GREAT Morning Beloved!!
Discover the Power Within You – The Great Decision
Last week we talked about the great discovery, made by Jesus, that we are both human and divine. Or as the quotes by an unknown author wrote: “Know this, O Man, sole root of sin in thee is not to know thine own divinity!”
Why would our Creator do that…hide our divinity? I’ve wondered about that…have you? Can you think of any reasons that we would have to experience life, ……that we would have to go through the ‘growth opportunities’ that meet us along our path?
What is the reason?
Can you recall that we have ‘free choice’? Yes…we choose what is going to happen in our lives. We are the masters of our fate.
And those ‘growth opportunities’ are there to help us grow, sometimes MAKE us grow!
And we need to do that. We are here to experience life, which can be heaven, or it can be hell…. we choose.
But as we grow, awaken, reach into our divinity, we experience more heaven than hell…. right?
And we have help to experience more heaven…we forget that sometimes. We don’t even consider it a true possibility that there is help for us sometimes. And yet, there is. And as we become more open to that, more accepting, we more forward on that path, that journey.
So, with the Discovery that we are divine, this morning we want to discuss the Great Decision.
And what is the Great Decision? Let’s see….
I have mentioned before, one of my mentors use to say the we all have an ‘urge’ to discover our connection to God, no matter where we are on the spiral, moving ever forward towards complete enlightenment.
And scientists have hypothesized that human spirituality is influenced by heredity and that a specific gene, called vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), predisposes us towards spiritual or mystic experience.
That gene, that ‘urge’ is what leads us to at least ponder our Great Decision.
Paul wrote: “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
How often do we fall back on the belief, “I’m only human” and then move forward with a questionable act? Businesses that do things because ‘that’s the way things are if you want to be competitive’ or we hear of athletes bending the rules to get faster, stronger?
And you & I, what have we done that maybe we wish we could take back?
These are examples of conforming to the world.
But we know now that they were not ‘sins’ as we have been told, but mistakes, we missed the mark and now know more about our Truth. Now we know we are Divine.
And that Great Discovery brings us to the choice we need make if we wish to follow the Master…our Way-shower.
So, our Great Decision is to do that. To make that choice.
Jesus said, “Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32)
And the freedom is the “inward motivation to tame the raw spiritual power that is within us, to harness our divine potential, and to move in the direction of our highest good.”
The way to do this renewing of our mind is the realization and the unfoldment of our own innate divinity. That means; for most, a radical and permanent change for the better in our own consciousness. Only by a change in consciousness can the outer conditions be altered.
Butterworth says this: “But you must still make that great decision to affirm your unity with the Infinite. You must still believe that I AM, and then work tirelessly to act the part. You must claim your freedom, realizing that it does not mean doing what you like, but becoming what you should.”
How do we become what we should? How do we demonstrate our divinity in the world?
Whether you call it “living within the license of a higher order of beings” or “changing the formula to get a different result”, the message is the same. We are called to recognize that we are more than we think, and therefore, we are capable of more than we think we are.
Butterworth explains this well when stating: “When we know the Truth of this great spiritual potential within us which Jesus called the Kingdom of God within, we are free to become our unlimited self, free to do unlimited things. We see things in a different light, we react to a different set of principles, we draw upon a higher potential, a potential that has always been within us, which has always really been us.”
What Jesus was showing us was a way to live a spiritual life every moment of every day. We can make the same decision as Jesus did, to live our lives as spiritual beings. This is Eric Butterworth’s “great decision” and it can radically change our world.
So back to the question of how do we do that? We’re doing it here this morning. Our times together help us to remember who we are, and what we’re capable of.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame with in us.” – Albert Schweitzer
We try to do that each week as we gather for Service and Fellowship.
And, who we are and what we’re capable of can’t stay here, in this building, if we truly want to make a difference.
“We will never change the world by just going to church. We will only change it by being the church.” – Clergy Coaching Network
What does it mean to “be the church”?
What does our opening statement say…?
We affirm that each person is a beloved child of God. Each person is here for a special reason and purpose. When we do that which is ours to do, we make a positive difference in the world.
When we do that which is ours to do…that is the Great Decision…doing what is ours to do. If we are true Christians, we are following WHAT JESUS TAUGHT.
Have you figured what is yours to do yet? Do you know how to make a difference here, at Unity?
Think about the times I remind us all what we do when we walk out that door. How do we interact with the humanity we encounter? With patience and at the very least caring? Or do we lose it as soon as we encounter an impatient driver? Or an upset spouse or partner?
And how do we interact with the creatures that share this wonderful blue marble whirling around in the cosmos? Are we gentle with them? Do we have compassion where we are able? Do we thank them that provide our sustenance?
We may think we can’t change…but we can. We can do what we truly want.
“You’re not stuck. You’re just committed to certain patterns of behavior because they helped you in the past. Now those behaviors have become more harmful than helpful. The reason why you can’t move forward is because you keep applying an old formula to a new level in your life. Change the formula to get a different result.” – Emily Maroutian
Are you stuck in a pattern? Are you ready to change that pattern? Make the Great Decision.