Ready or Not

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We are immersed in a miraculous Flow of Life. We are swimming in a Universal Creative Energy in which we are One. There is only One Life that is everywhere. It lives in us as us and we live in It as It. Alan Watts wrote, “We do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean ‘waves,’ the universe ‘peoples.’ Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.”

The Universe in which we live, the Universe that lives in us, is always ready to move through us in amazing ways, whether we’re ready or not. But if we want to intentionally participate in creating the life we want live, and the world we want to live it in, our readiness is essential. We’ve got to be ready to take charge of our life by giving our attention only to those things we want to see grow in our life and in the world. When we choose a specific focus, and we tend to it and care for it, that is where mastery comes from. We’ve got to be ready to become the Master Gardener of our mind by mentally letting go of what we don’t want grow, and by deciding to choose our thoughts as carefully as we would seeds for the garden. Why? Because our thoughts are creative in every moment. Right now through them we’re creating our life, whether we’re ready to or not!

In his book, Discovering a Richer Life, Ernest Holmes referred to the inner impulse to expand our expression of life, and to grow in spiritual Awareness, Grace and Beauty, as the Divine Urge that permeates every living thing. Are you ready to expand and grow, or does the idea of being more of YOU seem beyond you, and even frightening to you? We get used to what we get use to. We make a habit of thinking of our self in a certain way, and living our life in a certain way, that seems to harden around the edges. Dennis Merritt Jones wrote in The Art Uncertainty that the Divine Urge is a voice that perpetually whispers in our inner ear “Grow Grow Grow,” but there seems to be another voice that often speaks much louder, the voice of fear, that shouts “No no no! Stay right where you are because, while you may not like it, at least you know the rules and boundaries.”

It may seem safe for us to stay put, and to continue to believe what we’ve always believed, without considering how those beliefs are limiting our experiences of life. But, we miss discovering more of the miracle of who we truly are. It’s important for us to stop reacting to what we see in the world, and start choosing how we want to respond in a Universe that is always responding to us. The Law of Attraction that governs the Universe, and therefore governs our life, gives us more and more of whatever we focus on whether we like it or not because life can only appear to us where we are, through the eyes we’re looking with.

As an individual expression of the whole realm of nature, we’re predisposed to experience miracles in every moment. That’s why it is essential for us to remind our self each day, and perhaps many times throughout the day, that we are surrounded by a Holy Miracle Maker that is ready to create miracles for us, and will, whether we’re ready to receive them or not. If we want to catch a glimpse of the miraculous in our own life, and the world around us, we must be looking for the miraculous. In the song, “I’m Ready for a Miracle,” the lyrics include the phrase, “My mind is open ready to receive It, my heart is open, open all the way.” Is your mind open and clear of blockades of judgment, so that unloving thoughts don’t block your view of the miracles you’ve asked for through the vibration of your desires? Is your heart open to receive what you want because you know you are so worthy that the Universe always says “yes” to you?

In A Course in Miracles we read, “Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.” The only thing that can cause the appearance of something “going wrong” in a Universe that is creating miracles every moment is our unreadiness to receive them. Such unreadiness prevents us from seeing them even though they’ve been given. We must be ready for a miracle to appear to us before it can appear to us. If we’ve allowed doubt to enter our mind that Life is Good no matter what appears to be going on sometimes, if we’ve closed our heart to love because we believe that some people, including our self, don’t deserve love, we’re not ready for a miracle.

If we are going to be enriched by this Earth life we’ve chosen to live, we need to be ready for life to enrich us rather than expecting life to deplete us. Miracles are everywhere for us to joyously observe and experience, but rather than looking for them in our every day life, often we’re so fixated on what we see that we don’t like, or on what’s not there that we want to be there in our life and the world, we miss the miraculous and settle for the mundane. If a miracle isn’t coming through for us its not because it’s stuck somewhere in the flow of Life, or because it’s being withheld by a Universal reluctance to bring to us what we desire, and it’s surely not because our prayer is being ignored by a God that is preoccupied answering everyone else’s prayers but our own. It is our unreadiness for the miracle we’ve asked for.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “There is no shortage. There is no lack. There is no competition for resources. There is only the allowing or the disallowing of that which you are asking for.” We’ve already received a resounding, earthshaking, vibrational “YES” to our every request from Existence Itself! We are an individual walking miracle, vibrationally surrounded by the miracles we’ve asked for. What we want in form is already there as the non-physical answer to our prayer, but it can’t come into physical form before our eyes unless we’re ready to see it. The pathway into physical form is through us, through our conscious awareness of the Invisible Miraculous Presence that is right where we are.

