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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Celebration Service at Unity of Frederick, MD., my home Unity. My minister, Rev. Toni Fish suggested an abundance program that has had great success. I wanted to share it with all of you. Maybe you’d like to give it a try.
Prosperity Prayer Program (PPP)
Here is an ‘opportunity’ to begin the New Year with a Prosperity Consciousness. This is a program for realizing and demonstrating abundant prosperity in your life and for centering yourself in that ‘…peace that passes all understanding.’
Here’s is the Program:
- Establish a specific date to start your program. I’m starting January 1st.
- There are ten statements of Truth. Write out one statement each day a journal. (You could have a journal specifically set aside for this Program.) Meditate on it with feeling and direct concentration for at least 10 minutes. Following your meditation time, write down in your journal the thoughts that come to you. Be sure to do this daily. Because there are 10 statements of Truth, you will go through the entire list at least 4 times. It takes at least 40 days to realize Truth at a consciousness level. Any break in the process loses the energy build up. Therefore, you will have to start at day one if you miss a day.
- After writing your thoughts, make three lists: one of what you want to eliminate, forgive and release from your consciousness and your affairs; one of what you want to demonstrate; and one of what you are grateful for-including at least 6 things from your present day experience.
- Tear up, burn safely or in some way “Throw away” the eliminate list. Write a new “What do I want to demonstrate” list each day. Add to the gratitude list each day.
- Share your time, talent and treasure on a regular basis during the Prosperity Prayer Program. Giving is a spiritual practice that never fails to produce results because the Law is “give and you shall receive.”
Here are the Ten Truth Statements:
- “The Spirit of the Living God within me is not only the giver of all good gifts, the supplier of all supply, but is the gift and the supply itself. God is the fulfillment which fills full my every desire. God ever dwelling within me is ready and willing at every moment to recreate or renew my body and mind or to manifest through me as anything I need. Today I begin to truly understand that money is not my supply. No person, place, or thing is my supply. My consciousness of the presence and power of God within me is my supply. Therefore, God can do no more for me than God can do through me, through my consciousness (what I think and feel and believe to be true), through my faith and through my vision of a greater good. So before I attempt to raise money, first I must raise my conscious awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the all-providing activity of God within me as my supply.”
- “Have faith in God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall say unto this mountain-Be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he says will come to pass; he will have it. I say unto you, all things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them and you shall have them” Mark : 11:22-24
- “Light! Light! Light! Let the prospering healing light of the Christ within me penetrate and banish all fear, anxiety or worry from my mind, heart, and body. I clothe myself safely round with the pure light of the Christ, into which nothing negative can enter and out of which only good can come.”
- “Large sums of money, big happy surprises and rich exciting ideas come to me now-under grace, in perfect ways for my personal use and I use them wisely.”
- “Let me learn to think of dollars as I do leaves or fruit on trees, as the natural and inevitable result of the law active within. There is truly no need to worry or be anxious when the tree appears to be bare as long as we are conscious of the Truth that the Law is even now operating within the tree to bring forth fruit after its own kind. The same law active within the tree is active within me, so regardless of the appearance of a “bare tree” in financial matters, I let the law do its perfect work in me.”
- “I lift up my thoughts and feelings to be aware, to understand, and to know that the Divine Presence I AM is the source and substance of all my prosperity. I am conscious of the constant activity of this Divine Presence of Infinite Prosperity. Therefore my consciousness is filled with the Light of Truth.”
- “God’s will for me is supreme good. God’s will for me includes health, wealth and inner well-being. I am willing to do the good will of God-which is the open door to the fulfillment of all my dreams for greater good. God’s good will manifest in my life now.”
- “I am a radiating center of Divine Love. Love fills my heart with harmony. Love fills my mind with kind, helpful thoughts. Love fills my lips with words of praise and cheer. Love fills my life to overflowing with peace and prosperity. Whatever the need or problem, Divine Love is the answer and I am the perfect expression of Divine Love now. Divine Love fulfills my every need.”
- “Strength, strength. I am one with the strength of the Christ within. I let all burdens fall from my shoulders. I let all anxiety drop from my mind. I let all fear slip away from my heart. I let all outer affairs be released. I let every shackle be loosened. Divine Strength is making wise and true adjustments in every phase of my life. I relax, rejoice and let it.”
- “I have faith in the prospering power of God as it works mightily in me now. I have faith that all things are now working together for my good and I am working with them in the wisdom and power of Spirit. I have faith in the perfect outcome of every situation in my life, for God is in absolute control. My faith makes me whole.
Let me know if you choose to do the program and what your results are. I’d be interested in knowing.
