Good Morning Beloved!
Since we are concluding the discussion of the Beatitudes, I thought I’d share some suggested, more modern ones followed by affirmations for each to aid our quest for healing. Maybe some will ring a bell for you:
Blessed are the absent-minded, for they are truly distracted by Spirit.
Affirmation: My mind is present but otherwise engaged. It will be with you shortly.
Blessed are the confused, for they shall eventually find clarity.
Affirmation: If I can’t remember where I put it, I probably didn’t really need it anyway.
Blessed are those averse to Facebook, Twitter and such social media, for they are free to be left alone.
Affirmation: I am blessed with all the time that others spend on Social Media.
Blessed are the opinionated, for they will occasionally be right.
We affirm that God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.
And remember – not all who are wandering are lost.
Well, we finally get back to the Beatitudes. If you will recall, we started out back in July with the first installment of our study of these Blessings found in Matthew and some are also found in Luke.
We were delayed by wonderful events as we had visitors speaking and singing at our Services that threw the schedule off but what Blessings they were!
So, back to conclude the discussion.
If you recall, these eight Blessings were shared during the Sermon on the Mount, and are proverb-like proclamations, precise, and full of meaning. At this time in history and in the Near East, people learned and believed wealth, happiness, and success were all signs of God’s favor. People who were poor, sick, or failing in any way were clearly being punished by God.
Then along comes Jesus, offering his spiritual congratulations to the very people who were being judged and condemned by the religious authorities of the time. He is telling those who have been most thoroughly excluded from religious acceptance that they are, in fact, God’s beloved. What an energy of hope and new possibility His words must have carried to the sick and needy who thronged to hear Him!
Jesus is explaining that certain groups of people are especially connected with their spiritual potential.
This is one of many times in the course of His ministry when we learn that Jesus leaves the crowds behind and goes up a mountain. He strengthens and centers Himself by ascending to His higher consciousness from which He can later descend to teach, heal and minister to the crowd.
Matthew’s setting of Jesus “Up into the mountains” reminds us to lift our thoughts to higher more spiritual realms. Metaphysically, we go to higher perspectives or thoughts when we see mountain mentioned in the Bible text, just as we do when we see mention of Jesus looking up toward heaven in blessing and prayer, He’s connecting to His Higher Self.
The Beatitudes present a new set of Christ-like ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility different in orientation than the usual force and demand of Tradition. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion. These were and ARE the basic teachings of Jesus.
We see similar verses in the traditional writings of Buddhism, in the Qur’an, the teachings of the Baha’i, for example, and even in the Book of Mormon, proving once again that we are all one in Spirit; that ALL teachings from the Masters are of love.
Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case the condition is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation. As He said in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” He is making a statement of how the spirit of the law should be followed.
The Beatitudes initiate one of the main themes of Matthew’s Gospel; that the Kingdom so long awaited in the Old Testament is the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus proclaimed that God’s kingdom was at hand.
And we now know that that Kingdom can be found here on earth, within and without each and every one of us. It is ‘at hand’, because it is us.
The Greek word translated “blessed” means “spiritual well-being and prosperity.” When we bless someone or something, we are asking that they or it be increased, be prospered, be one with all.
Of the eight Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3–12, we have discussed these six:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3)
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
Do you remember what they mean? What they are about? If not, go to the website and check out the messages. They are in the archives.
Today we look at the last two:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. And this continues with Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you. (5:10-11)
So let’s look at these last two…
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God.
We are all children of God—creative beings made in the image and likeness of our divine Source. This is the truth of who we are, and it remains true whether or not we recognize, remember, or express it in our lives.
Our “likeness” to God does not mean a physical being like we are, with arms and legs and internal organs. “God,” as Jesus states clearly to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:24, “is Spirit.” It must follow, therefore, that we are also Spirit. Our true spiritual identity, the creative energy of God moving in and through us, is what the writers of Hebrew scripture called “the Lord of our Being” and what Jesus called “the Christ.”
Our personal challenge as spiritual beings who have assumed human form is to remove all obstacles so our true Divine nature can express fully and completely through us in these human lifetimes.
What are the obstacles? They are our collective error thoughts—ideas of lack, limitation, and separation from the Divine that we have chosen to believe. Our belief in these negative ideas allows them to become the dominant reality in the manifest world. We create the kingdom of heaven by literally “changing our minds,” that’s what repent means -—we decide to “cancel our subscription” to negative thoughts, to “delete the files” of limiting ideas we have accumulated in consciousness, and to allow the indwelling Divine Presence to fill our hearts and minds with ideas of love, abundance, wholeness, and infinite possibility.
