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.
In the 6th verse, of the Tao Tei Ching, Lao Tzu refers to an eternal and indescribable force of creation that continuously gives birth to new life. He tells us that this “mysterious female” energy continually reveals itself in perfection, and he invites us to an awareness of that voice of creation echoing throughout life in myriad ways.
In Unity sometimes we refer to this energy as the “Divine Feminine” What does it mean and how can we harness Its power to live more creatively. Join us this Sunday, Sep 21 as we wrap up the Series, The Tao of Unity. Angie Aldarondo will be our guest artist.
Wayne Dyer writes: “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 depriving others; rather, the basic life-sustaining components of air, sunshine, atmosphere, and rain are provided for all on our planet. ” -Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.
Why then are we not receiving all that Spirit, The Tao, God has to offer? What are we missing? What did Jesus teach about it?
Join us this Sunday at 10 am as we continue exploring the series, The Tao of Unity. Angie Aldarondo will be our guest artist.
Today we are talking about the Infinite aspect of the TAO (Spirit, God, etc. Remember that the Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.) We are using this verse to frame this lesson:
The Tao is empty but inexhaustible,
bottomless, the ancestor of it all.
Within it, the sharp edges become smooth;
the twisted knots loosen;
the sun is softened by a cloud;
the dust settles into place.
It is hidden but always present.
I do not know who gave birth to it.
It seems to be the common ancestor of all,
the father of things.
Now, the question to us this morning is, What does it mean to live with an awareness of this Infinite aspect of Spirit? What does it mean to be aware of this unlimited and inexhaustible reservoir of every good thing you can imagine, that not only is available to you and to me right now, but it is also working through you and through me all the time? What does it mean do you know that it also wants you to partake of everything that is offering to you and to me, right now. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he said “It is my Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Jesus was not only aware of this omnipresent Source, which He called, The Kingdom of God; He knew how to tap into it at will. He also said that we could do it as well.
Jesus always saw abundance where others saw lack. He saw wholeness and healing where others only saw disease. What was the difference? Jesus was consciously connected to the Source of all, whom he called, his Father.
Wayne Dyer writes:
The Tao is the Source of all life, yet it is empty and limitless and cannot be constrained, quantified, or measured. This life-giving energy of creation provides a profound Source of joy that’s accessible at all times. If you live from an infinite perspective, you’ll relinquish the idea that your only identity is the physical body in which you progress from birth to death.
And I like to explore this a little bit. By living from this infinite perspective, we will let go of the notion that we are this material body. Not only that; we will stop basing our IDENTITY on money, career, family, church, etc. You may say, what are you saying Coco? There is nothing wrong with wanting or having money; there is nothing wrong with developing our careers; there is nothing wrong with caring and providing for our families. There is nothing wrong with supporting your church (I hope not) What I am saying is, if we make ANY OF THOSE THINGS, the only focus of our IDENTITY, the only reason for living, what happens, then, when those things are not there any more? The only thing in life that cannot be exhausted or depleted, and will always be there is the infinite presence of Spirit.
In New Thought and Unity, we teach that around us, and within us at all times is the invisible life-giving force of the Spirit or the Tao. It is inexhaustible. It is bottomless. It cannot be exhausted.
This is what we call, UNLIMITED SUBSTANCE, which provides prosperity of, yes money, but also of health of mind and body, meaningful relationships and peace of mind.
This 4th verse of the Tao invites you to consider rearranging your thoughts about who you are. It seems to be saying that cultivating an awareness of the infinite aspect of yourself is the way to tap into the limitless Source of creative energy that flows through you. Jesus clearly showed that he had that awareness when he said, It is not I who does the work, but the Father within me. In the past, we have thought this verse to mean that Jesus is being humble and giving the credit to the Father. However, I am suggesting that he was reminding himself that the Father was working through him all the time
Wayne Dyer invites us to Stay with the Tao = Maintain an awareness of the presence of Infinite Intelligence, Creative Energy, Inexhaustible Source. There is an easy way to gauge is we are maintaining that awareness.
If you are worried, you have lost that awareness; if you are thinking lack, you have lost that awareness. But do not worry. You can always get it back. IN AN INSTANT. In the World, you’ll have Tribulation, but I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.
Spirit (The Tao) is omnipresent. Therefore, Everything that we need is here. By holding prosperity thoughts and affirmations in our consciousness we are giving our subconscious mind definite instructions to access our Infinite self, our infinite Source, so positive actions can follow those thoughts.
We can apply this exercise in awareness and constant alignment with Omnipresent Spirit to all our challenges in life. In the same way that there is an infinite supply of material things such as money, there is also an all-encompassing supply of well-being. Instead of giving your energy to illnesses and other challenges, stay with the Tao, stay with Spirit, remain in God.