Just read an article by Richard Rohr mentioning “Original Blessing” where many would place “Original Sin.” I’ll take the “Original Blessing” thank you.
Now you all will go to the Creation Story and look at it in a different mind, and that’s good. The Creation Story is GOOD. It was mentioned as GOOD each time a day was complete.
I won’t even go into the Metaphysics of the Creation Story today. Let’s talk about “Original Blessing.” I look at Original Blessing in my life. Was my early life a Blessing? Many would say NO!
WE were poor, hand me down clothes, food insecurity for a good part of my early childhood. An alcoholic Father who could be violent was not fun. And hear him beat my Mother and not being able to stop it was emotionally scarring.
My older brother and I were often brought into the fray when we were older. And my brother was in danger of being hit more than I.
Why not me? Because I was already ‘hit’ with sexual abuse.
So why am I calling this “Original Blessing”? Well look at it. I could have held this all against my family. And for a time, I did the victim thing. But I got on the recovery wagon and my Spiritual journey has helped me see how I can use this Blessing to be of service.
I am able to share my story and let others know that recovery in this physical world is available. I can and have used the strength I developed to help others who may have experienced difficulties in their life.
And I can remind them that this physical body is not who we really are. We are experiencing a physical life but the main job is to connect with our inner “Being.” That Being is Love. It is Spirit. It is Peace.
So that is what I do. I expose the ‘me’ that is experiencing this life and share those experiences so others can see that growth is possible, that the journey is sooo worth it. That love is available for us all…beginning with ourselves.
Let’s give ourselves THAT gift this Holiday season. The gift of “self-love.”
I was fortunate enough to witness the marriage of my nephew to the “love of his life” this past weekend. It was a wonderful wedding ceremony and the happy couple, John & Ashley, are enjoying a honeymoon in Hawaii. I got to spend time with my sister and my Mother too.
After the wedding, I spent the night with a friend who happens to have an adorable bichon/havanese mix named Emma. Whenever I visit Barbara, Emma stays with me. She sleeps snuggled up next to me hardly even thinking of her mom in the next room.
Another thing Emma does, which we humans should take particular attention to, is ask for what she wants. I’m sure there are other dogs and other pets; in general, that do the same thing. She pushes her nose under your hand to get the attention she wants. She rolls over on her back and gets the belly rub she requests. She brings a toy when she’s ready to play.
My girls, both bichons, do that nose under the hand thing. They do not know how to play, they are puppy mill breeders that were rescued by Small Paws Rescue, the rescue I volunteer for as a foster parent.
They do know how to ask for attention, now that they feel safe. And, April especially, knows how to ask for dinner!
The point here is, why do we humans, who are supposed to be so smart and evolved, NOT ask for what we want. We do this around about way of hinting that we need a hug, or we need to talk, or maybe just some time with another human.
But we don’t. We think, “oh, so and so knows me so well, they should know that I need this, or want that.” Or, that person won’t want to spend time with me. And we fear rejection. But we don’t know what that other person would do if we ask.
As Don Miguel Ruiz says in “The Four Agreements,” their perspective is theirs. They don’t know your story. They only know their own story.
He asks us to speak our truth and to ask questions when we don’t understand what is being said. We should not assume that we know what some one’s else’s story is, or their perception of anything, including the truth about ‘your’ story.
So, let’s make an effort to ask for what we want and need. If we need a hug, ask for it. (Always ask before entering someone else’s personal space.) If we need some space, say so. If we need someone to just listen, we need only speak up.
Let’s do our part to be honest with each other in ALL aspects of our interactions. It CAN be a better a better world. It starts with us.
It’s Sunday morning and I’m cruising through face book and I see this quote from Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and writer: “We must take sides; neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”
Then, a few posts down I see this, “God seeks our authenticity.” From Justin Tanis, from the Pacific School of Religion.
The first thought got me thinking, should we be attacking Syria for its crimes against their own people? I mean, they have been killing each other for a long time now. )I don’t know how long, I do try to keep positive about life and I keep sending love and light there and everywhere in this Universe, but I try to not get too much into the negative in the world. My thought is to know enough of what is happening and send as much assistance as possible.)
It’s like letting the Holocaust go on for so long…what’s the quote about not doing something to help others until they (meaning the ‘bad guys’) come for you? And the second quote asks me what is mine to do so I remain ‘authentic’?
Well, then we have to ask ourselves, what is my definition of being authentic? What is authenticity to myself? What does that mean?
And that takes me to our classes where we are discussing “The Four Agreements” and “The Fifth Agreement” by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz. Here we are asked again and again, “What do we believe?” We have been ‘domesticated’, Don Jose’s word, I believe, by society and family and education and religion, etc., to believe all kinds of things, often without a single thought about what it really means.
