June 11 WILL

We are continuing our Summer series on the 7 days of Creation. As we have, mentioned before, in Unity we take the Bible seriously but not literally. As such, we teach that in the first Chapter of Genesis, which is allegorical in nature, God is creating the spiritual ideas that are the foundation for a future manifestation.

So, in the first chapter of Genesis, God is basically laying down the foundational ideas for the creation of the physical world.

We began the first day with the light, which stood or stands for illumination or clarity, then came faith, symbolized by the firmament.

Last week, on the third day of creation we spoke about IMAGINATION and how nothing can be created unless is imagined before.
Today on the fourth day we read: On the fourth day, “God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night.” Charles Fillmore associates this with the twin powers of will and understanding. The key element here is the realization that the divine light already (and eternally) present must be both focused and reflected for the creative process to move forward.

So basically we have two spiritual ideas today. Those ideas are WILL and UNDERSTANDING. How are we going to use those two in our own creative process.

Let me begin by sharing a couple of thoughts about the spiritual idea of will: Charles Fillmore says that the will is the executive director of the mind. Without our personal will we would be puppets just reacting to a some force that exercises control over us.

Now, let us keep in mind, that even though it is good to have a strong personal will, It will pay off if we learn to ALIGN our will with the will of God.
That of itself, establishes the difference between willfulness, which is the exercise of our personal will and our willingness to align our will with Divine will
SO, IGUESS, THE QUESTION IS HOW EXACTLY DO I DO THAT?

We might get an idea from our Master Teacher, Jesus.

Earlier Song. Come to me
MATTHEW 11:28

(PPT) Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

I have chosen this version from a contemporary English version of the Bible called, The Message. This is a crucial time in the life of Jesus’s friends and disciples. I believe that is also an awesome illustration of willfulness versus willingness. This is at the time that the end is near. Jesus clearly sees that his friends are going to exercise willfulness by making a run for it, by getting out of Dodge, if you know what I mean.

On the other hand Jesus words, “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”, is an example of surrendering to the Divine while at the same time acknowledging that sometimes life is not pretty. Yet, in spite of the appearances, in spite of the fact that he is about to be subject to torture and death, he says: In the world you have tribulation but, take heart, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD, says another translation.

Willfulness is necessary to navigate through life and accomplish things. I am not knocking the use of our will. Linda Martella writes in Divine Audacity:

(PPT) However, when wielded in a vacuum or for mere personal gain, willfulness becomes a negative attribute, the opposite of allowing.

Charles Fillmore, the co founder of Unity cautioned:

(PPT) “Stubborn, willful, resistant states of mind congest the life flow” -The Twelve Powers of Man,

Back in 2000, while working as an executive head of a department at Unity Village, I was informed that I would not be put through the ministerial school as part of their in house leadership program, as they had promised 4 years before when I was hired as as head of the Audiovisual department. This was one of the worse disappointments that I had experienced until then. I was also very angry. I had held my end of the deal. They had not.
The exercise of my willfulness said that I needed to fight for was owed to me and if I did not get it, I could consider legal action. Yet, after a few days of intense grieving and prayer, I chose to allow Spirit to be the guiding force behind my actions. The guidance I received was to finish my Licensed Teacher degree, which I did. By then Alinda would have her ordination and we could return to Orlando, which we did. I could enter later the Field Ordination Program, which I did. I resigned in good standing and with a little tenure in September of 2001. Little did I know that within a year, there were massive layoffs and my department was among those that were closed. 4 years later I was surprised with a letter saying that I had worked there long enough to be vested and that I had a little over $25,000 to cash in or roll over into a retirement account. I chose the latter, of course. This is and example of what I call the railroad track approach. In a rural setting where there are no gates at the tracks, the advise is to STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN.

We stop before allowing are strong personal will to move us to do something that we can regret later. We calmly LOOK at the whole picture. We ask questions; we ponder if-then scenarios. Finally, we get real quiet and we allow the still small voice within, we allow our DIVINE SELF, we allow our own divine nature to guide us and direct us

How do we distinguish between our personal will and the will of God. One of the first things that come to mind is that when we are trusting the will of God, we are not attached to the results; someone has said that such is the true benchmark of a spiritually advanced person.

When we are trusting the will of God, we are usually willing to become still and in prayer seek the still small voice. How is the will of God revealed to us? In different ways. Sometimes its just a feeling. At times is the advise or counsel of a friend. Other times we are looking at some serendipitous encounter with someone. Sometimes we know that we know.

I cannot emphasize enough the fact that we must watch out for who’s doing the works, our ego or our divine persona.

Some New Thought thinker said that when we fulfill our own divine nature, we fulfill the will of God. It makes sense to me; if we pursue acting 24-7 from an awareness of our oneness with the divine, we will find that we will live with less stress and will be able to manifest abundance, prosperity and peace of mind.

The Fourth day of Creation is about these two important lights, WILL and Understanding. We have discussed will today.

Emily Cady in Lessons in Truth, talks about understanding faith versus blind faith. The next time I see you, we will se how both of these are valid in our creative process. In the mean time, whatever you ask for in prayer, aligning your will with God’s will, make sure that you end your prayer by saying, Thank You, God, for this, or something better.

This Coming Sunday June 4

 

We recognize there is only one presence and one power. We understand that abundance and prosperity are our birthright…but there’s a missing piece that keeps us from fully enjoying the life we would love…

Discover “What’s Next?!” this Sunday with guest speaker and fellow truth students Diazina Mobley and Kristy Nevils.

Imagination: The Found Link May 28

INTRO Today, the world of quantum physics confirms that the universe is made of formless (spirit) energy, and that particles (that is, things) do not originate from particles (things). Everything springs from something that is akin to your imagination. You can’t touch, taste, see, hear, or smell it. It has no boundaries. You can’t prove it with mathematical formulas or scientific verification. Yet we all know that it exists.

Dyer, Wayne W. (2012-02-28). Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (p. 71). Hay House. Kindle Edition.

 

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Good morning, everyone. Last week I touched briefly on the Creation Story. Before I go any further on this, it is important to remind ourselves that we are children of God, created in God’s image and after the likeness of God.

