This Sunday is the next to the last of the series, Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay. Jim Rosemergy wrote: “Our wise Creator has made giving a vital part of life’s expression. We breathe in and receive oxygen, but it is just as important to exhale. The farmer wants to reap a bountiful harvest, but first he must sow the seeds.” How do we use this universal law to increase our awareness of God as our Source, is the subject of this Sunday’s lesson titled, It’s All in the Treasure Chest
There are two ways in which we are able to stop the flow of good to us and through us. One is to withold our giving by being afraid that there will not be enough. The other one is not willing to receive gratefully when our good is offered to us. The later is usually the result of not considering ourselves worthy of receiving. When we prevent someone from giving to us, we also, at least temporarily, threaten the flow of their good. We will discuss these ideas in our talk. Let it Flow, Let it Flow, Let it Flow. Angie will be our vocalist.
In his book, Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, Rev Jim Rosemergy says that God is our Source and an awareness of God is our supply. He also identifies three specific barriers to experiencing an full awareness of the presence of God.That is the subject of this Sunday talk, Three Coins in a Fountain. Tonight, set your timepieces back one hour and bundle up. See you tomorrow at 10 AM. Angie will be our guest singer.
Good morning. The title of today’s talk is, Three Coins in a Fountain, loosely based on the song and the movie by the same name, but more based on Chapter three of the book, Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, which begins with a story that I would like to share.
Antoinette Bourignann was young girl that lived in the 17th century. At an early age, she felt this deep calling to serve God by becoming a nun. But her family had other plans for her and, as was customary during those days, had arranged a marriage for the young Antoinette. Antoinette was very secure in her decision of becoming a nun, so one day in the early hours before the sun came out she dressed like a hermit, packed a few garments, grabbed one penny, which she needed to buy bread for one day, and left the house to begin her adventure. She was just a few minutes into her journey when she heard a voice from within that said: Where is your faith, in a penny? These words had a great impact on her and she tossed the penny away and continued her journey and her travels, and she was always provided.
As the still, small voice spoke to Antoinette, she realized the penny was a symbol of her dependence upon earthly and material things. Not only that, she realized that this dependance was in fact a barrier to her having a full realization of the God as her one and only SOURCE. And that was when she let go of the penny. That penny may have bought bread for a day, but what about the rest of her life?
Jim Rosemergy writes in his book:
(PPT) Remember, God is willing, and it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. The kingdom is here, at hand, within our grasp, but we hold on to other things. We believe they contribute to our security, but they do not. Just as we cannot serve two masters, so we cannot hold to earthly things and the kingdom and call both of them our source.
Of course, in this quote, the author is quoting the wisdom of Scripture, by saying that is (PPT) God’s pleasure to give us the kingdom and by saying that the (PPT)kingdom is here and at hand; also, by saying that (PPT)we cannot serve two masters. Therefore is important to be clear, number one, in WHO is our SOURCE, and like we talked about last week, in whom do we place our trust.
Now, like I said in the beginning, I am loosely basing the title of this talk in the name, Three Coins in a Fountain. In the movie, there are these three young ladies that are looking for someone to marry. By each tossing a coin in the Trevi fountain, the belief was, that their wish or their dream will come true. Which one will the fountain bless, is the refrain that we hear in the beginning and throughout the song.
There are three things that stand in the way between us and a full awareness of the presence of God. And those things need to be tossed out of our lives, in the same way that the ladies tossed coins in the fountain, with the hope, ONLY HE HOPE of being blessed. The difference is, in our case, that if we TOSS these three things, we WILL BE BLESSED. It is not a matter of which one of us will be blessed. I am telling you, WE ALL will be blessed. So let’s get started.
(PPT) Judging by appearances
Judging by appearances is the first thing that gets in the way between us and having a full awareness of the presence of God. Let us not forget the premise of this book that we have been mentioning since we started the series: (PPT) God is our Source. An awareness of God is our Supply.
The moment that we allow appearances to distract us from our 24-7 awareness of the presence of God, we begin to loose our ability to receive the unending and inexhaustible supply that God is. It is also necessary to remember that supply and abundance are synonyms. Supply is not only money, food and shelter. Supply is health of mind and body, supply is a fulfilling relationship, whether that relationship is with a significant other or with a teenager or an adult child. Supply is satisfaction and fulfillment at work; supply is much more than just money.
