THE HEAT IS ON
Today's talk is entitled "The Heat Is On." And in the description of it, I wrote that it was NOT referring to the Glenn Frey song of the mid-1980s . . . , but we just couldn't keep ourselves from offering you a metaphysical version of that song with the lyrics slightly rewritten to fit our conversation today.
"The Heat is On," in today's context, refers to the heat, the fire, the passion, the fervor of Spirit living as you and ready to be ignited at any minute if you would but flick the switch by engaging, embracing and empowering life!
And I say that the heat, the fire, the passion, the fervor of Spirit living as you is the Truth - the Spiritual Truth - of you!
Remember these statements of Truth we made last week:
* 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.
The question of the morning is: Are you embodying these Truth?
THE HEAT IS ON
Well, here are a couple of touchstones to help ascertain whether you are or not - you don't need to answer them aloud - just in your own heart:
Are you filled with energy, creativity, vitality, joy and enthusi-usi-usi-asm for your life?
Do you feel the power of God's presence in your life on an ongoing basis?
Are you experiencing the flow of God's blessings and abundance?
Are you manifesting your heart's desires?
Do you feel like you are living on purpose, sharing the gifts you came here to share?
If your answer to all of these questions is "yes," or even "yes, most of the time," then you have done a beautiful job of embodying your Spiritual Truth! Congratulations. And if you answered yes, even "yes, most of the time," then you, my friends, have some very, very important work to do in this world! It is your responsibility to take what you know, what you have embodied, what your gifts are and to share them with the world because ultimately, we must give back, in order to continue our spiritual journey. At some point, when we GET it (embody it) at least most of the time, the only way to continue our spiritual unfoldment is to GIVE it!
Let me say that again because it is really, really important. When we GET it (embody it) at least most of the time, the only way to continue our spiritual unfoldment is to GIVE it!
However, if your answer was "no," or "no, not always," or "well, if you catch me on a good day, maybe" to that series of questions, then you haven't fully embodied your Spiritual Truth.
And if you're not sure of your answer, then listen to these words of no-nonsense New Thought leader and founder of Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, Rev. Johnnie Coleman: "If you know it, you show it. So if you don't show it, then, honey, you don't really know it!"a
And that's OK, that absolutely OK. It just says that you too have some important work to do.
And so wherever you are on that self-assessment review that you just took, I have a suggestion this morning for you. A suggestion that, if followed, can heat up your life with the passion of giving and serving or with the passion of self-discovery. It is a suggestion that sounds so simple -- yet can often be a challenge to actually live. Get about the business of being you!
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a philosopher and poet of the late 1800's and a very influential writer in the New Thought movement said: "There is no planet, sun or star could hold you if you but knew what you are!"
And what are you?
* You are the mighty ocean in a drop of water.
* You are a vehicle of concentrated God stuff.
* You are the formed expression of the Infinite Unformed.
* You are a singular manifestation of All that Is.
* You are a point of light of the Eternal Sun.
* You are a perfect creation of the Creator of All!
Right here and right now, God is expressing Itself uniquely as Jarrett and Irene and Maxine and Cynthia and Richard and Dalphine and Jeshua and Ananda and Anne Marie and Dana and Mary and Barbara.
Ernest Holmes tells us in The Science of Mind: "The Eternal has placed Itself at the center of our being . . . . The discovery of this, the greatest truth about humankind, is the greatest discovery of the ages."b
Have you truly made that discovery? Do you truly realize the significance of that? Do you fathom the power of that Reality? We focused on that question last week, and today we take it even deeper.
If we did get this, as Emerson said, no planet, sun, or star could hold us.
Not realizing who we are and the power we have right within us, we look around. And say, gee, I wish I could be like him, or her. Or she's got all the breaks -- why can't I be like that?
There's a beautiful illustration of this from The Tao of Pooh called The Stonecutter:
There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and his position in life. He felt worthless and powerless.
One day, he passed a wealthy merchant's house and through the open gateway saw many fine possessions and important visitors. "How powerful that merchant must be" he thought and became very envious and wished he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a lowly stonecutter. To his great surprise, he became the merchant, enjoying more luxury and power than he had ever dreamed of.
But soon, a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy or influential they were, had to bow down before him. "How powerful that leader is," the stonecutter-turned-wealthy-merchant thought. "I wish I could be a high official." Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, the most powerful man around.
It was a hot summer day and the stonecutter-turned-wealthy-merchant-turned-official felt very uncomfortable in the chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun." Then he became the sun, shining down on everyone with all its power and might.
