Love, and Love Well July 15

I have always felt a deep connection with Jesus’s greatest commandment found in Matthew 22:36-40 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself”. However, one day while listening to an audio book, the author made an impactful statement that has had me reevaluating my interpretation and practice of this important commandment in my life. Adyashanti’s, statement to “love and love well” has caused me to explore new depths on how I actually love God, my neighbor and myself. So far, my findings, experiences and revelations practicing “love, and love well” have been and are of great significance to me. I will be delighted to share them with all of you on Sunday July 15, 2018. In the meantime, be at Peace! Love and love well,

 

Carmen-Venus

The Missing Link of Scientific Prayer July 8 With Power Point

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Good morning. It is so good to be back. I really miss being here Sunday after Sunday, but as many of you know I have been taking care of my health and following not only my inner guidance but also the guidance of medical professionals. Sometimes, those two may appear to contradict each other but when you apply the principles of scientific prayer, everything begins to become clearer and clearer.  In terms of a health report, I am feeling well and strong. I am being responsible while undergoing chemo and thats the reason while I am staying away from my work a the hospital and crowds in general. I had already scheduled some guest speakers for the rest of the month but our medical plans changed. Those speakers will be here, but I might be here as well helping out. Anyway, enough about me and let us get into today’s lesson, which I have entitled, The Missing Link of Scientific Prayer.

 

During the last two weeks, two of my favorite people and speakers were here. Paul Hasselbeck mentioned a concept that I have never heard before and it was straight out of  a lecture that Charles Fillmore gave almost 100 years ago.    As a way to review the very basics of scientific prayer, this is what Myrtle FIllmore, the co founder of Unity had to say:

(PPT) WE ARE STUDYING spiritual science to get a broader conception of God, rather than holding to the view that He is a personal being with parts like man, a being subject to change and capable of varying moods. Though personal to each one of us, God is IT,” neither male nor female, but Principle.

 

(Fillmore, Myrtle, How to Let God Help You, p. 19)

 

Paul, with his inquisitive mind, wondered how people in the early years of Unity, experienced so many healings and so many called miracles, and decided to inquire at the Unity School of Christianity archives and came up with this unpublished statement by Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity:

(PPT ) God only does what man says He shall do. God is our servant. Did you ever think of that, that this wonderful Spirit of God, out of which everything is made is here at all times, is always present with us and we are using that God.

(Lesson I, Healing Conference, 1923, pp. 28 – 29)

 

 

I can see how a statement like that may have raised some eyebrows back in 1923. Even today, it is raising some eyebrows, maybe right here, right now. Just to think that Spirit will do what we want Spirit to do. I sincerely hope that this will end up making some sense to all of us.

 

Until now, we have had this kind of subservient attitude of asking God to use us. When you think about it, that implies separation and not oneness.  Lets put that on hold for a moment.

 

From Mark’s talk last week, a couple of things stuck in my mind. He spoke about the second coming and he spoke about the heart.

 

In Unity metaphysics when we talk about the first coming of Jesus Christ, we are talking about getting an intellectual understanding of the truth. When we talk about the second coming we are talking about incorporating that intellectual truth into our hearts and therefore into our whole consciousness. We no longer have to think about it. We own it, we feel it and we act from it.   Mark spoke about the heart being more than an organ to pump and circulate blood and referred to it as a type of a brain, which has been proven scientifically. The biblical writer knew this when he wrote in the King James Version of Proverbs 23, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”  To the biblical writer, the heart was more than a physical organ, it was your entire consciousness – Transplant Story –

 

So, we have two things we are dealing with here. We can use God, and all God’s powers and we utilize our hearts to accomplish that.  First let me narrow down this concept of scientific prayer a little bit. Let’s define it like a transaction between the petitioned (God) and the petitioner (us).

 

The petitioned:  As a starting point, the definition of prayer as given by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science is a great help:   (PPT )”The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,-a spiritual understanding of Him, an un-selfed love” (1:1). The heart of this definition is the omnipotence of God, to which “all things are possible.” But what is God? The same author defines God as “Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love” (465:10). Whenever we wish to be conscious of the definite nature of God we are helped by substituting these seven synonymous terms for the term God. (The Science of Prayer, Mark Keppeler)

 

Now when it comes to us, or the petitioner, here is what I call the missing link. I believe that we have been conditioned to relate to God from our EGO or our personality and in that sense, we have been praying TO GOD instead of praying FROM GOD. And this is not new; Eric Butterworth wrote about that a long time ago.

 

In the Revealing words Charles Fillmore writes about seven conditions for effective prayer. I am not going to go but into one of themand that one is this:  (ONENESS WITH GOD MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED)

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s explore this a little further. Think about it. Let me share what Max Kappeler has to say about this in the book, Scientific Prayer:

 

(PPT) The petitioner is not a person. Can we, as persons, pray to the impersonal Principle, God? Can a personal ego attain the divine Being, commune with it, be one with it? As the Principle of prayer is spiritual, the petitioner must also be spiritual. The physical, material, corporeal man is completely unlike the spiritual. Neither a saint nor a sinner can, as a person, be a true petitioner. “Now we know that God heareth not sinners…” (John 9:31)

 

Before anyone throws something at me for daring to use the word “sinner” in a Unity church, let me remember that that word simply means a sense of separation; it is not a bad word and it does not have to have the guilt baggage that tradition has attached to it.