So, when any event that has the potential of threatening any of these things that I just mentioned, STOP and remember. (PPT) Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. -John 7:24
In the mid 1800s there was this disease stricken couple and according to appearances, they should have died in their forties. Yet, they did not allow appearances to dictate their destiny. They were, to a point, obsessed with the idea that if they placed their trust in God, God would not only heal them, but also would prosper them as well. In the midst of those appearances, Myrtle Fillmore, the co founder of the Unity movement wrote:
(PPT) I do not believe in evil. I believe in Good. I do not believe in sin. I believe in Truth. I do not believe in want. I believe in Abundance. I do not believe in death. I believe in Life. I do not believe in ignorance. I believe in Intelligence.
There are no discords in my being. Being is peace.
My faith, understanding, and love are becoming one.
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Dated: 1897.
The next barrier to a full awareness of the presence of God and for us to be in the flow of unending supply is
(PPT) Thinking Lack
Those of us that have spent sometime reading self-help books, have discovered that our thoughts are generating centers of magnetic energy, and that whatever energy we choose to broadcast or vibrate, the Universe, will respond accordingly by providing events and circumstances that will match the energy of our thoughts.
The way out of a life of lack and limitation IS NOT,and I repeat, IS NOT by thinking OR TALKING ABOUT lack and limitation. If you do so, you enter into what I call the poor me victim cycle and that is a place in which you do not want to be, because it only PERPETUATES YOUR PRESENT CONDITION.
I remember a time in my life, before I discovered this, that all I did was whine and complain about our finances, or lack of them; the Universe responded by giving me more reasons to complain.
Another, thing that goes hand in hand with a consciousness of lack is when we are not clear about WHO our true Source. Here is the key: (PPT) We cannot have as our true source something that has a life expectancy (downloaded from the GATC) Our employment has a life expectancy, our savings have a life expectancy, our investments have a life expectancy. When we set our mind on receiving ONLY from those channels (and that is what they are, channels), guess what?WE ONLY RECEIVE FROM THOSE CHANNELS. We must set our eyes only on the ONE AND ONLY SOURCE that is eternal and as such does not have a life expectancy, and that is a conscious awareness of the presence of GOD, as our provider and SOURCE.
So far we have gotten rid of two barriers. The next one might be the most difficult to eliminate from our lives. It is not impossible, but it can be very difficult. BUT IT HAS TO GO.
(PPT) Holding resentments is a barrier to a consciousness of God
We may have mastered the first two conditions by not judging by appearances and by having a consciousness of abundance, however, if there is anything that can literally stop the flow of our good and specifically our supply is our inability to forgive and let go of resentments. I know, believe me, that there are people that have suffered through very traumatic experiences. I do not need to name them here. You know what they are. However, when we hang on to that energy to the point that it is the guiding and directing force of our lives, we put a stop to the omnipresent good that is trying to flow in to our lives. Forgiveness is not something that we do for others. Forgiveness frees us from a prison that we have chosen to dwell in as long as we do not forgive. Most of the time, we hold on to the energy of having being wrong way after the perpetrator of the wrong is long gone and has no clue on how you are feeling. Jim Rosemergy writes in the book:
(PPT)In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus said, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Mt. 6:12). It appears this verse says that God does not forgive us as long as we do not forgive others. The Truth is God does not forgive because God is Love. There is no resentment in God. However, the verse stresses an important idea. As long as we fail to forgive, we are not able to experience the love God is. Through a consciousness of love, we are cared for and our earthly needs are met.
So there you have it. Let’s summarize:
1. Judging by appearances is a barrier to a consciousness of God
2. Thinking lack is a barrier to a consciousness of God
3. Holding resentments is a barrier to a consciousness of God.
Here are some ideas to remember this week:
4. Money is not our source or supply.
5. True wealth is an awareness of Spirit.
6. The have-not consciousness can produce only one thing—loss.
7. A consciousness of the Presence is destined to rise from within us.
8. Anything that shields us from a consciousness of God separates us from supply.
Next week we are going to look at how our prosperity relates with our ability to receive. The title of the talk, LET IT FLOW, LET IT FLOW, LET IT FLOW.
