You Still Have Time

Dear friend,

As 2017 comes to an end, we look back at the treasured memories from this year. We have cultivated new friendships and new relationships. We look forward to getting to know you more in the new year.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that this is your last opportunity to give a year end gift to Unity Center for Positive Living. We are a 501(c)corporation under the IRS, and at least this year, your contribution is totally tax deductible.

To support our ministry, visit WWW UnityChurch.com And look for the yellow PayPal button. In addition, you may send your contribution to 1239 S. US Highway 1792, Longwood, FL 32750.

We remain in gratitude. Have a happy and prosperous New Year

Revs Alinda and Coco RAMOS

Nurture the Gift December 17 2017

INTRO

 

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

During this month and this time of Advent, I have exploring this concept of THE GIFT. We talked about expecting a gift in any situation or condition. Las week we spoke about receiving the GIFT and today, I would like to explore the notion of NURTURING the gift. Not only we will talk about nurturing the gift, but also how can we nurture the gift.

 

By now, it should be pretty clear that the gift is not a material gift. Rather, the gift is non other than the Presence of God in us, around us, and through us.

 

Jesus told us, Seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and ALL THESE THINGS would be added onto us. The Kingdom of Heaven, according to Charles Fillmore is the realm of Divine Ideas, the realm of infinite possibilities.

 

I find it interesting that the Hebrews for hundreds of years were expecting a liberator, a political Messiah that would free them from the oppression of the Romans. Instead, their political Messiah came in the form of a baby, that grew up to be Spiritual Master that taught about the presence of God and about compassion and love among human kind.

 

So, how are we going to connect with this Kingdom of God, with this realm of Infinite potential, with his kingdom of infinite possibilities? There is only one way. THROUGH PRAYER.

 

Now, PRAYER, might mean something different to different people. However, there is perhaps a definition of prayer that we can all agree with. I call it a (PPT) Conscious Awareness of the Presence and the Activity of God,in all, through all and as all. That form of prayer becomes an attitude rather than a specific act such as reciting prayers, repeating affirmations, using beads, chanting or whatever. Mind you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, as long as we do them in and from that awareness of the presence of God.

 

Another thing to consider is that awareness assumes that the person is not praying TO God, as an entity that is separate, but rather FROM that awareness of a living presence in which live, move and have our being.

 

Now, because we are looking at this awareness as THE GIFT, we are going to value, and protect that gift, by staying close to it and not letting it go. And the only way that such a thing is possible is by nurturing our prayer life and making it a priority. Everything we do, should be in this awareness.

 

 

HOW TO

 

How to we consciously and intentionally enter into this awareness? Perhaps the text from Isaiah can help us to relate to God as the Divine Presence that God is.

In Unity we teach that God is unchanging principle, however to the individual consciousness, God can express as the energy (archetype ?) that we need at that particular time.

 

Isaiah referred to this awareness as, (PPT) Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

These names can serve as a guide for us to relate to the Infinite Presence of God. If we are in need of guidance, we might think of God as Wonderful Counselor. If we feel that we need nurturing or protection, Mighty God or Everlasting Father might be a way in which we choose to relate to God at that particular moment. If the situation in our lives has something to do with the apparent lack of harmony in a given situation, maybe to think of God as Prince of Peace might be a good idea. In another part of the text, Isaiah uses the name Immanuel, which literally means GOD WITH US or GOD AMONG US, indicating that we are never alone or separate from God.

 

Now in order to get into this place of a conscious awareness of the presence of God. We need to travel a very short distance, roughly, 18 inches. It is the distance FROM THE HEAD TO THE HEART.

 

It is necessary to let go of the intellect and connect from our heart where the center of spirituality resides.

 

I find it interesting that John the Baptist, which some refer as the one who prepared the way for Jesus, when someone asked him if HE was the Messiah that they were expecting, he replied: I MUST DECREASE SO HE CAN INCREASE. What does that mean?

 

According to the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, John the Baptist represents the Illumined Intellect. He represents that part of our consciousness that GETS IT; but it gets it UP HERE (HEAD) It is the part of our consciousness that does not necessarily has INTERNALIZED the truth and taken it all the way to the heart. Jesus, on the other hand, represents, the Christ within. The energy of the Christ within is located in our LOVE CENTER, which is the physical heart. That is why I walked you through that exercise last week which we are about to do again. I guarantee you that if you get used to praying by taking a few seconds and making that HEART CONNECTION, your life will change for the better.

 

So I must decrease so he can increase, means that our intellectual analyzing needs to diminish so our heart centered awareness can grow and increase.

 

Let’s do the exercise for just a moment. Take a second to get comfortable……. Take a few deep breaths…..Place your hand over your heart and begin to breathe into that area, as though you were breathing through your heart muscle.   INHALE……..EXHALE.

