Divine Diversity

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We are One Life together, One Creation manifesting in unlimited physical variation. In this world of diversity, multiplicity, variety, and vivid contrast it is essential for us to remember that we all came forth into individual self-expression with Divine Permission to give it all we’ve got. We’re all here to do our thing for the God of our Creation through our individual self-expression. We can thank God for thinking of us in the first place by being the most beautiful version of our self we can be. It is our fear of not being good enough, of not being accepted by others, of letting go and living fully and honestly and then in our openness being judged by others, that causes us to hold back and hide out unexpressed. And, it is our disappointment with our self for not being brave enough to fully live that causes us to judge those who live out loud in ways that we would not.

There is a scientific unified field theory, a theory of everything, that says: Everything in the Universe, from quantum particles to spiral galaxies, from each of us to all of us, exists in One Nonphysical Field of Energy that is indivisible and inseparable. Everything within It changes, but It remains as It is, Changeless and Whole. Since ancient times spiritual teachers, seers and mystics have been saying the same thing scientists are saying today. They’ve taught that there is an all-encompassing Field of pure Consciousness, a Cosmic Presence, a Universal Self—Atman, Brahman, Christ—that includes within Itself all individual perception and awareness, including our own. Whether we believe we’re thinking inside or outside the box, there is no box. We are always thinking into the One Field of Pure Consciousness.

It is the Power within this Field, the Power within this Invisible Unlimited Spiritual Realm, that is the sole and whole cause of all that appears to be, all the changing physical phenomena in the Universe, all forms, all expressions of Life, including our own. Everything within It changes, but It remains as It is, Pure Consciousness. Even now, we are immersed in that Consciousness. It has no boundaries so there is no place for us to exist outside of It. There is no getting away from It because we are made of It! Despite our individual appearances, preferences and tastes, we exist within the One Universal Self that embraces all selves. There is One Universal Presence that is Present within all of us. Even with our contrasting points of view, even as we argue and disagree, we exist in a unified field of the Pure Positive Energy of Everlasting Love. As the song goes, “We’re in this Love together. It’s the kind that’ll last forever.” And because that’s true, if we don’t learn to get along together in harmony now, we’ll live together in misery until we do.

In The Science of Mind we read, “Freedom and bondage, sickness and health, poverty and riches, heaven and hell, good and bad, big and little, happiness and misery, peace and confusion, faith and fear, and all conditions that appear as opposites are not really opposing powers, but are the way that the One Power is used.” The same Power responds to all of us equally through the vibration of the thoughts we focus on in our mind. Its response causes what we think about to come into our experience of life. We use One Power every time we think because we couldn’t think without It. The way we use It—deliberately and intentionally to create what we want, or by default like a crap shoot to see what happens to us—determines what we attract into our life. Whether it is the condition of our body, the people around us, the worldly things we possess, and no matter how different our life may appear from other lives, it is still the same Power that is the sole and whole cause of every form, expression and experience that comes our way. That Power responds, without judgment, to our thought choices. It is how we choose to see our self, and our relationship to others and life, itself, causes It to take form as It does for us. That is why our life appears to be different from, and often in stark contrast to, the lives of others, whether we think someone else’s life is better or worse than our own.

Contrast in our life is a good thing. Abraham Hicks tells us, “Contrast sharpens your ability to focus. Contrast helps you to choose what you want. Contrast is your friend, not your enemy.” Any adversity we feel towards the differences we see in each other is our resistance to allowing our self to be free to live as we choose, fully without fear. When we keep our self-expression in fearful bondage, we feel threatened by those who appear to be cage-free and uncontrollable. In A Course of Love we read, “Contrast is part of the divine pattern. As a learning being you accepted you would learn through contrast knowing that contrast was provided for your learning.” But, we’ve apparently forgotten why we came into this world of diversity, so rather than using our differences to expand own uniqueness, “I want this, not that,” and rather than letting contrast teach us to open our mind and embrace more of life by embracing each other, we’ve let our differences cause us to be in opposition to one another.

When we fight against each other we are fighting against unique expressions of the One Self we share, the One Self that embraces all selves. We waste our energies trying to change the mind of others when they are here to think for themselves. What seems like adversity to us is really diversity offering us an opportunity to grow, evolve, and discover more of the One we are capable of being as an individualized expression of the One Self. Our individual ever-expanding perception in the unified Field of Consciousness is essential to the eternal expansion of the Whole Universe! That is how spiritually imperative our unique individuality is to Whole!

We came into this human experience of vivid contrast to have the ride of our life on the Waves of the Divine Flow of Love and Its unlimited possibilities for self-expression. This is no time to be shy or filled with judgement. It’s a time to learn how to embrace more and more of Life so that we can make beautiful music together. Just as every note in a symphony couldn’t be the same and make the beautiful sounds that different notes create together, our diverse perceptions of life cause us to be uniquely who we are, to have a unique vibration in all of Creation. And, it is our unique expression of life, in harmony with all other unique expressions of life, that is intended to allow the Universal Love Song to resound throughout all Eternity.

