The subject of “trust” can be a tricky one. Somehow, it is difficult for us to trust God, particularly when facing challenging conditions or situations. However, for the most part we have no qualms trusting doctors, pharmacists, engineers, teachers or anyone responsible for our safety and well being. We even trusts that motorists will obey stoplights and stop signs (something that I constantly advise against) so we can go through a clear intersection. This Sunday as we continue to explore the book, The Handbook of Spiritual Tools: Reaching Beyond the Challenge to Find the Solution, by Lauren Mc Laughlin, we will explore, Trust as a spiritual tool. By the way, I plan to share some very good news as well. I hope to see you at 10 AM. God Bless.Continue reading“In Whom We Trust – Sunday, May 20”
Forgiveness is the greatest gift of self-love we can give ourselves. All of the people involved in that painful incident you believe you can never forgive—and certainly never forget—are running free, doing their own thing. Today they are shopping, playing golf, going to the beach, traveling to exotic places—and suffering very little, if at all—while you are still feeling pain every time something reminds you of them. – Laurem Mc Laughlin, The Handbook of Spiritual Tools, Reaching Beyond the Challenge to Find the Solution.
Releasing once and for all thoughts and feelings of resentments and unforgiveness, opens the way a life of abundance, love and peace of mind. This Sunday, Mother’s Day, we will explore how the powerful spiritual tool of forgiveness, can begin to immediately transform our lives. But you will only know it, when you try it. Ruby Mercury is our guests vocalist. See you Sunday at 10 AM at Unity Center for Positive Living
Today I asked my doctor…
Today I went for a follow up visit with my primary physician, basically to monitor how I have been managing my diabetes. Being fully aware of my more serious diagnosis, he commented how well I looked. We continued to chit chat while he examined me, when I asked him if it was normal for someone with my diagnosis to be walking around for four months since the identification of my condition with no symptoms whatsoever and to have gone through chemo and radiation therapies with minimal or no side effects, he categorically answered, “No, it is not normal; you are a special case, he added.
I have been pondering his answer since I left his office a few hours ago. The words. “you are special” are in my mind like an endless merry go round . Those words have a tendency to feed the ego. I have been told that many times when people have praised my God-given talents of music, writing, etc. But the words of the doctor today are not for my ego; they are for my own recognition of the I AM within me.
“ Charles Fillmore, the co- founder of Unity wrote: “The Spirit of God, speaking through Ezekiel, commands, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, wherein ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit.” This command is to the conscious man, or mind. But later the Spirit of God says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you,” thus signifying that the whole mind must be embraced in the regeneration. There must be perfect co-operation of the three phases of mind in order to produce the perfect man. “I, Jehovah, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” “Purify your hearts, ye double-minded,” says James. We purify our heart when we turn conscious attention within and the pure ideas of the super conscious mind come forth to meet our call. “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” When we seek the super consciousness and make conscious connection with it we harmonize all the forces of mind and body; we lift up the subconscious until a complete, conscious unification of the three phases of mind is affected and we become established “in singleness of . . . heart.” We can say with the Psalmist, “His heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah.” We fear nothing, for we know that we draw on the divine ideas in God-Mind and that they all are good.”
So, what does all that have to do with being a “special case” or an anomaly, like another health care professional recently classified me? I will try to explain it the best I can.
There is blind faith and there is understanding faith. One is not necessarily better or more powerful than the other. However, blind faith is an instinctive trust in a power higher than ourselves. And, again, there’s nothing wrong with that. Understanding faith, while incorporating belief and trust is also based on immutable principle. (Paraphrased from Lessons in Truths by Emilie Cady)
Faith does not depend on physical facts, or on the evidence of the senses, because it is born of intuition, or the Spirit of truth ever living at the center of our being. Its action is infinitely higher than that of intellectual conclusions; it is founded on Truth. (Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth)
Understanding faith has been also called, scientific faith. Remember when they first taught us the scientific method, which basically said that if we followed some specific steps, the results could be repeatable by following those same steps again?
