Alleluia Raise the Praise

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The world has changed chronologically into the Year 2021. Beyond a change in the calendar, any change we may or may not feel in this new year is up to us. A new year isn’t magic. Change is always up to us. 2021 is only separated from last year by one little old number. But how we feel about that number can be important because if we feel positive when we write it, each time we write it, the writing of it will subconsciously raise our mental-emotion vibration. Have we started looking at the number 2021 to try to get a feel for it? If so, you might have noticed that it certainly doesn’t look as symmetrically pleasing as the number 2020. It seems to abruptly stop at the number one rather than flowing round and round like those two nice zeros did last year. 2020 appeared to be so balanced, which goes to show we can’t judge anything according to appearances!

A colleague found a way to enjoy writing the year 2021. He said, “Remember the One in 2021.” It seems a wonderful way to embrace this year’s designated number more spiritually, to focus on that attention-getting “one” in the number 2021 and use it as a reminder of the One we truly are, and as a symbol of encouragement to express our self in a new, more spiritually powerful way this year. We can also let it to remind us of One we are together, the people of Earth created to create together all that is beautiful, good and holy from the Love that joins us as One. Love inspires and  guides us into kinder, more compassionate thoughts, words and actions toward each other and the Earth, Itself. We’re only going be able to live together in peace and harmony by freeing our self from the fear of loving each other as fully as we can. Not everyone will love us back, but that’s not the point. The spiritual teacher, Osho, said, “Love is born with you; it is your intrinsic quality. All that is needed is to give it a way, to make a passage for it, to let it flow.” Even though a new year isn’t magic, it does offer a symbol of newness, blank pages, as many have said, upon which we have the opportunity to write a whole new chapter in our life. Why rewrite yesterday’s chapters when we can decide this is going to be our best year yet? And, since it’s the only year we have to work with, we might as well decide it’s going to be.

How are you feeling about what you’ve written so far in your Book of Life on Earth for this yea? Even though there are just a few pages so far, are they filled with happy, enthusiastic ideas of what this year may become for you? Or are they simply filled with thoughts of relief that 2020 is finally over! We can all be of good cheer that we survived the year, but we’re created to thrive, not just survive. It’s not powerful enough to create something new simply by saying, “Praise Lord and alleluia, things could have been worse in 2020.” Thoughts of having been fortunate enough to have flown under the radar of impending disease and doom, and ideas based on self-protection and just getting through don’t carry the powerful high vibrations that create joyously new experiences for us. The word “Alleluia” carries a high vibration because it means “a song of praise to God.” And, since God is Love, Alleluia also means a song of praise to Love. We could say Alleluia is a Love Song.

A friend said the other day, “My resolution this year is not to make any resolutions, but instead to go withe the flow and make good choices that are in alignment with Love.” Every time we choose not to judge, we are in alignment with Love. Every time we choose to forgive, we are in alignment with Love. Every time we choose kindness, helpfulness, compassion, and understanding, we are in alignment with Love. Every time we make good choices that are in alignment with Love, since there is no higher vibration in the Universe than Love, we raise our praise to God and meet God’s Love for us and all of creation. In The Way of the Heart we read, “You are here to remember that you are the thought of Love in form. You are here to remember that you are one with God, that God is the source of your reality.” Love is the most powerful vibration in the Universe. It makes the world go round because Love made world and us in it.

The attraction-action the Law of Attraction that governs the Universe in which live, and therefore governs us too, is all about vibration. Everything within the Universe, and everything within us and every being, is vibrational. Our thoughts, ideas, moods, and attitudes carry a vibration, and we draw to us whatever vibration matches ours, whether we want to or not. We could say that every moment of everyday we’re singing some kind of song because the vibrations of our thoughts are like notes we’re sending out into the Universe. Is what we’re sending out in harmony with the Universal Love Song? It’s important to ask our self: “Are my thoughts a song of praise to God or am I singing the proverbial ‘someone done me wrong’ song? Do I have tears in my eyes because my heart overflows with tenderness for all that lives?” Or, to paraphrase a Country song, “Do I have tears in my ears from lying on my back crying over how life mistreats me.”