And how do we do this cleansing of negativity? Prayer. Becoming peaceful, serene.
It is from the serenity of our being that we are able to get past the negativity of our lives and our surroundings. “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.”
As you connect with that peace within, you become a peacemaker. Just your ‘being’ helps…remember, “Peace begins with me.”
It is through THAT peace that we are peacemakers, praying for conflict resolution.
This Beatitude, then, does not tell us we must become peacemakers in order to be children of God. We already are children of God. And as we know that and feel its power in the heart of our being; people and conditions around us will become more peaceful, more energized in love, simply because of our presence. And in that new energy, people will see us—and themselves—as the children of God we are.
You ARE peacemakers. You are Blessed.
The last Beatitude:
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This Beatitude has been wrongly seen as promising a reward after death for pain and persecution suffered in life. It has even been used through the centuries as a kind of spiritual mind control through which people have been encouraged to accept, without question, conditions of poverty and oppression in this lifetime by quoting this promise of eternal happiness in heaven. That is not what Jesus is saying. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. It is within us. He clearly meant us to experience the kingdom of heaven in these bodies, in these lifetimes.
Jesus is trying to explain that those who resist error thinking, who hold fast to truth in a nonresistant, nonjudgmental way, are already experiencing the kingdom. From our limited human perspective, they must be suffering and in pain. In fact, they have reached and are experiencing a level of unconditional love that can in no way be threatened by the things and ideas of this world.
But let’s look at what is causing “suffering”…isn’t it our thoughts about the situation? So what this Beatitudes is telling us is to look at our thoughts. Look at what we are holding onto that is blocking our growth, our connection. This is the cause of our suffering…WE are the cause of our suffering. We are persecuting ourselves!
Our thoughts create our world.
When we are truly connected to the Presence of God within us, nothing can cause us to suffer. It may seem that the world is trying to persecute us for our righteousness—our spiritual beliefs and connections—but the world does not have that power. If we choose to not be part of the judgments of the world, then those judgments have no power over us.
In the story ‘The City of Joy, a French priest is drawn to Calcutta to minister to the poorest of the poor—people without homes or possessions who, in his well-intentioned judgment, he felt could truly be said to be persecuted. What he found was that theirs was, indeed, the kingdom of heaven; they were abler to extend love and compassion to him than he was to them. Conditions in the material world could not shake the peace and joy they felt in knowing their spiritual worth.
Who was the persecuted ones there?
The Beatitudes are often looked at as the Commandments of the Christian Bible. Just as the Hebrew Bible’s Ten Commandments gave the Israelites laws to guide them on how to get along as they traveled the length of time needed to grow spiritually, 40 years in the desert, these Beatitudes are guides to know and understand the Kingdom of Heaven.
They are essentially Jesus’ teachings in a nut shell. new set of ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and extortion. They echo the highest ideals of Jesus’ teachings on spirituality and compassion.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
By sandwiching six promises in between two assurances, that such people have the kingdom of heaven, is it possible that Jesus means to tell us that these six promises are blessings of the kingdom. In other words, these six things are what you can count on when you are a part of Divine’s kingdom. This is what the kingdom brings: comfort, earth ownership, satisfaction, righteousness, mercy, a vision of God, and the awesome title, child of God. You don’t have to pick and choose among these promises. They all belong to the kingdom. Six promises sandwiched in between.” Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The spiritual path to which we are called is not an easy one, nor are we likely to win many popularity contests as a result of the work that is ours to do.
The kingdom to which Jesus and many Masters calls us is “not of this ‘material’ world’ and it will make no sense to those who are not able to fully understand its spiritual power. What we experience as spiritual growth and awareness will seem like sheer foolishness to others. We can’t expect to always be understood, even by people to whom we feel closest, and we certainly can’t base our spiritual choices on the prevailing opinions of friends or family. Again and again as His ministry unfolds, Jesus warns his disciples that following a path of spiritual awareness and enlightenment may mean turning away from friends, family, and “public opinion.”
In other words, we will find the rewards of our spiritual choices in ourselves, not in the support or approval of others.
Thankfully, we have that support here at Unity of Rehoboth Beach. Let’s take that smile of acceptance into meditation…..
Good Morning Beloved!
A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with two drops
of water. As the bartender gives her the drink she says, “I’m on this cruise
to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today.”
