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In preparation of the adverse weather conditions as a result of Hurricane Irma, we have decided not to have our Sunday service this week. We will resume our regular service the following week on September 17. In the meantime, please stay dry and safe and pay attention to news and weather advisories. I share below a prayer that was shared by our friend, Marque Kolack.
Irma Be Nice!
May raging winds, tumultuous tides and roaring waters head east Dear Lady!
We are being called to be calm under stress. Focused, full of precision, preparing, and moving wisely we forge ahead, listening to spirit, with perhaps a forced optimism, nevertheless we rise up to meet this challenge with a collected confidence!
We have learned to pray and meditate, so now we must. We ask in group for Irma to find her calm, to settle down from the rage, to balance the pressure so the contrast is not so extreme. We ask for the Bermuda High to lessen its grip allowing a harmless path to unfold for this Intense Hurricane. We ask for the steering northern streaming currents to strengthen to push this whirling wildness east and away from Florida. We ask for timing to turn this not being a very dear lady away from land. With Christ by my side we hold hands with Angels and Masters, with the People we know and love, and with the beings of this Earth to see calm arise within the Storms of our Senses, seeing the symphony of stunning silence which leads to relief, rejoicing and thankfulness.
As a Guardian of Gaia, Daughter of the Divine Mother, friend of Jesus, neighbor to all, I pray.
(PPT) I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? ’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. Matthew 7:21-23
Today I would like to explore a bit this word that we use and perhaps over use in Unity and New Thought. I am speaking about the word, consciousness.
And I say, over use, because I feel sometimes words can lose their original meanings. Words sort of “evolve” over time and perhaps in that evolution these words either change their original meaning.
So, what is it that we are talking about when we talk about, consciousness?
In the context of today’s lesson, we are going to define, (PPT) consciousness as the total of our thoughts, conscious and unconscious and also our feelings and emotions, also conscious and unconscious.
Therefore, this word, consciousness is closely related, perhaps very closely related to who we are, as an individual, as a person, as a spiritual being, therefore is our I AM.
Now, I AM is the name that God revealed to Moses. The name is that tetragram that Hebrews are not allowed to pronounce that was translated into English as Jehovah, which means, THE SELF-EXISTING ONE. When Bibles were translated into English, Jehovah, which means I AM, was translated to LORD.
(PPT) I AM is the self-definition of the absolute, the foundation on which everything rests. I AM is the first cause-substance. I AM is the self-definition of God.
Now, we are not, different I AM’s. We as individuals have chosen to re arrange our concepts of ourselves by connecting to our I AM all sorts of things. From defining what we do or the role that we play in society to expressing how we are feeling, what are our capacities and so on.
And here it is where it gets interesting. God created us in his image and likeness. And that makes us, well, IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD. That means that we share the same attributes of love, wisdom, power, substance, etc. It’s like the drop of water, versus the ocean. They but share the same molecular structure, and you cannot separate them.
But, in the same manner that every Creation is the image and likeness of God, we also, create. And every one of my creations is the image and likeness of me. And everything that I, consciously or unconsciously attach to my I AM, becomes manifested as my creation, because I am creating all the time in MY IMAGE AND LIKENESS.
(PPT) The essence of today’s message, number one is that CONSCIOUSNESS AND I AM, are the same. Second that our lives good, bad or indifferent, are the result of how we choose to rearrange all the concepts about ourselves that end up defining our I AM. (GATC)
(PPT) QUOTE BY NEVILLE
When you know that consciousness is the only reality – conceiving itself to be something good, bad, or indifferent, and becoming that which It conceived itself to be -you are free from the tyranny of second causes, free from the belief that there are causes outside of your mind that can affect your life.
To discover this truth, and I say to discover, but we have known this for a long time. But, again to discover this truth is something really neat, and cool and awesome. But is also an even greater responsibility. This is the part where you go. Ahhhhhh 🙁
On one end this is the so called Truth that sets us free. I no longer have to be subject to whatsoever has been trying to define my life such as family history, physical or emotional. I no longer have to accept the definitions that other made of me.
Myrtle Fillmore believed for the first 40 years of her life that she had inherited Tuberculosis. That was B.S. A binding statement. She made an unconscious agreement with that. It was sealed and delivered. It became such a part of her consciousness that it manifested in her body and she was dying from it.