The phrase, “In God we trust” first appeared in our coins in 1864 and in our paper currency in 1957. It implies that as a culture, and as a nation we place our trust in God or at least on a higher power of some sort. The fact that this phrase appears in our currency seems to indicate that we look to God as the Source of our prosperity. But the question is, how does God actually “provides” for us? Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we listen to Rev Coco’s lesson, Whats in Your Wallet. Cindy will be our guest artist
SCRIPTURE READING John 4: 7-24
(PPT) A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)
9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans). Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
11–12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
13–14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
Good morning.Today is the second message of a series that began las week based on the book, Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, (Insert Sub title here) by Rev Jim Rosemergy. Last week’s message basic premise was that God, Divine Spirit, Omnipresent Mind, however we refer to our higher power, does not express itself through our needs. And as long as we choose to focus on needs and lack, we experience more of the same. I briefly addressed a quote from the book that read, (PPT) God is our Source; A Consciousness of God is our Supply.
This quote inspired the title of today’s message, What’s In Your Wallet. And of course, what’s in our wallets, for the most part, is the phrase, In God We Trust, which we find in our currency. By the way, the phrase has been in our coins since 1864, however it did not make it to our paper currency until 1956, when it was also adopted as the official motto of our country.
So let’s explore this concept of supply. Usually we here the word, supply in the context of supply and demand. And if there is a demand, is because we have a need. Other than the obvious, why do we insist on focusing on our needs?
Emily Cady in her classic, Lessons in Truth says :
(PPT)The hunger that we feel is but the prompting of the Divine within us, which longs with an infinite longing to fill us. It is but one side of the law of demand and supply, the other side of which is unchangeable, unfailing, the promise: The supply is always equal to the demand, but there must first be a demand before supply is of use.
Now,inScripture we read: (PPT)
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Mt. 7:7).
Is this a promise or a lie? It is the Truth. Supply does equal demand, but Scripture also says that we “ask amiss” (Jas. 4:3 KJV). We have asked for earthly things, but it is God we want. This is our deepest heart’s desire. Let us ask for God. This is a request Spirit always fulfills.
We have said that God is our Source but a a consciousness of God is supply. Divine supply, an awareness of God, is available to everyone. Divine supply does not need to be stored for future use. Divine supply is never depleted. Awareness and acquisition are one. Because when we are in this awareness, or like Scripture would say, when we seek first the Kingdom, everything else is added onto us 6. PPT A deepened awareness of God grants us security and well-being as well as provides for our earthly needs. A consciousness of God does not depend upon our level of education or human abilities. . Supply equals demand. As long as we ask to have our needs met, we have not met our Creator. A new life opens to us when we ask for an awareness of God.
Thomas Merton a 20th century mystic once said A Rich Man has no needs. On one level this is true. If you are swimming in money, you can buy whatever you want, whenever you want it. On another level, it is not such an accurate statement. Look at Howard Hughes. At the time of his death, he was probably the riches man in the USA and maybe in the world. Did he have needs? Of course; otherwise he would not have died alone like he did. I personally have known a couple of millionaires that had all the money in the world, yet he had needs that money could not buy.
When we say that a consciousness of God is our supply, it is important to look also beyond financial supply. One of the definitions in the dictionary for supply is “the act or process of filling a want or need” that want or need can be for peace of mind, a fulfilling and meaningful relationship, wholeness of mind and body, etc, etc. Maybe the want or need is to free ourselves of a bad habit or to let go of an attachment. Whichever it is, having a consciousness that we can trust our heavenly Father, Spirit, Divine Mind, Christ within, or whichever name we call our Higher Power, to provide for our wants, placing our trust in God is all we need for the need to be fulfilled.
The reference in the song, bread of heaven is a metaphysical reference to God’s substance. It is the same reference as in “give us this day our daily bread” Bread and scripture means spiritual substance
I don’t think that Thomas Merton, being a mystic was talking about material riches when he said that a rich man has no needs. He was talking about the enlightened person with a conscious awareness of the presence of God everywhere, in him and through him, having no needs. Why? Because when you have such awareness, you lack absolutely nothing. Like Thoreau would say, “new and more liberal laws are established in your favor.
