Winter 2018 archive

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March 28, 2018 - "BEING COMFORTED!"

"Cure sometimes, treat often,
comfort always."

"In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12

"Man never indulges in his animal nature without having a reaction of discomfort, which he sees is opposed to that which is comfort. When this is extended into the experiences of a race the reaction takes on the aspect of good and evil... The so-called principles of good and evil are nonexistent outside the sense mind.” Charles Fillmore, Keep A True Lent 60

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 36

"When wisdom and love and life and power prompt your thoughts, you are living and moving and having your being in the very presence of God, and you know that all is well. Then you will be able to concentrate upon anything that requires your attention, and you will be quiet and poised and comfortable. With a relaxed body you will lay hold of more life activity and come forth refreshed." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 44

"If we set ourselves to serve Ishwara (God,) if we dedicate our actions and surrender our will to him, we shall find that he draws us to himself. This is the grace of God , which Sri Ramakrishna compared to an ever blowing breeze; you only have to raise your sail in order to catch it." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 54

"When we grieve that we have not realized the truth of God, then only will we be comforted." Swami Prabhavananda, The Sermon on the Mount according to Vedanta 21

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

Mourning is an attitude of releasing, letting go of the old so that we may embrace the new. In our study of this second 'Beattitude' "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4, we contemplate and meditate upon this Attitude of Being Free. It is natural for the heart to mourn over what was, and as we release it and let it go we are freed to rise above what used to be to realize what can be.

Matthew 7:1-14 corresponds to this "Attitude of Being" and show us that this includes being present with what is, being healed as we choose to be healers and to being comforted by our Divine Source.

Please affirm with us: “I now release, I let go and I let God; I am free with the freedom of Spirit!"

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

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

March 21, 2018 - "BEING PRESENT!"

The past, the present
and the future are really one:
they are today."
― Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you." Matthew 7:7

"All good that we can conceive of is now ours. Is there evidence of the oak in the acorn? No! But there is a pattern of an oak there, and this pattern or image is what makes the tree. The image in mind makes the condition. Now is the time to plant the seed thought of the conditions we desire by saying, 'Come my good thoughts, let us inherit our kingdom.'” Charles Fillmore, Atom Smashing Power of Mind 47

"Let the beauty we love be what we do." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 36

"God is love that must be converted into loving --- loving things of the present, those about you, the thoughts and words and works that are adding to the wealth and peace and beauty of the world now." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 142

"As faith increases through personal experience and energy grows through practice, the mind acquires a direction... As we do this we find ourselves becoming increasingly absorbed in the thought of what we are seeking. And so, at length, absorption merges into illumination, and the knowledge is ours." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 51-2

"So, Jesus is saying, 'The man who sorrows is fortunate, for in his sorrow, he may come to experience God's presence in his life." (Matthew 5:4) Eric Butterworth, Discover the Power Within You 61

"Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

March 14, 2018 - "BEING HEALED!"

“Love is infectious
and the greatest healing energy."
― Sai Baba

"First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye." Matthew 7:5

"If you wish to heal another, hold him in mind and mentally repeat the denials and affirmations; this will raise your consciousness to spiritual reality, where all healing power originates.” Charles Fillmore, Christian Healing 3

"A lover's food is the love of bread, not the bread. No one who really loves, loves existence." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 29

"It is not the thing that we usually think of as Christianity that brings one into the quickening, healing currents of Christ life. It is the stirring in us of the same Spirit of Christ that was and is in Jesus Christ -- the Spirit of God, standing forth in individual consciousness and expression -- the stirring up in our mind of divine ideas from the mind of Being." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 52

"To a Hindu, heaven and hell are both within Prakriti (objective knowledge...) The desire for Heaven is therefore an infinitely lower ambition than the desire for liberation." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 47-8

"Healed are those who weep for their frustrated desires; they shall see the face of fulfillment in a new form." (Matthew 5:4) Neil Douglas-Klotz, Prayers of the Cosmos 50

"O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol (Hell), restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit." Psalm 30:2-3

March 7, 2018 - "BEING FREE!"