We can change our tune anytime we choose to, and the good news is we don’t need to go back and release each and every little thing we were displeased about last year in order to raise our praise to the vibrational elevation of positive energy that will help us create something beautifully new in 2021. We can decide to let our displeasure fade away as we focus on all we want to draw to us in this brand new year. Abraham-Hicks reminds us, “If you will take the time to line up your energy, to attune your vibration with the vibration of your desire, nothing can keep it from coming to you.” If we’re finding that this year hasn’t budged an inch as far as change goes, if this year is feeling like “deja vu all over again,” and if we’d like to do something about it so that we can draw something new to us, we need to raise the vibration of our thoughts in praise of our desires. It’s essential for us to begin to love and nurture who we truly desire to be, and decide to be that no matter what’s going on around us. In this way, who we are internally aligned with how we express our self socially. We’re no longer faking it. We feel the bliss of living as our authentic self in the world.

If we choose to praise the good we find in our mind by focusing on it, and sing a love song to the Universe, we will draw our good to us externally. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It doesn’t matter if you had a negative thought a million times. It’s not going to affect you now unless you think it again. You don’t have to undo those thoughts, you just have to break the pattern of those thoughts.”
There is a blessing in every moment, and we’ll find one if we make it a habit to look for one. Some blessings may be wearing scary disguises, but we don’t need to go back and unmask them in order to be blessed by them. Unseen blessings, when we accept that they are there, bless us just the same. If choose to be grateful for it all, without needing to name names, our vibration will naturally rise to a song of praise to God and all that Love has created.

There is no such thing as a little bit of Love and a lot of Love, anymore than there can be a little bit of God and a lot of God. We can’t be free to be the Love we are if we only love some things, because God is everything. It is going to be up to you and me to internally become the change we want to see externally in the new year. Because if we don’t bring it with us in our mind and heart, if we don’t break the pattern of our negative thoughts, all that will change for us this year is the calendar. And, no matter how much we enjoy writing 2021, it won’t be enough to make all things new. Every moment of this year, no matter how it appears be, will give us an opportunity to make good choices that are in alignment with Love. If we let it, every moment will allow us to experience our freedom to love—no matter who, no matter what—fearlessly and without conditions. Lenape Indian Chief Two Eagles said, “So you want to learn how to Love? It’s easy. Throw some seeds in a field. If the birds eat them, that’s Love. If plants grow to feed you, that’s Love. Your job is merely to love enough to throw the seeds. The outcome is none of your concern.” Let us choose to be the One in the Year 2021 that decides to throw seeds of Love wherever we go.

2020 Re-Visioning and Burning Bowl Ceremony

Today is our final Sunday in our December focus on the Power of Christ, though we all know there is no other Power for us to focus on or any other reality for us to see or be anytime. In The Way of the Heart we read, “You are, indeed, sent forth as Christ who holds all power to extend the treasure of Truth. Go you, therefore, into all the world and bless it with the radiance of the Christ within you.” Are we ready to go into the Year 2021 as a blessing? Are we ready to bless the world with the radiance of the Christ within us? No matter how we answer that question, ready or not 2021 will be here on Friday!

No matter what is going on in our life, the idea of a new year is an exciting one, isn’t it? Its symbolism fills us with so much hope for positive change in our life and in the world. A new year represents a fresh start, a clean slate, and an opportunity for us to live in the world in a new way. But so often we bring old stale habits with us into a new year that keep us from experiencing a fresh start. We don’t take time to clean our mental slate of the past year’s negative views. So, rather than coming into a new year mentally clean and fresh, our slate remains graffitied with anger, resentment, blame, regret, and all the other etchings of gloom and pessimism that negativity and fear produce.

There’s a Scottish Proverb that goes, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear,” and we can’t create a beautiful new year out of the negative thoughts we bring with us from the past year. That is why a ritual like the Burning Bowl ceremony can be helpful to us in letting go of the old year, and ringing in a new year that has the possibility of actually being new. It is a symbolic opportunity for us let go of the same old thing and embrace a new thing by being ready for it within our self. But, a ritual of any kind is only as effective as our willingness allows it be. We’ve got to be willing to let go of what we no longer desire to manifest in our life, or else our smudgy mental slate will continue to create the same old thing, and more of it, without any indication that a new year has occurred except on the calendar.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Every thought is vibration, and the Law of Attraction is responding to every thought. Therefore all thought is going to increase. The only quest is: Is this thought one you want to increase?” This past year has given us plenty to think about, and so many worldly reasons to be glad 2020 is coming to an end. That is why, if we want our positive thoughts to increase in the new year ahead, it’s a good idea for us to do a little 2020 Re-Visioning. In this way, we can consciously bring with us into 2021 thoughts with happy, loving and peaceful vibrations that will increase in the new year. As it ends on New Year’s Eve, this year will have contained 365 days—24 hours in each of those days, 60 minutes in each of those hours, and 60 seconds in each of those minutes. We will have lived 86,400 seconds or moments in each day of 2020. And, no matter how bad we may think this year has been, not all of those 86,400 seconds each day were negative. Some were likely wonderful. Some may have been amazing!

