Thursday, April 19, 2018


In my post last week and in my lesson this past Sunday at Unity Spiritual Center Denver, I began a series which I am calling “Conscious Co-Creating.” I have been feeling the inspiration to do this series for some time. I have been resisting it. Honestly, I have grown tired of the numerous books, videos, and workshops purported to teach us how to create the lives we desire. I did not want to jump on that bandwagon with yet another perspective on the power of positive thinking, the law of attraction, or the power of our minds (thoughts and feelings) to manifest all the things we want in life. It seemed, to me, opportunistic and trite. However, the inner urge persisted, so I finally surrendered to it.

Through my introspection, meditation and contemplation on the subject, the purpose for my exploration of this topic has become clearer to me. It is not my intention, nor the sole purpose of Spirit expressing as me, to instruct anyone in the art of manifesting all the things they want, but more to support those who are willing and ready to hear the message on how we can connect with, use and strengthen the innate faculties we possess as self-conscious human beings to co-create a world that embodies the qualities of the Divine, as we understand them.

Charles Fillmore, the cofounder of Unity, termed these qualities “Divine Ideals.” He stated that the Kingdom of God is replete with these Divine Ideals, and that they are our inheritance as expressions of the Divine. Some of these Divine Ideals are Love, Peace, Joy, Harmony, Wholeness, Abundance, Freedom, Beauty, and Unity. This is not in any way an exhaustive list. I recommend that you take time to discern others for yourself.

These Divine Ideals are universal and form the foundation for all that I consider to be true desire. We, as human beings, all desire to experience and express these Divine Ideals. In addition, in our heart of hearts, absent of any thoughts or feelings of judgment, resentment or resistance, each of us desires the same for all humanity, indeed for all creation. These Divine Ideals are our way of understanding, connecting with and expressing the nature of the Divine.

My intention with this series is to not only remind us of the Divine Ideals that are our deepest desires, but also to acquaint us with, or remind us of, the innate capacities that we possess to manifest lives that embody these ideals, not only for ourselves, but also for all creation.

As conscious expressions of the Divine in physical form, we are here to bring forth the Kingdom of God upon the Earth – to awaken to, embody and express Divine Ideals. In order to accomplish that, we must know the tools we have at our disposal and how to use them effectively. It is clear to me now that this is the message that Spirit is bringing to me and through me at this time. This is not a lesson in how to have all the good you want without respect to the impact on the lives of others or on the Earth and our environment. This is a message about how to claim our power to co-create a world that reflects the nature of what we can comprehend as God/Source/Creative Life/Divine, or by whatever name you know It. And, to do so from a conscious awareness of the Unity of all life and a deep value and respect for our Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.

The process logically begins with our willingness to learn the principles, connect with the powers, and apply them in our individual lives. It is like learning mathematics. We begin by learning the numbers, progress with simple addition and subtraction, move on to multiplication and division, and eventually to algebra and calculus. We learn the principles and how to apply them progressively.

We can, for a variety of reasons, sometimes stall in the lower levels of our learning and application. We master addition and subtraction, and possibly even multiplication and division. We reach our comfort zone. We see no reason to stretch ourselves, or stress ourselves attempting to learn the principles and practices of higher levels of mathematics. We say, “When will I ever need that?” So, we go no further.

This is similar to learning the principles of metaphysics, along with some of the universal laws and how they apply to our lives personally. We have what we need, maybe even most, if not all, of what we want. We have learned how to manifest parking spaces, possibly even how to attract a good job or the perfect life partner. We are in the flow. We can reach a comfort zone. As long as we can stay there and have a comfortable life, we see no reason to learn more. We may think, “I’m good. Why would I want to go further? When will I ever need that?”

We need to learn the principles, and we need to use our powers because we are here to manifest the Kingdom of God upon the Earth, not just for ourselves, but for ALL. In my estimation, we have a long way to go.

The message I am getting from Spirit is “IT IS TIME!” It is time for me to expand my learning, strengthen my innate powers, move out of my comfort zone, and use the gifts and talents I have been given to support and encourage a world in awakening to our full potential. It is time for me to take the inspired actions to be the change and to help affect the change I wish to see in the world.

I do not claim to have the answers, but I do claim that I am open and receptive to a clear understanding of what is mine to do. I do not claim to know or even suggest to anyone else what is yours to do. I simply invite us into the question and welcome our shared exploration and discovery as we share this journey.

