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Day 10 Saturday Power

March 11, 2017

Power

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Luke 4:31-44.

Man controls his thoughts and his feelings by the use of his innate power.  A quickening from on high must precede his realization of dominion. “Ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you.”  Man is the power of God in action. The power to control his thinking is the

highest gift given to man. There is a universal, creative force that urges man forward to the recognition of the creative power of individual thought.  The word Jehovah (Christ) is charged with spiritual power far above and beyond any other word in human language.  The power center in the throat is the open door between the formless and the formed worlds of vibration pertaining to the expression of sound. When the voice has united with the life of the soul, it takes on a sweetness and a depth that one feels and remembers. But sweeter and deeper still is the voice of one who has made union with Spirit and can say with Jesus, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”  I cultivate a loving attitude of mind toward everybody, and my voice is rich, warm, and mellow. As I pray and realize spiritual dominion, I feel vital and

energetic and my voice is strong and vibrant and brilliant. Through these vibrations I feel the power of unity with the higher self more quickly than in any other way. “All power is given unto me in heaven [mind] and in earth [body].”  In His name I affirm: “All the issues of my life are stirred to action by the quickening Christ power, and I have dominion over my thoughts and my feelings.”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017
By Rev. Pat Veenema

I step into spiritual power today. My I AM claims dominion over that which I no longer want to experience or entertain.
Our spiritual power of dominion is not to be used on others, but on our own egoic self. As we mature spiritually, we claim dominion over our thoughts and our actions. We need not be a victim of what we think. We can surrender the concept of weakness and claim our divine power to be and become the Christ Consciousness expressing.  We can, in the words of the apostle Paul, transform ourselves through the renewing of our minds. The power to choose our thoughts is our birthright.  The power of dominion is centered in the body above the powers of love and wisdom. In meditation, focus on your throat, chest, and belly, integrating love and wisdom into power as you grow into your true self.  Centered in the consciousness exemplified by Jesus, our Way Shower, we are powerful spiritual beings.

 

 

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.

Day 7 Wednesday Strength

March 8, 2017

Strength

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Matthew 4:1-11.

Strength is freedom from weakness; stability of character, power to withstand temptation. It is the force or power to do, capacity to accomplish. “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Strength originates in Spirit; the thought and the word spiritually expressed bring the manifestation. Jesus is the greatest teacher. He is the type that I am striving to follow, not only in spiritual culture and in mind culture, but in body culture. By faithfully studying and using the methods of Jesus I am bringing forth the very best that is in me. Through Christ the mind and the body of man have the power of using strength on various planes of consciousness. I affirm that I am steadfast and strong in thought and in deed, and thus I am establishing strength in soul and in body. I refuse to let the thought of weakness enter my consciousness, but always ignore the suggestion and affirm myself to be a tower of strength within and without. Supreme strength as demonstrated by Jesus can be attained by one who trusts in Spirit and conserves his vital substance. The strength of Spirit is necessary to the perpetuation of soul and body and to the overcoming of death. As I relax more and more and lift my consciousness to harmonize with the everpresent perfect Mind, I am invigorated and restored to stabilizing power. No harm can befall me. I am made strong through Spirit. I affirm: “The joy of the Lord is a wellspring within me, and I am established in divine strength.”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017

By Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks

Centered in the power and presence of God within me, I am strong and courageous. I go forth to do what is mine to do.

Spiritual strength helps us remain confident and steadfast as we trust in the power and presence of God with us and within us, especially in times of transformation. Through prayer and meditation, we activate inner strength, which allows us to:
· Be still and patient
· Create stability from a shaky foundation
· Remain nonresistant and nonattached, especially in the face of uncertainty
· Embrace our own humility and limitations
· Accept what we cannot do or control
· Change direction or attempt something new
· Endure challenges and persevere despite them
· Discern when and how to act, rather than react
· Maintain balance between our heads and hearts
· Trust in a divine outcome, even when we don’t yet see it
As we develop our spiritual strength, we learn to trust and use our intuition—the “God Guidance” we seek. With strength, we find assurance as we discern the best ways to live our lives.

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.