But do we REALLY believe them?
Or, better yet, do we know WHAT it is we say we believe?
Don’t know. I’m working on all that…daily. As things come up I have to ask myself how I want to respond to it. Or even, do I want to respond to it? Where does the challenge fit into my integrity? Do I need to look at my integrity again and check it with what I believe today?
All interesting questions…at least for me.
So, where does that lead us with the original question in this essay? Well, it asks how do you ‘take sides?’ There are many ways to do that. It could mean advocating bombing Syria if we continue using that situation as an example for discussion. It could mean agreeing with the solution at hand. It could mean writing our representatives with our opinion. It could mean praying and sending positive energy to those involved with the choices that must be made in this complicated world.
It could even mean doing nothing. That’s what choice is all about. And it’s a choice with integrity that we are looking for when and if we respond.
So, what do you think? Have you thought about what it means to take sides? Do you know what your integrity stands for now? Are you questioning what you believe about everything? Do you understand what people are saying to you or are you just agreeing without even thinking?
Or better yet, are you listening?
As I was receiving a massage today (well done by Diane Heck), several thoughts came to mind.
For whatever reason, the image of the three monkeys came to mind. I should probably look back to remember what part of my body Diane was working on at the time!
The three monkeys are associated with the legend ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. There’s a fourth sometimes included, ‘do no evil,’ depicted with crossed arms.
In the Western world both the proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance. It may also signify a code of silence in gangs, or organized crime. Leave it to the West to take something positive and place a negative connotation on it!
In the Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb from which they are taken are about not dwelling on evil thoughts. And this is where my thoughts travelled, since I am associated with the New Thought ministry, Unity Worldwide Ministries.
In my classes, we have had many discussions about our thoughts and how our thoughts create our world. There are many ways to look at that, through many writers. But the bottom line is, what we think, affects us in many way, on many levels.
So what does ‘see no evil,’ ‘hear no evil,’ ‘speak no evil,’ or ‘do no evil,’ have to do with our thoughts? We are responsible for what we see, hear, say and do. Personal responsibility is one of the tenets Unity encourages. Right.
How can we stop seeing something that is right in front of us? Sometimes, we probably can’t. But what we can do is be selective of those things we do see. For instance, do we have to watch the news all the time? Do we have to gawk at an auto accident as we pass by? Do we have to perceive negativity when we see something we don’t understand?
How can we stop hearing evil? Be aware of what situations we place ourselves in. We certainly don’t need to listen to ‘talk radio’ or TV shows that promote negative information or misinformation. We can select not to participate in gossip. We can be aware of the people we choose to associate with.
‘Speak no evil’ is one of the easiest. We are in control of what we say. So, don’t say anything that’s negative. Too hard? No, not really. It takes time to first, be aware of what we see, hear, say. Then, we need to recognize what it is we are doing. Are we reacting to something? Or someone? These patterns can be eliminated. Just takes a little work.
Once we have hearing, seeing, saying under our control, what we do is easy. We control what we do, no one else does.
All this comes down to our thoughts. It is our thoughts and what we think about what we see, hear, say and eventually do, that shows the world and ourselves who we acknowledge who we truly are.
I have this bumper sticker in my home as a reminder: “Think Good Thoughts: Words become actions; Actions become habits; Habits become character; Character becomes destiny.”
It all determines what we will see, hear, say, do…THINK.
As a Unitic (Unity inspired person) I believe in the concept that we are all One, God in us and us in God. God as Substance, there’s all these Ideas out in the ethers for us to draw from. This is how we increase our abundance. We take the Divine Ideas and bring them forth through our thoughts and thoughts create. And we always called that co-creating with God. (And here I use the term God but one could use Spirit, Divine Wisdom, Divine Universe, etc.)
So, I was reading the “Fifth Agreement” by Don Jose Ruiz for my Tuesday class. We are in the midst of the “Four Agreements” by his father Don Miguel Ruiz. And he presented this idea in a different way. He looks at the creation process as a re-creation from us.
We are re-creating what God has already created in Divine Idea. And this makes sense to me. God has the idea in substance in the ethers and when we are aware of the idea, when we come forth with the idea, we would then be re-creating what God has already created in the idea.
Some may say, “Yea, but Sandy, the idea has to be brought into form and that is the creating.” And I say, but is that really co-creating? I guess you could say it is because the Idea comes from God first.
I wonder what you all think about this. Let me know.
I’ve been seeing that phrase a lot lately, especially on Facebook. It means different things to different people, I’m sure. Many of us who have been Star Wars fans from the beginning have associated a spiritual connotation to it. The Force is our Christ presence. It is our True Being, our Soul, our Spirit.
