Good Morning Beloved
A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door.
The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the
pouring rain, is asking for a push.
“Not a chance,” says the husband, “it is 3:00 in the morning!”
He slams the door and returns to bed.
“Who was that?” asked his wife….
“Just some drunk guy asking for a push,” he answers.
“Did you help him?” she asks.
“No, I did not, it’s 3 am in the morning and it’s pouring rain out there!”
“Well, you have a short memory,” says his wife. “Can’t you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? It was raining then,
too! I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself! God loves drunks too, you know.”
The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain.
He calls out into the dark, “Hello, are you still there?”
“Yes,” comes back the answer.
“Do you still need a push?” calls out the husband.
“Yes, please!” comes the reply from the dark.
“Where are you?” asks the husband.
“Over here on the swing set” replied the drunk.
June gold imagination
Topic: Discover True Self
Affirmation: Centered in the Divine, I discover more of who I am and all that I am capable of being.
This month of June, the theme is Discover your true self.
Do you know your true self? What does it even mean to know your true self?
St. Teresa of Avilla said, “For the most part, all our trials and disturbances come from our NOT understanding ourselves.”
Do you think that is so?
It was Job who said, “Truly the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.” Job 3:25
I agree with those assessments. We all are becoming aware that our thoughts create our world.
I saw this quote, don’t know who’s it is, there was no acknowledgment –“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Definitely a YES!
Why do you think we have the ‘urge’ to learn about ourselves? We go to classes, read books, we attend seminars. We spend millions of dollars in all kinds of therapy; and for what? Many would say to figure out why whatever is happening to us is happening.
We’ve heard it many times, in many different ways: Know thyself; the Kingdom is within; live within out. All this I knew but it didn’t register deeply until I read Eric Butterworth’s “In the Flow of Life”. There I read the words Eric Butterworth said fully and completely: “We must know ourselves because it’s God who we are getting to know.”
Our ‘traditions have told us that we are separate from our Creator. It’s that belief of separation that leads to our feeling of being alone, lost sometimes, afraid.
We are not separate from Spirit. We ARE Spirit.
We just need to find that connection again. To re-connect.
My mentor from my early years with Unity says, “God is in the yearning.”
That’s why I think we do all the searching.
We are attempting to connect with the Power within us, that central core that is Divine. That part of us that is of the WHOLE. That whole is you and me and everyone and everything.
This month’s Power is Imagination. (The word imagination always reminds me of the movie, Miracle on 34th Street, Santa and little Suzy…she learned to BELIEVE with the Power of her imagination! And through that belief and the use of her imagination she was a part of a miracle.).
When we put the power of our imagination to work for us, much may be accomplished…and THAT is our prosperity!
And that is our Prosperity message for this month…using your imagination…and using that imagination to get to know and understand yourself.
Your imagination is among your most creative mind powers. You are always creating through your imaging faculty. By deliberately directing your imagination towards what you want, you can begin to transform your life. Through your thinking, you accumulate a mass of ideas and with your imagination you make them come into a form of prosperity.
Divine Ideas are our gift from God, from the Divine. It’s what we do with those ideas, if we choose to do anything with them that is our prosperity.
As we imagine different scenarios, we figure out what we want in life, who we wish to be, how we wish to act or respond. All this happens first in our imagination.
In our Tuesday class this week we have been learning, or re-membering, the power of the heart and its purpose in directing our choices. So, we shouldn’t think of the brain first when it comes to learning about ourselves, we should be connecting with our heart, become conscious of our Divinity and learn from that space.
From that place we choose those gifts, ideas, ways of thinking and believing that we wish to add to our tool box, which we wish to be a part of our integrity, which will guide us in our beliefs.
We imagine it first to see if it fits for the moment. And we always can re-evaluate, as Charles Fillmore says, and choose to change our minds if it doesn’t fit for us at any time.
Think for a minute about the things you used to imagine…what where they? (A Unity in Rehoboth Beach!)