 

What that means is that we, follow the same process that God used to create the world. In Unity we sometimes refer to the Creator of Universe as Divine Mind, Omnipresent Mind, etc. We also, use the expression, DIVINE ORDER. And what precisely is Divine Order? Divine Order is precisely the order in which GOD CREATES and that Divine Order is (PPT) MIND, IDEA, and EXPRESSION.

 

In other words, everything originates in DIVINE MIND, or God, however you want to call it. Now, before something can come into visibility, there has to be a spiritual equivalent or a mental equivalent (Emmet Fox used to call it) or an IDEA in the mind of God; that is why the Divine Order is MIND, IDEA an EXPRESSION.

 

In the creation story, we have precisely that, God is laying out the various Divine Ideas that are establishing the foundation for a future expression.

 

We discussed that in the first day, Divine Mind said, Let There be Light. That light was a symbol of illumination and understanding. In the second day, we Infinite Mind created a firmament, which we discussed that such firmament was the spiritual idea of faith.

 

In The third day—“Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear”   . —Introduces the power of imagination. Out of infinite possibility we begin to (PPT) choose, organize and arrange according to our personal creative choices.

 

 

THE CREATION STORY IS A BLUEPRINT

OF THE SPIRITUAL IDEAS THAT NOT ONLY PRECEDED THE CREATION OF THE WORLD;

These same spiritual ideas can precede our

Own creations, if we follow the process.

 

In the book, The Divine Matrix which talks about this bridge between science and spirituality and the field of Quantum Physics. Well, with our imagination, We begin to observe our own creations and become Participants in it as opposed

to simple bystanders or mere spectators.

First, there is (PPT) light, in other words, we gain some illumination or understanding about what is it that we wish to create or bring into manifestation. Now that is going to be accompanied and fueled by FAITH, a very important step in the process. Now we are going to use the power of our imagination to create a clear picture in our minds eye of our desire.

 

Here is where we begin to separate the people that achieve from the people that just dream.   Yes because all this sounds pretty cool, but I am going to tell you that it does require work, it requires discipline, it requires dedication.

 

Napoleon Hill in his book THINK AND GROW RICH talks about a BURNING DESIRE. Most of us do not get to that point. Because if we had a burning desire to be prosperous or be healthy, we would be doing the things that we know would bring such results.

 

So in the words of Neville, (PPT) it is important that we use our imagination not only to see with clarity and with every detail whatever our desire is but to infuse feeling and emotion to this wish and see the wish already fulfilled.   –Neville-

 

I find it interesting that Neville, wrote about this in the 1930 and Greg Braden in the 21 century is telling us that feelings and emotion are the language of the Divine Matrix. And of course, we know that the Divine Matrix is the Omnipresent Divine Mind from which all things are created.   Jesus also said, whatsoever you ask BELIEVING. In this believing, its important to know, that if we really believe, we should be able to paint a clear picture of what we want, see it in front of us every day feel and act as if already fulfilled and you will transform the invisible substance into visibility.

For the context of today’s lesson let us rule out that IMAGINATION IS NOT DAY DREAMING.   Imagination is a faculty of the mind that has the power to shape the invisible into the visible..   And who is the one that can do that? YOU AND I, IF WE BELIEVE

 

25 years ago when I picked up my first book by Neville and the first few chapters basically explained that our faculty of Imagination was God working through us. It flat out said, Our Imagination IS God. I put the book down and never picked it up again until a few years ago.

 

Doesn’t it make sense to assume that this innate faculty that we all have, that sees reality in our minds when that reality is not visible yet, doesn’t it make sense to understand that this faculty is the DIVINE SELF IN US?

 

(PPT) Disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny the fulfillment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be, for in that determined assumption, you and your Infinite Being are merged in creative unity, and with your Infinite Being (God), all things are possible (The Power of Awareness, 63– 64).   Neville

 

Let me remind you that this is not NEW AGE or Unity mumble jumble.

In Scripture we read. Isn’t it written in your Law, YE ARE GODS?   In Scripture we read, The secret of the ages is Christ in you the hope of Glory. We also read in Scripture that we live, move and have our being in GOD?

 

 

I am God doesn’t refer to your body or your EGO in any way. It refers to the birth less, deathless, changeless Spirit that remains in all the changing forms your body takes every moment of your temporary life here on Earth.

 

I read somewhere that many of these great achievers of history, such as Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Edison, etc., they all had one thing in common. They were convinced that a higher power was working through them and this higher power acted as a driving force in everything they did and accomplished.

 

In any creative process, we need to constantly evaluate whether we have a clear understanding of what we are doing and whether we are acting based on our own personal will or God’s will. Sometimes, is necessary to discern God’s will from ours.

 

On the fourth day, “God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night.” Charles Fillmore associates this with the twin powers of will and understanding. I think the key element here is the realization that the divine light already (and eternally) present must be both focused and reflected for the creative process to move forward.

And that is the subject of my next lesson.

Faith: A Matter of Shift May 21 2017

 

INTRO

 

(PPT) Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

 

In the English language, we use a phrase quite often, and I am talking about the phrase, AS A MATTER OF FACT. Some synonyms for AS A MATTER OF FACT are ABSOLUTELY, INDEED, LITERALLY, REALLY VERY, IN FACT, AND IN REALITY, among others. What does this have to do with today’s lesson? Well, I hope that will become clear by the end of this talk which, AS A MATTER OF FACT, is called. FAITH, A MATTER OF FACT.

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Now, you may say, common, Coco, what do you mean by saying that Faith is a matter of fact? Well. Sit back, and relax as I try to also answer that question for you, AS A MATTER OF FACT

SATISFACTION.

 

As we know, in Unity we take the Bible seriously but not literally. Once example is the Creation story. In the LET THERE BE LIGHT of creation we do not see it as a reference to the sun and the moon; that came much later. But this was the very special light responsible for the rest of creation. In the opening lines of the Gospel of John there is a reference to “ Without this light nothing was made” . (PPT) This light is representative of illumination, intelligence and wisdom. All three of those things are necessary to have a Creation.

 

It is important that we look at the story of Creation in Genesis, not only as an allegory, but also as the creation of spiritual ideas that later will be underlying the manifest or visible creation. You may want to look at it as movements within DIVINE MIND.

 

The second day’s creation is the second movement of Divine Mind. The central idea in this day’s creation is the establishment of a firmament in the “midst of the waters” dividing the “waters from the waters.” “Waters” represent unexpressed possibilities in mind.