Let us come together with a shared intention to discern how we can use our innate faculties, some of which Charles Fillmore identified as The Twelve Powers, to not only co-create empowered lives for ourselves, but also to co-create a world that works for all.

Join us on Sundays at 10:00 for our service and for the engaging one-hour discussion that happens in our sanctuary following the service. Over the next four weeks (maybe longer) we will be delving into these ideas more deeply. This Sunday, April 22, I will be exploring our powers of Imagination and Faith and how we can use them to this end. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Desire - The Impulse of Creation

This week at Unity Spiritual Center Denver, I will begin a five-week series entitled “Conscious Co-creation.” In my Sunday lessons during our 10:00 service and our regular Discussions with David following service, I will explore the power that we possess to connect with our hearts’ desires and take specific steps to bring into manifestation that which embodies our desires.

Over the next five weeks, we will explore how we can strengthen and use our innate capacities, which Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore identified as our Twelve Powers, to co-create and live the lives we consciously choose.

I will begin this Sunday, April 15, by delving into our concepts about desire. What is desire? How can we know if what we desire is truly in alignment with our highest and best good? How do we connect with our desire? How can we know what we must do to bring it into fruition?

Those are powerful questions and what follows is my expansion on the ideas about ‘Desire’ from my book, In This Moment – Prayers from the Well of Awareness.

It has been said that all manifestation begins with a thought. I assert that manifestation begins prior to a thought; it begins with the awakening of desire within the individual. Even prior to desire is the impulse of the Divine as it moves, expands, and extends into manifest form. Desire is the response to this creative impulse.

Divine Impulse → Creative Awakening → Inherent Desire → Inspired Thought → Conscious Co-Creation

Desire is not want. ‘Want’ implies that something is lacking. It is also not the same as yearning. Desire does not reveal itself as any object in the manifest realm, such as a new car, house, relationship, or job that we may want or yearn for. The unfolding of our desires may eventually demonstrate as any of those, but the inherent desire is much deeper.

True desire is always born of the heart. It is revealed as our longing to experience the ineffable reflection of the Divine. For example, we may have the idea that we desire a relationship with a beloved, but the deeper longing is the desire to experience the reflection of Divine Love in the expressions, words, touch and presence of another. The true desire is to connect with love, feel it, and share it.

True desire is never self-centered, but is meant to embody love in service to all. We are called to connect with the seed of desire in our hearts as the longing of Spirit to express as us and to open to the revelation of how it might manifest in service to love.

When desire is honored, life is enriched - not just the life of the individual, but also the life of creation. To deny desire is to deprive the world of the magnificence of Divine Life expressing as you.

The fulfillment of desire rests in its complete acceptance and allowing of the one who receives the conscious awareness of it, and is willing to nurture its unfolding.

I offer the following as an affirmative prayer to use when contemplating your desire.

I accept that the desire of my heart is a divine idea seeking its expression in and through me.
I release any thought that stands in judgment of my desire.
I open to the realization of its manifestation in my life.
I get out of the way.
I release any need to control.
I am open to accept all that is in alignment with highest Good for all.
I know that my desire is already a reality.
I am thankful.
I rejoice in the unfolding.

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 as we begin the five-week journey of enriching our lives and expanding spiritual flow through “Conscious Co-creating”.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Urge is Divine

I was reviewing some of my past posts for inspiration on what to write this week when I ran across this one. Upon reading it, I realized that it speaks to where I am in my journey right now. I find myself longing to rediscover my “bliss” and follow it to the unfolding of what is next for me, as well as for us as at Unity Spiritual Center Denver.

I was reminded of the importance of connecting with what is moving in my heart and in the heart of the community prior to taking action. I find that it is often uncomfortable to stand in the place of not knowing. I would much rather have a step-by-step roadmap for the journey. I have learned, however, that life does not work that way.

I hope this post inspires you, as it did me, to take time to stop and listen to the “Divine Urge” within and embrace the courage to follow where it leads.


In his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University, Apple founder, Steve Jobs, told the audience,

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And, whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

He went on to encourage the graduates to follow their dreams, and to not waste their lives “living someone else’s life.”

Taken literally the thought that one could live someone else’s life is preposterous. How can a person live a life that is not his own? Of course, it is not possible; however, it is possible and even common for one to live a life that someone else has prescribed for him, perhaps his parents, culture, or even her religion. All too often, we succumb to the pressures of others and do what is “expected” or what we believe will bring us success in the eyes of others. We may not live the life of another, but we often live or lives for another.