Well, I have embraced that same approach to faith. In forty plus years of applying these principles, I have found that if I embrace the power of the Divine with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my heart, I can bring into visible manifestation that invisible which I have contemplated using my God-given faculties of Faith, Imagination, Will, Love, etc. It has worked in the past and it is working now. Our Way Shower, Jesus followed all his healings with “Your faith has made you whole” or “Let it be done according to your faith”. I believe that the call to purify our hearts by the apostle James, who called his contemporaries, “double minded” is a call to make up our minds about whom do we serve and what do we believe.
We basically have two options. When we receive challenging news from the doctors or from any other source, we can go to a place of fear or we can go to a place of love and trusting the Divine within us with all our minds, all our souls, and all our hearts. Does that mean that I am to cast away medical treatment and advise? Absolutely not. I don’t have in me the “same mind that was in Christ Jesus” For now I just know that Spirit is working through me and the medical professionals to bring about the best result. I let the doctors do their work and at the same time allow God to work through me.
Yes, today I asked the doctor, but the real answer came from the Great Physician who said: You are my beloved in whom I am well pleased. Do not be afraid; I will never leave you, I will never forsake you; after all, you are my image and likeness.
Until next time
Perhaps one of the most difficult words to define, is the word compassion. Is compassion a specific act that we extend to another human being? Do we call ourselves compassionate as a way of satisfying our ego and feel better about ourselves? Lauren Mc Laughlin, the author of The Handbook of Spiritual Tools, which we are studying, wrote: “Compassion is kindness on steroids. Compassion compels us to set aside all thoughts and feelings of judgment of self or others, and allows us to communicate with other people purely at the soul level.” Join is un Sunday at 10 as we explore compassion as a practical spiritual tool. Terri Brinegar is our guest vocalist.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting
Here is my latest update. Physically and emotionally, I feel fine. I have done chemo, I have done radiation without any significant side effects. In a few weeks I will have some cat scans and blood tests to determine if I am ready for surgery. In anticipation of that, I had a 2-day nuclear stress test which I passed with flying colors; so now Cardiology has given me the green light to undergo surgery.
Perhaps the hardest part of this is waiting and keeping my mind occupied, I cannot work at the hospital because by immune system might be compromised. Waiting, fighting boredom and a bit of cabin fever, has been my biggest challenge. So how, have I approached that?
Napoleon Hill wrote that “ In Adversity Lies the seed of an equivalent or higher benefit. The Apostle Paul wrote that, All things work together for good. The greatest blessing so far is that I have strengthen my meditation practice, and have increased the times that I am consciously aware of the Presence of Spirit in and through everything, and everyone.
I am blessed that I am traversing my journey with ease and grace and no symptoms. I am blessed for the medical professionals that care for me. I am grateful for people that have gone through similar experiences and have shared valuable insights. I am grateful to the many people that have reached out with cards, or have contributed to the www.gofundme.com/cocoramos fund raising efforts that my daughter initiated. I am full of gratitude for family and friends that are holding a vision of wholeness for me through prayer. I am super blessed by the support, attention and hands on care provided by my wife and loving daughters.
Keep those prayers going, my dear friends and supporters. They are working.
Until the next update, I remain grateful,
In her book, The Handbook of Spiritual Tools, the author, Rev Lauren McLaughlin writes :
An act of kindness is a single gesture that provides a triple reward. Scientists have proven that when we perform an act of kindness—spontaneous or planned, random or targeted—our brain releases several chemicals, including serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. These chemicals give us an instant rush of good feelings. And what is even more interesting is that those same “feel-good” chemicals are simultaneously released in the brain of the recipient of a kind act, as well as in the brain of anyone who observes it. Kindness is a win/win/win experience.