Now, why do I say that it is a big responsibility some my even call it a burden? BECAUSE I HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME. I cannot say that someone made me do it. PERIOD.
I fully believe that the benefits of knowing this truth are better than the responsibility and the work associated with it.
It is only by a change of consciousness that we can change our lives. We all want something better. Whether it is better physical and emotional health, more financial wealth, peace of mind, we must embrace, that idea with every fiber of our being.
In the ONE MIND (Universal Mind of God), of which we all partake, and are a part, everything exists in the realm of divine ideas or infinite possibilities.
Maybe this is what Jesus was talking about when he said that our heavenly Father already knows our needs even before we ask. This is even congruent with studies about prayer, in which it has been determined that in the spiritual realm, things do not occur lineally as in past, present, and future, but things are rather occurring at the same time.
Jesus knew this. That is how he told us whatsoever we ask BELIEVING, will be given to you.
Now, there is believing, and there is believing. You can believe something with your rational and intellectual mind, and that is one thing or you can bring every emotional fiber of your being into it and own, feel, possess every detail of your desired outcome. If you do that, your wish will be fulfilled.
I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? ’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. ’
I started the lesson with a a text from scripture that I would like to interpret metaphysically here.
Not everyone that says I AM I AM will access the realm of Divine Ideas; only those that align themselves with Spirit will do so. You may argue that you performed many external tasks in the name of Spirit. These do not serve you in any way because they were performed outside of the law. (Love God with all your Mind and All Your Heart and Love Your Neighbor as your self)
I like to close by quoting Neville: from The Power of Awareness:
(PPT In giving birth to your ideal you must bear in mind that the methods of mental and spiritual knowledge are entirely different. This is a point that IS truly understood by probably not more than one person in a million. You know a thing mentally by looking at it from the outside, by comparing it with other things, by analyzing it and defining if [by thinking of it:] whereas you can know a thing spiritually only by becoming it, [only by thinking from it]. You must be the thing itself and not merely talk about it or look at it.
We al have heard the phrase, “the truth will make you free” But..What Truth and free from what? In order to be freed from something, some sort of bondage mus exist first. We were all created in the image and likeness of the Great I AM. As God’s offsprings we have inherent in us the qualities of love, wisdom, power, strenght, unlimited substance, which are qualities that are inherent to the Divine. Somehow we have drifted away from that awarenes and attached to our respectives I AM’s qualities such as lack, disease, weakness, sin and so on. Removing those qualities, which came from external sources, will put os on the path of freedom from all bondage. More on that tomorrow at 10 at Unity Center for Positive Living.
(PPT) Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. –Calvin Coolidge
We are more than half way through this series called, Manifesting through the Law of Attraction. Since the beginning of this series, we have discussed various factors that affect the efficacy or the success rate of this Law. And before I go any further, let me rephrase what I just said. It is incorrect to say whether the law work or not. The Law always works. It is a Universal Law as Universal and as scientific as gravity. In the context that we are talking about, the law is always manifesting that which we have chosen to focus on with our thoughts, with our words, with our attitudes, etc. If we have been focusing on what we do not want, that is what we are going to manifest exactly. If our approach to demonstrating has been vague or namby-pamby, the results are going to be likewise.
Now, as a quick review of what we have covered so far, number one, we are in a Universe that is in constant vibration. This Universe was set in motion by Source energy. We can say the same thing in religious terms by quoting the first verse of Genesis, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. We also discussed that the Law of Attraction does not work outside of the realm of Spirituality, faith, and prayer. We also talked about using the power of our minds, precisely the power of auto suggestion to train our mind to focus on the things we want. Specifically, we said that we could use this power of autosuggestion in declaring and affirming that the Universe, God, or Spirit can help us increase our faith. Later we talked about the importance of having a burning desire and clarity of purpose to achieve our dreams, our goals, and desires. To that end, we could use the power of our imagination and visualization. Last week we talked about the importance of making decisions and taking action on those decisions. We discussed how too much analysis could lead to paralysis. We also mention that the emotion of fear was often the culprit for our lack of action.
I ended my talk last week introducing the concept of the Master Mind, which is something that I heard for the first time more than 40 years ago when I first read Napoleon Hills classic, Think and Grow Rich.
