! It may be painful to remove that hook, but once it has been removed, we are free–! The decision is ours! “Forgiveness is a gift of love, from me to me.” Spirit invites us to love ourselves enough to forgive. The ball is in our court!
The Midas Touch
How many of us has wished, at some time, that WE had the Midas Touch, the fictional king’s ability to turn everything into gold. That story did not turn out as well for him as he had expected! We, however, DO have a similar, indwelling ability! It is called gratitude, appreciation, thanksgiving, and it works like this: that which we appreciate and give thanks for GROWS! Ours is to realize this part of our spiritual nature and, as the Bible says to give thanks in all things! That God uses EVERYTHING–no exceptions–for good is important to remember, and in giving thanks, we help ourselves to realize and experience that! Thanks giving turns difficult, frustrating situations into GOLD!
Just as the apple tree produces apples and the orange tree oranges, so we are here to produce/CREATE after our own kind! On a purely physical level this would simply mean human children. However, we are MORE than just physical—we are, spiritually, GOD’s own emanation of SELF; as His “children,” we ARE wisdom, absolute good, perfection and eternal life!! We are here to BE as such and to CREATE, even as God created US! all of the tools or substance we need are within us—we need nothing, for God, being all in all, needs nothing. Acknowledge, accept and celebrate this wondrous truth of our Divinity and go forth, this week, to recreate—BE—it in every area of your life!
Those who have grown up near the ocean will be able to identify! The beauty and power of the waves are unmatched, unforgettable. Those who have ridden those waves have an even deeper understanding of the concentration, determination and resultant joy of living in the moment, being ONE with nature! The same skills can be used in our daily lives, as we “surf” the challenges, and the victories, as we get up again, when we’ve fallen. There’s a saying, by John Kabat-Zinn: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” As we have a natural inner/physical balance system for those ocean waves, so too we have one in God for the daily, spiritual ones. We can–and are invited to–USE our SPIRITUAL gift, given us to ride each wave with purpose, confidence and joy.
We all–or most of us–are aware of and thankful for those greater blessings in our lives: the raise or promotion at work, the good news from the doctor, that sale price on just what you were looking for. But, some of us, due to our busy lifestyles, may be less aware of the “Ladybug Blessings” that occur throughout our day! That car that stalled in front of us at the light, unbeknownst to us, saved us from an accident three intersections down the road, perhaps! Or, catching that cup that we accidentally knocked before it spills our coffee! This week, we are invited to be aware, moment to moment, of these little blessings, and to give thanks for them, AND for those little things, even, that may not LOOK like blessings, simply because we don’t see the whole picture! In giving thanks for the little ones, we open up the way for the larger blessings to come into our lives!!
Sunflowers and Truth
Life is metaphysical! However,, Spirit manifests THROUGH the physical, and in observing with an eye to that, we can learn a lot about ourselves through nature. The sunflower is a wonderful example: it always is turned, facing the sun, and follows it throughout the day, returning its face to the east, during the night in anticipation for the morning sunrise. If it is a cloudy day, the sunflowers turn toward EACH OTHER! We, too, can be as such; turning towards God, the LIGHT, and following throughout the day, receiving that life energy, that love, and ALL that we need. In our times of “darkness,” we can turn to each other, and raise each other, through that indwelling Light and Love that we ARE.