We are in this One Vibrational Web-of-Life together. It is through our vibrational match-ups that we are able to get together and harmonize. We often learn how to harmonize through our discordant notes. We attract people, situations and conditions into our life that, through diversity and contrast, can help us to evolve and grow so that we can keep up with our part in the Universal expansion of Life. If there was no vibrational connection between us, there could be no vibrational attraction. But, we all know that there is because we’ve all experienced both attraction and repulsion. Even if we’re sitting on the couch, seemingly doing nothing, we’re sending out signals to the Universe that will attract to us whatever comes next in our life.

If there was no contrast in our perception of life, we wouldn’t know what we wanted or didn’t want to attract. We wouldn’t be inspired to change our thinking and what we focus on in our mind. We all have our druthers, our likes and dislikes, and our preferences and inclinations. It’s what makes us unique. It doesn’t make us special, and it doesn’t make us right and others wrong. If the world only contained the people we prefer, only the colors, music, weather, flowers, and animals we like, and if everyone thought like us and behaved as we do, and nothing appeared before us that we needed to think about and choose between, we would lose our focus. If we stopped making choices, our self-discovery and greater self-expression would stagnate because we wouldn’t experience that which diversity is intended to help us to do, change, evolve and grow.

We can let diversity change us by expanding our awareness so that we see life differently, or we can choose to remain the same and unchanged. But, in a Universe that is all about change, and ever on the move to become more and more, if we don’t let our mind increase, it will decline and eventually we may not even remember what we had for breakfast! Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You can’t get it wrong and you can’t get it done.” There is no endpoint in the Infinite. When we think we know enough about life and everyone in it, when we think we’ve got it all figured out and we’re correct in the judgements and opinions we hold, there’s not much room for anything new. We came into this world for individual self-expression of an Infinite Self, not to blend in through conformity or to oppose anyone who appears to stand out. We are here to be and do as much as we can by allowing our self-awareness to expand. We are all essential characters in the Universal Play of Life-upon-Life on Earth. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea.” Even so, how boring would it be if all the leaves were shaped the same and blew in the same direction with the breeze? And, how dull would it be if all the waves behaved in exactly the same way and never crashed into each other?

It’s the One we choose to be in the One Life we share that makes all the difference in our relationship with the Whole of It All, and determines what we attract while we here. We read in The Science of Mind, “Man has within himself the key to every situation, but he must come to realize his relationship to the whole. That relationship is one of Perfect Unity.” When we come to realize our individual relationship to the Whole of Life, we realize our inseparable oneness with each other. In this way, even in a world of diversity, multiplicity, variety and vivid contrast we are able to live in Perfect Unity.

Dedicated to the One I Love

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In the Book of 1 John we read, “God is Love. Let us love one another, for love is of God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” Despite our earthly birth certificates, despite our human choices to seemingly pretend we don’t know God by suppressing the Love that we are with fear—choking It off with selfishness, smothering It possessiveness, and stifling It with so many reasons not to love and so many conditions placed upon our willingness to love that we seldom act as if we’ve even been introduced to Love much less know Love—despite all our human efforts to be something other than Love in thought, word and action, we are all born of God. And, God is Love. We are each a Love Child of God created by the same uninhibited Impulse of Love that causes any love child to come into being. We are spiritual beings of Love created by Love to love. We are “the thought of Love in form,” living in a Universe overflowing with the Pure, Energetic Vibration of Love waiting to take form as us.

We have come into this human experience for no other reason than to give Love form by remembering, as The Way of the Heart reminds us, “We are one with God and God is the source of our reality.” We are One with Love, Itself. Love is the source of our reality. But unless we are wholeheartedly committed to remembering that, and living spirituality as our only reality even in our physicality, Love as the source of our reality is easy to forget. And, when we forget we judge our self and others without being aware that we are bad-mouthing the God of our creation. Our judgements force the Love of God, a Love that would easily flow to us, and overflow from us, and bless the world as us, to squeeze through the tiny pinholes through which we’re willing to allow Its Presence to be known to us.

We read in the Book of 1 John, “If anyone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” If we want to love God then we must learn to love one another. We must be dedicated to seeing with our heart what our physical eyes are often unable to see. We need to remind our self to look with our soul beyond appearances so that we can see the soul of another, a soul made of same Spiritual Energy of Love as our own. Only then will we remember that whomever we look upon, whoever stands before us, is God in a fleshy disguise

Walt Whitman wrote in Leaves of Grass, “Why should I wish to see God better than this day? I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then. In the faces of men and women I see God and in my own face in the glass.” It is easy for us to think of our self as a loving person because we love our family and friends, our dog or cat, or we’re fond of what some people say and do. But to BE Love is to be the Presence of Love no matter who we’re with, no matter where we are, no matter what. Since we’ve become humanly accustomed to judging by appearances and believing only what we can physically see, we may need to remind our self “each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then” that God is all there is. Then we can decide whether or not to believe every thought that comes to our mind that causes us to limit our view of our self and others to this three-dimensional version of Life.