 "Man is free
at the moment he wishes to be."
― Voltaire

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4

"The two baptisms, that of John and Jesus, represent the two common steps in the growth of the soul, denial and affirmation, the dropping of the old and the laying hold of the new. This is evolution.” Charles Fillmore, Teach Us To Pray 67

"When you are with everyone but me, you're with no one. When you are with no one but me, you're with everyone. Instead of being so bound up with everyone, be everyone. When you become that many, you're nothing. Empty." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 28

"This old fixed state of mind must give way, or be given up, that the Christ ideas may flow freely through his consciousness and give him the new life and light and poise and power and substance that he needs!" Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 114

"When the samskaras (negativities) have been rooted out and destroyed -- as they must be before the state of perfect yoga (union) is achieved -- there will no longer be any urge toward rebirth. He who achieves yoga is said to be 'liberated'" How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 45

"Sooner or later every human being will have to discover the Truth about God, and make his own contact with Him at first hand. He will have to acquire the understanding of Truth, which will set him free, once and for all, from our three-dimensional limitations and their concomitants -- sin, sickness, and death." Emmet Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 23

"You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, " Psalm 30:11

February 28, 2018 - "ALIGNED WITH SPIRIT!"

“The only thing
that is truly important
is being in alignment with spirit."
― Wayne Dwyer

"‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven." Matthew 7:21

"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

"Be with those who mix with God as honey blends with milk, and say, 'Anything that comes and goes, rises and sets, is not what I love.' Live in the one who created the prophets." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 26

"God in the midst of us is a great steady stream of renewing and cleansing and vitalizing life, and we can have the use of this life if we will open up the channels of its flowing and ourselves draw from this source." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 41

"This is the state of perfect yoga when one passes beyond all objective knowledge into union with the undifferentiated universal consciousness." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 44

"Happy and aligned with the One are those who live by breathing Unity; they shall find their ruling principles and ideals guided by God's light." (Matthew 5:3) Neil Douglas-Klotz, Prayers Of The Cosmos 47

"And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord... these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer." Isaiah 56:6,7

We continue our meditation and contemplation upon the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5,6 & 7.) This month we focus on the first of the eight statements of Being known as the Beattitudes. "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven," and verses 7:15-23 which correspond to this "Attitude of Being."

The Attitude of Being "poor in spirit" includes being open, humble, teachable and aligned with spirit. With these attitudes focusing our consciousness on the infinite, eternal, unlimited presence and power that is God; we are open and receptive to an awareness of the Kingdom of Heaven, the realm of Divine Spirit, that is ever present within us, now!

Please affirm with us: “I open my heart to love, I open my mind to peace, I open my soul to the joy of Spirit!"

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

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

February 21, 2018 - "BEING TEACHABLE!"

“Listen; be teachable...
For as long as you are green, you can grow."
― Mother Teresa

"In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit... Thus you will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:17,20

"To know this designer and manipulator of the substance and energy of the universe is what our system of mind development teaches.” Charles Fillmore, Atom Smashing Power of Mind 91

"At any gathering I am there, mingling in the laughing and grieving, a friend to each, but few will hear the secrets hidden within the notes." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 18

"The real teacher and healer, then, is the one who not only has faith in God but who understands and makes practical application of the enlightening, and freeing, and healing truths." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 135

"Beginning at the surface of life, the meditative mind goes inward, seeking always the cause behind the appearance, and then the cause behind the cause, until the innermost Reality is reached." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 41

"Before you can actually understand what is being taught, you must be teachable, you must be 'poor in pride,' you must be willing to say, 'I don't know the answer, but I am willing to learn.'" Eric Butterworth, Discover the Power Within You 59

"Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." Psalm 143:8

February 14, 2018 - "BEING HUMBLE!"