How can week incorporate acts of kindness to our set of spiritual tools and used those acts to bless others and ourselves, is the subject of this Sunday lesson. Join us at 10 AM at Unity Center for Positive Living, 1239 S US HWY 17-92, Longwood, FL. Angie will be our vocalist.
Hello every one. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a gem of a book, The Handbook of Spiritual Tools, Reaching Beyond the Challenge to Find the Solution, by Lauren McLaughlin, Unity Minister. I could not put it down and heard myself pondering, “If only I had read this book 40 years ago when I began my journey in Unity” I got so exited about the practical applications of this awesome and very well writen book that I have decided to make it into a Sunday series. I have begun to use these tools in my own life; and believe me, they DO work. Join me this Sunday at 10 AM at our church or join us live on Facebook. You can find the link at the bottom of our website, www.unitychurch.com. Ruby Mercury makes her debut as our guest soloist.
I like to share a story about a spiritual master and his student. They were taking a very long walk, I mean several days. The walk was supposed to be in the silence, but the student kept interrupting by asking, When will I know that I have arrived at a place of enlightenment like you? Every time, the master remained quiet. Every few hours the student would ask again, with the same results. Finally, they had to cross a river that was shoulder height deep. Without warning the master grabbed the student by the neck and held his head under water. You could see the students arms splashing trying to come up from the water but the Master held him there for a long time until the Master finally let go and the student came out for air. Why did you do that? You almost killed me. What was the thing you wanted most when you were under the water?, the master asked Of course, I wanted air, the student replied. The master said to the student……….I will tell you at the end of the lesson tomorrow at 10 AM. Angie will be our guest vocalist.
The Journey Continues
Last night, before I turned off my light to go to sleep, I said to Alinda, my loving wife, I don’t know whats’s going on but I am feeling sad.. That was quickly replaced by, maybe not, I am just feeling anxious about everything that is going on and starting radiation soon. Alinda came closer and snuggled up next to me and we just remained quiet for at least 15 minutes when I felt that I was ready to drift into sleep.
That’s all I needed at that moment; No words were spoken. But just feeling her warm embrace brought me a sense of peace and of knowing that everything is going to be alright.
As I continue through my healing and restoration, and as I prepare to receive the Radiating Beams of Healing and Restoration Light (my term for radiation) I am reminded of a word that my fellow minister, Miguel Corales, uses all the time: Solo Dios (Only God)
I must remind myself of one of my core beliefs and that is that God is Omnipresent. I must know that with all my mind, with all my heart, with all my soul. Richard Burdick, wrote a song that goes, “There is no you, there is no me, there’s only God that I can see. There is no us, there is no them, there’s only God, Amen.
We humans have invented the concept of duality, when in fact, every cell of our bodies is the intelligence of God individualized in each of us. As I continue my journey I must see God individualized in everything, including my present condition, my doctors, my treatments, every decision that is made on my behalf, etc. I remain steadfast on the affirmation, I am Life, I am Health, I am Wholeness. It is my Divine Nature.
Those of you that are supporting me with prayers, please do not beg or beseech a god outside of you. Get in touch with the God of your being and embrace an attitude of gratitude knowing beyond any doubt that I am whole and well. “My faith has made me whole”
I close with this verse from Acts, 17, 24-28
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
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When I was growing up, there was a Bible story that for some reason struck a positive chord in me. It was about two brothers that were walking from Jerusalem to their hometown, a place called, Emmaus. They were sad about the fact that Jesus had been crucified. As they walked and discussed the events, a “stranger” joins them and begins to teach them about everything that was supposed to happen according to Scripture. When it was getting dark, the “stranger” is invited to spend the night, which was customary at the time. When having dinner, the “stranger” broke the bread and at that time the brothers recognized that it was the resurrected Jesus that had walked along with them. At that moment, Jesus dissapeared . This beautiful story has some very specific applications for us today. Come and join us at 10 AM. Ishtar will be our guest vocalist.