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November 20, 2019 - "GOD IN MOVEMENT!'

“Receive the Holy Spirit.”
― John 20:22


"So the men took the present, and they took double the money with them, and Benjamin; and they arose and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph." Genesis 43:15

"Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which is God in movement, wants to teach you something, to open a bigger, brighter way to you." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 117

"Joseph symbolizes the sublime idea of Truth's going down into the darkened sense consciousness (Egypt) and under the law raising it up and out of sense into Spirit." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 339

"The great man in what he teaches is like the shadow that follows a body, the echo that follows a sound." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 89

"I am sure that if we do as Jesus suggested, turning to the Holy Spirit (the whole Spirit of God) and seeking to know the good only, we shall grow just as surely and as perfectly into the Christ consciousness as Jesus did." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 81

"Ego is constantly attempting to acquire and apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit." Chogyam Trungpa, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 100

"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.' And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'" John 20:21-23

"And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life." Genesis 45:5

The story of Joseph's reuniting with his Father and his family is in Genesis 42-47. Imagination (Joseph) does not initially reveal its identity but allows us to go through the mental transformation necessary to recognize its leading, His holding of Benjamin (faith) calls forth the repentance (change in consciousness) in his brothers necessary for his true identity to be revealed and their reconciliation to occur. It is the will of Spirit that we be consciously whole and healed, that we realize our unity in spirit, mind and body. Jacob and his family's relocation in Egypt is symbolic of this call for unity.

"Spiritual Gifts" is the eleventh chapter of Dr. Emilie Cady's book, Lessons In Truth. We are all 'gifted' beings, each with our own gifts to share. If we do not demonstrate these gifts at first or if they stop working after a time, it is not to worry, but to seek the "higher things." As we become aware that we are a "vessel for some purpose" we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us "a bigger, brighter way" and reveal to us our "own specific gift."

This years theme of New Beginnings involves returning to our beginnings, the book of Genesis which literally means 'the beginnings' and Lessons in Truth which is Unity's first and primary text book. Having traveled around the spiral of continuing spiritual growth we can view these foundational studies from a new level of understanding.

Please affirm with us: “God is leading me upward into higher things!"

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

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

 

November 13, 2019 - "YOU ARE A VESSEL"

“I am the vessel. The draft is God's.
And God is the thirsty one.”
― Dag Hammarskjold


"Now Joseph was governor over the land; he it was who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came, and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground." Genesis 42:6

"You are a vessel for some purpose... you will do 'works' in the one specific direction that will be simply marvelous in the eyes of men." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 114

"Involution always precedes evolution. The I AM and its spiritual faculties must be sent down into the body consciousness before the evolution of the spiritual man can begin." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 323

"Strengthen your heart. Remain sure in actionless action, and all things will then transform themselves." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 88

"We are to cease depending on outer, material avenues for prosperity, because when we look to the outer we look away from the one resource that is within us." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 68

"Attachment to spiritual things is... just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else." Thomas Merton, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 100

"As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish." Demosthenes

"But Joseph said to them, 'It is as I said to you, you are spies. By this you shall be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here.'" Genesis 42:14-15

November 6, 2019 - "LEAD UPWARD!"

“A blocked path also offers guidance.”
― Mason Cooley


"The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end; and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said." Genesis 41:53

"...there comes a time to many when, in their onward growth, they fail to heal... do not let such an experience discourage you. It only means that God is leading you upward into higher things." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 113

"The seven years of plenty followed by the seven years of famine show that the unregenerate man lives in a consciousness of duality, seeing good and evil, heat and cold, plenty and poverty, feast and famine; the spiritualized imagination (Joseph) sees the whole of life as one." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 321-22

"He who loves his body as he loves the world can be trusted to govern the world." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 83

"By helping others under the guidance of the Spirit of truth you at the same time help yourself." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 167

"When you seek it, you cannot find it." Zen saying, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 99

"Following our inner guidance may feel risky and frightening at first, because we are no longer playing it safe, doing what we 'should' do, pleasing others, following rules, or deferring to outside authority." Shakti Gawain

"When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons... 'go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live, and not die.'" Genesis 42:1,2

October 30, 2019 - "SPIRIT FLOWS!"

“Let love flow so that it cleanses the world.”
― Sai Baba


"And Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.'" Genesis 41:15

"Standing in the place of intellect or conscious mind, we thus look to Spirit. Spirit flows in and illumines intellect making it see its oneness with Spirit; and then we - conscious mind - stand at the center, and, looking from within outward say, 'The Father and I are one.'" Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 109

"When you still the senses you will begin to perceive the thoughts that are back of things." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 317

"The noble master who finds he has to follow some course to govern the wold will realize that actionless action is the best course," The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 83

"The vitalizing life of the Spirit fills you to overflowing with all the strength, vigor and vitality you need to sustain you. In His presence is fullness of joy. In your oneness with God everything is now and will be in divine order, and all is well." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 141

"The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp." John Berry, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 99

"Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions." Sai Baba

"Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you are; you shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.'" Genesis 41:39-40

Joseph represents our faculty of imagination. Even though he is one of the youngest of Jacob's/Israel's sons, his story dominates the last third of the book of Genesis. Chapters 37 - 41 tell of his being Jacob's favorite, his gift of the robe with sleeves (KJV coat of many colors) and his dreams that inspire his brothers to fake his death and sell him into slavery. In Egypt, the darkness of sense consciousness, he is wrongly accused and imprisoned. And, like most challenges we face that are blessings in disguise, it prepared the way for him to become second in all of Egypt by interpreting first the dreams of the butler and baker of the Pharoah and then of the Pharoah himself. Imagination allows us to see beyond appearances of darkness to the light of Truth.

