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Sunday Message for January 3, 2016

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK

Tipping Point or Turning Point? We have all heard of the idea of a "tipping point," the moment at which there is enough critical mass for a major change to occur. In today's world it is often used to describe where we are globally, particularly environmentally. If we tip too far in the direction of destroying Mother Earth, for example, we won't be able to get her back. And that is definitely a concern.

And that is what I want us to explore this month. The idea of "turning points" -- those moments of decision, those moments when we individually or collectively decide to make a shift, to head in a different direction, to view things another way and to accompany that with a new behavior. Perhaps your being here this morning is a turning point for you. If so, I applaud you!

And the results of turning points are radically different outcomes. Or said another way, turning points result in different "tipping points."

This month, supported by the strong foundation of our Unity teachings, we will have personal turning point moments that will tip us in the direction of greater love, joy, peace and manifestation, which can have a significant impact on our world.

Today we lay the groundwork and set the tone not just for this month, but for the entire year, so I am so glad you are with us today!

Julie McIntyre, director of the Center for Earth Relations, once said: "There comes a point when you know without doubt, without hesitation, that you cannot go back to your old life. You cannot be who you once were and also have a new life . . . ."a And that point is a turning point.

So, on this first Sunday of this new year, at a time when individual and collective turnings points are so important, we are going to take five perspectives on life and look at one way of viewing them and then Turning Point ways to view them. Here's your mission. Identify where you are with each of these.

Some of the old views may no longer be your views; you may have already fully and completely embodied the Turning Point view. If that is the case, take a moment today to celebrate that. Way to go, and you will be invited into really, really putting them into practice in your lives this month - this year!!

On the other hand, there may be some that you think, "I wish I had that new view, I'd like to have it, I know I would be happier and healthier if I did, but I simply don't. I may have it in my head, but it hasn't made the 18 inch journey down to my heart."

Those are the ones I want you to pay very close attention to. Those Turning Point views are the ones that are yours to pick up, try on, and, this month, work on installing into the foundation of your belief system, because they can - no, they will! - send your life in a very different direction.

Let's get going!

VIEW 1

Old View 1: God is a judgmental man outside of me determining whether or not I am worthy of . . . , well of anything! This God is to be feared, and I have to be very, very good to gain favor with this God. I have to beg, plead and bargain with this God. God's punishments are meted out here and in the afterlife. This is a view that a lot of the world has.

Turning Point View 1: God is an energy of love and creation that flows through all, sustains all, surrounds all -- in fact, is all!

The energetic world is a world of Love and it is the foundation on which all else rests. It's the building block that forms everything.

How's this for a turning point view? In the words of Charles Fillmore in The Revealing Word: "God is that from which all love springs. His character is taught in the name of Father, representing the love, protection, and providing care of God for man, His offspring. His life and love and wisdom and power and strength and substance. God is personal to us when we recognize Him within us as our indwelling life, intelligence, love and power."b

VIEW 2

Old View 2: The world is a scary place. Our job is to put on armor and work like heck to stay one step ahead of the terrorists, the super germs, the dysfunctional stepmoms, the [you fill in the blank]. In this view of the world, our job is just to survive.

"Life sucks and then you die" is the anthem of this old view. I suspect that every single one of us can name at least one person who has this view. The question of the morning is: Is that person you?

Turning Point View 2: The Universe actually has our backs and is constantly conspiring for our good by sending us blessings, gifts, and guidance.

Our Turning Point View says that we live in a cooperative, user-friendly world and that no matter how it may appear to the naked eye, life in its pure, unadulterated form (without our "life sucks and then you die" consciousness laid over it) is a bubbling cauldron of possibilities, composed of pure, perfect love.

What if this idea were actually true, again in the words of Fillmore: "When you pronounce every experience good, and of God, by that mental attitude you will call forth only the good. What seemed error will disappear, and only the good will remain. This is the law, and no one can break it. The Adversary always flees before the mind that is fixed on the pure, the just, and the upright."c

What if you had that as your view? Would that be a turning point view for you?

VIEW 3

Old View 3: Life happens to me. I'm an innocent bystander, a pitiful victim of circumstances, of weather, of disease and worse of my own dysfunction. External events constantly get in my face. The best I can do is learn to cope with these external events.

Turning Point View 3: Life emanates from me. I create my world with my thoughts, my beliefs and my energetic frequencies.

The turning point view is, in the words of Charles Fillmore in Talks on Truth: "Jesus demonstrated the law of God, and His word was with power. He became the Word of God incarnate, because He fulfilled all the requirements of the law. This fulfillment is the privilege of every man. Whoever dedicates his whole life to the supreme good and by devotion, right thinking, right doing, right acting, pure living, and pure speaking fulfills the law, may have all the power of Jesus. God is no respecter of persons, but He requires an exact observance of the law to the least jot and tittle."d

If you had this view - really had this view - how would you live? Perhaps you would be like Joe, the shoe salesman, sent with another shoe salesman overseas to scout for new markets.

Their first stop was a country where everyone was barefoot. The first salesman sent back a telegram to the home office saying, "Leaving tomorrow. This is an impossible market; no one wears shoes."

Joe's telegram was very different. His said, "Great potential market. There's absolutely no competition."

If reality is our doing, then we have the power to create a life we love living - just like Joe. All we have to do is give up our belief in deprivation and lack - our belief in separation, which takes us to Old View 4.

