1st Day Ash Wednesday – Denial

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Matthew 5:1-16.
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is so-called from the ceremonial of ashes. Ashes symbolize repentance. John the Baptist came, saying, “Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Repentance means denial; it is a relinquishment and should be made without too much vehemence. Therefore, I deny out of consciousness old error thoughts, as if I were gently sweeping away cobwebs, and I affirm positively and fearlessly that I am a child of God, and that my inheritance is from Him. As I follow this rule I find that I am letting go of old mortal beliefs and the Divine within is flaming higher and higher. Its pure white light is infusing all my surroundings with a delightful spirit of wisdom, dignity, and peace. I realize more and more the law of righteous thinking that is bringing me into a consciousness of my perfect dominion. In Christ it is not difficult to eliminate belief in strife and contention. If petty quarrels, jealousy, uncharitable thoughts come into my life, I overcome them by a quiet but positive denial made in the realization that no error has any power or reality in itself. I turn away from the belief in negation, and my thinking changes. I rid my consciousness of limited thoughts that have encumbered and darkened my understanding. I break down mortal thought and ascend into a spiritual realm, the kingdom of the heavens.
In the spirit of divine love I affirm: “Forgetting the things that are behind, I realize I am strong, positive, powerful, wise, loving, fearless, free spirit. I am God’s perfect child.”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017
by Rev. Mark Fuss

This thought holds no power over me.  I release it and let it go.

The thought I’m not good enough played repeatedly in my mind like a broken record or a looping tape.  It was an overwhelmingly negative tape reinforcing feelings of shame and lack.
Once again, the job I’d wanted had gone to someone else.
The evening, feeling miserable, I went to choir practice at church.  In the company of friends, my spirits began to life.  When the new sheet music was handed out, I read the lyrics.  The song we were to learn was “I Release and I Let Go” by Rickie Byars Beckwith.

I release and I let go
I let Spirit run my life
My arms are open wide
I’m only here for God.

As the music swelled around me, the power of those words grabbed my heart.  “I release and I let go.”  I realized I could let go – the negative tape playing in my mind held no power over me.  I could release it and choose a new thought.
We all have the power to let go of self-defeating thoughts.  What thought do you need to deny and release today?

To download the booklet, Be Ye Transformed Lent 2017, published by Unity World Headquarters, click here.

To download the book, Keep A True Lent, by Charles Fillmore, click here.

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