 

The first step or “day” in creation involves “light” or understanding, and the second step, faith in the knowing quality of mind.

 

Faith is this quality of mind that will be the foundation, together with the light for everything else. I find it interesting that thousands of years later, Jesus says to Peter, YOU ARE PETER (PETROS, which means ROCK), and on this rock I will build my church. Peter, is the disciple that represents faith. In genesis is called a firmament, in the Gospels is a rock; It is still the foundation for any visible creation.

 

 

 

 

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Charles Fillmore, the co founder of Unity defines faith as the perceiving power of the mind, linked with the power to shape substance.

 

Let is look at this definition: (PPT) Perceiving power.   Power to perceive. To perceive what?   The activity of God as invisible substance. It sees God, Spirit, Divine Mind, in everything through everything as everything. Even when your good has not visibly manifested, you know that is there. This is when you know that you know.

 

Linked with the power to shape substance.     This is that power to become not only an observer in the creative process, but a participator, as some of our Quantum scientists have been telling us. This is when we know that we can allow the God that is in you and me to do the creating.

 

Again, I remind you, this is not an ego thing. This is the time for you and me to realize that we are the individual expressions of God’s consciousness. IT IS NOT I DOING THE WORKS, BUT GOD WITHIN ME. This is when the power of BELIEF comes into play knowing that you know that God is already bringing into visible expression whatever it Is you want.

 

 

 

I love this quote by the Buddha:

(PPT) “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many, or merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason, then accept it and live up to it.”

Greg Braden says in The Spontaneous Healing of Belief that ” Belief is our acceptance of what we have witnessed, experienced or know for ourselves.

 

Belief is based on intellectual knowledge. Faith is based on spiritual knowledge and spiritual trust.

 

In the 1800’s there was a disease prevalent in those days; it was called, Consumption, later known as Tuberculosis. People believed that it ran in families so if someone got it, everyone else in that family would get it to. And guess what, everyone did.   But the point that I am trying to make here is that now we know that TUBERCULOSIS IS NOT hereditary. Now we know that, but THEN, people BELIEVED differently. It was their belief that shaped their reality.

 

(PPT)And of course we would not be standing here in a Unity church, if Myrtle Fillmore, the co founder of Unity had not changed her intellectual belief about Tuberculosis and replaced it with her spiritual belief that SHE WAS A CHILD OF GOD therefore she did not inherit sickness. Eventually, that spiritual belief also became an intellectual belief and she knew that she knew and no one could make her believe differently that she had not inherit this disease. She was told at age 40 that she only had 6 months to live, She lived to be 87. She changed her belief. She became a participator in her own creation; she altered her own DNA by transforming her mind that only believed in disease to one that only believed in health.

 

(PPT) Hebrews 11 says that Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)

 

This first part of the definition of faith, the substance of things hoped for, is rather interesting. The word substance, literally means, that which stands under. That which supports, that which is the building block, that which sustains. So basically, faith, is not something that you have or you do not have; because faith is a spiritual idea, faith is synonymous of consciousness. Remember the firmament in creation? There’s got to be consciousness in order to be any kind of visible manifestation. In the beginning was the heavens and the earth. (In the beginning was the invisible consciousness of God. Hello?

As a matter of fact, around these parts, we have been calling that consciousness, Divine Mind, Divine Matrix, Spirit Divine, Father Mother God, etc., etc.

So how can Faith be something that is, A MATTER OF FACT?

Maybe this will make sense. Have you heard of the term, REVERSE LOOKUP?   You know, you enter a number on the Internet and, when it works, it will look up who that number belongs to.

 

Well, following that line of thought, all you had to do is look at everything that is visible around you. It doesn’t matter how much you look at it or try to explain it in any other way. Anything that you can see, before it became a visible manifestation, it was first an IDEA IN SOMEONE’S MIND. And that Idea was the result of illumination (LIGHT) and the idea had to planted FIRMLY in consciousness, in the ether, in order to become a reality. The moral of this story? FAITH CREATES, because faith and consciousness, the Divine Matrix are one and the same.

 

When we internalize this, spiritual concept, then it becomes a belief and when it becomes a belief, it will do the creating for you ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH.

 

SPONTANEOUS HEALING

 

So, the people in the 1800’s believed in some stuff that was not good for them, like the false idea that Tuberculosis was hereditary. They got sick and died young. They stopped dying when they began to change their beliefs.

 

So my question to you this morning, is What are the beliefs that you hold about yourself, about your family, about your job, about your talents and abilities, about your prosperity… What are some of those beliefs that until now are keeping you for expressing your full potential? An inventory is necessary and then it is necessary to change the limiting beliefs for empowering beliefs. It is necessary to change whatever has not worked for you.

 

You may say, but Coco, I have believed this or that way for years. How am I going to change that? It is easier than you think and all the tools that you need are right within you, and you can access them any time if your simply use the power of your imagination, which is the third day of creation and that is the subject of next week’s lesson.

Women of Power (May 140 Happy Mother’s Day

Good Morning and Happy Mother’s Day. Today we are honoring mothers and motherhood. We are honoring those that have played the role of a mother to someone and those that continue to play that role. Motherhood in addition of giving birth to another being is also the birthing of and idea, a concept or a religious movement.

 

While seeking inspiration for today’s message, the term, woman or women of power came to mind. I have perhaps resonated with that term, perhaps because my own mother was a woman of power who while facing a terminal illness was the principal of a school with double enrollment and a single mother. It was her attitude towards life who help forge the character of my brothers and I, for which I will be eternally grateful

 

Yet, today I want to talk to you about other women of power. I am talking about the woman who birthed the Unity movement and the women that to this day have continued to nurture the philosophy with which Unity continues to bless the world 128 years after its foundation . Let’s begin with Myrtle Fillmore, the Mother of Unity

 

 

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Myrtle wrote (PPT) When the mind opens by speaking denials, this true Self that philosophers have so long striven to free shows itself all glorious with wisdom, strength, and holiness…Denial of evil is a word of Truth.