And when I think of our True Being, our Power comes to mind. We have been talking about our personal power in my classes. It comes up again and again as we discuss the different things we are doing to become self-aware of exactly who we really are.
Some of us struggle with it all. The thought that we are powerful human beings having this amazing experience is beyond many of our own ability to comprehend. I think sometimes we think too much about it all. If we have moved along on this journey, we have some idea of who we really are, what we really are.
So we take that knowledge and mold your integrity around what it is that we have learned. What is it that we believe is the ‘right’ way to handle certain situations? Do we believe we are all ONE? DO we believe that animals have the ‘right’ to not be mistreated? Do we believe in keeping Mother Earth and Father Sky clean for this and each following generation? Do we believe we all have the ‘right’ to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?
Once we answer these easy questions we develop our integrity. And they really are easy. Once we have our integrity in place, life is easy. Any ‘opportunity’ to choose between something that places our integrity in question, we easily make our choice because if it’s against that integrity that we have adopted, we easily choose what our response is to be. If we go against that integrity, it hurts. It doesn’t sit well at all in our conscious. So, it’s simple.
And what does that have to do with our personal power, you may ask? That’s simple too. If we know what we stand for within that integrity we have formed, we have power in our belief that what we stand for is ‘right’ for us. That’s power. We KNOW that we believe in certain things, and even though we are open to hear some one’s else’s point of view, if it goes against that ideals we have stood for, we can easily walk away from it.
If, on the other hand, it causes us to think about a belief we have, that’s ok too. Because we have the strength in our formed integrity to question the new thought or idea, weigh it against our current beliefs, and if it fits better, than we make adjustments. We try it on. If it feel ‘right’ for us, we adopt that idea or thought and adjust our integrity.
As I look over what I’ve written, I’m going back over my life so far and looking for the changes in my beliefs and how I have come to my integrity today. Part of it has to do with finding Unity. A big part. But part of it has to do with my life experiences, good and not so good. But that’s the thing. All those experiences are part of what made me who I am and they all helped me to form the integrity I hold myself to today.
And that’s power. Knowing where I have come from, what I believe, who I am and who I am becoming. Yes, the Force is with me. I may not be a Jedi yet, but with the help from all the Yoda’s that I have met along the way, I push on. Thank you Yoda Sharon. Thank you Yoda Erica. Thank you Yoda Toni. Thank you Yoda Unity LUT teachers. Thank you Yoda friends and family. Thank you Yoda Graycie, Tasha, Alix, Kes, April, Shyla. (All my dogs).
I’m not sure what got me thinking about the prayers we use to say as kids. You know the ones. Here’s the prayer thanking God for our food: “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food. By His hand we are all fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.”
And then the nighttime one: “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. God bless and then we name all the people we hope God will bless and finish with amen.”
I wondered what the prayers would look like if I took a look at them metaphysically. So, here goes:
God is great. God is good. This is true no matter what name or word you use for God. Could be Universe, Divine, Spirit, Goddess. Any will do. We in Unity and all New Thought believe that God is all good, only good. There is no opposite to good where the Divine is concerned. And if Goddess is all good, that has to be great, right?
Let us thank Him for our food. Well, personally, I thank the Divine Universe for everything. Gratitude is one of the greatest means of increasing abundance there is, so be grateful for all that you have, all you experience, all you know, the people in your life. Even the unpleasant things and people, because there’s a lesson in there someplace.
I am so grateful to be able to see and smell the flowers and the sea air and the good food cooking. I am so grateful I can think and speak and touch. My one dog is almost blind and will lose her one eye in surgery this week because of the glaucoma is that eye. But she is still such a happy dog. I appreciate my sight even more as I watch her get use to finding her way around the house and yard.
And if we look at how we get our food, we can see that the Universe has a part in it all. We get our ideas from the Great Cosmos, ideas are our gift from God/Goddess. So, the knowledge to know how to plant and what to plant and how to get the harvest to where it can be used to nourish the people of the world, that’s all part of the wisdom Divine Spirit has given us.
So, yes; by His hand we all are fed is true. We just have to let go of our need for more than we need and the whole world could be fed, and safely too.
Because we only need ‘our daily bread.’ We don’t need to stock up with food that doesn’t get used until it’s too late and spoiled. We don’t need so much that we throw away at one meal more food than what some people get in a week, and not just in third world countries either. There are families, children in this country who are food insecure, not knowing where the meal is coming from or when.
It’s not much different than the Israelites crossing the desert. Yaweh provided manna twice a day for sustenance. They didn’t need anything else and they didn’t need to save anything day-to-day. They just had to trust and follow the guidance given them.