The bartender says, “Well, since it’s your birthday, I’ll buy you a drink. In
fact, this one is on me.”
As the woman finishes her drink, the woman to her right says, “I would
like to buy you a drink, too.”
The old woman says, “Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with two
drops of water.”
“Coming up,” says the bartender.
As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says, “I would like to buy
you one, too.”
The old woman says, “Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch with
two drops of water.”
“Coming right up,” the bartender says.
As he gives her the drink, he says, “Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the
Scotch with only two drops of water?”
The old woman replies, “Sonny, when you’re my age, you’ve learned how to hold your liquor. Holding your water, however, is a whole other issue.”
Key #7 Live in the Flow
Well, we did it. We worked the Keys to the Kingdom. Today is the last for us, the class completes the course Wednesday. This is certainly not the least, Key, #7 – ‘Live in the Flow’.
The 6 previous Keys, if followed, create the 7th key – a level of spiritual awareness – BEING. Just BE.
Commitment, Vision, Truth, Circulation, Forgiveness and Gratitude lift us to a higher level of Being – we are ‘In the Flow’ of unlimited abundance and possibility.
Six steps, the number six symbolizing the period of work needed to create something new. And the number seven symbolizes the completion of the creation cycle, just as in the Creation Story in Genesis.
Have you really taken David Owen Ritz’s lessons to heart? If you truly do the six steps, you will realize the seventh.
The goal has been a greater awareness of the Kingdom. I have said and I firmly believe that the path to a greater awareness of this goal we all have is by knowing yourself. It is in knowing who we truly are that we discover the inner Christ consciousness.
David believes any one of the 7 Keys can have a profound effect on us, but taken together – they have the potential to transform each of us and change the way we live our very lives.
SO, six weeks ago, when we mentioned the word commitment, what came to mind? Did you really feel what it means to commit? We’re way past trying now. This is Master Yoda reminding us, “It’s either do or not do…there is no trying.”
Commitment is total and absolute. “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” Martina Navratilova
You have made an inner choice to realize the Presence of the Divine in your life. Have you tried to go back?
You can’t. Once we made this start on our journey, you can’t forget what you have discovered.
Remember what we learned from EMMA CURTIS HOPKINS last week? When you’re going through life and there in your path is a big blob of “negativity” … don’t steer away – don’t look the other way – don’t pretend it’s not there – don’t complain about it. LOOK it in the eye and you say: “This too is Good. This too is God. This too is for me. I demand to see the blessing in it!”
“This too is Good” – means it may not look like Good, but I know there’s Good in there somewhere.”
“This too is God” – this came from the same Creative Power as everything else … it’s up to me to make good from it. And THAT is the key.
“This too is for me” – means I know it’s there to serve me ultimately so I’m not going to turn it away …
“I demand to see the blessing in it” – means I’m going to call forth that Good!
Remember your vision. The Kingdom holds a field of infinite possibilities. You choose what and how much of those possibilities to allow in your life.
You will not rise higher than your vision.
Charles Fillmore has said, “Some persons are like fish in the sea, saying, ‘Where is the water?’ in the presence of spiritual abundance … Plenty is here, all around, and when you have opened the eyes of Spirit in yourself, you will see it and rejoice.”
Marcus J. Borg said, “Reality is permeated, indeed flooded, with divine creativity, nourishment, and care.”
And that is TRUTH. Truth is one of the most powerful things on Earth…it dispels nonreality – the myth of lack and limitation. Truth transforms.
We know the Truth of who and what we are – deep inside us. It’s an inner awareness of your true self and your potentiality.
John 8:32 “Know the Truth and it will set you free.”
And as we learn the Truth of who and what we are, we discover that giving is what keeps us in the divine flow, the Omnipresent Source. Those who are givers have learned to allow God to work through them.
The Spiritual Law of Circulation works – what you give out comes back to you in kind. You do not know how or when or by whom, but it comes back. Spirit responds to the vacuum you create through your unconditional giving.
The word, the feeling, unconditional, comes into play with forgiveness too. We have discovered that we cannot come into the full realization of the presence of God in our daily lives if the unhealed pain and resentment of the past color our perception. And so we must release the energy of the past, we just let it go. And thus we open our awareness of the rich abundance available to us through Divine Spirit.
Old energy out…new energy and awareness in. (Super Storm Sandy)
And for this, and so much more, we are Grateful!
Marcus Aurelius said, “Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.”
I think he means do not take anything for granted!