 

In these words, Myrtle is speaking about the mind cleansing that is necessary in order to free ourselves from the misinformation that we have been fed since the moment we were born. That cleansing can lead to a life of wisdom strength and holiness and that the denial of Evil in itself is Truth.. The next quote by Myrtle lays the basic foundation of Unity

 

(PPT) The light of God revealed to us—the thought came to me first—that life was of God, that we were inseparably one with the Source, and that we inherited from the divine and perfect Father. What that revelation did to me at first was not apparent to the senses. But it held my mind above negation, and I began to claim my birthright and to act as though I believed myself the child of God, filled with His life     _Myrtle Fillmore.

Can you imagine, the effect on our consciousness if we meditated on that every single day? I can also connect with the sense of wonder that Myrtle was going through while discovering that by applying her newly learned and acquired Universal principles were already bringing healing to her life.

 

Doctor H. Emilie Cady the author of Lesson in Truth which, after the Bible is considered Unity foundational book is another woman of power. She wrote a series of articles for Unity’s publication, Modern Thought, and she was invited to compile those articles into a book. She was up in the New England area and the Fillmore were in the Midwest; they communicated by letter and never met

 

(PPT) We have come to a place now where our search for Truth must no longer be for the rewards; it must no longer be our seeking a creed to follow, but it must be our living a life. Emilie Cady

 

This statement goes hand in hand with Jesus teaching that if we seek the Kngdom of God and its righteousness first , all other things will be added into us. It also connect with the notion that Unity, rather than a religion, is a way of thinking and acting and basically a way of life.

 

One of the teachings that I first learned in Unity was the power of our words. I had to retrain myself and be careful with the words I used. I learned that our words, intentionally or not are always shaping our reality.

 

This is what Emilie Cady has to say about that:

 

(PPT) Our spoken word first hammers a thing desired into shape. Our continued spoken word brings this shaped substance forth and clothes it with a visible body.   E Cady.

 

The next quote is not from a Unity lady per se, but is from the woman that founded a philosophy that gave birth to Unity, and to Religious Science. I am talking about Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. She was a woman of power in her own right. Here is a quote by her.

 

(PPT) God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.

 

-This is a fundamental principle in metaphysics. In other words, every tangible, visible or palpable thing, is the visible expression of a divine idea. It is the metaphysical trinity of MIND, IDEA and EXPRESSION in action. As I have walked this journey of almost 40 years in Unity, this has been one of the most powerful awareness that I have had. It has been the knowing that God, Spirit, Loving Divine Energy is all around me and I just need to know that and not worry about a thing when external appearances want to indicate that there is not enough. There is always plenty because Spirit is our inexhaustible source of supply.

 

Another woman of power whom is credited with articulating the teachings of Charles Fillmore in a way that is more understandable to the masses is Elizabeth Sand Turner. In this quote, she explains Unity second foundational principle:

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Unity holds that one’s higher self, which is the true self, is divine, spiritual. It is this self that is Divine Mind’s perfect idea, the same self that in Genesis is spoken of as the image and likeness of God. In the New Testament, this self is represented by the Christ, they only begotten Son of God.

 

Once again, we see a different explanation of the Divine Trinity. The understanding here is that the Christ, the son or the perfect idea in the Father’s mind has existed from the very beginning. It’s the Emmanuelle that Isaiah spoke about; it’s the secret of the ages that Paul wrote about, Christ in You, the hope of Glory.

 

Mae Rowland is a woman of power that led the Silent Unity prayer ministry for 50 years. People that knew Mae Rowland credit her from looking out a window and speaking words of Truth to a tornado that was heading straight for Unity Village. The tornado veered and went somewhere else. They also talk about her interrupting employees conversations about the latest bug that was going around with the statement: Remember, it is your birthright to be healthy.

 

Unity’s women of power are not limited to those that live in the beginnings of our movement. Many others continued to paved the way for us today, including Carolyn Hightower, who pioneered Christ Church Unity in Orlando in the year 1937. I had the privilege or hearing her speak on her 97th birthday

 

Alinda and I have been in contact with many women of Power in Unity. Most of them have been our teachers. Among them, Laura Barrett Bennett, Terry Lund, Tony Boehm, Nancy Clark Norma Rosado, Maria Molinari, Carmen Fe Figueroa, Tita Calzada and the current director of Silent Unity, Linda Martella-Whitsett.

 

This ministry would not exist without the unconditional support of a Super Woman of Power, the Reverend Alinda Ramos. To her I am eternally grateful

 

These women are and have been high expression of the Divine Feminine. Their words, their writings, their teachings and their consciousness have shaped our lives and our ministry.   I salute them and I celebrate them

 

At this time, I would like for all the ladies, to stand up and listen to this reading, read by Woman of Power, Diazina Mobley.

 

READING AND CLOSING

 

Reading:  Be a Queen   (read by a woman)

We celebrate who you are

for your unique life journey has not necessarily been an easy one–

yet look at how far you’ve traveled,

how much you have grown,

how much you have learned,

the great love you have given,

all that you have created in your lifetime!

We celebrate your many strengths.  We celebrate your triumphs.

We rejoice in the magnificent person you have become !

We are all Queens. Let us each be the Queen we are.

Dare to be different.  Be a pioneer.  Be a leader.

Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity

will continue to embrace life

and walk fearlessly toward the challenge.

Yes!  Take it on!

Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is ––

your body, your home, your office, your family, your creativity–

rule with a loving heart.

Yes, Be a Queen.  Be tender.

Continue to give birth to new ideas

and rejoice in your womanhood.

My prayer is that we will all stop wasting any time

being mundane and mediocre.

We are daughters of God ––here to teach the world how to love.

It doesn’t matter what we’ve been through,

where we’ve come from,

who our parents are ––

what our social or economic status is.

None of that matters.

What matters is how we choose to love,

how we choose to express that love through our work,

through our family, through our relationships,

though our creativity

through all that we have to give to the world.

Look at us!  We are all Queens!  

Let us own our power and our glory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings May 7, 2017

ATTENTION: The purpose of Nonviolent Communication is to create connections so people do things for one another out of compassion, out of connection to Divine Energy, to serve life. Not out of fear of punishment, not out of hope for rewards, but because of the natural joy we feel of contributing to one another’s well being.

Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD. Practical Spirituality: The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication (Kindle Locations 235-237). Kindle Edition.