Now let’s look at that nighttime prayer. Now I lay me down to sleep; that’s simple enough.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep. How can God not keep our soul? We are part of Goddess and so our soul cannot be apart from the Divine.
And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Same thing. We are all part of the One, whatever you want to call that ONE. So, living, dying. God is with us, in us, a part of us. And of everyone and everything else.
And Blessing everyone is a most wonderful thing to do. When we bless someone, we are saying, be plentiful; be at peace; be happy. So, yes; bless everyone and everything. Send them peace and love. This is how peace begins, with each one of us. Be peace. Give peace. Be loving.
I’ve been practicing PATIENCE these last few weeks. It’s not something I had on my agenda to do, tho I must say that I do try to be patient in my daily living.
No, it’s my oldest dog, April. She had a medical incident that I thought was a stroke. Her one eye couldn’t open and she was so restless that neither of us had much sleep that night. Of course, Shyla, my other dog, slept through the whole thing!
Taking her to the vet to find out she has glaucoma in her right eye. It was compounded with an abscessed tooth on her right side too. So, surgery took care of the tooth. The eye is another story.
April was already very challenged with her eyesight due to cataracts in both eyes. She could still see pretty well though. And she could follow me her nose which she said was in very good working order, thank you very much!
After this episode, however, she has hardly any sight, some motion and about 6 inches in front of her she can see SOMETHING is there.
So, we have been taking extra care watching out for her so she doesn’t get into any trouble falling. She likes to be independent so likes to wander around, but now I have to make sure she doesn’t wander too far or into any danger.
I have had to adjust my work inside and out. Outside, always looking for where she is and going to get her, at least until we figure out some kind of outside pen so she can be with me as I work in the yard and garden.
Inside it’s not too much of a problem until I try to work on my class work. For those of you who are not aware, I lead classes in this area on spirituality, metaphysics and self-awareness. I spend a d amount of time preparing and with April, now, getting interrupted to get her, move her from falling off the couch, taking her out when she used to be able to do that on her own.
That is where the patience come in. It can be frustrating when moving along with a thought and have to stop because she needs out, or rescued from something. So if this seems a bit out of sync, my apologies!
I don’t recall asking for more patience? We all know to be careful of what we ask for because we may just get it, and not necessarily how we thought! I do recall asking for patience decades ago, while still teaching and in another working situation where personalities clashed. But not lately.
So, the Universe may be catching up with me, which I doubt. I recall many opportunities to practice patience during those times.
Maybe one more opportunity to give to others? Been doing that. Almost to a fault.
Whatever the lesson, I will work on patience for my little furry friends and take care of them. They have been a blessing. And maybe that’s the message, to honor all life (something I’ve been contemplating with the mosquitoes). And to honor every day, live it because we do not know when it will change with the loss of a loved one.
So, I will continue to love my April, and my Shyla, my two bichons. And all life, even the mosquitoes (I’ll give ‘em a chance to leave the house). And I will hold reverence for each and every day, even when we don’t sleep because April can’t get settled. And when I’m working, I will remember said these things.
And I will ask the Universe to remember I already worked on PATIENCE!
Yesterday I viewed the video from Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday interview with Maya Angelou. In the interview, Dr. Angelou talked about, with tears of joy I might add, how important her peace and joy with her life was through her association with Unity. If you are not aware of Unity, it is the organization that professes the spiritual philosophy based upon the teachings of Jesus. We believe in the power of prayer, that God is all good and only good, that thoughts create our world.
I say we because I too have been transformed through the teachings of Unity. So much so, that I went through the training to become a licensed teacher in Unity.
The founders of Unity, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, believed that their teachings could be an addition to Christian teaching that folks received in their churches. That is why, originally, churches and ministers were not part of their plan. Eventually, they were encouraged to begin training ministers.
Another testamony to the power of Unity’s teaching was the interview, again with Oprah Winfrey, with Jason Collins, the professional basketball player. He stated that a Daily Word reading is, in part, what encouraged him to take the steps to come out as being gay. Daily Word is a publication of Unity Worldwide Ministries.
And Oprah herself, has noted that the book, “Discover the Power Within” changed her life and how she looked at spirituality. The book was written by Eric Butterworth, a very well known Unity minister and writer,
I often wish that there was some way I could tell everyone the power of the truth I, and many others, have found through the New Thought philosophy. I am putting my life’s work toward that goal as I hold my classes here in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area. If you are in the area and want to know more, please contact me. If you are not in this area, there are Unity churches and centers all over the world. Maybe it’s time to contact one of them.
Peace to you all.