Day 6: Faith

March 7, 2017

6th Day  Tuesday

Faith

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Hebrews 11:1-12. Faith is the perceiving power of the mind linked with a power to shape substance. It is spiritual assurance, the power to do the seemingly impossible. It is a force that draws to us our heart’s desire right out of the invisible spiritual substance. It is a deep inner knowing that that which is sought is already ours for the taking, the “assurance of things hoped for.” Faith working in spiritual substance accomplishes all things. This is the faith that co-operates with creative law. Exercised in spiritual consciousness, it finds its abode, and without variation or disappointment it brings results that are seemingly miraculous. Faith in the reality of things spiritual develops the faith center in man’s brain. When the mental eye is illumined with faith, it sheds a radiance that hovers like a halo around the head and extends in lessening degree throughout the whole body. “When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.” The halo that the early artists painted around the heads of the saints was not imaginary, but real. This illuminating power of faith covers the whole constitution of man, making him master of all the forces centering about spiritual consciousness. I realize that my faith in the invisible is building a real abiding substance in my mind and in my body. Spiritual ideas grow quickly when planted in the rich soil of my mind, and my body temple changes accordingly. I affirm: “I have faith in the glorious infusion of the more abundant life of Christ vitalizing me. I am lifted up and healed.”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017

By Rev. Dr. Richard Belous

With faith, I know my dreams and visions are more than possible. My wife Debbie was diagnosed with cancer about six years ago. She recovered, and after several years, was cancer-free. After that experience, Debbie and I had deeper faith that all would be well in our lives. That faith helped fuel my decision to leave a lucrative job in Washington, D.C., and follow the call to ministry at Unity Institute® and Seminary. We did not know where the money would come from to support this venture. But it all came together beautifully when we lived from our faith. However, just as I was nearing the end of my ministerial studies, the doctors said Debbie’s cancer had returned. Our faith is very strong, but I noticed that I wanted Spirit and the universe to respond the way I wanted, at the time I wanted. I see now that faith is a long-term proposition, not a quick fix. Unity cofounder Myrtle Fillmore experienced spiritual healing, but only after years of prayer work. Faith shines through in Isaiah 40:31 (KJV): “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

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.

Day 5: The Garden of Eden/Twelve Powers

March 6, 2017

5th Day  Monday

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

The Garden of Eden

Read John 14:1-12.
Man’s body temple is the outer expression of the Garden of Eden, which God gave him to keep and to trim. Man’s primary work in the earthly consciousness (the Garden) is to use his creative power to preserve harmony and order in his world, and to conserve his powers for divine direction. The Garden of Eden represents a region of being within, in which are provided all primal ideas for the production of the beautiful. It represents the elemental life and intelligence placed at the disposal of man, through which he is to evolve a spiritual mind and a spiritual body. The Garden is the spiritual body in which man dwells when he brings forth thoughts after the pattern of the original divine ideas. The Garden is the substance of God. God’s greatest gift to man is the power of thought, through which he can incorporate into his consciousness the Mind of God. There are twelve gates which open into this wonderful Garden of Eden. These gates are the twelve faculties of mind: faith, strength, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding, will, law or order, zeal, renunciation, life. Each faculty, through the most accelerated mind action, as in prayer, has been purified and therefore opens into the very heart of the Holy City within. I affirm: “My body is the temple of God, cleansed, purified, undefiled, made perfect. Praise God!”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017

Twelve Powers
By Rev. Ed Townley

I allow my Christ Self, expressing as the Twelve Powers of Unity, to guide me today through every challenge and opportunity.
Through this guidance I AM blessed, and I AM a blessing! We speak often in Unity of affirming the Christ within, but how do we do that? Once we’ve awakened to our true Christ Identity, what do we do with that awareness as we continue to live our mortal lives? The answer lies in the Twelve Powers that will be our Lenten focus for the next two weeks. The Christ can be understood as the spiritual Presence that includes all spiritual powers. The Twelve Powers are specific pathways allowing our infinite spiritual self to express through our limited mortal mind. They are not goals to be attained or rewards to be earned. They are our spiritual essence, to be appreciated and shared. Charles Fillmore devotes nearly a third of his Lenten messages to considering the Twelve Powers, one by one, and we will follow his example. It is by realizing and releasing these powers in our creative consciousness that we begin to transform our lives.