 

We are continuing our series based on the (PPT) Complaint Free World book by Will Bowen. For those that are just joining, this book is associated with a 21 day challenge in which you commit to not complain, gossip, criticize or use sarcasm for 21 days. The idea is that every time that you catch yourself doing one of those things, as a reminder, you switch your bracelet or indicate so on the Complain Free World app. As a result of this exercise we have grown conscious that we complain or have complained in the past quite frequently and now are doing the best we can to avoid the practice.

 

We have been concentrating in the previous weeks on complaining and how it affects not only us but our relationships as well. Today we will look at two subtle and sometimes not so subtle types of complaining, which are criticism and sarcasm. Criticism for the most part is direct, even though many times it is shared with someone that cannot do anything about it. Sarcasm, on the other hand, is passive aggressive and quite often is disguised at an attempt to be humorous.

 

(PPT) Both criticism and sarcasm are forms of complaining. When you engage in either, switch your bracelet. Criticism is defined as pointing out another’s faults in a disapproving way. Therefore, “constructive criticism” is an oxymoron. To be constructive is to build up. To criticize is to tear down. You are never being constructive when you criticize someone.

Bowen, Will (2013-02-05). A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life

 

This caught me a bit by surprise, because I have been know for offering constructive criticism. And the truth is that people, whether they deserve it or not, do not want to be criticized, constructively or otherwise. People want approval and praise and that’s it.

 

When it comes to loving relationships, there is a book that, anyone that is in relationship, or starting one, I should say, should read, together, if possible. The book is called, (PPT) The Five Love Languages. The main premise is that people have a preferred way of giving and of receiving love. One of those languages is words of affirmation. I believe that any bad habit, can be replaced by a good habit. If we are into the habit of criticizing, we can gradually replace that habit by introducing into our speaking repertoire the habit of praising and affirming people. Now, some may if there is difference between appreciation and simple flattery. I turned to an old classic for the answer:

 

(PPT) “The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.”

― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

 

Dale Carnegie continues:

 

(PPT) “Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurt his sense of importance and arouse resentment.”

― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

 

What is the answer then, when there is a need to correct someone’s behavior? And the operating clause is, “when there is a need’’. I say that, because for the person that habitually criticizes, many times there is not a need to be correcting everybody. Yet, there are times when an objectionable behavior or performance does need to be addressed. The answer that I am about to share does not come from the book we are studying. Rather it is from the work of Marshall Rosenberg on Non-Violent Communication.

 

The main premise of this book is that everything that we do in life, from the moment that we are born, responds to having our needs met. It does not matter what type of needs we are talking about. They can be emotional needs, financial needs, psycho social needs, it does not matter what they are.

 

In the context of this talk, criticism and sarcasms are forms of violence. Most of the time we do not realize that. Part of the challenge is that we have not been trained, raised or educated to identify and articulate our own needs; much less the needs of other people.

 

This just happened to me yesterday. Alinda went out with my daughter and she was very thoughtful to leave me some leftovers so I could have a nice lunch. Well, I put the cold plate in our new microwave and discovered that it has a feature in which it senses how much food is in the plate and determines the temperature and the time it takes to warm it up. Well, I pushed the right buttons, the microwave started and displayed a message that said, sensing, sensing, sensing. It was taking a while and I decided to satisfy my curiosity and stay with it and wait. Suddenly the message switched to, determining time. In a couple of minutes I had my delicious lunch at the perfect temperature. Since I had already been working on this talk I though: Wouldn’t it be nice if we could sense and anticipate other people’s needs in order to establish a heart to heart connection and totally avoid the use of sarcasm and criticism in order to have our needs and their needs met?

 

You see, in order to convey that we do not approve of someone’s behavior, we do not need to attack or insult or offend and abuse the other person. Usually we do that when we are not even aware of our own needs and instead engage in game of I am right and you are not. Every conflict can be resolved when we know and understand, what the other person needs and when we are able to understand and articulate our own needs.

 

 

 

  • for the behavior to change going forward.

 

 

In a nutshell, The first thing you do is (PPT)

 

 

  1. Empathize with your self. Check in and see what are you feeling. (You must be able to complete the sentence, I feel ___________ (sad, mad, angry, frustrated, happy, etc.)
  2. State the behavior you observed
  3. State how it made YOU feel
  4. State your emotional need regarding such behavior.
  5. Make a request for the behavior to change going forward.

 

You will notice that the more you choose to be authentic with yourself and other, the less you will be prone to criticize, attack or use sarcasm.

 

 

 

 

Closing

 

In closing, when you make the habit of owning your own feelings and emotions, you have reached the stage of unconscious competence. If you have not completed the 21 day challenge, just keep trying. It is possible; others have done it. YOU can do it as well. God bless.

The Positive Power of Silence April 30, 2017

(PPT) 27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. Proverbs 17: 28-28 NIV

 

Good morning again. We are in the midst of the series, A Complaint Free World, based on the book by Will Bowen (PPT) The text of these talks is posted on the blog section of our website, (PLAY VIDEO) (ppt) www.unitychurch.com, if you wish to catch up.

 

We are entering the stage of (PPT)conscious competence. Let me review the pervious stages in the context of complaining. In the unconscious incompetency stage, we were not even aware that we complained. When we started changing our bracelet or using the app every time we complained, then we entered the stage of conscious incompetence, because now we knew without a doubt that we complained quite frequently, to our surprise, I may add. We have continued to change our bracelets and now, we are aware every time that we are either complaining or about to complain; and that is the stage of conscious competence.

 

This stage of conscious competence can trigger some uncomfortable moments of silence. We all remember the saying “misery loves company”. There are people that, regardless of what they are complaining about, they want you to join them in their complaining. One example is when people start talking about their aches and pains or the latest medical procedure they underwent. Maybe someone starts complaining about everything that they see is wrong with the country, the economy or the world.

 

Well, when you consciously decide not to join the self-pity party, awkwardness can set in; and it can be uncomfortable. Yet, a thing or two is going to happen, as you stand your ground and refuse to join in complaining: The other person may soon realize that you will not be and audience and will move on to find someone that will join in their complaining. The other thing is, that there might uncomfortable moments of silence, which is an opportunity to change the subject to something more positive.

 

It is important to know, that if someone has a legitimate reason to complain, and is not necessarily a habitual complainer, you can always listen with empathetic compassion, without complaining yourself. If this is the situation, in the majority of the cases, the person simply wants and needs to be heard.

