Spring 2024

Spring 2024 archive.

April 24, 2024: “Deny & Affirm!”

“To give someone a blessing
is the most significant affirmation
we can offer.”
— Henri Nouwen

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23:7 (KJV).

“Think prosperity, talk prosperity… Deny every appearance of failure. Stand by your guns and affirm supply, support and success in the very face of question and doubt, then give thanks for plenty in all your affairs, knowing for a certainty that your good is now being fulfilled in Spirit, in mind, and in manifestation.” Prosperity, Charles Fillmore, 69.

“The grief-armies assemble, but I’m not going with them. This is how it always is when I finish a poem. A great silence overcomes me, and I wonder why I ever thought to use language.” The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks, et. al., 20.

“Thus, the denial erases the false statement we have so long been making and leaves us free to commence anew. Now, we add the active principle of affirmation, and lo, the solution to our problem will demonstrate. We find we can dissolve the earthly house of false beliefs by denial and enter into the “house not made with hands” by affirmation.” Myrtle Fillmore, How To Let God Help You, 39.

“During a retreat, we learn how to maintain awareness of each thing we do, and then we can continue the practice in our daily lives. If we do this, we will see deeply into the nature of our suffering, and we will find a way out.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, 49.

“If you bring peace to this earth it will be there, but if you, like the ‘natural man,’ come looking for peace on earth, you will never find it. It is not here until you bring it.” Joel Goldsmith, The Altitude of Prayer, 79-80.

“There is a prayer that is sitting in the silence. But there is also a prayer that is living and doing and striving and working and walking on. And the prayer that is silence is not complete until it becomes the prayer that is a life fully lived.” James Dillet Freeman, Prayer the Master Key, 80.

“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.” — Martin Luther King, Jr..

“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me… his voice was like the sound of many waters; in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.” Revelation 1:12,16.

April 17, 2024: “Universal Law!“

The energy of the mind
is the essence of life.”
— Aristotle

“Blessed is the man… his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3.

“You have doubtless found that there is a spiritual law that brings into manifestation the thoughts we concentrate our attention on, a divine universal law of mind activity that is unfailing.” Prosperity, Charles Fillmore, 66.

“I don’t get tired of you. Don’t grow weary of being compassionate toward me!” The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks, et. al., 19.

“Divine order will be expressed in your work when you have faith in God. Your hours will be filled with good, profitable work. You will find opportunity to encourage and help those whom the Father may send, and in this way, you see, you will be keeping your part of the universal law of prosperity and opening the channels through which your greater good will come.” Myrtle Fillmore, How To Let God Help You, 159-160.

“Sitting and looking deeply into your body, your consciousness, and your mental states is like being a mother hen covering her eggs. One day insight will be born like a baby chick.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, 49.

“The spiritual man is not only always receiving, but sharing… Spiritual treasures cannot be laid up. They are always in expression.” Joel Goldsmith, The Altitude of Prayer, 79.

“The world is mine to pray and work and live in. I have hands for handling it. I have feet for traveling through it. I have a mind equipped for looking at it, understanding it, turning thoughts into the stuff of a new and better world.” James Dillet Freeman, Prayer the Master Key, 78.

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40.

April 10, 2024: “God is Good!)

“There is nothing
either good or bad
but thinking makes it so.”
— William Shakespeare

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31.

“What are the rules of the law? First God is good and all His creations are good. When you get that firmly fixed in your mind, you are bound to demonstrate good and nothing but good can come into your world.” Prosperity, Charles Fillmore, 59.

“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. No ears for that.” The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks, et. al., 18.

“He started out with the axiom that God is all and God is good. Good plus evil is both a logical and mathematical absurdity. Where good is, evil (its opposite) cannot exist.” Myrtle Fillmore, How To Let God Help You, 22.

“As children, Siddhartha and Jesus both realized that life is filled with suffering… We, too, must learn to live in ways that reduce the world’s suffering. Suffering is always there, around us and inside us, and we have to find ways that alleviate the suffering and transform it into well-being and peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, 48-49.

“Acknowledge that you have reasoning power, thinking power, intelligence, wisdom, guidance, direction, and that they are yours as the gift of God. Acknowledge that you have an inner substance, an inner life, an inner truth, an inner grace. Notice how this changes the direction of your thought…” Joel Goldsmith, The Altitude of Prayer, 79.

“The world is to grow. What I do is a stage in its growth. For the world shapes me, but also in my turn I shape it. Beautiful as the world is, I come so that it may become yet more beautiful.” James Dillet Freeman, Prayer the Master Key, 77.

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” — Confucius.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8.

April 4, 2024: Cause & Effect!

“Shallow men
believe in luck.
Strong men believe in
cause and effect.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling.” 1 John 2:10.

“All true action is governed by law. Nothing just happens… All happenings are the result of cause and can be explained under the law of cause and effect.” Prosperity, Charles Fillmore, 58.

“There is a light seed grain inside. You fill it with yourself or it dies. I’m caught in this curling energy! Your hair!! Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!” The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks, et. al., 16.

“The real man is not of any of these forms; he is the force that causes the forms to exist, and when he knows this, every phase of phenomenal life comes under his dominion.” Myrtle Fillmore, How To Let God Help You, 57.

“Our spiritual ancestors have also given birth to us, and they, too, continue to give birth to us… If you have enough spiritual strength, you will give birth to a spiritual child, and through your life and practice, you continue giving birth, even after you die.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, 47-48.

“As food and drink are essential to ‘the natural man,’ so the conscious awareness of the presence of God is essential to the spiritual man.” Joel Goldsmith, The Altitude of Prayer, 78.

“I am not intended to do as little as I can. I am intended to do as much as I can. The world is here to be accepted. To be lived in. To be worked with. The world is not expected to be the same when I go out of it as it was when I came into it — and, of course, it never is.” James Dillet Freeman, Prayer the Master Key, 77.

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” — Bertrand Russell.

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” Proverbs 10:4.

THE OPEN DOOR IN ‘24

Our theme for 2024 is: “The Open Door.” It is time to focus on what is true, what is helpful, intuitive, necessary and kind (think). “After this I looked, and lo, in heaven an open door!” (Revelation 4:1)

It is often said that, “When one door closes another door opens.” There is always an open door, yet we tend to focus on the closed door. Banging our head against it, weeping about it, complaining to our friends and those who will listen, will not open the closed door. And, when we raise our vision in a heaven state of consciousness and see the door that is open to us; we see beyond the appearances of lack and limitation to know the truth of the abundant universe that provides for our every needed good.

Our weekly Prayer Circle letters this year will follow the book ‘Prosperity’ by Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore. “Realize first of all that prosperity is not wholly a matter of capital or environment but a condition brought about by certain ideas that have been allowed to rule in the consciousness. When these ideas are changed the conditions are changed in spite of environment and all appearances, which must also change to conform to the new ideas.”(pg. 80.) Prosperity is not about stuff and things, material objects or bank accounts. It is the consciousness that draws to us all that we need and desire. Its realization requires first a change of mind about our relationship with the universe and its creator (to repent is to ‘think again’) and then to act in accord with this new understanding.

For April we are sharing from Lesson Four: Man, the Inlet and Outlet of Divine Mind.

Thank you for accompanying us on this journey of self-realization and discovery of our Divine potential!

Please affirm with us: “The all-providing Mind is my resource, and I am secure in my prosperity!”

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

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