Stay with what can never be used up. Stay with that which is the father of all things, the creative Source of all. It will work with and for you as you have it in your thoughts, then in your feelings, and finally in your actions.
Sometimes, when we suffer a betrayal, we lost our job, our health is failing, whatever, the first thing
we do, is to get mad at God and start saying things such as, I don’t have faith anymore, this doesn’t work, etc., etc. Anyone did that? Well, that is the worst we can do, because what we are doing is disconnecting ourselves in consciousness from the same source that is able to provide us with every good thing, as long as we maintain an open channel. But, the moment we start reneging, we are cutting ourselves off and then our lives become a self-fulfilling prophesy of doomsday.
Remember, the analogy of the two baseball narrator. One tells only what he sees. The other interprets and analyzes. When we look at life from the vantage point of just an observers, you will begin to see that concerns, anxieties and struggles sort of blend into this eternal mix in which we live, move and have our being. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW……
One way of staying connected is when we assume the role of an INFINITE OBSERVER. When we observe that we are worried and simply acknowledge it as a sign of change, then worry is temporary. Here is a recipe for shift. When you feel anxious, depressed about something, say to yourself. This is a sign that something wants to shift in my consciousness. Say to yourself: something is trying to be birthed right here; that is why I am uncomfortable. Turn to Spirit at that moment and ask Infinite Source to reveal it to you and It will.
From this ageless perspective, picture how important the things you feel depressed about now will be in a hundred, a thousand, a million, or an uncountable number of years. Remember that you, like the infinite Tao from which you originated, are part of an eternal reality. Rearrange your thoughts to practice thinking in alignment with the Tao. With the assistance of the eternal Tao, all of the sharp edges of life smooth out, the knots loosen, and the dust settles.
So, here are a few next steps for putting this lesson into practice:
1. Rearrange your thoughts about who you really are. Use affirmations to remind yourself about your true nature of a child of God.
2. Cultivate an awareness of the INFINITE ASPECT of yourself. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
3. Consider all things that seem to be a problem from the perspective of the eternal Tao
Next week we will look at the impartial nature of the Tao, Spirit, God, and how that relates to us.
When discussing Spirit, God, Ultimate Reality, etc., we can all agree on Its infinite nature. Yes, at one time or another, we have said, God has no beginning and no end. But, what does that really mean, and how that awareness can transform our lives into lives of peace, abundance and prosperity.
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM.as we continue to explore the Tao Tei Ching and how It relates to our Judeo-Christian scriptures and Unity.
Good morning everyone. I would like to begin this morning message by playing the game of Name that tune. So get ready, because all you are going to hear is the introduction. (Play the song) Of course, if you were around in the sixties, you know that the Title is Spinning Wheel, the group is Blood Sweat and Tears, and the first line says, WHAT G0ES UP, MUST COME DOWN. And that, of course, speaks about the concept of, polarity.
Today is the second Sunday on the series called, The Tao of Unity. Last week we explored Part One of what is called The Divine Paradoxes, in relationship to the first verse of the Tao. If you are just joining us or have not heard of the Tao Tei Ching, the Tao, also known as, The Way are 81 verses attributed to Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu (pronounce laotza) Today,I am continuing with these apparent paradoxes. There were so many that I needed to expand the series to this PART 2.
Today, we will explore God as both Law and Grace, but before we do that we will explore this verse of the Tao, which will create a framework for today’s lesson.
Under heaven, all can see beauty as beauty, only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil. Being and non being produce each other. The difficult is born in the easy. Long is defined by short, the high by the low. Before and after go along with each other. So the sage lives openly with apparent duality and paradoxical unity. The sage can act without effort and teach without words. Nurturing things without possessing them, he works, but not for rewards; he competes, but not for results. When the work is done, it is forgotten. That is why it lasts forever.
As you can see, this verse of the Tao, points to all these apparent opposites as being part of the same continuum.
When you think about it, many of the labels, or adjectives that we use to describe people and things and grounded in a system of duality and we would not call or label something as beautiful if we did not know the concept of ugly or ugliness. We would not think of light if we did not have a concept of dark or darkness.
I find it interesting how this concept of comparing apparent opposites was in the mind of the writer of the book of (i-klee´zee-as´teez )Ecclesiastes, generally attributed to Solomon when he wrote this very popular passage:
There is a season for everything,
and a time for every event under heaven:[a]
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to search, and a time to give up searching;[b]
a time to keep, and a time to discard;
7 a time to tear, and a time to mend;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
When we look at the verse from the Tao, perhaps we should consider all these opposing labels of good, bad, light, dark, pretty, ugly (humor) are basically judgments based on learned concepts.
