YOU ARE PROVIDED FOR ALWAYS AND IN ALL WAYS
Our June theme is "Freedom through Flow," and I am so thrilled to learn that the way we are looking at this topic is deeply touching and important for many of you. Thank you for sharing that with me. It truly makes my heart sing!
So, for those who haven't been here yet this month, let's clarify what "Freedom through Flow" actually means. It means having a consistent, regular abundant flow of financial prosperity in and through our lives so that we have the freedom to share our gifts with the world and the freedom to have, be and do that which makes our hearts sing, all of which are God-ordained.
Because here's the deal -- if we are struggling just to make ends meet, trying to figure out how to get the rent paid or get groceries on the table or get the car repair bill paid - and I know many people are facing these issues -- it is pretty darn challenging to have the time, energy and focus to live at the level of sharing our gifts with the world and having, being and doing that which makes our hearts sing. Right?!
And yet, sharing our gifts with the world and having, being and doing that which makes our hearts sing is what Life desires to be AS us. In fact, the note from the Universe that I got Friday morning was God saying: "Do you know what the difference between us is? Me neither."a
Last week I shared a quote from Sir Frances Bacon that I want to share again this morning. He said: "Money is a good servant, but a bad master."
And I want to be absolutely clear that this month is NOT about making money our God, but rather putting money into service for God's work as us! When we have a new relationship with money in the way we are creating this month, we make it a very good and faithful servant indeed and that servant gives us the freedom we are speaking about.
Last week, we took a new look at money and aligned ourselves with the frequency of abundance by using a Money Mantra, five ideas and accompanying affirmative statements using the letters of the word, M.O.N.E.Y., which came from Mary Morrissey's Prosperity Plus 2 class. As a reminder the five ideas were:
M - Mindset about Money
O - Opportunity Awareness
N - Your Network Equals Your Net Worth
E - Energy of Calm Confidence
Y - saying Yes to that which supports the flow!b
And the five affirmations we used were . . . well, maybe you'd like to say them again like we did last week. Yes? Good, then get in your power position - shoulders back, chin up, arms outstretched or in an upward "v", stand up if you really want to give it power - and let's say them together.
* I live in an abundant Universe that delights in expressing Its Limitless Supply through me.
* I make welcome, attune to and take action on any and all opportunities that come my way to increase the flow of abundance in my life.
* I surround myself with people who delight in the freedom that money represents who are generous givers as well as grateful receivers, and who continually embrace the flow of abundance in their lives.
* I recognize that money flows to me easily and effortlessly, and I move through my day with calm confidence, knowing this is so.
* I say YES only to those things that lead to greater expansion, flow and abundance in my life. And so it is!
Nice, good work. So that gets us to today . . . where we will explore the idea that "You are Provided for Always and In All Ways!"
Did you know that? Do you believe that you are provided for always and in all ways? Perhaps the greatest spiritual prosperity lesson ever given came from Our Ascended Master Teacher Jesus the Christ, which speaks to this. It is recorded at Luke 12, beginning at verse 22. And, you may have heard it before - you probably have - but I invite you into a new depth with it this morning, a renewed understanding. Listen with an open heart and fresh ears and really, really hear what he is saying about this notion that "You are Provided for Always and In All Ways!" I'm going to read the Lamsa translation (a more direct translation than any other), so it may sound a little different if you are used to the King James' version: "And . . . therefore I say unto you, do not worry for your life, what you will eat; nor for your body, what you will wear. For life is much more important than food, and the body than clothing. Observe the ravens; for they do not sow nor reap, and they have no storehouses and barns; and yet God feeds them; how much more important are you than the birds. Who among you by worrying can add to his stature one cubit? So if you are not able to do the smaller thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Observe the flowers, how they grow; for they do not toil nor do they spin; but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. And if God clothes in such fashion the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow falls into the fireplace; how much more is he to you, O you of little faith? So do not be anxious about what you will eat or what you will drink, and let not your mind be disturbed by these things. For worldly people seek after all these things; and your Father knows that these things are also necessary for you. But seek the kingdom of God and all of these things shall be added to you. Do not be afraid, O, little flock; for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom."c
Or as we are more accustomed to hearing that last line: "Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
I looked up "Father" in a compilation I have of Holmes writings, and here's a very interesting thing. Each of his statements that referred to God as Father also were about how God the Father always provides in all ways. Listen to these:
From Spiritual Awareness: "Each of us is heir to the riches and power and glory of the Kingdom of God. . . . We are all sons and daughters of the one Father who freely gives us of His limitless abundance."d
From 365 Science of Mind: "In the unity of humankind with Spirit, there can be no lack or limitation; each of us is entitled to all that our Father has. The realization that God is an infinite Source is dawning upon our awakened thought, expanding our acceptance of greater abundance and dispelling all lack. "e
And from The Philosophy of Jesus: "Here is where our great experiment in using the Power that Jesus understood starts. This is the very beginning of it. We must believe that there is a Divine Presence. Of course, our belief does not create It; it merely acknowledges It. It is this acknowledgment of the Divine Presence that Jesus was referring to when he said: ' ... your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.' "f
So how beautiful, how assuring, how powerful these words are. And yet, I wonder if some of us negate the meaning and the message of it when it gets to the father part:
"Do not be afraid, O, little flock; for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom."