In fact, in a year such as this one where we were forced by the extreme conditions of the world to take our life off of automatic pilot and live it in a different way than we ever have before, we’ve been given a compelling opportunity to choose to see life differently by becoming aware of what we think and how we feel about our self and life. We’ve had plenty of time with our self to notice! And, The Way of Knowing goes on to say, “And to look more deeply at your judgments and to see that they can have no value save that which you extend unto them. It has, indeed, required desire for you to want to awaken.” 2020 may have seemed like a bad dream that we all wanted to wake up from, but like everything in this world of vivid contrast, our experience of it depends on what we focus on.

Earlier this year we jokingly said that we’d come out of isolation “a monk, a hunk, a chunk, or a drunk!” With government mandates that kept us from running around in our life focused on outer distractions, we’ve been forced to become “monkish.” Such an opportunity for alone time, anytime, offers radiant gifts to our mind from the depths of our soul and spirit, if we’re open to them. All the world has been given the gift of quiet time alone to discover who we are, and what this life is for, in a deeper way than we have before. We might have been able to discover it in a different way, but a pandemic is the way our world collectively chose to do it, and you’ve got to admit it certainly got everyone’s attention!

If we choose to, we can revision 2020 in our mind’s eye and see it as a year of blessings, as a year of opportunities for deeper self-discovery, and as a year that, if we didn’t want to go crazy, required desire for us to want to awaken. Even with all that has happened in 2020, we may find that it is the same issue as years past that seems to be holding us back even if it presented itself in different way this year. For example, we experienced a new health concern (didn’t everyone) that may still have been based on yesterday’s fearful thoughts. Or, a new relationship challenge based on the same old self-doubt, or a new financial issue based on the same old thoughts of unworthiness. Our experiencing our self and in a new way can’t be found in old stories of yesterday that don’t feel good to remember or repeat.

Paulo Coelho wrote, “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” Discovering new abilities, finding new direction, feeling abundant, and living our dream can’t find room within our mind if we keep writing the same old thoughts on our mental slate. We can decide to be grateful for every moment of 2020, and if we make that one decision, even if we don’t know exactly what we’re grateful for, we’ll become more clear just what we need to release today in order to truly move forward in a positive direction in the new year. We know when we’ve truly let go of something because we feel lighter and our mind is more clear. If we truly release the old, our mental slate will be so clean we’ll experience an amazing lightness of being as we enter the new year.

In the next few days if we decide to focus on letting those 86,400 seconds of each day of 2020 bless us, if we decide to be grateful for it all, we’ll move forward into the new year as if we have been sent forth as Christ and have all power to extend the treasure of Truth. We read these words of Jeshua’s, written in The Way of the Heart: “From the Mind that we share as one, I say again unto you: May peace walk with you. My blessings I give unto you. Not as the world gives give I the voice for Christ that longs to be your voice. For the world gives and takes away, but my Love is with you forever. Let this Love become your very own. Claim it. Own it. Taste it. Drink it. Breathe it. Walk it. Talk it. Incarnate it”

Are we ready to let the Love of Christ become our very own—to claim it, to own it and to live it? Are we ready to embrace our greatness, and to experience the power and pleasure of our spirit as we live our life here on earth? Are we ready to give the Voice for Christ that longs to be our voice, passage and freedom through our words, and to speak forcefully and passionately about what’s going right in our life and the world? If we truly release whatever may be holding our dreams hostage, we will realize who we are, and we will go into all the world and bless it with the radiance of the Christ within us.

Glory in the Highest to God

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Christ’s birth on Earth, and the power of living as Christ on Earth, is possible through each of us. Mystics and sages tell us that is why we came into this human experience. We are here to realize the divinity within us and then express It through our life on Earth. We are here for one another, to show each other what we’re made of, and to demonstrate what we’ve got going on within us. The poet, Rumi, wrote, “We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.”

