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Sunday Message for October 2, 2016

ALIGNING WITH LIFE (UPPER CASE "L")

Last month, we invited you to "Let Us Help You Do Life." This month, we build on that work by fully Engaging life (lower case "l," meaning this human experience), by deeply Embracing Life (upper case "L", meaning the Greater Life; the Life of God) and by Empowering our life/Life. All of this leads to an extraordinary experience of life/Life.

I want to make an important, very important statement: Who we are and the power we wield are extraordinary, perhaps even beyond our comprehension. But even if we can't fully comprehend it, we can align with it and use it. We just have to know what supports our alignment and what doesn't. Today, we make that distinction very clear.

1. RECOGNIZING OUR POWER

Here's something I believe is a fact for a good portion of human beings, even human beings who are engaged in our New Thought teachings. We do not truly understand the nature of who we are, and hence our power and the Source of our Power, which is a major factor (perhaps the ONLY factor?!) in why we fail to experience the life of our dreams.

Thus, the place to begin is at the beginning - to begin to understand, at a deep and profound level, the Source of all creation and our relationship to it. Just like we need to understand the operation of our car or our computer or our smart phone or our partner, for that matter, in order to work in harmony with it, him or her, so do we need to understand Source and our relationship to It in order to fully engage in this life we are living.

You just heard me say "we need to understand the Source of all creation," right? You just heard me say that! But, here's the deal . . . we really can't understand It, not fully. The Source of all creation, or God, is Omnipotent Omnipresent and Omniscient. It is all-powerful, all-present, and all-knowing.

God is ineffable. This is a truth that's universally within all the great religions of the world. What does it mean?

In essence, it means that God cannot ever be captured in thought, imagination or word. Any concepts, images or words we have about God are inadequate at best. God is always beyond what we can think, speak about or imagine.

But we do have thoughts, images and words about God, and many of these are given to us in Scripture. What's to be made of our traditional biblical and theological images of God? Aren't they accurate and adequate? In a word, no, they aren't.

So while we, in this human incarnation will never fully understand Source, we don't need to understand it FULLY to begin to align with it. We start where we are - with the highest level of understanding we have.

The more important thing to understand is our relationship to it.

The Bible in Matthew 6:33 says: "But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.."a And also the location of the kingdom was determined to be . . . where? Within!

Let's expand Jesus' words a bit, if you don't mind: "Seek first to understand your true nature as a divine Universal Being, worthy of all you can dream of having, blessed with love and power beyond comprehension, and then from that lofty perspective, finally understanding your true power and its Source. Then from this perspective, my beloved, all things will be added here and now!" Pretty cool, huh?

Let me give that to you again: "Seek first to understand your true nature as a divine Universal Being, worthy of all you can dream of having, blessed with love and power beyond comprehension, and then from that lofty perspective, finally understanding your true power and its Source. Then from this perspective, my beloved, all things will be added here and now!"

"What then, is your true nature?" That's an important, a very important, question to answer for ourselves.

I love this Note from the Universe: "I know that you know there's more to you than flesh and bone. I know that you know that you're more than what time and space show. And I know that you know that there's a greater self, a greater you out there beyond time and space. Yet, I also know there's still some question in your mind as to who, what, and where the other part of you is. Well, I think the time has come to make the introduction. It's me! As you were, The Universe PS: You weren't expecting some little Tinker Bell were you?"b

So who are we? We might answer:
* The mighty ocean in a drop of water, to quote Rumi.
* A vehicle of concentrated God stuff.
* The formed expression of the infinite Unformed.
* A singular manifestation of All that Is.
* A point of light of the Eternal Sun.
* A perfect creation of the Creator of All.

Those would be accurate answers. And there is an "if, then" or actually an "as such" situation with each of those statements. Say these with me, will you? They are in your program.
* I am the mighty ocean in a drop of water and, as such, I have the power of the ocean at my fingertips.
* I am a vehicle of concentrated God stuff and, as such, I have the power of God Concentrate at my disposal.
* I am the formed expression of the Infinite Unformed and, as such, I have the power to form the Infinite Unformed.
* I am a singular manifestation of All that Is and, as such, All that Is is me.
* I am a point of light of the Eternal Sun and, as such, it is my birthright to shine!
* I am a perfect creation of the Creator of All and, as such, I am a creator.

