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and so many called miracles, and decided to inquire at the Unity School of Christianity archives and came up with this unpublished statement by Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity: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.
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.
- Set aside a time of uninterrupted contemplation, and prayer. (No timers, no cell phones)
- Become centered by breathing into your physical heart space, literally. Remember that the heart is the LOVE CENTER and Spirit is Love
- Acknowledge the presence of God everywhere including in you.
- Forgive anything that needs to be forgiven
- Use statements that will remind you of your Oneness with the Divine:
- God is, I am
- I and the Father are one
- I am created in Gods Image and Likeness
- Christ in me, the Hope of Glory
- Keep going back to these statements until you feel a Spirit to Spirit Oneness and Connection
- See yourself enjoying the object of your petition or prayer
- Remain in the silence
- Let go and release it to Spirit
- 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