Charles Fillmore tells us, “With our imagination we lay hold of ideas and clothe them in substance.” Through our imagination we behold things in spiritual essence, in true perfection. The imagination is the universal language as it pertains to a language of pictures. A picture of a cup of water is understood by people of every language.
We picture it into substance, into being.
There are two basic uses of imagination-conditioned and open-ended.
Conditioned imagination kind of defines itself – it concentrates on what you want. Seeing it, speaking it, imagine yourself with it. This can work in quick and spectacular ways but it can be limiting. Getting an abundance of what other people have is not proof of a “prosperity consciousness.” It’s almost like copying someone idea. And that’s fine if THAT is what you are wanting.
It is important, however, to stay open and receptive to what Spirit has in mind for you.
In the open-ended imagination, you do not just ask for those things you already know exist but for those ideas that are not yet manifested into the material. This is the realm in which all new things are created. This is the realm of prosperity.
Some say, when working a manifestation, “This or something better.”
How are you clothing your prosperity: with lack or abundance? Conditioned or open-ended?
Think about it….
We are created in the image of the Divine and we have the power to create mental images that then can be brought into the physical plane. This does take focus plus the support of the power of faith, wisdom and understanding. Together these powers can create prosperity in the form of peace, joy, health, love, the new heaven on earth.
Unfortunately, we learn to function in our dis-function. We fall into the thoughts of others, the Collective Consciousness we discussed last week.
Most people become their thoughts – they do not HAVE thoughts and feelings; the thoughts and feelings have them.
Check yourself…where have your thoughts been? Where are they now?
Probably where is Sandy taking this???
Some say we have NO imagination! No, that’s not it. We are not using our imagination, 96% of our lives are ruled by the subconscious.
Dr. Phineas P. Quimby, one of the earliest proponents of New Thought said, “When people say, ‘It’s all your imagination.’ They seem to mean it is nothing. On the contrary, imagination is probably the most powerful faculty of the human mind and thousands of practical men today know that what the mind images becomes experience and fact.”
How often have you heard that statement; It’s all your imagination?
And even Professor Dumbledore answered Harry, when he asked, “Is this real or is it all in my head,” by saying, “Of course it’s in your head, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real.”
We never out grow our imagination. But we do stifle it. We think we need to conform. And maybe, in some ways and places, we do.
But Henry David Thoreau reminds us, “We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
So, BE that person. As long as you are not hurting yourself or another being, BE.
“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are here to be.”
James Dillet Freeman reminds us, “It is our imagination that gives us the hope of being more than what we seem to be. Imagination is the creative faculty of mind, and many of the most useful, productive, and extraordinary works in the world of us human beings begin as works of imagination.”
- Buckminster Fuller said, “Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ”
So, try to pray with images and not just words. Even in our prayers, sometimes words just do not convey what it is we want to convey. Try praying in images and leave the words out. Pray thanksgiving. Pray peace. Do these in images.
When in a challenging situation, visualize it in peace, resolved for the best of all concerned.
Remember imagination is a universal language. A picture is worth a thousand words. Show God you desire true prosperity through your imagination.
Would you like to develop your power of imagination more? Try these steps and affirmations:
Cleanse-clear away the picture on your mind’s screen that you no longer want. Replace it with something you really want. Affirm: I erase all false images from the screen of my mind.
Consideration-reflect on images that show you the way you want to look and be. Affirm: I reflect on pictures in keeping with my spiritual goals.
Discriminate-old thought and pictures may return. Be discriminate about what you give “free rent” in your head. Affirm: with God’s power, I can sort out the good and discard the false images from my mind.
Observation-the more good you see and incorporate into your life the more that will come. Take time to give thanks for what is and to savor the good around you. Affirm: I observe God’s good everywhere.
Behold-what we persistently behold we manifest. Affirm: I behold the Christ in myself and in others.
Discernment-prayerful time on what is mine to do or have. Affirm: I am open and receptive to spiritual insights from God.
Vision-see through the eyes of spirit. Affirm: My eye is single to the good.