Often we, as Thoreau said, live “lives of quiet desperation” in an attempt to make a living, be “respectable,” or feel safe and secure. In doing so, we may meet some needs, but we may sacrifice our deepest needs, which is to know ourselves as a magnificent expression of the One Life; to connect with the Essence of who we are and who we have come here to be; and to manifest that in the world. In other words, our deepest need is to, as American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell, said, follow our bliss.

Most of us are most likely familiar with the quote, “Follow your bliss,” but like me, some may have a misconception of what it means to follow our bliss. Until recently, I thought it meant to discover what brings joy and only do what is fun; ‘bliss’ meant ‘pleasure,’ ‘elation’ and ‘ebullience.’ After further exploration of Campbell’s lectures and writing, I found a greater depth of understanding of what he meant. The following quotes are taken from “The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work.”

“I think the best thing I can say is to follow your bliss. If your bliss is just your fun and your excitement, you’re on the wrong track. Know where your bliss is. And that involves coming down to a deep place in yourself.”

“Your bliss can guide you to that transcendent mystery, because your bliss is the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you.”

When we consider that Campbell defines ‘bliss’ as the energy of transcendent wisdom within us, we can clearly see that he was encouraging us to follow what could also be called the “Divine Urge” within us. It is not about feeling blissful 24/7, but about being true to who we are.

Also, following our bliss does not mean that life will always be easy, that we will not face pain and struggle or that we can just sit back and let it happen. On the contrary, following our bliss is, as Campbell says, the hero’s journey. It is a journey that each one must undertake in order to be true to himself.

Campbell says,

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Some of the most well known hero journeys from recent literature include Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. It is an age-old theme. Perhaps the best known hero’s journey for those from the Christian tradition is the life of Jesus Christ.

For various reasons, they are called to embark upon the hero’s journey, and even though fear may arise at the thought of what lies ahead, something within urges them onward as they come face to face with dark and mysterious forces that attempt to dissuade them from their missions. When we choose to follow our bliss we will be called upon to come face-to-face with our fears, and in doing so, we embrace our own strength and power at a deeper level.

Campbell encourages,

“You follow [your bliss] and doors will open where there were no doors before, where you would not have thought there’d be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anybody else. There’s something about the integrity of a life. And the world moves in and helps. It really does.”

When we say “Yes” to the Divine Urge within, we can rest assured that all the power of the Universe rushes in to help. Again, it will not always be easy, but with faith we know that all is provided in the moment it is needed.

“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  – Steve Jobs

The Divine Urge is the movement of that “transcendent wisdom” in the heart. Intuition is the awareness of our innate wisdom. As Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity said, “All wisdom is implanted in us by divine intelligence.” He further said, “Wisdom can only be found in its purity at the heart center.”  

We access wisdom when we consciously center our awareness in the heart, experience serenity, and listen for the still small voice. From this centered consciousness, we receive guidance, and can then take the steps to follow our bliss with courage. ‘Courage’ is derived from the French ‘coeur,’ which translates into English as ‘heart.’  Courage is the willingness to follow where the heart leads, trusting that the heart, the Divine Urge, our bliss, always guides us to the highest and best good for all.

As Steve Jobs said,

“Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. As with all matters of the heart, you will know it when you hear it.”

There are over seven billion people on Earth, and each and every one is a unique expression of the creative energy of the Universe. I have often wondered why there are so many people on the planet. That it takes each one expressing his or her magnificence in order to bring forth the kingdom of heaven is the only plausible reason I can think of.

Further, until every last one recognizes the Divine Urge and follows his or her bliss we will not fully realize the kingdom. That is how vital it is for us to follow our bliss. Listen!  Follow your bliss.

Join us on Sunday as we welcome Rev. Dr. David Ault as our special guest speaker. David will also present a workshop on Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 – 5:00 entitled, Solution Already Exists. Visit our website for more information and to register.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter Is You!

As we come to the close of the Lent, a time for releasing and letting go of that which no longer serves our highest good, and ready ourselves for Easter, we are presented with the opportunity to explore the deeper meaning and lessons of the crucifixion and resurrection. Given that we, in Unity, do not believe that Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection were of themselves the means for our salvation, what significance does this season have for us? Why do we in Unity honor the crucifixion and celebrate the resurrection?