We read in The Science of Mind, “There is already something which is transcendent and triumphant, not only eternal in the duration of time, but omnipresent in the time in which we live.” The transcendent and triumphant Spirit of Life is always present in the time in which we live because we are One with that Presence. We are the Holy Representative of that Presence. Life supports us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually all at the same time, in this time in which we live, when we let It. If we’re not quite miracle-minded yet, we can at least be ready to be ready for the miracles that are natural to us. We get ready to be ready by wanting to feel spiritually good more than wanting to be right about any situation the world. We get ready to be ready by deciding to be happy even before we have a worldly reason. In this way we are answering the Divine Urge within us to “Grow Grow Grow.” If we’re ready to be ready, nothing can stop us from growing a miraculous life.

When we’re ready to be ready to be nonjudgmental and unafraid, any positive thought we focus on will open us to the miracles that are natural to us. It’s our readiness that allows the vibration of positivity to come alive in us through a positive thought. In A Course in Miracles we read, “Everything has been given you by God’s decision. This is His Will and you cannot undo it.” There is nothing that is withheld from us. There is only the allowing or the disallowing by us of that which is already there for us. When our mind is open to receive it, when our heart is open, open all the way, we’re ready for the miracle that is always ready for us!

Born of Love

Rev. Kim Yalda

REV. KIM YALDA is the Minister of Education at The Life Enrichment Center. She is an experienced teacher and energy worker. She holds Masters degrees in School Administration and in Educational Technology. She attended Emerson Theological Institute, where she earned a Doctorate of Spiritual Studies, her Practitioner License, Interfaith Ministerial license and Religious Science Ministerial license. She has earned credentials as a Holistic Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Ayurveda Practitioner, and Pre-Cognition/Re-Education Facilitator.

Being a life-long student of metaphysics, Rev. Kim is committed to her own spiritual journey through New Thought and ancient Eastern teachings, Ayurvedic Wisdom and Seva practices (being of service to others). Her heart-filled approach and supportive nature brings unconditional love and clear understanding to those she serves while on their own journey of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being. We are blessed that she has joined our LEC Ministerial Staff.

You may contact Rev. Kim for more information about her holistic services or classes at AromaSpirit@comcast.net or via Kim Yalda – Healing Arts on FaceBook.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

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The word, “mayday” has nothing to do with the month of May. It comes from the French expression “m’aider” which means “help me.” Mayday is recognized as a distress call used to signal a life-threatening emergency, usually on a ship or plane, but in other situations, too. It is said three times in row, “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!,” so that it’s not mistaken for another similar-sounding word or phrase. A distress call has absolute priority over all other transmissions.

A distress call from us is never mistaken by the Universe as anything but a distress call, even if we only say it once, because it is not received in words, it’s received vibrationally from us. And, even though it doesn’t have priority over the other vibrational transmissions we offer, when we ask for help within us, the Universe always responds with the help we need. Whether it is healing of the body, the resolution of a challenging situation, or an increase in our financial flow, the answer from the Universe is always “I’m here! You’ve got it!”

In the Book of Psalms we read, “I WILL lift up mine eyes to the mountain from whence comes my help.” Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, if we were to click the heals of our metaphysical ruby slippers, but rather than calling out “Mayday ” three times, we closed our eyes and said, “Home! Home! Home!,” we would be uplifted to the High Holy Place within us we’ve never left, that Mountain Top of Peace where our Inner Being sits and where our every need is met.

Our life manifests according to what we believe we’ll receive. How strong is our faith and trust that the Universe has our back? Do we truly believe that when we ask for help from God we’ll receive that help? Do we believe our Spirit, our Inner Being, knows what we want and is always there to give us a hand by getting it for us? If we believed we would receive all we need in the moment we need it, we’d be able to stay calm and peaceful in the midst of chaos in our individual life or the world around us.

