AN OPEN MIND AND AN OPEN HEART
As we kick off this month, it is our intention each and every week to share the love of this most amazing group of people, to share the light of God through and as each of us and to share the idea of the great and even greater possibilities available to each and every one of us!
Because here's a Spiritual Truth . . . We are all, always, in an evolutionary growth cycle, which means that no matter how great our lives have grown to be, no matter how available we are to experience the fullness of the God of our being, there is more.
There is always more expansion to do and there are greater and even greater possibilities yet to explore. Science of Mind founder Dr. Ernest Holmes writes that since we are finite, yet we are expressions of the Infinite, there is always more to express.a And that is what this month is all about, and I am so happy you are here to experience that with us!
Growing up, we all learned about our five senses, right? Our taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight. Then in 1999 when a movie with Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment came out, we all learned about our Sixth Sense!! "I see dead people." Right?!!
Today and next week, we are not going to delve into our Sixth Sense, but rather we will open our hearts and our minds to SIX Additional Senses or what we are calling Mental Faculties that support us in living into our greater possibilities. So we will explore three of those six this morning (the second three will be our topic for next week).
So, Unity is a blending of spiritual philosophies that help us to:
* create a personal, intimate, no-intermediary-needed relationship with God, realizing that the highest God and the innermost God is one God!
* take full and complete responsibility for our lives because we come to realize that we are not victims but rather powerfully creative beings; and
* recognize not only our right, but our responsibility, to be all that we came here to be!
And we as a spiritual community are here to support you in opening your hearts and incubating your dreams so that you live and express the beauty and the power and the perfection of your own Divinity! Sound good?!
Good, then let's get started with looking at three of our Six Senses or Mental Faculties that support us in living into our greater possibilities.
I enjoy looking at the etymology or origin of words. The word "imago" is used in entomology, the science of insects, to define the final, perfect form of a specimen. Its deeper meaning is: "the natural shape or the picture of perfection." The suffix - "nation" comes from a Latin root word meaning: "to be born." So, literally our imagination is: "Our power to birth the natural shape of things or the picture of perfection."
We don't always use our imagination that way though, do we? Rather, we use our imagination to terrorize ourselves with our "what if that happens", worst case scenario thinking, etc., yes??
Mark Twain once said, "I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."b
How about if we used our imagination in a different way? How about if we used our imagination to birth into being our next level of becoming?
Ernest Holmes wrote: "The pent up energy of life, and the possibility of further human evolution, work through our imagination and will. "c (We will get to the "will" in a few minutes.)
The pent up energy of life, and the possibility of further human evolution, work through our imagination. What is the "pent up" energy? Simply put, it is Spirit's urge to continually create.
I see it analogous to a race horse at the starting gate. He is ready, ready, ready to burst out of the gate, but he can't do it until the bell rings and the gate is opened. Then, like a bat out of you-know-where, he takes off. So is the "pent up energy" of Spirit waiting at the gate. Our imagination is the bell that opens the gate!
Everything that has ever been done on this earth plane, great or small, first had its place in the human imagination. Shakespeare describes the creative process like this: "As imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shape and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name."d
It is a fact that imagination takes hold of what seems to be "airy nothing," making something from it. But the Truth is that there is really no such thing as "airy nothing." There is a Universal energy everywhere present which is sensitive to our thoughts, ready to be molded and formed through the power of our imagination.
Thomas Troward once said: "Having seen and felt the end, you have secured the means to the realization of the end."e
So, our imagination is a powerful tool, and Rhonda Byrne in her Daily Secret Teachings recently said: "There is no excuse not to give two minutes today to intend your tomorrow."f And in a little bit, we will do just that! But, first to the second of our Six Additional Senses or Mental Faculties.
Our will is our ability to give ourselves a command and to follow it. "I am going to think this." "I am going to be that." "I am going to do this." "I am the person who is committed to this."