While fundamental Christianity teaches that the salvation of humanity was achieved through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Unity teaches that they are symbolic of a process that each of us can walk through to fully awaken to and embody our Christ nature.

Charles Fillmore, the cofounder of Unity, says, “The word crucifixion means the crossing out in consciousness of certain errors that have become fixed states of mind.”

Each of us has received and taken on false messages and misperceptions about ourselves. These messages are delivered by our families, peers, religions and societies. If these messages are not questioned and intervened upon, they become, as Mr. Fillmore said, “fixed states of mind” through which we perceive ourselves and our world. They can and do affect the choices we make and how we experience life. If we are to live from the conscious awareness of who we truly are, it is imperative that we question these false concepts and free ourselves from bondage to them. In Mr. Fillmore’s terms, they must be “crossed out.”

The commonplace New Thought term for these “fixed states of mind” is ‘ego.’ Some spiritual movements advocate elimination of the ego. I have heard, and probably said at some point in the past, that the crucifixion represents the death of the ego, which must die so the true self can be resurrected and have its life. I fear that ‘ego’ has become the New Thought term for Satan. Using Mr. Fillmore’s terminology, one might say that the ego must be “crossed out” so that the Christ can have life as us.

I can no longer support the idea that there is a “false self” and a “true self,” or that there is a negative aspect of us by whatever name we call it, ego or otherwise, that must be eliminated. From my current perspective, those are dualistic concepts. If there is only One, and I continue to assert that there is only One, then there cannot be any aspect of us that needs to be eliminated.

So, what is this that we often refer to as ‘ego’ and what can we do about it?

The so-called ‘ego’ or these “fixed states of mind” are energetically charged messages, both explicit and implicit, that have fused in our brains and around our hearts and have become filters through which we see ourselves and our world. They have become assimilated into our energy signature. They are a part of our human experience.

Because they are energy, we cannot eliminate them, nor should we desire to. Energy cannot be destroyed. It can, however, be changed. These energies can be transformed. Love is the only power that is capable of transmuting and transforming this energy.

This is truly the power of crucifixion and resurrection and the meaning of Easter.

When we consider the cross and crucifixion as symbols of transformation, the Easter story takes on a whole new meaning. The cross becomes a symbol of change, rather than of torture, death and sacrifice. And, crucifixion becomes, not death of the old and resurrection of new life, but a merging of the power and presence of love in the heart of humanity and the transcendence that results.

Think of Jesus hanging on the cross; his arms open wide as if to embrace all of creation; his heart at the position on the cross where the vertical and horizontal beams meet, symbolizing the place where the human and divine intersect. See the body of Jesus as a vessel holding all of the pain and suffering of the world. Envision it concentrated right there in his heart. Imagine him opening up in prayer and meditation to welcome and allow the energy of Divine Love to move through him, knowing that Love is the power that transmutes the pain and suffering and transforms the conscious of the world. Hear him saying the words, “It is finished” as a proclamation of the work that Love accomplished through him.

We can believe that Jesus did it for us, but it is more empowering for us to witness Jesus as an example of what we can do for ourselves.

I offer the following process for us to use to experience our own crucifixion and resurrection.
  • Stand with our arms outstretched as if you are forming a cross with your body.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine that your arms are spread out to reach across all time and space.
  • Invite the energy of all of the pain you have ever felt and all of the life events that have stimulated fear, anger, or suffering for you to be present now.
  • Imagine all of the energy of those experiences concentrated in your heart.
  • Feel into it. Really allow yourself to feel the pain.
  • Cry if you need to. Rage if you want to. Give it all you have.
  • When you are ready, and only when ready, imagine a stream of pure Love flowing into your heart. 
  • You may see it as wave of color. You may hear a particular tone. You may see a flash of light.
  • Whatever image comes to you, just allow it. Receive it.
  • Let the power of Love transmute the energy that you may have been holding for years or even decades.
  • Feel the energy of Love transforming you.
  • Let the light of Love do its perfect work in you.
  • Know that as you envision it and claim it, it is happening. Do not give the mind free reign to doubt it. Know that as you declare a thing, it is done.
  • Now, breathe deeply into your heart and welcome the sense of release.
  • Feel your heart lighter and more relaxed.
  • Lower your arms.
  • With every breath, imagine the energy of love lifting them up once again.
  • Allow your arms to rise up until they are in front of you in the posture of an open embrace.
  • Hold all of your past hurts and pain in the open embrace of Love.
  • Exhale deeply and see all the energy of pain and suffering expelled.
  • Take a deep breath in.
  • Close your arms around you, and embrace yourself in Love.
  • Savor the embrace. Hold yourself until you feel the ease of the inflow and outflow of breath returning.
  • Proclaim aloud, “IT IS FINISHED!”
  • Take one step forward as a gesture of moving into a new sense of self.
  • Fold your hands in a prayer position in front of your heart.
  • Bow in recognition and gratitude for yourself and for the process.
  • Experience your own resurrection.
  • Know and trust that you have begun your own process of awakening and ascension into a newly integrated expression of your divinity through your humanity.
  • Repeat this exercise any time you sense that you are in bondage to the past or are being weighed down by the energy of blame, guilt, resentment and the like.
  • Each time you engage in this process, you take one step closer to full integration of Divine Love as your past, present and future expression.
I have recorded and posted a video on my YouTube channel to guide you through this process.