Michael Beckwith reminds us that “even in the midst of chaos, there is always a higher order seeking to emerge.” But, we can only experience the emergence of that higher order by first allowing peace to emerge in our mind. When we’re peaceful, calm, and quiet in our mind, we can more easily feel our intuition and hear Inner Guidance. Abraham-Hicks tells us that when we listen for It, our Inner Being will guide us “step by step, segment by segment, moment by moment.”

However, we must first tap into the High Vibrational Energy of the Universe with this important key: The key is letting our self feel the unresisted peace that allows us to be Divinely Guided, and choosing to feel good (however we can) before the good we want appears in form, so we resonate with the good that is already present and ready to emerge as a higher order in our life.

Choosing peace in our mind and choosing to feel good is often a choice we have to make over and over again in a stressful situation until It stays with us, or rather until we stay with It. Even though peace of mind and feeling good are spiritual options for us always, no matter what’s happening, often we opt out. We freak out instead when something happens, or is threatening to happen, that we don’t want.

We might want to check in with our self to see how much of what happens in our life feels to us like a life-threatening emergency, or if not life-threatening, distressful nonetheless. How often do we send out a Mayday signal to the Universe, but stay so stressed out that our Divine Rescuer can’t get through because there’s too much turbulence within us?

“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday” can become a mantra, and when we live on our last nerve, the next thing (no matter how small) can put us over the edge. We might snap at people, breakdown in tears, make irrational decisions, or stay stuck like a deer in the headlights. It’s easy to be stressed in this world. There appears to be so many threats to our well being, health, safety, finances, and those we love. And, there seems to be so many important things we need to get done with so little time to do them, that it’s hard to know what to stress about first. So, we just stress out in general.

When we’re in a constant state of anxiety in our life, when we’re continually anxious about our well-being and the well-being of those we love, and when we’re stressed out about the world we live in, our distress signals can become so familiar to us we lose our awareness that peace of mind is even an option for us. Though a higher order is always available to us, we become unavailable it.

Maybe we’d like to believe otherwise, but if we’re still believing that while we’re living this human experience we’re separate from God, separate from the Source of Life that takes care of all life, including our own, then why wouldn’t we freak out? Why wouldn’t we believe that it’s up to us, alone, to make things happen for us and the world around us, using our limited human time, energy, resources, and abilities.

One of the personal affirmations of Paramahansa Yogananda was this: “God is the shepherd of my restless thoughts. He will lead them to his abode of peace.” It can be one of ours too. But in order be led to peace, we must be willing let go of our attachment to all of life’s dramas, no matter how many appear to be going on at once or how personal they seem. It’s up to us to provide a peaceful environment within us that allows a higher order, a more orderly order, a solution-filled order to emerge in us so that it can move through us and into world around us.

Ramana Maharshi said, “If anyone masters the Peace of Being, it will spread effortlessly on the part of the individual. When the person himself is not at peace, how can he spread peace in the world?” Sometimes the craziness of our life makes us feel alive. The hustle and bustle of “getting ‘er done” makes us feel purposeful. We postpone peace in our mind and calm in our emotions because we’re busy, and we don’t believe peacefulness and calmness are the energies that get things done. But peace and calm are not motionless. They flow within the Energy of Life that is ever-moving, and ever creating within and through all that lives.

Peace and calm is the Presence of Spirit in us, our connectedness with the Life Force that would move our life forward in peace, joy, health, and happiness if we valued It enough to stop resisting It. It is we who must become peaceful and calm in our mind so the Holy Active Movement of Spirit can flow unresisted within us. Nisargadatta Maharaj wrote, “Stillness and silence are not inactive. A flower fills the space with perfume, a candle with light. They do nothing but they change everything in their mere presence.”

When we’re freaking out, when our emotions are on overload and our thoughts are tangled up in confusion, our presence wherever we are makes things worse. The more we try to control something, the more it controls us. The more we try to figure things out in our already over-stimulated head, the more confused we get. An outcome we don’t want is inevitable because the unreleased stress we feel continues to send a vibrational distress signal to the Universe, over and over again, and keeps our mind filled with the noise of it, so that we’re not aware of the help that is available to us. We go right on experiencing more confusion in our mind and more stressful events in our life.

