THAT JUST BLEW MY MIND!
It's a new month, which means a new theme, and the theme this month is foundational to our New Thought teachings. We put a great deal of emphasis on what is occurring between our ears, and rightfully so. We know that what occurs in our minds informs everything in our lives from our relationship with the Divine, to our relationship with ourselves, to our relationship with others, to our relationship with work, money, play, health -- and the list goes on and on!
It occurred to me that perhaps it would be wise for us to give some focused attention to that valuable real estate, so we will spend this month "Minding the Mind."
To set the tone for today, I want to share a quote from Holmes -- not Ernest, not Sherlock, but former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell, Jr. who once said: "A mind that is stretched . . . can never go back to its old dimensions."a
Have you ever had your mind blown when you've taken on a new spiritual concept and then never been able to look at life the same way again?
I clearly remember the first time that happened for me. It was when I first walked into a Religious Science church and heard that God was not a man in the sky sitting on a cloud, wearing a gold "G" on his chest and judging me.
Rather I heard, for the first time EVER!, that God is the Energy of all Life, the Creative Impulse behind all things, the very Essence of Love and that everything, everything is created out of this Energy, including me, meaning that I am God in form; God in expression. Pow! That was absolutely mind-blowing for me.
So, I'd like to hear from . . . let's say . . . three of you. What concept (just give me one) was mind-blowing for you?
It is our intention to blow your mind in such a way today in a very real and important way! To expand in such a way that you can't go back.
BLEW MY MIND
I want to read and unpack a powerful passage from Ernest Holmes in The Science of Mind. The first part of it may seem obvious, and you will probably agree with it. However, there is a sentence at the end of it which could - just could -- bring up some stuff for you. But bringing up stuff, so we can have our minds blown - well, I'll settle for expanded! - is the plan for today.
So, let's unpack this passage from The Science of Mind: "As God's thought makes worlds and peoples them with living things, so our thought makes our world and peoples it with our experiences [and I will add "individually and collectively"]. By the activity of our thought, things come into our life [individually and collectively!] and we are limited only because we have not known the Truth."b
On my gosh, how powerful it is to get our minds wrapped around this concept! We create our own reality!!! I create my own reality!
I love this wisdom from Charles Fillmore in Atom Smashing Power of Mind: "To be ignorant of mind and its laws is to be a child playing with fire, or a man manipulating powerful chemicals without knowing their relation to one another. This is universally true; and all who are not learning about mind are in like danger, because all are dealing with the great cause from which springs forth all the conditions that appear in the lives of men and women. Mind is the one reservoir from which we draw all that we make up into our world, and it is through the laws of mind that we form our lives."c
Yes, we create our own reality! And the reality we create is limited for one reason and one reason only . . . because we have not known the Truth. What is the Truth that we have not known?
It is the very concept that blew my mind when I first walked into a Religious Science church. God in me, as me, is me! The same concept that blew your minds when you first came to New Thought.
Continuing the Holmes quote: "We have thought that outside things controlled us, when all the time we have had that within which could have changed everything and given us freedom from bondage."d
Jesus told us: "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free."e
Now here's the next sentence which might be a bit uncomfortable: "We automatically attract to ourselves just what we [think we] are, and we may set it down that wherever we are, however intolerable the situation may be, we are just where we belong."f
Yipes! That's cold. Or is it? Is it cold or is it a deep and profound Truth? That wherever we find ourselves to be is not only a reality we create, but also is perfect for us in that moment because we created it so that it might be a springboard for something greater, something more amazing, so that we might have more God-experiences.
A child once defined gravity as "God at the center of the earth who keeps people right side up when the world is upside down."
If something seems to be happening that might argue this point, it is but consciousness expressing. Everything (pretty inclusive, isn't it?) that is part of our experience is what we have created so that we can experience more of the Truth!
Now remember, because God, the changeless Good, is always there, then peace, joy, light, love, harmony, abundance are also always there.
If only God, the changeless God, is always there, then we can walk through these moments - even the intolerable ones - with peace, knowing that they, of themselves, are nothing. They, meaning, the steps our feet found hard to take, the things our faith found hard to meet, they, if we would but see it, are just a facade that we have invited in so that something greater can be experienced and expressed in and through our lives - individually or collectively.
What we know is there is often a breakdown before a breakthrough. The bigger the breakdown, the greater the possibility for a dramatic breakthrough.
Author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard speaks of challenges/problems as evolutionary drivers, and says that crises precede transformation.g
Abraham Hicks says that today we are standing on the threshold of transformation!h
And the question is what do we do about it?
Well let's illustrate the answer to that question with a story.
A father needed to choose to which of his three children he would leave his business, so he decided to give them a challenge. He told them that whoever could fill the warehouse for the least amount of money would inherit the business.
The eldest child bought SAND, a pretty inexpensive way to fill the warehouse, and the father thought that child would probably inherit the business.
But the second child bested the first by filling it with foam peanuts, even less expensive! The father thought surely he would be leaving the business to that child.
But the third surprised them all by lighting one candle, which filled the room with light.
It is our job in our world today to turn on the light, and we do that by realizing, in the words of A Course in Miracles:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.i
In The Science of Mind, Holmes writes:
"Remember God is the silent Power behind all things, always ready to pour into our experience that which we need. We must have a receptive and positive faith in the evidence of things not seen with the physical eye but which are eternal in the heavens. All is Mind, and we must provide a receptive avenue for It, as It passes out through us into the outer expression of our affairs. If we allow the world's opinion to control our thinking, then that will be our demonstration. If, on the other hand, we rise superior to the world, we shall create a new pattern."j
So we are going to create a new pattern here this morning for our nation and for our world!
It is time to elect the world leader, and your vote counts. Here are some facts about the three leading candidates.
Candidate A associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
Candidate B was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
Candidate C is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any extra-marital affairs.
Which of these candidates would be your choice? Let's see who these candidates are.
Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate B is Winston Churchill
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler
Things are not always as they seem, are they?!
There is good for you in everything, because God is in everything! Find the good; find God!
As a nation, as a world, we are at a turning point, an important "breakthrough" moment. And we can impact that by where we put our attention and focus - on all the horrible things that we believe are happening or on seeing God, the good, that which is Real and the only thing that is Real in it all.
When you make the choice to see God in everything, you have access to a Higher Power than the problem. It is the transformation, the freedom, the beauty that occurs within us through those troubles where the real gift is found.
So, are you really ready now to stretch your mind? Good! Here we go.
I am going to give you 3 minutes. And in those 3 minutes, I want you to identify as many things as you can that are good, really good, coming out of our current political climate Go!
So, remember this week to pray for the highest good for all individuals, for our nation and for our world.
aSupreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
bErnest Holmes The Science of Mind, p 295
cCharles Fillmore Atom Smashing Power of Mind, p. 87
dErnest Holmes The Science of Mind, p 295
fErnest Holmes The Science of Mind, p 295
gBarbara Marx Hubbard
iA Course in Miracles
jErnest Holmes The Science of Mind, p. 301