Fall 2018 archive

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December 26, 2018 - "BEING TRANSCENDENT!"

"Information is just bits of data.
Knowledge is putting them together.
Wisdom is transcending them.”
― Ram Dass


"And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes." Matthew 7:28-29

"There is in man a knowing capacity transcending intellectual knowledge. Nearly everyone has at some time touched this hidden wisdom and has been more or less astonished at its revelations." Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 314

"It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I've gone and come back, I'll find it at home." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 207

"(God) abides in your mind as the wisdom that will reveal the way to you if you will quiet your thoughts from their ceaseless outer searching for ways and means. He not only gives you wisdom, He is the wisdom that can direct you into paths of peace and plenty." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 47

"For the illumined soul, time has no reality. There is no sequence in his thought-pattern. He controls time, as it were, and knows past, present and future like a flash in the eternal now." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 221

"You have the witness of Truth within yourself. You are no longer dependent upon the word of somebody else; you know for yourself; and this is the only authority worth having." Emmet Fox Sermon On The Mount 141

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us." 2Corinthians 4:7

This month we complete our year of reflection on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7), using the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) as our index or table of contents for the remainder of The Sermon. We have endeavored to unpack these statements, opening them up for contemplation, meditation and a realization of their blessing in our lives. We began by contemplating the nature of Being and we finish by realizing (making real) the Essence of Being.

The journey began on the mountain top (Matthew 5:1,) by entering into the realm of higher consciousness, to which we return again and again to climb ever higher. We complete our journey (vs. 7:24-29) being established upon the rock of faith in Good Orderly Direction (GOD), knowing that Divine Order and Divine Timing are established in our lives and affairs. Here and now we realize Being as Essential, Transformative and Transcendent. Our essence, our very life, is the breath of God (Genesis 2:7.)

Please affirm with us: “God is the Essence of Being; I Am Essentially Divine!"

Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!

For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!

December 19, 2018 - "BEING TRANSFORMED!"

"The universe is transformation:
life is opinion.”
― Marcus Aurelius


"and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock." Matthew 7:25

"Man is the power of God in action. The mind and the body of man have power to transform energy from one plane of consciousness to another." Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 56

"Lovers of God, sometimes a door opens, and a human being becomes a way for grace to come through." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 188

"We should give God the glory for any and all good in our life, and emphasize the Truth that it is His working in and through the individual that does the transforming." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 23

"Basically, karma is rooted in ignorance of the Atman (God within: Christ). Remove this ignorance, and you destroy karma." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 211

"If you insist that Truth is limitless, and if you meet all things in the consciousness of the limitless Truth of God, then the rain may descend and the floods will come and the winds will blow--but the house will not fall, for you life is built upon rock. The knowledge of 'these sayings' will then be no mere platitudes or intellectual beliefs. They will become strong and vital attitudes of your being." Eric Butterworth Discover The Power Within You 146

"Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2

This month we complete our year of reflection on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7), using the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) as our index or table of contents for the remainder of The Sermon. We have endeavored to unpack these statements, opening them up for contemplation, meditation and a realization of their blessing in our lives. We began by contemplating the nature of Being and we finish by realizing (making real) the Essence of Being.

The journey began on the mountain top (Matthew 5:1,) by entering into the realm of higher consciousness, to which we return again and again to climb ever higher. We complete our journey (vs. 7:24-29) being established upon the rock of faith in Good Orderly Direction (GOD), knowing that Divine Order and Divine Timing are established in our lives and affairs. Here and now we realize Being as Essential, Transformative and Transcendent. Our essence, our very life, is the breath of God (Genesis 2:7.)

Please affirm with us: “God is the Essence of Being; I Am Essentially Divine!"

Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!

For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!

 

December 12, 2018 - "BEING ESSENTIAL!"

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupery


"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock." Matthew 7:24

"If you show forth intelligence you know that somewhere in the economy of Being there is a fount of intelligence. So you may go over the elements that go to make up your being and you will find that they draw their sustenance from an invisible and, to your limited understanding, incomprehensible source." Charles Fillmore, Atom Smashing Power of Mind 90

"The mystic flies moment to moment. The fearful ascetic drags along month to month." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 179

"God not only has created the earth and us, but He is actually the very essence of all that we see about us and all that is within us." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 109

"It is only as individuals that we can see ourselves free from karma by unlearning this desire to exist on the phenomenal level and realizing the Atman, our eternal nature." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 210

"He (Jesus) had no other occupation in life, no other thought except one, that he was Spirit... that every man and woman, whether Jew or Gentile, whether rich or poor, whether saint of sinner, was the embodiment of the same undying Spirit as himself." Swam Prabhanananda The Sermon On The Mount according to Vedanta 125

"Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart." Psalms 51:6

December 5, 2018 - "THE ESSENCE OF BEING!"

"Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.”

― Albert Camus


"Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him." Matthew 5:1

"The Principle of Being is not only all good, but it is all intelligent. It is the fount of your intelligence." Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 22

"This physical world has no two things alike. Every comparison is awkwardly rough... Oneness, which is the reality, cannot be understood with lamp and sun images. The blurring of a plural into a unity is wrong... Language does not touch the one who lives in each of us." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 177

"God is the only reality of us; all else is but a shadow that is cast by some foolish belief or unwise combination of thoughts and the elements of being." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 40

"Karma can only be exhausted by spiritual realization; never by mere satiety of experience." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 207

"The actual explanation of man's life lies in just the fact that he is essentially spiritual and eternal, and the life we live is but a cross section of the full truth concerning him... a cross section of anything... never can furnish even a partial explanation of the whole." Emmet Fox The Sermon On The Mount 4

"then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. " Genesis 2:7

 

November 28, 2018 - "BEING FULFILLED!"

"We come together because 
we fulfill each others' needs at some level or other.”

― Ram Dass


"Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them." Matthew 5:17

"There are three steps in every demonstration: the recognition of Truth as it is in principle; holding the idea; and acknowledging fulfillment. Pray believing that you have received, and you shall receive." Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 125

"Those who make you return, for whatever reason, to God's solitude, be grateful to them. Worry about the others, who give you delicious comforts that keep you from prayer. Friends are enemies sometimes, and enemies friends." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 176

"Love that fulfills the law is the great sense of unity that prompts the soul to seek the understanding and practice of that which is for the welfare not only of the beloved but of all humanity." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 188

"The true secret of evolution is the manifestation of the perfection which is already in every being... this perfect nature behind will make us go forward until every one has become perfect." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 205

"Jesus was a mystic of mystics. It has been said that a mystic is one who is no longer mystified -- by religions, by theologies, by doctrines... miracles are miracles only because we do not understand the processes involved." Eric Butterworth, Discover The Power Within You 78-79

"I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me." Psalm 57:2

To be "persecuted for righteousness' sake" is to enter into the regeneration where the old erroneous ideas of separation, lack and limitation, and dis-ease of any sort are stripped from our consciousness. We are being refined as precious metal, grounded and illumined in Spirit, fulfilling our destiny. We no longer look to outer appearances as our source of peace, joy and love. We know our unity with the One and live in alignment with Divine Law, Wisdom and Love.

This Attitude of Being, Matthew 5:10, and the verses that expand upon it 5:11-20 describe the 'blessed' state of those who go through this process of refinement to not only enter but to dwell in a conscious awareness of the Divine. We now abide in Heaven seeing, knowing and realizing God in all that is, has been and will be.

Please affirm with us: “God is all in all, and all that is in me; We are One!"

Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!

For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!

November 21, 2018 - "BEING ILLUMINED!"

"To know men is to be wise;
to know oneself is to be illumined”
― Lao Tzu


"You are the light of the world... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14,16

"TREATMENT TO REALIZE LIGHT: The glory of the Lord is risen upon me, and I walk in the light of life. Christ within me is my glory. The brightness of His presence casts out all the darkness of error, and my whole body is full of light. My understanding is illumined by Spirit." Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 354

"What I thought was rudeness was really love. You took away my grief, and I was grieved! God has shown me everything but at that moment I was preoccupied within myself... This spreading radiance of a True Human Being has great importance. Look carefully around you and recognize the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those who draw you to that." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 170-171

"The best way to help your brother is to pray for him to be spiritually illumined. Then if he has come to a place in his soul development where he is ready to accept Truth, he will have the understanding and desire to seek the indwelling Christ." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 111

"When all the thought-waves in the mind have been stilled, the mind holds nothing but pure, undifferentiated consciousness. In this state, it is one with the Atman (Christ within.)" How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 201

"Only an illumined soul, one who sees God in all beings, can maintain perfect patience, forbearance, and tranquility in the midst of the conflicts and contradictions of life." Swami Prabhavanada, Sermon On The Mount according to Vedanta 33

"And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness." Genesis 1:3-4

To be "persecuted for righteousness' sake" is to enter into the regeneration where the old erroneous ideas of separation, lack and limitation, and dis-ease of any sort are stripped from our consciousness. We are being refined as precious metal, grounded and illumined in Spirit, fulfilling our destiny. We no longer look to outer appearances as our source of peace, joy and love. We know our unity with the One and live in alignment with Divine Law, Wisdom and Love.

November 14, 2018 - "BEING GROUNDED!"