I remember when I consciously made the switch from thinking needs to thinking God. I had come out of a financial debacle and was starting a new school photography business. By traditional means, I needed money for equipment, I needed a place to stay in the opposite side of the island where I lived, while I was looking for clients and later while taking pictures. I needed clients, which I didn’t have. I needed, I needed, I needed.
But I stopped thinking need and started affirming God. Long story short, everything was provided. In a matter of minutes, literally, clients totaling thousands of school children appeared out of the blue. Another serendipitous encounter, provided a place for Alinda and I to stay for a month completely free. The equipment that I needed was also facilitated. And so on and so on. All I had to do, was to place my trust in God and not in my own ability to meet my needs.
At the beginning of the lesson we read the Scripture that says, (PPT)”…Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
According to Unity’s co founder, Charles Fillmore, the Samaritan woman represents the soul in its natural state who draws its life from the earthly side of existence (Jacob’s well), but as it evolves in awareness, ( discussion with Jesus) is destined to draw from a higher fount, which is omnipresent life.(represented here by Jesus) Jesus asked the woman for a drink- indicates the universality of Spirit. (in other words, available to anyone regardless of your race, beliefs, lifestyle, etc.) “If you knew the generosity of God” The “generosity (gift of God KJV) of God” to man is eternal life or an increasing awareness of God. The woman asking for the living water represents our own longing for everything God has to offer us once we have that consciousness of God. It is that place when we do not need to draw from the earthly well but instead draw from the well that never dries up.
How do we know that we have arrived at place in consciousness in which we always trust God?
Reverend Rosemergy, in his book suggest that we know that we have arrived when we stop asking. We stop asking when we know that our good already exists and is just waiting for our receptivity to become a visible manifestation We stop asking when we know that we know that we know. It is a place in which our thoughts, our feelings and our actions reflect a Consciousness of God. We think God, we feel God, we talk God.
In daily times of quiet focus on what you have and also on what God can give you. Do not even think about your needs.
Remember that God is your source and that and awareness of God is your supply.
Practice thinking about God anytime a thought of worry comes up. Journal your observations.
Next week, we will tap into the consciousness of Andy Williams when we listen to next Sunday’s lesson titled, Three Coins in a Fountain.
The book, Even Mystics Have Bills to pay is about balancing a spiritual life with earthly living. What does that mean? Jesus said: I am in the world but not of the world. How do we participate and partake of all the world has to offer without being limited or defined by that world? Join us this Sunday at 10 AM as we begin a new Sunday series days based on the book before mentioned. Jay Hall makes his debut as our Sunday vocalist
Message: There is an Offer on the Table
Today, I am beginning a new series based on the book, Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, Balancing Earthly Living and a Spiritual Life, by Unity writer, Jim Rosemergy. Even though I read this book when it first came out several years ago, I did not pay much attention to the sub-title, Balancing Earthly Living and a Spiritual Life. And I think, that striking that balance between earthly living and spirituality, is the key to achieving a life of prosperity, and abundance in all areas of our lives.
In the introductory chapter of the book the author tells a cute story about their grandson, who was spending some time with them. Right around the time that his allowance ran out, he saw this video game that he had to have. He asked the grandparents for money and when they declined, he cried out, “BUT I’VE GOT NEEDS, BUT I’VE GOT NEEDS”
If we look back at the evolution of humankind, it seems that our focus has always been to meet and fulfill our needs. Whether those needs are basic such as shelter, food and water, or the means on how to provide for those needs, it appears to be that we are always attempting to fulfill one need or the other and that our main focus is and has always been to meet those needs.
We think we begin the journey to prosperous living when we answer the world’s call to get a good job—with benefits. This, we are told, requires an education or specialized training, so schooling comes next. Finally, we are employed, so we can get paid. And logically, with enough money, our needs are met. But it doesn’t work that way necessarily. Many of us are exhausted and disillusioned because we have tried to make it work only to fall further behind and behind. Does that sound familiar? Jim Rosemergy says that this is natural result when our focus and life’s direction are trying to get what we do not have.
In other words, when we focus on NEEDS.
Today, I submit to you that when we focus on needs, we are setting ourselves for failure. Yes, at the beginning there is a sense of hope and even that we are doing the right thing, but soon there is an UNEXPECTED NEED, for which we did not plan. Maybe is a broken car or a medical bill. When this happens, we tend to become anxious and worried and enter into what I call the rollercoaster of meeting needs.
