During Lent, we often “fast” from all forms of negativity, as we prepare for the risen Christ in our consciousness. As we are “fasting” from this negativity and error thought, we may find ourselves missing those familiar, albeit not-so-good favorites upon which we relied; “It’s HIS/HER/THEIR fault!” “I can’t STAND…(fill in the blank)” or, “Why should I have to forgive–do the work–be the one!” etc. Without these to fall back on, we may find ourselves groping, feeling lost. Welcome to the Divine Wilderness! It’s unfamiliar! It can be scary! But it’s right where we need to be!! God has put us here–and is guiding us through it!! Spirit is providing for us every step of the way! Let’s CELEBRATE this, our transformation period into a higher, sweeter, more peaceful, loving state of consciousness!
“It is what it is,” I said. I was immediately corrected, “It is what you make of it!” Herein starts my–and our–awareness of Divine Will, the executive power of the mind! What WILL I make of it? We’ve long heard, “As I give, so will I receive.” What is given is determined by what we WILL to give!! So, what WILL we give? We can give, do, be according to our own understanding, or we can turn our individual wills over to that universally perfect will of God! We can allow that perfect Love, Wisdom, Strength–all that God is–express in and through and as us, according to Divine Will! This week, we all are invited to take that leap of faith (again, our choice! According to our will!) and allow Divine Will to raise us high above anything we, of our own individual understanding could possibly achieve!! So, WILL we do it?
As we enter the Lenten Season, we are preparing for the resurrection, within, of “the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 2:5) To do this, we release old, mortal beliefs, that Truth might fill our consciousness, and our lives, in every area.
We each have a “face” that everybody sees! Smiling, happy, strong and at peace!! People see and love this “self” that we allow to show. We take care of it, groom it and treat to special goodies, at times. But, there is another “self” that we seldom feel comfortable allowing others to see; that inner, wounded child is much too vulnerable to be exposed! Part of the time, we, ourselves, try to ignore, and other times we actively try to reject it. We regard it as an “enemy.” There is another option!! We can LOVE it!! After all it is part of US and if we are to love God, or anybody else in the word, we must learn to love and care for ourselves–ALL of ourselves! This is the unconditional love we are taught to have, in Scripture: we are admonished to love our enemies–to pray for them. This “enemy” WITHIN us, is our past wounds, negative experiences, fears and resentments–and is there FOR us! As we learn to love it and heal it, we become truer expressions of the God-presence and glory that we ARE! We free ourselves–to love ALL–on a higher level; to BE emanations of Love, itself!!
So much of our lives is spent on proving ourselves to the world. We have to drive “that” car or live in “that” neighborhood to feel worthy! Why? We are all emanations of Christ!! We are enough, just as we are! Always have been, always will be. That we don’t see OURSELVES as such is because we don’t see the WORLD as such! This produces fear! And that which we fear draws to us more of the same and our false-beliefs become our experience. This week we are invited to re-establish ourselves in the knowing that, as children of the Most High, we already have everything we need to have; already ARE everything we need to BE! The book of Isaiah tells us, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” We are invited to rid ourselves, through denials, of the negative self-image thoughts we have been harboring, to base our self-worth on TRUTH, which does its own work–and sets us free!
It has been said, many times, that God can only do for us that which He can do THROUGH us! Essentially, this means that our level of conscious determines how much good we can receive. God’s will is to give ALL good, all the time! However, it is we who limit how much we will experience. This Sunday, Rev. Michael reminds us of the power of faith, as exhibited by the friends of a crippled man, as they raised him to the roof of the building wherein Jesus was teaching, dug through the roof and lowered him. Lesson 1: As long as that roof was there, the crippled man could not be healed. As long as there is a ceiling on our consciousness, WE will remain wanting! Lesson 2: It was the faith of the cripple’s FRIENDS that carried him to his healing. Likewise, WE can BE that faith that our loved ones need, when they are challenged and their faith is weak. Lesson 3: WE can, through faith, change our whole experience–renewing and healing our bodies; rejuvenating and re-energizing our affairs!! We will do this by raising the roof of our own consciousness.
Who, with the exception of those living alone, has not, at one time or another, fought for the TV remote? Fought for that CONTROL! There is another remote to which we will direct our attention, this morning; it is our Spiritual Remote Control, inside each and every one of us! First, let’s be aware that we DO have one; that we ARE in complete control of it! WE choose which channels we wish to both experience and re-broadcast! If we don’t like a particular program it is up to US to change the channel! We need not stay stuck on any one particular channel! We are invited to be AWARE as to whether the channel we have chosen is one of Truth or negativity; to be AWARE of its content and its spiritual vibration. We should also check, regularly, to make sure the batteries are charged; or are they running low? It is up to us to keep our Spiritual Remote’s batteries charged with a regular prayer practice, reading and meditating on Truth ideas!! SO, which button do YOU choose, this morning!! Happy channel surfing!
“Life happens!” How many times have we heard THAT line? And, it’s true!! What it misses is the most important part: our response to life “happening” is more important than the actual things that ARE happening! A popular song in Unity is entitled “Our Thoughts Are Prayers.” Our negative reactions to those things in life that go against our wishes become the prayers that attract more of the same! WE, and WE ALONE are responsible for our reactions to daily events!! Our reactions are prayers! WE CHOOSE those reactions, though we may not wish to admit it!! Our choices are prayers! This week we are invited to be conscious of that space between stimulus and response, wherein we MAKE those choices and consider the outcome!! We can choose anger, or we can choose faith! We can choose forgiveness! We can choose peace and harmony! However we choose, God ALWAYS says, “Yes!”
“Find a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck!” We remember this rhyme from childhood with an inner smile at our innocence as children. However, it is truer than we realize!! Unity’s Tracey Street church started with a single penny, given in jest. Charles Fillmore, however took it and blessed it!! He realized that the penny is but an inanimate object. Yet, the IDEA BEHIND it is one of dynamic power; that of unlimited prosperity, ever available to us by right of consciousness! We increase our prosperity through a number of ways, the first being faith—that is IS ours, as children of the Most High! We increase it through gratitude for that which is manifest in our lives, NOW. And, we increase it through SHARING, in which we become the inlet and the outlet of God’s divine idea; an idea which WILL MANIFEST according to our willingness to live and act in harmony with Spiritual LAW!!
Plato told us, “The beginning is the most important part of the work!” Unity Way Church’s annual White Stone Ceremony celebrates the fact that, in truth, we can ALWAYS, at any moment, start over. Biblically, the white stone signifies acquittal, setting us free and giving us a new name, (spiritually, a new identity/consciousness). As we start this New Year, we can do so renewed in mind and spirit, free from past errors and shortcomings, carrying inside the ability to triumph over whatever challenges we may face. Happy New Year!