Day 38 Thursday Gethsemane

38th Day     Thursday

(Note from Rev. Toni:   Remember that Charles Fillmore was writing this in the early 1900’s;  take a deep breath as you read this entry.  Open up to the metaphysical meaning of these ideas.  Also note that the 2017 edition uses the same concept.)

Gethsemane

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Mark 14:32-42.

Gethsemane is symbolic of the struggle that takes place within the consciousness when Truth is realized as the one reality. It is a condition that man works through when he recognizes that God is all and that he must be willing to sacrifice all for God.  There are always deeply rooted error thoughts stored away in the subconsciousness, and on their own account they come forward to crucify the new unknown power, the so-called imposter, the in-dwelling Christ. The Christ is presumably captured by these thoughts, which try to carry out their aims in the darkness of the subconscious mind. But error can kill out only error. The Christ itself may be held in obscurity for a while, but it cannot be done away with. That which died on the Cross when Jesus was crucified was the personality; the Christ resurrects itself from the very depths of the subconsciousness, and error is hanged on the gallows it prepared for the doing away of the newborn spiritual ego.  This breaking up and passing away of old error states of mind and making ready for the new is a process in soul evolution of all those who are faithfully following Jesus. In all systems of thought concentration and spiritual attainment, the will, the executive faculty, plays the leading part. Therefore I prepare my consciousness for the reception of these new ideas. I say with Jesus, “Not my will, but thine, be done.” I realize that new inspiration is flowing steadily into my consciousness as I affirm: “Old error thoughts are passed away. I am a new creature in Christ.”

 

From Be Ye Transformed    Lent 2017

Gethsemane

By Rev. Kelly Isola
In the quiet moments of everyday life, I find the place of grace where new life is born.

Gethsemane is a garden in Jerusalem where Jesus often went to pray and meet his disciples. It is the place where the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection begins. It’s a modest place—a garden of olive trees, like hundreds of others populating the landscape.  Gethsemane simply means “oil press.” About 2,000 years ago, olive oil was a staple used for food and oil lamps. It wasn’t extraordinary in any particular way, yet it provided sustenance and light.  What makes Gethsemane important today is simple: This everyday, mundane garden represents the start of a transformational journey from death to empowering new life. How often do we overlook ordinary things as potential doorways to our own rebirth? We can pause in simple moments to release what needs to “die” so new life can emerge. In the quiet moments of everyday life, we find the grace where new life is born.

 

 

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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