 

Now, let us not lose sight that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. I believe that there is an important spiritual component when it comes to keeping silence when someone else is complaining.

 

Here is a quote from the Prophet Isaiah that will illustrate the point I am trying to make.

 

(PPT) For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15. 

 

(PPT) The Hebrew word here translated as “quiet” not only carries the sense of inner silence, but inner peace as well. Our salvation and strength comes not through noise and much talking but by cultivating what the Greeks call hesychia — serene interior silence. –Carl McColman – A Contemplative Faith

 

What I am saying here, our silence is more meaningful and effective by intentionally cultivating that serene interior silence.

 

In the book the author mentions more than once that the way that we can discern when we are stating a fact versus whining and complaining is by the energy that we put underneath our words.

My brother Juan, who has sometimes an interesting sense of humor, is always joking when small glitches happen. Whether a cash register stops working or runs out of paper when he is about to pay at the grocery store, or the gas pump has an out of order sign, he quickly says: “Of course” He even makes it a humorous game to expect that sort of thing happening. And guess what? It does!. And it does because our subconscious mind does not have a sense of humor, and the Universe always responds to our thoughts and to our words.

 

This is what is called a self fulfilling prophesy.

 

I invite you to evaluate phrases such as “Of course!” • “Wouldn’t you know it?” • “Just my luck!” • “This always happens to me!”

You can change that by simply choosing a pet phrase that will convey an energy of positive expectation as opposed to a gripe or a complaint. Alinda and I adopted a phrase years ago. We started it while interacting with people in other countries where the customer service experience was different than that to which we were accustomed. Rather than getting upset, we would look at each other and together say: “Its and adventure” Very soon we adapted this to all sorts of unexpected happenings. We have added, God is in charge and it’s going to be OK. When you add to this a positive visualization of the desired outcome, the results always end up being better than if we had complained our way through it.

 

Back in December our daughter treated us to the Barbra Streisand concert in Miami. We were an hour into our trip when our daughter realized that she had not packed her Parkinson’s medication. Its an adventure, God is in charge and its going to be OK. Phone calls were made and the pharmacy transferred the prescription to another location in our route to Miami. After an hour delay we were on our way. After checking in into a hotel we called an Uber driver that missed a turn and extended our trip by 25 minutes. There was no time to eat at a restaurant like we had planned. Its an adventure, God is in charge and its going to be OK. We decided to grab a snack at the same venue of the concert. As we are walking towards the concert arena, my daughter realized she had left her purse in the Uber car. (I had the tickets in my pocket) Its an adventure, God is in charge and its going to be OK. We contacted the driver and arranged to pick up the purse the next day at the driver’s place of employment, on the opposite side of Miami the next day. After we finished the concert, which was awesome, we walked to a pizza place right across from the venue, and from there we took another Uber back to the hotel. Alinda and were settling in our room when Alinda realized that she had left her nice jacket at the Pizza place. Its an adventure, God is in charge and its going to be OK, we said again. Phone calls were made and the jacket and the purse were retrieved the next day.

We stopped to visit a friend in Wes Palm Beach on the way back. Before we got in the car, I said everyone P L E A S E check your pockets, belongings and make sure we are not leaving anything behind. Its an adventure, God is in charge and its going to be OK

 

Will Bowen says that the best barometer of whether or not you are a positive person is how you use the words “of course.”

 

Charles Fillmore, the co founder of Unity says in the Revealing Word

 

(PPT) silence, the–A state of consciousness entered into for the purpose of putting man in touch with Divine Mind so that the soul may listen to the “still small voice” (I Kings 19: 12). When one goes into the silence he enters the “secret place of the Most High,” the closet of prayer within. He closes the door and in the stillness of that meeting place he prays to God, he communes with God, and he meditates on Truth. Then he listens to what God has to say to him..

 

Like I said before, we do not have to wait for a formal or scheduled time of prayer to enter the Silence. We can enter that interior state of serenity in the midst of every day circumstances.

 

Our words have power and we can positively affirm our way out of any so-called negative circumstance. How things get miraculously resolved, is none of our business. When Jesus fed the multitude he did not complain about the task at hand, he simply lifted his consciousness to God and gave thanks; and the people were fed.

 

 

(PPT)The shortest path to get what you desire is not to talk about or focus on the problem. Focus beyond the problem. Talk only about what you desire, and only to someone who can provide the solution. You will shorten the wait time for what you seek, and be happier in the process.

 

The practical application of this lesson is to use the words Of course!” • “Wouldn’t you know it?” • “Just my luck!” • “This always happens to me!”, every time something good happens to you. That way, you will have many beautiful moments to share.

 

Next week we will look criticism and sarcasm and how they fit in a complaint free world, as we begin to wrap up the series and get ready for the next one; the name of the lesson? I have no clue. Please don’t criticize that. Was that sarcastic?

 

 

 

 

God Bless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep at it Don’t Quit April 23

(PPT) 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[b] should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Gen: 19:21)

 

Good morning. We have been working on a series based on the book, A Complaint Free World, by Unity Minister Will Bowen. We took a couple of weeks off to honor Palm and Easter Sundays, but today we are back at our series about living a complaint free life.

 

We started out by realizing what the author calls, our unconscious incompetence, meaning we did not realize how much we actually complain. Some of us, yours truly included, thought ourselves to be very positive, yet we tried to participate in the complain-free challenge, we changed our bracelet more times than we could count. The led us into the phase of, Conscious Incompetence, because now we know that we complain a lot. We also covered areas such as why we complain, how does complaining affect our health, our relationships and the reasons why we complain so much. If you wish to brush up on any of these, go to our website and visit our blog. I have been posting the text of all these talks there.

During today’s message, I would like to acknowledge that it is not easy to go 21 days without complaining. But at the same time, I need to tell you that, number one; it is possible, because many people have done it when they stuck to it. And second, if we are going to be serious about living lives of abundance, health and prosperity, it is a priority for us to eliminate complaining from our lives simply for what complaining does to us. Remember that our thoughts and our words do determine our reality. The more we complain, the more the Universe will respond with things for us to complain about. Likewise the Universe will respond when we stop complaining.