Now, in the midst of all our needs, we have an “Offer on the Table”, which is what I have called today’s massage. Jesus told us (PPT)
“Fear not, little flock. It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Lk. 12:32). When we look at this scripture, we something is being offered to us—either we do not know what it is, how to recognize it, or how to receive it. The above scripture indicates that Spirit created the universe and the laws which govern it in a way that conspires in our favor to support our well being, our growth and development.
The theme “ Do not fear” is prevalent in Jesus message. As a matter of fact, right before he says that is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom, in what many consider the greatest prosperity lesson in scripture, Jesus says:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
In another spot Jesus compared the Kingdom to a pearl of great price, (Mt. 13:46). What could be so valuable? I think it is important to define this kingdom word. We are told to seek it first, we are told that is a gift, we are told a bunch of things about the kingdom. But what is it?
So what is this gift all about? Common, I want that gift, and I want it now! How do I get it? Wait? I don’t have to get it. I already have it! I do not have to wait until next Christmas!
David Owen Ritz, the creator of another series called Keys to the Kingdom says that (PPT) “ The real Kingdom of God is the spiritual field of infinite potential within which we live and move and have our being. Our biggest problem, Jesus says, is our ignorance of this greatest of truths and our resulting failure to live in harmony with the natural, spiritual laws of life that open the doors to the real Kingdom of God’s rich abundance.” – David Owen Ritz, Keys to the Kingdom
I have a friend that put her house on the market a few months ago. She has received one offer, which she is about to accept. I believe that God, the Universe, however you wish to refer to it has made us an offer. And the offer is this:
If we seek the kingdom of God and open ourselves to a consciousness of the Presence and the activity of Spirit , our earthly needs will be met. We do not have to give them great attention.
This is exactly what the mystics of history did and what the modern mystics do. The promise has been fulfilled for them The question is, Can it be fulfilled for us? I believe it can; no, not only I believe it can. I know it can. But you have to let go and begin to trust by fully accepting the offer. There are no negotiations here. The difference between a real estate offer and this is that the one making the offer here has UNLIMITED RESOURCES at yours and mine disposal. The father told the brother of the prodigal son, ALL THAT I HAVE IS YOURS.
Jim Rosemergy says:
(PPT) . It is time to accept the challenge of this promise and put the principle of seeking the kingdom to the test. It is time to determine if our earthly needs can be met without giving thought to them.
Do you remember the story of Eddie Rickenbacker, the World War I combat pilot and ace? During World War II, while on a special mission, he and his crew were shot down by enemy fire. For days they drifted at sea in a raft with only four small oranges to sustain them. They took turns reading from a small Bible one of the men carried. On the eighth day these words were read: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well” (Mt. 6:33). Within an hour, a seagull landed on Rickenbacker’s head. He grabbed it, and they had food. Later a rain shower came, and they had water. They sought the
kingdom, and their needs were met. Faith rose up in them, and it enabled the downed fliers to hang on for two more weeks before they were rescued.
Now I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that God does not fulfill needs. Yep I just said that. And yes, we have needs, nation has needs, everybody has needs. Then what? Well the good news is that God is Love itself and it is Love’s nature to give to us all the time. Now, God does not express through needs as long as we are focusing on those needs. Our task is to focus on God’s presence and its ability to fulfill any need even before we think about the need. Get it?
When we give our attention to Spirit and allow an awareness of the Source to rise up in us, our needs are taken care of without making them the center of our focus. Two powerful ideas are the foundation of this series that I am starting today, and our lives also. First, (PPT)
God is our source. Second, a consciousness of God is our supply.
In daily times of quiet focus on what you have and also on what God can give you. Do not even think about your needs.
Remember that God is your source and that and awareness of God is your supply.
Practice thinking about God anytime a thought of worry comes up. Journal your observations.
(PPT) Connection card Slide
In a few moments we will be receiving your tithes and gifts. Perhaps this is good time to finish filling out your connection card.
Next week’s lesson title is, (PPT) What’s in Your Wallet? And here is a clue: It’s not Capital One. God Bless/
The story of David and Goliath is very familiar to most people regardless of their level of exposure to Bible literature. It has come to be almost an archetype of battles won against all odds by underdogs.