As Jesus walked through this world he gave God all the glory for his life—for always hearing his prayers and for every miracle that occurred in his Presence. He said, “I of myself can do nothing. It is the Father within that does the work.” The Christmas story and the life of Christ Jesus is about a Father and Son performing as One. When the credits rolled out, Jesus gave the God within him star billing. He was aware that God the Father and His Perfect Son performed through him. He said, “Timeless truth I tell you: For whatever the Father does, the Son does like Him.”

God’s One Perfect Creation, forever like Him and One with Him, is the Christ that arrived on Earth through the birth and life of Jesus. Jesus never forgot where he came from or the Origin of the Power that came through him. In return for his life, Jesus gave God all the glory he was given by God to give. Jesus made it clear throughout his life that it was his awareness of his oneness with God—the One Creator, the Divine Animator, the Source of his Life—that brought about miracles. He knew that there was not, because there could not be, a separation between the Father and Son, between the Creator and Creation, between Love and the Beloved.

Jesus knew who he was, and it was that knowing that allowed him to see the flawless world of God’s creation, a world without sickness, sin, sorrow, or death. He experienced a Universe alive with Life, Itself, and Beloved by Love, Itself. He knew the difference between what appeared to be and reality. The Light of Christ filled his mind so completely he knew the unreality of anything or anyone that appeared to be less than the holy expression of God’s creation. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Is he the Christ? O yes, along with you. And when you join your will with his, your sight will be his vision for the eyes of Christ are shared.” From his High Holy Perception of Life Jesus saw through the eyes of Christ. And, because he did, those around him experienced healings. They saw themselves, if only for one healing moment, as he saw them because the eyes of Christ are shared. When we deny our oneness with God, we’re not being humble, we are blind. We don’t see that we could not exist without the Christ in us and our Creator’s Love for us. Not one of us could live however we live, or move however we move, or have our being no matter who we believe we’re being, separate from the Divine Source of Life that gives Life to all.

Young woman I know has a 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. Her daughter walked into their living room the other day, and said out of the blue, “I’m so proud of God.” The young woman was taken aback by her daughter’s words since, as she put it, she hadn’t had a God-talk with her children yet. So she asked her daughter, “Why are you proud of God?” The little girl said, “Just look at what He’s done! He created a whole world!” That child was way beyond a God-talk. She could see God in action, the works of God in the world around her. Maybe that is what Jesus meant when he said, “Unless you become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” A child’s mind isn’t cluttered (yet) by judgments, opinions, and adult points of view. Children know they don’t know everything.They are open to life and ready to embrace all the possibilities for living their life. They haven’t forgotten (yet) where they came from, and they are quite willing to give God all the glory for where they are.

How often do we walk through our day being “proud” of God and all God has created, including our self. How often are we in awe that we are here at all? How often do we look at all the possibilities for living our life and stay open to expressing our self with happiness and fun? If we are not giving Glory in the Highest to God for all that is, who are we giving power to? Do we believe that anyone, including our self, has the power to make real and permanent anything that God would not? There’s a Zen proverb that says, “Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.” No one can stand in our way and cast a shadow on our life, but we, our self. No one has the power to put our light out ,but us. No one can make us feel what we don’t choose to feel, and no one is responsible for our choice to feel what we feel. Jesus didn’t wait for the behaviors of others to change before he chose a Mind uncluttered by judgment. He knew that everyone he saw was an expression of Christ on Earth, God’s perfect son, even when they were standing in their own shadow. People were healed by the Powerful, Clear Energy that the Mind of Jesus emitted. What energy do our thoughts emit? Do those around us feel better about themselves, loved and unjudged just as they are? In The Science of Mind we read, “If we could stand aside and let the One Perfect Life flow through us, we could not help healing people. This is the highest form of healing.”

In our world today that appears so divided, conflicted and unkind, judgement of our self and others seems natural. Everybody does it! We might say that it’s as much a part of this separate human experience as breathing. So, isn’t it interesting that part of what we’ve collectively brought upon our world through our practices of judging one another is a sickness that requires us to wear masks that, while protecting us from each other, make it so much harder to breathe? Many spiritual visionaries believe this world situation has created among humanity such an inner desire for change that it has opened a High Energy Portal of Unconditional Love, a vortex of the Mind aglow with the Light of Christ. It’s the Mind that was in Christ Jesus, and It’s available to all of us. But, It is only reachable if we leave our judgements behind so that we can resonate with Its High Vibration of Love.

