If you've listened to almost any of my Sunday lessons, you already know that I talk a lot about freedom. On the level of our inner knowing of Truth, we are absolutely and completely free. We have the power to choose and make decisions without any constraints from within or without ourselves. We are free. No ifs, ands, or buts.
"...prayer is more than asking God for help in this physical world; it is in its highest sense the opening up in our soul of an innate spiritual umbilical cord that connects us with the Holy Mother, from whom we can receive a perpetual flow of life.
Welcome to 2018! Well... almost... Most of us tend to become a bit reflective at the change of the calendar year, and I'm certainly no exception. It is also the time of year that we seem most willing to let go and release the things which we have consider unhelpful in our lives. We promise to clean out our closets, stop eating ice cream, and forgive everyone for everything.
All the stories of spiritual Truth somehow teach the same lesson: the lesson of liberation, of release from the bondage of victim-hood, the letting go of "Oh Poor Me!", and the recognition of our inherent magnificence.
Jesus taught that "in this world you will always
"Releasing the things that are behind, I realize I AM strong, positive, powerful, wise, loving, fearless, free Spirit. I AM God expressing at the point I AM. I AM peace in the midst of ALL matters."(adapted from Chas. Fillmore, "Keep a True Lent")
Those of you who attend our Sunday gatherings will recognize this as our opening affirmation.
There is no shortage of evidence that humans are quite adept at mistreating one another. We all have stories and experiences of injustice and pain; all of it valid, all of it hurts, and all of it has had consequences which ripple through our lives.
Earlier this year I based my Sunday lessons on Emmet Fox's "Seven Main Aspects of God", one of which is Truth.
I know that a frequent response to my repeated claim that in Truth there is only Good, is "yeah ... that sounds good, but...". We do not have to look very far to see all sorts of evidence that all is not Good in this world.
I've been on vacation for a couple of weeks. My time away began with a flight to my sister's home in Michigan and continued on a 1645 mile road trip to the Atlantic Ocean in her little 1999 Chevy S-10 pickup. We visited Canada, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Two major realizations:
To all of my very dear friends -
I'm sitting here on Sunday evening on my sister's front porch in Michigan, watching the corn across the gravel road grow as the shadows lengthen and the sun prepares to rest before its big day as it dances with the moon tomorrow,.