Remember Holmes' words in the Science of Mind textbook: "The pent up energy of life, and the possibility of further human evolution, work through our imagination and will."g
Genevieve Behrend in Your Invisible Power, wrote: "Visualizing [that would be using our imagination] without a will sufficiently steady to inhibit every thought and feeling contrary to your pictured thought would be as useless as a magic lantern without the light [or a slide in a slide projector without a light - nothing is going to happen!]. On the other hand, if your will is sufficiently developed to hold your picture in thought and feeling without any 'ifs,' simply realizing that your thought is the great attracting power, then your mental picture is as certain to be projected upon your physical world as a picture slide put into a magic lantern shows on the screen."h
In the Science Of Mind text it reads: "The will holds attention to the mental viewpoint until the creative power has time to work through the law of unfoldment."i
We use our will to be determined and persistent, not to force anything to happen. We use our will to stick to our imagining, our vision, even when circumstances have not yet yielded to our imagining. We use our will to not quit!
I love this story of a high school basketball coach who was attempting to motivate his players to persevere through a difficult season.
Halfway through the season he stood before the team and said, "Did Michael Jordan ever quit?" The team shouted, "No!"
He yelled, "Well, how about, the Wright Brothers? Did they ever give up?" "No," hollered back the team.
"Did Muhammad Ali ever quit?" Again the team yelled, "No."
"What about Elmer McAlester? Did Elmer McAlester ever quit?"
There was a long silence. Finally one player was bold enough to ask, "Coach, who's Elmer McAlester? We never heard of him."
The coach snapped back, "Of course, you never heard of him - that's because he quit!"
We use our will not to quit even when our circumstances have not yet yielded to imagining.
Develop your will to the degree that you can think thoughts that you want to think! Our minds can be like a bucking bronco. All over the place, so you want to exercise your will so that you can give your mind a command and it will follow.
When John F. Kennedy asked the premier scientist of the day, Werner Von Bron, what it would take to put a man on the moon and bring him home safely again, Von Bron said five simple words: "The will to do it."j
There is extraordinary power in the imagination coupled with the will to move us into our greater and even greater possibilities.
Finally, for this morning anyway, our third Mental Faculty is our intuition, which is our non-linear intelligence system. It is our ability to have information, knowingness, ideas that are outside the information base of our learning up to now.
There is not one question you can have that the Mind you ask it into doesn't have the answer for. Sometimes it just drops in. You could do this or that. You could take this step. Be a good steward of ideas that come your way. Never judge them, just write them down.
Earl Nightingale once said: "Great ideas are like slippery fish. If they are not gaffed on the end of a pen, they swim away quickly never to be seen again."k
And while writing them down is important, we also must act on them. Next week, I will tell you about a mind-boggling experience Genevieve Behrend had when she listened to her intuition - which lead directly to her manifesting her highest and deepest dream, which was to study with Thomas Troward.
An infinite number of ideas can come from intuition.
There is so much help for your possibilities. So much power! It is yours by your birthright. You have been given these Mental Faculties by the Divine so that you might express Life in the highest ways possible.
So, let's just take a minute to meditate. Put down anything you might have in your hands. Put your feet flat on the floor. And relax. Center on your breath and just be in this now moment.
I'd like you to now visualize a dream of yours, a higher possibility. See it in full, vibrant color, feel it, taste it, smell it, hear it.
Now I'd like to ask you to use your will to stick to this vision and not let your mind wander. Just keep fleshing out your dream.
Now invite your intuition to guide you to the next step you are to take to manifest this dream; and listen to what Spirit is saying.
End by saying thank you God and Amen.
Now as powerful and important as these mental faculties are, there is more. There is the Love of the Divine that is always there supporting, uplifting and empowering you. So remember that you are not alone in doing this. You are so loved - in fact you are adored -- and supported in this journey.
aDr. Ernest Holmes
cErnest Holmes the Science of Mind textbook Pg 151
fRhonda Byrne Daily Secret Teachings
gErnest Holmes the Science of Mind textbook Pg 151
hGenevieve Behrend Your Invisible Power, p.19
iErnest Holmes the Science of Mind textbook, p. 192
jWerner Von Bron