If we’ve been looking for sign that now is the perfect time for the second coming of Christ on Earth through us, on December 21st, coinciding with the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn, the largest planets in our solar system, will be perfectly aligned for the first time in 800 years. The alignment will be so precise that the two planets will appear as One Bright Star. This rare, extraordinarily vibrant planetary conjunction will be so bright it will be visible to most of world. Its occurrence has been called “The Christmas Star” for over 2,000 years. Astrologically speaking, Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, healing, prosperity, good fortune, and miracles. That surely sounds like the beautiful collective desire for change the world has been calling for, doesn’t it? Saturn is associated with the higher Chakras, specifically the 6th Chakra, guiding us to one of the highest levels on our path of spiritual evolution.

This is Wow Time! Something extraordinary is occurring within the collective Energy we share. Are we ready to align with our inner being so precisely that our inner and outer expression appear as One Bright Light? Are we ready to give the Christ within us birth on Earth through our hearts and minds so that growth, expansion, healing, prosperity, good fortune, and miracles can come through us? It’s why we are here, to realize the shining divinity within us and shine It on all the world. We’re here for one another, to show each other what we’re made of, and to demonstrate what we’ve got going on within us.

Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist, wrote, “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of Infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” We are all children of the Cosmos, Rulers of the skies. When we realize the Cosmic Beings we are, we’ll look at each other with stars in our eyes, and we’ll see the amazing miracle God has created as us…and we’ll be “so proud” of Him! We’ll know that God the Father and His perfect Son are performing as One through us, and in that knowing we will be giving God all the glory we’ve been given by God to give.

 

Rise and Shine

As we know December is the month that Christian’s around the world honor and celebrate the birth of Christ on Earth through Jesus of Nazareth that occurred more than 2,000 years ago. Jesus is the clearest and brightest example for many of us know of One who expressed the Power of Christ on Earth. A Course in Miracles tells us, “For Christ takes many forms with different names until their oneness can be recognized. But Jesus is for you the bearer of Christ’s single message of the Love of God.”

And what a clear messenger Jesus was as he walked the Earth. Jesus was all about Love. We read in The Bible that Jesus taught, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” He told his disciples, “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Jesus resonated so completely with the high vibration of God’s Love for Creation that he loved the world and everyone in it, as God loves the world and everyone in it—fully and unconditionally. Despite Shakespeare’s poetic words, “Love is blind,” the Love of God is all-seeing and all-knowing because that Love is all there Is, all that is real to see, all that is true to know. Jesus wasn’t blinded by the Light of Christ. He was enlightened by It. It filled his mind so completely he knew the unreality of anything that appeared to be less than the holy expression of God’s Creation.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “Jesus was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. He remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true.” Jesus could see everything in his day that we can see today, the same vivid contrast between sickness and health, conflict and peace, anger and kindness, and sorrow and joy. People walked around in those days dripping with all manner of disease. There were no hospitals to put them in and no masks for them to wear! But Jesus wasn’t afraid to be around them. Not because he felt better than everyone else, or because he saw himself as the Divine exception on Earth, but because the Christ in him could see Christ in them. A Course in Miracles tells us, “He made a clear distinction, still obscure to you, between the false and true.” Jesus remembered that God is all there is in Truth, and that Love was the only message worth giving. His memory of the Love of God healed those around him. That same memory lives within us, but it is easy to forget when we judge by appearances. The same awareness of God’s Love as the Only Reality that saved Jesus from the world of illusion, will save us and cause us to be able to make a clear distinction between the false and true.

The Science of Mind states, “Christ means the Universal Idea of Sonship, of which each is a Member. Each partakes of the Christ Nature to the degree that the Christ is revealed through him, and to that degree he becomes the Christ.” As we focus on the Power of Christ, we are not only recognizing the birth of Christ on Earth through Jesus, but the birth of Christ on Earth that is possible through each of us. But we have to be willing to accept our brotherhood with Jesus, rather than seeing him as the only Son of God with no family resemblance to us at all! In order for the Power of Christ to cause miracles in us and around us, we must accept that God’s love includes us; that we are so loved by God that He placed His Son within us, as our identity too.