I encourage us not to think of Easter as a once-a-year celebration of rebirth and new life, but to invite the resurrection to be a daily personal experience. It is not about dying to anything, but rather about inviting and allowing the power of Love to transform us at depth.

Join us on Easter Sunday for our 10:00 service. Through a special presentation of message, music, dramatic interpretation, and ceremony we will explore further the metaphysical meaning of the cross, crucifixion and resurrection. You will not want to miss this one!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Living Jesus' Words

Holy Week in the Christian tradition is observed as the final week in the physical life of Jesus. It begins with Palm Sunday, and includes what is commonly known as the Passion of Christ, as well as the crucifixion. As we observe Holy Week and make our final preparations to celebrate new life on Easter Sunday, we honor Jesus, our brother and view his journey to the cross as analogous with our journey toward realization of our Truth.

In Unity, we honor Jesus as the way shower. We teach that he was here to show humanity the way to freedom from the bondage and suffering caused by our belief in separation; he did so through teaching and by modeling the truth. We view the passion as symbolic of the suffering we endure as a result of our belief in separation, and the crucifixion as a representation of the process through which we release from our consciousness the ideas that separate us from Truth.

Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore, said "The word crucifixion means the crossing out in consciousness of certain errors that have become fixed states of mind." Jesus' physical crucifixion symbolizes the "crossing out" of worldly consciousness. The resurrection symbolizes a new awakening to Truth, the Truth that each of us is an expression of the One Power and One Presence that Jesus called "the Father" when he said, "The Father and I are one."

Fillmore also said, "True resurrection within us lifts up all the faculties of mind until they conform to the absolute ideas of Divine Mind. This mental renewal makes a complete transformation of the body, so that every function works in divine order and every cell becomes incorruptible and immortal."

The "Sayings of Jesus on the Cross," also known as "The Seven Last Words of Christ" are seven expressions that Jesus is reported to have uttered during his crucifixion. The sayings are gathered from the four Canonical Gospels in the Bible. When we view them as a continuation of his teaching, they offer us some insight into understanding the crucifixion as a process of "letting go, and letting God," a process that we can embrace and consciously experience for ourselves, in consciousness.

I offer the following as a suggested spiritual practice for Holy Week using the "The Seven Last Words" to help facilitate our own surrender from the bondage and suffering of our belief in separation.

Luke 23:34 "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."

Forgiveness in Aramaic, unlike in Greek, is not something that one does for another, but it is an internal process of allowing the acceptance of the Truth (the Father) to free us from our attachments to thoughts, to form, and to the past.

Ask yourself: Where am I bound by attachments to my thoughts, beliefs, perceived mistakes, and judgments?

Affirm: I am free from all limiting thoughts and judgments. I untie the knots that bind me.

Luke 23:43 "Today you will be with me in Paradise."

When Jesus was on the cross there were two others as well, one on either side. One of them said to Jesus, "If you are really the son of God save yourself and save us, too." The other said, "Remember me when you come into your kingdom.

The first was aware only of his current experience. He was focused on his physical condition. The other was aware of something more, something beyond (the kingdom). In that moment, in his conscious recognition, he was at once in the consciousness of heaven. Jesus was not giving him a dispensation: He was reflecting to him his own awareness and confirming that his recognition of the Truth in that moment had set him free. He was already "with him in Paradise."

Ask yourself: In what ways am I focusing solely on my physical experience and serving that which is not my Eternal Truth?"

Affirm: In this moment, I commit myself to serving my Truth. The Truth of my being sets me free.