"Nothing profits more than self-esteem,
grounded on what is just and right.”
― John Milton


"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men." Matthew 5:13

"If the body-idea is grounded and rooted in Divine Mind, the body will be filled with a perpetual life flow." Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 137

"Whenever you speak praise or thanksgiving to God, it's always like this dear shepherd's simplicity. When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, 'This is certainly not like we thought it was!'" The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 168

"Each one of us is inseparably one with God, the source and substance of life and wisdom and every good. Each one must draw upon the source for his own sustenance, and for his own light, and for his own will power." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 38

"The mind and senses have to be purified by the cultivation of ethical virtues and the whole organism has to be strengthened in order that it may be able to undergo the tremendous experiences that await it." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 177-178

"If you understand and accept the teachings of Jesus; and if you make every effort to practice them in every department of your own daily life... then you are worthy to be called the salt of the earth," Emmet Fox, Sermon On The Mount 38

"...according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God." Ephesians 3:16-19

 

November 7, 2018 - "BEING REFINED!"

"The furnace of affliction produces refinement.”
― John Adams


"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." Matthew 5:11-12

"We find that at every upward step we take in our evolution there is a sloughing off of, a doing away with, some parts of consciousness that do not accord with the higher principles... In the refinement of metals the fire, which is life, fuses the whole mass... Much the same thing takes place in the action of Spirit, soul, and body when a person goes into the high consciousness and is transfigured." Charles Fillmore, Atom Smashing Power of Man 154

"Always check your inner state with the lord of your heart. Copper doesn't know it's copper, until it's changed to gold. Your loving doesn't know its majesty until it knows its helplessness." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 143

"Love without the cooperation of wisdom and good judgment and will would not give us the well-rounded expression that we desire, yet purified love will make it much easier to direct these other faculties into accord with the Christ pattern." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 93

"Ordinary sense-perception is distorted and colored by the imagination of the perceiver... It is only in the supersensuous perception of samadhi (absorption) that we see an object in the truth of its own nature, absolute free from the distortions of our imagination." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 175

"Health to to those who are dominated and driven apart because they long for a firm foundation; their domain is created by the Word above, the earth beneath." (Matthew 5:10) Neil Douglas-Klotz, Prayers of the Cosmos 68

"Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10

November 1, 2018 - "BEING REGENERATED!"

"There can be only one permanent revolution - a moral one:
the regeneration of the inner man.”
― Leo Tolstoy


"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10

"One who does not develop his own spiritual nature cannot see the spiritual nature in Jesus or in other men who are following Jesus in the regeneration." Charles Fillmore, Atom Smashing Power of Man 166

"A tailor needs a torn garment to practice his expertise. The trunks of trees must be cut and cut again so they can be used for fine carpentry. Your doctor must have a broken leg to doctor. Your defects are the ways that glory gets manifested. Whoever sees clearly what's diseased in himself begins to gallop on the way." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 141

"It gives us renewed strength and confidence to realize that every thought of Truth that enters our mind is taking up its abode in our subconsciousness and is working itself out in our flesh as harmony and radiant health." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 78

"In the practice of meditation, a succession of identical waves are raised in the mind; and this is done so quickly that no one wave is allowed to subside before another rises to take its place. The effect is therefore one of perfect continuity." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 174

"...the Will of God for us is harmony, peace, and joy, and that these things are to be attained by cultivating right thoughts, or 'righteousness'... it is our Father's good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, at that the way in which we are to receive it is by cultivation serenity, or peace of soul." Emmet Fox, Sermon On The Mount 43

"Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Matthew 19:28

October 24, 2018 - "BEING A FRIEND!"

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
― Abraham Lincoln

"Make friends quickly with your accuser..." Matthew 5:25

"Among a certain class of Hindu mystics are those called Bhakti, or Disciples of Love. They know the power of love to protect and to care for them, and they cultivate it until all nature is in love with and befriends them." Charles Fillmore, Talks On Truth 59

"The soul at dawn is like darkened water that slowly begins to say Thank you, thank you. Then at sunset, again, Venus gradually changes into the moon and then the whole night sky. This comes of smiling back at your smile. The chess master says nothing, other than moving the silent chess piece. That I am part of the ploys of this game makes me amazingly happy." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 135

"When we began our study and work, we might have had only a handful of friends... But now -- well, we just haven't the time to meet and enjoy all the thousands of good friends... You will find that if you just love folks and live happily among them, they will love you." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 23

"Just as the provinces of a country are controlled by first taking over the central government, so we must begin by controlling the mind before we can control the rest of the body." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 171

"It is ever so much easier to overcome a difficulty if you tackle it immediately, at its first appearance... So it is with evil. The moment it presents itself to your attention, you should immediately turn it our, repudiate it, refuse to accept it; and by quietly affirming the Truth, give it no chance to dig itself in." Emmet Fox, Sermon On The Mount 59

"The friendship of the Lord is for those who (respect) him, and he makes known to them his covenant." Psalm 25:14

We are all children of God, so why then are only the peacemakers called children of God? Because, to be a peacemaker we have to realize "the peace that passes all understanding" which results from a conscious connection with God/Infinite Spirit/Divine Truth and complete trust in its Divine outworking; we have to have a total transformation in consciousness from relying upon outer appearances as our source to knowing our own inner transcendent reality as our True Source and Supply.