Control is based on fear. When we let go of fear, which is to say, when we let go of our belief we must make things happen on our own by fighting with or against whatever it is, the Life Force within us will naturally flow to us, and through us, with powerful, effortless ease. We can teach our self to peacefully trust that no matter how bad things may look, and even though we don’t know how something can be resolved in a positive way, the answer is there, anyway. Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.” Because we are one with the All-Knowing that is God, our needs are met even before we know what most of them are.

If we get our little-mindedness out of the way, the natural Power within us will “get ‘er done” every time, and in every way. Robert Adams wrote, “As you get yourself out of the way, the same power that appears to grow the grass, that causes the flowers to bloom, that grows oranges on orange trees, will take care of you. You have nothing to fear.” When we are willing to let go of fearful human reactions and respond as the spiritual being we are, we become filled with peaceful trust that the Source of all Life is caring for our life. Our Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! distress calls dissolve into a spiritual communion of appreciation with the Love that is loving us. And, our mantra becomes Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for all You do through me!

It Takes One to Know One

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It is important for the enrichment of our life experiences for us to stop and, metaphorically, smell the roses that bloom everyday, in some way, within us and around us. Whatever the season may be, it can feel like springtime within us if we decide to be present in the moments of our life. If we are, our Earth life won’t fly by in a blur without blossoming thru the enrichment of our appreciative attention, and without our having a conscious say so as to how we want to live each moment.

The lyrics to “It’s a New Day” by Eddie Watkins, Jr., tell us that “Everyday we’re born again to create this world we live in.” Every day offers us the miracle of creating our life anew in ways that bring more love, more joy, more peace, and more well-being to us and the world around us. The beautiful renewal of creation never goes away no matter what the season. It happens everyday in obvious and subtle ways. All we need are eyes that desire to see the beauty and ears that desire to hear the joyful sounds of life creating anew. Alan Watts wrote, “Through our eyes the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory and magnificence.”

Springtime is such a wonderful time to serve as a reminder to us of how magnificent a new perspective of life can be. With its rebirth and new birth popping out all over, it’s hard to miss the reminder that change and renewal are part of the Nature of Life, including the nature of our life. Are we ready to allow an energetic renewal and revival of our spirit that is being propelled by the Energy of Spring right now? Are we ready for a metamorphosis in our life and the world around us by allowing newness to come alive in us, and inviting it to come to live with us as the world we see? If we allow it to be, this can be a time of awakening for us, a time of spiritual restoration of our natural harmonious relationship with the world we live in, and a time for a new way of expressing ourself in it.

Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “You are not too old and it is not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secrets.” We might want to ask ourself: “Am I feeling a surge of aliveness that is urging me to dive deeper within me so I can rise higher in my spirit? Am I willing to live at new level of self-expression, at a new altitude of spiritual awareness ,and with a new attitude toward myself and life?” In other words, are you ready to fly at this point in your life so the world can see the beauty of your true colors as you rise higher in your spirit? Or do you have aerophobia, the fear of flying, and find the whole idea of living at a higher, more spiritual mental vibration too scary? There’s a story about two caterpillars crawling casually across the grass when they noticed a beautiful butterfly fluttering gently about just above them. They watched, eyes-wide, for a long moment, and then finally one turned to the other and whispered, “You couldn’t get me up in one of those things for a million bucks!”

Is that how we feel about our next level of spiritual awareness? Is it how we feel about a new uplifted point of view? Are we afraid if we become more of our Self, and live it out loud, we’ll be too much for others? Are we worried if we evolve and grow spiritually we’ll change too much and outgrow those around us that want us to stay same? Buckminster Fuller wrote, “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” Yet there is something in caterpillar that lets it know when it’s time to become a butterfly. And, when that time comes, it doesn’t resist its evolutionary timing. It goes within and allows change, and the gift of that change is being able to live life with a whole new view. It takes faith to follow the innate impulse within us to change and grow. It takes trust to express, rather than suppress, the urge to be more. But we can only achieve a new view of life by following what feels right within us, and by being true to what we honestly want in life. Osho said, “Trust doesn’t mean that everything is going to be alright. Trust means that everything is already right.” Even if we don’t believe we’re too old or that it’s too late for us to do something new, are we concerned others will? Are we letting the worry and concerns of those around us deter us from moving forward, onward and upward? We often want to ignore the urge to evolve, or we stuff it inside until we’re sure it’s alright with everyone else; until the coast is clear. But if the urge is there now, and we can feel it now, then the coast is clear now for us to follow it.