It is hard to imagine a rose bush thinking that it is prettier than the tulips or the gardenias that share the same garden. You would not even think of an oak and cypress arguing between them about whose shade is better. Of course not. They simply are. They have no judgments.
Years ago, I was selling computers at a retail store. I had a regular customer who was blind, but was into technology. One day I offered to come to his house and install some memory in his computer. I told him that I could only do it after 10PM because that’s when I finished playing the piano at a nearby hotel. When I got to his house, all the lights were out, which I had to point out to him. Even though he lived in darkness, that was my judgment, because I knew about the light. He had never experienced the light. What for me were two different and opposing realities, for him simply was.
Judgments reside in this visible world that the Tao calls the world of 10,000 things; in other words, the world ofvisible manifestation. However, in the world of Spirit, there is no such a thing such as judgment. And the reason for that is that there is no duality, there is only oneness.
Now, in the world of apparent duality there is this perfect activity that we call Spirit. Spirit transcends everything, yet is immanent in everything at the same time. One aspect of Spirit is what we know as LAW. Law, according to the Revealing Word is:
(PPT) Law, divine—Divine law is the orderly working out of the principles of Being, or the divine ideals, into expression and manifestation throughout creation. Humankind, by keeping the law of right thought, works in perfect harmony with divine law,and thus paves the way into spiritual consciousness. Divine law cannot be broken. It holds humankind responsible for the results of its labors. (The Revealing Word, p. 118)
Hasselbeck, Paul (2013-09-29). Heart-Centered Metaphysics: A Deeper Look at Unity Teachings (Kindle Locations 2213-2216). Unity Books. Kindle Edition.
Another aspect of the Divine is Grace
Grace explains the inadequacy of the idea of ‘karma,’ the endless cycle of cause and effect. It is true that ‘as you sow so do you reap.’ Yet, God’s desire to express completely through you and as you is so great that you never completely reap the harvest of error, and you always reap more good than you sow. This is grace.
Hasselbeck, Paul (2013-09-29). Heart-Centered Metaphysics: A Deeper Look at Unity Teachings (Kindle Locations 2217-2218). Unity Books. Kindle Edition.
One way to look at Grace, is this. The transcendent God’s ability to give and to love is way beyond our comprehension, and will give us far more than what we seek, earn, or deserve under the law.
The paradox of Law/Grace becomes a problem if one thinks solely based on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Mosaic Law, and only sees the Law of Cause and Effect as the ONE and ONLY law, with no options or alternatives. This concept is illustrated in the words “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Ex. 21:24).
JESUS, however, brought a new consciousness of Divine Law. He did acknowledge the Law of Cause and Effect, and he did say that he had not come to destroy the law. He said that he had come to fulfill the law” by going beyond its strictly mechanical repetition.
This is only accomplished by certain changes of consciousness. One of these changes is to let go of the insistence on “even exchanges” in life. (remember the Tao) Another change is to be willing to forgive seventy times seven.
I think we caught a glimpse of Grace even in the Hebrew Scriptures:
“This is the brand-new covenant that I will make with Israel when the time comes. I will put my law within them—write it on their hearts!—and be their God. And they will be my people. They will no longer go around setting up schools to teach each other about God. They’ll know me firsthand, the dull and the bright, the smart and the slow. I’ll wipe the slate clean for each of them. I’ll forget they ever sinned!” God’s Decree. –Jeremiah 31, 33-34 –The Message
Regardless of how negatively we may view ourselves because of what we perceive as our error thoughts, actions and omissions, and regardless of how unworthy we may feel of experiencing Divine Love, when we knock, it will be open, when we ask, it will be given and when we give, we will receive as well.
Next week we will look at the Tao as Infinite Supply and how that connects with us here in Unity.
PPT THE NEXT STEP
1. Acknowledge and accept the apparent opposites as being two aspects of one complete Idea. This can be accomplished through study, prayer and meditation.
2. The next time you find yourself judging something or someone, think of the opposite concept of your judgment and ask how would you observe and react if you simply were a flower in the garden; and just flow with that for a while.
3. Sign up for the Heart Center Metaphysics Class and for the Prosperity Plus Class
The Tao of Unity
The Divine Paradoxes Part 2
“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half‑truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”— The Kybalion
“Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty, only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.” The Tao.As we continue exploring the Tao Tei Ching and other ancient texts, including the Bible, we find and we can fine Spirit’s Omnipresence and Oneness even when there appears to be apparent opposites.Join us this Sunday at 10 am for our celebration service. Angie Aldarondo will be our vocalist.