"We are all sons and daughters of the one Father who freely gives . . ."
". . . each of us is entitled to all that our Father has."
" ... your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."
Now if we think of the divine ideal of the concept of Father, what do we think of:
And that is what we are told in the Scripture and from Ernest Holmes that God is! Provider, Protector, Supporter, Source, Guardian, Giver. But if you had an unloving, withholding, perhaps even punishing human father, then you most likely bring some emotional, psychological and spiritual baggage to these statements about God the Father and can't hear or receive the profound message that you are always and in all ways provided for! There is a block, a wall up, that stops the flow of abundance in your life!
If there is any healing you need to do around your father, today might be the day to do it. It is Father's Day after all!
Let's do a Healing mediation here - for your own father or for yourself as a father. If you had an ideal father, then you hold the high watch for the rest of us. So just close your eyes and relax in your seat. Take a couple of deep breaths. And realize your father learned to be a father from his father who learned it from his father, who learned it from his, each of them doing the best they could. When we know better, we do better. Go back in time, before you were born into this physical world, but you still existed and see your father as a baby, pure and innocent before "life" happened. Connect heart to heart with him at that time. Let him say something you to "I love you" from that space. Come back to your adult self here and now freer.
And now I want to share with you an interesting piece of information . . . Rocco Errico, an Aramaic scholar, tells us that when Jesus referred to God as "Father," in the context of his language and time, it was a term of endearment and not necessarily a reference to God in the role of father as we understand it.
"Father" simply meant Beloved. Errico tells us that among Aramaic and Arabic speaking people of that time a sister would call her sister "Father." A mother would call her son "father." Even a father would call his son by that endearing term.g
And, in order for us to have the Freedom of Flow, it is a relationship with the Beloved that we must cultivate, nurture and deepen, through prayer, meditation, contemplation, study. That is why we are told in Jesus' powerful prosperity teaching to "seek first the Kingdom of God and all will be added."
So I would now like to pay tribute to the earthly fathers we know. I have the names of men that I would like to acknowledge. If you are present and would like to come up to pay tribute yourself, please do so.
As you look at this garden of candles, think of the men in your life who have influenced you, inspired you, strengthened you, and loved you. Men who have planted ideas in your mind and watched you grow. Men we loved and hated. Men we blame for all our faults and weaknesses, and thank for all our strengths and talents. Men who weren't perfect but did the best they knew how to do. And so we grew, blossomed and produced fruit. And so we thank them.
I think the fathers of scripture must have done all the things a good gardener does. They prepared good soil and had the courage to do what was right and loving for their children. They knew they could not plant everything in their lives. Time is so short, so we choose the seeds of faith in God and national identity. We plant them as often as we can. Enough seed, and surely something will grow. God provides the watering and fertilizing and weeding. We plant with our eyes on the harvest and our children surprise us with their magnificence.
Happy day to all of our fathers, grandfathers, god fathers and others who have served in the role of father. So let's take a moment to acknowledge and honor all of our fathers in the room. Please stand and stay standing:
* Fathers, biological or adoptive
* God fathers
* Now, any male who has served in the role of a father to a child.
* And, finally, any female who has served in the role of father as well.
Congregation, please rub your hands together and then extend that warmth and love out to every one standing and repeat after me: We honor you . . . . we thank you . . . . we forgive you for when you missed the mark . . . we celebrate you for when you got it right . . . we appreciate you . . . . we love you . . . Happy Father's Day!
So, we open ourselves to the power and presence of God the Father, God the Beloved, by realizing that:: "We are sons and daughters of the Beloved who freely gives us of His limitless abundance."
". . . We are entitled to all that our Beloved has."
"... Our Beloved knows what things we have need of, before we ask."
And, "We need not be afraid, for our Beloved is pleased to give us the kingdom."
And on this we can depend - always and in all ways! And in that dependence, in that knowing, we absolutely experience Freedom through Flow!
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bMary Morrissey's Prosperity Plus 2 class
cLuke 12, beginning at verse 22
dErnest Holmes Spiritual Awareness, p. 82
eErnest Holmes 365 Science of Mind, p 75
fErnest Holmes The Philosophy of Jesus, p. 14
gSource: Science of Mind Magazine, May 2008 issue