There is an organization called the "Intenders for the Highest Good" and they regularly send out emails with an "intention" or a "vision" for our world. If you receive an email from them, you then have the option of aligning with the intention. Here was one that came out recently. It was entitled "A Vision for Our Identity." Do you align with this:

"We see a world where everyone knows that they are more than their name; that they are more than their body; that they are the Being, the Spirit, the Essence, that resides within the body, and when the body has completed its journey here on planet Earth, the Spirit continues on into forever. We see those who previously identified with their name and their body ("I am so and so," or "I am my body") having awakened to their new identity, an identity within the larger scheme of things that one carries with them from body to body, lifetime to lifetime, dimension to dimension, world to world; an identity that takes into consideration our Oneness with all and everything; an identity that is, perhaps, best expressed by a single, empowering word: God."c

Now I said earlier that the vast majority of humanity doesn't know who they are, didn't I? But that is changing. Over two million, one hundred and seventy-five thousand people aligned with this vision. There is becoming a critical mass for this way of thinking and that is very, very exciting!

Our sense of identity, our sense of our true identity, is the first step in aligning with Life (capital "L"). And our sense of identity, our sense of our true identity, affects every arena in our lives:
* Our financial affairs
* Our relationships
* Our quality of aliveness
* Our health
* Our options
* Our freedom and
* Our fulfillment
... just to name a few.

2. ALIGNING WITH OUR POWER

So how do you align with the powerful, amazing Truth of who you are?

First a brief word about how not to align. I don't think I need to speak much on this, because we are good at it already - or we know people who are, right?!

So... how not to align:
* Get caught up in conditions
* Think we have to figure out how
* Worry and fret and spin
* Talk about how hard things are

What else?

So if this is how NOT to align with Our Power, then how do we align?

We align through our conviction - conviction in our: Thoughts - Feelings - Beliefs - Attitudes - Values - Words - Actions - Reactions

Religious Science Founder Dr. Ernest Holmes gives us the formula for developing conviction when he writes in the Science of Mind:

"All the power of the universe is with you. Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true. Begin to blot out one by one, all false beliefs - all ideas that you are limited, poor or miserable. Refuse to think of failure or to doubt your own power. See only what you wish to experience and look at nothing else. . . . Cannot the Great Principle of Life create for us all that we need? The Universe is inexhaustible; It is limitless, knows no bounds and has no confines. We are not depending on a reed shaken by the wind, but on the Principle of Life Itself, for all that we have or ever shall need. It is not some power, or a great power, it is ALL POWER. All we have to do is to believe, never wavering, no matter what happens. As we do this, we shall find that things are steadily coming our way and that they are coming without that awful effort which destroys the peace of mind of the majority of the [human] race. We know that there can be no failure in God's Mind, and this Mind is the Power on which we are depending."d

And this Mind is your Mind!

You are a perfect creation of the Creator of All and, as such, you are a creator. And you create through your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, values, words, actions and reactions. In your consciousness, do you have conviction of the goodness of Life, of the Power of God, of the Divine Perfection at the core of all things?

Or do you have conviction in what you hear on the news? Or in what happens to be in your checkbook today?

Who are you?
* The mighty ocean in a drop of water.
* A vehicle of concentrated God stuff.
* The formed expression of the infinite Unformed.
* A singular manifestation of All that Is.
* A point of light of the Eternal Sun.
* A perfect creation of the Creator of All.

How do you align with who you are?

* In your conviction of the Power and Presence of Life Itself, living, moving and having it's being as you.
Conviction in your thoughts, in your words, in your beliefs, in your attitudes, in your values, in your feelings, in your actions and in your reactions.

I have a challenge for you this week. I challenge you to truly live that passage from Ernest Holmes I just read and I will read again, because it is a formula for "Aligning with Your True Nature and Power".

It starts with the foundational assumption that: "All the power of the universe is with you."

Then it tells you how to align with it: "Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true. Begin to blot out one by one, all false beliefs - all ideas that you are limited, poor or miserable. Refuse to think of failure or to doubt your own power. See only what you wish to experience and look at nothing else. . . ."

It then goes on to encourage us as to why we can have this conviction and what happens when we do: "Cannot the Great Principle of Life create for us all that we need? The Universe is inexhaustible; It is limitless, knows no bounds and has no confines. We are not depending on a reed shaken by the wind, but on the Principle of Life Itself, for all that we have or ever shall need. It is not some power, or a great power, it is ALL POWER. All we have to do is to believe, never wavering, no matter what happens. As we do this, we shall find that things are steadily coming our way and that they are coming without that awful effort which destroys the peace of mind of the majority of the [human] race. "

And that, my friends, is your challenge. And in meeting that challenge you deeply embrace upper case "L" Life and you profoundly empower your lower case "l' life.



aMatthew 6:33
bNote from the Universe
cIntenders for the Highest Good
dDr. Ernest Holmes Science of Mind p. 302



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