DEVELOPING THE CONSCIOUSNESS TO SEE THE ABSOLUTE AND THE SPIRITUAL TRUTH IN ALL THINGS
We are midway into January, the month where we traditionally return to our Unity roots. And we are doing it in a different way this year by anchoring ourselves in some fundamental language of our teachings because . . .
Sometimes, the terms and concepts found in our Unity teachings sound like their own language, don't they? This month, I want to make sure we understand this language. And if that weren't enough, we are adding a couple of new terms and discovering to how bring them all alive in our lives!
Last Sunday, we added a new word to our Unity vocabulary. The word is PRONOIA, and we all became PROANOID!
Who can tell me the definition, the full definition, of PRONOIA?
A TRUE belief that the Universe is conspiring in your favor.
And, as we said last week, being PROANOID is: "Having faith in an Infinite Possibility and Its desires and Its ability to do for us all that we shall ever need to have done."a
DEVELOPING THE CONSCIOUSNESS TO SEE THE ABSOLUTE AND THE SPIRITUAL TRUTH IN ALL THINGS
Today, we explore some more Unity speak in another long talk title:
"Developing the Consciousness to see The Absolute and the Spiritual Truth in All Things"
First, we will break down the three concepts here and then put it all back together with some fun examples. First, consciousness.
If you were here this summer, you may remember that we spent an entire Sunday in August exploring Consciousness (can't believe it was that long ago, but it was!), and we defined Consciousness as: "The totality of our beingness that we bring to the table of our lives."
And that totality consists of certain elements. How many certain elements? EIGHT Yes, eight elements come together to comprise our Consciousness. Thoughts - Feelings - Beliefs - Values - Attitudes - Words - Actions - Reactions
So, in order to embody our Unity teachings, in order to bring them fully into our lives, we want to . . . . . . develop our Thoughts, Feelings, Beliefs, Values, Attitudes, Words, Actions and Reactions to see The Absolute and the Spiritual Truth in All Things.
2. THE ABSOLUTE
That begs the question, what is The Absolute? So, here's another opportunity. Who wants to take a stab at defining Absolute? Hint: It's actually really pretty easy. It's one word. We use it here all the time. Yes, the word is God. Absolute is simply a synonym for God.
Charles Fillmore in The Revealing Word, which is a metaphysical dictionary, defines Absolute as: "Divine Mind; unlimited Principle; the almighty One; the all-pervading Spirit; the Infinite; the Eternal; the Supreme Being. The one ultimate creative Mind; the Source of all things. That which is unconditioned, unlimited, unrestricted, and free from all limitations. The self-existent God."b
So, yes, the Absolute is just another word for God.
And, today we are about . . .. . . developing our Thoughts, Feelings, Beliefs, Values, Attitudes, Words, Actions and Reactions to see God and the Spiritual Truth in All Things.
3. SPIRITUAL TRUTH
Guess we better now define Spiritual Truth, and there is no better definition than the short line Holmes uses many times in The Science of Mind. Perfect God. Perfect Man. Perfect Being.c
The Revealing Word, p. 200: "The Truth of God is reality: 'the same yesterday and to-day, yea and for ever.' . . . Truth abides in fullness at the very core of man's being. As his consciousness (awareness) expands, he touches the everlasting Truth. . . . The basic principle of Truth is that the mind of each individual may be consciously unified with Divine Mind through the indwelling Christ. By affirming at-one-ment with God-Mind, we eventually realize that perfect mind which was in Christ Jesus."d
The Spiritual Truth is that the Perfection of God resides inside each and every one of us!
Say with me: "The perfection of God resides in me."
Turn to someone and say: "The perfection of God resides in you."
But it's not just limited to each and every one of us, it's in each and every thing. So, look around the room and say: "The perfection of God resides in everything I see."
Take it a step further: "The perfection of God is my Perfection. This is the Spiritual Truth of me."
Turn to someone and say: "The Perfection of God is your Perfection. This is the Spiritual Truth of you."
Look around the room and say: "The perfection of God is everything I see. This is the Spiritual Truth."
So, there it is.
Today, we are: Developing our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes, words, actions and reactions to see God and the Perfection of God in ourselves, in others and in all things.
That's what today is all about! Actually that is our life's path!
So even bringing these concepts into understandable language, they are still pretty lofty and broad. I want to give you 4 brief and fun examples right now of these ideas brought down to the human experience, because as Holmes says, if we can't prove these teachings in our lives, here and now, in this earthly experience we are having, what good are they?
David Sarnoff was an American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America (more familiarly known as RCA). In 1951, HE demanded that his research team develop a mechanical tape recorder for both black and white and color t.v. A member of the research team was heard to say:
"It's a wonderful thing to have an imagination unhampered by the knowledge of facts."
In other words, he felt that the fact was it could not be done. However, within five years, they did indeed do what couldn't be done.
So, how does that apply to "Developing the Consciousness to see The Absolute and the Spiritual Truth in All Things"? And I can use our Unity words now that you know what they mean, right?
God's Perfection lives as Possibilities; God's Perfection lives as our imagination. When we bring our consciousness to God's Possibilities through our Imagination, impossible things become possible!
This is a from a "Get Fuzzy" cartoon.
Rob says to his dog, Satchel: "Crud, I forgot I have to work next weekend. Well, at least my boss won't be in. Every cloud has a silver lining, eh?"
Satchel, the dog, says: "What does that mean?"
Rob: "Um . . . Like how even in a bad situation, there's some good."
Satchel: "Ah. It's like the old dog expression."
Rob: "What's that?"
Satchel: "For every trip to the vet, there's a ride in the car."
SOM, p. 53: We should be able to look a discordant fact in the face and deny its reality, since we know its seeming reality is borrowed from illusion. . . . We should be able to look at a wrong condition with the knowledge that we can change it. The realization that we have this ability must be gained by the application of our knowledge."e
And when we bring a new consciousness to whatever we are looking at, whatever we are looking at changes!
Example 3 (an oldie but a goodie)
They were twins whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom & gloom pessimist.
Just to see what would happen, on the twins' birthday their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room, he loaded with horse manure.
That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly. "Why are you crying?" the father asked.
"Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken," answered the pessimist twin.
Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. "What are you so happy about?" he asked.
To which his optimist twin replied, "With all this @#!*%!, There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"
Finally, my favorite, Example 4
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today."
So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
"H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today."
So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
"Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail."
So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
"YEA!" she exclaimed, "Today, I don't have to fix my hair!"
And she went on to have her best day ever!
And we too will have the best day ever when we . . .. . . develop our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes, words, actions and reactions to see God and the Perfection of God in ourselves, in others and in all things . . .
When we do this, we will live with a license of a higher order of being (to quote Thoreau) and we will be called into our greatest yet to be!
aErnest Holmes Science of Mind p. 46
bCharles Fillmore The Revealing Word
cErnest Holmes Science of Mind
dCharles Fillmore The Revealing Word, p. 200
eErnest Holmes Science of Mind, p. 53