In The Way of Transformation we read, “Ask yourself: Am I fully committed to transforming my awareness from one who has been sleeping and perceiving myself as limited to the space-and-time dimension?” It’s a good question only we, alone, can answer for our self. No matter how many alarms may go off in our life, only we can decide if, or when, we’ll wake up. Are we fully dedicated to awakening to the One we are that is not limited by this space-time dimension? Are we dedicated to the One born of God? Are we fully committed to transforming our awareness by taking responsibility for what we think, how we feel, and the way we act toward our self and others, and owning the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions? Are we dedicated to changing our thinking from fear to Love, so that we can perceive the One Life we are together, instead of letting fear keep us apart? Are we dedicated to choosing Love in every situation, even when Love doesn’t appear to us to be a reasonable choice?

When we’re not choosing to be Love, we’re just not being our Self. And when we’re not being our Self, we feel out of sorts, as the saying goes. When we feel out of sorts, unhappy in our emotions, uncomfortable in our body or relationships, all sorts of things come to mind that don’t feel good to think. And, because our thoughts attract things, all sorts or things come into our experience of life that don’t feel good when they show up. We need to feel our way to the Love that lives in our heart by choosing to focus on those thoughts, ideas and concepts that feel good to focus on, thoughts that feel good to our body and emotions. In this way, the Love that desires to express as us can enter our awareness, and then enter the world as our love. That is why we came, and everyone we come across, no matter who and no matter what, is there to remind us of our holiness and to remember their own.

We read in The Way of the Heart, “For when you know that you are holiness itself, how could you ever look upon your brother or sister and believe that they have wronged you? How could you ever want to do anything but love them? That is, let the Love of Christ flow through you so deeply and so profoundly that they get that you do not believe their illusions.” We are free to believe the illusions we see and no one can stop us. But, if we’re interested in feeling happy, healthy and untroubled, we need to dedicate our self to seeing life differently. If we are interested in spirituality at all, if we’re interested in spiritual healing, spiritual energy and spiritual perception, now is the time for us to dedicate our self to transforming our awareness from being one who has been sleeping and perceiving our self as limited to this three-dimensional world and a separate three-dimensional body in it, to perceiving our self as the holy being we are, born of God.

We read in The Way of Transformation, “At no time are you imprisoned within the body. At no time, at no time, are you limited to the appearance that you have come to believe is you. You are in the holiest of temples—your Self. You abide in the perfect moment for your transformation. Nothing limits you at all, or at any time. The power of the freedom of choice is the essence of Christ.” Our freedom of choice is our inheritance as a being born of God. The power of our choices is the essence of Christ. Every time we choose to love, or choose not to love, we are using the power of the freedom of choice that is the essence of Christ in us. That is why no matter what we choose, the Universe always says “yes” to us. As far as the Universe is concerned we are the beautiful, powerful, spiritual offspring of God, and no other birth has taken place.

Divine Love is heartbeat of the Universe, Itself. That same Love beats our heart right now. Let us choose to dedicate our thoughts, words and actions to the One beautiful, holy, powerful, unlimited spiritual Creation of Love we are together. Love is the Impulse of true spirituality. We are the Love of God in person. Every moment we are either being the Love we are or we’re just not our Self. And, we’ll feel out of sorts until we sort our Self out! The mystical poet, Rumi, wrote, “Now is where Love breathes.” Love is breathing in us, as us, this very moment, and it is through our love that Love breathes into the world. To feel Love is to BE Love, and to BE Love is to know God.

Courage to Be Free

 

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It’s already February in this new year. How are you feeling about the newness of the year so far? Are things feeling new to you yet? Or are you noticing that even after a whole month lived in the Year 2021, some of the residue from last year, or previous years, is making life seem as if you and it are simply going nowhere fast. Have you ever said to yourself, or asked someone else, “Where did all the time go?” as if someone else had been in charge of the direction of your life? It’s been said that time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.

Even if we don’t know where all the time goes, do we have a sense, just the same, that no matter where it went it carried with it the joy we added to it? Or does our habitual question in life continue to be, “Are we having fun yet?” As we know, time flies whether we’re having fun or not. It flies whether we’re living it with high vitality and delight or lethargic indecision and complaint. It flies whether we allow our moments to be filled with Love or fear.

There are many spiritual practices that can help us to become more aware of our life as it’s happening so that we feel the power of being the navigator. We possess the spiritual gift of choice, and the vibrational power of our choices can create life experiences that we enjoy, and attract to us others that we enjoy experiencing life with. It is essential that we become aware of where we are while we’re there, so we can intentionally choose the positive thoughts and feelings we want to experience in that moment. As we make positive choices, through the vibration we emit, we send positive energy on its merry way that we will greet us throughout our day as happy encounters with others, situations that work out smoothly for us, and solutions that come easily to us.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are actually pre-paving your future experiences constantly. You are continually projecting your expectations into your future experiences.” Each time we are aware we’re the navigator of our life, each time we hold our self and no one else responsible for what we think, feel and do, and each time we expect our positive choices to attract positive outcomes, we are pre-paving our future experiences with the Pure Positive Energy we’ll step into throughout our day. When we expect life to be good it is easier for us to see that good as we move through our day because it is a familiar energy that is already alive in us.

