Spring 2019 archive
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June 26, 2019 - "DESIRE FAITH!"
“All that spirits desire,
~ Khalil Gibran
"When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." Genesis 17:1-2
"Desire in the heart for anything is God's sure promise sent beforehand to indicate that it is yours already in the limitless realm of supply..." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 69
"It was revealed to Abram that he should henceforth be called Abraham, which means 'father of a multitude.' The change in name always denotes a change in character so pronounced that the old name will no longer apply to the new person." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 151
"Perfect balance is found in still waters." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 43
"Anything that awakens in me the loving desire to have others happy and adorned with beautiful things, and anything that helps me to express this loving desire in my own living is sure to bring forth its fruit in my own life. " Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 19
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after." Thoreau, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 59
"The Creator, in taking infinite pains to shroud with mystery His presence in every atom of creation, could have had but one motive - a sensitive desire that men seek Him only through free will.” Paramahansa Yogananda
"Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”" Genesis 17:17
Faith is an immutable power within us, "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1. It's effectiveness in our lives is dependent upon the direction in which we focus it; are we placing our trust in outer people, places, things and circumstances for guidance and direction or do we place our faith in God: good orderly direction, and Spirit for guidance and direction knowing, "that in everything God works for good" Romans 8:28. And, we generally require others who will act as Spiritual Guides to assist us in recognizing and realizing Divine Guidance.
Abram 'Exalted Father' who became Abraham 'father of a multitude' represents faith in a primitive unenlightened or unregenerated state of consciousness. He is asked to give up everything he knows, everything that he has, his family, his home, to follow the direction of spirit. In return, Abraham's descendants will form a great nation. This is the guidance of Spirit: to release all that you possess and that possesses you so that you might experience the greater good Spirit has in store. See Genesis chapters 12 - 17.
This month we continue our joint study of our beginnings; the book of Genesis, metaphysically understood, is the story of the beginnings of our journey toward conscious union with the Divine and Lessons in Truth is Unity's first and perhaps clearest exposition of Truth teachings. Chapter 6 is on Faith, Blind Faith, Understanding Faith, the unchangeable reality of Truth and of desire (of the Father.)
Please affirm with us: “With God as my Source, all I need and desire is readily provided!"
Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!
For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!
June 19, 2019 - "TRUE FAITH!"
“Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, 'Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.'" Genesis 15:1
"Our knowing it or not knowing it does not change the truth. Only in proportion as we come to know it as an eternally true fact, can we be benefitted by it." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 66
"The teacher is the Holy Spirit, and all get their lessons in their own way, some through inspiration, some through dreams, some through visions, some through flashes of understanding. Spirit uses the avenue most accessible and open to the student." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 139
"If you live for long around virtuous people, you are free from all excess." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 40
"To know how to hear with the mind, and to discern and discriminate between the true and real and worth while and that which is mere foolishness and the clatter of elements not yet organized under law; and to realize that one may be obedient and receptive without giving up one's own right to freedom of choice and action, is real accomplishment." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 105
"The concept, the label, is perpetually hiding from us all the nature of the real." Joyce Cary, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 57
"The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.” Thomas Merton
"And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ish′mael." Genesis 16:15
June 12, 2019 - "DEVELOPING FAITH!"
“Faith is not something to grasp,
it is a state to grow into.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"Then Abram said to Lot, 'Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are kinsmen.'" Genesis 13:8
"Faith does not depend on physical facts or on the evidence of the senses because it is born of intuition, or the Spirit of Truth ever living at the center of our being... the open end, within one's own being, of the invisible channel ever connecting each individual with God." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 65
"Every faculty of the mind has an active and a passive side, an objective and a subjective, a positive and a negative. Abraham represents the faculty of faith in its positive expression. To complete the symbol we find Lot (hidden, concealed) representing the negative or undeveloped aspect of faith." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 126
"Everyone knows the usefulness of the useful but no one knows the usefulness of the useless." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 36
"Keep on praying for faith, because it is through prayer that you develop all your wonderful qualities of soul." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 123
"We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs." Eric Berne, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 56
"When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.” Ernest Holmes
"And Melchiz′edek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!' And Abram gave him a tenth of everything." Genesis 14:18
June 5, 2019 - "UNDERSTANDING FAITH!"