New scholarly research has found a new twist to the story which points to the possibility that Goliath suffered a hormonal condition called Acromegaly, which can cause vision problems.
How does this relate to us and how can we use this recent findings in dealing with the “giants” that we fight in our lives?
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM. Cindy will be our vocalist.
See you then
In his classical definition of faith, St. Paul writes that faith is the “certainty of things not seen and the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11-1) Charles Fillmore, the cofounder of the Unity movement wrote that “Faith is the perceiving power of the mind linked to its power to shape substance” This Sunday my goal is to merge these two definitions into specific ways in which we can shape the invisible into visibility by using some of our Spirit-given gifts. Please join us at 10 AM for our lesson titled, Now you Don’t See it, Now You Do.
God is Good all the time. All the time God is good.
Good morning everyone. The other day, it occurred to me during the Metaphysics class, that back during the Bible times, people went to the religious leaders with their questions about life, about God and seeking clarity in understanding a particular text of the Scriptures. I also asked lots of questions to the religious leaders of my time, only to be told either that I was too young to understand or that it simply was a mystery.
I don’t know about you, but people of other denominations have asked me about Unity and our teachings in general.
Today my intention is to answer some of the following questions.
Where does our positive approach to spirituality comes from. Why do we pray the way we pray. Why do we say that There is only one Presence and one power. Is there Biblical support to the thing that we teach, and in general would like to give you tools to have a greater understanding of our teachings. Well that’s a loaded agenda for a 20-25 minute lesson, so let’s get started.
Let us begin by saying that most of what we believe and teach can be summed up in this sentence.
PPT There is only one presence and one power in my life and in the Universe, God the Good. We also say that this Good is omnipresent.
It is important to notice in this phrase that we are not saying that God IS good, because that would imply that God is a being with qualities. We are saying that God is Goodness itself and that this goodness is everywhere present. When the world around us does not appear to be good, it does not mean that the good is not there. It simply means that at that particular moment our focus is only on the appearance that is in front of us.
Let us remember here the words of Jesus when he said in John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” (NLT)
Other versions of the Bible say judge with righteous judgment. What is that? That in spite of what our senses are reporting, God as absolute good is in the midst of it.
Many of us have been attracted to our teachings because they emphasize the positive. We believe that as children created in the image and likeness of God, we have inherited not only the Goodness quality itself but every good thing our Creator has given us.
PPT Jesus told us in Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
Some people mistakenly believe that in Unity we have this Pollyannaish believe that if we affirm something long enough, it will become true. Well, that is partially true; but it is not Pollyannaish at all. Rather, it is also Biblical. I Job 22:28 says: “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.”
So, this is the way affirmations work. Rather than affirming something uncertain so it will become true, we affirm what is already true so it will visibly manifest in our lives. We do this by joining our imagination with our faith.
PPT Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1)
Now, how do we take this concept of the Omnipresent good and make it work for us. What are the practical applications here? I am glad you asked.
The first thing we need to do is have the discipline of knowing this truth: There is only one presence; God the good. Memorize that. Say it over and over until it becomes part of you. And why would we want to do that. Ah, because we live in the world of those appearances that Jesus was talking about. And in that world of appearances stuff happens. And when stuff happens you have two choices. You either get swallowed up by the stuff, by the drama, whatever; or you declare your absolute truth.
Let’s say you had your hopes on this particular job opportunity. You were so sure that it was for you when you got the call saying that it was not. Yes, its ok to be sad, disappointed and even angry. But don’t stay there. Simply say: “I live, I move and I have my being in God’s omnipresent good and there is a better opportunity for me; thank you, God”. Stop dwelling in the stuff that just happened and instead dwell in the consciousness of omnipresent good.
The 91st Psalms opens up with “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”
Here is another example. You receive a bad diagnostic from your doctor. Again, for a moment is ok to be shocked, sad, or mad. But to not dwell in that. Go back to the basic premise of omnipresent good. God is life, and if God’s life is omnipresent, that means that God’s Life is in every cell, in every tissue, in every organ, even in the DNA of your body.
PPT I am one with God’s omnipresent life. I am whole and healthy. I now raise my awareness to the God standard of perfect life.