The book presents us with several examples to illustrate the power of persistence when it comes to mastering the skill of not complaining. Like any other skill set, its about persistence and sticking to it. Here is a quote from the book:

(PPT) So stick with your commitment to become Complaint Free even when you’re shocked and embarrassed at how often you complain. Stick with it when you feel justified in complaining. Stick with it when you crave the opportunity to paint yourself as a victim and gain sympathy from others. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

Bowen, Will

I started with a quote from Genesis. That quote is the end of the rather long journey of Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons. His brothers hated him because he was his father’s favorite and they sold him into slavery. Through a series of interesting twists and turns, Joseph ends up being the 2nd most important person in Egypt, only second to Pharaoh. At the time of the quote, there is a famine back where the brothers live and they come to Egypt for help. Once there, they realize that the person that now has the power to help them is non other than their little brother, whom they had sold into slavery years before.

 

Joseph’s now, famous answer, “you meant it for evil but God meant it for good” ties in not only with living a complaint free world but also with our basic Unity teachings.

 

Perhaps our most important and practical teaching is that God is Omnipresent Good. Regardless of external appearances, God’s good is there. Life has a way of presenting to us opportunities for growth. When such things happen, such as loosing a job of receiving bad news from a Doctor, an unexpected bill, it does not matter; the first order of business, even before we think about complaining, is to stop, breathe, and acknowledge (SBA) God’s Omnipresent Good. The fact that at that particular moment we do not see that good manifesting, does not mean that it is not there. Remember, God’s good is omnipresent, so it has to be there. Playing the victim role does not help us to see God’s good. That’s why taking up the 21-Day challenge is so important. We are not playing a game; we are developing a skill, and developing a skill takes practice. I wasn’t very happy when I wanted to go out and play with my friends and my mother would insist that instead I practice the piano. Did sticking to piano practice pay off? You bet it did. Being a musician, kept me out of harms way during the Vietnam conflict. Yes, I went to Vietnam but instead of carrying a rifle, I was carrying a keyboard and entertaining my fellow soldiers.

 

In Unity we use the term consciousness a lot. Sometimes I feel that we use it so much that it looses its meaning. Consciousness is all about awareness. In this case, it is about the awareness that regardless of what’s going on in our lives, the activity of God never ceases. It can’t; it simply can’t. The day it does, we are history. Napoleon Hill, my all-time favorite author wrote back in 1937 (PPT) In adversity lies the seed of an equivalent or higher benefit”. New Thought pioneer, Mary Curtis Hopkins when facing adversity used to say: (PPT) “This too is good, this too is for me” and then she would pause and add: “And darn it, I demand to know the blessing.”

History is full of examples of people that overcame great adversities and went on to accomplish great things, Victor Frankl and Helen Keller come to mind. When you study their lives, you realize that they had plenty of reasons to complain but they didn’t. Instead they managed to harness the activity of God’s good that was all around them and use it to rise above their circumstances by choosing to grow through it as opposed to simply going and suffering through it. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. We simply need to acknowledge it. We need to know it, we need to own it and we need to feel it. God is good all the time, all the time God is good.

Have you heard the phrase, “misery loves company?”

Well next week, we will see how SILENCE is an excellent tool in continuing to develop the skill of living a complaint free life but also in the process set an example for other, which might end up transforming their lives.

 

I can’t wait to hear what I have to say. God bless

 

 

 

Easter Message April 16, 2017

When it comes to special services, such as Easter and Christmas, sometimes it becomes a challenge to honor tradition and Scripture and at the same time deliver a message that is fresh and different than the ones delivered in years before. I believe that Unity and New Thought ministers in particular have an additional challenge. And that challenge is to be faithful to the basic teachings of Unity, as taught by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, and to their interpretation of the various sacred texts, and at the same time honor the discoveries that science has made in the last 150 years when it comes Scripture, Archeology and the research that Bible scholars have done in the same amount of time.

To this mix, you add the personal beliefs of the one delivering the message and hopefully we will end up with message that will inspire, uplift and bring a sense of hope at particular time in history where our faith is being shaken time after time by world events.

I would like to get something out of the way. Yes, there is a metaphysical interpretation to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. And I believe that such interpretation is as important and perhaps even more practical than to believe in a literal resurrection. That being said, I am here to tell you, that If I believe in God omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence, I must believe that that all things are possible through God and in God. After all, in God we live, move and have our being. Therefore, to me the resurrection of Jesus Christ was and is very real.

 

The original charter of Unity School of Christianity states that Unity is the great educational movement initiated by Jesus Christ.

Let us look at the words of Charles Fillmore when he explained the humanity and the divinity of Jesus.

 

(PPT) He has not left us or gone to some far away heaven, but He may be reached by the humblest of us in a moment’s time, if we really aspire in soul for His companionship and help. This is a simple statement of the relation that Jesus of Nazareth bears to us. Yet He was more than Jesus of Nazareth, more than any other man who ever lived on the earth. He was more than human, as we understand the word in its everyday use, because there came into His humanity a factor to which most people are strangers. This factor was the Christ consciousness.

 

(PPT) The unfoldment of this consciousness by Jesus made Him God incarnate, because Christ is the mind of God individualized, and whoever so loses his personality as to be swallowed up in God becomes Christ Jesus or God man.

 

We cannot separate Jesus Christ from God, or tell where the human Jesus leaves off and God begins in Him. To say that Jesus Christ was human as we are human is not true, because He had dropped that personal consciousness by which we separate ourselves into men and women. He was consciously one with the absolute principle of Being. He had no consciousness separate from Spirit, separate from God, separate from Being, hence He was that Being to all intents and purposes.

 

Yet He attained no more than is expected of each of us. “That they may be one, even as we are” was His prayer. So it is fitting to celebrate because Indeed, Jesus has risen.

 

I have been re reading the Gospel according to Thomas, one of the Gospels found in the Dead Sea scrolls. The emphasis of this Gospel, and by the way, also the emphasis of Unity is on the teachings, not the teacher. Instead of telling the reader to put faith in Jesus as a savior, readers are instructed to take personal responsibility and seek out the meaning of Jesus’ words so they can save themselves. By the way, that word, “salvation” also could have been translated as Wholeness or wholesomeness. So in Unity we look at salvation as integrating the spirit of the Living Christ into every single aspect of our lives, MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT.