“Doubt is not the opposite of faith;
it is one element of faith.”
~ Paul Tillich
"Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing." Genesis 12:1-2
"We understand that whatever we want is in this surrounding invisible substance, and faith is the power that can bring it out into actuality to us." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 64
"A man often finds it necessary to go into a 'new country' that he knows nothing about; and has to trust the Lord to carry him through... To put faith in things spiritual is the essential step." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 115
"Happiness is as light as feather, but who knows how to hold it?" The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 35
"It doubtless is a science that the universal Christ Mind is pouring forth through us... And that faith and understanding and the determination to live according to the Creator's plan will bring forth whatever is needed, will do just this for everyone who puts his trust fully in the Father." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 22
"The universe was a vast machine yesterday, it is a hologram today. Who knows what intellectual rattle we'll be shaking tomorrow." R. D. Laing, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 54
"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” Alan Watts
"Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land." Genesis 12:10
May 29, 2019 - "EXALTED CONSCIOUSNESS!"
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted. ”
~ Matthew 23:12
"Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sar′ai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chalde′ans to go into the land of Canaan." Genesis12:31a
"Denials have an erasive or dissolving tendency. Affirmations build up and give strength and courage and power... Deny the appearance of evil; affirm good. Deny weakness; affirm strength. Deny any undesirable condition and affirm the good you desire." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 61
"Haran symbolizes an exalted state of mind, wherein Truth is lifted up in consciousness and the individual is strengthened in his determination to go on toward fuller spiritual enlightenment and upliftment." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 113
"'This tree is certainly good for nothing,' said Tzu Chi. 'this why it has grown so large. Ah-ha! This is the sort of uselessness that sages live by.'" The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 34
"But as you raise yourself into the Christ consciousness and see as God sees, you will look through and beyond appearances and being to understand the true state of affairs and to discern just what is taking place in men... you will understand that what is taking place is a process of growth, and you will bless this growth and see man becoming more and more Christlike." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 156
"Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality." Joseph Conrad, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 53
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
"...but when they came to Haran, they settled there." Genesis 11:31b
We are all on a journey of Self-realization; some of us are more consciously participating in the process. The Genesis teaching stories evidence how we became aware of our selves as individualized expressions of the one and stepped out into the world of sensory experience. The physical became all consuming until our minds became flooded with too much information to hold at one time that then became submerged in the subconscious, the collective unconscious or race consciousness. Noah's Ark represents the conscious awareness of God as good orderly direction which allow us to ride above the floods of negativity.
A new mental level of existence arises forming a renewed relationship (covenant) with the Divine; the rainbow is the result of light refracted into the many colors of the spectrum just we are each a refraction of the Light of God into many hues and colors. Noah plants a vineyard and consumes the wine (spirits) a poor substitution for direct contact with Spirit.
Chapter 11 of the book of Genesis contains the Tower of Babel story and ends with Abram's father Terah leading the family toward Canaan. Confusion (Babel) reigns when we attempt to "make a name for ourselves." We are holy, perfect, sinless, children of God. Yet we think we are otherwise. This leads to an experience of Hell (useless unnecessary suffering): confusion, disillusionment and separation.
Dr. Emily Cady's book Lessons in Truth, 5th chapter, discusses Affirmations or positive statements of Truth. These are necessary, often paired with the denials of the power we give to false appearances, to realize the Truth of our being one with the infinite: God!
Please affirm with us: “God in me is infinite wisdom; I know just what to do!"
Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!
For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!
May 22, 2019 - "DAZED & CONFUSED!"
“It is a human instinct to confuse belief with truth.”
~ Gwen Ifill
"Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech." 11:7
"It is the denying of apparent evil, and in spite of all contrary evidence, the affirming of good to be all there is, affirming oneness with God's omnipotent power to accomplish, even when there were no visible signs of His being present, that has wrought the deliverance." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 60
"... it is not Spirit that leads man astray but man's interpretation of the message of Spirit as molded by man's mentality... Babel represents the mental chaos that is the result of thinking from a wholly material standpoint." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 109
"To serve your own soul in such a way as to prevent either joy or sorrow within, but outwardly to handle what life throws at you as inevitable and not to be worried by this, this is the perfection of Virtue." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 30
"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
"Two monks were arguing about the temple flag. One said the flag moved, the other said the wind moved. Master Eno overheard them and said, 'It is neither the wind nor the flag, but your mind that moves.'" Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 51
"Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.” Simone de Beauvoir
"Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth." Genesis 11:9
May 15, 2019 - " BELIEVE GOOD!"