Today we will expand on the Master Mind but also introduce persistence as a key element on manifesting abundance, demonstrating the health of mind and body or anything that we wish to have manifested in our lives.
The Master Mind is a group of people with one goal in common. This group should not be more than 4 or five people, but it could be as little as 2. Remember that the concept of the Master Mind originates with the Gospel verse that reads, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18- 19,20) I think it is important that we look at this verse spiritually or metaphysically as opposed to literally. Is this saying that this is some conditional statement that indicates that we need to meet in the name of Jesus of Nazareth? I honestly do not think so. Remember that Jesus never called attention to himself and instead, gave all the credit to the Father. In this particular case, “In my Name” means, in the name of the Christ or the name of the awareness that in God we live, in God we move and in God we have our being. When two or more, agree on that premise, the level of God or Source energy vibration, will rise, making the Master Mind group more powerful, because of the Creator, himself, herself ITSELF, is, by all means, and purposes, part of that meeting.
So, from a practical point a view, a Master Mind group can and should accomplish several things. We have discussed the first one. The union of two or three minds with one sole purpose raises the energy and the vibration of that group to one of Unity with our Creator. The second thing that it accomplishes is that provides two classes of support. The first one is that the Master Mind should be composed of people that are going to support your dream, your ambitions and your goals. The other thing that it offers is what I choose to call, Accountability Support. What this means, is the group will lovingly question you if you did not follow through on what you said, you were going to do. One of the qualities that a good and stable Master Mind group has is the expectation that everyone in that group is serious about manifesting whatever it is that they are pursuing. A Master Mind group is not a social group. A Master Mind group is a group of support and accountability. The meetings of a Master Mind group should not be longer than 30 to 60 minutes and should follow an agenda or protocol.
Now, one of the qualities that lead or move people to seek the support of a Master Mind group, or forming one with that goal, is the quality of persistence, which is a fundamental element for the Law of Attraction to work in the direction of your dreams. It doesn’t matter how disciplined we are at being persistent, now and then we catch ourselves falling off the wagon and slacking in the things that we are supposed to do to stay focused on the things that move us closer to our goals.
Among the many things that get in the way of persistence are distractions. Brian Tracy, a sales writer, and motivator said that there are two types of activities. Some activities are goal-achieving while others are tension-relieving. Being glued to the television, our mobile devices or other distractions is tension-relieving. Making phone calls, working on a goal related project is goal-achieving. Also when we watch TV, we are helping someone else achieve their dreams but are not moving any closer to achieving ours.
First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter.)
Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money
you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich. These steps may be adapted to reflect your dreams, goals or healing need
Next week we will bring it all together when we wrap up the series with a message about taking the Law of Attraction to the Next Level. I can’t wait to hear what I have to say.
Blessing to all.
Calvin Coolidge wrote, Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
This quote sets the stage for our lesson tomorrow about the role of persistence and the Master Mind group in manifesting our dreams through the Law of Attraction. See you tomorrow at 10
(PPT) Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matt 18:19)
Every time I prepare a lesson, I ask myself, why am I doing this lesson? Back in ministerial school, in one of the models for preparing a talk, that was call, the need. In other words, what is the need that my audience has, which will be filled ultimately by the message I am preparing? Quite often, that is not only my audience’s need; it is also my need. As I like to say, I have not walked over Lake Okeechobee yet. In other words, I am walking this path like anyone else.
I think that the basic need that I found in preparing these talks is that, on one end, we have this extremely powerful Universal Law of Attractions, which has been proven to work by the people that use it and live by it, and that has been around since the beginning of times. On the other hand, not everyone is reaping the benefits of great abundance, perfect health and all the wonderful things that the Law of Attraction promises. So, here are some questions: Why is it working for some and not for others? Does it work all the time? Why does it and why doesn’t it?
Attempting to answer those questions has been the purpose of this series all along. I found out that the use and application of the Law of Attraction was quite more than having a positive attitude. The application of the Law of Attraction requires having a burning desire for the acquisition of whatever it is we are seeking; it requires the systematic use of our mind and the programming of our subconscious mind by the power of autosuggestion. The Law of Attraction cannot work unless you have faith in a higher power, which is greater than you and me and is totally capable of doing that which seems humanly impossible. The law of attraction requires focus and concentration, which we discussed last week. The Law of Attraction requires that we make decisions and take positive action based on those decisions, which brings us to today’s lesson.