 

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.

Day 4: I AM

March 4, 2017

4th Day  Saturday

I AM

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore
Read John 10:1-18.

I am a child of the Father, and my inheritance is from Him. I AM is the Christ within me, the true spiritual being, whom God made in His image and likeness. Through the I AM (the Christ), I link myself with the Father, with Spirit, with life, wisdom, love, peace, strength, power, and Truth. I AM is the gate through which my thoughts come forth from the invisible, and it is through this gate that I go to get into the presence of Spirit. The I AM has its being in heaven; its home is in the realm of God ideals. I hitch my I AM to the star of God, and infinite joy follows as night the day. The I AM always assures me that the preponderance of power is in spiritual things. Fear throws dust in one’s eyes and hides the mighty spiritual forces that are always with one. I deny ignorance and fear, and affirm the presence and power of the I AM. “I AM THAT I AM . . . I AM hath sent me unto you.” I realize that spiritual character is the rock foundation of being. As I build my consciousness in God-Mind, I find that I am in heaven right here on earth. I let go of the little self and take hold of the big self. “Not my will, but thine, be done.” The I AM is the will in its highest aspect. The will may be said to be the man, because it is the directive power that decides the character formation which makes what is called individuality. I boldly affirm: “I am a child of God, and I am joint heir with Jesus to abiding life, wisdom, love, peace, substance, strength, and power.”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017
by Rev. Lesley Miller

I AM an unlimited spiritual Being, expressing in life As a divine creation of God.
In Exodus 3:14 (KJV), God speaks to Moses through a burning bush that is miraculously not consumed by fire. When Moses asks, “Who are you?” he hears the response, “I AM that I AM.” Other Bible versions translate this as, “I will be what I will be.” God truly cannot be confined by human understanding. How often do we remember our own unlimited, divine nature—the I AM we are as God’s beloved? Do we affirm our own God-given gift to be all we can be? Do we affirm: I AM unlimited, I AM health, I AM prosperity, I AM creative, strong, loving, and growing in spiritual understanding? Too often we misuse our I AM power by repeating negative beliefs and thoughts of lack or limitation such as: I AM poor, I AM sick, or I AM a victim. When you say, “I AM _______,” you affirm your thoughts into your mind, body, and spirit. The Truth is you are an unlimited, spiritual being with all of God’s qualities expressing as you.

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.

Day 3: God

March 3, 2017

3rd Day  Friday

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

God

Read John 15:1-16.

“God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” We do not see God with our physical eyes excepting as He manifests Himself through His works. His attributes are therefore brought into expression by man who is His son and who is like Him in essence. Jesus was a true expression of God because He was like Him. If we would manifest the divine attributes, we must seek to attain the consciousness and the understanding that characterized Jesus. We must endeavor to raise our thoughts and feelings to God’s level if we would make ourselves channels through which He can come forth into expression and manifestation. God transcendent suggests God as above and beyond His creation. This idea of God as remote from the practical affairs of man or from man’s own experience is false. God (perfection) is not out of reach of His offspring nor something beyond or above them. Tennyson tells us that “closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.” I am centered in God because I focus my attention on His ideas and ideals. The Holy Spirit, which is the Word of God in action, leads me into a consciousness of my divine sonship and inheritance. My inheritance from Him is executive ability, abundant supply, faithfulness, joy, all good. “I am thy portion and thine inheritance.” In the name of Jesus Christ I declare: “God’s perfect plan of bodily perfection is bearing fruit, and I am made whole.”

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017
by Rev. Paula Mekdeci

God is my help in every need.
Many of us grew up with the idea that God was separate from us and far away—managing earthly affairs from a distance. When we realize God is not a superbeing in the sky but a presence that is “closer than hands and feet,” part of our very being, everything changes. God becomes our inner sanctuary, our innate guidance, our intimate friend. This is the God—the Abba—of Jesus, loving, compassionate, and kind. In times of joy, we direct our gratitude to God as the eternal divine presence, blessing us inside and out. In times of need, we go apart for a while, become still, and find the peace of God within us. We may forget God, but God never leaves us. God is our help in every need. As we connect with Spirit within, our way is made clear. The grace of God is upon us.