To love the world and everyone in it is to give no power or reality to the judgments of separation that may arise within our mind about our self and others. We don’t have to feel warm and fuzzy about everyone. As the poet Rumi wrote, “Love is not an emotion, it is your very existence.” To exist in Love is to live without judgment. It is to see the false without accepting it as true. When we love not, we judge. When we judge not, we love. The Light of Christ so filled the mind of Jesus that his mind held no dark spots anywhere caused by a belief in separation between God and God’s creation. He said, “I and the Father are One” and knew it was true because he felt the high vibration of God’s Love for him and all of Creation.

We must be willing to raise our vibration high enough to meet the Vibration of our Creator’s Love for us. We must be willing to focus on thoughts in our mind that cause us to “vibe as High” in our life as Jesus did when he walked the Earth. We read in the Book of John that Jesus said, “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” Jesus didn’t let the world get him down. He lifted everyone else up into the High Vibration of Love where they could experience themselves, if even for a healing moment, as he saw them. From his High Perception of Life, Jesus could see through the appearance of things to the Truth behind them. Are we going to forfeit the Power of Christ in us by allowing our self to stay earthbound? Are we going to continue to look around and see a world of sickness, conflict and chaos, a world we wouldn’t intentionally create, and scare our self with it? When our mind dwells on negative thoughts, we “vibe low” and attract into our awareness more pessimistic thoughts that become unloving words and unkind actions towards our self and others. In that lowered energetic state we don’t take care of our self and we don’t care about others. Through the Law of Attraction, our anxious, worried thoughts draw to us unwanted people, events, and conditions that keep us living on the dark side, mentally and emotionally, rather than experiencing the lightness of our true being.

We can’t rise in our mind, and shine the Light of Christ into the world, if we’re grounded. It’s like trying to shine a flashlight with dead batteries. If we want to rise so we can shine, we must let the Christ within us draw us up into the High Vibration of Love so we are able to see disease, hate, conflict, and any form fear takes in the world, without accepting it as true, without letting it grab our attention and fill out conversations. Otherwise, our negative focus will keep our vibration so low that the thoughts we entertain in our mind will continue to perpetuate our belief that we, and others, are separate from God’s Love and the Universe that Love created. No matter how tempting appearances may be, no matter how compellingly real the false seems to be at times, if we want to live in the Light of Christ, we must decide to stop pointing at the conditions, events and people in the world and trying to convince others to be afraid with us. We need to stop saying “See? This is reality, and if you deny it’s true, you’re looking at the world through rose colored glasses.” The Power of Christ isn’t activated by a Pollyanna rosy outlook that is based on denial. It takes strength to see the false without accepting it as true. It is the strength of our Intention to see beyond appearances that allows us to remember that only God and God’s Creation is real and true no matter what appears to be.

To exist in Love is to let Love flow unresisted from the Heart of God to our heart. When our heart is open, we let Love into the world. We have no desire to condemn our self or anyone else. Then Love becomes our message too. We begin to see the face of Christ in all our brothers because we are partaking of Christ’s Nature by rising to the occasion of Christ’s birth within us. The Hindi Guru, Amma, said, “Whether we are aware of it or not, the real purpose of life is to realize the divinity within.” When we realize we are One with the Divine, related by Holy Blood to Christ Jesus, then no matter what appears to be we know Love is the only reality. Only within the high vibration of that realization are we able to let Christ Light shine on all we see.

If we’d let that Mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus, we would transform this world, that currently appears to be so sick and tired, into the Joyous experience of Life it is created to be. The message of Love Jesus allowed to radiate through him and into the world was so powerful as It arrived with his birth and extended through his life, that Its Energy caused a Holy Vibration on Earth that can be felt even today. A prayer in name of Christ Jesus can cause miracles still. Christ’s single message of the Love of God is the same today as it was 2,000 years ago. Our world is calling for that Love right now. It is calling for a love unrestricted by judgment, a love that is Unconditional, the message that only Christ through us can bring. Jesus did his part, now it’s our turn. Man-made laws and brute force can’t bring us together or hold us together. Only Love can truly heal the world. Only Love can unite us in the brotherhood we’re created to share.