This Attitude of Being, Matthew 5:9, is described and expanded upon in verses 5: 21-26. Here we see the qualities of Peacemaker include Being Forgiveness, Reconciliation and A Friend. When we know God as our One True Reality then we know our unity with all that is and we are at peace.

Please affirm with us: “God is the Peace in which I live; I Am A Radiating Center of Peace and Love!"

Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!

For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!

October 17, 2018 - "BEING RECONCILIATION!"

"The practice of peace and reconciliation
is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

"So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." Matthew 5:23-24

"We have within us, bound in the cage of the subconsciousness, all the propensities and the savagery of the animals. In the regeneration these are brought forth and a great reconciliation takes place. We find that there is really nothing unclean, except to human consciousness." Charles Fillmore, Twelve Powers of Man 79

"There are some who see me by the same light in which I am seeing them. Our natures are one. Without reference to any strands of lineage, without reference to texts or traditions, we drink the life-water together." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 121

"Each day you should have a regular period of stillness when the soul may gather sustaining power and restoring life. God gives freely; it is for us to keep the receiving channels open..." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 44

"These centers (chakras) are also often called 'lotuses" in yogic literature... Vivekananda suggest that we may think of them as corresponding to the various plexuses of Western physiology. As we have seen, yoga physiology makes no absolute distinction between gross and subtle matter; it is all a question of degree." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 167

"Aligned with the One are those who prepare the ground for all tranquil gatherings; they shall become fountains of livingness." (Mt. 5:9) Neil Douglas Klotz, Prayers Of The Cosmos 65

"And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and would have reconciled them, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you wrong each other?’" Acts 7:26

October 10, 2018 - "BEING FORGIVENESS!"

"I can have peace of mind
only when I forgive rather than judge.”
― Gerald Jampolsky


"You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment;" Matthew 5:21-22

"Our first work in the demonstration is to contact God. Therefore, we must forgive all men their transgressions. Through the divine law of forgiveness we cleanse our mind so that the Father can forgive us.” Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living 246

"I want to say words that flame as I say them, but I keep quiet and don't try to make both worlds fit in one mouthful." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 120

"We are all children, floundering in our immaturity, making mistakes, learning to love and forgive, looking to the Father-Mother of us all for light and strength and training!" Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 180

"The danger of puritanism is that it inclines us to regard certain functions and powers of the body as evil, and other functions and powers as good, without seeing any relation between the two groups. Raja yoga reminds us that the mind-body has only one life-force." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 165

"Only when we have been illumined by the unitive knowledge of God do we really become his children and peacemakers... We cannot bring peace until we have realized our oneness with God and with all beings." Swami Prabhavananda, The Sermon on the Mount according to Vedanta 29

"One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend." Proverbs 17:9

October 3, 2018 - "BEING PEACE!"

"Peace is not an absence of war,
it is a virtue, a state of mind, 
a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”
― Benedict Spinoza


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9

"We must faithfully and persistently deny the appearance of that which seems to be inharmonious and silently and faithfully affirm the omnipresent peace, love, and harmony that we want to see manifested. That which we hold in consciousness will be made manifest for us, therefore we should not hold the thought of anything that we do not want to see appear.” Charles Fillmore, Atom Smashing Power of Mind 72

"You haggle and make jokes to keep what you own for yourself. You have forgotten the One who doesn't care about ownership, who doesn't try to turn a profit from every human exchange." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 117

"I realize that that which He would have me do He inspires in me, that it is very easy to do His will, and that when I thus conduct myself a great peace and friendliness comes and abides." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 19

"The scriptures speak of seven centers of consciousness... The seventh center is at the top of the head. When the mind reaches it, Samadhi (absorption into Infinite Spirit) is attained. One becomes a knower of Brahman (God,) united with Brahman." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 164-5

"Man is a Spiritual being, a true child of God in spirit -- but he only becomes this in fact and expression when he is attuned to the Infinite and expresses his God-potential of love and peace." Eric Butterworth, Discover The Power Within You 69

"Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:3