John 19:26 "Woman, behold your son!" Then he said to the disciple whom he loved, "Behold your mother."

Not only was Jesus honoring his biological mother, he was also recognizing the spiritual brotherhood of the disciples. It is a statement of Oneness. We are all each other's mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. Blood does not determine our kinship. We are One in the family of God.

Ask yourself: Where do I separate myself from others with labels, whether it is gender, nationality, race, religion, age, or any other label I might assign to another?

Affirm: I am One with all life.

Matthew 27:46 "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

The Lamsa Bible translates this phrase as, "My God, my god, for this I was spared." In other words, "It is for this purpose that I am here." Jesus had stated his purpose earlier when being interrogated by Pilate, as quoted in John 18:37, "For this I was born, and for this very thing I came into the world, that I may bear witness concerning the Truth. Whoever is of the Truth will hear my voice."

Ask yourself: Where in my life am I not bearing witness to the Truth; the Truth of Oneness with God and with all creation?

Affirm: For this I came into the world, to bear witness to the Truth of Oneness.

John 19:28 "I thirst".

Our greatest desire is to know ourselves as God expressing. It is for that, and for that only that we truly "thirst." Often we search for the experience of God in people, places and things. There is nothing in the external that can satisfy our thirst for God. Recall the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. He said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water which I give him shall never thirst; but the same water which I give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to life everlasting."

Ask yourself: Where do I attempt to satisfy my "thirst" for God by attempting to "drink" from the well of the world of form, whether that is money, another person, status, or any other form of attachment?

Affirm: All that I desire is here and now present as the Life of God within me.

John 19:30 "It is finished."

The physical work is done. The surrender is complete. I let go and I let God.

Ask yourself: Where am I still holding on? What am I not willing to release?

Affirm: I let go and I let God.

Luke 23:46 "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

The transformation is done.

Ask yourself: Am I ready and willing to embrace myself as the Christ?

Affirm: I embrace myself as the Christ.

As we surrender the myths, messages and beliefs that we allow to limit our full acceptance and expression of the Truth, we allow the crucifixion to take place in our consciousness, and we are resurrected into new life as the conscious awareness of the Christ we are.

Join us on Sunday, March 25, for the beginning of Holy Week. I will share a lesson entitled “Thy Will is My Will.” We will explore together what Divine Will is and how we can embody and live it.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Love Moves The World

In Unity, we often speak of God as Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence, the self-existent One. While everywhere present, all-knowing, and all-power are wonderfully descriptive concepts for what we think of as God, none of those captures the idea of God expressing, living, giving, or doing.

In her book, The Ultimate: Your Self Revealed, New Thought teacher and author, Marie S. Watts, uses those terms as aspects of God, but she also adds ‘Omni-Action.’ God does not simply exist as potential; God is the Life that is continually expressing in, through and as all.

I like to think of the ‘Omni-Action’ of God as Love. In other words, the one activity, the only action of God, as we understand God, is Love. Love truly does move the world.

We are created as the image/likeness of God, we too are Love in expression. Our highest purpose is to be Love in this manifest realm. We are here to move the world through the power of Love expressing as each of us.

When Jesus was teaching his disciple and other followers, he was instructing them in ways that their thoughts, words and actions could be more in alignment with Love. When he talked about “turning the other cheek;” “giving your shirt to someone who just took your coat;” “walking two miles when someone forces you to walk one;” or “doing good to those who persecute you,” he was giving examples of the actions of one who lives from the consciousness of Love. He was not attempting provide an all-inclusive list. He was instead providing them with training wheels of sorts.

Jesus would often say, “you’ve heard it said…, but I say to you…” He was shifting the paradigm from the previously held concept of God as judging and punishing to the understanding of God as Love. He was offering a different perspective and pointing the way to live from it.

In addition to providing examples of loving actions, he also spoke about developing the consciousness of Love. Perhaps his greatest teaching the consciousness of Love is captured in what we know as the Beatitudes, or the “Be Attitudes.” He spoke of the attitudes of heart and mind that open us to a greater awareness and connection with Love. He promoted being willing, humble, open, earnest, vulnerable, and merciful. When we adopt these attitudes, we become open and willing vessels for Love’s expression.

Jesus taught radical love. His concept of living love is one that still is foreign to us. Many still subscribe to the religion about Jesus, rather than “Love – the Religion of Jesus.” It matters little what we believe about the circumstances of his birth or the reason for his death. What matters to us and to the world is how he lived and whether we choose to follow his example. If we are to bring the kingdom of heaven upon the Earth, it is up to us, individually and collectively, to embrace his teaching and begin to live more fully as Love.