Many of us may recognize the phrase “It takes one to know one” from our childhood. Back then it likely had a negative meaning to us. It may have been something we said to someone when they called us names, or something they said to us when we called them names. And, though back then it was said in childish defense, no truer words were ever spoken. Nisargadatta Maharaj wrote, “Whatever happens, happens to you, for you, and through you. You are the creator, enjoyer, and destroyer of all that you perceive.” What we see around us as our individual life is a mirror reflecting back to us our thoughts about it. We perceive what we believe. We could say that the images that seem outside of us are shaped first in our mind, according to our script and creative direction, and then projected outward like a movie on a screen.

Have you ever found yourself planning a conversation with someone, and thinking about what you’re going to say to them, then thinking about what they’re going say back to you,  and then thinking about how you’re going to react to that? And, all the while getting more and more anxious and stressed, or even angry, in the process even though nothing “out there” had happened yet? We naturally relate to, and react to, what we perceive around us because it’s happening within us as well. Our thoughts are making plans for the future events we’ll experience. We get what we think about. When think about others, and talk about others and the world around us in positive or negative ways, we reveal our own perceptions of life. It’s the way we see it, and it will always be the way we see it until we see it differently. And, that’s okay. In fact, it is more than “okay.” It’s the miracle of creating our life experiences that allows us to create anew.

When we feel love for someone, it’s obvious to us that the love we feel comes from within us. We don’t have any problem owning it. We’re the lover in love. It’s origin begins in us. But, so often we have a problem owning our negative feelings, and accepting we are the blamer in blame, and that its origin begins in us. In fact, we’re pretty convinced that any negativity we feel has to do with someone or something outside of us.

What confuses us about Love is that we believe the object of our love must stay same, must be a certain way, for our love to continue. We don’t realize we are free to love no matter what; that Love is a choice we can make that doesn’t depend on anything but our choosing It. In the same way, what confuses us about blaming others is we believe the object of our judgment needs to change, to be a different way, for our blaming to stop. We don’t realize we’re free to stop judging no matter what because judging is choice we make that doesn’t depend on anything but our choosing it.

When we don’t like what we see, and it causes us feel fearful, angry, resentful, or filled with blame, what we feel is based on the thoughts in our mind that cause the emotion. There’s only one place we can change how we feel and that is at its point of origin, which is always in our mind. The Way of the Heart tells us that we select what is going to make an imprint upon us; that it’s like dropping a solitary pebble into a pool of clear still water. Waves radiate from that pebble, and this is what is occurring constantly in the field of our wave of awareness.

In The Way of the Heart we read, “As you have attracted to yourselves certain persons, places, things, objects, and above all thoughts, beliefs and perceptions, you have dropped them like little pebbles into the still clear pool of your vast and eternal awareness. What you experience are the effects or ripples of those pebbles. They literally join with the other ripples you have created, and as these ripples move out and touch one another and come back to you, this is the field of creation that makes up your physical three-dimensional reality.” It may be hard to believe, and that’s why most people don’t, that we’re never experiencing anything except our own thoughts. It’s been said that we never experience another person as they are, or the world as it is. We experience others and the world as we are. We experience what we have chosen to create through thoughts, that like pebbles, we’ve dropped into the field of our awareness. Every wave, every ripple, is our own creation

What we experience outside of us is a projection. It isn’t solid or unchangeable—not our body, our relationships, our finances, or whatever is in three-dimensional form. Since it’s the effect of a thought or belief or perception we hold, we can change that thought or belief or perception. We change the world, not by complaining about it, but by changing our mind about it. The Way of the Heart tells us, “The Mind of Christ dwells within you in its fullness now. Therefore, as I have said unto you many times, never fail to remember that it takes one to know one. For it is your consciousness, alone, that can reach out and embrace all created things until you literally realize that all things have arisen from within you!”