I can give you example after example of how Alinda and I and other people have used this awareness to overcome all sorts of adversities. All is required is faith joined with the discipline to switch your awareness to the absolute good that surrounds you. Jesus was a Master at that. Where others saw disease, he saw wholeness. When there was a hungry multitude to feed, he saw unlimited supply. How this manifestation of supply happened? It doesn’t matter. When we align ourselves in mind and heart with the flow of omnipresent good, all sorts of circumstances converge to bring about that good. Do not get stuck in the details; just know, just trust, and know that you are a vessel through which God’s good is manifesting right this very moment.
Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of the Unity movement wrote an invocation that could be used when you find yourself facing adversity. Let us read it together:
I AM NOW in the presence of pure Being and 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, and from Thy pure substance of love bring into manifestation my world, according to Thy perfect law.
This is a very powerful prayer and it can change your awareness in the time it takes to say it. You are declaring that regardless of what is before you, YOU ARE IN THE PRESENCE of this Awesome God and immersed in its Holy Spirit of life love and wisdom. And you are acknowledging that presence and that power. You are declaring that now that presence and power erase YOUR MORTAL LIMITATIONS. Yes God, I am human, but my limitations are gone right this moment because you can do that. Jesus told us ; in the world you’ll have tribulation but take heart, I have overcome the world.
Finally you are declaring, from Thy pure substance of love bring into manifestation my world, according to Thy perfect law.
Here you are placing in the conscious awareness of this unlimited, unfettered, unencumbered, invisible substance from which all things come and declaring that from that substance comes the visible manifestation into your world according to God’s perfect law.
This perfect law, its what we call DIVINE ORDER that is the way God creates. By using this law we can shape the invisible substance into visibility. We can turn challenges into opportunities. We can transform lack into prosperity. How exactly we do that. That is the subject of new week’s lesson, Now you don’t see it, Now you do.
In Unity we pray affirmatively. Rather than asking and pleading with a distant deity, we acknowledge, God’s good as being already here. Why is this? Is this a New Thought idea? Is there biblical support for it? How does this way of relating to Spirit can bring about a life full of prosperity, peace of mind and fulfilling relationships? This is the subject of this Sunday’s lesson, The Why of the How. Join us at 10 AM. Cindy will be our vocalist
Good Morning, everyone. For those that are joining us in the middle of this series, I have been sharing a few selected verses of the Tao Tei Ching, the Chinese, philosophy written about 500 years BC and attributed to Lao Tzu. And we are comparing some of these verses with our own Judeo-Christian scriptures and our Unity philosophy.
Last week we touched on the Infinite nature of Spirit, God, Infinite Mind, Higher Power or however you choose to refer to the One Presence that is omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence.
Today we are going to look at the impartial nature of Spirit and we will base this in this verse of the Tao
Heaven and earth are impartial; they see the 10,000 things as straw dogs. The sage is not sentimental; he treats all his people as straw dogs. The sage is like heaven and earth: To him none are especially dear, nor is there anyone he disfavors. He gives and gives, without condition, offering his treasures to everyone. Between heaven and earth is a space like a bellows; empty and inexhaustible, the more it is used, the more it produces. Hold on to the center. Man was made to sit quietly and find the truth within.
The Tao does not discriminate—period! Like heaven and earth, it is impartial. The Tao is the Source of all, the great invisible provider. It doesn’t show preference by giving energy to some while taking it away from others; In the Gospel according to Matthew we find a verse that pretty much says what the Tao says:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor’[af] and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you will become children of your Father in heaven, because he makes his sun rise on both evil and good people, and he lets rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.
So, basically we are saying, (1) that Infinite Presence, is giving in nature, and its gifts are limitless. (2) And that this continuous and unlimited good is always flowing to us and through us, and it does not favor some while discriminating against others.
Wayne Dyer says that,
“In other words, Taoism reveres and respects existence impartially, as an ebb and flow that is to be revered and then released. With impartial awareness, the sage genuinely sees the sacredness within all the straw dogs in this ceremony we call life.
By the way, straw dogs are objects of worship that are used for rituals and ceremonies in China. When they are being used, they are considered sacred; but once the ceremony is over they get thrown on the floor and people walk all over them.
Now, back to the quote. This reference to ebb and flow caught my attention. And precisely that is what we are talking about.