The tenth chapter of Dr. Cady's book Lessons in Truth is "Finding The Secret Place". Our true desire (of the Father) is to know the infinite, eternal, unlimited presence and power that is the source of our being, which we call God: the One ultimate reality. When we realize that this reality is desiring expression through us, the way becomes plain; we wait in the silence; be still and know the place of meeting with the Oversoul/Christ Within/Lord of our Being/Spirit; Spirit flows freely when the obstructions in mind and body are released and we are made a new creation.

This years theme of New Beginnings involves returning to our beginnings, the book of Genesis which literally means 'the beginnings' and Lessons in Truth which is Unity's first and primary text book. Having traveled around the spiral of continuing spiritual growth we can view these foundational studies from a new level of understanding.

Please affirm with us: “Spirit flows in and illumines my mind; The Father and I are One!"

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

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

 

October 23, 2019 - "A STRANGE NEW CONSCIOUSNESS!"

“The entire creation is the expression of consciousness.”
― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


"And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison." Genesis 39:20

"While you thus wait and let Him, He will work marvelous changes in you You will have a strange new consciousness of serenity and quiet, a feeling that something has been done, that some new power to overcome has come to you." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 106

"The imagination is liable to get into trouble because it is so little understood... But if we patiently bide our time, knowing that only good can come to us, the seemingly imprisoned faculty (Joseph) will prove its God-given power." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 310-11

"Everything in the world knows how to seek for knowledge that they do not have, but do not know how to find what they already know." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 80

"There was a time in His unfoldment when Jesus did experience such mental activity and such depletion. At such times he withdrew from the multitudes for a while, to get back into His consciousness of oneness with God and the universal and inexhaustible resources of Spirit. " Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 162

"I wonder why. I wonder why. I wonder why I wonder. I wonder why I wonder why I wonder why I wonder!" Richard P. Feynman , Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 98

"Christianity is, I believe, about expanded life, heightened consciousness and achieving a new humanity. It is not about closed minds, supernatural interventions, a fallen creation, guilt, original sin or divine rescue." John Shelby Spong

"And one night they both dreamed—the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison... And Joseph said to them, 'Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, I pray you.'" Genesis 40:5,8

 

October 16, 2019 - "BE STILL & KNOW!"

“Be still, and know that I am God! 
 ― Psalm 46:10

"Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Pot′i-phar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ish′maelites who had brought him down there." Genesis 39:1
 
"First, withdraw yourself bodily and mentally from the outside world... by turning your thoughts within... Then be still, absolutely still. Relax every part of your being, and believe that it is being done. The divine substance does flow in at the center and out into the visible world every moment you wait." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 104-5

"Joseph's being brought down into Egypt signifies the imagination's becoming active in the body consciousness and the subconscious... it's first duty is to go down into the Egyptian darkness of our material and sense thoughts and, under the law, lift the body consciousness to a higher plane." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 307-8

"If those in authority search for knowledge, but without the Tao, everything under Heaven will be in terrible confusion." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 79-80
 
"Unlimited as the infinite Provider is as our resource, we must still the restless mortal in order to receive; then deep and full shall the inner breath be to fill our relaxed and receptive organism." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 157

"If a man wants to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark." Saint John of the Cross , Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 97

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers." Khalil Gibran 

"Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking. And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused..." Genesis 39:6-8
 

October 9,  2019 - "SITTING IN THE SILENCE!"

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”
― Confucius


"So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and cast him into a pit." Genesis 37:23-24

"'Sitting in the silence' is not merely a sort of lazy drifting. It is a passive, but a definite, waiting upon God... spending the first few moment of your silence in speaking directly to the Father centers your mind on the Eternal." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 102

"The fact that Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt by his brothers signifies that at a certain stage of his unfoldment man will barter away his high ideals of Truth in order to go on living in sense consciousness." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 299

"It is clear that good men do not arise without following the Tao of the sages... But in this world, the good men are few and far between..." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 77

"When you start to go into the silence, you should breathe evenly, in the happy feeling that you are taking in great drafts of God's pure life-sustaining air, which is being used by every cell and blood corpuscle." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 44

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." Confucious , Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 95

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." Helen Keller

"Then Mid′ianite traders passed by; and they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ish′maelites for twenty shekels of silver; and they took Joseph to Egypt." Genesis 37:28

October 2, 2019 - "FINDING THE SECRET PLACE!"

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”
― J. R. R. Tolkien


"Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long robe with sleeves." Genesis 37:3

"How to seek the secret place - where to find it - how to abide in it - these are questions that today... are engaging the hearts of men... know once and forever that you are not seeking God, but God is seeking you." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 99

"Joseph represents the faculty of imagination. This faculty produces the pictures or images that make visible every idea that the mind can conceive and reveals to the illumined intellect (Jacob) the activities of the other faculties (Joseph's brothers.)" Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 294

"What the world at large calls a wise man, is he not really just someone who stores things up for the master thief?" The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 76

"So when you turn to the secret place for silence, be sure that you get away from yourself, your old ideas and desires, and bring your mind into perfect harmony with the Christ ideas." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 46

"Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, secretly all nature seeks God and works toward him." Meister Eckhart, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 91

"Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty." Rumi

"Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they only hated him the more." Genesis 37:5