 

 

Rise Up in Me

There is such a high holy vibration and elevated energy around this time of year that has been occurring since pre-historic times when people celebrated the equinoxes and the solstices as sacred times. In fact, Easter began as a pagan festival named after the goddess of spring, Ostera or Eostre. It was a celebration of spring in the Northern Hemisphere long before the advent of Christianity. Even today Easter is a celebration of spring and new life with its colorful eggs, bright baby chicks, fuzzy bunnies, and lilies and tulips symbolizing female fertility. And, then there is Passover, which celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, that adds even more holy energy. And, of course, in the Christian religion, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ Jesus that occurred over 2,000 years ago.

Sometimes as we observe certain religious traditions, whether they are normally a part of our own or not, such observations can offer us a deeper look at our self as a spiritual Being living in a spiritual Universe, and give us a greater awareness of our inseparable oneness with the One Creator of all Life that is beyond any interpretation. Easter, as the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, is powerful and, if we let it, it can go far beyond the historical event. It can have a profound and lasting effect upon us as we rise in spiritual awareness of the Christ in us.

We read in The Science of Mind, “To think of Jesus as being different from others is to misunderstand his mission and purpose in life. He was the way and proved it.” We may wonder how the resurrection of Christ Jesus can be “the way” or even a way for all of us to rise in consciousness and identify with Christ. The story of the Earth life of Jesus may have concluded with the crucifixion, but when Jesus became the resurrected Christ, and before he ascended walked this Earth as the arisen Christ, he gave the gift of Christ on Earth to every living being from that moment on. That gift is ours on Easter Day and every day.

There is a unique crucifix that hangs above every door inside every room at Ascension Genesys hospital. What has always struck me about that particular crucifix is the pewter image of Jesus and where it is positioned on the wooden cross. The hands don’t appear to be nailed to the cross itself, the way they appear to be on other crucifixes. Instead they are raised above it on each side (absolutely free of attachment) as if to say “Nails? What nails? I’m not a man nailed to a cross. I am the resurrected Christ.” The Way of Transformation tells us that the nails represent that which would hold us stuck in the horizontal dimension of the body and time, which would nail our feet to the world. The world seeks to nail us down by insisting that we think with it and react to it. Yet, like that of Jesus, the crown of our head is forever open heavenward.

We are free to receive the Love of God, no matter what is happening in our life, by choosing only loving thoughts, and by looking gently, as Jesus did, upon everyone and every event and seeing only perfect innocence. We read in A Course of Love these words attributed to Jesus, “The nature of life changed with the resurrection. You who have come after me are not as I was but as I am. I am the resurrection and the life. So are you.” Because all Life is One Life, we share One Consciousness with the whole Universe, no matter what we choose to be conscious of. We could say that the Light of the resurrected Christ so brightened the path Home to our Creator that it permanently lit the way for all of us to more easily find our way to our true Self. When we look within for Divine Illumination we can see the shining path of Light left by the resurrection.

We read in The Science of Mind, “Jesus saw the road back to God and he followed it. He saw a clear distinction between the false and true, and offered all of us a final demonstration that it is impossible to kill God’s Son.” When Jesus proved through his resurrection that death has no power over the Son of God, he proved it for us, too, because we are all Sons of God. He confirmed that there is no separation between the human and the Divine, even here on Earth, and even for us. We are as holy and free as we choose to be. We can rise as high as we choose to go. Through the same Power of Christ we can do the works that Jesus did. In the Book of John we read, “Timeless truth, I tell you: Whoever believes in me, those works which I have done he will also do, and even greater than these things he will do, because I am going to my Father,” and lighting the way for your resurrection and transformation.

The Way of Transformation tells us that because Easter has been made to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, it has only served to turn our attention from our own specialness, in the sense of our uniqueness, the specialness of our existence and our reality, and placed our attention on the specialness and the uniqueness of the existence of Jesus and his reality—as though Christ is something merely historical; as if Jesus is the only special one in the eyes of God. A Course of Love tells us, “You must see the link between resurrection and the birth of the god-man.”