We read in A Course in Miracles, “Everything you perceive is a witness to the thought system you want to be true. What you perceive in others you are strengthening in yourself. Learn how to look on all things with love, appreciation, and open-mindedness. Perception is a mirror, not a fact, and what you look on is your state of mind reflected outward.” What we see when we look at our life is what we expect to see. What we perceive in any situation is a reflection of the thoughts we’re choosing to focus on in our mind in that moment. Perception is a mirror, not a fact. When we build a case against others, we imprison them in our mind with the verdict. And, we imprison our self along with them because every judgment we hold we strengthen in our self. In order for us to be free to be who we are, we must first free others in our mind to be who they are with no need for them to change to please us. Life can’t surprise and delight us unless we open the doors of our heart and mind and allow each moment to be free of judgment so that it can flow with newness.

The spiritual teacher, Mooji, said, “Nothing outside you can be something other than what it is inside your mind.” The only place anything can change for us is in our own mind. If we learn how to look on all things with love, appreciation, and open-mindedness, we won’t mind what others say and do. As we read this, we may want to say, “Wait a minute” and argue with that if we have a system of thought we want to be true that is based on a world that is separate from us—a world in which others need to behave in a way that pleases us, a world in which we depend on others for our happiness and blame them when we’re not happy, a world we believe has nothing to do with our thinking. Even though we read in every sacred text, and even though since ancient times every spiritual teacher has told us the same thing: We must become the change we want to see and it is only as we change our thinking that we can change our experience of life. Still, we want to hold others responsible for what we’re thinking about them and how we’re feeling about them, when what we’re seeing and how we’re feeling about what we’re seeing, is actually our state-of-mind reflected outward.

We may not like the words and actions of others, but we give away our power to navigate our life in a positive direction if we let our self bump up and down on the air currents of the attitudes and behaviors of others. Such turbulence is going to make us feel sick and weary on our journey through this life. In The Way of the Heart we read, “If someone wrongs you, and you spend your energy convincing them that they have wronged you and that you have a right to be angry and to be attacking in any way, you call to yourself, even into the cells of the body, the energy of conflict, judgment, war, death, disease, unhappiness, and separation instantly.” If we want to live our life in the high vitality of health and happiness, it’s time for us to set our self and others free from the turbulent pressure of negativity and the unhealthy vibrational energy of judgement. The Way of the Heart goes on to say, “Judgment lives on the side of the fence with fear. Forgiveness lives on the side of the fence with Love, and only Love can heal this world.”

There are so many ways we can hop over the fence and live on the side of Love. There are so many ways for us to set our self free. But we need to be willing to open our mind and heart so that we can have a closer walk with our Inner Being. Our relationship with our Inner Being is the only relationship we’ll ever have that is constant and always filled with Love. It is our Inner Soul or Spirit that makes us what we truly are, a Being of Love in form. Its Presence is always right where we are because we couldn’t physically appear without It. It is the non-physical inner Self that sustains our physical outer form. It remains absolutely in Love with us no matter what. It focuses in every moment on our ability to enjoy life. And, through our emotions and intuition It guides us, and shows us how to navigate through any situation.

We began our first Sunday of 2021 by considering the word, Alleluia, as a “Song of Praise to God.” Because God is Love, every time we praise the good in our self and others, we’re singing a love song to the God of our Creation. Looking for the good in life and praising it, rather than looking for things to complain about, is like being in love all the time. Our senses are heightened, things look brighter, smell sweeter, taste better, sound clearer, and we feel a sense of well-being. Mooji tells us, “Day by day, become more and more intimate with the inner stillness, joy and love, which are the fragrance of your own pure heart.” Are we grateful to be alive? Is the fragrance of our life “sweet”? Or does it seem like our current life situation stinks?

Are you aware of the first thought that comes to your mind when you wake up in the morning? It’s a good habit to notice how you feel. Since no one is thinking in your mind but you, and no thought comes to mind without an invitation, gratitude is a valuable thought to invite into your mind before you actively join the world around you. It’s important to notice what mental side of the bed you’re getting up on because you’ll greet that energy throughout your day, and it will either be a beautiful day in the neighborhood, or not. When we begin the day with love, appreciation, and open-mindedness our love song sends beautiful vibrations ahead of us pre-paving the way for beautiful experiences throughout our day.

We, humans of the world, have been experiencing a physical lock down for almost a year now. But many of us have been experiencing a mental and emotional lock down for much longer. Surely we are all more than ready to be free: Free from denying our power to choose love and joy no matter what, rather than depending on situational happiness; free from ignoring our own thoughts and feelings so that we can please other and free from needing others to deny who they are to please us; free from acting out of obligation and duty so others won’t be angry with us and we won’t feel guilty; and, free from self-criticism and judgments of others. Perception is a mirror, not a fact. When Love becomes for us not a “because” but a “no matter what,” we are free.

It is only by following the Impulse of the Unconditional Love that lives in us that we are free to navigate our life in the direction we want to go. It takes courage to be free from reacting to the world for any reason. It takes courage to take the controls of our mental and emotional navigation system, especially in those times we feel like we’re flying blind and we can’t see how things are going to be okay. But, that is when it becomes the most clear that we need to trust the Holy Flight Plan of our Inner Being that is always right there to take us soaring high and show us how to safely navigate through any situation.

