A positive path for spiritual living

Living As If...

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
One of the things my very first Unity teacher frequently says when she has an idea to share with me is, "... but I'm not sure it's necessarily a Divine Idea". This is her way of indicating that she isn't certain whether the idea originated in the realm of Divine Mind, or in her egoic, human-based mind. One example that Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore used to explain the concept of "the Christ" was "the Idea which contains all ideas". When we use our faculties of Mind to engage the creative process, we always begin our work in the realm of ideas.
Nothing in the outer world was made without having its beginning in mind as an idea. Whatever it is we think we need in the manifest world has its origins in the realm of Mind as an idea. There is a discernible, repeatable process involved as our awareness of any possibility moves from the Infinite Field of Potential into our mind as an idea and then on into expression. Our work is to cooperate with that process. Among other things, this cooperation involves being willing to release whatever is in the way of the expression of our Divine Ideas, as well as demonstrating the willingness to use our hands and our feet and our words and our actions to bring those ideas into manifestation.
We can think of this as "living as if..." the outcome of that particular idea is already accomplished. We must do this because, if it is really a divinely-inspired idea, it already is True in the realm of the Absolute, and "living as if..." is how we demonstrate our Faith. We use our faculties of Faith and Imagination to make these ideas "real", and go about our lives doing whatever needs to be done to accommodate the accomplishment of the desired outcome. Many of you know that my favorite Fillmore quote contains the assurance, "If you imagine that it is possible to God, it is also possible to you." It (whatever it is) is possible because it already exists in the infinite realm of all-possibility and potential.
I had the realization awhile ago that it was important to stop calling myself a "seeker". The Divine Idea which emerged for me in that moment was that every moment is an opportunity to live fully and completely the Truth I know. Through that Divine idea, I understood that it was time for me to stop hiding behind the label of "seeker" and move more fully into living as the Knower I know is within me, which we call the Christ. Every time we call ourselves "seekers" we are, in some sense denying the Christ-Presence which is within us. Every time we claim the label "seeker" we are, in some sense, affirming a continuing lack of awareness. Seeking is part of the journey, but at some point, we must find. The assurance from our Elder Brother and WayShower, Jesus, is:
"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Mt.7:7-8
This is worded a bit differently in the 2nd saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, one of the Nag Hammadi texts found in Egypt in 1945: 
"Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."

For me, this expansion is helpful: as one who has spent many, many years seeking, it feels like time for me to admit that seeking has become a way of postponing my Good. As long as I continue to seek, I continue to place distance between where I am and where the Truth I claim to believe is. In the moment that I "find", I do indeed become troubled, because if I have indeed found the Truth I claim to be seeking, I must begin living my life in accordance with that Truth. 

I would like to make an important point of clarification. I do not think we should ever stop seeking to understand Truth more and more fully. Only a fool would declare, "That's it! I've got it, I know everything there is to know, and I'm done now." We are always moving into fuller expression of That Which We Call God. At some point, however, we must be willing to stop simply learning about Truth and start consciously and willingly living Truth.

Our work, then, is to really go all in and claim the intention each day to live our Divinity fully and completely, as best we can. After all, our fifth Unity principle is that it is not enough to know about Truth, but that we must live the Truth we know.

At some point, we must stop excusing ourselves by saying, "...after all, I'm only human." Yes, you are fully human, and yes, you are fully Divine. Most of us have chosen to live within the limits of our human-ness since the day we were born into this lifetime. It is time to claim and consciously bring into expression the Divine Idea that we are also, right here, right now, fully, completely, and eternally, Divine. Live the Truth you have found. And when that is troubling (as it surely will be), take a deep breath and remain willing. 
I am blessed by your presence in my life. You are a unique, necessary, irreplaceable, unrepeatable expression of Good. Thank you.