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less."
― C.S. Lewis

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:15-16

"Man is open to God when he wills to be open. This opening is made by our attitude of absolute mental humility in the contemplation of spiritual realities. Thus, the likeness takes on the express image of the Father, and in no other way can it be done. ” Charles Fillmore, Keep A True Lent 51

"A True Man stares at his old shoes and sheepskin jacket. Every day he goes up to his attic to look at his work-shoes and worn-out coat. This is his wisdom, to remember the original clay and not get drunk with ego and arrogance," The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 15

"Wherever beliefs in materiality, in the power of disease, or in adversity of any sort have been allowed to settle back into mind, and result in formations of flesh or in functional activity, it takes great illumination... humility and obedience, and with the spiritual knowledge of mastering the physical elements -- to dissolve and overcome and reform these beliefs." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 76

"Non-attachment may come very slowly. But even its earliest stages are rewarded by a new sense of freedom and peace." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 30

"Jesus... has given us an utterly simple and universally applicable test for Truth... Does it work?" Emmett Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 133

"The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honour and life." Proverbs 22:4

 February 7, 2018 - "BEING OPEN!"

“You cannot open a book
without learning something."
- Confucius

"Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3

"Man is a free agent. He can open his mind to divine wisdom and know creative law, or he can work out his unfoldment through experimentation.” Charles Fillmore, Dynamics for Living 72

"Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God, God is in the look of your eyes, in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self, or things that have happened to you. There's no need to go outside." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 13

"God gives freely; it is for us to keep the receiving channels open, to keep attuned to the realities so that this intellect of ours does not take us out among the limited ideas of the world." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 44

"The waves of the mind can be made to flow in two opposite directions -- either toward the objective world or toward true self-knowledge." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 27

"To be poor in spirit means to have emptied yourself of all desire to exercise personal self-will... to have renounced all preconceived opinions in the wholehearted search for God." Emmett Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 21

"Do not love sleep, or else you will come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread." Proverbs 20:13

January 31, 2018 - "BEING FULFILLED!"

“We must make the choices that enable us
to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. "
- Thomas Merton

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

"The fact that you can always return to the Father's house, the ideal world, carries with it the possibility of fulfillment in your life expression.” Charles Fillmore, Jesus Christ Heals 131

"Love's secret is always lifting its head out from under the covers, 'Here I am!'" The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 11

"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

"The mind of the truly illumined man is calm -- not because he is selfishly indifferent to the needs of others, but because he knows the peace of the Atman within all things, even within the appearance of misery, disease, strife and want." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 24

"All day long the thoughts that occupy your mind... are moulding your destiny for good or evil; in fact, the truth is that the whole of our life's experience is but the outer expression of inner thought." Emmett Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 13

"To be fulfilled is to be full of the awareness of God's expression in our life; this comes through the realization of an attitude of gratitude. God is Great and I am grateful!" Rev. Matthew E. Long

"'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent (think again with a new level of understanding), and believe in the good news.’" Mark 1:15

The Sermon On The Mount, Matthew chapters 5 - 7, are the center piece of the Gospel of Matthew. It is a framework for understanding the New Testament and the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, the Good News (Gospel.) The Beatitudes are literally Attitudes of Being. Found in Matthew 5:3-10 they serve as a table of contents, in reverse order, for the sermon; each of the eight statements and attitudes are expanded upon in the verses that follow.

The term Beatitude comes from the Latin word Beati which begins each statement. It is most often interpreted as Blessed, and also can be interpreted as Happy or Fulfilled.

This year we will be unpacking these statements, opening them up for contemplation, meditation and a realization of their blessing in our lives. We begin this month by contemplating On Being, Being Blessed, Being Happy and Being Fulfilled.

Please affirm with us: “I am happy, joyous and free just as God created me to be!"

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

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

 January 24, 2018 - "BEING BLESSED!"