On one end we have Spirit or Infinite Mind constantly providing this unending provision of every good thing we can think off. On the other end is how we relate to IT. Now, the invitation is for us in this relationship is to be aware of this impartiality of the Source, and enter into a conscious relationship with IT. The more we relate with the energy of Spirit, Infinite Presence or the Tao, and the more we’re conscious of how much we are receiving, the more it is available to us. It’s impossible to use it up—if we consume more, we simply receive more. But if we attempt to hoard it, we’ll experience lack ourselves, along with failing to understand how it all works. Jesus told a Samaritan woman by the well: “If you knew the gift of God…” (Knowledge, Gnosis) You shall know the Truth and it will make you free.
In other words, we need to have a conscious knowledge of God’s gifts in order to enjoy life to the fullest. Now Let’s get back to the Ebb and Flow.
We have been talking about paradoxes lately. Paradoxes are apparent contradictions. I believe that we in Unity deal with an apparent contradiction when it comes to putting our entering into the ebb and flow of our money. One thing perhaps is that we do not fully acknowledge where it comes from and which is IT true SOURCE.
The contradiction is that for the most part we do not believe in a human God, or an anthropomorphic God; and the Bible is full of references of a human God. It is that God that told Abraham to give a tenth of everything to the high Priest Melchisedec. It is a human God the one that invites people to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse on Malachi 3:10. We also filter the whole concept of tithing to the experiences we have had with that word or concept growing up, whether that is good, bad or indifferent.
I find it interesting that Jesus did not say a word about tithing. If anything, he was somewhat critical about people that tithed with the wrong attitude. More on that in a minute.
We need to understand why. The Old Testament and all these references to tithing and to a human God happened during a time that the tithe was like a tax, and it was mandatory and even coerced from the people. It was not a voluntary love offering at all. In a theocratic society, the clergy were in charge of the government so it was assumed that the tithe was going to their human God.
This is what Jesus had to say about tithing to the people that were the teachers of the law.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Jesus is not throwing out the practice of tithing. What Jesus is teaching, is the law of consciousness here. In other words, he is saying that is more important to practice justice, mercy and faithfulness instead of having an empty practice of tithing. Jesus might not have taught the actual practice of tithing but he did teach the law of giving and receiving. He said
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,
and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”
The people that finally grasp the concept that generously giving is a flow cycle, and that when you enter cheerfully and joyfully into this cycle, you begin to receive from all sorts of unexpected ways, they cannot imagine their lives not tithing, because they have seen and are seeing the results.
Nature, has an excellent way of demonstrating this principle. Over there in the Middle East there is this body of water called the Dead Sea. Immediately around it, there are some of the most fertile lands where there is an abundance of flowers and fruits. However, in this body of water, there are no fish, there is no life, NOTHING. Why is that? Yes, on one end is because a super high content of salt. But what is interesting is that this body of water, has an INTAKE, but it does not and OUTFLOW. The water just stays there, it does not circulate back to the SOURCE.
The only way that we can enter into the flow of financial abundance is by been conscious of the Source, which is Spirit, Infinite Presence, the Tao, etc. and by entering the flow through the law of giving and receiving. The first part you do by giving proportionally to what you have generously received from that Source, in the place where your receive your spiritual nourishment, which is here.
Some people say, Coco, I give to charity every month. That is perfect and good, but it is not tithing. It is not tithing because it does not include a conscious acknowledgement of circulating back to the SOURCE.
Now, based on what I just explained, I have rewritten Malachi 3.10, to fit the understanding of God that we have here in Unity and in the 21st Century and it goes like this
Give of yourself completely in mind, spirit and body to Life or to the Universe so your consciousness will be abundantly blessed. I, the Spirit of Truth, challenge you to test me. See my unlimited bounty of good flow freely as a manifestation of my inexhaustible and ever flowing supply.
I like to close with this next step directly from Wayne Dyer’s book, Change your Thoughts, Change your Life.
Finally, extend generosity through living the Tao impartially and connect with the inner space of being the Tao. In this space you’ll be able to be unbiased about your possessions, recognizing that they’re not exclusively yours but are rather a part of the Universe. By unconditionally sharing and giving, you’ll thrill at the experience of living the Tao and being unprejudiced. The Tao is your truth; it resides within you. Quietly be in the peace and joy of connecting with the inexhaustible Tao.