Join us on Sunday at 10:00 for our service at Unity Spiritual Center Denver. We will explore further how “Love moves the World” when we allow Love to awaken in us, move us, and inspire us to action.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

All These Things

I have shared in recent posts that “Love – The Religion of Jesus” is my Lenten theme this year, both for my blog posts and my Sunday lessons at Unity Spiritual Center Denver. As I have said previously, with this theme in mind I am reading many of Jesus’ teachings through a different lens, and I am discovering a new perspective from which to embrace them. The following is my attempt to express new insights gained as I read and meditated on a familiar Scripture this morning.

I have frequently used the following Scripture as a basis for written and spoken lessons. As I pondered it today, I felt some discomfort as I realized that my previous understanding of it seemed shallow.

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6: 25 – 33 NRSV

I fear that my personal interpretation of New Thought teaching has given me a perspective that is overly focused on individualism. I am not suggesting that is the intention of New Thought teaching, rather that I have approached it as that. My assumption is that I am not alone. It seems that many of us have done our best to apply the “science of the mind” and the “power of thought” teaching to creating the lives that we want, to manifesting our hearts’ desires, and satisfying our needs. We have taken Jesus’ teachings and interpreted them predominantly for our personal gain.

I am not implying that personal application is not an aspect of the teaching, rather that it is not the ultimate purpose to which Jesus was pointing. Applying the teachings of Jesus to ourselves and learning first-hand the power we possess to manifest in this dimension is essential in our spiritual and human evolutionary process. It is vital to recognize that it is a phase in the process, not the culmination. I am encouraging us to open to the possibility that it is time for us to develop beyond this phase and embrace the broader perspective of the master teacher.

As I read the Scripture today through the lens of “Love – The Religion of Jesus,” I heard his words as a call, not only to awaken to our power of manifestation, but also to the collective vision of the Kingdom of God demonstrated here and now in this time and place upon this planet and in this world.

Jesus is calling us to a higher vision, a vision of what is possible for all. He is asking us to move beyond focusing solely on our individual wants and desires and to hold the vision of sufficiency, equality, and justice for all creation.

Reverend Bruce Sanguin, in his book The Emerging Church, captures the essence of what Jesus was referring to when he talked about the “Kingdom of God.” He says,

“[Jesus’] mission is summarized in a single metaphor – the kingdom of God…I suggest that we drop the “g” and change it to kin-dom of God, reflecting the biological and spiritual truth of evolution that everything derives from common stock.

The metaphor suggests an ethic that reverses cultural norms: the last are first and the first last; the poor are lifted up and the rich sent away empty; the persecuted are blessed; rulers are servants; the well-being of the soul, not the size of one’s bank account, defines the person; true wealth consists not of accumulating money but in allocating it; spiritual wisdom, not political power is the hidden treasure; the humble, not the high and mighty, have access to wisdom; non-violence, not redemptive violence, is God’s way. God’s kin-dom makes for a topsy-turvy life.”

We manifest the Kingdom, or “Kin-dom,” not simply by envisioning it and praying for it, but by taking action toward demonstrating it. It will not happen miraculously, if we think of a miracle as a sudden occurrence that defies natural laws. It will only come when the hearts and minds of humanity awaken to our unity; embrace the vision; and work together to bring it about. When we come together and work toward demonstrating that world, all of our needs will be met, both individually and collectively.

Unity cofounder, Charles Fillmore said,

“If the “kingdom of heaven,” to which Jesus referred, is a city with golden streets in the skies, he could have easily located it; but he did nothing of the kind. On the contrary, he again and again gave illustrations to show his listeners that it is a desirable condition which can be brought about among them by the power of the Spirit.”

Jesus also taught, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32). My hope and prayer is that we will embrace the vision and awaken to the present possibility of the Kingdom that Jesus said is already prepared for us (Matthew 25:34). It is awaiting our recognition of it and our willingness to realize it. Now is the time and we are the ones who have the power to bring it into demonstration. Let us be the ones to answer the call and truly live “Love – the Religion of Jesus.”

Join us on Sunday at 10:00 for our service as I share my lesson, “All These Things.” We will explore what we allow to get in the way of our realization of God’s Kin-dom on the Earth and what we can do to move through it.