“It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief”
~ Claude M. Bristol
"Now the whole earth had one language and few words." 11:1
"The saying over and over of any denial or affirmation is a necessary self-training of a mind that has lived so long in error and false belief..." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 57
"... there was unity in the interchange of intelligence and purpose but that it was based on materiality..." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 109
"Listening blocks the ears, set your heart on what is right, but let your soul be open to receive in true sincerity. The Way is found in emptiness." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 29
"So, dear friend, if you believe in the works of the Father, believe also in His Spirit in the midst of you, waiting to be recognized and put to practical use." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 116
"When one sees that everything exists as an illusion, one can live in a higher sphere than ordinary man." The Budddha, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 50
"Affirmations are like seed planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil, abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work.” Louise L. Hay
"Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." Genesis 11:4
May 8, 2019 - "SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT"
“Life finds its purpose and fulfillment
in the expansion of happiness.”
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
"Noah was the first tiller of the soil. He planted a vineyard;..." 9:20
"There is, attainable by us, a place where we can see that our doing ceases, because we realize that Spirit is the fulfillment of all our desires." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 56
"Noah had planted a vineyard, and he drank of the wine or took into his physical nature the juice of the grapes. This is symbolical of the new spiritual life that is still contaminated with the sense consciousness." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 88
"While still plotting, do you think you can really be guided in what to do? The one who thinks he has it will not easily be guided by the Light of Heaven." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 28
"As we do really cooperate with the Spirit of God in fulfilling His plan in us, all that is within us bursts into the beauty of wholeness." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 41
"Descartes said, 'I think, therefore I am.' I say, 'I do not think, that is why I exist.'" Taisen Deshimaru, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 50
"The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.” Earl Nightingale
"Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him..." Genesis 9:24
May 1, 2019 - "AFFIRM GOD!"
“To give someone a blessing
is the most significant affirmation we can offer.”
~ Henri Nouwen
"When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth." 9:16
"They who have carefully studied spiritual laws find that, besides denying the reality and power of apparent evil, which denying frees them from it, they also can bring any desired good into their lives by persistently affirming it is there already." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 57
"The rainbow is formed of many drops of water... Each drop represents a human being and the whole race. Only as the drops refract the sun's rays do they become visible and only as man 'refracts' God does he make his demonstration." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 87
"Pay no heed to the state that is well run, but go to the state that is in real trouble. Around the door of the doctor gather many who are ill." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 27
"The light of God revealed to us... that life was of God, that we were inseparably one with the source... it held my mind up above the negation, and I began to claim my birthright and to act as though I believed myself the child of God, filled with His life." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 16
"What one believes to be true either is true or becomes true within limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are beliefs to be transcended." John Lilly, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 50
"You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which 'clicks.'” Florence Scovel Shinn
"God said to Noah, 'This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.'" Genesis 9:17
April 24, 2019 - "ASCEND!"
“Only a person who has passed through the gate of humility
can ascend to the heights of the spirit.”
~ Rudolf Steiner
"And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth." 9:1
"Denials bring freedom from bondage. And happiness comes when we can effectually deny the power of things to touch or trouble us." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 53
"The Spiritual-minded person should have his daily meditation and prayers, during which he lifts up all his states of consciousness, both masculine and feminine, seeking to know the reality back of appearances..." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 84
"We can point to the wood that has been burned, but when the fire has passed on, we cannot know where it has gone." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 24
"The past recedes from us if we do not hug it to us, and the light that the changing perspective throws upon it makes it a pleasing background for present activities! As we rise higher in consciousness, the whole is revealed as a wondrous picture of the soul's progress." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 180
"If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things" Vincent Van Gogh, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 46
"Truth cannot be brought down; rather, the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop, you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
"This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. " Genesis 9:12-13
In our journey toward conscious realization and actualization of the Divine, we have come into conscious awareness of our selves as individuals, and have begun the process of differentiation of the physical (Cain) from the mental (Abel), the sensory experience has become all consuming (Cain slew Abel) yet balance has been re-established with the birth of Seth (compensation, substitution.)