 

I AM NOW IN THE PRESENCE OF PURE BEING

“I am now in the Presence of pure Being, immersed in the Holy Spirit of Life, Love, and Wisdom. I acknowledge Thy presence and power, O blessed Spirit. In thy Divine Wisdom now erase my mortal limitations. From Thy pure substance of Love, bring into manifestation my world according to Divine Law.”

 

One last thing. The Apostle Paul invited us to pray without ceasing. First, we cannot enter into a genuine awareness of the presence of God if we are holding resentment or a grudge towards someone, something or even to ourselves.

 

There is a place in Scripture that says that before we bring an offering to the altar, if we have a resentment towards our brother, to go and seek reconciliation first and then come back and place your offering at the altar.

 

We need to be walking prayers. And How do We become a WALKING Prayer? ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON. We become a walking prayer when we share with others the

gifts of JOY, PEACE, POSITIVITY,FORGIVENESS,

NON-JUDGEMENT, AND COMPASSION.

 

CLOSE

 

We have expected the gift, we have received the gift, Now we know how to nurture the gift. During our Candlelight services we will embrace the energies of expecting, receiving and nurturing as we embody the different characters in the Christmas story. Then we simply can BECOME THE GIFT, which is what our Candlelight service is all about. I hope to see you all Tuesday Night. Merry Christmas.

 

 

Tips and Tricks for Overcoming Financial Adversity

November 4, 2017   – Change your clocks tonight-

I was not always a positive thinker. There was a time that I was not even aware that I could deliberately alter my circumstances by altering my thoughts. No, I was not. Like many people, I had allowed the collective human race consciousness to determine not only my destiny but my general state of being on any given day.

Then it happened. I embarked on this study of Truth and began hearing phrases such as, As a man thinketh, so is he (Proverbs 23 KJV), You can change your life if you change your thoughts and “people are disturbed not by things that happen but by their opinions of things that happen.

Those phrases, rather than becoming overrated cliches, became part of my psychological makeup; they became part of me and thus my life and my circumstances changed.

In my message tomorrow, I intend to unravel those phrases and show you how to use them, like I used them, to reverse financial adversity of any kind. Join us tomorrow at 10 AM for Tips and Tricks in Overcoming FInancial Adversity.

Excerpt from Spiritual Economics – This Sunday Oct 22

 

Join us this Sunday at 10 AM. Here is an advance of what you can look forward to this Sunday

If you were asked, “How much do you earn a week?” probably your reply would be, “I only make $ 200 (or $ 500 or $ 1000) a week.” But why the only? It is a self-inventory term that is commonly used, but it invariably represents limitation. How much money do you have on your person? “Only $ 43.32!” Again, why the only? As long as this “onlyness” consciousness is in any way identified with your money, you are depreciating it. Take stock of all your references to money. It is often said about some financial commitment, “Oh, it’s only money!” It is a subtle put-down. It is just such flippant attitudes toward money that create a resistance which blocks the flow of the substance current. (Note that “current” gives rise to the word currency.) Have you ever noticed the grim expressions on people’s faces as they go to their purses or wallets for money to make a payment? It would strongly suggest a negative identification. The need is to turn this around. Money is good! Money is God in action! Feel good about making contact with the divine current. Handle the currency with the joyous feeling that you are in the flow.   -Eric Butterworth, Spiritual  Economics

Wear Your 3-D Glasses. October 1

We have all heard of various forms of visualization techniques from treasure mapping and vision boards to going into deep trances in order to “see” what we want to manifest. And all of that is fine. Yet, we may have been missing something all along; and that is what I am calling, Your 3-D Glasses, which is the subject of this Sunday’s lesson. In this Sunday lesson I promise to share with you three things that are absolutely necessary for any visualzation to work. Don’t miss it agt 10 AM at Unity in Longwood or Live on Facebook.  See you Then.

No Church This Sunday

Folks,
A major power line was broken by a fallen tree in the back of the plaza. Even though the lights are working in some units, the outlets and the AC is not.
I will be sending a link for access ONLINE . I will be presenting a brief message and a meditation ONLINE.  (SEE LINK BELOW TO JOIN)    We ask that you support the church by donating online. We have  not been able to receive offerings for two Sundays in a row.
I affirm that DIVINE ORDER is established now and we are abundantly provided.
Blessings,
COCO
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No Church on Sunday, September 10

Dear friends,

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.

M

August 20 7 of 7 This Will Make You Free

PPT 7 of 7 This Will Make You Free

 

(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.

Metaphysical Interpretation

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.

 

The Truth Can Set You Free but You Must Read the Instructions

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.