And so with all these keys we enter the higher state of being that we have all been searching for. That connection within is behind the longing that caused us to search for places like Unity of Rehoboth Beach.
When you are in the flow you become part of the natural order of creation. David says it this way, “You are made in the image and likeness of God. Its Spirit is your Spirit. Its life is your life. The abundant nature of God is also your abundant nature.”
This is true prosperity consciousness!
Can you say I AM ABUNDANT!
Let me remind you of what you place behind those very words…I AM.
According to the Bible, when God spoke to Moses, the words, “I AM” were used to identify that Spirit. So, when we use those words, we are claiming that quality that we place behind them.
Those two little words mean so much. Say so much. What you place behind the words I Am is a quality you are claiming for yourself and for that God of your understanding.
So, as my metaphysics instructor would remind us…” Watch your words!”
Be conscious of the quality you are placing behind the words I AM. Because you are claiming that quality as a part of you.
SO who do you want to claim to be?
Let’s listen to this song as we prepare for meditation.
Good Morning Beloved!
His name was Bubba; he was from Texas. And he needed a loan, so he walked into a bank in New York City and asked for the loan Officer. He told the loan officer that he was going to Paris for an International Redneck Festival for two weeks and and needed to borrow $5,000, and that he was not a depositor of the bank.
The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan, so the Redneck handed over the keys to a new Ferrari. The car was parked on the street in front of the bank.
The Redneck produced the title and everything checked out. The loan officer agreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan and apologized for having to charge 12% interest.
Later, the bank’s president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the Redneck from the Texas for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral for a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank’s private underground garage and parked it.
Two weeks later, the Redneck returned, repaid the $5,000 and the interest of $23.07. The loan officer said, “Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled.
While you were away, we checked you out on Dunn & Bradstreet and found that you are a distinguished alumnus from Texas A & M, a highly sophisticated investor and multi-millionaire with real estate and financial interests all over the world. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”
The good ‘ole boy replied, “Where else in New York can I park my car for two weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be there when I return?”
We’ve had quite a journey so far, as we have used David Owen Ritz’s “Keys to the Kingdom” to guide us, and sometimes, cajole us, forward on our journey.
The Keys have taken us on this journey of discovery right from the beginning. Just as in any journey we choose to take, we must make the choice to start – that would be Key #1 – Make the Commitment. I know, I know…commitment is hard. We WANT to change, but that can be difficult.
We are ALL very capable of making the changes we want. It just takes some work. And commitment means responsibility. Yes, responsibility. One of the great things about Unity Principles is we need to do it…because no one else can do it for us.
So, we have put our big person pants on and committed to move forward!
And once we have made that choice to start, we envision what the journey would be like – Key #2 – Hold the Vision. We have committed to a new adventure. We are ready for a new ‘me’ or in your case, you.
How’s that vision coming along? Know what it is you desire? Know what you need to do to get it? Cool.
Key #3 – Build a New Awareness guides us to new frontiers. With that vision, we saw new ideas, a new way to look at things in our lives. We see what we can become when we open up to those new ideas.
But to be a part of the new, we had to review where we are now and see what we are holding onto because of fear, lack of self-esteem, and such. SO Key #4 –Make Room for the New means to clean out those closets and drawers. Go through the garage and basement too, and release anything no longer serving you.
Make room for the new…in every way.
And wouldn’t you know it, but we have to clean out the mental and emotional closets too. Yes, Key #5 Let go of the Past was last weeks’ Key to work on. THAT may have been the hardest. Forgiving not only others but yourself too.
Remember: Our past will be our future unless we release it!
We must be WILLING at the very least, to start the forgiveness process.
AND, maybe even “agreeing with your adversary” from the start, thus avoiding any situations that would result in having to forgive. Remember, ‘agreeing with your adversary’ means seeing the situation with new eyes, with love and acceptance. The ‘adversary’ is our own adverse thoughts about the person or situation.
So, now we are at Key #6 – Count Your Blessings.
The Law of Attraction states: Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind. So, if you wish to have good in your life, think good thoughts. That’s what gratitude is all about. Thinking good begets good. But you don’t think good to get good just for getting good…you think good to get good to share good too.
Gratitude is more than just an emotion. Gratitude is a lot more than just a feeling that we may – or may not – have in “reaction” to the Good we see in our life. Gratitude is part of HOW we “create” the Good we see in our life – not just a “reaction” TO it!