Decision Antidote to procrastination
(PPT) CAREFUL ANALYSIS of thousands of men and women who had experienced failure revealed that LACK OF DECISION was near the head of the list of the 30 Major Causes of Failure (Chapter 6). This is no mere statement of a theory—it is a fact. PROCRASTINATION, the opposite of DECISION, is a common enemy, which practically every individual must conquer. Hill, Napoleon., – Think and Grow Rich.
If we look back at in time, most of the great decisions that ended up changing history were made at great risk. Many lost their lives because of the decisions they made. We would not enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today if John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson an others would have not made the decision of organizing the Thirteen Colonies and challenge the British rulers. Ultimately each and everyone that signed the Declaration of Independence put their lives at great risk. Did they feel fear? You bet. But they did not allow fear to paralyze them.
I believe that fear is one the one factor that can get in the way of us moving forward. Sometimes overthinking things, can stop us from acting. Zig ZIglar used to call that paralysis by analysis.
Important decisions need to be made without the counsel of friends and family or other people. Every one has an opinion, and every one seems to be an expert on what you are trying to do. They also have their own fears, which they will project onto you
Most of us do not make decisions because we have not been taught to have a definite purpose. Many of us went through high school and college without declaring a definitive purpose, which is a decision of itself. We ended up settling for the first job we found. Some made a career out of that first job; some were happy ever after; many could not wait to retire from that first job.
Decisions are not only about careers, jobs or beginning a business, or perhaps moving to another city or another country. Decisions can also be about what are you going to accept as true for you, for your life, for your circumstances.
Some of accepted early on the opinions that others had about them. Some made a conscious decision not to accept those opinions.
I believe that it is important that we consider here the scripture I shared with you at the beginning.
(PPT) Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matt 18:19)
This is important at various levels. We have talked early on about raising our vibration to the vibration of Source Energy. The Universal Principle in the passage of Scripture, is the principle of the Master Mind (Source Energy). Where two or more gather in agreement about a specific thing, they, which you and I know are visible expressions of SOURCE ENERGY, of God, of Spirit, they raise their vibrations to such a level that Spirit is part of that group and of that effort. And as we all very well know, with God, all things are possible.
Spiritually speaking, we all have internal powers such as faith, zeal, imagination, strength, power, love, wisdom, etc. The Spiritual master mind consists in putting taking two or more of those powers and, in a state of prayer and meditation, put those powers in agreement towards a specific purpose, always remembering that those powers are operating under the direction of your Christ self. That is the spiritual Aster Mind at work
Napoleon Hill suggests that the real founding fathers of our nation are John Hancock, Samuel Adams and David Henry Lee. They are the ones who organized the first correspondent committee of the Thirteen Colonies “for the purpose of friendly cooperation for the betterment of the Colonies of British America.” The Master Mind group of Hancock Adams and Lee generated the power that ended up with the formation of this great country of ours.
The Master Mind group must be a small, 3 to 5 max that will support each other, that are of the same mind and that will affirm each other in the pursue of each other’s dreams. If you are serious and passionate about pursuing a dream and a definite purpose, you need a Master Mind group.
Next week we will expand on the power of the Master Mind combined with the quality of persistence, to make the Law of Attraction work all the time. See you then.
We have heard and said that phrase so many times. Yet, making decisions in a timely way can be one of the most empowering things we can do. Decision making is the antidote to procrastination. Many times when the Law of Attraction does not seem to work, procrastination is the culprit. The Law always works. This Sunday, we will address how decisions linked to a Master Mind can catapult us to the next level. I promise you that this message is for you and for me. Don’t miss it. Tomorrow at 10 AM at Unity Center for Positive Living in Longwood.
A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object, which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. ALLEN, JAMES. AS A MAN THINKETH (with linked TOC) (Kindle Locations 206-211). White Dog Publishing. Kindle Edition.