 

Are You Practicing Birth Control?

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This month we’ve had five Sundays in which to consider, together, ways we can individually discover and put into practice more of the One we truly are—a powerful spiritual-vibrational Being having a human experience just for the fun of it. Our present Earth life isn’t punishment for some previous incarnation gone wrong! It’s a gift of Joy! All we need to do is look at animals to realize Life is supposed to be fun. They seem to make a game out of just being alive. And, when they’re not playing, they seem to be enjoying the pleasure of being what they are in a Universe that is taking care of them.

Abraham-Hicks tells us that life is supposed to be feel good. Why would a God of Love create a Universe for any other purpose? In the Aramaic Bible, in the Book of Romans, we read, “What therefore shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” It’s a good question to ask our self. If God is all there is, and God is for us, who could there be to oppose our good—our health, happiness and sense of well-being? If it’s not God who is against us, it could be that any opposition we feel is all in our mind, a misperception of our Divine Permission to be happy. That is good news because a misperception is something we can change by looking at things differently, by deciding (because we can) that nothing can prevent us from enjoying life.

Abraham-Hicks said, “All you gotta do, is decide and really mean, and practice until you’re good at it, being happy.” Every morning when we wake up, and all the moments throughout the day, no matter what may be going on in our personal life or in the world, we have the opportunity to mean to be happy and practice until we’re good at it. Each morning we can begin our day affirming that we live in a Spiritual-Vibrational Universe of Love that is for us, a Universe that never fails to respond to us with love, a Universe that is always conspiring to bring about our happiness. Or every morning when we wake up, and throughout our day, we can use thePower of our mind to be on the lookout for something that may be out to get us, to stop us, or to harm us. A good question to ask our self is, “Do I believe life is for me or against me? Do I believe God is for me or against me?” Albert Einstein wrote, “The most important decision we make is whether
we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” How we answer that question for our self determines what we attract to our self as we experience this Earth life.

We’re not responsible for manifesting what we attract. We’re responsible for creating the mental-vibrational environment that attracts it. If we want to know if our thinking is creating a friendly or hostile environment within us and around us, all we need do is look at what we’re attracting to us. Not one of us is looking for trouble or intentionally asking for what we don’t want. But so often we create a mental atmosphere that is in opposition to what we do want, thoughts of blame, shame, anger, resentment, and disappointment with our self and others that muck up the free-flow of Pure Positive Energy that naturally flows to us and through us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are blessed Beings; you have come forth into this physical environment to create. There is nothing holding you back, other than your own contradictory thought.” Like “Mary-Mary quite contrary” we stand in the way of our own wanted manifestations of health, happiness, financial ease, and fulfillment in our life. Thoughts that don’t feel good when we think them give us a clue that they are not going to create an environment in which our good can manifest.

So why would we contradict our good? It could be that somewhere along the line we began to believe we’re not worthy to experience it. But, we can decide to see things differently today. We can decide and really mean, and practice until we’re good at it, loving our self. We can decide it doesn’t matter who others imagined us to be or think we are now. The mental environment we create is sustained by the one we imagine our self be now. We can choose today whether our self-talk is going to be friendly or hostile. Starting right now we can get out of our own way by practicing positive thoughts that create a welcoming environment within us and around us that attracts to us the good we desire. As the saying goes “Practice makes perfect.” Anytime we practice loving our self, anytime we practice being the powerful Being of Love we are, is perfect. Each moment we choose not to practice our Power, we contradict it. We introduce opposition to our good that doesn’t exist without the introduction we give it.

We all know that reading a book, watching a video, or listening to a talk on how to play the flute will never be enough for us to be able to play the flute. We learn to play the flute by playing the flute, by practicing blowing into it and using the correct fingering until we create the sounds we want. And if we truly want to play the flute, practice will be fun. In the same way, we learn to use our spiritual Power to create what we want in this physical environment by using that Power to create what we want, by blowing life into our spiritual awareness (so to speak) and by using the correct thinking that will create the friendly, positive mental environment we want that will allow our good to manifest. And if we truly want to experience our spiritual Power, practice will be fun.

If we don’t practice, our habitual contrary thoughts will keep us in a powerless mental loop of being a victim in a hostile environment of our own making. If we don’t like what we see, no one else can change our view. It’s up to us to take responsibility for our individual perception of reality. We can use every moment as an opportunity to practice our Power to create a moment we enjoy living. If life doesn’t feel good to us, then it’s up to us to find something good about it, and focus on that. We practice our spiritual Power by exercising our power to decide for our self the thoughts we’ll focus on in our mind. No one can force us to think one thought, positive or negative, unless we agree to. So, the question is,“Are You Practicing Birth Control?” We’re never too young to start and never too old to stop because what we choose to think about we give birth to in our life. What we think about comes alive in us as our creation.