VIEW 4

Old View 4: No pain, no gain. We've become so accustomed to living in the "life sucks" paradigm that it never occurs to us that another reality, a happy reality, is possible. Pain, loneliness and fear are the context within which we live our lives.

We're so conditioned to wallow in misery that the concept of life as a joyous adventure seems impossible or even unnatural. But there is a different way to view life and that is Turning Point View 4.

Turning Point View 4: There is no reason to struggle. Once we let go - surrender to the universal flow of life - Life (with a Capital L) will take over and handle the details.

Pam Grout in her book E Cubed wrote: "Every moment we waste on worst-case scenarios undermines our ability to create the true and the beautiful. Every moment we spend worrying erects a block between us and all the signs and opportunities and, yes, blatant love that is here for the sole purpose of our enjoyment."e

Here's a turning point thought: Faith in Spirit and the ultimate dominance of the good in all of us will finally restore us to the heavenly consciousness from which we descended. Heaven is everywhere present. It is the orderly, lawful adjustment of God's kingdom in our minds, bodies and affairs.f That's from The Revealing Word.

And now to our final Old View.

VIEW 5

Old View 5: I am not worthy of a good life. I am inherently flawed, inherently bad. This could have come from old religious teachings, our upbringing or a variety of other ways. But this old view must be jettisoned!

Turning Point View 5: My worthiness is not at stake. It never has been and it never will be. There is nothing required of me to be worthy. I am worthy simply because of who I am.

The truth is this: Your real self is that which says "I AM". It cannot be described, because description is limitation, and your real self is unlimited in its capacity to be. It is the all-possibility . . . it is love.g

Get in the Power Position and say: "I am worthy of . . . ." [have congregation fill in the blank for themselves, speaking their affirmation all at once; do it several times with different words filled in.]h

IT'S A CHOICE

So, the crux of our morning is this: You have a choice as to which views of life you want to live. The old views or the turning point views. You have a choice right here and now!

I want to share with you a story - a true story - of a guy who knew about the power of choice and who embodied these five turning point views and what happened for him even when faced with a pretty challenging experience. It was related by a friend of his, Francie Baltazar-Schwartz:

Jerry was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I'd be twins!"

Jerry was a manager in the restaurant business, and a unique thing often happened with him. He had waiters follow him around from restaurant to restaurant. Why? Because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, ‘Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

Soon after that conversation, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. Jerry and I lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of just reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never, never supposed to do: he left the back door of the restaurant open one morning. As a result, three armed robbers held him up at gunpoint. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. One of the robbers panicked and shot him.

Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor bleeding, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared?" I asked.

Jerry continued, "Not at first. The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room, and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, then I got scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything. Choice is all there is.

So this month, for the next 28 days, starting . . . . NOW . . . I want each of us to CHOOSE to put on the Turning Point Views in new ways.

Those that you already have, it's time to take them to a deeper level. Those that you have not yet embodied, this month is the time to do it. Here they are again:

Turning Point View 1: God is an energy of love and creation that flows through all, sustains all, surrounds all, in fact, is all!

Turning Point View 2: The Universe actually has our backs and is constantly conspiring for our good by sending us blessings, gifts, and guidance.

Turning Point View 3: Life emanates from us. We create our world with our thoughts, beliefs and energetic frequencies.

Turning Point View 4: There is no reason to struggle. Once we let go - surrender to the universal flow of life - Life (with a Capital L) will take over and handle the details.

Turning Point View 5: Our worthiness is not at stake. It never has been and it never will be. There is nothing required of us to be worthy. We are worthy simply because of who we are.

For those of you who been in Unity for a time, you may have heard in what I've said this morning, pieces of Charles Fillmore from "Talks on Truth" and also the "Revealing Word." Did you catch them? I want to share all of them right now as our closing prayer. So close your eyes if that is comfortable to you and take these in; I'm going to make them personal statements. Make them yours:

God is that from which all love springs. His character is taught in the name of Father, representing the love, protection, and providing care of God for me, God's offspring. His life and love and wisdom and power and strength and substance. God is personal to me when I recognize Him within me as my indwelling life, intelligence, love and power.

I pronounce every experience good, and of God, and by that mental attitude I call forth only the good. What seemed error will disappear, and only the good will remain. This is the law, and no one can break it. The Adversary always flees before my mind when it is fixed on the pure, the just, and the upright.

Jesus demonstrated the law of God, and His word was with power. He became the Word of God incarnate, because He fulfilled all the requirements of the law. This fulfillment is my privilege. As I dedicate my whole life to the supreme good and by devotion, right thinking, right doing, right acting, pure living, and pure speaking fulfills the law, I have all the power of Jesus.

My Faith in Spirit and the ultimate dominance of the good in all will finally restore me to the heavenly consciousness from which I descended. Heaven is everywhere present. It is the orderly, lawful adjustment of God's kingdom in my mind, body and affairs.

My real self is that which says "I AM". It cannot be described, because description is limitation, and my real self is unlimited in its capacity to be. It is the all-possibility . . . it is love.

And so with these believes, let us fly into a new life, a life of God-fulfilled Love, Peace, Joy and Plenty! And so it is. Amen.



aE Cubed Pam Grout, p. xiii
bCharles Fillmore The Revealing Word, p. 83
cCharles Fillmore Talks on Truth, p. 107
dCharles Fillmore Talks on Truth, p. 43
ePam Grout E Cubed p. 6
fCharles Fillmore The Revealing Word, pp. 94, 95
gCharles Fillmore Talks on Truth, p. 78,79
hE Cubed Pam Grout, pp 18-23



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