 

The Gospel according to Thomas makes no mention of either Jesus’ death or a resurrection. Although Jesus had already been crucified when the book was written, the writer speaks of Jesus in the present tense calling him, “the living Jesus.” Thomas leads you to believe that Jesus’ flesh may have died, but he is alive and still available to his followers. When Jesus said that anyone who understands his message would not die, he wanted his listeners to understand life in an entirely new way. We tend to look at life in the material world as linear; we’re born, we grow old, we die. But when we look at the regenerative pattern that’s in continual operation in the universe, we can see that the universe is cyclical. As science has discovered, matter can appear as energy, and energy as matter, but the sum total of the whole never changes, and nothing ‘dies’ in the process. An immortal yet changing universe makes sense when we know the universe and the Divine are synonymous. How can we understand this? When we think of the death of the body, we’ve been taught to see this as the end of the personality associated with it. The body does return to energy and the personality does disappear, but the immortal consciousness that projected them remains untouched by this change. When we understand this, Jesus’ promise that we shall not die takes on new meaning.

 

Charles Fillmore wrote:

(PPT) Regeneration is the restoration of the mental, emotional and physical bodies to, their original state of wholeness, (As originally created in God’s Image and Likeness) through the activity of the Holy Spirit. This restoration is a gradual process that takes place as consciousness turns in upon itself, identifying and surrendering to the true self, the Christ.

 

In closing, yes, the resurrection of Jesus took place a long time ago. But the resurrection happens in you and me every time that we say no to limitation and embrace prosperity, every time that we say no to pain and suffering and embrace wholeness of Spirit, Mind and Body. The resurrection happens in me, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice. May you and yours receive a very special blessing as you allow the resurrected Christ to express through you and your loved ones. Have a blessed and happy Easter.

Line up Ye’All _Palm Sunday April 9

(1)(PPT)6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

(2)This is the beginning of Easter week and we are celebrating Palm Sunday and Jesus triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

 

There is lots of symbolism and metaphysics surrounding this event, but today I would like to focus on how Jesus prepared for this moment. I believe that our Master Teacher, being fully human and fully divine, went through a series of stages as his soul was evolving and those stages are stages that he modeled for us. After all, he said, that we could do the same things and even greater things we could do. So lest get started.

 

 

Jesus declared his intention.

 

There is a story about a young Jesus becoming lost while the Holy Family was traveling by caravan.  His parents could not find him. Like any other parents, they became desperate. They asked everyone and they could not find him. Eventually they walked back to their last stop and found Jesus discussing Scripture with a bunch of rabbis, and scribes; you know, these were the smartest people in town and their jaws were dropping, listening to this 12 year old interpret the Scriptures.   When he finished, his parents reprimanded him and told him to be considerate of them because they were really worried. His reply was very simple.   I MUST BE ABOUT MY Father’s business

 

You know, I ask myself, how many of us had that clarity of mind when we were twelve, And I am not talking about what we wanted to be as a profession or career. I am not talking about wanting to be firemen, a doctor, a nurse or a teacher. No this was more than that. He declared his intention that he needed to be concerned with God’s business and of course all that that entails.

 

I believe that as humans, this may have been the source of some of our problems. Organized religion has shown us this perfect picture of Jesus and how he was perfect from the time he was born and could show off such mastery of the Scripture at the age of 12.

But combined with that message was also the message that we were miserable sinners that had fallen short in achieving the same things that Jesus had achieved. Yet, they never told us what Jesus said about us being able to do the things that he did.

 

(PPT) John 14:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

We do not require a master’s in psychology or mental health to deduce that this has done quite a number to our psyche; and there, at least in part, has been the source of our troubles. My friend, Ricky Ricardo, would say at this point, “Organized Religion, you have some splaining to do”

In the Lord’s Prayer, there is a line that reads, Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Well, if one of the biggest issues that we have is feeling that we are not good enough, or carrying the burden of being called a sinner for such a long time, the first order of business is LETTING GO of all that nonsense and forgive ourselves and others if necessary.

At the beginning of the lesson we read a Scripture about Jesus entering Jerusalem riding a donkey.

But where did that donkey come from? There was no Hertz or Avis or Alamo Rent a Donkey anywhere. Of course not told the disciples to go and find the donkey and the colt and jus borrow them and if anybody asked, o just tell them, the Lord sent for them. In other words, we come in the Name of the Lord. Now, remember that Lord, is the English translation to Jehovah, which is the Hebrew rendition of the name that was revealed to Moses that literally mean, I am that I am. When you say, I am that I am, you are going beyond any concept of the divine that has been defined by religion. You are basically saying, I need this or that because God’s nature itself has empowered me to have it. Period, that’s all there is to it.

Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity wrote:

(PPT) When we achieve mastery over our sense consciousness,(Jesus riding a donkey) our supporting thoughts(people shouting Hossanas) line up to see us enter a place of peace (Jerusalem)

 

Jesus entrance into Jerusalem is about overcoming; it’s about achieving mastery over those limiting thoughts that keep us from moving forward. Jerusalem, literally means CITY OF PEACE. In order to enter a peace, we have to become like a drill sergeant that is in charge of our thoughts and basic call those thoughts into a military formation and say.

Some of you thoughts belong in the formation. Some of you don’t

ARMY STORY ABOUT LINE UP (MAYBE)

Line up, You, the one that says I am not good enough. Get out of my way because, here I come.

Line up, you, the one that says that I have an incurable condition, get out of my way, because here I come.

Line up, you the one that says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, therefore I have the same defects that my father or my mother had, GET OUT OF MY WAY, because here I come.

Line up, you the one that says that someone hurt me and have been occupying precious real estate in my mind and my consciousness, achieving absolutely nothing, GET OUT OF MY WAY, because here I come.

 

 

Neville in “The Power of Awareness” wrote (PPT) “Health, wealth, beauty, and genius are not created; they are only manifested by the arrangement of your mind—that is, by your concept of yourself, and your concept of yourself is all that you accept and consent to as true.”

The arrangement of our mind is, getting rid of those thoughts that are not doing anything to support us in our journey of expressing who we really are, Spiritual Beings living a human experience. So friends, here are the steps once again

CONNECTION CARD

State your intention

Have a definite mission and purpose

Affirm and Assert your real identity

 

Close

 

Do those three things and you will be able to enter the Holy City, Jerusalem, which is a symbol for a spirituality, high consciousness and a state of peace. peace.