The spiritual teacher, Mooji, said, “No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought, you give power to the thought.” In 2005 the National Science Foundation published an article summarizing research on human thoughts per day. The findings were that the average person has about 12,000-60,000 thoughts per day. However, in July of 2020 scientists found that the average person has around 6,200 thoughts per day. This could mean that we’re either getting less smart or more clear in our mind! Still 6,200 thoughts is a lot of thinking. If we were to write them all down, we could write a book each day! But, would it be a book we’d like anyone else to read, or one we’d like to read over again? Those same scientists found that the majority of those 6,200 thoughts are the same repetitive thoughts as the day before!

Once we identify and believe in a thought, it sticks around and gains momentum. It’s as if the longer it hangs out with us and our creative power, the more powerful it gets. It doesn’t matter if a thought is blatantly fiction or slightly factual. If we believe it, we give it the Power of our belief, and it runs with it and finds other minds open to it. How many of the thoughts that cross our mind each day do we enjoy? How many of our thoughts make us smile? How many of our thoughts drive us crazy, keep us awake at night and distracted throughout the day? Our thoughts seem to control us because we don’t practice taking control of them. We may argue with them, but the more we fight with our thoughts the more life we give to them. Arguing with our self is like arguing with anyone else. It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire in an attempt to put it out! It’s not fighting unwanted thoughts that creates a friendly mental environment, it’s inviting wanted thoughts that does.

In The Science of Mind we read, “It is always a mistake to oppose thoughts. When one begins to do this he will at once find that he feels resistance. But how few know why they think or what they think? How few control even the slightest emotion or allow the emotions to express in a constructive manner?” The statement, “I have no choice,” is one of most disempowering statements we can make if we want to be a deliberate creator in our life. Such a statement denies our very Power to think, speak and act from the Divinity within us that gives us dominion over our life. It is a Divinity we can’t live without even if we choose to live without Its Power. We won’t realize how powerful we are if we spend our time contradicting that Power by living as if life just happens to us, and that what we think doesn’t affect our health, relationships, finances, and everything else we call our life.

If our life currently doesn’t appear as we imagined it would, it’s important for us to realize that “yes it does.” It’s just that we weren’t paying attention to the thinking that imagined it. Through the Power imbued within us by the Holy One that created us, every thought we have and believe is true, we give birth to and it becomes a living thing in our life. The Science of Mind tells us that thoughts are things, but they only become things in our life when we give them power to be active in our life. We can look at what we don’t want that has already manifested in our life and recognize it as proof of our power to create by thinking, even if our thoughts have been contrary to what we want! And, because no thought has Power, but we do, we have the Power to change anything we want to change by giving Power to thoughts we want to manifest in our life. Anytime is a good time to practice birth control if we want to give birth only to those manifestations that are a joy to live with.

Basking in the Light

This year we are remembering the “one” in 2021. We are remembering the One we truly are: a beautiful, holy, powerful spiritual being of Love having a human experience for the soul purpose of discovering more and more of the One we are, and for the Joy of expressing that One in the world while we’re here. We are also remembering the One we are together: the One beautiful, holy, powerful spiritual Creation of Love, created to co-create beautiful, joyful and loving forms and experiences while we’re here together. We came into the world to honor our soul’s desire for individual self-expression of the One Self we share, the Self of God. And, in doing so, to extend and expand the Love of Universe and add to the happiness of the world while we’re here. Despite our differences we exist together in Union. Despite our conflicts we exist together in Love.

Paulo Coehlo, author of The Alchemist, beautifully wrote, “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.” In this Earth life our individual self-expression goes from here to there. It’s a parenthetical birth-to-death experience in our Eternal Cosmic Journey. The question is, while we are living within the parameters of this three-dimensional life, how much are we willing to bring from the Truth within us into it? Are we willing to look within us, rather than around us, so we can discover what is True about us and then live it? Are we willing to fill our Earth experience with as much Love and Light as we can while we’re here?

As human beings living together, we’re only going to be able to live in peace and harmony as One Life by freeing ourselves, individually, from the fear of loving others as fully as we can, by intentionally choosing love as we encounter each other despite our diversity in self-expression, by sharing love as we speak to one another despite our contrasting ideas, and by having reverence for each precious moment we share so we fill the world with as much Love and Light as we can together, for it is truly for this time we have come into the world together.

It matters not what our political views may be, we witnessed an Inauguration on January 20th in our country that was a call for such unity from the Presidential Message, to the passion of the  Music, to the depth of Spirit in Poetry and Prayer. In his Inaugural message, President Biden said: “With unity we can do great things, important things. Let’s begin to listen to one another again, to hear one another, see one another, and show respect to one another. Are we going to step up? All of us? It’s time for boldness, for there is so much to do.” There is so much for me and you to do if we are going to get to experience what we came into the world to experience. There is so much for me and you to do if we are going to participate in this Great Opportunity for Unity. There is so much for me and you to do if we are going to change our perception of life into a greater expression of life that moves us from the same old way of thinking and doing that gets the same old results every time.