The good news is when it comes to Love, our Universe is full of It and so are we! If we want be One willing to answer the world’s call for Love, we must answer that call first within our self. We must be willing to let the Christ within us draw us high into the same High Vibration of Love that drew Jesus to Christ. Are we ready to let go of our fascination with the false so that we can rise high about appearances and allow the Vibration of God’s Love for Creation Light up our mind? We read in A Course in Miracles, “Choose once again if you would take your place among the saviors of the world or would remain in hell, and hold your brothers there.” We’ve collectively created a hell of a world, but Love can turn it around. There is no other creative Power in all the Universe but Love. And, even if we’ve used It to make a mess, we can use It to clean up the mess as well.

Since we’re destined to become a Christ sooner or later, with a world looking for love in all the wrong places, sooner would seem better than later. There is no time like the Christmas Present. There is a Light so bright within us that, like the Star in the East so long ago, that is just about to make another appearance this month on Dec 21st, that Light will guide us to the Presence of Christ in us. In this very moment the Christ in us is speaking to us of God’s Love for us and all Creation. Let us Vibe High enough to hear that Holy Voice. Let us rise to greet the Divine Presence in our soul so we can shine It on the world. Ernest Holmes beautifully wrote, “Be still, O Soul, and know. Look unto the One and be illumined. Rejoice and be glad for your Spirit lights the way. Lift up your eyes and behold Him for He is fair to look upon. Listen for His voice for He will tell you of marvelous things. Receive Him for in His presence there is peace. Embrace Him for He is your Lover. Let Him tarry with you that you may not be lonely. Take council from Him for He is wise. Learn from Him for He knows. Be still in His presence and rejoice in His Love forevermore.”

The Christ in Me

Our December focus on The Power of Christ is not only in honor of the birth of Christ on Earth through Jesus over 2,000 yrs ago, but in recognition of that same birth that is possible through each of us today. In A Course in Miracles we read, “In his complete identification with the Christ, the perfect Son of God, Jesus became what all of you must be.” If we’ve been waiting for the Second Coming of Christ, we might want to look in the mirror and welcome the Christ in us to move into view, so we can glimpse that Holy Light in our mind and let It shine through all we do in this world.

In order for It to shine through us, the Light of Christ must shine freely, as It did through Jesus, on everyone unrestricted by judgment, discrimination and conditions placed upon It. The Nature of the Light of Christ is like the nature of the central star in our solar system, the sun. The sun’s mighty rays go out in all directions and illuminate everything they shine upon. It’s powerful solar energy sustains the life of every living thing on Earth, yet there is nothing anyone has done, or needs to do, to “earn” that light. It simply shines for all. And, that’s just a visible light of the Universe! The Shimmering Light of Christ fills the Universe in every realm of existence. It is the Invisible Divine Energy of Love, the Vibration of God’s Love for Creation. It sustains the life of all that live within the Universe, yet there is nothing anyone has done, or could do, to “earn” that Love. It simply shines for all.

The Universe, both visible and invisible, is the Offspring of God, His One Creation, His Perfect Son. The Vibration of God’s Love lives within all that exists whether Its Presence is recognized and felt or not. But it is our recognition of Its Presence, and our openness to Its Vibration, that causes us to feel It and activate Its Power in us. If we’re not aware of the Christ in us, we can’t be aware of It in anything or anyone else. We can’t say, “Namaste,” the Christ in me sees the Christ in you, with any truthfulness at all. If we want to experience the Truth of what we say, and to truly know the power of our Namaste, the Book of Philippians tells us, “Let that mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.”

We might want to ask our self: “Do I believe it’s possible to let that Mind be in me that was in Christ Jesus, or do I believe he was the exception in all of creation? Am I willing to try that holy halo on for size in my mind, or am I already sure it doesn’t fit? Do I believe I’m born to give Christ a second birth on Earth, or does the idea seem outrageous, disrespectful, or even sacrilegious?” We read in The Way of the Heart, “This is the only reality that you genuinely possess. Therefore, indeed, I call you friend. For well do I see that you are as I am.” Unless we discover that Holy Presence in our mind, Its Presence on Earth anywhere else will be impossible for us to find. If we want to see Christ appear in this world, we must let it appear first in us.