GRATITUDE – Is one of the most powerful – strongest – most positive energies you can bring to your life. It’s creative energy. And when you bring THAT kind of powerful, celebratory energy of Gratitude to your life – you’re really focusing your “creative” energy!
Gratitude is an action word!
Eileen Caddy says, “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of those around you.”
In a series of studies with hundreds of participants, those who had been randomly assigned to the gratitude section reported more happiness and joy, experienced fewer symptoms of physical illness, spent more time exercising, were more optimistic and satisfied with their lives, reported increased positive affect and decreased negative affect, were more likely to offer emotional support to others, felt an increased sense of connection with others, and even slept more hours and with a better quality of sleep each night.
According to Jane Powell, one of the simplest ways to change your mood or mental outlook is to remind yourself of all the good things in your life.
Reflecting on how far you have come, what you have already accomplished, and what you have learned, can be very encouraging. Appreciating your dearest friends, your closest family members, your favorite possessions and of course yourself can bring a smile to your face.
If you need a lift or an attitude adjustment, try to appreciate and reflect on the good things. Count your blessings. It can be done anytime and anyplace.
Writer, Melody Beattie, has a great quote summing it all up: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy
David Owen Ritz breaks it down to a very simple principle: “That which you focus and
dwell upon – with a feeling of love and gratitude – you will tend to multiply and attract.”
The things you focus your attention on … when you do that with the powerful feelings of Love and Gratitude … you will multiply and attract THAT kind of good into your life. That’s how we consciously use this power of Gratitude to “shape” our experience of life!
One of Charles Fillmore’s famous quotes is, “God’s greatest gift to man is the power of thoughts, through which he can incorporate into his consciousness the mind of God.”
The Divine wants only good for us, but we have to do our part…think good thoughts!
“What we often don’t recognize is that the failure to celebrate the abundance of life by giving thanks for it actually limits the abundance available to us. You don’t attract more good into your life by ignoring or complaining about what you already have. You attract more by focusing your creative energy on the good through the feeling and expression of gratitude.”
It’s simple – Everything responds to attention. We don’t attract GOOD into our life by
complaining! We attract it by focusing our creative energy through Gratitude! And not a
passive feeling of Gratitude, but a “dynamic” state of being in which we LIVE … a
“dynamic” energy that we bring to everything.
Think about the greatest manifester I know of, Jesus! He gave thanks BEFORE he did any of his works…the healing, the multiplying of loaves and fishes, the fishing nets over-flowing with fish! Praise and thanksgiving came BEFORE the act.
So how can we have a more gratitude filled life? David has 4 suggestions to what he calls Proactive Gratitude, or not being grateful but DOING grateful:
- BECOME CONSCIOUS OF THE GOOD IN YOUR LIFE … Instead of looking at the 90-95% of our lives that are just great, we focus on the 5-10% that maybe isn’t the best. If that small percentage is where we focus our attention, then THAT is where all the action is too!
What about all the good stuff that is going on? We want to become more conscious of the 90% that’s working for us.
That which you focus on with feeling of love and gratitude, will tend to multiply and attract.
So, when you go home, get 5 pieces of paper and go through the 5 areas of your life: Health – Finances – Relationships – Career & Creative Expression – and Personal & Spiritual Growth. List ALL the GOOD that you overlook. Write it down – look at it – notice it.
2. PRAISE THE GOOD IN YOUR LIFE … Praise that 90% in front of you. We often don’t ‘see’ what it right before us. Celebrate that Good. Praise is “active” appreciation and recognition. When you praise something – you lift it up – shine the light on it. Look at every little thing and say, “Wow! Life is Good!”Praise your good with your thoughts, words and deeds. Say, “Thank you God!” when good comes your way, no matter what!Your favorite shoes are on sale…thank you Divine Universe!In my case, the dogs let me sleep through the night…thank you God!And remember, Love is a verb, so show that special person in your life how much you appreciate them on this Valentine’s Day. Gratitude in action.
- The kids called, surprise! thank you!
- Got a good parking place…Thank you Spirit!
- Favorite shoes on sale…thank You Divine Universe!
Don’t be afraid to tell people how Good your life is! When someone asks “How are you?’ how do you respond? Maybe here is where you can say how you REALLY are! Believe IT – celebrate your good life.
Change the way you think and talk about your life – to others and to yourself.