In her breathtaking poem, “The Hill We Climb,” former Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman said, “We lift our gazes not to what stands between us but what stands before us.” We, the people, had a day before us, if we wanted to see it, that naturally lifted our gaze to a place of positivity and unity. We had a parenthesis in time filled with such inspiration and Love that it easily touched our heart if we lifted our heart to greet it. Father Leo O’Donovan even offered his Invocation to the Great Mystery of Love. What stands before us today is a call to continue our uplifted gaze. What stands before us, individually and collectively, is the opportunity to choose to practice unity in our mind, words and actions, to be the change we want to continue to see. Ms. Gorman said, “We close the divide because we know to put our future first we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.” What stands before us is a call to live from the Truth of Love we are together, rather than blaming one other for what we’ve become. Only then are we able to see beyond what appears to stand between us to the Love that unites us.

The universe is expanding faster than ever before, and our planet is spinning faster then it ever has within it. These can be exciting, hang on to your hat times of spiritual growth, individually and collectively. That’s why it’s important for us to get spiritually in shape for the opportunity for Unity that is calling to us. What will it take for us to be true to our spiritual-vibrational Divinity? What will it take for us to allow the beauty, holiness and power of the Divine to live through us, as us? Getting in shape often requires lifting weights. The vitality of our spirituality begins as we choose to lift the weightiness of past events in our personal life, our country, and the world. It begins as we let go of the heaviness of our version of who done what and why. Then we are mentally ready to go with a Flow of Love that is lighter than air, but more powerful than any whirlwind on Earth.Then we are able to participate in a world and Universe that is more than ready for the kind of Unity that allows the expansion and extension of Love to take place.

In A Course of Love we read, “Potential does not await another time. It simply is now. It can remain as the untapped power of transformation, or it can be released. It is up to you whether you allow your true nature to be revealed.” Now is the time for boldness. Now is the time for each of us to be bold in our Divinity so that our true nature can be revealed to us and lived by us in the world. It is only as we allow the Divine Truth within us to flow unresisted through us that we become “more perfect” in our expression of Love on Earth. Ms. Gorman wrote, “When day comes we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” Are we willing to continue to Bask in the Light of Love and Unity that found a crack through which to shine in our collective consciousness on Inaugural Day? Are we willing to let that Light guide us into greater expressions of Oneness rather than retreating again into the shade of separation? What we believe is possible becomes possible.

Myrtle Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity, wrote: “You do not have a problem except the one that is in your own mind, and you put it there!” No one can put a problem, or anything else, in our mind, but us. It takes boldness to be willing to step out of our self-imposed mindset and step into the Light of Truth and stay there basking in that Light. It takes boldness to accept we’re so much more than we’ve lived so far, and to stay open and receptive to our Power to resolve any problem by changing our mind.

We are free to decide to follow that which feels truly peaceful and loving to us despite what others may say to us or about us, without requiring them to change. We are free to follow what feels truly happy, and happily true, for us without holding back our Joy because someone around us is choosing not to be joyful and doesn’t want their “downer” disturbed, without requiring them to change. In any moment that we are tempted to blame another for what we say or do or feel, when we are tempted to become angry at our differences, or we’re tempted to turn away or run away, a good question to ask our self: “In this moment am I going to stand afraid in the shade, or am I willing to bask in the Light that is always there if I’m brave enough to see it and brave enough to be it?”

It is only as we step out of the shade, “aflame and unafraid,” that we are able to see the One who stands before us, another soul whose heart beats with the same Holy Permission as our own. A choice for Unity is a choice we make individually. It is our choice to Love beyond differences and disagreements that heals our individual sense of separation. A new dawn can only bloom when we free it within our self. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are not here to bring Light into the world. You are here to Be Light. You just Be Light and everywhere you Be it’s brighter.”

 

Bada Bing, Bada Boom

If January feels like it’s speeding by, if our life is feeling a lot like “here it comes, there it goes” since the holidays, a good way to mentally slow our life down is by synchronizing with the rhythm of appreciation. We can take the opportunity each moment offers us to be still and notice the richness of life while it’s happening. We probably all remember how time seemed to go so slow when we were children. It seemed to take forever for summer to come or Christmas morning to arrive. Time may seem to move more slowly for children because there is not as much past in their life to distract them from finding joy in the here and now. And, there’s not enough worry and anxiety about the future to keep them from focusing on life right where they are, which is another reason for us to become more like a child.

But, if we want yet another reason to pay more attention to our life as it’s happening, astronomers have empirical evidence that the Universe is expanding at a faster rate than ever before and the Earth is spinning faster than it ever has before within It. The twenty-eight fasted days ever recorded on Earth occurred in 2020. Scientists who measure the speed of the Earth’s rotation think 2021 may be even faster, i.e., that 2021 may not only seem like a very short year, according to the atomic clock it actually will be shorter in time and space! Which is all the more reason for us to pause in the moments of our life, to stop and smell the roses so to speak. Such practice will help us to snap out of a mind that is set on automatic pilot that causes us to live in the world without feeling alive while we’re in it.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “If you are not finding pleasure in the here and now, you’re not doing it right! You are bringing too much of the past or too much of the future into the now and you are messing up your vibration.” Our non-physical spiritual vibration naturally resonates with the dancing, pulsating energies of the Universe that occur in the here and now. We experience our natural state of being when our mind is present right where we are, in the here and now, so that we can feel joy, appreciation and gratitude for life as we’re living it. Each time we are aware we’re alive and appreciate that we are, we bring Positive Energy into the experience we’re having that deepens our awareness of the goodness of life in that moment.