In chapter 6 of Genesis the Nephilim are the giants of negativity we perceive when we our spiritual faculties are focused upon the outer experience; faith becomes fear, love becomes lust, power becomes domination, etc. A cleansing in consciousness (flood) is required to release the power we have given to error thinking and regain a conscious connection with the Divine Spirit.
The 4th chapter of Dr. Cady's book, Lessons in Truth, covers the topic of Denial; not the psychological concept of denial of what is real, it is the power of Renunciation: to release the power that we have given to outside people, situations and circumstances and regain the power to choose awareness of the Divine.
We can differentiate between the carnal mind and the Divine Mind, we deny the power of outer conditions to control our expression of life, we crave Good Orderly Direction (GOD) and experience true freedom from the bondage to sense consciousness.
Please affirm with us: “There is nothing in all the universe for me to fear, for greater is the Divine in me than that which is the world!"
Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God!
For so it is and so it shall be, Amen!
April 17, 2019 - "RISE ABOVE!"
“Rise above principle and do what's right.”
~ Joseph Heller
"And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth." Genesis 7:10
"The appearances are that our bodies and our circumstances control our thoughts, but the opposite is true. Our thoughts control our bodies and our circumstances. If you repeatedly deny a false or unhappy condition it loses its power to make you unhappy." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 50
"We are born daily and we die daily in some phase of consciousness. Some errors may stick in our mind for a while but when new light is born in consciousness, old thoughts are carried away by Noah's Flood." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 79
"When the Master came, it was because he was due to be born, When he died, it was entirely natural. If you are prepared to accept this and flow with it, then sorrow and joy cannot touch you." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 24
"All power is given unto you in all the affairs of mind and body. Exercise your God-given power, authority, and dominion and rise out of bondage to conditions of lack and discord." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 116
"Haiku is a particularly Zen form of poetry; for Zen detests egoism in the form of calculated efforts or self-glorification of any sort. The author of haiku should be absent, and only the haiku present." Anne Bancroft, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 44
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
"At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made, 7 and sent forth a raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth." Genesis 8:6-7
April 10, 2019 - "RELEASE THE NEED!"
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought,
'I release the need for this in my life'.”
~ Wayne Dyer
"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." Genesis 6:8
"Denial is the first practical step toward wiping out of our minds the mistaken beliefs of a lifetime... Negative appearances are directly opposed to the teachings of Truth. Jesus said, 'Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment' (Jn. 7:24)." Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 49
"The story of Noah and the Flood portrays in wonderful symbolism the manner in which one of the faculties of being operates in unfolding the perfect man. The faculty of renunciation is twofold in action: it eliminates the error, and expands the good." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 78
"Now I practise with my mind, not with my eyes. I ignore my sense and follow my spirit." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 23
"Let go of the mental attitude that causes a sense of burden -- that belief in age that weights one down with years." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 121
"How can you think and hit at the same time?." Yogi Berra, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 42
"People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore.” Thich Nhat Hanh
"I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you;" Genesis 6:17-18
April 3, 2019 - "CLEANSING CONSCIOUSNESS!"
“My dear friend, clear your mind of can't.”
~ Samuel Johnson
"When men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose." Genesis 6:1-2
"There is a human self, a carnal mind, that reports lies from the external world and is not to be relied upon fully; this is the self of which Jesus spoke when he said, 'let them deny themselves' (Mt 6:24)" Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth 47
"When we join spiritual faculties like faith, will, and imagination to material surroundings and personalities and sensual desires, we are falling short of the law of Being, which is that these higher faculties shall draw from the formless and be joined to that realm." Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of Genesis 73
"Our life has a boundary but there is no boundary to knowledge. To use what has a boundary to pursue what is limitless is dangerous." The Book of Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer, et. al. 22
"The Christ Mind is the crystal-clear mind that is not blurred by the 'becoming' things of which the senses tell us, nor by the reports of the intellect which are records of man's experiments day by day." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 29
"The body moves naturally, automatically, unconsciously, without any personal intervention or awareness. But if we begin to use our faculty of reasoning, our actions become slow and hesitant." Taisen Deshimaru, Zen To Go, Jon Winokur 41
"Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.” Mahatma Gandhi
"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5