But suddenly, a huge black cloud moved between the earth and the stonecutter-turned-wealthy-merchant-turned-official-turned-the-sun, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he thought, "I wish I could be a cloud." He became the cloud, covering up the sun wherever he went.
But then, the stonecutter-turned-wealthy-merchant-turned-official-turned-the-sun-turned-the-cloud felt himself being pushed away by some great force, a force greater than he had ever felt, and he realized it was the wind. "How powerful it is!" he thought, "I wish I could be the wind." And so, he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, showing his immense power wherever he went.
But after a while, the stonecutter-turned-wealthy-merchant-turned-official-turned-the-sun-turned-the-cloud-turned- the-wind ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it, it would not budge. It was a huge, towering stone. "How powerful that stone is!" he thought, "I wish that I could be a stone." Then, he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on the earth.
But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock and he felt himself being changed. "What could be more powerful than I, the stone?" he thought? And, he looked down and saw the figure of a stonecutter.c
All the power there is; all the power we need is right inside us. Not just in some of us, but in each and every one of us. But like the stonecutter, we often think everyone else has it, but us. Here is the Spiritual Truth, my friends. There is no planet, sun or star could hold you if you but knew what you are!
Homes in The Science of Mind: "The higher the sense of Truth, the greater will be the realization of the uniqueness of our individual character and personality. The real Self is God-given and cannot be denied. It is the place where God comes to a point of Individualized and Personified Expression."d
Each of us is an Individualized and Personified Expressions of the One, showing up uniquely, with unique gifts, talents, ways of expressing.
There was a great Foxtrot Cartoon several years ago about a conversation between the mother and her genius son Jason.
Mom: "Jason, what are you doing?"
Jason: "Building a model rocket, which I will fill with salt and shoot into a cloud -- thus seeding it for rain."
Exasperated Mom says: "I asked you to water the lawn!"
Jason: "Look, you do things your way, I do them my way."e
I want us to do a little experiment right now -- this is congregant participation time. I want you to think of one talent, gift, skill that you have that if you thought about it for just a moment, you would realize is yours in a unique way. It may be something you have nurtured or it may be something you have not.
Got it? Good? That was the easy part. Here comes the challenging part -- turn to a neighbor, introduce yourself first, and tell him or her about it and DO NOT PUT YOURSELF DOWN OR MINIMIZE IT as you tell it. Share it with passion, enthusiasm and excitement - put some heat into it! And keep sharing until I say stop - 30 seconds.
OK - you're starting to heat up now!
Part II - Think about that unique gift or talent for a moment and think about a way you could use it to bring more of God's Love, Light and Truth to the world. Share it as if you are doing it now. In the present tense. And keep sharing until I say stop - 30 seconds.
I love these words from author Eric Butterworth: "You do not have to beg life to be good or to bring good into your life. Life is like the sun. It shines on everything, but you must get out of the shadows. When you think of yourself as being capable and creative, you do not make yourself capable and creative; you simply let the light shine through your innate potential. This way of thinking does not make the creative power, it simply attunes us with the power which is."f
What you just did, as you shared your talent in an "as if" way, was to attune yourself with the power which is. Miraculous things can happen when you do that!
Perhaps even instantaneously miraculous things.
During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. It was little Johnny. His mother was, of course, horrified, and she pinched him into silence. After church, she asked: "Johnny, whatever made you do such a thing?" Johnny answered soberly: "I asked God to teach me to whistle... And He did - just then!"
Teilhard de Chardin, a French monk and 19h century mystic, wrote: "It is our duty - as men and women - to behave as though limits to our ability do not exist. We are co-creators of the Universe."g
And that is what I am asking you to do today. Behave as though limits to your ability do not exist. Remember that you are a co-creator of the Universe. Remember that no planet, sun or star could hold you if you but knew what you are.
Remember this and let it heat your life up with passion! And finally, remember this, written by Dr. Deb Whitehouse in INTA's New Thought Magazine several years ago: "When the spark of the Divine found in each heart is fanned into flame, together we will be able to set the whole world on fire."h
aNew Thought leader & founder of Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, Rev. Johnnie Coleman
bErnest Holmes The Science of Mind pg. 391
cThe Tao of Pooh The Stonecutter
dErnest Homes The Science of Mind, p. 332
eFoxtrot Cartoon by Bill Amend
gTeilhard de Chardin French monk & 19h century mystic
hDr. Deb Whitehouse INTA New Thought Magazine