This is talk number 4 of the Sunday series based on the Law of Attraction. Why am I doing a series on thus Universal Law that has been around from the beginning of times. Well I believe that some of us, stumbled into this law, some of us have studied it intentionally and deliberately. Others, discovered it when they red the book or saw the video of, The Secret, which is no secret. If you would like to catch up with the previous talks, they are posted in our blog, at www.unitychurch.com. (PPT) 2 (Show website and blog)
The quote by James Allen that I read at the beginning says that we should make our purpose the centralizing point of our thoughts. Napoleon Hill says that we must have a definite purpose and that if we do not know what that is, we should make it our definite purpose to find our definite purpose.
Now, I believe that purpose is something that needs to be fueled by desire or in the words of Napoleon Hill a burning desire.
There is a story of a young man that admired so much the work of Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor, that he developed over time a burning desire to become Edison assistant. He set out to fulfill his dream and left his home and traveled by train to Orange, New Jersey where the inventor lived. He new what he wanted and never contemplated that he would fail. At the first opportunity he accepted a job sweeping the floor of Edison’s lab. 5 years later he was Edison’s assistant.
Now in this case, or in any similar case, you will find people that will try to discourage you from pursuing your desire and your dream. Please do not listen to them and think about the true meaning of the word, desire, The word desire literally means, from the Father. In other words, it is Source Energy, God, Spirit, the Higher Power, that planted that seed in your heart and in your mind. And if that seed was planted, the means for its accomplishment will be found there as well.
Now let us remember that our desires are a very personal thing and are directly related to where we are in life. There are people that are set and comfortable financially and might be yearning for physical and health; and of course, that is a very worthy goal. Others are yearning of a healthy and fulfilling relationship; and, of course, that is also, ok. Maybe your desire is for financial prosperity for peace of mind; and that is also ok. And maybe is all of the above or a combination. That is also OK.
Now, the important is that whatever your desire is, if you really want it, you need to make it the object of your existence and not allow any distractions to get in the way.
That is why it is so important to get clear about what we really want so we do not spin our wheels and fail to get anywhere. Here is where concentration comes in. That’s why I chose to combine Desire and Concentration in one talk.
There is one or many spiritual abilities that we can harness in order to achieve this concentration. Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity wrote.
“Today men are striving to acquire power through money, legislation, and man-made government, and falling short because they have not mastered themselves” (The Twelve Powers of Man, 67).
Now, My friend Linda Martella Whitsett wrote:
A familiar affirmation in Unity communities is “There is only one Power in the universe, God/ Good” (H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth, 44). God is not a being that expresses power. God is power itself; we are the divine power expressing powerfully. We express our power ability in the following ways. Martella-Whitsette, Linda. Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World (p. 106). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Linda writes that our spiritual ability of Power is the power of Concentration, Self-Mastery and Authority.
Now, in the context of this series, we are constantly having this basketball game so to speak in our mind. And like in the big leagues, there are two narrators. One is telling us play by play objectively what’s going on. While the other one talks about statistics and makes predictions based on past performance. Now we have the power to concentrate in what’s important now, which is the play by play of our life. We have the power to concentrate on the task at hand and which activities are going to make a specific contribution to the accomplishment of our goal, dream or ambition.
These days we hear a lot the word, multitasking. Perhaps is the rapid way we live our lives today, but the fact is that when me multi task we actually fail to concentrate on the most important task at hand. One very present example is texting or talking on the phone while driving. I am guilty of that myself.
(PPT) 4 Our concentration ability is the power of single-mindedness. Concentration intensifies thought the way a laser intensifies light. Martella-Whitsette, Linda. Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World (p. 107). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Now, at the risk of contradicting myself, I must share that research shows that intense and hyper focus reduces the rate of success or accomplishment as the case of someone that is preparing for an important test. What shall we focus on then is the question?
I believe that the Apostle, Paul has the answer:
(PPT) 5 “Finally, brothers [and sisters], whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4: 8). Martella-Whitsette, Linda. Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World (p. 108). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I believe that “these things” are our highest spiritual ideals which reside in us as divine attributes: Divine Love, Dive Wisdom, Divine Strength, Divine Justice, Divine Compassion, Divine Honor and so on.
When we direct our attention to these things, we are not only receiving the power that emanates from the Spirit within as each one of these divine attributes.
Next week we will look at the importance of making decisions, particularly as an antidote to procrastination. I definitely will not wait until Saturday to write the lesson. God Bless.