As we feel love and gratitude for Jesus and the life he lived on Earth because he lived every word of his teachings, it’s important for us to remind our self that though he showed the way, he was not taking the journey for us because he could not take it for us. We’re told in The Way of Transformation that no one is going to save us. No one is going to rescue us. It is between us, individually, and our God. It’s a decision we must make to be determined to choose only what is real regardless of what our physical eyes seem to show us and what so many around us seem to believe.

What makes it seem so difficult is that we have accepted into our mind that the world we see is real—more real, more certain, more undeniable, and more essential than our Divinity—and that it holds a power to dictate to us whether we’ll feel joy or sadness, peace or disturbance, Love or judgment. But, we can choose, if we want to, to take the message of the resurrection of Christ Jesus that occurred in time, a long time ago, and assimilate it as a symbol of our own life today. The Way of Transformation tells us, “You can choose to awaken from the uselessness of separation, the uselessness of victimhood, and the uselessness of weakness, and you can choose to accept the empowerment of becoming responsible for this dimension of creation, the empowerment of deciding to walk the Earth as the arisen Christ.” If we’re willing to open our awareness to the high holy energy of Easter Day and let our Divinity rise up in us, we will recognize we have the power to celebrate and accept our resurrection as the living Christ by seeing beyond the boundaries of death, loss, fear, hurt, anger, and projection, and the thoughts upon which projection rests.

We read in The Way of Mastery, “Easter is for you and not for me. Therefore make no pilgrimage to me. Make a pilgrimage to the heart of your Self by looking upon all that you see this day and seeing its beauty and harmlessness, and by knowing that you are looking out through the eyes of the arisen Christ. You are that One who, with me, has overcome the world.” As the Powerful Energy of our Holy Divine Self rises up in us, we will rise in Consciousness above the world of duality. We will become aware of our Oneness with our Creator and all of Life, and we will walk as the arisen Christ, as a god-man on Earth.

Tragedy or Triumph?

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It has been said that “Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience. Spirituality does not come from religion. It comes from your soul.” Following rules made by others that don’t feel right to us, following advice from another that doesn’t feel good within us, is a choice we make not to use our own freewill. Not using our own free will is a choice only our own free will can make! Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are SO FREE, you can choose bondage! You are so free that you can choose not to feel free! THAT’s freedom.”

The Life Enrichment Center is not a religious organization. We are a spiritual community that practices “free” Love. We believe in Divine Predestination and human freewill for every living being. We attract a mix of spiritual individualists and seekers of Truth who are not looking for someone to tell them what to think, but how to master their own mind. We appeal to those who aren’t looking for rules but for direction, and that direction is always “look within.”

Yet, sometimes as we observe certain religious traditions, that observation can offer us a deeper experience of our self and life, and a greater awareness of our own Individual freedom and power that comes straight from our soul. For instance, Palm Sunday is an excellent time to look at the teachings of Jesus and how his life offers us a deeper experience of our self. We begin to comprehend his teachings not by studying a Christian religion or memorizing and repeating his words, but by discovering that the Christ in Jesus is the same Christ in us. Knowing Christ is in us, and experiencing Christ as us, enables us to see the Christ in all others. We read in The Way of the Heart, “That which knows, that which comprehends immediately, is the Mind of Christ. It recognizes itself in each and every one.”

In Christian tradition Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. It commemorates what Christians today call the triumphant entry of Jesus into the City of Jerusalem on a beautiful spring day, one week before his crucifixion. Palm branches in pre-Christian days were rewards given by the Romans to champions of games and to waved to celebrate military successes. When people laid palm branches along the path Jesus would take, they prepared the way for his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. When they waved palm branches as he past, it was meant to be a celebration of his upcoming victory. Some greeted Jesus as a powerful healer, the “Prince of Peace” sent from God. Some greeted him as the hero they believed would save them from the oppression of the Pharisees and restore their freedom. But, as we read in The Way of Transformation, the mantra of Jesus was: “It is truth I will live—not for another, but for myself. And my destiny can only be that which reflects God in this world.”