 

Kappeler continues to say that only the divine in us can pray and that Divine oneness is only possible when the petitioner is of the same nature as the petitioned.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans:

 

(PPT) Romans 8:26Living Bible (TLB)

26 And in the same way—by our faith[a]—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words.

 

HOW TO

 

The gist of this lesson is that we cannot approach our indwelling God. The word approach itself implies separation. So, let’s forget about “approaching”  I am going to give you some steps, tat I have been using lately.

 

  1. Set aside a time of uninterrupted contemplation, and prayer. (No timers, no cell phones)
  2. Become centered by breathing into your physical heart space, literally. Remember that the heart is the LOVE CENTER and Spirit is Love
  3. Acknowledge the presence of God everywhere including in you.
  4. Forgive anything that needs to be forgiven
  5. Use statements that will remind you of your Oneness with the Divine:
    1. God is, I am
    2. I and the Father are one
    3. I am created in Gods Image and Likeness
    4. Christ in me, the Hope of Glory
    5. Keep going back to these statements until you feel a Spirit to Spirit Oneness and Connection
    6. See yourself enjoying the object of your petition or prayer
    7. Remain in the silence
    8. Let go and release it to Spirit
    9. Give thanks

 

Next week, Rev. Carmen Venus Baerga will be back. She is brings quite a new perspective on the theme of loving your neighbor and yourself.

 

Blessings to all and keep the prayers going

 

 

Integrated Faith

Integrated Faith.

Good morning journal, Good Morning all that bless me by reading my musings. Today I woke up with the term “Integrated Faith” in my mind. I do not recall reading it anywhere, but I may have. But the fact is that, Integrated Faith is my mind.

The first thing that I must make clear is that the object of my faith is not a human deity with human-like characteristics. The object of my faith, I call Omnipresent Spirit, Source Energy, Ultimate Creator, Divine Spirit, Love, Substance and All-ness. It depends on my mental and spiritual demeanor at the time, which of these names I choose to use at any given moment. Nevertheless the name I choose does not change the nature of Spirit because Spirit is Unchanging Principle Presence and Power.

For the most part I get my definitions of faith from Scripture and from the writings of Charles Fillmore. For me, both definitions complement each other, one (Hebrews 11) creates a foundation, while FIllmore show its practical application. Here they are:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1 KJV)

Faith is the perceiving power of the mind linked with the power to shape substance (Charles FIllmore, The Revealing Word)

I encourage you to read or revisit the whole 11th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Hebrews. It gives example after example of how the exercise of faith was responsible for “impossible” tasks to be performed or for “invisible” things to come into visibility.

Now, the Scripture prefaces all these accomplished feats with the phrase, “By faith”. What does that really mean? Or even more, how did they get things done “By faith” ?

Well I believe that here is were Integrated Faith comes in. I do not think that these people sat around doing nothing waiting for some sort of magical power outside of them to take care of business. I think that they must have had quiet moments in which they integrated their belief in God into their mental musings and processes. They did not have the distractions that we have today. They have time to think, pray and meditate, and integrate their faith.

As individuals that grew up believing in an anthropomorphic god, we developed blind faith, which, by the way, is better than no faith at all. But my faith integrates Mind, Soul and Body. That is why Fillmore’s definition makes so much sense to me. In this model, our mind and it’s perceiving power is linked with the power to shape substance.

Now, that last part, requires explanation particularly for those not familiar with Unity’s use of certain terms. Substance, from the latin “sub stare” literally means that which stands under, or the underlying Cause (capitalization on purpose) of all things. Now, the power to shape that substance, is the Creator of of the Universe. Now, let us remember what Paul, the Apostle, says about that Creator.

“For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:28)

“Having our being in God” means that not only we are not separate but that God works through us. And what part of us does God use to perform God’s mighty works? Our Mind. When we acknowledge God as Divine Mind working through our individual mind, incarnation (from the latin, in carne, or in the flesh) takes place. We are no longer subject to the limitations of the external world regardless of the nature of those limitations, because for God, all things are possible.

Now lets have a practical application. Earlier I mentioned that one of my favorite ways of addressing Spirit, is Divine Omnipresence, or Omnipresent Mind. If there is something in which most Christian and Non-Christian religions seem to agree is that God is everywhere present. My friends, everywhere means E V E R Y W H E R E, including the minutest cells and molecules of my body. Not only God is present there, but all God attributes, of perfect Love, Light Wisdom, Strength, Unlimited Supply are also there.

When my body experiences anything less than the perfection that God is, is because at some level I have failed to recognized that “The Father and I are one”. All I need to do is through a process of forgiveness, denial and affirmation, and like the Prodigal Son, return to my Father’s house. In that state of awareness, all that the father has, perfection, wholeness and health, are mine.

The application here is that, even though, I have utmost respect for the medical profession, they can only assist the healing that has been initiated in every cell of my body by the indwelling Intelligence of the Great Physician in which I live, I move and I have my being.

See You Soon

Coco
A Visible Manifestation of Spirit

In Whom We Trust – Sunday, May 20

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”

Today I asked my doctor…

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

Coco

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Kindness on Steroids

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

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,

Coco

The Power of Kindness

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.

New Series: The Spiritual Toolbox

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.

The Magic of the IRS. Sunday April 15

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.