In The Way of the Heart we read, “You were birthed for greatness. You were birthed to shine forth such light into this world that the world remembers that light is true and darkness is illusion.” Unless we realize who we are, we’ll never know how powerful we’re created to be. Jesus accepted his sonship with God, and his oneness with all Life, so completely that the shadowy forms and bodies of illness and insanity that appeared real in his day disappeared in his presence. The world hasn’t gotten less shadowy, less infected, or less crazy in the last 2,000 years! If you don’t become the Christ in you, who will? No one on Earth but you will do because no one else can manifest the Christ in you for you but you! The world needs the Christ as much now as it did 2,000 years ago. The Book of Romans tells us, “For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.”

The Christ Light in us right now, whether we let It shine or not, is the same Radiant Light of Christ that shined so brightly through Jesus that as he walked the Earth, miracles occurred wherever he was. We may wonder then, if the same Radiant Light that was in Jesus way back then is within us now, why more miracles don’t occur wherever we are. It could be that we just don’t see things the way Jesus saw them because we’re looking on the surface of things and not where Jesus was looking. We’re not looking with the same Light of Awareness and the same clarity of Mind from which Jesus viewed himself and the world around him. Jesus, the clearest, brightest expression of Christ on Earth that most of us are aware of, knew the difference between Truth and illusion, between darkness and Light.That is why he said “Judge not according to appearances.”

There was so much more to see then, and there is so much more to see now than can be seen with our physical eyes or perceived with any of our physical senses alone. Richard Bach wrote in the Messiah’s Handbook, “Remember that this world is not reality. It’s a playground of appearances on which you practice overcoming seems-to-be with your knowing of what is.” We so often stare at one another as if what seems-to-be is all there is to see, the only reality. On the surface of things we all certainly appear to be just a piece of flesh, bones and blood. It’s that appearance, and our belief that is all there is to us, that causes whatever fears we have. Such a belief causes us feel powerless in a world that currently seems to be out to get us one way or another!

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “First realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself, and then stop finding fault with the reflection.” The Holy Energy of God’s Love is unconditional. It is a Love that shines on all alike, no matter who, no matter what. That Love lives in all of creation. If we want to see God’s beautiful Creation around us, we must learn to love the world, and to stop finding fault with it or fighting against anyone in it. To fight against anything is to judge according to appearances, and to judge that appearance as all there is to see. To fight against is to forget that Light is true and darkness is illusion. And, in that forgetting, we lose sight of the Christ in us and around us.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “No one who loves can judge. For what is there to judge when there is no desire to condemn.” When there is no desire in us to condemn our self, or anyone else, we’re letting that Mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. When we no longer judge our self as separate from our Spirit because we feel our oneness with God, we’re letting that Mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. Anytime we choose not to judge, God’s Love naturally flows into our mind as a shimmering awareness of Truth and lights up our life. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “You need to realize that you are scintillating light. You are not just a piece of flesh, bones and blood. You are light. When you understand this, then you will be free from whatever emotional turbulences you have. Serenity dawns in you and you get a better understanding of yourself.”

The Light of Christ within us causes us to be a living Being, even now, even as we are. It lives in us even while we seem to be in these opaque bodies living in a world of both shadow and light where darkness seems so real in us and others. As we begin to live as One that God loves so much He placed His Son within us as us, we begin to understand the Power of the Christ that lives in us, no matter how we appear to be. It is only as we accept the scintillating Light of Christ within us that serenity dawns in us and we get a better understanding of who we are and what the world is for.

Gandhi said, “As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, Truth shines clear.” Jesus removed the cobwebs of ignorance in his mind. Are we willing to do the same? (Cobwebs of ignorance don’t clear themselves!) In his physical incarnation, Jesus was as much flesh, bones and blood as we are. It was his complete identification with the Christ, the perfect Son of God, that illumined his mind and all that he saw. Even though we don’t act like it, in Truth we are no less the Son of God as we are having this human experience than Jesus was as he was having this human experience. We must identify our self as the Christ if we want to see the Christ.

We won’t be any more spiritual tomorrow than we are today. We won’t be more spiritual when we die, but we might stop resisting the Christ in us when we do. We are powerful multi-dimensional spiritual beings now, and if we’d stop resisting, we’d feel our Power. In The Way of the Heart we read, “Be you, therefore, that which you are—you are the light of the world.” Unless we are willing to identify with the Christ, the perfect Son of God, and be the light of the world now, the Power of Christ will be lost to us for now. We were birthed to shine forth such light into world that the world remembers that light is true and darkness is illusion. But we must remember it first. We must remember who we are before we can remind the world of what it is.