Here’s a little trick to use in your Finances – when you write a bill do an affirmation to celebrate the fact that you have the money to pay that bill: “I give thanks for the abundance that is mine to share!” is a good affirmation to write in the memo part of the check. Or you can simply write down TYG! – Thank You God! It makes you consciously celebrate that Good! Find ways to Praise and Celebrate your Good!
3) SHARE YOUR GOOD WITH OTHERS … When you find yourself with this incredible abundance – what’s your natural reaction? To share it with everyone – to give it away. Express your gratitude by helping others. Don’t pass up an opportunity to give – don’t pass up an opportunity to serve – don’t pass up an opportunity to prosper other people! And when you give – serve – prosper other people, that’s a statement about YOUR prosperity!
David Own Ritz says: “If you help people get what they want out of life, you’ll get what you want. That’s the way spiritual law works.” Give it away, share it … for in giving it away, you get more!
4) LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN EVERY THING … Remember that 10% that we talked about earlier? In every growth opportunity in your life there are undiscovered gifts hidden within, a hidden potential for you. And the bigger the growth opportunity – the bigger the gift is! Don’t look at something that seems negative as something to hold you down or back, but rather as something that has within it the wisdom and the growth necessary to become even more abundant – more prosperous – moving you into your greatest Possibility!
When you name the negative GOOD, even though it may not look that way, you’re calling forth that greater Possibility – you’re opening your mind & heart to accept the Good that’s there!
I like to say, and I have no idea if I read or saw this somewhere – but we have a choice to ask WHAT in place of WHY when something happens. What can I do to make this better in place of why did this happen?
EMMA CURTIS HOPKINS, one of the early New Thought teachers of the late 1800’s – had a wonderful affirmation. She said when you’re going through life and there in your path there’s a big blob of “negativity” … don’t steer away – don’t look the other way – don’t pretend it’s not there – don’t complain about it. LOOK it in the eye and you say this: “This too is Good. This too is God. This too is for me. I demand to see the blessing in it!”
“This too is Good” – means it may not look like Good, but I know there’s Good in there
somewhere …” I know there’s a pony in here someplace”
“This too is God” – this came from the same Creative Power as everything else … it’s up to me to make good from it.
“This too is for me” – means I know it’s there to serve me ultimately so I’m not going
to turn it away …
“I demand to see the blessing in it” – means I’m going to call forth that Good!
This is a perfect example of PROACTIVE GRATITUDE! – It is not just being grateful – it’s DOING Gratitude.
You might want to start practicing Proactive Gratitude by making a “Gratitude List.” Or, my practice is ending my day by listing what I am grateful for from the day.
We have added a Gratitude Jar to our information table. There are slips of paper available for you to write down things, persons, happenings that you are grateful for and place them in the jar.
Sometime in the future…. we will look at them and share the gratitude again. So, spend time examining your life closely and write down the things you notice and appreciate. Place them in the gratitude jar with love and feelings of gratefulness.
We will ALL benefit from your blessings.
Good Morning Beloved!
A guy goes to confession after not going for many, many years. He walks
into the confessional and he sees on a small table a bottle of fine
single-malt Scotch whiskey. Next to that is a wooden box of fine Cuban cigars with cutters, matches, etc.
On the table are several magazines including Motor Trend and Popular
Mechanics. It is air conditioned, carpeted, and a nice easy chair to boot.
A few seconds later the priest walks in and the man says, “Father, I know
it has been a really LONG time since I’ve been to confession, but I have
to hand it to you, and with all this stuff, I think these improvements are great!”
To which the priest replied, “Sorry, son, but you’re on my side. Get out!”
Keys to the Kingdom – an advanced course in prosperity consciousness building
Are you ready for Key #5? The first 4 have been relatively easy. Well, maybe not the Commitment one…but visioning and clearing out for the new? Piece of cake right?
Visioning may seem easy, until we ask that all important question—What do I REALLY want?
And clearing out may seem a piece of cake, until we hold one or two items or people in our minds and hearts, and ask; Are we REALLY ready to let that go?
I KNOW you ALL are doing well with your Keys…all in good time, RIGHT?
Keep in mind: The reality is that, noticed or not, every conscious act that gives witness to new possibilities and greater awareness contributes to the transformation of the whole.
There is no insignificant thought, word, or action. Each act of courage and strength shifts the energy and increases the potential for others to become aware, too.
No matter what we do, we are always affecting the energy around us, in either a negative or positive way.
Why should we not then become aware of our power and choose consciously rather than unconsciously how we will shape our world?
With that in mind—- We get into the biggie….FORGIVENESS. Yep. The 5th Key, Let GO of the Past might just be the hardest for many of us.