Bible scholars tell us Jesus entered Jerusalem from the east side of the city, riding a donkey and accompanied by his disciples and followers, mostly of them unsophisticated peasants and out-of-work fishermen. But the procession of Jesus wasn’t the only one entering Jerusalem that day. Through the western gate, traveling at the head of an imperial parade and a column of thousands of soldiers carrying armor, weapons, banners, and emblems, was Pontius Pilate, an imperial official and the governor of Judea, with a brutal reputation that was the very antithesis of a prince of peace.

Judging by appearances, things looked more tragic than triumphant for Jesus. The odds didn’t look very good if he was supposed to save the people from the oppression of the Pharisees and restore their freedom. In fact, we’re told there were some in his own procession, including a few of his disciples, who were afraid he was going to his death. And he was, but he was unafraid. Jesus had intentions of his own. He perceived himself differently than those around him did, and it was of no concern to him what others thought he should do.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at-one with God. Even though Jesus told his disciples he planned to triumph over death, even though he’d told them that the things he did they could do also, and even though he’d told them over-and-over again that “with God all things are possible,” because they could not comprehend how any man could triumph over death, some of them didn’t believe Jesus could. We read in The Science of Mind, “The life of Jesus is not a sad story. His life was a triumphant march from the cradle into Eternity, and not from the cradle to the grave.”

Life more than 2,000 years ago was the same as it is today, i.e., an experience based upon individual perception. What we believe, we perceive. What we believe about our self and our relationship to God, what we perceive about others, even Jesus, is all we can experience. A good question to ask our self is “Do I believe with God all things are possible for me and the world I see? Or do I believe Jesus was not the same as me, that he was more Divine and made of a holier substance than my own?” We read in The Way of Knowing, “I was a prototype for what is to come, an expression in time and space of what all of you are destined to be. Yet, that destiny is but the remembrance of what you have always been beyond the veil of illusions.”

Even though a long-held belief is not bringing us happiness or peace of mind, often it’s still difficult for us to let it go because as unhappy, empty, or conflicted as we may be, what we perceive about our self feels like us. It feels true because we’ve had years of living a personality of vulnerability, years of proving we can’t have what we want, and years of seeming evidence that God doesn’t answer our prayers. So we habitually prepare for disappointment so it won’t catch us by surprise.

As many of us know, the Boy Scout and Girl Scout motto is “Be prepared.” Scouts are taught to be prepared for emergencies that could happen at anytime in this chaotic world; to be mentally prepared beforehand for any accident or disaster that might occur. The adult motto is “Expect the best but be prepared for worst.” That may sound like sound advice because when we let fear triumph in our mind, it seems in our best interest to prepare for the worst. We hope to avoid tragedy by protecting our self, family, and possessions, and then we wait to see if we’ve prepared enough.

But when we’re preparing against the bad things that might happen in our life and in the world, we’re unprepared for the entry of Spiritual inspiration and Divine direction in our preparation. When it comes to healing our body, harmonizing our relationships, increasing our financial flow, or just enjoying our day, we live with a “wait and see attitude” as if there is something else, or someone else, in charge of our life experience and destiny. When all the while our destiny can only be that which reflects God in this world.

In The Way of Knowing we read, “Your Self is calling out to be recognized for what it is—an awakened master, the presence of Christ in you that would inform every step, inform every decision, inform the quality of your perception, and inform the very nature of your forever-expanding transparent consciousness.” What if we were to “expect the best” and be prepared for it by preparing the way in our mind to experience it? We prepare the way for good to come our way by focusing on thoughts that reflect the goodness of life, by joining in conversations that echo the goodness of life, and through actions that express the goodness of life. Then we comprehend that with God all things are possible. Then the presence of Christ in us can save us, not by dying in the world for us but by living in the world through us—by informing our every step and every decision, by informing the quality of our perception, and by informing the very nature of our forever-expanding holy consciousness.

We read in The Way of Transformation, “This is the time in which you can step into the light of the future of your own personal destiny, held in the hands of a perfectly loving Creator that already has a plan for you or you would not have been birthed. For you are certainly not an accident!”