“Everything is capable of becoming
the blessed touch of the divine hands."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life for evermore." Psalms 133:1-3

"You will be blessed with a knowledge of the unity of all things, and a great peace and harmony will well up within.” Charles Fillmore, Dynamics for Living 107

"And my heart, I'd say it was more like a donkey sunk in a mudhole, struggling and miring deeper. But listen to me: for one moment, quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. God." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 8

"Just show the Father that you are ready to do your best, and He will keep increasing your ability and will place you where you will be blessed and where your work will bless others." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 18

"When the lake of the mind becomes clear and still, man knows himself as he really is, always was and always will be." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 22

"... the world of which we are normally aware, and with whose laws alone most people are acquainted, is only a fragment of the whole universe as it really is; and there is such a thing as appealing from a lower to a higher law..." Emmett Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 9

"In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

January 17, 2018 - "BEING HAPPY!"

is the absence of
the striving for happiness. "
- Zhuangzi

"Blessed (Happy) is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!" Mark 11:9

"We all are seeking happiness, contentment, and we know by experience that we are happy when we are in tune with our environment.” Charles Fillmore, Christian Healing 90

"Drink from the presence of saints, not from those other jars. Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 6

"Just busy yourself with the work He gives, and with study and prayer to develop yourself into a real companion and a real radiator of happiness and inspiration. As you do so you become the radiating center toward which those are drawn who will add to your happiness and cooperate with you in making of your life a beautiful success.." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 37

"The real Self, the Atman, remains forever outside the power of thought-waves, it is eternally pure, enlightened and free -- the only true, unchanging happiness." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 18

"He (Jesus) was careful to teach principles only, knowing that when the spirit is right, details will take care of themselves:..." Emmett Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 6

"But he said, ‘Blessed (Happy) rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!'" Luke 11:28

January 10, 2018 - " ON BEING!"

“Man - a being
in search of meaning."
- Plato

"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom ..." Matthew 4:23

"If you would know the mystery of Being, see yourself in Being. Know yourself as an integral idea in Divine Mind, and all other ideas will recognize you as their fellow worker.” Charles Fillmore, Christian Healing 20

"There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 3

"The secret of our power to help others lies in our refusing to be moved by the appearances and the apparent lacks that are reported to us, and in our standing steadfastly holding to the Truth of being and declaring the working out of the constructive thoughts and words we have sent forth ..." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 133

"God-within-the-creature is known in Sanskrit language as the Atman or Purusha, the real Self." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 16

"The actual explanation of man's life lies in just the fact that he is essentially spiritual and eternal, and that this world, and the life that we know intellectually, is, so to speak, but a cross section of the full truth concerning him ..." Emmett Fox, The Sermon On The Mount 4

"When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings." Matthew 9:8

January 3, 2018 - "NEW BEGINNINGS!"

“The journey of a thousand miles
begins with one step."
- Lao Tzu.

"Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil." 1 Kings 3:9

"Intuition, judgment, wisdom, justice, discernment, pure knowing, and profound understanding are natural to man. All these qualities, and many more, belong to every one of us by and through his divine sonship.” Charles Fillmore, Twelve Powers of Man 47

"The day is coming when I fly off, but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice? Who says words with my mouth? Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way. Whoever brought me here will have to take me home." The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks 2

"I smile as I think of your wanting to sit at my feet -- when you are ever in touch with the Fount of all wisdom and understanding power and life and love and substance! Your own indwelling Christ is beginning to find you receptive, and you will grow by leaps and bounds." Myrtle Fillmore, Healing Letters 26

"The Atman is intelligence itself, is pure consciousness. The mind merely reflects that consciousness and so appears to be conscious." How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 17

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." Henry Ford

"To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it." Revelation 2:17

We begin this new happy year by calling forth into conscious awareness the divine wisdom of the Christ within our own minds and hearts. We accept our renewed capacity for being the loving, peaceful, joyous child of God that we are.