And why is that? You tell me…why do you hold onto hurts, regrets, guilt, and resentments from, most often, years ago?
Dr. Phil would say we are getting something back. Wonder what it could be that would have us hold on to hurt, resentment, regrets, or guilt for years?
When you release something, let it go, give away … you create increased FLOW in your life by doing that! Release the negative energy that’s blocking the flow.
When you forgive you release the energy of the past – you move the old negative energy out of the way and make room for a greater possibility. It’s like cleaning out your closets. You have an “emotional” closet filled with stuff that no longer serves your good.
David Owen Ritz says: “For many people, the past is not completely in the past. Perhaps the actual experiences of earlier months or years have long been left behind. However, the energy of the past is still quite active in our lives as regret, judgment, guilt, and resentment. Just as false beliefs formed in the past create present circumstances and conditions, so does this energy from the past help to shape present experiences.”
Our past will be our future unless we release it!
A Course in Miracles says we need to “Realize that what you thought happened, never really happened.”
Byron Katie, in her “The Works” asks, “Is it true?” Is whatever happened still true today? No…whatever happened, happened in the past. Why bring it up again and again?
We are the only animal that does that, by the way; reliving the past again and again, holding onto hurts. We can learn a lot from nature!
We must realize, and accept that we are not all-knowing. Sorry to break it to you all. But often what we thought happened didn’t really happen. So release it.
Research tells us we are wired for revenge and forgiveness, and we have the capacity to choose either response.
It’s like the Native American story about the two wolves inside us, which one we feed determines which one wins. It’s always about choice….free will.
Researchers are specific about how they define forgiveness when studying its effects on our well-being and happiness. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky calls forgiveness “a shift in thinking” toward someone who has harmed you. It has nothing to do with reconciliation, forgetting, excusing or justice. When you are ready, forgiveness is a powerful choice you can make that can lead to greater well-being and relationships. This choice carries with it an intention to heal yourself.
- Emilie Cady, Unity author, defines forgiveness in Lessons in Truth this way: “To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more than this. To forgive is to give for—to give some actual, definite good in return for (perceived wrong doing).”
Our inner Buddha/Christ/Goddess/Higher Being wants to be whole. So, eventually, we come to the choice point where something has to give. Either we work on forgiveness or we get the Spiritual 2x 4.
As long as we hold on to “victim thinking,” we are giving away our power to the kinds of people and things that bind us to our painful yesterdays.
Having trouble getting to forgiveness?
Our minds instantly form opinions and characterizations about other people. But our hearts have a different way of knowing. Can we forgive from our hearts even if our minds don’t want us to?
Maria Nemeth believes so. Her book, ‘The Energy of Money’, includes a powerful forgiveness exercise. We move toward forgiveness by being willing. Being willing to be led by our hearts and not the chatter from our minds is a powerful way to release our negative assessments of others. Being willing to give good to others, no matter what, is a powerful practice and a skill that will transform anger into something more productive. Who doesn’t have opinions about the way they were raised? Or how their children act? Or why lovers leave them? Let’s be here now, in this moment, creating a better story for a future filled with hope and promise. Being willing is a start that we all can do.
Lewis Smedes says, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and to realize that prisoner is you.” He also says, “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of the past into a hope for the future.”
WHAT EXACTLY IS FORGIVENESS? – It’s “Letting Go.” Letting go of that which no longer serves you – that which is no longer useful to where you are today in your life. You choose to put it behind you – release it – let it go so you can move on.
1) Forgiveness is NOT forgetting … Forgetting is the END result of forgiveness and is possible only after we have first let go!
2) Forgiveness is NOT denying what happened – or your feelings about it … Have the feelings – but don’t get stuck there! Remember – no camping in the valley!
3) Forgiveness is NOT excusing the other person or his or her actions … Inappropriate and hurtful behavior – is always inappropriate and hurtful behavior. . .Forgiveness is saying, “I choose to leave this behind and move on!”
4) Forgiveness is NOT reconciliation … It might be the result of forgiveness, but it is not necessary for forgiveness!
FORGIVENESS IS –
1) Unconditional … It needs to be freely given as a “gift” – not an “exchange.”