Dennis Merritt Jones wrote, “Minding the Altitude of Your Attitude is a Wise Thing to Do.” Paying attention to our life as it’s happening, as if that moment is the most precious moment there is (and it is), draws into our life more we can enjoy paying attention to because attention and appreciation aligns us with the Universal Source Energy of Love and the Being of Love we are in It. If we want to experience the power we have been given to create a life we enjoy living while we are in the world, we’ve got to wake up to our life as it’s happening. Otherwise we may find our Earth life is over and we’ve been too groggy to enjoy it!

We read in The Science of Mind, “We know that man’s life in reality is spiritual and mental.” We are Spiritual-Vibrational Beings right now. Our being immersed in this human experience hasn’t changed anything true about us. In Truth we’ve never sinned. In Truth we’ve never lost our innocence, though we may wonder from time-to-time where we put it! All that shame is a waste of our greatness. We remain even now a miracle of creation. A Course of Love tells us that we are the “Thought of Love in form.” And, because we remain inseparable from the Spiritual-Vibrational Universe Love Created with us us in Mind, there are no limits to the happiness we can draw to us in form, expression and experience while we’re here in these human forms. There is no shortage of the beauty, joy, peace, health and love we can attract into our life through the vibration of the thoughts we emit. That’s why we don’t want to mess up our vibration!

We read these words of Jesus in the Book of Matthew, “Therefore I tell you, everything you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” All that is required of us is to believe with ease in Answered Prayer, to believe we’ve already received permission by the Holy Giver of All Good to receive our good. Many of us may have come to believe that we’re being tested in life with a curriculum that’s hard or impossible to figure out, much less ace. We may have learned from others that trial and tribulation are the Will of God, part of His Divine plan. And that there can be no gain without pain. That belief is so ingrained in the human mind that we build monuments to those who’ve overcome the greatest hardships or died trying. We tell our stories of struggle as if talking about them enough will make them a bestseller! But if the Universe always answer “yes” to whatever we ask for, could it be the only struggle for us is how soon we’ll allow our good into our life.

There’s a term, “bada bing, bada boom” that most of us are familiar with. The Urban Slang Dictionary tells us that it can be used in place of “never mind the details” or “voila.” The New English Dictionary adds that it can also be used to emphasize something regarded as “effortlessly achieved.” Abraham-Hicks tells us, “When you believe something is hard, the universe demonstrates the difficulty. When believe something is easy, the universe demonstrates the ease.” If we want to know what we believe, all we need to do is ask our self: “Does life seem hard or easy to me? Am I struggling with my health, relationships, finances, or any area of my life?” Nothing is too difficult for a Universe of Unlimited Creative Energy to manifest for us. We could say that It always responds to our desires with a “bada bing, bada boom, no problem!”

Shakespeare wrote in his play, Julius Caesar, “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” How often do we walk through our day as the powerful Spiritual Beings we are, confident that the Universe has our back? How often instead do we ask for things we don’t believe we can have? Writer and film producer, Darryl Anka, said, “Everything is energy. That’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” It’s easy for us to believe that no matter how solid something appears to be, that it is actually made up of atoms and subatomic particles we can’t see. But when it comes to the Pure Positive Energy of the Universe that responds to vibrational frequency, we act as if the frequency of what we think doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter.

For example, we may ask through prayer for healing of our physical body or healing for someone else, but believe that the healing will be difficult or impossible. In this way our mental vibration doesn’t match the frequency of reality that would bring about a healing. Doubt messes up our vibration and makes healing appear hard. We read in The Science of Mind, “Never say: This disease is hard to heal while another is easy.” There is no difference in a healing of Covid or a cold. It’s our fearful doubt that changes the frequency of our energy and causes a healing to be hard or impossible. As we know, a belief is a thought we continue think. If we ask for a loving relationship but continue to think we’re unlovable, if we ask for increase in our financial flow but continue to believe we’re unworthy, our energy is split between what we want and what we believe we can have. The vibration of the resistant thoughts we’re emitting doesn’t match what we’re asking for. In the same way a radio tuner must be set to match the frequency of the broadcasting station we want to hear, the vibrational frequency of our thoughts must match the frequency of our desire.

Abraham-Hicks tells us that we’re not responsible for manifesting. Our responsibility is to create the mental-vibrational environment that allows the manifestation to come into our experience. How we look at life creates a vibrational environment that allows what we want to become our reality, or it keeps it away. Life is only as easy as we allow it to be. If we believe God is love and God loves us, if we believe the Universe is always conspiring to bring our good to us, our good will come easily to us. And, if we don’t believe that’s true, we’ll continue to struggle through. We can choose to think only of our good, and want good for others, and the frequency we emit will match the frequency of the reality we want. And then, bada bing, bada boom, it’s ours. It can be no other way.