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.

In my backyard

February 23, 2017

This morning the fog hung just at the top of the trees in the backyard ~ the first sound I heard was the call of geese flying unseen overhead ~ someone once told me that the call of the goose was the call of an ancestor ~ the calls this morning seemed sad to me ~ I’m not sure if it was because they were disembodied and disconnected from from my immediate surroundings or because I wasn’t myself grounded in the day yet ~ the second sound I heard was the church bell ringing the hour ~ I have come to look forward to that sound as I walk in the yard ~ did our ancestors find the ringing of the bells on the hour grounding  or did the bells just become one more sound that got lost in the day ~

In my backyard

February 20, 2017

flickered in and out of being this morning.  I almost missed it as I sat staring into space.  A quick gust of wind and a sliver of light caught my eye, seemingly suspended in air just below a magnolia branch.  And then it was gone.  I did a quick close and open of eyes ~ nope not there.  I tilted my head to the right ~ then to the left ~ nope. Then another of short burst of wind ~ there is was again.  I could now see that it was connected to the branch at the top, but it was not evident where it was anchored at the bottom.  So I sat still and observed that single strand of liquid light ~ it popped in and out of my world view as the winds moved through my backyard.  Just when I thought it had been blown away, there it was again ~ maybe that’s what God is ~

One Power

February 7, 2008

YouTube – One Power Video

Thoughts on the Budget

February 5, 2008

As I watched the news yesterday and listened to the President and commentators talk about the newly proposed $3+ trillion budget, I was amazed and saddened at the same time!  First, I can’t get my head around ‘trillion’ other than it’s a very big number!!!!!  Hence the first amazement.  Secondly, as I heard of the proposed 8% increase in defense spending  (and this doesn’t include paying for the war in Iraq) and a freeze/cut in domestic spending, I had my second amazement moment!  And then I found myself sad.  My thoughts flew to “are we really so afraid of the world” and “do we really value life so little” and “doesn’t this administration understand”.  As I sat with these thoughts and feelings, I found myself saying a prayer – “Oh God, this can’t be real – Oh God, what do we do?”  I slowly began to be conscious, really conscious, of those thoughts and where I was going with them – to my own place of fear and yes anger!  As I became more aware, I took a deep breath and opened to the reframing and rephrasing of my prayer – “Oh God, only Love is real.  Oh God, I am open to what is mine to do.”  This shift in energy – thoughts, words, feelings – brought me to a place of greater peace, if not greater understanding.  Since then, I have given more thought to the feelings and thoughts behind that intial reaction and I must admit that I am concerned that, at each budget cycle, the idea of reducing defense spending in order to provide the necessary funding for positive domestic programs is never discussed.  And I want to make it clear that when I speak of defense cuts, I am not talking about “not supporting the troops.”  I’m talking about reductions in research into new weapons that make war less messy; I’m talking about reducing cronyism and waste in the defense contracting business; I’m talking about less support, or at least of efficient support, of the military-industrial complex.   Speaking primarily from an intuitive position with only a neophyte’s research, I believe that if we were to refocus from weapons research and wasteful spending, we could provide better health care and benefits to those who are now serving in our armed forces.  We could support those men and women returning to lives that have been turned upside down.  We would be able to focus creatively on re-tooling our industrial base to fit markets and jobs needed to move us into a greener, more connected world.
My deepest desire is that we as individuals and as a nation bring into our consciousness the awareness that every life is precious, that every individual has infinite value, and that what we spend our money on is, in fact, what we hold most dear.   I do believe that as individuals and as a nation we hold life sacred; that when we can conquer our fear, we make choices that support life and peace, not destruction and war.  I believe that our voice – that my voice – is important in sending that message to the individuals we have elected to govern for us (note:  I didn’t say govern us, rather govern for us!). 

Regardless of which party’s nominee wins, it is vitally important that we, the people, let him or her know that we expect governance based on prinicples of love and compassion, not on fear and destruction, and that this governance starts with a serious look at how we are spending our money! 

PS – perhaps the lawmakers could spending a little less time worrying about steriod use in baseball and a little more time on creatively working on bringing quality education to all or what new markets/jobs are being called for in this new century!!!