2) Something You Do for Yourself … You forgive because YOU don’t want to carry that energy around with you anymore; you don’t want to re-live the pain; or have that energy affect your life today and shape your tomorrow.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO FORGIVE? – Look everywhere, but here are the five places we most commonly hold energy around according to David. . .Examine the energy you hold around:
1) Your parents and your childhood … Do you hold resentment – wishing things could have been different? Are you holding pain that hasn’t been healed? Do you really want that creating today’s experience – and tomorrow’s?
2) Your family and/or children … Do you judge or have trouble accepting things about them? Have you forgiven mistakes made in the past? Ask: “Would my relationship be different with them today if I let that energy go?”
3) Your mate or your ex-spouse … Do you have unresolved hurt or resentment or judgments that you’re holding on to? Do you really want that energy in your life today?
4) Your own past behavior and choices … Do you have guilt over mistakes you made? We did the best we could at the time. Stop judging yourself!
5) Your job and your life circumstances … Do you wish your life had been different?
Let that go and maybe you’d be more empowered to create the kind of life you DO want!
David Owen Ritz says: “The person who most needs your forgiveness is YOU! You must love yourself and forgive yourself in order to step into that place of “Living in the Flow.”
It is difficult to forgive others when we are filled with self-condemnation and guilt.
To forgive our past is to view our lives from a different perspective, from the perspective of love. When we look at ourselves through the eyes of love, we see that every experience, every person has been a part of our souls’ unfoldment.
The way we reacted to life yesterday is perhaps not the way we would choose to act today. However, each new day, each new moment is an opportunity to choose again.
If we had a friend who had made some mistakes in the past but was today living a good life, would we constantly be reminding that friend of his or her past behavior? Of course we wouldn’t, so why do we do this to ourselves? Guilt binds, confines, and keeps us from a creative future.
Forgiveness is a process – It takes time – David has it in four distinct stages:
1) DISCOVERY … Before you can forgive anything you must become AWARE of what happened – and the pain it caused you.
2) DECISION … Forgiveness begins when you choose, “I no longer want this in my life!
It’s time to let it go; to put it behind me; to forgive; and move on with my life.” When you make that choice, the work of forgiveness starts.
3) CHANGING YOUR MIND … The work of forgiveness is in “changing” how you “think” about the matter and the people involved. . .This is about seeing it differently, from a higher perspective. Then we can see the hidden truth of the matter.
4) MOVING ON … In every hurt there’s a hidden gift of growth – of greater Possibility. Every painful and seeming limiting circumstance in life is really an opportunity for greater awareness, a growth opportunity. And when we see it – we can MOVE ON!
Invite your inner self to show you the energy of the past that’s still with you. When you’re AWARE of it – write it down, you are WILLING to forgive. Let the act of writing it down be that 2nd step – the CHOICE to let it go, the willingness – to let LOVE FLOW. Then begin to reframe it – CHANGE YOUR MIND about it: “I AM ready to Let Go of the past. . .I AM ready to Forgive. . .I AM ready to Free myself. . .I AM READY TO LOVE and to MOVE ON!” Thank you Divine Spirit!
It is only through forgiveness that we can find freedom and wholeness.
When Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven” (Mt. 18:21-22 RSV).
Forgive yourself as often as you would others.
And here is another thought – How much better to bless things and people as the situations occur, rather than wait to act as a last resort. This is why Jesus advised us to quickly agree with our adversary. This is often misunderstood as a sign of weakness. But you see, to agree as Jesus used the term does not mean to give in even if it goes against your best interest or highest ideals. In Jesus’ usage the word adversary refers not to a person but to your adverse thought about a person. Thus, to “agree with” means to “settle with,” to deal creatively with the situation—to bless it and let it go…
He says that if you come to the altar to pray and you remember that you have something against your sister or brother, you should first go and make up with your them and then come with your gift. In other words, if you are blocking the flow by your resentment or bitterness, not even God can break through with the good you desire.
In “The Lord’s Prayer” Jesus says, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Mt. 6:12). This does not imply bargaining with God. God makes no deals. It means that we must give way to receive. We must let go of indignation and offense if we want to loosen the restrictions in our lives. Something’s got to give. There is a great probability that in the case of physical or mental or financial problems in our life, there is some kind of rancor or bitterness or memory of wrong in our consciousness. Something’s got to give.
There’s that spiritual 2×4 again!
Imelda Shanklin, one of Unity’s great teachers, gives an important prayer test. She says, in effect, “Father forgive me for expecting in the human that which is found only in the divine.”
Our Divine self is perfect…our human self is working on it. Perhaps forgiveness is something we can put forth to work on for the Lenten Season? Ash Wednesday is this week.